Sunday, 19 October 2014

Pink Mission Completed

Never ever underestimate the use of a new color, I said to myself. I could never wear pink, pink is for young people and pink is a matter of the 80s is just some of those stupid thoughts.

Well, I told them to move out and went for the pink. The very pink color.

Tassels with swarovski beads were added.
I am so pleased with my garter shawl. So nice to wear and so soft and warm. Just the perfect color for me. A totally mindless garter project.

Just casting on three stitches, increasing every other row on the one side, and then decreasing on every other row after half desired length. And it knits up fast too.

Well, since I totally love to have some accessories to go with my knitting I made a polymer clay bracelet in pink.

And I must admit - the boots came first. Pink boots are so fun - and the shawl and the bracelet is made for them...

I am already thinking of knitting a cardigan with some pink colors too. Where will this end?

Would there be more colors for me to examine and fine suitable for me? I will think so.

There are so many colors out there that will make us look fresh. Life is too short for the wrong colors.

The Stich Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull, Rauma Plum
Needle: 6mm
My Ravelry Page: Pink Sky
Pattern: My own - see above

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Winning Birds And Hearts

I am so lucky!! Two birds and a lot of hearts flew into my mail box and brought smiles and daylight into the beginning autumn.

I won two giveaways from bloggers that I have known in blog land for years. All the hearts are from Debbie over at Craftymoose Crafts. She is a master in beading flowers and creating all sorts of art in altered books, on playing cards and like the one I got, an AECO (art card editions and original). I love the colors and all the hearts. Thank you so much Debbie!!

And look at the crows and the colors with them. Stacy over at MagicLoveCrow paints crows also on ACEOs and a lot of other artist elements. This is a painting with frame and everything. I really love it. It has a tenderness and yet a very strong message. Thank you so much Stacy!!!

Isn't it just wonderful to get such gifts from artists in other countries? I just love the fact that in blog land there are no borders. And everyone has a voice in their creating. We are blessed!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Where Did That Come From?

There is nothing like cleaning out my studio and getting rid of all those "I will start a new hobby" things. They were piling up all over. In order to get good at a new hobby time must be spent. And even more things must be bought. 

I have enough with my knitting and polymer clay. I have finally decided to not start anything new and that is actually a relief.

That was sort of a long induction. Well, when you clean up and get everything out in the open there are always some surprises. 

Like the six ball of Mini Mochi yarn I found hidden. It is odd with yarn - it tend to hide all over the place and suddenly surface. 

Since I earlier saw Anne knitted with multi colored yarn and added some nice soft mohair to it, I saved the idea in my head. 

When I found that bag with the Mini Mochi I dug out some Plum mohair from the stash as well. And what a great idea. Mini Mochi found its match. I am knitting another mindless shawl and feel so good knowing that I am knitting from my stash. 

I cast on three stitches and increase one stitch on each side every other row until half done. Then I decrease one stitch every other row until there are three stitches left. Easy, mindless and I really love that there are no long bind off edge. They tend to be either too loose or too tight. 

Cleaning is just putting stuff in less obvious places

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Healthy Candy Floss

It contains a lot of fiber and should be the healthiest thing to not eat... Or something like that. Candy floss is totally sticky and yet so nice to get on your fingers, clothes and every thing else while eating it.

Anyway, this is not about sugar but something almost as sweet. For some time now I have been thinking about the color pink. And that should probably qualify to some condition that would make the medicine companies rich.

But I tend to make the yarn companies rich instead. This time the norwegian mill Rauma. I really love the fact that we have a proper norwegian yarn company supplying knitters with gorgeous colors and great quality (no, I am not sponsored).

So, since pink thoughts are somewhat annoying they have to be taken seriously. I found that wonderful magenta in my stash and went off to my local yarn store. Finding two pink fluffy skeins of mohair was just what I wanted for my intended color.

Since I am knitting baby gifts right now I needed something that would knit up fast, have a sort of new color to me and would keep me bright pink during winter. I cast on three stitches and increase one stitch every other row. Nothing to it, but this is soft, warm and pink. I must add that a pair of really pink Dr Martens boots will be added to this shawl. More about that later.

So many colors and still so much to learn about it. And still I find new ones that fit.

Never underestimate a color - it could be the one to make you look younger, fresh and spark your energy.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull, Rauma Plum knitted together
Needle: 6mm
My Ravelry Page: Pink Sky
Pattern: CO 3st, knit garter st, increase 1st every other row until half desired length, decrease 1st every other row until 3st left, BO

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Woollen Fleas Getting Aired

A little lovely cat walked by when taking the photos.
It is finished and out in the open air. My cardigan in the colors I just love. I do not often use colors in the same scheme but I really found that both interesting and colorful. I never thought these colors could make a bright colored cardigan in this way.

I of course chose some orange fleas and bright orange buttons. That is the playful me getting out there.

I did a cardigan with a cat pattern and that has some of the same color scheme.

I just loved working with colors this way - and now I am bound for new colorful adventures.

Learning about color is really a journey that takes me places I have never been.

Too baggy for my taste - must eat more chocolate...
Now, back to that cardigan. I should have knitted a size smaller.

But I do not like tight woollen garments - they tend to be too warm.

But this one came out at little too big. Actually I can live with the front of it - but the back is way too baggy and uncomfortable.

There should be about 20-30 stitches less on the back than in the front.

I wish I knew how to custom fit a garment - I always end up with too big cardigans.

Well, nothing to get all that unhappy about. I like my new cardigan.

It is a dream to wear, nice and warm and yet not too warm. All I need is something orange for my neck. A small scarf or something. Always a great excuse to knit one more scarf...

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Pt2 and Finull both from Rauma
Needle: 2.5mm
My Ravelry Page: Flea Bites
Pattern: Damejakka Loppa / Flea - a ladies cardigan

Learning about color is really a journey that takes me places I have never been
Flowermouse Design

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Tour de Turbo Knitting

Tote: I got a tote made with a personal message on the back (this is the front).
To get hold of Wollmeise lace is as rare as finding gold. I spent a couple of months to find the right color for a friends Viajante. Every friday morning at 8 a few skeins are made available. Mostly not in that orange color I wanted.

But patience pays off. I finally found it. Now, to knit a Viajante is not done in a flash. It takes time - a lot of time. I sat a three weeks deadline for it. And started knitting.

Every day for 13 days I knitted and knitted. I am blessed to have a friend who likes a bright orange. The color itself was a motivation.

So while Tour de France rolled over the screen I knitted and knitted. And suddenly it was finished. I was so proud - I never thought it could be done so quick.

The color is just fantastic and is a juicy as its name, Clementine.

I must add that I have never seen anyone being so happy for a gift ever.

I knew she would be happy - but this really touched my heart. She loved it and have be wearing it so much already.

The moral must be: 
Knit something beautiful for people who will appreciate it - and leave the rest to freeze.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Wollmeise lace, Clementine
Needle: 2mm, 1.75 (for lace part)
My Ravelry Page: Tour de Clementine
Pattern: Viajante

Friday, 19 September 2014

We Have A Winner

A huge thank you for all your birthday wishes and for entering my giveaway. I really enjoyed that.

I used to make the draw and Dorte is the lucky winner. You can meet the danish knitter on her blog. I have known Dorte for over four years and we are following each other here in blog land and on Ravelry. How great that you won, Dorte.

Again thanks to all of you for making my life in blog land such a lovely experience.
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