Friday, 29 June 2012

Flash Your (Sock) Stash

This is just a shameless "I love my sock yarn stash" post because there has been very little progress in my projects. But all I can say is that I think I adore Alice Yu's sock patterns, a bit more than I like Cookie A but not more than I love General Hogbuffer. In the near future I'll be probably knitting just socks and a few larger projects (a gardigan and a top, that is).

My definitely-have-to-knit sock list is:
- Cookie A's Bex (Heritage in bubblegum pink?)
- General Hogbuffer's Geierwally (Fabel in white?)
- General Hogbuffer's Love and Liquor (Wollmeise Twin in Grashuepfer)
- Alice Yu's V Junkie (sock yarn dyed with red Kool-aid)
- Alice Yu's Crowley (Araucania Ranco in purple)

A summer challenge for those who wish to take it: Flash your favourite part of your stash or why not the whole thing, if you can't decide. Then list a few projects plans in which you're going to use some of those yarns in the flash. Notify by comment if you take the challenge, I want to see some gorgeous stashes and amazing plans!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

This Has Been a Grey, Grey June

pattern: Flaming June by  Cheryl Niamath 
yarn: Cascade Heritage Silk, colour Charcoal, about 2.6 skeins
needles: 3.5mm

Grey looks great on most people I know, it's classy and not so pushy, but still really versatile and fresh. I'm going to do teacher's practice this autumn so I decided to knit a cardigan I can use with skirts and trousers, in a colour that would go together with pink and rose and green. So grey it was. Cascade Heritage Silk is even lovelier than it's sock sibling Heritage,I cross my fingers that it's somewhat close to Heritage's durability.

I'm just really chuffed about this cardigan, even though it didn't turn out the way it probably would have in hemp. Because wool is so much more elastic than hemp, the side wings look a bit titty-ish, but hey, it wouldn't be my piece of clothing, if something wasn't a bit craggy and erratic. Definately will be one of my favourite things to wear!

The side tit- I mean wing.

Mitred decreases in sleeves. At first I wasn't going to do them as I was going to wing the sleeves anyways, but they looked so nice in the end that I kept doing the decs.

Sunday, 17 June 2012


pattern: still in progress, by me
yarn: Kool-aid dyed Fabel
needles: 2.25mm

I haven't finished anything lately, all my projects are way too long and tiresome. Knitting colourwork with two very contrasting colours always drives me nuts, because the stronger colour keeps grinning behind the paler one and there's nothing I can do about it later on. Anyways, this is something I've been dabbling with  these last weeks, as I want a pair of socks to go with wellies or conses next autumn.

Thursday, 14 June 2012


pattern: Marketta by Kauhavan Kangas-Aitta
material: Ekokude from Taito shop, 2130g
hook: 10mm

A really good pattern, though the thing in the pic actually isn't the whole of it (I run out of textile rag and space). Our bathroom needed a new rug, since the old one was simply god awful (it was bright red and unsightly fuzzy). Since I am a person of serious delusions of grandeur I skipped the actual pattern for bathroom rug and went for the full blown one metre diameter pattern. Needless to say, our small condo bathroom can barely accomodate a washing machine, let alone a massive piece of crocheted rag. So I had to quit crocheting 6 rows before the end, but luckily I managed fit the thing in the bathroom. It could have been prettier, but then again it's still better than the red horridness.

Friday, 1 June 2012

For Collateral Damage

Our dining table is of that sort that doesn't go well together with anything even relatively warm - let's say a plate with hot food on it or a coffee mug. Any object above human body temperature leaves spots and marks on it. So naturally place mats have been on my to do -queue for a while. 

pattern: 0-747 Place mats and Napkin rings by DROPS design
yarn: DROPS Cotton Viscose, 4.5 balls, 230g
hook: 3.5mm

DROPS Cotton Viscose is really nice yarn as far as cotton viscoses usually go. It's really glossy, which is why I chose to use it (gives a nice luxury touch to the mats) and the colour was interesting, kind of shiny, dark pearl. DROPS pattern was really good too, though it took a couple of trials and errors for a crochet beginner to differentiate between the terms. 

To go with the mats, I did coasters with the same yarn but different colour. This pale lilac Cotton Viscose has been in my stash since the Knit Year One and it's beginning to show. Not only was the old yarn so much softer than its newer fellow, the colours in it were already beginning to fade, giving it a sweet, rustic look.

To save our dining table, which has been my computer table for ages now and overrun by our plants and flowers, we purchased an old, retro working table. Now I have a place to keep my blogging gear and electronics in the same place while taking as little as possible from our living space.

Arvonta loppui!

Arvonta loppui eilen, suuren suuri kiitos osallistujille! Ihana tapa löytää uusia blogeja, joissa vierailla! Kiitos myös Zeldalle mahtavasta vitsistä, lingvistiikka-alan ihmistä aina naurattaa nää sanajutut :D

Mutta siis pääasiaan: arvonta suoritettiin perinteisellä paperisilppua murokulhoon -menetelmällä silmät kiinni.
Voittajat ovat *drums, please*:

Nro 1: Vyyhti

eli sinne meni Fabelit

Nro 2: Maikki

Ja sinne huivilanka.

Pistäkääpäs voittajat postitusosoitteita sähköpostiin!