Vikings!

Completed 30 January 2015

Completed 30 January 2015

Project: Astrid the Viking

Pattern: Leif & Astrid

Yarn: Lett Lopi and Rowan Baby Alpaca DK

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I’d been planning to knit this doll for years, but I didn’t work up the courage until now. I’d always assumed that stuffies would be an incredibly fiddly and time consuming knit. It was actually quite straight forward and fun. I tried to use Lett Lopi odds and ends I had lying around since it’s Icelandic yarn from Icelandic wool. The only non-Icelandic yarn I used is for her skin, since the only pale pink I had in my stash was some leftover Rowan yarn from baby knitting. I used DPNs for the whole project, which surprised me a little because I usually give up on them about 1/3 of the way through any given project. They are just too fiddly for me. I can’t even use them for hexipuffs. Maybe it was because I had the project on three DPNs, rather than four as for socks or two as for hexipuffs. For whatever reason, DPNs absolutely work for me when I make stuffies. I will definitely make more, as my daughter is only four and even my 9 year-old son has asked me for Finn and Jake from Adventure Time.

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Hexipuffs!

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So I started a beekeeper’s quilt. I actually spent quite a bit of time on this guy, playing around with needle size and cast on/cast off styles. Dpns just didn’t work for me, so I am using magic loop instead, which means that I can’t use the same cast on etc… But I now have a system and I plan to make many of these little darlings with my leftover odds and ends. This little one is looks so lonely right now.  I used Socks that Rock Lightweight in Thraven.

Completed 17 January 2015

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Simmer Dim

I made this pattern a few years ago with Socks that Rock Lightweight in Thraven. It is the only knitwear that I’ve made that I lost. I’m not even sure how I lost it, to be honest. But it really ate at me. So I decided to replace it, this one is made with Socks that Rock Mediumweight in Monroe Blutbad.  Super comfy, I love to wear it around the house and as a scarf when I go out. I don’t normally go in for variegated yarn, but since it is a Grimm colourway I had to try it. I really love the result, though I find it hard to photograph. I’ve since joined the Rockin’ Sock Club for this year and I’m going to make myself some mittens out of variegated yarn soon.
P1030194After Blocking

P1030192 Blocking with phone for size.

P1030187Right after cast off, no blocking.

Something new for the New Year

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I picked up this embroidery kit from Heather Lins Home on eBay. It was actually a lot of fun to do, I used to do a lot of cross stitch and needlepoint when I was a teenager. The stitches themselves were simple, but I was stitching into cardboard, not fabric. That was new for me. I was a little nervewracked at first, since I was worried about punching the needle through the hole to forcefully and making a tear in the cardboard. As long as you plot out your stitching path (i.e. poke out the holes you will use) with the needle before hand, you shouldn’t run into trouble.  There is one for each month, obviously. Practical yet decorative. : )

Completed 4 January 2015

Cozy Snowy Day

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So the weather is finally changing. It feels wonderful as long as I’m inside. I caved and turned on the heating last week. Everything is brand new, so lots of fiddling by me to a) figure out how the system actually works and b) find the temperature setting that doesn’t leave the house either an icebox or a sauna. Since my husband has crazy work hours and I wake up early and stay home, there is no point to programming the system to turn low at nights or during week days, I’ve had to find a slightly frigid balance between survival and an enormous hydro bill.

I’ve only been working on a pair of socks this month, but given that my average completion time for socks is about 2 years, I’m very happy to report that I’m 80% done. I’m not following any pattern. I just watched some how-tos on YouTube, and winged it. They are turning out really well, except for the heel. I either mangled the instructions (very probable) or this a heel method that has a lot working out left to do. I like that it is st st all the way, though. My heels look very frankenstein, but I’m not going back to fiddle with them because a) I have to finish them before the 30th, b) the socks that I have made get used on cold nights, not fancy dress parties, c) I have a deadline and d) I want to break my sock curse. The actual colour of the yarn is between these 2 pictures. It’s Sundara Sock in Candied Chrome, acquired about 6 years ago. It’s very soft and fun to knit with. The pattern is a twisted stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s 2nd Treasury, called Rapunzel.

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