Other Crafts

Blanket!

Today, I finally finished a project I’ve been working on for a year and a half. Yes,  the blanket is finally done. I finished the assembly a couple of weeks ago, but it took me much longer than I thought to weave in all the ends. Altogether, there are 480 little squares and it took me roughly 15 hours (evidence here). The finished blanket is about 125 by 155 cm. Here is is stretched out in all its glory.

Blanket!

I started out using the hexagon how-to, but it morphed into something resembling Flowers in the Snow blanket about halfway through. Altogether, I used 12 different hand-dyed sock yarns with white baby wool for the borders. I finished the blanket using two rows of double crochet, which I think pulls it together nicely.

Blanket!

The blanket technically belongs to James, but I know I’ll be warming myself under it plenty this winter. More details, including info about all the yarn used on Ravelry.

Blanket!

Blanket!

11 September 2010 · 7 comments in Other Crafts

Blanket!

Over a year ago, I learnt to crochet just so I could make a blanket. Of course, once I realised how long it would take to make a whole blanket, I abandoned it. James has been on my case to finish it ever since, and when I couldn’t come up with any other gift ideas for his birthday, I decided to finally listen.

Blanket!

Now it’s been over a month since his birthday and the blanket still isn’t finished. It’s starting to look really good though. I love the colours and how the white borders pull it all together. Hopefully I’ll power through to the end this time.

Towards Christmas

18 November 2009 · 1 comment in Other Crafts

I love Christmas, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. But since I grew up and moved from my parents’ house to the Southern Hemisphere, I’ve found it very hard to get into the Christmas spirit. To me, Christmas is all about the preparations. It’s about being with my family, decorating the house, playing Christmas music, cooking and pigging out on home-baked goodies.

This year, I’m determined to win back some of my childhood joy, and my first step is to find some great handmade projects to get the apartment looking like Christmas. I love this felted garland from the Purl Bee, and I’m sure I still have some roving lying around from my attempts at spinning.

Purl Bee Garland

{Image from the Purl Bee}

I’ve just had to reshuffle my priorities lately, and my knitting mojo disappeared somewhere along the line. But has it really been over six months since I last blogged?

Gröna Lund

Anyway, I’m back. As you may know if you follow me on Flickr (I’m only three months or so behind on there!) I spent an amazing six weeks in Sweden over the summer. We got some really beautiful weather and I got to see my all my relatives. I even got to show James all the things I’ve been talking about for the past four years. {More}

I’m going to post the results to the contest tomorrow, but I’ve got one more Christmas present to share first, my dad’s present.

Dad's Christmas Present

Picnic Placemat by Lotta Jansdotter from Simple Sewing in Natural mediumweight linen and striped denim

I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks guys are impossible to choose presents for. And my dad is especially impossible. So when I came across the perfect gift in one of my sewing books, I was very surprised. {More}

So, I disappeared there for a while. The last couple of weeks have been very busy, but the semester’s finally over, and I’m done with undergrad. I’ve done some knitting, but mostly I’ve been accumulating future projects, projects that I can finally make a start on. I have FOs from as far back as April to post, but first I thought I’d share some of the things that are next on my plate. The theme here seems to be buttons!

First off, there’s the sewing. I bought a sewing machine last year, but I honestly haven’t used it that much. A while back I decided to get it out again and figure out why it wasn’t listening to me (turns out I was using the wrong needle) and I sewed up a quick top as a test and now I’ve got a pile of fabric waiting to be sewn up.

Buttons!

Here’s one of the first. Gorgeous golden yellow fabric from Superbuzzy and vintage buttons from Vintage Necessities. {More}

I’ve sort of abandonned the blog recently. I can’t even blame being busy, because really, I’ve just been feeling a bit out of sorts generally and haven’t had the energy to do anything. But I’m back, hopefully to stay, and I’ve got a little backlog of FOs to show off. Let’s start with the simplest one.

Mitts for me!

Garter Stitch Mitts by Ysolda knit from Dream in Color Classy in Strange Harvest {More}

I’ve made two pairs of these before as gifts and I always knew I wanted a pair for myself. A couple of weeks ago, when my knitting seemed to be struggling with me every step of the way, I cast on for these and finished the first in about an hour. I love this pattern, it’s so quick and simple and the result is so wearable. The last time I made them, they turned out a bit long for my liking, so I just shortened the pattern by casting on 32 stitches. I made this pair for the leftovers from the last lot and I still have a sizeable ball of Classy left. I think if you knit this shorter version, you could probably get three pairs out of a single skein! {More}

My recent project monogamy has really got me itching for new projects. Not that I don’t enjoy the shawl, but there are so many other things out there I want to make and have the yarn for. Mostly, I’m fantasizing about this yarn.

I might have gone a bit crazy at the Knittery's sale

It is The Knittery‘s Silk Merino DK in Aqua and Cedar Bark. I’ve been eyeing it for months and when Daphne posted about the sale on Ravelry, I ordered it pretty much straight away. The yarn is gorgeous. It’s a 50/50 silk merino blend, so it’s obviously lovely and soft, but it’s still wooly and not as shiny as other silk blends. I think it’s going to knit up beautifully, even if I’m a bit worried about the pilling since it’s a single (but I’m not scared to take a razor to my sweaters) . It’s already swatched and ready to go for when I finish the shawl(I’m aiming for the end of March). {More}

Spin spin spin

I might have caught the spinning bug, but I do still knit. I even have progress to show for it, but I haven’t gotten any pictures so it’ll have to wait. I have two single sock and a top that’s a couple of woven in ends from being completed. {More}

Another one

A couple of days ago, I logged on to find that Sam had nominated me for the “You make my day” award that’s going around the blogosphere at the moment. I was thrilled since I’ve never been nominated for any of these things before and her sweet comments made me smile. The rules are the usual, 10 blogs that make my day, so here they are, off the top of my head and in no particular order. I’m sorry if I forget anyone! {More}