Tuesday, September 28, 2010

FO overview

It's been embarrassing long since my last post and I've finished many projects since then. I can't really write about the progress of those anymore, so I thought I'll just make a short overview so that my posts are up-to-date with Ravelry again.

So here we go:
Project info:
Name: Pullover of eternity
Pattern: Knitted jumper with short raglan sleeves and Norwegian pattern by DROPS Design
Craft: Knitting
Made for: Amoena
Size: S


Needles: 3.0mm (US 2½) & 2.5mm (US 1½)
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca

Colorways: Green/Turquoise mix (7815), Grey/Green mix (7323), Light green (7120)

I knitted this one while I was still in the woods studying. When I started knitting this, I thought it would take quite a lot of time (hence the project name), after all I was using smallish needles and fingering weight yarn and hadn't really done any complex intarsia before. But I somehow managed to finish this in two weeks. I guess I just had too much free time.

Project info:
Name: Happy 60th Anniversary, Grandma!
Pattern: EZ 100th Anniversary PI Shawl: Camping by Mwaa Knit
Craft: Knitting
Made for: Grandma

Needles: 3.5mm (US 4) & 3.0mm (US 2½)
Yarn: Pirta Ahkeraliisa in Natural (10)

When I saw the pattern, I just wanted to make one. We even had the yarn so I didn't even think what to do with the finished project before casting on. I knew it was going to be big, and I also knew that we didn't have any need for a shawl/tablecloth like this. At first I was going to just give it to my mother, but then she told that my grandparents are having their 60th anniversary soon so I decided to give it to them. My grandma is also a knitter, though she mainly just knits socks, so I hope she likes this. At least I think it looks great!

Project info:
Name: Reading mitts
Pattern: Susie's Reading Mitts by Janelle Masters
Craft: Knitting
Made for: A friend

Needles: 2.5mm (US 1½)
Yarn: Novita Luxus Alpaca in Grey

I also finished a pair of mittlets. A friend of mine had her birthday and I wanted to knit something for her. I knitted her socks last year so this year I wanted to knit something to warm her hands. I decided to use Susie's Reading Mitts -pattern by Janelle Masters. They were simply the prettiest I found on Ravelry. The smallest size was too big so I casted on 36sts and decreased to 30sts. Fast knit and looks wonderful. My friend also seemed to like these.

Finnish summary: Projekteja saatu valmiiksi vaikka millä mitalla enkä syystä tai toisesta ole saanut kirjoitettua niistä ajallaan, joten postataan kaikki kerralla niin päästään taas ajan tasalle. Villapaidan sain kudottua yllättävänkin nopeasti, ainoastaan pari viikkoa meni. Tosin silloin olin vielä metsän keskellä opiskelujen takia, jossa ilmeisesti oli paljon ylimääräistä aikaa. Huivin, tai ennemminkin pöytäliinan, päätin tehdä, vaikken tiennyt mitä sillä tekisin. Onneksi sain selville, että isovanhemmillani on timanttihääpäivä tulossa, joten päätin antaa sen heille. Lisäksi tein kaverille kämmekkäät syntymäpäivälahjaksi. Helppo ja nopea projekti ja lopputuloskin on upea.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Crochet foot stool cover

In case you didn't know, our living room is fairly small. It's not really a problem, but because of the size we can't have a coffee table. And that's a problem because we like to drink tea while we knit or watch TV on the sofa. There's a small table in one end of the sofa, but there's nothing in the other end. So only one have a nice place for the tea mug and the other one have to hold the mug in the hand until the tea is finished. Before it was possible to lay the mug down but since we now have a puppy running around the house, it's not a smart idea to put hot beverages on the floor. Yes. This is a short story made too long.

But then I started to think that my mother has a foot stool she doesn't need. Or technically it was my foot stool but she thought it wasn't. Anyway. I asked her if I can take it back to my home since it's mine, and she was like "I was just going to throw it away". So I saved it pretty much on the last minute. The plan was to cover the ugly food stool and get a nice large tray and use the foot stool as a
coffee table when needed.

So here's what I started with:

As you can see,  it was pretty ugly. We don't like leather furnitures, it looked too much like 80's and it didn't really match our "interior decor" either. So we had to figure out something. And that something was a crocheted cover :


Project info
Name: Crochet stool cover
Craft: Crochet

Hook: 4.0 mm (G)
Yarn: Novita 7 Veljestä 2.5 skeins
Colorways: 099 Black & 276 Orange

The cover didn't turn out as fancy as I imagined, but it's still better than that leather ugliness. And it matched our decor way better. I was going to make a lime green circle too, but unfortunately we didn't have green yarn in our stash and I didn't bother to buy 150 grams of yarn just for one circle. Anyway. We are still pretty pleased with the outcome, and we both like to use it too - as a foot stool since we still don't have a tray for the mugs.

And there might be one problem once we get the tray: the dogs have already taken over it. They think it's wonderful and Niila likes to use it as a step when she wants on the sofa quicker. 


Finnish summary: Pieneen olohuoneesemme ei mahdu sohvapöytää, joten ajattelimme, että nahkainen rahi voisi toimia sellaisen sijaisena. Tarjotin vain päälle niin meillä on joku paikka mihin laskea teemukit silloin kun istumme sohvalla. Rahissa oli vain se ongelma, että se oli melkoisen ruma eikä muutenkaan sopinut olohuoneemme "sisustukseen"... joten virkkasin sille villalangasta uuden päällyksen. Lopputulos oli melko kiva, mutta toistaiseksi koirat ovat omineet sen itselleen...