Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Since the pattern is more like a guide I made a lot of alteration to it. And I am thankful to those on Ravelry who shared theirs - I simply jumped into it and made him as I knitted. I had to try out what I have learned from knitting other things.
Originally all tiny things should be sewn on the rat and the head was supposed to be knitted flat.
No way I was going to knit and sew all those pieces. I would actually never have started on such a project.
I started knitting the head in the round, and continued on the body.
I added stitches to get the legs and a round shape. All in all, the rat is knitted in one peace. For the ears I picked up stitches on the rats head. I also picked up stitches for the feet. The tail is an icord knitted from the last three stitches on the body after BO the rest.
And now I can see this: How is it possible to put so much energy into such a tiny knit? Well, because it is so much fun to get it just as I wanted it. I love that rat - he makes me smile. And it is so fun to use the skills I have learned in knitting. I think I used about three hours for the bookmark.
It is the tiny things that makes the largest impact. Oh yeah!!
The Stitch Story
Yarn: Grey and pink Rauma Finull - black for the nose.
Pattern: Squashed Rat Knitted Bookmark
Other materials: Small glass beads for eyes
Ravelry link: The Book Rat
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
So did my arguments against garter stitch. Having bought the yarn Socks That Rock I knew I was getting the best out of it with garter stitch.
After casting on I realised that I loved both the yarn and the pattern. The colors stands out with garter stitch and I was surprised about how fun it was to knit this. I like a tight knit so I used a 2.5mm needle. I think the garments holds up better when it is tight.
I love it when I can change my mind and get a new insight. It often seems like we has these notions of things. We simply has to try out things before making up our mind. I never thought I would like garter stitch - but I had never knitted anything with it. I could have missed this fun project just because I thought it was not me.
Having problems remembering rows?
As I have problems memorizing stitch patterns with different rows, I used a trick I saw on another blog. I am sorry - I do not remember were I saw it.
BUT, I copied and pasted each of the eight pattern rows into a table and cut them out.
I made a hole in the small sheets and draw a string of yarn through the holes to get them in order.
After each row I simply flipped over to the instruction for the next row.
Pure and simple - and I never lost track of where I was in the pattern. I used a clip to keep it together in the project bag.
The Stitch Story
Yarn: Socks That Rock (Fire on the mountain) from Blue Moon Fiber
Other materials: Tassels and small beads
Ravelry link: Hitchhiking To London
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Every one says it is so easy and quick to knit baby clothes.
But on the most I had as much stitches on my needle as for a grown up jacket. Tiny needles and thin yarn. I do not consider myself as a slow knitter but I actually spent about 70 hours on this.
But I am very happy about how it came out in the end. After washing and blocking it looks so nice and cute.
I had to frog my first attempt on the jacket - using a bad yarn from Dale. It was splitting and got fuzzy so I changed to Sandnes Lanett and that did the trick.
I like a tight knit - it gives a better stitch definition and keep the garment better looking over time. That made the stitch pattern a little fiddling, but it is so special and it looks nice.
Giving knitted things away is always scary - did it came out as it should?
Does it look good enough to give away? All those thoughts and all the time it takes to come to the point: It is ok, it looks good enough and I have a good feeling about giving it away. Familiar??
I hope the little girls parents will be happy about the set, and that it gives a little girl comfort in her first days.
The Stitch Story
Yarn: Sandnes Lanett (set), Dale Falk and Drops Karisma (bird)
Needles: 2mm (set), 3mm (bird)
Size: 3 months
Pattern: Baby set, Free bird pattern
Other materials: Buttons, silk ribbon
Ravelry link: Little Baby
Thursday, 7 June 2012
When I discovered the scarf first on Ravelry I finally found out what I could do with my stashed Noro yarn.
I have tried various things with it and never really liked the colors or the feel of the yarn.
Why do I buy yarn just because others says it is soooo good (and often expensive)? Well, I did.
Anyway, back to that story. I´ve knitted with the thin mohair yarn Plumet before and liked it very much. I found two skeins of a discontinued color to match my beast - or one of my Noro skeins and started knitting.
And did I love it - YES! I immediately saw the match. The scarf is light and warm and I think Noro finally found a place somewhere in my heart of yarn.
Used for the right projects it seems to be ok after all. It was a bit strange to knit with such an uneven yarn and the very thin one. But after a while it was ok. It knits up fast after all.
I have already planned another scarf similar to this - after all my Noro has to get out of those boxes to play with some friends. These two completes each other. Just like chocolate and chocolate...
The Stitch Story
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock, Sesia Plumet
Size: About 173cm long
Other materials: One pom pon
Ravelry link: Beauty And The Beast