Thursday, 31 January 2013

Rainbow At The End

Polymer clay bracelets to go with my new scarf.
My little grey adventure has ended in a rainbow. That is no surprise at all.

What started up as an inspiration from a blanket ended with a lot more than just that inspiration. I always start a project thinking I can manage not to take off.

I must admit, that seems impossible. If I can not dive into my stash and dig out some bright colors I might as well drop my project. It really makes me alive and kicking - or should I say knitting...

This was a relaxing and quick knit. I bought some grey yarn and found all the white in my stash.

 In spite of a lot of grey and white I ended up with a rainbow.

And how I love that. When everything is grey there is always some light and colors out there to notice.

And, some bracelets is of course important. Took out my polymer clay and made two bracelet with smaller disks than I use to.

Not a lot of white as it always get dirty wearing.

I just loved making all of this.

I found it easy and fun. And sometimes we just need to create without a lot of fuss.

Do not complain under the stars over lack of bright spots in your life
Henrik Wergeland

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull
Needles: 2.5mm
Pattern: My own (see Ravelry)
My Ravelry Page: Rainbow At The End

Thursday, 24 January 2013

With Rasta And Buttons

And an archangel. At least that is what the color used in my new cowl is called. One can hear angels singing when wearing Malabrigos rasta yarn. Wish I could say the same when paying for it....

Anyway - this is some yarn from my stash. I did plan this cowl some time ago but never got started.

That is really strange - it only took a few hours to knit it. I had this problem finding the perfect buttons.

I am specific about what I want - or should I say - what I do not want. When I came over these huge ones on Etsy it was love at first sight.

Out with the yarn, the needles and the pattern. And do I love this? YES!!! Looking at the skeins I thought it looked rather boring. But the colors are so lovely when knitted into this. I can not believe it.

I added extra stitches (from 19st to 27st) to get a 30cm wide cowl. And placed the buttons different from the pattern. Often cowls are nice to look at but not warming the neck. When placing the buttons like that, it keeps me warm and I can show off those dinner plates buttons..

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta, Archangel color
Needles: 10mm
Other materials: 72mm x 76mm wooden buttons found here
Pattern: Rasta Neckwarmer
My Ravelry Page: Angel Cowl
Huge buttons makes a statement. The small one is a regular size (2mm) just to show the difference.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Caught By Orange

This is one of those project that is light, warm and so lovely to wear. I love the combination of the thin mohair and this beast of a yarn that is uneven and unpredictable. But the colors are so fascinating.

I knitted another scarf from the same pattern. I was happy about that but that heavy end made it slide of easily.

So I altered the pattern a bit. I increased stitches only when knitting with the mohair.

I knitted until I had 95st on my needle.

I then knitted 10cm without increasing. And then, I decreased only when knitting with the mohair yarn.

Confused? Well, check out the pattern and you will find it understandable.

I think I could use another of those scarves.

So versatile and yet warm. And the contrast between the colors and the yarn makes it glow.

Just like when we dare to be our selves in a world demanding us to be something else...

Be your self - every one else is already taken
Oscar Wilde

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Sesia Plumet, Noro Kureyon Sock
Needle: 3mm
Pattern: Sonnensegel (free pattern)
My Ravelry Page: Also In Orange

Monday, 14 January 2013

Please, don't tell anyone

I have a secret to reveal. I am a color freak. I create all my knitted garments and jewelry in bright colors. But, what ever did happen, I found myself with grey and white yarn knitting a scarf. A large stripy one. It has been in my head for some time. I suddenly found out that the colors in my blanket was just perfect for a new project.

I got the blanket as a gift. It is so warm, soft and nice to use on cold winter days. But the colors have gotten to me. Sort of parking in my brain refusing to go away. And one can not have such things inside the head. So I took it out. I was thinking about using a disguise running to my local yarn store. Well, I pulled my self together and lifted my head. Me, buying grey yarn??

Right now I am not sure if I can manage to knit that much in white and grey. Adding those magenta stripes makes it so much more alive. I am planning to add a little more color on the way. Anyway, I actually think this is fun. The scarf Stash And Stripes were one of the most fun projects I have ever knitted. I learned a lot about colors - and I actually wear this the most.

I love starting a project that I do not know how will end up. This is an experiment to see how grey and white will look with a little dash of colors.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull
Needle: 2.5mm
PatternStash And Stripes
Ravelry PageInspired By A Blanket

Monday, 7 January 2013

Completely Starstrucked

Beginning of a large shawl.
Only just one round. And another one. That joy of just knitting every round with such pleasure is the most important feeling when knitting a large project. If it starts out as fun - it can only get better.

First time I lay my eyes on this shawl was on a blog. The pattern was up for free only a limit of time and I downloaded it at once. But it took some time to get started.

I have never knitted with Kauni before. But the fact that the long color shifts are adding life to the garment is the greatest benefit. Since the back ground color is a bit thinner I had to go down to 2mm needles.

I started the project with the intention of increasing in the steek. But it did not look good so now I am following the pattern. But I started increasing on all rounds earlier in order to avoid that long part in the beginning without pattern.

So here I am - knitting with a smile on my face. Seeing the colors emerging from the skein. Oh, happy happy knitting.

I will not think about that there will be over 500 stitches at the end. Or that I have to pick up a million (feels like it) stitches for the edging. Right now it is pure joy.

Too much time goes into worrying about things to come. And it takes the fun part away in the present moment. Right now I am just star strucked.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Kauni effektgarn
Needle: 2mm
Pattern: Stjärnhop
My Ravelry Page: The Milky Way