Late again, but summer and reasons. Nevertheless I have been busy knitting in may as well and I accomplished my first bigger project. I keep using the left overs from my grandma and forbid myself to buy any new yarn until I really run out of stuff in my stash – but this means that it’s quite difficult to start bigger projects that acquire more than one skein of the same yarn or ask for a specific yarn. I might have to keep knitting smaller things until I can go and buy some yarn to start a pullover or shirt. Here come the small things:
The Fox Scarf – started some months ago but the neverending cables got me so bored, so I worked on it only once in a while. It would have been a much quicker knit if I wasn’t me. But I so love this guy! You can wrap it around your neck and even pull the tail through some loops on the inside of his head to secure it. I’m turning 30 next month – can’t believe it… Right hand you see some baby gnomes, a fast knit once you figure it all out. These two were my first ones, the left one is knit flat exactly after the pattern with a lot of sewing (I hate sewing), the right one I highly modified to knit in the round and use Judy’s Magic Cast-On (I wanted to learn this method for some time now and thought this fiddly little guy would be perferct to try it out… eh). The third one I gave away and didn’t take a picture, but I assure you I improved ;) Those two are just prototypes to try things out, now I figured it all out, using the Magic Cast-On for legs and arms and knit them two at once (the second technique I learned with these guys) and knit them in the round. Aww yeah. I keep knitting them, so I guess you will meet them again at the June Project update :)
These curtain ties are so practical! I needed some for my curtains but did not want to buy some and the showstrings I used were unbelievably ugly. Knit exactly after the pattern, various colours, two of every one for two curtains. Great idea and very easy pattern.
The not big, but fiddly project: The Inga hat. Took some time but I never got bored because of all the fair isle motifs. Knit two colours at once (combining Continental and English Method) and double stitched the blue afterwards just out of a mood. I love the colours. I love the hat. I so wish I could wear it now! Should not start knitting hats in summer, really. Now it lays there and waits for autumn, poor guy and poor me. Some evenings I carried it with me just to put it on my head for an hour or so. Most beautiful hat I ever had, and I made it myself! Booyah.
The big project: Dream Stripes Shawl. Used leftovers of course and kept running out of yarn. Tried to match weight and colours, not too easy with my messy skeins and no information about any of my yarn. After blocking it’s almost 2 m wide and about 70 cm high at the highest point. Used the whole skein of yellow, whole skein of blue, almost two skeins of white and some purple and some other yellow for the edge since I ran out of everything. Now this is a stash buster, really. I think it looks a bit more like a baby blanket because of the colours ;) But I like it nevertheless (the lace edge turns out beautiful and it makes a nice summer shawl) and I plan on making another one and modify the pattern a bit. Just have to wait until I have the nerves for all these stockinette rows again…
…The Shawl in all its glory :) It’s not so easy to get all of this big thing into one picture, really. Had to climb some chairs. Well.
BONUS for being late again: My balcony-garden-thing is blooming and flowering and now I have a table I can sit on and drink coffee and feel like a fairy in a magic garden :)
It’s really a tiny balcony and now there is no room to walk or have another chair anymore. All is occupied by flowers. And tomatoes – I grew tons of them, wasn’t thinking I guess… I gave away a lot of them, but I still have so many. But I’m addicted to tomatoes, so well, if they want to have tons of fruits I’m more than happy! I’m still waiting for a lot of herbs to grow, might be too late for them already. Maybe I have a lot of herbs in winter. Well. And I will get me some strawberry plant soon :)
Have a great rest of the week!
I went to Bremen and Cuxhaven some weeks ago and of course we had to stop for a few hours at the sea. It was chilly and windy, but we were lucky: there was no rain for that day! My camera though had some light issues, because reasons. And I tried to capture a butterfly that sat still in the sand for minutes, as if it was posing for me, but I only had my wide lens with me and could not capture that little guy properly… that’s what I call equipment frustration. Ah well, I might need a sherpa in the future to carry all of the things I might need. Which is a lot. You never know…!
I’m a bit late with pictures for my project 12, but here they are. What I did last month:
knitted 2 wrist warmers/ mitts (one is “endpaper“, the grey ones with the butterfly I made up myself);
crocheted a little bird and some “Mollie” flowers (don’t know what to do with them yet, but I keep making more since they are so sweet and quick and you could do anything with them – a bracelet, a ring, pillows or blankets…);
knitted 3 snakes ’til now (well – I sure don’t know what to do with them, but they are such a fun and easy, quick knit, I just keep making them when I watch tv – and you can wear them as bracelets, or hang them anywhere, so yeah, snakes!);
But to make up for that, and since it is something I “create” besides photography and therefore it might as well fit into this project: Our little urban garden!
I’ve sown some veggies and I’m sure the radishes will be fine, but I’m not sure yet about the salads and tomatoes and all the herbs. It’s an experiment with balcony gardening and little place and sun and no green thumb at all, so we will see!
Have a nice week and enjoy spring :)
A bit older, from an early morning walk last autumn – but fits my mood these days. Just a little step aside the road I should be on. When I look back it seems like a big wide gap. My hands lost yours and I miss you so, so terribly.
[Olympus 40 Program | 50 mm | AgfaAPX100]
Life got in the way of my Project 52 and it’s on hold since last July. But I don’t want to give up completely, so I changed some parameters: The project gets updated every month (hence the 12) instead of every week, and everything crafty or artsy is allowed in the project instead of only painting or drawing – as long as it’s not photography, since that was and shall stay the main aspect of the project and force me to focus on other creative stuff besides my main interest in photography.
Last July I started crocheting and I picked up knitting a few weeks ago – I love it! In primary school we had to crochet a square once as an oven mitt and I hated everything about fibers and needles and my work did never want to become a square, no matter what I did, it always came out a strange triangle at best. I got so frustrated and even my mother gave up on trying to help me with that triangle-square-thing. I swore to myself I’d never pick up needles again. But oh, never say never! It happened out of a mood, and I got hooked :) Instead of frustrating me like it did when I was a kid, it now calms me down to create something with my hands. Something real that you can touch and see. I need to be calm and focused for painting and for photography, but I can crochet and knit just whenever. Not everything I do comes out the way I imagined, but then I just put it away and pick up the next one.
Now guess what all of my friends and family get as gifts ;) I rarely keep the stuff I make and I always forget to take pictures, but this week I did and here you go with the first crafty-artsy-fibers-stuff of the new Project 12:
Crocheted Amigurumi Batman. Used this pattern for a basic doll structure but modified it as I went along. The cape is felt.
Mr Hat from South Park as a finger puppet – made the pattern up as I went along. The inside is stuffed with polyfill and felt to make it fit any finger.
The Pi :) Made this softie for a friend who is a physicist. Used this great pattern. Right handed two phone cozies – the left one is mine that was supposed to be a mitt after this pattern, but I highly modified it and in the end it was much too small, but the perfect size for my phone. I love the stranded colourwork, but I have to practise a lot with this. The right one is for my mother, who loved my owl version and wanted one for herself, but she loves teddy bears even more, so I used this chart and made one cozy for her.
A sheep coffee cup cozy! With very bulky yarn knitted after this sweet pattern. I made a pom pom as a tail and used this as a button so you can use the cozy with cups that have a handle and open and close it.
Yoda! Made him after this pattern, but wanted the hood bigger and made the cape up as I went.
Have a nice and crafty time!