Monday, 28 May 2012

Parts from Party Dresses

Parts of two 80's-ish silk shirts painted with silk paints. Heavenly light and cool during the hot days of summer. Also ingorrigibly translucent.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Oh General, My General

 pattern: Stripe Tease by General Hogbuffer
yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball, Durch die Blume, 70g?
needles: two 2.25mm circulars and 2.25 DPNs

Cookie A and Alice Yu are truly great, but I must admit that General Hogbuffer's sock patterns are my absolute favourites. There's something saucy in the patterns, always a little twist, just like with the Puckers. The jest in these is to shut up the small cricket in your head and just trust the pattern, because there are some points where an overly zealous sock knitter might go "wait! there's still a couple sts left to pick, let me get those", which subsequently would end up messing a thing or two. Just go with the pattern, step by step. This pattern is made for Zauberball and since the whole sock is knitted in small, about 12 sts wide strips, the yarn starts striping awesomely and brings out the best in this Schoppel-Wolle yarn.

The heel is the cock-up point where you might go wrong if you start composing something that isn't in the pattern. The heel decs are done in the sole strip, making it narrow down as you go. Really nice looking heel, I think. All in all, definately a pattern I would do again, just with a different kind of Zauber!
 Last but not least, here's what I bought from a soap shop in Tampere. Pieni Saippuakauppa on Tuomiokirkonkatu street sells all kinds of handmade soaps, most of which are completely articifial chem free and some of which are Fair Trade. We use bars of soap a lot because it reduces the amount of packing material - and truth to tell, because they look great too! Definately recommend this shop, great service and wonderful soaps!

upper left to right: Avocado-Pear, Chocolate-Lemon, Pineapple-Banana (Juicy by Soap Factory), Peppermint-Vanilla (Kiss by Soap Factory), Pomegranate-Vanilla, French Lavender


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Thursday, 24 May 2012

To Help You Discover Who You Are

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
 - Bernice Johnson -

Made with the yarn of my first Kool-aid batch, going straight for the Hyvän Mielen Sukat -charity pile and next week hopefully to the charity organizer. A nice, faint scent of artificial grape, yummie, just like those scented marker pens from the 90's that, if consumed, probably sterilized you completely. Oh, the nostalgia.

Here's a challenge by Purnauskis. The rules require me to pass this on to 11 other bloggers, but I'm going to a stick in the mud and just leave it for anyone who wants it. There is innumerable cohorts of awesome bloggers out there and this challenge is for all of you - accept it if you want!

 1. Onko sinulla ikuisuusprojekti, jonka valmistuminen kestää ja kestää? Jos on, niin mikä? I actually just finished my slowest project ever and it seemed to drag on indefinately. But all in all, Crown Prince Shawl must have taken at least 1.5 years to finish.

2. Mikä on heikkoutesi tai heikoin lenkkisi? Lankakaupat vai jokin tekniikka? My weak spot is finishing any piece of garment and because this I always end up fumbling something which then leads to some serious rescue measures later on.

3. Mikä taas vahvin osa-alueesi? My strongest suite is ignoring my cock-ups and enjoying even little bit imperfect results. This goes well together with my weakest point.

4. Mikä on vielä tekemättä/opettelematta? I still haven't tried the after-thought heel or entrelac, both which are something I really, really want to try, but haven't found the right pattern.

5. Eräs ventovieras nainen kysyi minulta kerran: "oletko sinä sinkku vai miksi sinä teet käsitöitä?" Heitän kysymyksen siis eteenpäin, miksi teet käsitöitä? Why do I knit or do other handicrafts? To let my hair down must the main reason, but also creating the kinds of clothes and accessories that I truly want to wear is another very reason. I must admit that knitting, like probably smoking, really hooks you up and not doing it causes serious dis-ease.

6. Mitä puuttuu useimmiten, materiaaleja, rahaa, aikaa, ideoita vai jotain aivan muuta? What I usually lack is money, patterns and time to execute everything I want to have, but I think patterns is the biggest issue; I usually need one, since I'm not that good at swinging it.

7. Mitä teet jämälangoista ja -kankaista? Ah, leftovers. I love leftovers, in yarn, fabrics and food. I love using leftover yarns for colorwork mittens and socks, the fabrics are a bit trickier though.
8. Onko jotain tekniikkaa, johon et koske pitkällä tikullakaan? Can't really think of any technique that I would hate so much that I would not try it again under any circumstances. Crochet is one of those things that require the right state of mind, weather, circumstances and the correct moon phase.

9. Paljasta jokin ihastuttava tai vihastuttava käsitöihin liittyvä tapasi. Scattering my stuff all over the place, it's not really an issue to my man, but to me, because all that junk gets in the way when I want to hoover.

10. Mitä väriä päätyy materiaalivarastoihisi tahtomattasikin? I'm a sucker for ivory, antique pinks and forest greens - the rare occasion of using some other colour than these is actually an endless source of mirth for my friends. 

11. Mikä on seuraava projektisi? My next project is my own colorwork pattern - a challenge in itself. I just have to ge the charts right and then I can start hollering for test-knitters.

So here are my questions:

1. The best TV series or film a knitter can watch while knitting?
2. What comic hero would you be?
3. Your favourite quote (this can be anything, from a book, a film, a celebrity, a philosopher - you name it)
4. What is the most romantic thing anyone has ever done or said to you?
5. Why do you blog?
6. Which Disney Princess or Prince would you choose to be your lover or your spouse?
7.  To which country would you move, if you couldn't stay in your current country?
8. Your favourite material in the whole world?
9. Your perfect Sunday (hahah, Hot Fuzz <3) 
10. Climbing, scuba diving or parachuting?
11. NERD ALERT! Would you join Luke Skywalker and his rebel friends in the fight against The Empire or would you try to save the Wizarding and the Muggle world with Harry Potter?


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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

I loved you with a fire red, now it's turning blue

I just had to try out the Kool-aids I didn't have yarn and time for during my last dyeing session; blues and some new reds + mixing blues and yellows to get green. In addition to being plainly curious, I've been planning to knit a pair of blue socks, an idea that surprised me when it hit me for the first time. I generally don't like blues, but in Kool-aids they're just shamelessly vivacious and kind of icy, almost like a cold, rainy day or the arctic ocean.

 from left to right: 
- Ice Blue Raspberry (x1 envelope)
- Watermelon Cherry (x0.5) + Blastin' Berry Cherry (x2)
- Ice Blue Raspberry (x1) + Berry Blue (x1.5)

- { Lemonade (x2) + Ice Blue Raspberry (pinch) } = makes up the green + Strawberry Lemonade (x2) + Grape (x1)

- Watermelon Cherry (x1.5) + { Mango (x2) + Berry Blue (2 shakes) } = makes up the green

I was trying to make a pink-purple-green mix for the first stripe dye, but 2 envelopes of Strawberry Lemonade make really, really stark red, so now it's RED-purple-green. Isn't as nice as it would have been with pink, but altogether not too bad.

Lemonade, not only giving out a tangy yet sweet and kind of fresh scent, is very bright and cold yellow; it turned out quite ravey, almost fluorescent green, whereas Mango is very orangey and can be used to make very dark and warm shades of green.


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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Arvonta/ Giveaway

Okay, the counter hit 9000, so here it is: a blog giveaway. Unfortunaly, because of postage rates, this giveaway is only for those living in Finland.

Arvonta 16.5 - 31.5.

Eli kuten lupasin aiemmin, pyöräytetään pienet arvonnat tässä. Mennään hyväksi havaitulla arpasysteemillä:
- 1 arvan saa kommentista
- 1 arvan saa siitä, että on lukija
- 1 arvan saa siitä, että ilmoaa arvonnasta blogissaan

= max. 3 arpaa per nassukka

Kommentissasi ilmoita kumpaan giweaway-arvontaan tahdot osallistua (Nro 1 tai Nro 2), kuinka monella arvalla osallistut sekä keksi nimimerkki, jos sinulla ei ole jotain tunnusta. Terkkuja ja hyviä vitsejä saa myös kertoa.

EDIT.  Laittakaa tosiaan vain jompikumpi nroista!

Mitä arvotaan:

 Nro 1: 2 kpl koolattua Fabelia, 50 gr per kerä (205m), polkkaraidallinen ja fifty-fifty mango-kirsikka

Nro 2: BC Garn Kamgarn, pikkusen päälle 80 gr (n. 1000 - 1100m), vaalean roosa. Vyyhti on avattu kerran, päältä riipaistu vähän huivihittolaisen päättelyyn ja vyötetty uudelleen.

Arpaonnea :)

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Someone Call Potter, I Think My Shawl Is a Horcrux!

After this project, I believe I'm entitled to say that Harry Potter knows shit about cursed objects.

Everything that could go wrong, went horribly, horrendously, appalingly wrong. I forgot the shawl in various places; when I was half way through I realized that the knitted cast-on was way too tight for blocking, which led to me frogging the cast-on end and casting off the stitches on that edge very loosely; one or two of the first nupps actually ripped because I didn't know how much I could stretch those 7 stitches that made the nupp; while grafting it turnt out that the 409 sts edge was too long for the shawl (heaven knows why) and the grafted edge became a bit uneven; blocking was a bitch and I did it at least twice to get the shawl to even resemble something symmetrical. Oh the blocking, I still have nightmares about that. Despite everything, I'm incandescently happy about my shawl and hence the pic flood. Bare with me. 

pattern: Crown Prince Square Shawl by Nancy Bush, from Knitted Lace of Estonia
yarn: BC Garn Kamgarn, 105g
needles: Addi Lace 3,5mm

I don't know how to wear this thing, I'm so used to just wrapping shawls and scarves around my neck. Any smart tips? Are these kinds of shawls only for shoulders?


Here's the nupps in close-up. This was my first touch with this technuque and just as a piece of advice: sharp tipped needles are your friends when making the nupps. See the beginning of the text as a reference to what happens with poor needles and obstinacy.

It was my birthday yesterday and since I was the birthday girl, my boyfriend willingly took as many pics as I wanted. I guess in the crafts world that says romance.

This is a present from my friend. Simply just perfect, I love brooches, I love vintage and I love roses. Gsus, that woman must be a clairvoyant. That or then she just runs around in vintage stores with me.

Happy birthday to me from me: before going to see the ultimate romantic date night film The Raid: Redemption, chosen by me, my boyfriend and I visited Tallipiha Stable Yards here in Tampere. Lovely little shops, I found these babies in one them. 100 x 150cm fabric for 5 euros and 7 cool lion buttons for 0,50 euros. They had other wonderful fabrics and buttons and lace ribbons and satin ribbons and and and. Thank goodness that my man was with me to hit the brakes. Oh, there was a chocolate shop too that sold vegan chocolates with raspberry and strawberry filling. How convenient that I'm on a sweet strike until September.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

My Sock Babies

From left to right:
-  Grape (x2 envelopes) 
- Tropical Punch + Soarin' Strawberry Lemonade + Strawberry (x1 each)
- Mango + Cherry (x1 each)
- Slammin' Strawberry Kiwi (x2)

Here's what I managed to cook with Kool-aid and DROPS Fabel. I'm kind of proud of my achievement, considering that I've never done dyeing, let alone skeining.

When dipping, I suggest using 2 envelopes for one colour, because the bright tip absorbs most of the pigment. Begin by submerging the bright tip, then add a little more yarn. After these portions lift the whole skein up from the water and add another envelope. Then submerge the third quarter of yarn in. Before taking the skein out, drop the rest of the skein in and let it simmer a minute.

The triple dye skein was made by dividing the yarn mass into small skeins and dyeing them separately. The duo dye was made by dividing the mass into two equally large skeins; this dye could be suitable for those double-ended yarn balls for stripey effect.

Here's what I'll do: when the visitor count in the left bar hits 9000, I'll arrange a blog giveaway and the giveaway will be the two middle ones.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Kool-aid and the Yarn Gang

From left to right:

- Soaring Strawberry Lemonade (x2 envelopes), dip dyed
- Slammin' Strawberry Kiwi (x2), dip dyed
- Blastin' Berry Cherry (x1), dip dyed
- 2 skeins of Pina-Pineapple + Mango (x2 PP, x1 M)
- Grape (x2)

I think Kool-aid dyeing was the fad of the previous year or the year before that in the knitting world, but since I was beginning my Ravelry and blog dabbling at that time, I kind of missed the whole thing. Now, with my sock enthusiasm, the cool, sugary, tacky and most of all, fantastic colours became topical again. So here's what me and my knitting friend scratched together during one afternoon dragged into early evening.

The Soarin', Blastin' and Pina-Pineapples are my friend's skeins and the pale Slammin' and Grape are mine. There are still two more skeins drying, but they're a bit more difficult to photograph, because I dyed them in smaller patches and they're scattered around my balcony. Phew... the smell in my kitchen actually, LITERALLY, made out heads swim. I don't think I could drink this stuff, at least not anymore, after the experience of how it smells boiled mixed with wet yarn.

Our favourites that go definately to re-purchase list are Blastin' Berry Cherry and Soarin' Strawberry Lemonade. Plus I think we want to try some greens or blues. Outcome: we're hooked. 

Friday, 4 May 2012

Silk, Goats and Billy Joel

Well we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out and
Show ourselves
When everyone has gone
Some are satin, some are steel
Some are silk and some are leather
They're the faces of the stranger
But we love to try them on
- Billy Joel: The Stranger -

Silk is one of my all time favourite materials to wear and it's such a crying shame that most second hand shops, flea markets and charity shops are filled with awesome, shapeless, massive silk shirts from the 80's and the 90's. So I've taken on to collect them, given that they are cheap enough and I wouldn't wear them as they are. So here's one of them, a very big silk vest with a dense row of buttons.

I took the buttons off (and stashed them in one of my millions haberdashery nooks), sewed together the buttoned edges. Then I sewed folds ranging from the shoulder blades to the chest and took about 3 cm from the sides.

Now it's great for tugging in my skirts. Doesn't look that much but these kinds of things are my trusted clothes, plain but versatile. Since the hem of the top is quite long, I can wear this with shorts and trousers, too.

Next time I'll maybe try to dye silk or paint something nice on it. Not very soon though, since silk is up there in my top 3 of Berserk sewing materials. (I was going start this post with an Irish saying: "Put silk on a goat and it is still a goat" but I thought that Billy Joel sounds a bit more merciful than the Irish.)