#5 Danish Forest Scarf

Hi everyone πŸ™‚ 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 Β 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 Β 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 πŸ˜€

 

#4 traveling cable hat

Hi again everyone, what a lovely Tuesday to knit and blog about knitting. πŸ™‚ I am proud to present to you , my traveling cable hat.

4aI have been telling myself that I need to do some serious stashbusting before I can allow myself to buy some new yarn (sound familiar?) and so I dug up these grey and white yarns, which I am pretty sure my grandmother gave to me when I told her I had taken up knitting. By themselves the strands would have been too thin, but I like how the colour turned out when I knitted them together. It’s a very soft colour which is perfect for autumn and late winter.

The pattern worked up very nicely, but I did find myself struggle over the cables sometimes. I have to work on loosening my stitches when I am doing cables, rather than making everything so tight. Luckily the yarn is quite forgiving and stretches once you wear it a couple of times. So voila πŸ™‚ I quite like it, I’ve never made a project with such extensive cable patterning before. I tried to get the cat to be my model, but he wasn’t having it.

I’m so glad I’ve started knitting again, I had forgotten how calming I find it.

Have a lovely day!

#3 and a one year anniversary

lace leaf legwarmers Hello everyone! It has been a year since I decided to write this blog and share (as well as keep track) of all my knitting projects and the progress I make. I feel like it has been a successful first year; I shared 23 projects (if you include this one) and I am proud of every single one πŸ™‚ It feels great to have a timeline to trace back what you started with and what you are now capable of. Also, though blogging I have been able to look at the work of others – beautiful, inspiring work! Thank you everybody! On to year TWO πŸ™‚

lace leaf legwarmers This week’s project was a pair of legwarmers. I love how turned out in the end, with a leaf like lace pattern. The pattern is called Lace Leaf Legwarmers by Emaly Leak and can be found for free on ravelry. Instead of the recommended size 3 needles I used a size 7 (for those are the only double pointed needles I own at the moment). I had some trouble starting off, as I misread the pattern and thought it was a repeat of 9 stitches – it turned out to be a repeat of 8 stitches. I cast on 48 stitches, which turned out to be too big, so I had to cast on again with 40 stitches. It was a little frustrating to be unable to get just the very start right, but eventually it worked out.lace leaf legwarmers I love the way the leaf is shaped! Instead of using a “sl1, k2tog, psso” method I used a sl2 k1 psso2 method which I learned from my shawl project. I just think the stitch comes out neater that way.

Hope everyone is having a lovely Tuesday πŸ™‚

#1 of 2014 – the last Christmas present

hat gogo Hello again πŸ™‚ It’s Tuesday and I can post the last present of the 2013 Christmas batch. This one was a hat I made for my grandmother who lives in France. She likes to garden and be outdoors, so I thought it would be nice to make her a hat. It is very simple, a rib 3×3 to start and then simply knit around on round needles. I made the hat extra long so that the rib 3×3 part could be folded over and provide extra warmth around the ears. I was planning to sew the ribbed part onto the hat. but decided against it in the end. The yarn was fun to work with, it was a wool blend which was nice and warm. I also loved the colours – and so did grandma! πŸ™‚

#20dThis was the first year that I attempted to knit and crochet the majority of my Christmas gifts. I really enjoyed it and think I will repeat the process for next year. 2014 here i come! (Although I should probably start a little early and thus avoid some of the stress – I’ll put that on my list of resolutions). In total I made 7 Christmas gifts (12 if you include the charity hat) and I am really pleased πŸ˜€ Can’t wait for what the next year will bring.

Have a wonderful, crafty, warm Tuesday! πŸ™‚

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