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still making…

26 Jul

just not blogging about it. having had a few lazy days of holiday i found it’s finally time to get blogging! i will try to catch up since last… which is a long time ago 🙂 i’ve been better at keeping my ravelry projects updated, so feel free to check it out. For you non-ravelers out there i’ll get it on here as well. some projects are photo-less at the moment, i’ll try to get more pics in this post in the coming few days.

this is what i’ve been working on (in random order):

boatneck bluebell by stephanie japel (sorry, no finished photo, but it is finished!)

yarn: garnstudio drops alpakka held double

needles: 4 mm

i FINALLY finished giselle!

i participated in ISE8 – recieved a scarf from wendy in singapore and made one for karrie, the host of the exchange. will post pictures later. for karrie i made lace fichu in wollmeise twin.

i finished the first pair of brainless and made another pair in black

i made prinsesvøbet for isak – my friend’s baby born february 20th

i made my coming niece a pair of stay-on baby booties for christmas

i recently started still light tunic

but was interrupted when i suddenly realised there was a baby birth coming up! had to start another baby blanket, somewhat inspired by pinneguri’s latvian garden.

i’ve tried to pick up the rustic circles afghan. didn’t work.

and the biggest project of all since the beginning of february – a kitty! a red-tabby british shorthair cutie born november 5th ’09. (age 3 2/2 mos in pic)

he got a custom made climbing tree, designed and built by yours truly! couldn’t bear the thought of ready made plush craziness in my (small) apartment… Check out this link for more in-the-process pictures.

and a bigger cat – age 8 months:

another pretty big project – the birth of my niece on april 22nd – of course i was a bit behind, but started a quilt that i finished a couple of weeks ago. it was well recieved by the parents!

niecie had of course gotten another baby blanket before she arrived – she got the original puffed rings.

and with the good weather we had in june – inspired by margrethe – i made a summer favorite skirt from my old worn out favorite diesel jeans. margrethe linked to a tutorial.

i started an entrelac project – think it will be a shawl or scarf – with the wonderful koigu kppm. have to order more yarn, though…

AND – i recieved a surprise in the mail from solveig at sols(tr)ikke! about a year ago i signed up for pay-it-forward in her blog and then i recieved this in the mail (sorry, solveig, i’m ripping off your picture as i haven’t taken one yet):

the bag’s size is perfect – you can even fit a binder in it! it’s been in use pretty much since i got it 🙂 thank you solveig!

another fun thing – i bought a new camera! what a great excuse to get blogging 🙂 so far i’m very happy with my choice – a pentax k-x, got a kit with an extra lense (50-200) at japanphoto 🙂 i actually chose pentax because of the good grip, didn’t like either the nikon d5000 or the canon eos 500d. (my hands are a bit big…) and the pentax was cheaper than both…! so picture quality may get better on this blog, some of the pics above have been taken with my new camera (you can probably guess which ones?)

since my poor blogging probably has made my readers a bit… well, absent, i’d appreciate it if you leave me a comment to let me know if some of you are still out there. tata for now!

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3 wips on the needles

27 Sep

it seems i’m not able to focus on one project these days, so here are the three that share my attention:

the brainless socks from yarnissima in shibuiknits sock, needles 2,5 mm.

the edging for the starstruck shawl from pickles in the yarn merino super fine from garnstudio. i didn’t want fringes som i’m testing i-cord edging. not sure yet, though…

and when i saw monai’s potholders, i had an urge to learn to do double knitting. now, looking at monai’s post it seems they’re knit in the round, but i see how double knitting is very suitable for a project like this. i got some help from stitch diva’s tutorial on the subject. i do have a hard time knitting double tight enough, though, so this first one may get – frogged 🙂 we’ll see.

2 x lace sock

31 May

i had to finish the second sock before the great yarn mystery started, and i found that knitting the second sock feels (is?) much quicker than the first one!

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i’ve never really felt the urge to knit socks, and i’ve just breezed quickly through blogs about socks, but these socks might have given me the bug. it has resultet in buying two sock books – sensational knitted socks by charlene schurch and knitting vintage socks by nancy bush. so far these books have been nice to look through, but i will get back to any knitting i do from them! it seems the sensational knitted socks has a lot more stich patterns to use for designing own socks and it gives a very good explanation of different ways to do heels and toes.

lace sock

21 May

although, i’m quite bold when it comes to diving into complicated patterns i found this one quite har to learn. but i also discovered some errors in the pattern that kinda threw me off in the beginning, but I did get the hang after a bit. i thought this would be the birthday present for my aunt, but decided otherwise since these birthdays tend to come quicker that you’d think…. anyway, i just finished the first one today! (and noticed an error as i was looking at this photo…. do you see it?)

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yarn: tynn alpakka from du store alpakka

needles: 2,5 mm

free pattern: snowflake lace socks from magknits

let me know it you plan to knit this and i can give you the corrected chart!