lördag 28 december 2013

Monster and yarn

Yeah. Toilet paper rolls were coincidently perfect as yarnholders.

This summer, as far away as it seems right now, I got some purple and grey wool for spinning or felting or whatever. Mostly it has just been lying around, but lately I discovered that some spinning in my paper-writing-breaks was a treat. Some days ago I got around to unwind the yarn that has accumulated on the spindle (a common drop spindle) and it was quite a lot! Now I really want to spin all of it, and the grey wool to make a 2-ply with one thread purple and one grey.

I hope everyone has a great holiday whether you are celebrating something or not. I have.

torsdag 26 december 2013

Black is Black

I want a really simple black scarf that I can wear to everything. Luckily I got a skein of Malabrigo lace for my b-day. It will be perfect.
I also noticed that Malabrigo lace is best knitted on metal needles, because of the fluffyness. 

fredag 20 december 2013

Mad hatters and sick cats

So I finally finished that Green Memories hat I have been working on for the whole autumn. For making a really dubious translation from a Swedish way of speech: There has been a lot of trolls in this one...

At first the colours. If you want to make this hat, and I can warmly recommend the pattern, be careful in choosing your colour combo. I used some leftovers and had to frog it at first because there was just a gutter of colours. This is my second attempt and it's better, but there were supposed to be stars there somewhere! I think it's ok, just be careful with how you want your to come out.
Aaand in the final stages when I just wanted to make it finished (and watching Batman at the same time) I made the error of picking the wrong colour at the top. I don't care, and I WONT frog it again. It will just have to be that way.
Maybe I meant for it to happen? Yeah, that's it. I MEANT for it to happen. So there.
The last couple of days I have had a satelite cat at home. Someone bit Whisky right through the ear (bad kitty, why be out and fight when you could be inside and cuddle?) and it got really yucky and infected. He is ok now, but he was not a happy kitty for a while there.
Poor kittie gets the cuddles.
And the usual hillarities happend as he bumped in to things as he tried to move about in his huge satelite. Horrible me, I shouldn't laugh, but it's really hard not to.

onsdag 18 december 2013

Saturnine Mitts

Yay! New mitts! And with a free pattern as a winter gift! For winter is coming, at least of this little spot of the world. We have a had a dash of snow that melted away, but a lot of nights and days have been really cold. Since I spend almost all of my time studying, a neat pair of mitts can be the best thing.
You need: 5 DPN:s size 2,5 mm
Yarn: Any kind of fingering will do. The pattern is dependent on the colour changes, of course you can make it in one colour but I honestly think it will loose some groove.
 I used Drops Fabel, colour pink (109) as MC, Drops Fabel
colour Black (400) as C2 (colour two), and Drops Alpaca, colour bright Green (7238) for C3
(colour three) You really don't need a lot, like half a ball of each will do.
A stitch marker
A grafting needle

Read before you start: They get rather stretchy, so don't be alarmed of the low cast on number of sts. They fit my hands that are neither small or large. If you need to make them larger or smaller, add or subtrakt sts in groups of 5.

How to:

Cast on 50 sts with MC.
Knit 1 row and join to a circle. Place the stitch marker to keep track of start and end of the rows.
Purl one row.
Knit two rows.

Change to C2.

*Knit one row.
(K2, yarn over, slip 1, knit 2 together, slip knitted sts over the last two, yarn over) Repeat to end.
Knit one row*

These 3 rows (* to *) make the whole pattern repeat. Change colour every time you have done a whole repeat.

When you have made 29 repeats (ten of every colour except MC, that is nine and the edge) knit as follows.

Knit 5 sts, place the next nine on a holder, knit to end of the row.
Next row ( K2, yarn over, slip 1, knit 2 together, slip knitted sts over the last two, yarn over) to end, except when you come to the gap where the stitch holder is, you cast on nine sts.
Knit one row.

Continue with the pattern report 9 times (3 of each colour).
Now, with MC, knit 2 rows.
Purl 1 row.
Knit 1 row.
Cast off.

Place the sts from the holder to a needle.
With MC, pick up 11 sts around the rest of the hole.
Knit all 20 sts 6 rows.
Purl 1 row.
Knit 1 row.
Cast off.
Fasten all ends.

And we're on Ravelry! Saturnine Mitts

tisdag 10 december 2013

Mummy knitting book and sleeves

I got a knitting book from the 30ies from the BF. It has tiny illustrations all over, like a dinosaur, a mom spanking her kid (!), a small dog having a tea party, some boxers and lots more. My favorite is this one, a person making a mummy! Awesome.

I am also currently making a sleeve on very thin yarn and needles 2 mm. It's taking forever... People who made a living from this in the past has my never dying respect.

söndag 8 december 2013

Something new...

 Another pair of half mitts. I never thought it would look this cool, I just wanted to get rid of some leftovers and screw around a bit. Good screwing too, I think I'll make a pattern out of this when I'm done.
Me and my new 2,5 mm DPNs named Karbonz love each other very, very much, by the way. No more accidentally breaking tiny needles, not me!

torsdag 5 december 2013

When it is your birthday...

... you get to start a new project, especially if someone gifted you yarn from amazing Garnkorgen. It was a short sweet period of having just a few projects at once. Since I also managed to start a second (or first really) one a couple of days back since my last bring-along project (you know that one that fits in your handbag and can be brought everywhere) was finished a while back, I'm back in my old habits. And paper-period starts at the Uni. Very good timing...

I am currently amazed at a pattern from the new Knitty and to no surprise it's Princess Franklin Plaid collar . So amazing, it really took me a while to get a grasp of how the heck it was done- my brain just did not compute the surface with the notion that it should be knitted! But I tell you folks, this one is really clever. So simple that everyone can do it, and still looks really difficult.
I have to try this one, sooner or later.