#7 pointy gloves

Hi everyone! I know it isn’t Tuesday yet where I am, but I will be on a 16hour flight throughout Tuesday and arriving at my destination on a Wednesday, so this will have to do. Let’s just pretend Monday is Tuesday this week.
glovesThese pair of gloves are awesome. I made up the pattern as I went (I can’t seem to read glove patterns), sticking my hand through the double pointed needles every so often to figure out the size I wanted. I also wanted to add a special something to my made up gloves, so I chose to make the fingertips purple. They are very cute, I like them a lot πŸ˜€ The way I decreased makes the top look very pointy, which I don’t mind – mom says they look like little daggers.

Happy crafting! πŸ™‚

#6 lotus hat

#25bHi everyone! This week I did some stashbusting – aka I did not allow myself to go buy more yarn. It was a successful venture – I used the rest of my shawl yarn and even weighed it to find out if I had enough left over to make this lotus hat. I love the hat and it had been in my ravelry queue for quite some time now. So I weighed my yarn and had 65g left – which roughly translates to 120 yards which was perfect for the hat. After casting off I only had a couple meters left to spare – perfect! I felt like a ”legit knitter”, measuring out my yardage for a project on the little kitchen scale haha.

lotus hat I loved the pattern for this hat. It’s called lotus hat and was designed by UpTownPurl. I’ve been addicted to lace lately and this was a nice pattern to follow and has a lovely outcome. I love how the forward stitches stand out and make a cool pattern, and how the decreases just continue the pattern. I think I will gift this hat to a friend of my mom. She mentioned the other day that she loves to wear red πŸ™‚

Happy craftiness!

SOS ravelry queue

Hi everyone πŸ™‚

I know it’s not Tuesday yet, but I have come to a discovery – MY RAVELRY QUEUE IS WAY TO LONG!! I should not have been surprised, I know that I continuously add to the list, but at 118 items I fear that I will never be able to do them all. So now, I have decided that I must decrease my list to at least 110 items and then MAYBE I can allow myself to add another item or two. I just felt that I should write my resolution down and make a post about it, so that it appears more legit. Hopefully I can keep myself to the resolution and tone down the craziness a little bit … for now.Β 

Does anyone else have a crazy long ravelry queue? There are just so many lovely patterns out there, it’s so tempting!Β 

#16 a baby princess

#16cI finished my first ever baby blanket! I am so happy with the way it turned out! It took me about 2 months to complete this blanket, but it was all worth it. The result looks lovely and I cannot wait for it to make it’s trip to Australia and await #16bthe arrival of the baby princess that will use it!Β At first I was a little nervous to make this project – a baby blanket seems easy but I was surprised at how long it took me to find ‘the perfect pattern’. I finally found it on ravelry, it’s called “Baby Chalice Blanket” by Karen S. Lauger. I had never really attempted to do anything ‘lace’ before, but I decided to give it a go. I must thank the girls from knitting club for sticking with me, as they helped me read the pattern and get going. Once I figured it out it was fairly easy, though I had to be pay attention to every row. Β I decided to make the blanket big enough (its about 85cm x 110cm) so that it did not need to be blocked – and washing this blanket made the yarn so much softer! #16dI really enjoyed the whole process of making this blanket. It’s always nice to knit something that will be put to use, and that will bring a smile to someone’s face. I can now also say that I’ve knitted lace and made a babyblanket. I’m pretty proud of this project, and I’m going to have a hard time letting it go. I’ve already told all my friends that when they have kids I will knit them stuff πŸ™‚

#15 for Daddy

15 aHappy Tuesday again πŸ™‚ Only 3 more Tuesdays until Christmas … yikes! I will have to knit fast to get all the presents done on time. I’ve decided to keep on posting once a week, so some of the presents may only be revealed after Christmas, that’s okay right?

This is a Christmas present for my dad – a scarf and a matching hat. I had initially found the pattern for the scarf on Ravelry (boyfriend by Lucinda Campbell). I thought it would be a nice pattern for my dad to wear to work. It gets very cold in Calgary, and so I wanted to make him something that was dressy enough to be able to wear to work over his suits. I think I succeeded in that objective. 15cAt the end of the scarf I still had some yarn left over, so I decided to make a matching hat. I had to make up the pattern as I went along, knitting in the round and gageing how much yarn I had left. It was a tricky situation, but I think it came out wonderful.You can’t really tell from the pictures, but every 2 rows there is a row of knit that runs through, making little squares and adding more texture than just knit and purl columns. I was also really excited to use ‘more expensive’ yarn. As a student I am usually only able to buy pure acrylic yarns, but for Dad I splurged and bought a blend that is 30% Alpaca. It was my first time knitting with an Alpaca, and it was a pleasant experience! I am really pleased with his gift, and I hope he will like it too. If he wears it to work, then this project will have been a success.Β 15b

I always find it so hard to find a gift for my Dad. I don’t know why, it always stresses me out more than any other gift for any other person. Maybe I am just a daddy’s girl, that might be it πŸ˜‰

#14 een muts! a hat!

cabled hat Happy Tuesday again everyone! In case anyone is confused – muts means hat in Dutch/Flemish. I just like the word, and I don’t get to say it as often as I would like. This is a quick update, as I really should be finishing my Sociology research proposal. I really like this hat, the combination of colours and cables, and the thought that it will make a great Christmas present. I hope the recipient will like it and that it will keep her warm πŸ™‚

Must continue to knit the rest of the Christmas presents!! But first, this proposal – wish me luck πŸ™‚

#13 brings good luck

When I say Tuesday you say blogday: Tuesday! Blogday! Tuesday! Blogday!Β Hello everyone πŸ™‚

cowl

It’s November, and I am (just as many of you out there) working on Christmas presents. I hope to get them all done in time, but am not yet certain if that is going to be possible… there might be a few ‘belated Christmas presents’ this year.

This week I was working on a cowl for my 13 year old niece. She likes to wear funky things, and so I decided on making her a lovely cabled cowl. The cables were really fun, and the pattern was straight forward. I did have to break my rule and buy some more yarn to complete the project, but that is okay. I wore the cowl for a couple of minutes and I can tell the cowl will really keep her warm, which is exactly what I was hoping for. Cables always seem to make the project a bit more dense and warm.Β cowl

According to my ‘list’ there are about 9 more Christmas gifts that I should knit … looking at the list makes me a little hopeless. BUT there are a few small projects in there so hopefully with some dedication I can pull it off – and reduce my yarn stash in the process πŸ™‚ It would be lovely to go on a ‘post Christmas’ yarn buying spree πŸ˜€

Have a lovely week!

#11 eleven, onze, elf

Hello again everyone — hope you are all having a lovely day πŸ™‚

LegwarmersThis is my latest completed project – a pair of legwarmers. One of my friends transferred to a university in Montreal, and as it is a lot colder over there, so I thought it would be nice if I sent her something that would keep her warm during the winter months. When we were together in first-year, we attempted to knit legwarmers, going by a pattern we made up on the spot – the result of those knitting sessions did not turn out as nice as these legwarmers did. What’s really nice is that these legwarmers have a couple of subtle cables at the top, which makes it look more finished. It was a project that challenged me a little bit, as it had been a long time since I last knitted on double-pointed needles. Once you get going you get the hang of it though, and so the legwarmers went to class with me and took the bus on several occasions (you get really strange looks from people when you pull out 5 double-pointed needles and start doing was seems to be magic, haha).Β #11d

I really liked the yarn, it was a colour called ‘marble gray’ so it had little pieces of dark grey and brown in there. I find it’s always more interesting to knit with a yarn like that rather than a plain colour. And now I have successfully eliminated a yarn-ball and a half out of the pile of yarn I have stored in my room – making progress.

Another early Christmas gift finished, what will be next? Stay tuned …

Smile!

10 long overdue

Hello everyone πŸ™‚

cabled scarf It is Tuesday again (I have discovered that Tuesday is my ‘post a new blog post day’), and so I present to you project 10. This simple cabled scarf is a long overdue birthday present for one of my friends. I had made her the same scarf before – my first ever cabling project – but then misplaced it and it spontaneously found itself a new owner. So now, almost a year later, I have made a new scarf and given it to its intended recipient. The timing is perfect – now it can be a rather early birthday present and a somewhat early Christmas gift. Wonderful!

The pattern is very simple and great for keeping your hands busy while you watch television. I altered the pattern a little bit so the scarf wouldn’t be too wide. Β  Repeats of Β (4k 6p 12k 6p 4k) and (10k 12p 10k), with a cable in front every 10 repeats. It took me 9 days to complete, which isn’t too bad considering I was doing schoolwork as well. As I said, a very easy knit, which brought a wonderful smile on my friend’s face – what more do you need?

Have a wonderful, knitty, day!

Nine keeps you warm

#9 bA couple of posts ago I had mentioned that I was working on a baby blanket. I wanted to see if I could make a blanket for a little person, in order to then attempt a large blanket. Ironically, the baby blanket is still on the needles, 80% completed but I think I will end up frogging the project and using the yarn for something else. I did however start a big blanket, and it turned out amazing. It is really heavy, and really warm, just how I like it. As I used smaller needles than the pattern called for, I thought that I should cast on 264 stitches instead of the 170 or so that the pattern called for. blanket on the needles The pattern also wanted separate panels to be sewn together at the end – I made my blanket on circular needles (which made it really heavy in the end). Needless to say, the blanket turned out way bigger than I had anticipated – now covering a single person bed with easy – but that is not a bad thing! I love my blanket πŸ™‚

I have also recently realized how much yarn and bits and pieces I have collected in my small dormroom. It makes me happy – but I have now also told myself that I CANNOT buy any more yarn until some of this has been turned into cozy projects.Β Yarnstash