Sunday, 31 July 2016

Pom Pom Madness

All four pom pom scarves is quite a handful...
Getting all four scarves on to show them off was not easy. The photo session turned out to be more like a comic stripe. 

The orange pom pom scarf was finished a while ago - when I could actutally knit. Had been lying there to get photographed. 

I have knitted four of them and love them all. 

They are so nice to wear and I love those large pom poms at the ends. This time I also chose fur fake pom poms. 

And about those pom poms - the local yarn shop raised the price on them because so many people bought them. 

I had to wait some weeks before they got them back into the shop. 

Then they raised the price again.... Well, I must say that I will buy them online after that. 

Only a third of the price. I am truly into supporting local stores - but this is just not worth it. 

A playful cat want that pom pom :-)
Anyway, I love this pattern and is on the move with a bright red one. Only a few rows a day. 

Garter stitch and only a little effort with increasing and decreasing. Me like :-)

The pattern is in Finnish and now in English too. 

I have translated it into Norwegian but have not heard from the designer yet. But knitting from an English pattern is really easy - in fact easier.

There will be more of these - nice to have a color for every occasion. Or so I tell myself... LOL!!

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull
Needles: 3mm
Accessories: Fake Fur Pom Poms
My Ravelry Page: Sunshine

Friday, 22 July 2016

Getting Out Of Hand

No matter what you do in life - never get a creative person to stop creating. Cause that creative urge will pile up and take dimensions never thought of.

As my knitting stop continues my head is still trying to get that creative constipation out of the way... LOL!!!

In order to get something created I have started on a path that might end with me drowning in stitch markers. Check out my rainbow frogs here.

These are the latest - and the set is not yet complete. Blue and turquoise beads are on their way in the mail.

Now, these are created from a very lovely tutorial.

If you are thinking of getting some stitch markers done you can check it out and get started very easily.

The beads are found on eBay and I have used washers between the beads.

They are found in a hardware store. Wires and crimps are found on both eBay and Easy.

I do not fancy the tiger tail found in Norway - mostly grey. I think colored tiger tail makes the markers much more complete.

Anyway - I have some other markers in the making. Where will this end??

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul
Elder Uchtdorf

Friday, 15 July 2016

Frogged And Overweight

What a ridiculous title for a blog post. This is not about me getting older, eating too much chocolate or not being able to knit.

Well, for knitters the word frogged is well known. For others this means that you give up on a knitting project for different reasons.

Bottled up for gifts or for me...
But this is about frogs. The silver ones made into stitch markers with a rather large belly.

What fun it is to make these and to add some color to them. I made 14 in bright neon colors and 10 in fake pearls.

I had to order more frogs. These are excellent gifts.

I found some great vials to put them in as wel. I love the fact that I can see through and that they make nice gift wraps. You always know where they are.

It is a nice thing that I already have all the tools needed for making them.

I had all the wires, crimps, beads and the pliers. Not to mention eBay for ordering more beads, frogs and what is fun to put on a stitch marker.

There may be a conciderable amount of them. But right now, I enjoy making them. What else is there in life? Oh, chocolate of course... LOL!!

Made me realise - if life gives you lemons you make stitch markers...

When life gives you lemons 
throw it back and ask for chocolate
The rainbow frog gang all together.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Sort Of Precious Stitches

When I had to stop knitting I found myself in a limbo. I love knitting. I love creating in stitches and see a garment grow from the needles. Well, that is not the case right now. Not getting better from that shoulder strike in a long time. 

I bought some red yarn and is knitting that happy pom pom scarf a couple of rows a day.

And what a joy I feel when I knit those rows. Of course I would like to knit a lot more. But those stitches becomes so precious. Like small treasures made every day.

In addition I have been making stitch markers. Some of the sets are private for the receiver but I will show you some of mine and one for a friend.

Made for a friends Tour de Fleece.

I really enjoy making them. And to choose words that means something special for the knitter getting them is such fun.

Something about those thought about being happy about what is - not what should be.

It´s not a bad idea to occasionally spend a little time thinking 
about things you take for granted. Plain everyday things.
Evan Davis
My stitch markers to use under Tour de France - they will have to wait until next year...

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Desperate Knitter Seeks Relief

Suddenly my shoulders decided to go on strike. They found out that they have been overworked, underpaid and lacked proper benefits. They simply laid down their arms with a lot of calsium in them...

The owner of the striking shoulders got knitting stop and regardless of all kind of negotioations the situation is still unsolved. The only thing really working is listening to that knitting stop.

But a desperate owner of shoulders on strike tend to hit the end of a thread at some point. Although the stash is just sitting there, a very small purchase was made. The smell of wool, the feel of wool and the thought of it becoming a scarf gives some kind of relief.

Maybe I could be a strikebreaker? Sort of bypass those guarded shoulders and fool them to think that knitting is really not that bad? It could be some lucky step. Or it could be even worse.

I decided to go on a 3mm needle in wood. Knit only a few rows. And maybe, just maybe the joy in creating and living a knitters life can heal those shoulders?? Or not... I know!!! Be patient, get treatment and think that it will pass. After all, this is not the end of the world. Or someting like that...

Anyway, as I hope for better days I dream of that red thread becoming a new scarf. In the meantime I read books. A lot of them...

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Quick In A Hurry

I thought I had longer time. But then the little girl decided to come earlier. 

Extra yarn and a label.
This romper is called quick knit suit. And so it is. 

Really easy to knit and yet fun also, as there are things happening all the time. 

Increasing and decreasing a lot and the best thing: It is knitted in one piece apart from the stitches picked up for legs. 

I knitted this in Sandnes merino as called for in the pattern. I simply love to have knitted something that looks so cute, is a great gift and that is quick to knit. The pattern is easy to follow.

Going to give it away today with some other baby clothes. Bless you little girl :-)

The Stitch Story
Needles: 3.5mm
Yarn: Sandnes merino
Pattern: Quick Knit Suit, Kjappstrikka drakt
My Ravelry Page: Purple Blessing
Wrapped with a little angel for an angel just born.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Frog It And Start Another...

Frogging is no fun - but so are projects that will never be anything other than annoying..
After knitting almost half the body I totally lost interest in my project. I loved the sweater when I saw it and wanted a jacket instead. But the pattern was a disappointment. 

That 80s shaping Rauma still is doing, just kills a lot of their designs. You actually cast on stitches, knit the rib and then increase stitches. 

Rosendal, my new project will be a jacket from that pattern.
I started out trying to get the pattern to fit what I wanted. 

But after a lot of knitting and the realisation that a raglan and a yoke combined will make the whole finishing a disaster, I lost all interest. 

It has been lying around and I have been searching for a new project for those dashing colors.

I have always wanted to knit a jacket from the 90s again.

This time in colors that will suit me and do the pattern justice. Back then I chose the colors in the pattern. The shop had absolutely no knowledge of colors - nor dit I - so I went for the safe choice. The one that makes me look older, sick and grey. No more of those grey colors - life is too short for that.

Anyway, I am actually excited about a new project and that is a long time ago I was just that. I am determined to knit raglan and have no idea how I will do that. But I start knitting and that will sort out in the end. I hope!!!

One step back doesn´t mean you are defeated, it only means you´re 
going to take the same step forward again, but this time wiser
My old jacket from the 90s in terrible colors - at least to me they are :-)

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