#5 Danish Forest Scarf

Hi everyone 🙂 I told myself that I wanted to post something every week, and I have 30 more minutes left of today (March 1st). My family and  are in Newfoundland for a week so we are in this weird timezone. So tadaa! This is a scarf I made for a coworker as a secret-santa gift a while ago. I really underestimated how long it would take me to complete  this gift – so it was a lot of stress. But when it was finally done I was very happy with how it turned out. The color is a very warm red, and if I recall correctly the yarn consists of 30% wool. The overall scarf is quite heavy, which I prefer for winter scarves as they add warmth. I’m very very pleased with it. It took me a while to get this post up as, in my hurry, I forgot to take pictures before I gave it to her – so I had to ask her to bring it into work.

Have a lovely week everyone! Stay warm 😀

 

#19 granny squares and 2014!

Hello everyone! Can you believe that tomorrow will be 2014? I find it hard to fathom, time just goes by so fast. Soon the winter holidays will be over and I will return to school and the usual routine. Christmas has been fun, and I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring. So with that – I wish everyone a wonderful, crafty, healthy, fantastic 2014! 🙂

Gaby scarf #19c #19dMy last blog post of 2013 is for a scarf I made for my friend Gaby; she is vibrant and I thought that this scarf would be perfect for her. I had been looking to do something with granny squares for a while, but always get discouraged about how many squares are needed for a blanket or pillow cover – not to mention the amount of ends that have to be sewn in. I was looking through ravelry and came across a modification – someone had made a granny square scarf! Brilliant! So I set about making 36 squares and sewing them together, and then finally finishing the scarf with a double crocheted border to unite the squares.

A fun project for a fun lady 🙂

#15 for Daddy

15 aHappy Tuesday again 🙂 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. 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 😉

10 long overdue

Hello everyone 🙂

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.   Repeats of  (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!

Candy Red Apple Eight

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Hi again!

It did not take me too long to post another project this time. It was my friend’s birthday recently, and I had promised her that I would make her something – knit her something. She is on exchange in Ireland for a term, and so I thought it would be nice to make her a ‘candy apple red’ scarf for autumn.

Braided Scarf

I like to find my patterns on ravelry.com, and on my quest for a pattern I came across a “braided scarf” which called for cables in the front as well as cables in the back. I have never done such complicated cables before, so I went ahead and casted on 30 stitches to start. The beginning is a simple 2×2 rib pattern, and then the braiding begins. I got a little confused in the beginning, but after I figured out the cable-ing pattern it was smooth sailing. I am very pleased with the end result, and can’t wait to send it my friend’s way. The only thing I would have done different is perhaps do the 2×2 rib pattern on a smaller size needle and use bigger needles for the braided section, as the cables make the knitting tighter.

On to the next project  🙂    Have a wonderful day everyone!!

Infinitely number two

We made it! A post on a Friday! Granted, I only got one project done, but it feels like I am back on track. This week’s project was an infinity scarf. It’s a pretty simple pattern, something that can easily be done in a car or (as it is crochet – and thus the hook doesn’t set off security alarms) in a plane. I used a 4.50mm crochet hook; it gives a nice effect and the holes are not too big. I’ve made scarves like this before, and they are really comfortable. It’s a standard colour, and I’m hoping it will find a home soon. 

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In the picture you can see my ‘marker’ sticking out. I don’t have ‘real’ stitchmarkers – instead I use coloured paperclips. They do a marvelous job and brighten up the project while working on it. Maybe it’s silly, but sometimes silly works. 

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Onto the next project … I’m thinking of maybe knitting a cowl with a nice pattern on it. Maybe I’ll do some experimenting with cables… Is it obvious that I don’t really know what the next project will be yet? 

Bye for now …