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.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

chevron seven is locked in place.

pattern: Fletcher Mittens by Amy Swenson
yarn: Noro Kureyon, 85g
needles: 4.5mm

If you've ever been punked by Noro yarns, you know the taste of a bitter, unpleasant surprise when that lovely pinkish-green skein vomits out only blues and oranges (well, okay, insert your own effing favourite colours and horror colours into this sentence to get that tangible hell no -experience). Luckily, a friend of mine likes blue a lot and the size fit, so now these treachearous things have a new home! The pattern was a great one, will definitely do again sometime in the far future. Right now I'm having some serious trust issues with Noro.

Monday, 13 October 2014

a world where there are Octobers

pattern: winged it
yarn: Rowan Fine Tweed, in colour Buckden, 45g
needles: 2.75mm

pattern: Côte-Nord Cap by Amy Miller
yarn: String Theory, in colour Cactus, 50g
needles: 4mm

October is the month that makes me crave for chunky, tweedy yarns, cably patterns, warms sweaters and spicy food. This year the sweaters, cables and tweeds are combined with my new biker jacket, really flat sneakers and killer red lipstick (okay, the lipstick is a year-around thing, but the shade got just a tad more killer and matte).

Didn't find any really cool cably pattern for fingering weight mitts with long cuffs, so I just winged it. These longer mitts really used just two tiny balls of Fine Tweed! And it has cables and everything! The DK is from a German web shop and was such a positive surprise! It has an amazing feel to it and the subtle changes of the greens are absolutely lovely. Recommend knitting this hat, too, it was pretty much a no-brainer, but really cute! Maybe even nicer with a turned up brim?

Next time I'll bring a bombardment of mittens with me! Something chunky, something colourful, something geometric!

Friday, 3 October 2014

And I would give all this and heaven too

pattern: La Grasse Matinée by Anna Johanna
yarn: Malabrigo Sock, in colour Seco y Fresco, 196g
needles: 2.5mm and 3.5mm

Okay, so, I want one in every colour. The pattern is just so fantastic and for the size S I used less than two skeins. I must admit that it does not have the same gorgeous ease as the original one made by Neulisti or the amazing Merilin version by Sanna, but I swear I even knit a swatch and was trying to make something baggier and less form-hugging. Horror films and tv series just got in the way. All the same, I love it and I need to knit a couple more, especially with Malabrigo Sock.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

What keeps the planets spinning

pattern: Lace Cardigan by Simona Merchant-Dest
yarn: Wollmeise Pure 100%, in colour Maus Alt
needles: 3mm and 3.5mm

Hooray! I finally finished this babeorama and oh boy, what an endless wrestle it was. The pattern was perfectly written and so easy to follow, but it did have 5 charts to follow and it required some serious brainwork on every row. So not precisely a cakewalk, but the cardigan itself is just heavenly. I have no words for how much I love this! It's greyish black and thus can be worn with anything and Wollmeise really works with cardigans (I mean, after knitting of course, because knitting Pure is like knitting cotton - it's non-elastic and it splits). And look at that lace pattern! True cardigan love!

I have another gorgeous sweater in progress - Neulisti's La Grasse Matinée - and so far I'm loving every second!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Absolutely Fabulous

pattern: Saartje's Bootees by Saartje de Brujin
yarn: Colinette Jitterbug, in colour Vincent's Apron, and Skein Top Draw Sock, in colour Sterling
needles: 2.5mm

Such a wonderful bootie pattern, they are so squishy, round and cute! Buttons are some second hand lion head buttons (btw, I'm so neurotic about these small things when it comes to leaving them in the vicinity of babies, so I tried to sew them on as tightly as possible). For the ever so fabulous baby of our absolutely fantastic yarn shop keeper (or for the stuffed animals in the household)!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Never Play

pattern: Echo Flower Shawl by Jenny Johnson Johnen
yarn: Malabrigo Silkpaca, 75g in colour Lettuce
needles: 3.5mm

This shawl will be my great-aunt's birthday present and it is my first project with Malabrigo's Silkpaca. The yarn is really glossy but also nicely ethereal as it is alpaca, and it never split during knitting - looks really wonderful really and was nice to knit. Blocking was a bit more challenging than for example with Malabrigo Lace, as the shawl was somehow restistent and resiled really quickly. But managed to put it together in the end and am really happy to take it with me to the party in Sweden!

The pics are fantastically good considering that the shoot took about 1 min and then it was over - there's no way I'm spending more than a minute with an alpaca shawl on in 30 celsius degrees. No way... If you want to see some more fruit of this ninjaquick photoshoot, please check out Tiinu's socks (45 seconds)!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox

pattern: Shadow by Veera Välimäki
yarn: Handu 100% Merino in light bubblegum pink, 40g, Skein Top Draw Sock in colour Sterling, 92g and in colour Graphite, 100g
needles: 4mm

Lovely Tiinu and I knitted Veera's Shadow as a KAL, and as always, the pattern was impeccable. The only variation I decided to do was to knit the shawl with three colours instead of two as in the original version - two different grays truly is a lovely combo, but considering my usual deathly paleness, the pink was definitely called for. Dear Tiinu did an amazing darker version with two colours, so keep a keen eye on her blog! 

Top Draw Sock was once again pure heaven, and even Handu's gorgeous merino felt a bit rough compared to it, mostly because the latter is so tightly spun.  Anyways, super yarn for super pattern. If only I knew how to string this up around my neck properly...

Thursday, 24 April 2014

And I'll be stranded like a man in a mine

pattern: Feathernest Raglan by Amy Miller
yarn: Shetland wool, 350g
needles: 5mm

pattern: winged it
yarn: Lang Seta Tweed, 35g and leftovers of tosh Sport in colour Wheat
needles: 3mm and 3.5mm

Feathernest has already been ready for a while now, but time has been a bit scarce lately for a photoshoot or for general loitering around the town. The shetland wool used for the pullover is superwarm and really soft after a thorough dip in fabric softener - I actually wear it now without a jacket. Knitting the yarn, however, was heavily laced with profanities and blasphemy. Scratchy bastard... Some fuckups with the pattern, but who cares really? In short time, this has become my trusted basic pullover.

 As the temperatures have risen enough to discard woollen hats almost altogether, I just had to buy a couple of balls of Seta Tweed for a spring hat. Really cool and amazingly soft, the yarn was also surprisingly nice to knit for silk! It was so nice to knit that, in fact, I finished the hat in couple of hours. Adieu, hyperthermia, this girl started thermoregulation in time this year!

Monday, 21 April 2014

I'd just to like to say, if there were no Batman, there'd be no Joker

pattern: Broken Seed Stitch Socks by handepande
yarn: Hedgehog Fibers Sock, 40g in colour Villain, and Artesano Definition Sock Yarn, 40g in colour Cream Cake
needles: 2.5mm

Magneto. Harley Quinn. Scar. Bowser. Darth Vader. Governor. Dr. Horrible.

Because the yarn was a wacky mixture of pinks, greens, oranges, blues and purples and it was fantastically named Villain, I had to buy a skein of Hedgehog Fibers Sock. It's soft and wonderful to knit; love it. The colour, though, looks like someone after gorging Halloween sweets tried to call Uncle Earl on the yarn instead of on the big porcelain phone. That's why I used some white yarn and this seed stitch pattern to calm it down a bit and the result, I think, is really nice.

Kind of look like children's socks because my friend has such tiny feet. Anyway, superhappy and hopefully she will be too.

Friday, 14 March 2014

there's a drumming noise inside my head

 pattern: Simple Sprinkle by Veera Välimäki
tosh Sport in Charcoal
Malabrigo Arroyo in White
tosh Sport in Posy
String Theory Merino Dk in Cactus
Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in Arctic
tosh Sport in Wheat
BC Garn Semilla in light grey
needles: 6mm

I knitted Välimäki's Simple Sprinkle as a KAL with the ever so lovely powergirls Tiinu and Jonna. I've never knit anything from this designer before and now I must confess: I'm sold, no questions asked! I loved everything about the pattern, it was so well written and even the layout was gorgeous! With some really wonderful yarn (newest being String Theory's Merino DK) and an ardour to finish the pattern I managed to whip this together within a week (way back in January I think...?). Love, love, love it!

Friday, 28 February 2014

mind you, this is a cautionary tale

pattern: Perianth by Barbara Gregory
yarn: Skein Top Draw Socks, in colour Rye, 50g and Artesano Definition Sock Yarn, in colour Cream Cake, 40g
needles: 2.75mm

A perfect pattern, will reknit these in the future! The trick is that the colourwork pattern is completely arbitrary, so I couldn't learn it by heart. I started the other mitten during a somewhat rocky week so the other cuff is a bit wonky (on the right) - in other words, I forgot that I had ktbl all the knits in the first cuff and was dead certain they looked similar until I finished them (aaand that would be my shitty knitting lighting and  ridiculous shortsightedness). So, children, this is a cautionary tale: check from time to time what you're actually knitting and if you're still a bit unsure, consult someone who knows what they're doing. Like a good, knitting friend (who, upon seeing these, asked "What the hell happened to the second cuff?")

The yarn was absolute heaven, both of them actually. Will definitely buy more Skein and I think I won't be able to knit white colourwork with anything else than Definition from now on. Success!

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

wake me when i fall

pattern: Tern by Pam Allen
yarn: Louhittaren Luola Väinämöinen Sport, in colour Sahrami, 85g
needles: 3mm

I had no thicker socks, so I tested Väinämönen sport. Love it, love it, love it. The pattern was fun, but since toe-up isn't my favourite technique, sizing proved to be a bit challenging. In the end I did 4.5 repeats, which is way too much for me; the heel is somewhere near my ankle and I've already tripped twice on the extra in the toes. However, I'm not giving these away, because the yarn is so absolutely wonderful.