Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The cutest dog hat in the universe?

It's winter and the winters can get really really really cold in Finland... so I thought I should knit a hat for Papu to protect her thin ears from freezing. You see, Papu absolutely hates when it's cold, and she's very sensitive for cold too. She's shivering even when she's wearing her winter coat and sometimes she looks like she needs some booties too. So what kind of bad mother would I be if I wouldn't knit her a hat? Right? So I chose a nice yarn from a yarn store, casted on, knitted, crocheted and voilá, I got the cutest dog hat in the universe:

Project info
Name: To humiliate a dog
Pattern: To humiliate the dog by Amoena Di
Craft: Knitting & Crocheting
Made for: Papu
Size: Small

Needle size: US 4 / 3.5 mm
Hook size: 4.0 mm (G)
Yarn: Sandnes Garn Alfa Glitter
How much?: 1 skein = 65.0 yards (59.4m)
Color family: Gray

Like how cute is she? Are there even enough words to describe her cuteness? Me thinks not! And that's why we wrote a pattern for it, so you can make your dog equally cute! It's super easy and fast!

Download the (COMPLETELY FREE) pattern here!
ERRATA: The first dc in the second ear row is, of course, a chain of 3 :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Another set of very cabley mittens

I got an awesome early Christmas present on Tuesday: Elina gave us a visit and brought a painting with her that she had painted of me. And I think it's really cool, like how many people have a painting of themselves?! And it really looks like me, except normally I would wear glasses and my hair and skin would be less red of course. By the way, I'm a huge fan of Elina's art work, I just like her overall style.

I knew about the painting beforehand, I just hadn't seen it yet, so I wanted to make her something nice in return. After a little brainstorming I decided to make her a pair of knitted mittens, because Elina had just recently said that you can never have too many of them. And I was eager to knit my first mittens !

I picked a pattern that was already familiar to me, since J.R. had used it for my mittens. I just chose a very different yarn. Novita Luxus Cloud is 65% wool and 35% bamboo, and I think it's the bamboo that gives the yarn a nice shine which my mittens lack. Anyway. The yarn was also very nice to knit, though a bit too slippery for my taste.

Project info
Name: Very pearly mittens
Pattern: Very Cabley Mittens by Kelly Porpiglia
Craft: Knitting
Made for: Elina

Needle: US 4 / 3.5 mm
Yarn: Novita Luxus Cloud
How much?: 2 skeins = 212.0 yards (193.9m)
Colorway: 536
Color family: Pink

Close-up of the beads.

Officially approved by our mascot dog, Papu.

I really liked the mittens when I finished them, but I still wanted to add "something extra" to them, so I sewed tiny beads on them. I had to sew each bead separately, so it was a lot of work, but I think it was worth it. I like how they're almost hidden inside the cables, but still very able to give the mittens a girly look. I just hope they're not too girly for Elina's taste, since I would like her to wear them once in a while.

Now I just have to figure out what to knit next. Oh bummer.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Something for her and him

It's been like forever since the last update. Again. I can't even justify it with school or something because I haven't had that much to do. Well, better later than never, right? Right? Luckily Amoena has posted few times.

I've had actually two projects I've been working on, as some of you might have noticed from the sidebar. Now I finally managed to get some photos of them too. Papu got her tooth on Amoena's socks , the ones I knitted for her last Christmas, and did some damage:

Maybe bit too much ventilation for the winter?

So I promised to knit her new ones, since she was busy with her socks and mittens and something. I wanted to make something simple but pretty. I also wanted to use Novita 7 Veljestä. It's quite thick and we have it quite a lot laying around so I didn't have to find anything else. And it's great for socks.

Hopefully not too much ventilation for the winter

Project info
Name: New socks for Amoena
Pattern: Horcrux Socks by Susan Lawrence
Craft: Knitting
Size: EU38

Needle: US 6 / 4.0 mm

Yarn: Novita 7 Veljestä
Colorway: 010
Color family: Natural

The pattern was great. Easy and simple enough so I could just knit without pattern or notes. I hope it takes at least a year too before Papu decides to taste these.

The another project I've been working on, is for myself . It also might be the biggest project I've done so far. I found the pattern last spring but decided to leave it for the fall. Woolen cardigans aren't that good in the summer.

The backlight makes me look fat

The pattern is Sampo by Tuulia Salmela. I'm using 4mm needles and Sandnes Garn Smart, which might be my new favorite yarn. I'm still missing sleeves and collar so I got some work to do but it already looks great. I can't wait to see it finished.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Kalajoki river socks

I knitted a pair of socks . It was actually quite unplanned. You see, I was supposed to start some bigger project, but then I came across these specific socks again, and I thought my mother might really like them. These things can happen, even though I had strongly decided not to knit any Christmas presents.

When I finished the first sock, I remembered that my mother doesn't really wear wool socks. Her feet are never cold. Sometimes, though, she does wear wool socks with rubber boots, but they're always way thicker than the sock I had just knitted. These things can happen too. You kinda expect people to wear wool socks in Finland, polar bears and stuff. But no. Not my mother. I decided to knit the socks anyway. I know that my mother will still appreciate the gift, especially if I add some gluten-free treats to go with them.

Project info
Name: The only thing I knit for Christmas
Pattern: Kalajoki by Tiina Seppälä
Craft: Knitting
Made for: my mother as a Christmas present
Size: 38

Needle: US 2½ / 3.0 mm
Yarn: Novita Nalle 100g
Colorway: 043
Color family: Gray

I have to confess that I'm not actually so happy with the socks. I was going to follow the pattern like a slave, but then I ran into troubles with the heel. I've knitted French heel before, twice actually, but I just couldn't get it right with these socks. After three desperate tries, I decided to knit short row heels instead. Hooray for that. And then I ran into troubles with the toe... I really admired the anatomical toe on the original socks, but I just couldn't get that right either. My decreases were all over the place and I decided to go with less anatomical toes.

I'm not happy with the rivers either. I know I did them right, at least I believe so, but they're just not as fancy as I would have wanted them to be. Maybe I just need to block them. I have not blocked many things, so I don't know what kind of result you might get with that. Anyway. The pattern was really clear and simple, I don't blame it for my problems. This time my problems were simply caused by my lack of skills. Who knew French heel could be that difficult.

Btw, some of our loyal readers might wonder what's going on with my knitted dress. I'll tell you what's going on: It's 99,9% finished and it's actually quite lovely. There's just one major problem; cables really do make me look fat. I can't wear it without feeling gigantic. I planned to give it to my friend, but I have doubts about that. What if she doesn't wear it either? And if that's the case, I could as well frog it. Though Elina is going to visit me next week, and she might like it. On the other hand, she always talks about her HUGE calves and ENORMOUS thighs and RIDICULOUSLY LARGE legs, that I'm not sure if it fits her either. Maybe that dress is doomed?

PS: Sorry for the bad pictures. I didn't have enough light, but I decided to take the pictures anyway.