Thursday, August 19, 2010

Welcome home new puppy!

We got a new puppy about a week ago. Her name is Niila and she's a miniature pinscher too. When we got Papu, I crocheted her a hexagon blanket . It turned out really nice and Papu seems to still like it. And it's been a great help when we have been traveling. She'll always have something familiar with her, no matter where we go. So of course I crocheted a blanket for Niila too!

First I thought about crocheting a completely different kind of blanket for Niila to enhance the difference of the dogs. Papu is black&tan and Niila is brown, Papu is very timid and Niila is everything but. But no matter how hard I tried to find a nice pattern for a crochet blanket, I couldn't find one nicer than Lucy's hexagon pattern . So I just decided to crochet another hexagon blanket, this time with different colors though.

Project info
Name: Welcome home new puppy
Pattern: Hexagon How-To by Lucy of Attic24
Craft: Crochet
Made for: the new puppy!
Size: 45 hexagons

Hook: 4.0 mm (G)
Yarn: Novita 7 Veljestä

I'm not particularly pleased with the colors I chose, but at least the colors go together quite nicely. And Niila seems to like her blanket too. She has already tested that it's suitable for sleeping and playing. And naturally the little monster has already peed on it. Luckily it's totally washable.

So welcome home new puppy!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Miles to go before I sleep

I started to knit this Percy shawl because I missed J.R. I needed something to do while he was away for the weeks. I only had this yarn I bought from Viiala and this pattern I had printed out months earlier... I didn't know how they'd match, but I decided to give it a try anyway.

Project info
Name: Miles to go before I sleep
Pattern: Percy Shawl by Sanne Kalkman

Needle: US 6 - 4.0 mm
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Fabel
Colorway: 677

I learned an important lesson while knitting this shawl: you should always read the whole pattern first. The biggest portion of the shawl was charted both right sides and wrong sides. And both sides had yarn overs and decreases and the pattern repeats were quite long. Uh-oh. I like to knit lace, even when it's complicated, but I need my all-purl-rows too. They give a nice break and a sense of fast progress. Knitting this shawl felt more like a chore because the lack of them.

But I managed to knit nice nupps this time! I knitted nupps in the Echo Flower shawl (currently hibernating) too, but they always turned out a bit wonky and I didn't like them at all. In this shawl I like them a lot. I think they look like they're supposed to and they are my favorite thing in this shawl:

Showing off nupps
I'm also deeply in love with this colorway. It just works for me, even after knitting. The colorway also reminds me of the poem called "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost. The poem mentions dark green woods, frozen lakes and snow and in my head all those things are strongly associated with the colors of this yarn. That's why I named this shawl "Miles to go before I sleep". I think the name is also suitable because I don't sleep well without J.R. I got miles of yarn to knit before I can sleep well again.

Granma Papu approves
I think I should be done with shawls now. I've knitted four this year and J.R. knitted one for me, but I also gave one away... So in total I have four knitted shawls and I probably wear them very, very rarely. There should be no demand for more. I just need to get them out of my head.