Just a quick little scarf, and look! no snow in sight!
This is a stash busting scarf. I have no idea what the yarn is. It’s some bouclé yarn and I suspect made mostly of man-made fibers. It’s soft and feels nice. I had 75g of it in a fairly large and loose ball and it seemed to be all green. When I started knitting, I was surprised when it suddenly turned blue. And then I was even more surprised when the blue turned into purple. Shame the yarn ran out then and I only got just a hint of purple.
This was a quick little job and I used an odd ball of yarn to the last inch of it. Not bad.
More wintry pictures? Why not. Up here in the Arctic we’ve gone from roasting +30 °C to almost 0 °C with horizontal sleeting in a matter of couple of days. So what’s a couple of snowy pictures in the middle of summer?
When I saw the pattern for these fingerless mittens, I knew that I would have to give them a go, even though I think it’s slightly daft to have a seam on mittens. The pattern is Beatrix by Drops Design, and it’s free. I used Novita’s Florica yarn from my stash. It’s a crazy combination of green and yellow but I didn’t want to buy any yarn and I wanted the colours to really stand out. Hence green and yellow. The yellow was actually dyed with Kool-Aid some years ago.
The mittens are knitted with 3 dpn’s back and forth. The pattern is quite simple, although I did get my brain into a knot at first and I got all my increases in the wrong place. Once I got my brain rebooted, it was quite simple.
Just waiting for autumn now to wear these mittens. No wait, what am I talking about, it’s summer in the Arctic. The day to wear mittens could arrive any time.
I looked through some pictures and found shawl pictures taken back in February. I’m terrible at forgetting to work through stuff. Still, it’s nice to look at this snowy picture now as we are expecting temperatures of almost 30 °C by the end of the week. By then it would be nice to dive into this snow – it was up to the thighs.
Anyway, this shawl is a super soft garter stitch shawl – a kind of shallow and long triangle. The yarn is Pilvi (translates as ‘Cloud’) by Finnish Novita and it’s as soft and fluffy as a little kitten. I also like the understated gray colour. It goes with anything.
Here’s the back view. The highest point is about 31 cm / 12″ and the length is about 174 cm / 68.5″. I won’t be needing this shawl this week but it’s always good to have warm gear handy. Just couple of days ago I wore a hat and mittens for a walk. It’s been freezing. So, it’s a bit of a roller coaster with the weather at the moment.
My blog attendance has also been a bit of a roller coaster recently but I’m hoping that things will get back to normal now.
I’m really struggling for time at the moment. I keep knitting a little in the evenings but my usual bottle neck, photographing the finished items (or any item for that matter) and blogging about them is getting an even bigger bottle neck. Still, such is life, I guess. I assume our normal service will resume sooner or later.
In the meantime, my sister asked me to make a fake wasp nest. They have lots of wasps bothering their BBQ times and she’s getting sick of them. Apparently, a fake wasp nest sends the message to any wasps that this place is already taken, bugger off. And, in theory, they should do that. How well this works in practice will be seen later, I guess.
My sister might be a little late though, because the fake wasp nest should go in place before the real wasps make any nests. Apparently, a crumbled up newspaper or stuffed coffee filter bag would do the same job. This crochet nest is a high-end luxury version that will last a bit longer. Years, in fact.
I haven’t knitted any socks for ages. I have one knitting WIP with a deadline coming up, so I thought it was only fitting that I’d go and start something new. Just keeping those stress levels nice and high!
This is a yarn I picked up from a flea market some time ago. The juicy colour caught my eye. The only information provided was ‘yarn’ and the price, ‘€1.50’. So, I’m using ‘yarn’ on these toe-up socks. I’m also, for the first time, testing out my new Addi Sockwonders. They are teeny tiny cable needles with one needle slightly longer than the other. At first go they feel what I could imagine knitting with matchsticks would be like. You need to hold the needles a bit differently from normal. Having reached the start of the heel, I feel fairly comfortable with them and quite like them. I wish I had bought two of them.
Anyway, clock’s ticking, deadline is approaching. Just enjoying these little stolen moments with my juicy socks…
There’s been a jumper taking up space in the wardrobe for years and it never gets worn anymore. It was made by my mother in the mid 90’s and it was quite huge, typical of the times. It was an all over Norwegian pattern and was a real shame that it was never worn anymore. I couldn’t find anyone else to wear it either and I doubt it would have been easy to find a buyer for it. So, I unraveled it. It hurt a bit but my philosophy is to use the stuff one way or other. At least now the jumper gets worn again. It doesn’t look as awesome but it’ll get used.
I used a pattern called Twin River by Drops Design. It was a very nice pattern – I might use it again sometime. I don’t know what this yarn is. My guess is that it’s some kind of wool mix. I did completely random stripes.
I used the leftovers for a hat.
It’s a shame I didn’t take a picture of the original jumper but needless to say this one looks nothing like it.
The original jumper had steeked armholes. Obviously the yarn was cut into short bits. I calmly knotted all the bits randomly and knitted a cushion cover. Knots are hidden inside. Waste not, want not!
Ever since my hubby was a little boy, he wanted a Starsky cardigan, from the Starsky & Hutch TV series.
This was the only pattern I found. It’s from the magazine ‘Knitting’, winter 2008. He thought it would be fine but when the cardigan was finished, he did think that it was a bit too lady-like for his liking. It’s my Starsky cardigan now.
I’m not crazy about these bathrobe types of cardigans either but it should be warm in the winter. Maybe I’ll learn to wear it at home. I’m thinking that I should try and turn this pattern into a cardigan that’s much thicker and with buttons or a zipper instead of a belt.