31 January, 2012
January is almost over, and I still have some finished knits to show...
1. socks, opal rainforest, colourway robin hood, 2.25mm needles (for my cousin who fell fort handknitted socks a few years ago)
2. scarf, rowan all seasons cotton, 3x dark blue, 2x red, 4.5mm needles (for my aunt who doesn't use scarves, because... she doesn't have them ;-) well, now she does)
31 October, 2011
Isn't a simple chevron pattern pretty in Sea Silk?
A small simple scarf, knitted from one skein of Sea Silk. In Periwinkle. As a present, so I don't get to keep it for myself.
Another take on a chevron pattern, inspired by Missoni, using colours this time.
A summer top. When it was more or less 75% complete, I realized I planned colour changes wrong. Or rather, hadn't planned them at all, and one could see that. This, and the fact that I wasn't 100% happy with the straps, resulted in ripping the whole thing. Meanwhile, summer has ended, so no reason to hurry with the re-knitting ;-).
30 October, 2011
28 October, 2011
First up, Noro. Kureyon Sock.
I don't really like this yarn. The colours are great, that's true, and the rawness... but the thick-and-thin nature is too uneven for my taste. I made these gloves last spring as a photography accessory, really, but haven't used them yet. I used some generic mitt pattern, and knitted these on 2.25mm needles.
I had lots of leftover yarn, and as I was in need of an instant gratification (that must have been sometime last spring), I saw this pattern, and I must have had it. Celestine by berocco.
I made it smaller, using less stitches as a base of each "spike", but otherwise followed the pattern. It's a cool toy, by the way, and I am imagining it in a much larger scale already... Huge spikes, pillow-like...
23 October, 2011
It's been a while... I almost can't believe that winter is around the corner, and the previous one was supposed to be my last one in Scandinavia. Oh well. (Yes, I have more products of my knitting exercises to share, for knitting has always been a relax activity keeping me sane when crazily working on... work stuff... science, that is.)
Quite spontaneously, after all the work and work and more work, I spoiled myself a bit. Cashlana in Midnight:
With winter in sight, and the dullness and darkness, not to mention the cold, COLD that will start too soon, I need a shawl, badly. A warm, soft one. The yarn lived up to my (high) expectations, it's as soft as a 90% cashmere yarn should be. Colours are pretty, as I anticipated, given my previous experience with Fleece Artist / Handmaiden yarns. Pure pleasure to knit :-)
...after a few hours (and three to four false starts):
...and one week later:
I chose a more rapid rate of increases (8 every 2 rows) than most of shawl patterns call for, to achieve the crescent shape for long and cosy shawl, perfect for wrapping. I plan to go on until I run out of Cashlana, and continue in some other cashmere-containing blend (from Rowan maybe). I'll just take the shawl with me for a visit to some yarn stores in Stockholm, to find a perfect match. Hopefully soon.
08 March, 2011
another sea silk crescent shawl. this time i tried a different construction method, inspired by Lune Shawl. i used half of the yarn for the stockinette stitch and i'd see some lace edging here. i've been trying out several stitch patterns, but so far none spoke to me.
meanwhile, portree is growing.
31 January, 2011
30 January, 2011
i was happily knitting my fair isle project (Portree), and thought that i'd finish it this month (ha ha ha), when a distraction came, in a shape of a little cute elefant. and i simply must have knitted it. so i did. it turned out as cute as i wanted, but the funny thing is, most of people who have seen it, think it is... a piglet!
yarn: sock yarn leftovers (Trekking)
mods: rescaling to a different yarn weight;