Hoodie · Jumper · Knitting

The new black

I’ve been working like a woman possessed, trying to finish off lots of stuff before Christmas and time’s running out.

This black hoodie was a pain to knit. I think it might have been ok had it been any other colour. The black yarn with its fringe (can’t think of a better word for it) made it difficult, if not almost impossible, to see where a stitch was. I would try and knit just the fringe part instead of a stitch, or if I dropped a stitch, which happened often, I couldn’t see where it went. The whole thing was just fringe and no stitches, it seemed. Bright daylight in the middle of the summer didn’t help either. That’s when I started this. Anyway, I soldiered on.

Zippered cardi

I don’t know if my description of a fringe makes any sense. The finished fabric is almost like terrycloth. The fringe is like those eyelash fancy yarns but the lashes are shorter and thicker. Think of a terrycloth and you should get the idea. The yarn is again by the Finnish Novita and it’s called Jive. I have some brighter colours of the same yarn too, which I bought in a sale once, thinking that they would be great for soft toys. No toys yet though…

I brightened up the hoodie with an orange zipper. There was no way I was going to sew anything black onto that thing. Besides, I think it looks cool with the orange zipper.

When I was a teenager, I started to wear a lot of black. I wasn’t a goth or anything but just had a lot of clothes in black. My sister always made fun of that and she said that she would knit me “a blacker than black jumper and put some black on it to brighten it up a bit”. I keep reminding her, since to this day, I’ve not received the said jumper. But at least now I have a black hoodie with an orange zipper. And orange is the new black, right?

Happy knitting!

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Knitting · Mittens · Stash busting

Two shades of brown

Here is a star mitten I started to knit…

In the making

And ta-daa! I’m done!

Star mittens

I can hear you thinking that a) she’s a really fast knitter or b) there’s a bottleneck here somewhere. No prizes for guessing that it’s the latter. Actually, the WIP picture is quite rare for me – I almost never remember to take one. I’ve always finished the project until I remember and then it’s too late. Also, the WIP picture in my mind should be a quick snap of a picture but as we are heading towards the darkest time of the year, a quick snap is not really an option. This is why: today November 26th, sunrise 10:07, sunset 13:54, length of the day 3 h 47 min. Just as  you think it’s getting lighter, it starts to get darker. Ha! Of course there are ways around that, but I digress…

Back to the mittens. The pattern is by Drops Design and the yarn is probably not much younger than me. It’s my grandmother’s old stash and it’s by Finnish Novita, called Brunners Polka. I’ve not managed to find out anything at all about this yarn but my guess is that it’s from the early 80’s, possibly older. Weird thing is that the yarn label is in blue and yellow (Swedish colours) and it has on it, in my opinion, a very Swedish looking image of a couple in national dress. Also, all text is in Swedish only. And yet, Novita is a Finnish company. Perhaps those days they had a range just for the Swedish market, who knows.

So, the yarn has a possible Swedish link, the pattern is Norwegian and the knitter is Finnish. Hurrah for Scandinavian co-operation!

Anyway, I digress again. The pattern is very nice to knit and it makes a rather long pair of mittens, which is good on these latitudes, as I don’t like cold wrists. Two shades of brown is actually quite nice, even though I almost never make or buy or wear anything brown. These mittens look like dark and milk chocolate to me. Yummy.

Happy knitting!

Gloves · Knitting · Stash busting

Fits like a glove

Hubby asked for gloves. Hubby got gloves!

Stripey gloves

I used a discontinued Finnish Novita’s Florica yarn. Colours were chosen by hubby. He wanted bright colours so that the gloves are easy to find in the glove drawer even if it’s dark in the hall. He also wanted them snug so that they could easily fit inside a pair of mittens. This is what you have to do up here. The colder it gets, the more layers of clothing you have to pile on, until you look like a Michelin Man. Two pairs of mittens are great but finger gloves and mittens are even better.

Gloves

Happy knitting!

Jumper · Knitting · Kool-Aid

Ickle hoodie

A long time ago I dyed a batch of yarn with Kool-Aid. I still had some red coloured yarn left, which I thought would look nice on a little girl. I found a nice pattern for a hoodie in a Finnish magazine (Suuri Käsityö 5-6 2010 pattern 16). The yarn used in the pattern was Debbie Bliss Ecobaby and I’m guessing the pattern is also by Debbie Bliss. However, I could not find it online. I made the size 74cm, which should fit a 6-9 months old. The hoodie is caftan-like and quite long with slits on the sides at the bottom. The hood is quite tall and pointy. The neckline is a nice v-shape.

Hoodie

My Kool-Aided yarn was Novita’s Florica in white. This is now a discontinued yarn, sadly. It’s nice and thin but still warm, being 100% wool. Nice thing about tiny peoples’ knits is that they are done so quick!

Hoodie

Happy knitting!

Felting · Knitting · Outdoors

Cold nose, warm bum

Me and my hubby like to go out on walks. We like to climb up on hills and fells, or just ramble in the woods. We live practically in the middle of nowhere and only need to get out of the door to be in the forest. We absolutely love it. The smells, the peace and quiet, the atmosphere, all the inspiration you get there and all the cool things you can see. One of the nicest things about our walks is the break. The coffee break. Coffee, or anything really, tastes so much better outside. We take coffee in a flask and stop somewhere nice. It’s nice to just sit and listen to the wind or the birds and to the quietness, even. The problem is, if it’s not the dead of  (a very warm) summer, your bum gets cold very quickly when sitting on rocks. I knit all sorts of things but only recently I thought about knitting a bum warmer.

Felted bum warmers

I found a nice Drops pattern for a domino square. I knitted one with Viking Naturgarn and another one with Novita’s Huopanen. They were felted in the washing machine and they felted totally differently. The orange coloured Huopanen was bigger before felting but smaller after. The lilac Naturgarn felted evenly but the stitches can still be seen quite easily. Still, I like them both and they are very good insulators. Even if a rock is ice-cold, the bum keeps warm.

Keeping it warm

Things get different when there’s snow. The felted wool still insulates but the snow underneath melts and eventually you’ll get a wet bum. Wool might be a good insulator and it might repel moisture but waterproof it is not. I have to take something with me in the future to put underneath the felt to keep the water out. This picture below was taken couple of weeks ago when we got our first snowfall of the year. It’s all gone now but no doubt there will be some more soon.

All set

Happy knitting!