Knitting · Shawl

Autumn Joy

A little while ago I bought a 150g ball of yarn that was a nice colour and I thought it would make a nice, little scarf or shawl. Now I’ve knitted one.

Scarf

I used a Drop Design pattern called ‘Autumn Joy‘. I needed a pattern for a shawl that could be finished anytime when the yarn runs out. Like I said, I only had 150g (390m) and I used 6mm needle. The shawl is about 122cm x 52cm in size. It’s not very big but it’s big enough. The yarn is 100% acrylic and it’s very soft – which is nice since it’ll be round my neck.

This was a nice and quick ‘stretching muscles’ kind of knit in between other knits.

Scarf

Happy knitting!

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Knitting · Leg Warmers · WIP

Knit with a view

I, like perhaps most knitters, take a knitting for long car or train journeys and anywhere where you know you have to wait, like in a health centre. Recently I’ve started to take a knitting for a walk and hike, too. I’ve read about many knitters who knit and walk at the same time. I would probably go flying if I did that because I mostly walk in the forest and quite often there is no path at all, or if there is one, it’s full of roots, rocks, sticks and other foresty things that would make you trip over if you didn’t look where you were going.

Instead, I do my walking first and then sit down somewhere nice on a rock or a tree stump and do a bit of knitting while admiring the view. Sometimes I take a flask of coffee, too.

Knitting in the woods

I love walking in the forest. Did you know that it’s well researched that walking in the forest lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, eases muscle tension, calms the mind and help lower stress? Add knitting and I’m so calm I’m practically in a coma! Seriously though, I’m certain it’s true and I always feel miles better after I spend time in the woods.

Knitting in the woods

I always try to have a simple sock or mitten knitting handy for walkies (although this time it was a leg warmer). Below is the project bag I take with me. Before it became a project bag it used to be a toddler’s spaghetti strap summer top. I turned it so that the straps were in the middle and sewed a seam to the bottom. Done. It’s just big enough to take a sock or mitten knitting and it easily folds into a rucksack or camera bag.

My project bag

Happy knitting!

Crochet · Slippers

Jumping for Joy

I wanted to make a pair of crochet slippers – my first. I had some sock yarn from Lidl, which I used doubled, based loosely on this pattern. The patterns is by Drops Design and named ‘Jump for Joy’, which I was not doing when I unraveled for the third time.

Her crochet slippers

The forth attempt was finally a good one, and the second slipper after that was done quickly. I made the heel part higher than in the pattern because I wanted the slippers to stay on properly.

His crochet slippers

And then I made a pair  for the hubby, too. I left out the scalloped edge on these – I thought they’d look more masculine that way.

Happy crocheting!

Cardigan · Knitting

Keeping warm

We are in the middle of a heatwave. The temperature has been around 30°C all week and it’s going to get hotter before some cold air from the Arctic Sea gets here next week. Just as well I just finished a warm cardigan. Hubby was not happy when I ordered him to put the cardigan on and go outside for a picture. He loves the cardigan though and went along with my whims.

Warm cardigan with a zipper

I was given this yarn and I don’t know what it is, but it seems quite warm and I’m guessing it has quite a lot of wool in it and a little bit of some other stuff. The pattern is from a Finnish Novita magazine from 2008. I’m pleased how the cardigan came out. Roll on autumn and winter. Or perhaps even next week would do.

Happy knitting!

Knitting · Leg Warmers · Outdoors

A Midsummer Night’s Ramble

I always aim to get to bed in good time and be fast asleep well before midnight. Sometimes I choose to live dangerously, and instead of going to bed, I put my walking boots on and head to a nearby hill. From late May till mid July we have the midnight sun, which means that in that time the sun doesn’t set at all. The night is, well, almost like day.

Midnight Sun

Here it is, the midnight sun, and it won’t get any lower than that. The climb to this hill is quite easy, despite the boulder field. It’s quite strange though, because it looks like day (or perhaps an early evening would be better) but it’s very quiet, there are almost no cars on the roads and obviously no one climbing on hills. We’ve got the place to ourselves – mind you, it’s not exactly heaving with people here any other time, either.

As we were climbing up, the song ‘mad dogs and English men go out in the midnight sun’. It seemed quite fitting, the hubby being an English man. But does that make me the mad dog?

Midnight

This view shows the light better, the sun being behind the camera. Somewhere down there is our house.

Midnight

I love climbing well above the street level. Being higher up gives you a nice feeling of space. There is no one breathing down your neck. There is elbow space. And I love the peace and quiet. Here, one really could swing the proverbial cat!

Midnight knitting

This particular night was quite windy and not very warm. I thought about taking mittens but left them because, hey, it’s the middle of the summer. Boy, did I regret that. After knitting just a moment, my fingers were so cold that it became almost impossible to hold the needles. What kind of a knitter am I? My house is full of various handwear: mittens, fingerless mittens, gloves, you name it, and I go out without ANY of them. How stupid. I’ve made it a rule now NEVER to leave the house without mittens of some description in my rucksack. Even in the summer.

When we got home, I checked the temperature: +3°C. I don’t know what it was with the windchill.

Midnight knitting

Would this qualify as ‘knitting in public’? I’ve started to take my knitting with me a lot more than I used to. It’s nice to sit down after some hiking and climbing and knit while admiring the view. My usual ‘KIP’ would be knitting in a health centre waiting room, in a train or in a cafe. Knitting on top of a hill, practically in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night, is not so public, although it IS a public place.

Midnight knitting

I’m knitting leg warmers, if you were wondering. Something I’ve been meaning to knit for years.

As I’m writing this, we have moved on and the sun has started to set below the horizon again. Not that you’d notice yet. By the end of August we’ll see stars at night again. And so it goes.

Happy midnight knitting!

Jumper · Knitting · Scarf · Upcycling

Good old 80’s

I have lots of yarn but I keep knitting old, unravelled jumper yarns. What’s wrong with me? I don’t know. I just hate wasting stuff and having a jumper in the wardrobe that never gets worn seems like waste to me.

I knitted a jumper in the mid-80’s. I liked it and wore it quite a bit for some time. After that I’ve not worn it at all. It was quite big, like jumper were in the 80’s and these days it wouldn’t fit inside a jacket or coat, and that makes it unusable, as far as I’m concerned.

Old jumper reknitted.

So, I unravelled the jumper and knitted a smaller, simple, no-nonsense top-down jumper. Now it fits inside a coat. I don’t know anything about this yarn. It’s some kind of man-made fiber, possible mostly, if not entirely. In the 80’s I liked the colour. I liked those little colourful blobs. I still do. The yarn is quite thick and it only took about a week to knit this.

Back in the 80’s I remember thinking that this jumper is really warm because it’s so thick. Of course, it’s not that warm at all; I know that now. I plan to use it as an in-between seasons jumpers.

Little scarf
This scarf shows how much smaller the new jumper is compared to the old one. This is the leftover yarn from the jumper. The scarf is all garter stitch and I knitted until all the yarn was used. The scarf is about 160 x 32 cm so it’s a reasonable size.

None of this is helping me reduce my yarn stash but at least I didn’t waste much time on these AND at least now in my wardrobe there is a jumper I can use, rather than a jumper that just takes up space. The scarf is a bonus. WIN-WIN, methinks.

Happy knitting!

Knitting · Socks

Socks mapped out

I have a finished pair of men’s socks!

Men's socks

The pattern is very easy: 2 rows k2, p2 and then 2 rows knit all. Repeat these 4 rows. That’s it. The yarn is Novita’s 7 Veljestä Nostalgia, which is a perfect forest colour with its green and brown. The socks are men’s size EU 43/UK 9.

This picture was taken outside at midnight, hence the nice golden light and long shadows. I really like these granite boulders with colourful map lichen (Rhizocarpon geographicum) on them.

Happy knitting!