Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Two Of A Kind

When I saw the pattern for the scarf Mondsee I did some stash diving. The best thing about that kind of diving is that I do not need a snorkel.

Although, there should be a kind of snorkel for stash diving - after all there are a very long way down to the bottom of it... LOL!!

Well, I started the first scarf with a thin yarn in red. I finished the scarf but the colors were not that bright to my taste.

And I wanted a brighter one with a bit thicker yarn. The first one is knitted in Holst supersoft and the orange one is knitted from yarn I bought in Riga and Finull for the colors.

And I really love that orange one. Often I knit in small needles for this kind of yarn, and for this one I would prefer 2mm needles.

But I tried 2.75mm and the drape is so fantastic. More smooth and soft and the yarn feels so nice. It is not that even knitted but washing do tricks with wool. Always makes the colors shine more and make it more even.

I added a little more length to the orange one with extra color sections. My scarves have to be wrappable. I loved knitting these scarves. The short rows are just enough to keep me from sleeping and the stokinette is always a satisfying way to knit.

If you want to knit your own you can find the pattern on Ravelry here. You can also see all the other different takes on colors for it - how much color do to a garment. Here is my red one - you can surely see the difference from the two.

Strength lies in differences - not in similarities
Stephen Covey

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Salt Shaker In A Necklace

An old salt shaker made into a necklace? Yes, it is possible. And I did just that. I made a salt shaker necklace some years ago. The shakers were found on Etsy then. I made only one but recently I came over this wonderful inspiration on Pinterest. Betsy from the blog My Salvaged Treasures told how she made her salt shaker necklaces.

One of my favorite verses is put inside the salt shaker.
I had all I needed. A salt shaker in sterling silver, silver wire and beads.

The shaker is actually marked with VL. It is made by Vincent Lollo in Brooklyn New York, probably in the 1950s.

I love this salt shaker. It is rare and the shape is made for a necklace.

I made a hole in the top and in the bottom so I could get the wire in for making loops.

I used a swarovski crystal, a glass bead and fresh water pearl along with some beads in sterling silver.

Inside the shaker I put one of my favorite verses. I really love this necklace. It is kind of personal and it also holds a secret story about the maker and those who have used it for salt. I wish I knew all those stories.

There must be something strangely sacred about salt 
It is in our tears and in the sea
Khalil Gibran
The shaker before working on it. A good polish made it shine.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Seemed Like A Good Idea

Purple and orange are a pair of winners. And even green with the two makes a nice scarf. I actually like this - but I have never used it. The explanation could be that I have knitted something like 60 scarves in the last years. Oh dear, some numbers makes me chocked... LOL!

Anyway, I wanted to knit a scarf with secondary colors from the color wheel.

They are often forgotten and not much used together. The harmony is there.

And it is really fun to work in colors that are normally not used in the same fabric.

The colors are great together apart from the altering stripes at the end where all three try to dance together.

Not really ending well. Still, it does not have an impact on the whole scarf so I let it pass.

I think I will try and find someone who will look good in this. It should be an interesting task. This is the last from my design Colorized.

Putting colors that normally do not live side by side - that must be the thing. Right now I knit in orange and green. Need I say more? What two colors have you knitted in - that others normally do not see together?

When you reduce life to black and white, you never see rainbows
Rachel Houston

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull, Kauni
Needles: 2.5mm
My Ravelry Page: Secondary Colorize
Pattern: Colorize

Thursday, 4 May 2017

I Really Love It

Sometimes there are color combinations that simply is better than best. These three darlings are that kind. One of them, if you see it in a yarn store, does not look good at all. I have never liked it actually.

But put together with a green and a magenta - it simply shines.

I have no idea what that color is called - it may be green. But it also looks a little green with turqouise.

Just like in life - you may feel like an outsider. But together with the right people you shine.

Never go for second best - always go for the colors you like in both knitting and life.

Enough of that. The scarf is knitted from my latest design Colorize.

It is of course my favorite yarn, Rauma finull again.

As long as there are over 100 colors to choose from I simply have enough to feed my inspiration.

Well, I have knitted four scarves from my pattern. I have knitted myself out of color combinations I would like to try out. At least for the time being. How can I go wrong with stripes, colors and rings?

It is better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction
Diane Grant

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Ring A Sheep

Well, not phone a sheep. Although it could be an interesting conversation about wool. Sheep are after all the biggest provider of a knitters joy.

Enough of that. I have knitted another scarf from my design Colorize.

I simply had to pair these colors. I may have done that before and forgotten all about it. LOL!!!

Anyway I really enjoy these two particular turqouise colors.

I can be quite picky about what color I use. If it is not excactly what I want I find other combinations.

The darkest turquoise is pt2 and Rauma.

I cannot find that one anywhere else. Totally love it. The other two colors are Finull, also from Rauma.

Well, it did not take long to knit. But it took some time to get those photos taken. Not my favorite thing.

I am very happy about how this came out. I am wearing my first Colorize a lot.

If you would like to knit your own - check out my free pattern here.

Behind every great knitter there is a huge pile of yarn

Monday, 20 March 2017

Button Mad

A combination of wood, plastic, glass and a tiny bell.
Never stop doing anything that makes you happy - even if it is eating chocolate... LOL! 

I would have a lot of closet space and empty room if I was not creative. But then again, the creative source is a blessing in my life. It is in fact, life. I am so blessed to have my creativity. I just hope it also gives something to people around me.

Buttons, pearls and a button stack. Live - and stay creative.
Anyway - nothing much to say about this. I love picking out the buttons from their piles and find accessories that match. There are so many buttons out there and so little time... These markers are light and great if you need to add a lot of them to your knitting. 

I will make a lot of the button markers - just because I can and because I get that happy feeling deep inside.

Have a creative day - and I hope you find your joy in what you do.

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

Monday, 13 March 2017

On The Button

Buttons from assorted color lots I bought long ago.
I have never had a thing for buttons. I suddenly realized that I should. Then I would have loads of buttons to spread all over the floor to find pairs for stitch markers.

Stacked buttons with letter beads.
It seems I have been foreseen in some way. Years ago I bought some boxes of buttons in bright colors.

I thought they might come in handy some day. Well, they did not. Until now.

I found the colors I wanted and the sizes to go with them. And what fun this has been.

I had all the other accessories in my studio. This is a great way to use all those lonely buttons lying around not getting anywhere.

Can you say that about buttons? Getting nowhere? Really, am I getting a little overexcited about this new inspiration?

I used the idiom button up on the marker for the beginning of a row.

It shold be a reminder to not be one of those who go online and spread bad wipes about other people or whatever - there is simply too much of that.

Anyway, I will make more of these. Too much fun to not doing just that :-)

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes
Mark Twain
This is so much fun - and I had everything I needed in my studio.
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