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Posted on 2007.01.24 at 19:39
Fingerless mitts In blue-purple-green variegated laceweight wool from Ullcentrum. Not started. I have found the purple ones, but they are nearly worn out. But nothing works when I try to make swatches, plus this yarn is really, really itchy.

These are really not working out. I have started them now, and the yarn is less itchy when it's knitted tightly (as opposed to loosely, like in the shawl). They fit, and my try at a picot edge is really pretty. But, and a very serious but: The colour repeats in this yarn is so long, the mitts will be two entirely different colours. One will be blue, with a green edge and a green thumb. the other one will be purple with a green edge and a blue thumb. They will look silly.

So I'm trying this in the black alpaca yarn instead. I think I have enough yarn to make both the shawl and a pair of mitts. I think.

Some day I might get a new pair of mitts. I wonder if my purple ones will hold up that long?

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Dolls, toys and playthings...

Posted on 2007.01.10 at 18:36
I collect them, I make them, and I'm slightly obsessed with them. So here's a whole bunch:

The ones I made:

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Then there's the one I modified:
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Long time no see...

Posted on 2007.01.07 at 17:13
It's been ages since I updated here. I've had sort of a crafting burn-out, I think. After I finished chigrimas gift I haven't really felt like doing anything. I have knit a little of this and a little of that. But I haven't finished much, and almost all new projects I've tried to start have gone badly.

I did manage to make a new skirt for New Year's, and it's rather pretty. But it's flawed and I'm not very happy about it really. It fits weirdly, and I should have adjusted that instead of finished it as-is. But it's purple and has masses of black lace on it. (Besides, I hope it will be too big soon anyway.) So, okay but not much of a success.

That is pretty much the story of every project I tried recently:

Kiri adaptation Pattern:Kiri (Link opens as pdf) Frogged and restarted; have turned into a Rectangular wrap in rice stitch. Slowly but steadily coming along. This has turned into a rectangular wrap in basketweave. The rice stitch curled worse than stockinette. Since I couldn't find anything that both worked and was pretty and fun to knit, I had to go with basketweave. Which I don't particularly like, but it's better than 200x80 cm of seed stitch...

Green Elf Girl Pattern as above, with pointy ears and possibly tail. Green cotton yarn. Started, the body of the doll is almost finished. Finished the body, and actually managed to make a better head shape than the usual, which means she can get a mohawk. But it's my fifth, possibly sixth, doll, and I need a break. So I actually took the needles out to use in another project, which means she has reached UFO status instead of merely being a WIP...

Socks Black wool toe-up socks with lace patterned legs. Probably Feather and fan pattern, but haven't decided yet. Must do that soon though, I'm gonna need woolen socks in my boots, since they are both steel-capped and holey. Not started. I have started, but they are boooring to knit... And the heel is giving me trouble. Also, I'm dreaming of better/funnier sock yarn... Shiny purple yarn!(Bloody expensive, though...)

Mittens In black wool, 3-ply stash yarn.I need a pair of mittens, but these aren't working out I think. Made a swatch; need a rethink. I need these, I have no good mittens. But I have no yarn that works, either. The black yarn I have feels like rope. Everything else is the wrong colour. Makes me sad. And cold.

Fingerless mitts In blue-purple-green variegated laceweight wool from Ullcentrum. Planned because my old purple ones have disappeared, and winter is upon us... Not started. I have found the purple ones, but they are nearly worn out. But nothing works when I try to make swatches, plus this yarn is really, really itchy.

Add "the children of Mothra, part III" to this, and you get a very cranky crafter. Remember the shawl I wore on New Year's? Made in the same yarn I've tried to make fingerless mitts from? When I took it out of the closet, there were a big, round hole in it. Definitely moths, and they have invaded my clothes too. The yarn stash was bad enough... *sigh* I don't like this at all.

But, I think I have broken my crafting slump at least. Screw knitting what I "should"! I want lace! So I decided to start something entirely unnecessary:

Table cloth Pattern either Coronet or Azalea from "First book of modern lace knitting" by Marianne Kinzel, haven't decided yet. Light purple cotton. Not started. I decided to make "Azalea", in the biggest size. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough yarn for this, so I had to make the next size down. Some small screw-ups did happen, but it was actually fun anyway. I felt like knitting was restful, and fun, and, well, made me feel good. That haven't happened in at least a month, so it was wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that I finished it in two nights. It's currently pinned out and drying.

The joy of finishing it being slightly diminished by the fact that I now had nothing fun on my needles, I spent an afternoon surfing for patterns yesterday. So last night I cast on for this:Fanødugen in a burgundy cotton yarn. After I finish that, tomorrow or Tuesday that is, I have more patterns lined up.

It feels so incredibly wonderful to have the crafting bug back. *grins* I have no idea whether I'll ever use the doilies, but they are soo much fun to knit, I don't care!

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These were an obsession...

Posted on 2006.11.18 at 16:27
I have no idea how many of these I have made. Same pattern, more or less; just different yarns. I made several as Christmas gifts one year; I have half a dozen pairs myself, I think. These are the ones I have pics of.

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The List, updated

Posted on 2006.11.11 at 22:31
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Some time ago I posted a list of all my ongoing projects; now I think the time has come to make an update. Things have Happened.

Skinny blue scarf: Small zombie project. Pattern source: my head. Knit on the bias, in garter on big needles. Some mystery yarn, probably acrylic/wool blend bouclé. Bound of, but not exactly finished. The ends needs to be woven in, and I haven't decided if it needs beads or tassels.

Bleep It's a gift. Finished and delivered to the apparently very happy recipient. I have a pictureCollapse )

Petit-point embroidery Started as an experiment with direction of stitches and use of colours. Geometric pattern, own design. Finished, but not blocked; I need something sturdy to do that on.

Felted basket Round basket in stockinette, own pattern. Wool yarn (sport weight?) in blue, brown and red. Will be machine felted. Finished and in use. turned out quite ok, but a little floppy in the top part. Possibly becuse I knit the last 10 cm in seed stitch to keep it from rolling in on itself.

Kiri adaptation Pattern:Kiri (Link opens as pdf) Frogged and restarted; have turned into a Rectangular wrap in rice stitch. Slowly but steadily coming along.

Left-overs blanket Garter triangles with crochet edgings, to be pieced toghether. Left-over blue, green, black and white yarns. Zombie knitting, started.

Table cloth Pattern either Coronet or Azalea from "First book of modern lace knitting" by Marianne Kinzel, haven't decided yet. Light purple cotton. Not started.

Linen wrap Pattern from "Home Work" an 1891 book of knitting and crochet patterns, which I found on the net. Link seems to have vanished, but it was the entire book. Fun to read, actually. Blue and purple linen yarn. It isn't really working, will probably be re-started with possibly another pattern. UFO.

Wrist warmers Garter stitch, with beads. Pattern from Hemslöjden magazine. Black wool yarn I bought at Bohusslöjden in Gothenburg. Thin yarn, beads and 1½ mm needles. Will take a while I think! Not started.

Punk Princess Doll, after my usual pattern. Acrylic yarn (which I bought today, really cheap!), and assorted left over fabric for clothing. Not started.

Green Elf Girl Pattern as above, with pointy ears and possibly tail. Green cotton yarn. Started, the body of the doll is almost finished.

Wash cloths Ongoing zombie knitting. Assorted patterns in assorted left-over cottons and linens. Instant gratification!

Clapotis Pattern:Clapotis. Purple/green wool yarn from Ullcentrum. Not sure if I'm gonna do this, but probably.

Socks Black wool toe-up socks with lace patterned legs. Probably Feather and fan pattern, but haven't decided yet. Must do that soon though, I'm gonna need woolen socks in my boots, since they are both steel-capped and holey. Not started.

Socks Two pairs in "Raggi" yarn, purple variegated. Toe-up, with short-row heels. One pair with "Mermaid rib" on the legs, last 4 cm ordinary 3x3 rib. One pair with very short legs, in 1x1 rib. These are meant as bed socks. Finished and in use.

Mittens In black wool, 3-ply stash yarn.I need a pair of mittens, but these aren't working out I think. MAde a swatch; need a rethink.

Fingerless mitts In blue-purple-green variegated laceweight wool from Ullcentrum. Planned because my old purple ones have disappeared, and winter is upon us... Not started.

Hexagon quilt Will become a pillow. Started mostly because I dug up that old photo of my grand quilt, and got a craving for quilting. Assorted fabrics, jewel toned and festive. Hexagons that are about 2x2 cm.

I have probably forgotten several, but they will appear when I remember them...


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Old news.

Posted on 2006.10.23 at 21:53
This one is one of my favourites, I have used them on several occasions:
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And now, for more fun:

Posted on 2006.10.14 at 20:32
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I dug up another old photo, and scanned it. This is my first big project, which I did a couple years back. I think it was finished in -98, after three years of working on it on and off.

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/41335077/

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It's a rather big thing; I have no precise measurements. I'm the one standing beside it though, and I'm 180 cm (approx. 6 feet) tall. The quilt is sewn by hand, only the pieces of the backing were sewn on a machine. I used the "English paper piecing" method; all the pieces were first basted to pieces of paper before being sewn together. If I recall correctly, there are 1972 individual pieces in the finished quilt, plus the backing and a "frame" (there's a technical term for it, which escapes me at the moment). Almost all the different fabrics are scraps from my grandmother's stash. Some of it was bought new at a quilting class I went to. The individual "flowers", seven hexagons in a circle, were sewn during bus trips to and from school.

More pictures will follow soon, I got the others from B. They need a bit of work before I can show them.

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Peectures!!!

Posted on 2006.10.13 at 16:01
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I have only one as of now, a scan of a ordinary photo, so not very good really. There will be more pics someday soon though; little brother's best friend had a cellphone with a camera and an itch to use it when he visited this past weekend. I haven't got my hands on those yet, but they will appear.

This one is a doll I made as a gift for tekiila, who has a crush on the "Blue one".
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/41333639/

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Vital stats:
Yarn: Jubileumsgarn 100% acrylic (blue, for the body)
Nissegarn 100% acrylic (black, for the hair)
Needles 3.5 mm DPNs (metal, ick...)
DMC Mouliné and unidentified cotton embroidey thread for the face
Fabric scraps for the clothes

I forgot to do measurements before I gave him away, but he's probably around 45 cm tall. Pattern is something basic I found on the net, with my modifications for hands, feet, ears and tail.

One more thing: Any recommendations for a good photo hosting service? I went with photobucket this time, because that's the one I know of. But I've heard more bad than good about them, so anything else? Edit: I remembered I actually have a DeviantArt account, so I put the pic there too.

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A new addiction!

Posted on 2006.09.28 at 22:36
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As I wrote on the other journal; been out traveling again. Obviously this means I bring some sort of goodies back, just because I'm weak like that. This time, it's something new and untried. (Obviously I tried it the same evening I came home, so not untried anymore, but yeah) I bought a small kit for needle felting: three needles and foam plate to work on. (I also bought 20grams or so purple carded wool, which I really didn't need since I have enough wool already, but what the hell.) Can't find a link to show how you do it, but it's rather easy (in theory at least...): take a piece of wool (roving) and poke it with the (scary) needle until it's felted. Here and here are a couple examples of what can be done. Also this one, which isn't purely needle felted, but it is absolutely awesome!

And it's easy, it's fun and it's fast, so I'm hooked... There will be dozens of small pieces in my immediate future, I think. So far I've done a small purple flower, which will probably turn into a fridge magnet, and a white ball with swirly purple pattern. I'm thinking of doing a doll next. Hmmm...

I should be working on chigrimas gift instead! It's late... O well, can't do detail work when I'm tired. That path leads only to wonkiness and sorrow, I know that. It's slightly smarter than knitting lace when drunk, but only marginally.

More bread making, but nothing out of the ordinary. Made a sponge cake (sockerkaka) called "Sunshine cake", with almonds in it. It smells delicious, and tastes about the same. :-) The rye bread in the last post was perfectly edible, but really really heavy. So, human food, but not too often!

Also, two more items off The List: the felted basket and the petit-point embroidery. The basket is currently drying, after three trips through the washer. It's felted beautifully, but the top is a bit wonky. I added an extra stripe, in a similar, but not similar enough, yarn. So the top flares out a bit because it's bigger. That stripe also turned the pillowcase blue, so in hindsight not one of my brighter ideas.

The petit-point is finished, but not blocked. It turned out rather pretty and definitely a wilder colour mix than I usually do, which was the whole point. I have no idea whatsoever about what to do with it, so I'll probably put it in the box with all the other I-have-no-idea-thingies. Occasionally something gets taken out of there, but mostly I put things in.

And of course there have been knitting. The Green Elf is started, doll bodies are excellent train knitting since it's plain stockinette in the round. Have done some more on the skinny blue scarf too. Not much progress on anything though.

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Posted on 2006.09.16 at 20:28
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As I wrote in my other journal, I've been away. This of course means I got some stuff, because I'm a weak person:

* One set of 3.5mm bamboo DPNs, 45 SEK (way cheaper than I can get them for around here)
* One skein of thin, mercerized cotton yarn 25 SEK. (simply because it is dark purple)
* About 3000 m (yes, three thousand meters.) thin white cotton yarn, on two cones. 40 SEK (yay for thrift stores!)

It's this last part I'm most happy about, because similar stuff new would cost me at least 200 SEK, probably more. I have no idea what to do with it yet, but that is usually not a problem. :-) It would be perfect for a large knitted lace table cloth, though... and that I have several patterns for, but I wonder if I have needles in the right sizes... I will have to think about the possibilities here, yes...

There is some more bread cooling in the kitchen: 2 loaves of rye bread and a batch of Smålands-kringlor (a type of pretzel). The pretzels tastes great, but are very dry. Very similar to scones. I haven't tried the rye bread yet. But that dough... If I had dropped it on someones head, it might have cracked the skull. It was heavy! And the finished bread is somewhat reminiscent of Pratchettian dwarf bread... So I'm quite curious whether it will turn out to be human food or bird food!

Also, I have taken one item off the list I posted a while ago. The handbasket is finally painted and varnished and ready to use. It is soo much prettier now, black with purple trim and four purple squares, two on the lid with my initials, and one on each end with a small decorative pattern. So now I have no excuse for not using it. :-)


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