Sunday, 29 April 2012

Recess

pattern: Bunny Nuggets by Rebecca Danger
yarn: Leftovers of Cascade Alpaca Chunky, DROPS Alpaca and various, anonymous yarns
needles: 5mm

I've been abusing myself with ridiculously massive projects lately, so here's a recess. On a side note, they should've been ready for the Easter, but here we are again. At least I finished them before Xmas, having them on the Xmas dinner table would have been just plain embarrasing.




As a culmination of my recent sock jag, I found a great place to put all those extra socks. I'm not saying that my friends are undeserving, but this project just sounds great. Plus the headline says that they don't have any quality standards (unlike my friends), which is too good to be true for a person who hasn't finished a single project without doing something wrong!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Peony on Bag


 I was kind of late with all these hipster fabric bags. The first one I ever had was probably bought from Berlin Mauerpark fleamarket last May and it served me well until last month when the seams gave away (However, I cut the bag's print off so that I can sew it on some other bag later).


Anyways, here's something I drew this morning as I waited my hubby to wake up (I would have loved to begin my morning with hoovering, but then again I'm quite sure my man doesn't want to wake up to the sound of that - how very considerate of me). The text on the bag says: "He was in my hair, my eyes, my fingers, my heart" (Lisa See, Peony in Love).

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Replace P with F

Life is a four letter word.
- Lenny Bruce -



pattern: Pucker by General Hogbuffer
yarn: Araucania Ranco Solid 80g, Zauberball (Durch die Blume) 70g
needles: 2.25mm and 2.50mm DPNs

Wow. What. A. Pattern. Seriously, General Hogbuffer is a genius. Just like with most of my relatives, the pattern irritated me to the brink of an ulcer and I still love it. I'm definately going to do another pair of these (mostly because I completely cocked up the gusset). The only downside is the sizing, 72 sts is great for my robust calves and ankles but way way way too big for my feet and compensating this problem probably requires some math that I'm not simply capable of. Happy ending: since I messed up the gusset decreases and decreased too many, the sock fits perfectly.

Zauberball and Ranco went really well together, even though Zauber is a bit thinner than Ranco. I decided to give another chance for this Chilean buddy, because it's great for knitting despite its blotchy dyeing.





Lastly, it should be stated that...


When knitting this pattern, one shouldn't lose hope. They look great when worn and one should just go with that when knitting, but when not worn they just mostly look like used Durex. That's the way the pattern works.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Mystery to me

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
- Charles Dickens -



pattern: Twisted Mockery by Lisa Stichweh
yarn: Cascade Heritage (Christmas Green), 80g
needles: 2,25mm, 2,50mm

Twisted and mockery are very suitable words to describe this project. With cables like this, it's just a matter of time when I cock up. Plus my stitches aren't that neat and they start grimacing at some point. But hey, at least I got something off my Rav queue.

These were mystery socks in some Mystery Sock KAL and there were a couple of mysteries in the pattern, so to say. I couldn't for the life of me get how the stitches were supposed to add up to certain numbers in various parts of the pattern, but I study English, not math, so I guess I really shouldn't bitch about that. Something iffy anyways going on in the pattern. The tip of the toes is also way too small for stubby toed people. The pretty thing about the pattern is that the cables cross very nicely behind calf.


But one thing I can say: the yarn is heavenly. The colour is quirky Christmas Green (I'd say Grinch Green) and the yarn is so soft and even and perfect to knit. After casting on these socks I had to buy another two skeins of Heritage, in colour Flamingo Pink and Mustard Yellow. I'll use them on socks too, probably, just have to find some cool patterns for them. What are your favourite sock patterns?

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Leftovers

"Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories. Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart."

pattern: The flower colourwork from Eesti kindakirjad
yarn: DROPS Baby Merino (green), Novita Nalle (white), Viking Froya (multicolour), Sandnes Sisu (blue)
needles: 3mm

Years of hoarding has led to me a situation where I have a couple of closet shelves filled with nameless and faceless yarn. Most of them are unwanted, since they date back to the times when I bought only what was cheapest. Some of them are an outcome of being paired with multicolour lovers in Rav swaps (sisters, I love everything you sent me, but I seriously never know what to knit with a multicolour skein). Some are probably from my mum's stash in the 80's. So I made a promise to myself that I would try to get rid of some of these skeins. This is the first leftover project in a long time.


Thursday, 5 April 2012

Rest of the baby set


Here's the rest of what I made for my parents' friends' little one. Since the jacket was bright grass green, I chose to knit the accessories with a bit more downplayed colours.




pattern: Oh! Baby Baby Booties by Judy Nemish
yarn: Novita Miami, circa 25g
needles: 3mm

The only really soft, white yarn I had was Novita Miami, so I went with that. Not much to say about the yarn really, not hot or cold, but the pattern on the other hand was just pure fun. The thing about some baby patterns is that you just have to knit "blindly". If you haven't done these kinds of patterns before, there's probably no way of seeing how the weird pattern actually turns into these booties. But Nemish's pattern was really good.


pattern: Aviatrix Baby Hat by Justine Turner
yarn: Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, 60g
needles: 3,5mm DPNs. 4mm circular

What can I say about this? A fantastic pattern and the yarn was just absolutely wonderful. I've been eyeing this yarn at work and it turnt out to just as great to knit as it feels. The pattern required short rows and I haven't done those properly before; a few first short rows look awful and holey, but at the end the holes are smaller. I knit the wrap with the stitch, but I guess I still have some work to do with the short rows. Anyways, Aviatrix is just lovely, no wonder why it's so popular in Ravelry.



pattern: Soft Wave Baby Mittens by Anna Hromova
yarn: Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, 20g
needles: 3.5mm

I didn't plan to do any mittens but there were some leftovers from the Aviatrix. I made the cuff a bit longer than in the pattern and did an i-cord string between the mittens so that they don't disappear into Sockland when the baby decides to wave them off.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Hat for the teapot


Made a tea cosy for my big Pentik teapot. The background fabric is linen I used for pillows sometime in my teens and after all these years, I still love the soppy romantic, Englishy fabrics with rustic motifs. As a lining there's another layer of linen, just plain white and between these fabrics I put wadding as insulation. The rose motif is something I've been working on at least sic months, because I kept losing the damn thing in my apartment and it kept popping up in most mysterious places. While embroidering it, I even spilt tea on it and now it has very authentic tea spots on it, even before it's used.