Thursday, 12 February 2015

Not Wasting My Young Years

pattern: Mysterious Mittens by Ysabelh Designs
yarn: tosh Sport, in colour Charcoal, 65g
needles: 3.5mm

So, there's been a period of radio silence for quite some time now. And I haven't even had the time to comment anywhere properly. However, I'm still here and reading and drooling over lovely projects. It's just that I've been pushing my thesis and some final university courses and been at home only to sleep. The only reason I'm actually posting these mittens I finished last year is because the seasonal flu finally caught up with me and forced me to slow down for a couple of days. Anyways, most likely I won't be able to post anything here in couple of months - half a year, as I'm running out of hours in a day.

I've been knitting a lot, on the bus and before going to sleep, and I have tons of finished projects, but simply no time to have any pictures taken or blog them. But they're warm, cozy and remind me that this super speed phase is just temporary. And maybe at the beginning of next autumn I'll be blogging as usual!

Anyways, the mittens were made for my partner; he has always said he doesn't need mittens, mitts are just fine, thank you very much. Finally, during December, he conceded and politely asked if it was possible to have a pair. The pattern is quite simple and the cabling is really fun, but it's nothing special either. It's good, not great, but in the end, served its purpose!

Friday, 23 January 2015

But oh my heart was flawed

pattern: Scrap Yarn Sock Advent Calender 2014 by Missä neuloimme kerran
yarn: whatever I found in my stashes
needles: 2.5mm

I didn't finish these in time, because the further the calender went the longer days I had in December and finally I thought I'd just get them done whenever they're ready. And that was the day before New Year's Eve.  They were fun to knit and would have been even funnier if I had had the time to knit them properly and actually plan what to do. Now there are some stripes I love and some I truly hate. So maybe next year then. These are anyways way too long to be used anywhere else but under jeans or at home.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Scrap Yarn Sock Calendar

Sock A: Ranco Araucania in purple, Handu in blue
Sock B: Koigu in purples, Sisu in orange, Väinämöinen in Olki

I wasn't supposed to take on this project, since I have calculated every single minute of the day before Christmas. Then on the same day the calendar started, I was left with extra three hours as someone cancelled our meeting and I decided to take that as a sign. So I went home and cast on.

As I am writing this, I'm already three days behind because my stash couldn't accompany me on my travels. And then once again with the last rounds, I have to wait 4 days to be able knit the 24th. But other than that, I'm positive and I know I can do this! A new pair of sock after Christmas, here I come!

If you don't know what the calendar is, check it out and catch up!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

i våra mörka länder

pattern: Farmer McGregor by Alice Yu
yarn: Eden Cottage Tempo, in colour Driftwood, 67g
needles: 2.5mm

Okay, it is possible that all of my woollen socks were accidentally tossed away when we moved into this newer apartment a year ago. And one bright morning this autumn I woke up with a gnawing feeling that unless I was able to knit a pair of woollen socks in less than 2 days, I would have to live without my toes for the rest of my existence. I randomly picked something from my sock yarn stash and proceeded to knit with a desperate velocity.

I have to admit that I did not like this yarn at first. It did not settle and the stitches were somewhat less elastic and the pattern did not quite frankly look very flattering with it. However, Tempo and I grew to like each other, especially when the socks were done and I had worn them a couple of times. I'm actually going to try out a new batch of Tempo that seemed and felt a bit different. So, not a complete disaster and I get to keep my toes yet another year, yay for that!

Monday, 1 December 2014

we're coming home now

pattern: winged it
yarn: Louhittaren Luola Louhitar, in colour natural, 380g
needles: 5mm

Lately I've been harbouring an ardent crush on really gritty, natural wools: they're warm, actually pretty nice to knit and look rustic! Louhitar is all that and so I had to knit myself a pullover for chilly days. Some cables and a longer hem as a tail - perfection.

Next I might have to try out Tuku Wool - a gorgeous looking yarn that pretty much launched in the Crafts Fair in Tampere this November. Maybe some fair isle with that? Have you already knit something with Tuku?

Saturday, 15 November 2014

run past all the light

pattern: Perianth by Barbara Gregory
yarn: Handu 100% Merino, in aqua colour, and Cephalopod Bugga!
needles: 2.75mm

I was supposed to knit my friend a pair of blue mittens and actually started these thinking "Wow, that's a nice aqua shade of blue!". Come dawn and I realized I've been knitting a somewhat greenish skein, but was already past the thumb so I did not want to unravel anything. Finished them, wrapped them up and gave them to Tiinu while rambling very apologetically about how my rod cells really don't work that well and how I genuinely thought I was knitting blue. Luckily that day she was wearing a stunner dress with turquoise and blue flowers WHICH HAPPENED TO GO TOGETHER PERFECTLY WITH THE MITTENS! Still, maybe not her usual blue, but at least now I remember to buy yarn when it's light AND start the project before 10 pm!

As a final note, Bugga! was perfect! And I think I'm never over Perianths!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

always, always, always the sun

pattern: winged it
yarn: Debbie Bliss Luxury Aran Tweed, 35g, and tosh Sport, in colour Rose >10g
needles: 5mm

HEADBAND: Co 16 sts in mc and knit in garter stitch until the band reaches around your head. Bind off, leaving a longer tail for sewing. Sew the ends together and ruck up the seam a bit with the tail. 

BOW: Co 24 sts in mc and knit in garter stitch to create a rectangle (the height is up to you, I did 24 rows). Bind off, leaving a longer tail for sewing. Weave the tail to the middle of the longer side and attach the piece on the headband (cover the seam on the headband), rucking it up as you go. 

SMALL BAND: Co 10 sts in cc and knit in stockinette stitch until this band reaches around the headband and the bow. Bind off, leaving a longer tail for sewing. Sew the ends together while gathering the headband and the bow with this smaller band. Weave in the ends. Wear.

That might have been the last really sunny day this autumn. We took the photos weeks ago and now the cold, relentless winter light has settled in. Enter candles and christmas lights and bright woollen socks (still working on the socks though). I really love headbands and (like I have repeatedly stated) tweeds, so I decided to combine those two loves and sported a Minnie Mouse gone grey -headband for rest of the October.  I miss the sun but secretly welcome the days when I can wear chunky pullovers and big scarfs.