April 16, 2014 by sigrid
My friend was so kind and lend me a magazine with really cute patterns childrens clothes. It was hard to decide what to knit, for all the patterns was so amazingly cute, but I ended up casting on for this dress. The pattern is written in danish, but I think I will manage. There is a small section on one of the first pages explaining abbreviations that might be helpful later on.
You start knitting from the top on this dress, which surprised me, but is a kind of refreshing since I have not knitted a top-down garment in quite some time. The magazine is called “Babystrik på pinde 3” and is written by Lene Holme Samsøe. I don’t think it is published in any other language than danish.
Category Projects | Tags: , baby, dress, knitting, top-down | 1 Comment
April 8, 2014 by sigrid
I usually write a blog post every weekend, and am sorry to have failed to deliver last week. But friday afternoon my life was struck by a sudden and very sad happening. Or, rather, the youngest of my two cats was hit by a car and died. We`we had her for roughly eight year, since the day she was born. Our other cat is the mother. I still expect to see her every morning when I wake up, or hear her mewing. And I guess that feeling will linger for a long time yet.
We buried her under one of the apple trees in the garden, tucked in her favorite blanket. I have lost pets before, but never this sudden. It is amazing how much I loved my little (well… not that little) fur ball.
My next blog post will be much less sad, and contain knitting. I promise.
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March 30, 2014 by sigrid
This is most of my UFOs. The last six months or so, I have tried to finish a lot of the big heap of UFOs that some how seemed to grow bigger and bigger. I love to start new projects, but have a tendency not to finish all of them. Stupid, yes I know. Instead of putting a project down when I get bored with it, or come across a problem I don’t have the patient to deal with, I should just keep on going and cherish the feeling of finishing a garment. But now I am proud to say that the number of unfinished projects have decreased some. The “Autumn sweater” or the Herringbone Jumper I wrote about in an earlier blog post, is one of the projects that used to be a part of the UFO pile. (more…)
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March 23, 2014 by sigrid
This is my new design, the “Blue Wave”. It is a easy to knit scarf, perfect as a first-time cable project. If you choose to make this pattern, I will recommend making the cables with the help of a cable needle. I tried knitting the cables without a cable needle ,which is absolutely possible because of the thick yarn used in this project, but is not recommended when you are knitting cables with a high amount of stitches. (more…)
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March 17, 2014 by sigrid
In my craft room there are a lot of gauge swatches. Mostly I don’t know where they all are hiding. But now those days are gone! Because last weekend, I made myself what I call my inspiration board. I did not want one of those boring cork boards, so I bought a painting canvas. The idea was to cover it in fabric and hang it on the wall. I don’t quite know where the idea came from, probably Pinterest.
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March 13, 2014 by sigrid
Yesterday, I published my first pattern for sale. It is very exciting, and a little bit scary. The pattern is called “Sheep and bunny blanket”, and can be found/bought on Ravelry.
Category My own designs | Tags: , baby, blanket, bunny, DROPS, Garnstudio, sheep | 2 Comments
March 4, 2014 by sigrid
The sky is grey, and there is a light drizzle outside. Also, it is almost dark. Not exactly the kind of weather that makes you smile, dance and go for a 3 hour walk. The sofa, knitting and a big cup of tea is much more appealing this gloomy afternoon. And that is what I shal do today, but first I have to find a knitting project for my mother. I suddenly realized that this is something I have never done before. Every knitter, I imagine, is sure of what they prefer both in a pattern, yarn and color. But I have never had to pick a project for someone else. Well, I accept the challenge thrown upon me!
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February 25, 2014 by sigrid
Last Friday I visited a good friend of mine. We usually meet once a week to knit, and this Friday was no exception. But, as I am sure most knitters are aware of, not all project are suitable for a night such as this. When I decide what knitting project to bring to such a night (basically a Stitch`n bitch for two), there are two criterias that have to be met:
- The project should not be too big. Maybe I am just lazy, but I don’t want to bring a big duffel bag for my project to knit night. So the blanket I am currently knitting had to stay at home. Socks, on the other hand, are excellent to bring!
- The pattern should not be to complicated. When I visit people I think it is normal courtesy to look at them once or twice during the evening. If you can’t talk to you fellow knitter because you are trying to follow a complicated chart on a lace project, maybe you should have brought something less complicated. Don`t be so occupied by the stitching that you forget the bitching.
So for this knit night, I left the big blanket I am knitting in its basket, and went looking for a suitable project. I wanted something small, and I also wanted to use some of the yarn left over from the Fair Isle Yoke I made for my sister (the one I wrote about in my last post). Since the yarn is alpaca socks what not an alternativ. But, I wanted a project with more than one color. After some searching, I ended up with a hat for my niece. I found the pattern in the book “Klassisk barnestrikk” by Tove Fevang. I have had this book for more than a year, but it is the first time I make something from it.
The pattern was small and easy. Perfect for knit night. The hat was a part of a sweater, pant and hat set for children 2-4 years old. I wanted to make this hat the second I lay my eyes on it. It was super easy and very fast. I even got to make a pom-pom. Something I don`t think I have done since kindergarten.
(Since I did not have a child conveniently near by, Teddy let me use him for the photoshoot.)
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February 21, 2014 by sigrid
Two of my favorite knitting books is the “A stitch in time” books by Susan Crawford and Jane Weller. And I just finished a second sweater from volume 1. I have to admit I knitted the same sweater twice. But who can blame me! The sweater is gorgeous:
The first one I made a couple of years ago. One of my younger sisters have always loved it, so it was about time she got her own. And last night it was finished. Just in time for my parent to bring it when they go visit her this weekend. It turned out a bit smaller than the first one I made, unfortunately, even though I made the same size as last time. But looking back, the yarn I used on the first one was a bit thicker. Thats probably the cause of the size difference. I’m crossing my fingers, hoping it fits. It look OK on me I think :
Category Projects | Tags: , 50s, sweater, vintage | 1 Comment
February 13, 2014 by sigrid
For some time now I have dreamed about making a pouf out of knitted fabric. And finally I have started the project. I searched the internet (mainly ravelry and pinterest) for a free pattern that will fit the mental picture I have of this project. I ended up with this:
It is the “Puff Daddy” pattern by Christien Meinderstsma, and is found on the Pickles homepage. The pouf is knitted on US #15/ 10 mm needles, but I think I am going to look for bigger needles. Since the pouf is to be knitted with fabric, I think maby US # 19/ 15 mm needles would be better.
I went through my fabric stash the other day to find a fabric I wanted to use. First of all I needed a fabric I have plenty of, and that easily match other fabrics in case I don’t have enough. I ended up with a black and white fabric I bought at IKEA many years ago. It was used as curtains in our first apartment, so it also have a sentimental value. But since the fabric is currently “curtanised”, there is some work to be done before I can actually start knitting. First I need to pick out all the seams, and cut the fabric into strips. I already started this tedious work.
To be continued…
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