55 Mornings Before Christmas

 My dear Auntie told me today that she would like to have a new boobwarmer. I knitted her one few years back for Chistmas. Little later they moved, and her DH managed to donate it to local Red Cross' charity sale by accident.
So, I decided to knit one, althought, I don't know about the timetable yet. But I did chooce the yarn, and since I don't have any of her colours, I Kool Aided the yarn. I used four different colours, orange, red, burgundy and purpple and two skeins of Novita Nalle in pure white.


61 Mornings Before Christmas

Those of You, who have been following my blog for longer time, know that it is a tradition here in Nook to have a Christmas countdown.
In Finland Christmas is celebrated on 24th of December, and the 25th is called the First Christmas Day, and the Boxing Day is the Second Christmas Day.
I read my old entries for this day and oh all those memories:
On 24th of Oct 2008 I've had a cold and I've been knitting blankets for my Godson and my Cousin. The blankets were made out of variuos yarns and colours and  I've listed my favourites and my most disliked yarns (No digital pictures left)
On 24th of Oct 2009 I had just got the swine flu-shot and it hurt so badly to my left arm that it was difficult to sleep, to dress or lift the arm. It has been a Movie-Saturday and I've been stared at the store because of the painfull arm. My Northern Lights-shawl had been smaller than anyone elses. I was about to embark to my second Traveling Scarves-journey and the beginning piece was entrelac, to which I was not happy with. I had also frogged a washing mitten that my Grand-ma's X-mas present for that X-mas. There was 15% off on all yarns in Anttila with a coupon. I bought my first Nalle Marjaretki-yarns to knit socks to my parents. I had just "published" the Entrelac-socks-pattern and receaved two skeins of feltting yarn as a reward and planned to knit Teddy-Bears out of those. I've aslo planned ahead to call to my cousins on Sunday to discuss about the X-mas present to our Great-Grandma. I swore that it would be the last Christmas I'd do it (and unfortunately it was, she died in 1st of Nov 2010). I was also wondering how to refer to my Cousin's common-law-wife.
My first Northern Lights-shawl, knitted of Estonian wool that my Granny brought to me from Tallinn
Walter/Wilhelm/Vertter before and after the visit to washing maschine
On 24th of Oct 2010 I had just pinded down a Multnomah-shawl to my Mom, and would have needed more needles to make it look nice. I've had the eighth pair of "Unknown"-sock on my needle, and I've just finished the first sock and the second hasn't been that fair either. Apparently I've run out of green 7veljestä-yarn. The stash has been less than 30kg.
Multnomah in Mom's colours knitted from Novita Nalle and 7 Veljestä
Today... I've been knitting socks to my Godson. It is one of the KyJy-projects and I'm using the yarn he kool-aided while visiting here in June.


The First Eight KyJy-Projects

I've finaly finished the first eight KyJy-projects. Timewise, it is past half, so I'll have to hurry up a little. Although, I think I've finished the biggest ones, but there are still few quite large pieces to knit.
The projects in order of finishing:
1. Mario-beret made of Novita Puro in Autumn Colors (ruska), with 5mm needles and weighting 53g, thanks to all of those knots in the yarn. I'll never buy more Puro, that's for sure. This will go to personal use most likely.
Third time does the charm.
10. Socks made of Novita Jussi in green and red, with 3,5mm needles and weighting 156g. The pattern is my "regular socks for man"-pattern, very basic and easy to knit. I used Welsh-heel as usuall. These went to a friend, as a some sort of thank you-gift as well as farewell-gift.
How can the colours vary this much due lighting?
24. Etiopia-babywear (in Finnish) made of Novita Nalle, hand dyed with Kool Aid, with 3,25mm needles and it weights 91g. I gave this to a co-worker expecting her firstborn some time in November.
Suitable for boys and girls.
20. Monarch-shawl made of Novita Nalle, hand dyed with vinegar and candycolours, with 4,5mm needles and used 140g. I knitted the shawl to be as large as possible with the one skein I had. I love the colour and the shawl.
Repeated the first chart for half of the yarn and used the rest for the rest of the charts
7. Tunic made of Novita Nalle and Novita Rose Mohair, with 9mm needles and used altogether 555g of yarn. Pattern is from Novita-magazine, Winter 2009, pattern 46. I've used this already few times and it is quite nice actually.

21. Cable-socks made of Novita 7veljestä Raita with 3,5mm needles and used 145g. I was supposed to knit the Entrelac-socks but the yarn didn't work for it, so in 5th of August I ended up with this pattern. These are still looking an owner.

11. Northern Lights-shawl (in Finnish) made of Novita 7veljestä Raita, with 6mm needles and used 257g of yarn. Merry Christmas Mom.

19. Lanesplitter made of Novita 7veljestä Raita, in two different shades, with 5,5mm needles and used 485g of yarn. Can't wait to wear it!
I seam to be wearing the same shirt in every picture...
And one extra project from a boring Sunday evening with The Lord of the Rings-trilogy:
A blankie made of Novita Foxi doublled with 12mm needles. Took the whole kilo I had. I used similar technique than Lanesplitter. Easiest and quickest kilo of yarn I've ever knitted. This heads in time to a friend, or actually her son for the winter to be wored in sled to keep him warm.

 Nice Autumn and Happy Knitting everyone


The Playground for the Rest of the Year

So, I've actually managed to start ALL 24 projects for KyJy (in Finnish). One I've so far finished, but more about that when I've managed to finish at least seven another projects. I have two sweaters, one jacket, one tunic, several socks and few mittens, two baby-size dresses, a beanie, shawls, a charity baby-wear and a skirt.
Somewhere between all the starts I managed to put the buttons for the cotton jackets for my friend's babies and sent those out. =o)

My KyJy-list:
- Mario
- Haavisto-mittens with patterns 45 and 95
- Socks for my Cousin
- Socks for my Godson
- Sweater 
- Annis
- Tunic
- Baby dress
- Baby dress
- Sock for a friend
- Northern Lights (in Finnish)
- Sweater
- Fairisle socks
- Fairisle socks
- Squirrel and Oak mittens
- Toe-up socks
- Mittens for my Godson and Cousin
- Jacket
- Lanesplitter
- Monarch
- Entrelac socks with my own pattern
- Washcloths
- Entrelac socks with my own pattern
- Etiopia-babywear

Not much to knit, right?

My Friend is learning to knit socks. She found a pattern for heel flap from the Net. It turned out quite interesting.  

She had knitted *slip one, knit one* and the alter rows *knit one, slip one*. I could have not managed to knit anything like that, even on purpose.


How WiP's become UFO's and sometimes even FO's?

Few years ago (in September/October 2008) I started to cross-stitch portrates of those five breeds of dogs my grand-parents have had. Needlles to say, it wasn't finished for the Christmas 2008. Nor for the Christmas 2009. Nor for the Christmas 2010. This year I decided to finish. So, at my second last day in Kuopio I managed to finish it. Five dogs, or dog heads actually, it felt like it is never going to be ready. I don't like cross-stitching. The patterns are from three issues of Suuri Käsityölehti  of '98-'99.

After returning home I've been knitting yet a pair of Back to Basics from the blue Flusi das Sockenmoster-yarn I bought from Joensuu (because I couldn't find it from Menita Outlet). Then I wanted to make the numbers look better, so I knitted MarioBeret from the first season's Novita Puro colour called heather. The quality of the yarn, was once again a disappointment. The rest of the three skeins (or less than two at the time) became a scarf, a basic Karius-type shawl (didn't use any pattern thou). 5mm neeldes for both, and I actually needed to open also one skein of another colour of Puro. I don't how that is possible, but that's the case...

 After giving a lot of thought I decided to join the KAL called KyJy, which main point is to start 24 knittings between Midsummer's Eve (24th of June) and 10th of August and finish all of those by the Christmas Eve (the abbreviation comes from the Finnish name of the KAL, Kesäyöstä Jouluyöhön). To each knitting everyone has to use 50g or 250m of yarn.
So, my first KyJy-knitting is another MarioBeret from the rest of the Puro. 

I've been having a sort of another summer vacation, as my Godson and his family visited me over the few days. We went to the Korkeasaari (the Helsinki Zoo) and to the Heureka (Science Park in Vantaa). Both that I've visited last time on our sixth grade field trip at the end of the 90's. The boys found my close by beach that I didn't manage to find last summer, and had a lovely evening swimming. Last we visited IKEA, which was rather interesting. Once my parents get here, for their visit, I think we'll have to go there again. =o)
The Boys and I did some Kool Aiding this morning, both got two skeins of Sandesgarn's Maija in ivory and two packs of Kool Aid. I dyed some Hjertegarn's 4-ply sockwool. Older one wanted to have pink-orange yarn and the younger blue-green yarn. I had blue-pink yarn. Can't wait to get knitting those.

Would you like to have some... yarn soup?

Cooling down
Mine is on top, left one is for the Older Boy and the right one for the Younger Boy


Pictures, finaly

So, I'm finally allowed to post pictures of the babywear I've been knitting during the spring. The thick ones are already with the new owners, and the rest will go out sometime this or next week.
These are knitted of left over Aino-yarn. It took 100g per jacket. The pattern is from the book Puikoissa (In the Needles) by Anu Harkki, ment for cotton yarn, but worked out quite nicely for wool also. 6mm neeldes.
The socks were the first items I knitted, and at the time the colourscheme wasn't certain just yet. Knitted of Nalle-yarn with 3mm neeldes. Size for 70cm (?). The pattern is traditional.
These are knitted of Koll-Aided Nalle-yarn. The pattern is by Drops. One 150g skein per jacket and some terracotta for finishing. Size for 3-6 months.
The last set of jackets is maybe half done, with Sunnyside, of the Egyptian cotton I got in April from Menita. I've knitted one and half of the second one, but haven't finished the first one so far. The pattern is top down, a new technigue to me, but I like it.

I have only one more granny square to crochet of the first half, so 98 squares done and counting... And I've digged up my cross stitch-project as well, I'm hopeing to finish it soon, so the Granny and Grandpa would get their Christmas present from the 2008 before Chritmas 2011. =o)

Other than that, I've been visiting my parents (and other relatives and friends) in Savonia and Karelia, and oh boy all those memories brought back.
 Maybe I really need to reconsider moving back to Eastern Finlad, or maybe not. As I have a steady job now.


Only True Addict Can Do This

I went to Helsinki today. Not that it is something unusual, as I go to Helsinki most Sundays, but today, I went there for shopping. I was thinking to go to WSOY's bookstore for some cheap bookclub books (I won't pay 5,9€ for postals, but 8€ for bus is fine). I even had a list of books I wanted.
Of course I found some other books as well, but only true yarn addict can find yarn from bookstore, and it is on SALE!
So, I got 1600g of yarn in three different types, and in various colours. The yarns used to be these free gifts from the bookclub if you bring new members, so they were in a set. And there also were some new Addi needles, but I'll give them to some friend. =o)

Lately I've been knitting still the babywear for my friend's twins, and I already have maybe half done of the things I wish to knit for starters. Still no pictures, as I don't know if they are born just yet.


Spring or even summer... in April?

Easter passed by in lovely weather and in good company. One of the highlights was of course that I got my computer back from the warranty repairs, but mostly this Easter was about being at the church and hanging out with some friends. We went to a concert on Friday, Turkish (or was it Armenian?) restaurant on Saturday, had the traditional Easter Morning breakfast on Sunday and ended the Easter at Monday in my place with nice Finnish Easter meal (meaning no lamb but pork). It seems that I'm starting to settle in in Espoo. Wasn't big fan of the Turkish food thou. In general the Easter was very nice. =o) 
The weather was lovely as said. I could wear a knee long skirt with out being cold, which is nice of course. And I don't have to wear those heavy shoes either, but can wear nice sandals instead. The spring is defenetly here, maybe even the summer, and it is just end of April! 

On the knitting and crocheting front it has been quite quiet. I'm still working on the second jacket and started the seventh skein for the granny squires. I have no interest on any craft at the moment. But I hope it'll pass.


WIP's and UFO's of the Nook

Starting from the oldest UFO, this is a left over blanket, with my own pattern, althought the idea came from Scarf Journeys- group in Ravelry. The idea is very simply, moss stitch and each row is knitted with individual yarn(s). Every three ends are binded together. This blanket will propably go to charity, if I ever finish. I've been knitting this on and off since last June, and so far it is about 40cm high and weights more than a kilo, the width is maybe 180cm with approx 214 stitches and 6mm needles.
The next blanket I started in February, in order to get rid of the furry Novita Foxi-yarn. The other rows are knitted from Novita Aino and Novita Nalle combined. The Ainos are left overs of my jacket I made last autumn. This will also be going to charity, or something like that. So far it is about 20cm high and the widht is supposed to be 160cm, but it is closer to 110cm. So far there are almost two skeins of Foxi and some what two skeins of Aino in three different colours, and maybe 30g of orange Nalle
The third blanket is the granny square-blanket I'm crocheting to myself. 11 squares in five colours and 7 of the green ones. So, little over one quater of the squares I'll need are done. With 3mm hook one 100g skein makes 11 squares and little left overs for the blanket shown first. =o)
The second oldest project I started after Christmas. I was supposed to give these to our priest, as he got a son around that time. Then I came up with the ideas of the Knitter's Year and Knitter's Almanac, and I didn't finish. Now he has out grown these, so when I'll have time I'll finish these to give somebody else. (Or maybe save these for my possible nephew).
 Then I have some Scarf Journeys homed artefacts, as the Plastic Extravaganza purse waiting to be lininged, the socks from the sock journey one, and the scarf from the jourey 12. These need finishing and stuff like that.
I have two the Knitter's Year -projects going at the moment. The needlecase and the belt. They both are waiting some sewwing. Maybe I'll finish these during the weekend.
Then I have two jackets on the needles (or the other is almost finished and needs just some crocheting) for my friend's twins. I'm using Kool Aided Nalle-yarn and 3mm needles. And as said before, no pictures until they are born, and the knitted things are with them.
(Due the Picasa insident I don't have pictures for this post any longer)



I've actually finished the January Aran jacket, with the pattern I started with. =o) And it only took two months and three quaters of a month to finish. =o)
 It took almost four skeins of Nalle-yarn, knitted with 4mm needles (I usually use 3mm needles for this yarn), but I was amagined to find out that the jacket weights only 561g with the buttons, when it should be much closer to 600g, as one skein is 150g and I ended up with 12g of left over yarn.
The jacket would have needed one more button hole, or I should have started making the button holes maybe 5cm earlier. I should have remembered that the models of Novita magazines have very small breasts. I bought the buttons to be used with this yarn, and luckily I had six of them, because I have had those as long as I have had the yarn, so it would have been impossible to find similar buttons, if I had needed more.
 The pattenr was very nice, and I'm very proud of myself of finishing this project, as I've never knitted anything this big from this thin yarn.

  As I'm finished with this jacket, I'm also finished with my goal to knit through the Knitter's Almanac. I'll try again some time later.


What's up?

I've been working a lot. I don't know why it feels so much, because it has been just the regular hours, that I do all the time.
Knittingwise, I've worked throug the next "Knitter's Year" project, the bookmark, which was very nice to do, althought, it took only about 3g's of yarn... I used Novita Nalle-yarn and knitted the base on 3mm needles.

The sleeves of my January Aran are almost done. It'll few more days to finish the sweater, but I look foward to wear it soon. =o)

Other than that, I've been crocheting more Granny squares, as I'm making a blanket for myself of those. So far I've remodeled four skeins of self pattering Novita Nalle yarns in four different colours, and five more colours waiting. All together I plan to use 18 skeins, so two of each colour.  One skein is good for 11 squares.
Stahs is currently 25,78 kilos, so slowly but steady I'm getting closer to the five kilos I'm hoping to achieve one day.
It is Spring! I love winter, as I love all the seasons, but can't really wait to see all that light green that will appear underneaht of snow and ice.


Seven Down 45 to Go

Althought it is week nine, I've just accomplished week seven's project from "the Knitter's Year". I started knitting the balls for the necklace while watching Hovimäki-DVD (Finnish history series). I used some leftover yarn, I got last year from the "Favourite Things"-swap, Patons' Silk Bamboo in teal. I used the main part of the two balls I got, to make beanie for myself for last fall. Unfortunately the yarn wasn't very suitable for that use, and after a week or so the beanie was doubled its size (I do still wear it with the biking helmet).

I knitted nine balls for the necklace, all in same colour. Used 3mm needles, and approx 25g of yarn. Instead of using wooden pearls, I used papermash balls. I actually had to make another hole to each of them, as I couldn't find anything else to use for the stuffing. The result is rather nice, but once again, I don't know if I'll have use for it. =o)

Oh, my new slipers. I love them, and wear them most of the time I'm at home. I had to cut little pieces off from the to to actually wear them. And I did let them dry on my feet, so I have left sliper and right sliper. =o)


Six Down, 46 to Go

I just noticed that I haven't knitted last week's "The Knitter's Year"-project, so after finishing the blanket I decided to make out the Granny squares I mentioned on my last post, I dig out from my left over-basket some gray yarn, Novita Rose Mohair and knitted the Bunny Egg Cosy. It took 5 gramms of yarn, and maybe an hour to finish. I used 3mm DPN's. I'm not completely happy with the ears, but then again, I don't know if I'll ever have use for it.

 Yes, the Granny squares. I had yarn for 16 squares in four colours (it would have been too easy if that would have been 4+4+4+4, instead of 4+4+7+1), and some red yarn to combine. I crocheted the squares together and then made the edges with rest of the yarns. I used 7mm hook and the blanket took 355g (all the Huopanen I had left). Will see to whom I'll give it, as the size is only approx 80x80cm. And if nobody wants it, or hasn't have use for it, maybe I'll fellt it and sew it on a pillowcase or something... 
 This year I've already used almost two kilos of yarn. Hopefully, I can keep up with the speed.


I'm Not Interested

January ended over two weeks ago and my January Aran is still work in process. I found pattern to adjust the sleeves, but haven't have an interest to knit the sleeves for more than 7-8cm.
Instead I've been crocheting with fellting yarn, and it has been very nice way to knitting down my stash, as it is fast. First I finished a bag I started in August, the pattern is in Novita Fall 2010 and only in Finnish. The bag took 665g of Novita Huopanen, yarn that is ment for fellting in washing machine. As my washing machine is not really good at fellting, instead of 40C I use 60C degrees wash, and with that I got nice results. 

Before Washing with 1,5l coke bottle
And after
 After the bag I decide to crochet some Granny squares from the rest of Huopanen-stash, and started it, but then I changed my plan and used two balls of yarn to make slipers for myself. I used yellow and orange yarn, one ball each.
Right and left foot

So far I have seven finished Granny squares and five that are just one row short. Unfortunately I had with me at last night only two used balls of yarn, when I would have had time to crochet for all night long, as we had very little work to do. I have no idea what I'll make of the Granny squares, but maybe I'll find it out tomorrow.
Odd granny squares ended up to become a blankie


Girls' Day Out

After two nightshifts, and only few hours of sleep this morning, I headed to Helsinki to meet Sarsa and Winnie, and Winnie's friend. First we participated to an effort of crocheting world's largest Granny Square Blanket. It was nice to chat while crocheting, althought one of the "teatchers" didn't really aprove the way I did the Granny Square.
So, then we had some lunch, in very nice bistro, where the quality and the price met up very well. Having meal with friends is luxorius in my life, and I think that the food tasted a lot better just because of the company. After coffees and some public knitting/crocheting in cafe, I seduced the others to go with me to Lankamaailma Nordia. I needed or wanted some new Knit Pro circular needles and few interchangeable heads.
For the evening I was recruited to Red Cross voluntary first aid work to Disney on Ice-skating show, by Aava. We didn't talk too much about knitting, but we were paired up, to spare the others of craffts disgussions. We actually saw the whole show, and it was marvelous, although it was comersialism of the Disneyworld.
Thank you all for the company, I had a lovely day, hopefully you had too.


Five Down, 47 to Go

This week on "The Knitter's Year"  was the Wash Cloth. And, as today (or actually yesterday) is the first Thursday of the month, it was also the perfect knitting to take along to our monthly get-together in Jumbo. And for a VE-EEEEEEEEE-RY long time I had to use regular knitting needles, instead of circular needle, and it was terrible. 
I used Hjertegarn's Blend Bamboo-yarn, 70% bamboo, 30% cotton with 3mm needles. The wash cloth took about 30g. Previously I've knitted fingerless mittens to my SiL of this yarn and with different shade toe-up socks to my Mom. It is nice and soft, and for what I heard, it should also be quite useable as a wash cloth. Naturally, as the wash cloth is for me, the colour is blue. This was my favourite colour out of the three colours I bought last spring from Nordia during my jobinterview trip, and for some reason also my SiL founds it her favourite, so I don't know how visible accessories I can knit of it to myself.
This is the pair I knitted to my SiL. I think the pattern is from Ulla but I'm not sure. The cuff was longer, but otherwise I followed the pattern. Haven't asked if she has worn these.
My January Aran is still work in progres... The second front part is around under arm, so I'm mainly just sleeves short of being ready. For February Babywear I have several smaller projects planned, and some of them knitted already, but for reasons not mine, I won't be posting a picture of them until late May/early June.
In the internet knitting community Neulomo, I'm a member in, there is an event going on, with 20 starts between 1st and 20th of February and the time to finish by the time DST begins. I'm not participaiting, but if I was, I'd already had three starts and three finished projects with me. Maybe I should rethink about my participation.


Three and Four Down, 48 to Go

Today I've finished project for week three, the Flower Pot Cozies, as I finaly had time to sew those together. Maybe I'll buy three pots just to see how those fit. =o). Total use of yarn was 19g in three different colours with 3½mm needles, that once again were KnitPro interchangeables.

After sewing I knitted this week's project, the rose. I used Novita 7Veljestä Raita-yarn that is self striping yarn. For the leafs I used Novita Jussi. Total use of yarn was less than 6g, as the whole project with the pin weights 6g. 3½mm needles. Took about 2 hours total. 
Well, it is not a completely look-a-like, but then again, it was my first knitted rose or other flower, ever. =o) And it has been knitted just as the pattern tells to knit. Just with smaller needles.
What it comes to my January Aran... Well, thank God I'll have three days time just for knitting... =o)


Introducing Ms Yeti

Yesterday I felt that I needed something else to knit. The January Aran is coming, I just finished the first 150g ball as well as decreases of underarm. I've known for sometime now that my mittens are becoming to their end, and the need for new ones will be acute quite soon. I wanted to have playfull and funny mittens that would make me smile everytime I wear them, and hopefully, they'd also make other people to smile. I choosed two yarns, my first choice was teal-colored yarn, but as there were less of that that I remembered, I went with purple. The yarn is one of my favourites, aran weight non-felting wool Novita Aino, that has not been in Novita's prodution plan for years anymore. The other yarn is soft funny fur, Novita Tango in ivory colour. The mix of these two is very snowy but some what femine as well. So the pattern got the name Ms Yeti.
I used approx 50g of both yarns, if I had have more fun fur I would have made little bigger mittens, but the size is large enough for my hands. I used 5mm KnitPro interchangeables for magic loop and knitting the mittens took about 7 hours. It took almost as long to write the pattern.
By the way, if you notice any problems with the pattern, let me know, thanks.


Projects for the Week Three

This week on "Knitter's Year" is flower pot cozies. Because my cotton stash is minimal, I decided to use some wool/polyamid-yarn, Nalle. It is one of favourites, and it also is the yarn I'm working at the moment for the jacket.
I knitted the flower pot cozies already on Thursday, and pinded them today. I did all the three at the one time. I think that on the rib-pattern has a mistake the cable doesn't look the same on the picture and on the knitted product. So, instead of knitting cable twists every fourth row, I did them on every other row, which led to the hoped result.
 The jacket is still work in process... The back at the height of underarm and the rest will come quite fast. Will see how the sleeves and front parts will do.


Two Down, Fifty to Go

Last week's project was the pillow cover with knitted lace. I started knitting on Thursday on my way to our monthly get-together with small (but open) group of knitters. Usually in these get-togethers I knit socks, so it was a nice change. I love to have that one evening off, just laugh and talk with similar-minded people, people with whom I couldn't ever image being friends with if there weren't knitting, so versile our group is. Thank you all, you know who. =o)
 I finished the knitting on Monday after three night shifts. Quite a few of my colleaques did show their intrest of my knitting, and maybe one might be interested to buy it. I pinded it down after cutting the lining (not the right thing to do!!).
I used 170g of yarn, with 4mm needles. At work I knitted with my old Novita-circular needles, and it was the very last time I'll use them (okay, I have Knit Pros starting from the size 3½mm). The cable is unuseable!
 Today I sew the pillowcase, and to be honest, knowing my sewing skills, it was better than most of my sewing projects. =o) I noticed little too late that I don't have anything to keep the pillow inside, so I sew some strings to the upper edge, and for my oppinion, they work nicely. Or what do you think about it?

 Yesterday there was another get-together with some other knitters. I had with me my jacket, that I had to frog for size not matching up. Now I'm using ½mm larger needles and I chose bigger size as well. I'm some what 10cm short from the under arm. Luckily, I'll have weekend off.


Projects for the Week Two

I've been having once again a crazy week, with only one day off. As whole Monday went with sewing of the basket, I didn't manage to start this week's "Knitter's Year"'s project until on Thursday. I'm still pre-occubaed with Scarf Journeys-group's sock journey. We are nearly done, as there are only few more steps left. I can't wait to see my socks and wear them as well!
This week's project is a pillow cover, which I do from Kotiväki-yarn. The colour is lilac and as last week I've tripled the yarn. For reason or another this colour is much softer than the Colori-yarn I knitted last week.
The sweater looks just like last week. I've knitted maybe three or four rows.
Hopefully next night is as calm as last night and I'll have some time to knit at work, so that I might finish the pillow cover on Monday.


One Down, 51 to Go

As you may guess, the first "Knitter's Year"-project is finished (and not one stich too soon, if asked from my thumps). Total use of yarn (Novita Kotiväki Colori) was 240g with 4mm needles. The yarn was tripled. 
For the lining I used some second-hand fabric I got years ago (okey, it was November 8th 2007, day after Jokela, as well as the day my friend had her second son) from Red Cross Sorting Centre of Joensuu. It was also the last time I visited my now late Great-Grandma near by Joensuu. The winter was early and the drive from Kajaani to North Karelia was terrible. It had been snowing the roads were very slipery  Once I got there I heard about the Jokela, and much of the joy of meeting Great-Grandma and Grandma was gone. I didn't think about it this year when my Bro and SiL and I went to Great-Grandma's funeral in early November. She was tremendeous knitter and spinner, but not much of a crochetter. I miss her so much.
So, after good breakfast I started to plan my sewing. First  cut all the pieces, as the lining is not done from one piece. Then I fought good fight with my sewing machine, as I used it for the very first time, and won the fight as well. 
I sew it to round first and then attached the bottom, which wasn't the easiest thing to do. Maybe I should start reading the pattern all together before starting the planning on my own.  

So, when both baskets were finaly somewhat ready, I started to sew by hand those two to together. This is were my thupms come in, as my needle wasn't sharp enough for the job.
And here is the finished project in all its glory. (Don't watch it too closely or you'll notice way too many mistakes).
The fabric of lining is very summery and it provides an easy escape of the long and dark Finnish winter.
Hopefully, I'll have time tomorrow to start the next project. I already bought the fabric for the pillowcase needed for it, as I found very nice crafts store from close by.
Happy knitting everyone!


Projects for the Week One

After infernal Monday at work (and I'm truly talking about infernal), I finaly managed to get The Knitter's Year on Tuesday, and started the first project today. My plan is to knit all the 52 projects in the order those are in the book. 
The first project is knitted basket. And the yarn from my stash is Novita's Kotiväki Colori, a mercerized cotton, 165m/50g tripled. It is multicolour yarn with white, pink and mint, and when tripled it has areas with all possible combinations, and it looks very nice. I'm using 4mm needles. Haven't thought yet which fabric I'll put inside, but I have some ideas.  
So far I have done the first side and started the bottom and two other sides. Note my mix and match KnitPros, as the other clear one wasn't fine in the beginning, I got the pinks to cover them.
What it comes to my jacket, I've never before knitted adult size jacket from this thin yarn, and never thought how much time it is going to take. I've managed to knit the decreasings of the back and will soon begin the increases of shaping the waist. 
Slowly, but steady, I hope it'll be finished during this month.


Taking the First Step

Aka, finding a pattern for aran sweater and for the yarn I have. After much thought and glancing through few books and several knitting magazines, I found lovely short sleeved jacket for the yarn I'm going to use to this project. Or what do you think? I'm going to knit that in dark blue and full leght sleeves. The yarn is old Novita Nalle, and I purchased it in July 2009 to knit a jacket of it. I had a certain pattern in mind, but these days I find that paticular pattern little too conservative to myself.
For the first time I also truly understood the handyness of interchangeable needles, as my 3½mm circular needle was in use already (I'm knitting a baby set for someone, but that is a secret), but now I just could take the needle points off and start the jacket, just to get things started.
And to get the another project started as well, I'll go tomorrow to buy the Bliss' book, instead of waiting it to be delivered by mail in mid-February, from crafters' bookclub Juju.


Setting the goal

Dear Readers,
I hope there will be readerS, not just A reader. Maybe fellow knitters, or other people interested of knitting. I do appriciate all individual readers, so please do feel welcome to leave a comment. 
The new year and the new decade has just began. And althought I've promised long ago not to make any promises for the new year, this year I want to try something like that. 
As many knitters, I have a huge stahs of yarn. Many of them I've purchased in good faith to knit something paticular out of them, but for reason or another have not do so, so far at least. Some of them are "what was I thinking"-yarns, and I'm struggling to find a useable pattern to work. So, as my first goal for the year 2011, I try my best to cut down my stahs from almost thirty kilos (28,4 kg to be exact) to as close to five kilos or less as possible. This naturaly also means that before reaching the maggical 5 kg, I'm ought not to buy any new yarn.
I do have two other goals for this year as well. I want to try knit all the 52 projects from Debbie Bliss' "Knitter's year" and all the projects from Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Knitter's Almanac". Wish me luck. 
Oh, and I do have a full-time job.