Fingerless mittens · Knitting · Stash busting

Thin blue line

Another pair of fingerless mittens. They are so quick to make and they take so little yarn. If the yarn is not enough for socks, it’ll make a pair of mittens. Failing that, it’ll make a pair of fingerless mittens. And that’s what I did.

Fingerless mittens

I added a few lines of checker board pattern with blue, just to brighten up a bit the otherwise boring all-white. I have no idea what this yarn is. Just a nameless little ball. Same goes for the blue.

Fingerless mittens

Happy knitting!

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Crochet · Scarf

Velvety goodness

I’m much more comfortable with knitting than I am with crochet. Crochet projects can very easily not get finished. They can collect dust for a long time if I’m not careful. Well, it was time to finish this scarf.

Crochet scarf

This is a very soft chenille scarf, done with trebles and chain stitches only. It’s Sirdar Chenille DK yarn and although it’s quite bulky, it doesn’t feel too bulky because of the net-like finish. I actually like it a lot more than I thought I would.

I haven’t blocked this. I’m not sure how well chenille yarn would block so I didn’t bother. It’ll be crunched up around my neck, so who cares if it’s blocked or not? I certainly don’t.

Crochet scarf with autumn colours

Autumn is pretty much finished here (we had our first bit of snow today!). The other day it was nice and sunny, a rare thing this autumn, so I rushed to get pictures with the lovely reds of the ground.

Happy knitting crochet!

Fingerless mittens · Knitting · Stash busting

Whaddya fink?

Just a pair of fingerless mittens to get rid of some tiny balls of yarns. Fingerless mittens are so quick to knit that it’s almost like not knitting at all.

Fingerless mittens

This yarn is probably quite a few decades old. I think it’s from my grandmother’s stash. The yarn ball was wound over the yarn label (my grandmother used to do this and that’s how I know think it must be hers), which means that I found out the yarn name after I finished the mittens. It’s 100% Norwegian wool by Dale Garn, called Fink. It’s rough as a bear’s-you-know-what. I remember reading once that some people put hair conditioner in the rinsing water to soften the yarn. I tried that and to my surprise it actually worked. They are now a lot less like a bear’s-you-know-what. Still a little rough though. Ho-hum.

Fingerless mittens

It’s getting a bit cold for fingerless mittens now but one can always put mittens or gloves underneath the fingerless mittens.

Happy knitting!

Knitting · Leg Warmers

Fill your boots

You might remember my leg warmers earlier in the summer at midnight and in the woods. These leg warmers got around before they were done. I knitted a few rows here and a couple of rows there. This is what they look like now all done.

Leg warmers

These were the perfect things to knit when out and about. No thumbs, no heels, nothing but straightforward stockinette. Row counting was the only thing besides straightforward stockinette knitting. I’m quite new to knitting outside and I have to say that to me it’s not so much about knitting as such but more about being able to knit outside if I wanted to. Some kind of mental thing, I think. I almost always knitted just a few rows at the time. And it was great.

Leg warmers in action

The leg warmers were knitted with Finnish Novita’s Nalle Taika yarn, which is 75% wool and 25% polyamide and nicely variegated. The reason I’ve wanted to knit leg warmers in the first place was because so often in the winter one ends up with a boot full of snow. It’s awful. First it’s nothing but slowly the snow starts to melt and then you’ll have a wet sock, a wet boot and eventually cold feet and ankles. The plan is that the bottom of the leg warmers go over the boots and stop the snow getting into the boots. Obviously the leg warmers work in autumn, too, but they mostly just keep the legs a bit warmer then.

Coffee break in the woods

I don’t remember what the name of this colourway is but perhaps it has something to do with autumn. It certainly is very autumnal.

Happy knitting!

Hats · Knitting · Stash busting

Saturday surprise

Surprise, surprise, I have a finished hat! I bet you didn’t see this coming.

Pompom hat

I’m still trying to use up odds and ends. This is a thick woolly hat that sits snug and nicely when the ribbing is turned up. It’s also very warm over the ears this way. If left down, it’s nice and slouchy. I added a pompom because I had a little bit of yarn left.

Happy knitting!

Hats · Stash busting

2 heads in a duffel bag

Sometimes the odd balls of yarn start to make me neurotic and I simply have to drop everything else and use up the yarn before it drives me crazy.

This 100% wool yarn was perfect for a slouchy hat.

Beanie

Brown is not really my colour so I’m thinking that maybe this is part of my Christmas offering to someone. This would mean that I’ve actually started my Christmas present making. Yay me!

Beanie

I had some more of the yarn left after the said hat, but not enough for another hat. So I added a stripe of another yarn – a dark grey-ish colour, which kind of goes. I knitted this one top-down so that I could use all of the yarn. I added a pompom with the dark grey-ish colour, just to make it look like it was all planned this way.

Beanie with pompom

I love hats and I wear them all the time – almost all year round. But still, this second hat might end up as a Christmas present, too. We’ll see. But to think of having two presents ready and September isn’t even finished yet. I’m on fire!

This yarn is all gone now. I can breathe again. But the dark grey-ish yarn might start to call me soon because there is some of it left. This is a never-ending circle.

By the way, this is the first time I carried a polystyrene head into the woods. It got a nice 7 km walk.

Beanie with a pompom

Happy knitting!

Fingerless mittens · Knitting · Outdoors · Stash busting

Knitting, cycling and a few sheep

I might have mentioned earlier this summer that I’ve started to take my knitting with me on hikes. Turns out, I also take my knitting to bicycle rides. Cycling is not really one of those activities when one thinks of doing any knitting, but sometimes when the weather is just right and there is no rush to get anywhere, stopping for a few rows is just great. There is a place to sit on the bike and the saddle works fine as an arm rest. I can’t complain.

Knitting and cycling

I often ride over this bridge. Finland is not a big sheep country but quite often I can see some sheep from this bridge. I usually just shout something like “hello ladies”, as I ride past them. This time I sat knitting on the bridge and was so pleased to be able to show the sheep my progress. Only one was interested.

Sheep and a mitten

Happy knitting!