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We spent the night before Midsummers Eve needle felting. It’s such a great technique, when my son was younger he said it was like drawing in 3D. I agree.

And I think wool may be may favorite material.

Mittens

I’m really a fan of these reflective thread yarns from Järbo. I’ve been doing a lot of knitting lately so decided to go back to crochet for a while. This, I hope, will be a pair of mittens. The first one is always fun to figure out, but then I have to make a second one like it and remember how I did it. At the moment I’m confident, though.

Trying and failing and trying again

I’ll admit it, instructions bore me. I see myself as a person who carefully reads instructions and follows them promptly, but either I’ve changed or I’ve lied to myself my whole life, because that clearly isn’t true.

So I decided I should knit some socks, continuing with my Christmas presents. How hard can it be? Right?

I had the needles, I had the yarn and started.

My first realization was that it was really difficult to start with 4 needles. My second realization was that I’d forgotten how to start a knitting and was doing it wrong. My third realization was that you need 5 needles, not 4. My fourth realization was that, no, you can’t use a regular needle as the fifth one because it has a stop in one end and you need to knit from both ends. My fifth realization was that the multicolored yarn I was using made it a lot more difficult to see what I was doing.

At one point my partner commented “Wow, you’re working so fast, I only see you starting nesw ones, never finishing them”. Eh, well…It’s actually because I rip up what I’ve done and start over and over again.

I’ve now come to the point where a few centimeters of the ankle of my first sock are looking ok. I will report back when I reach the heel.

Christmas is coming

20161018_182127So I thought I’d try to start in time this year. I found this multicolored yarn and immediately thought of my eldest son. He loves mint green and lilac. I’ve crocheted a cap, mostly on freehand, although I checked a few patterns to see how they’d made the brim.

The yarn is Järbo Raggi (I think- can’t find the tag) and it’s mostly wool. I especially like that the coloring is uneven, so that there’s stripes blended into the multicolored parts.

Late Santa

 

I continue to finish Christmas presents. This is another use of the reflective thread yarn. Knitted this time.

Diff’rent strokes

Foto-0887Note the two direction of stripes, also used the different shades of the two sides of the fabric to make a small contrast. I think I like these. Foto-0897 Foto-0890

Seems when I’ve made them before I didn’t put any extra allowance on the leg parts, but the wideness is really nice

What I made for Christmas

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This is made with needle felting technique. You stick needles into combed wool to mold and shape it. Like drawing in 3D as my son said.

Waistcoat done!

And he’s so handsome! It’s a bit too wide, he pulls the belt in the back to the smallest possible, and there’s air at the shoulders. Since it was a birthday present, I couldn’t try it on to see if it fitted. Might take it in in the back a bit, and I will readjust the button that’s not straight. But as long at it was ready for birthday morning.

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Wool lot a lovin

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Wool is such a great material to work with. Every time I use it I wonder how come I ever choose something else. It lies still and in place while you chalk it, cut it and sew it. And can easily be pressed into shape. AND comfortable to wear. My all-time favorite.

Waistcoat

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Using the fine wool I found at Salvation Army I’m making a waistcoat for my son’s birthday.The fabric is a dark grey with light blue stripes, so I decided to use a lining in that same blue (colors show better in the picture below).

I’m using Simplicity 4762 which I bought as a download pattern a while ago, and I can’t recommend that!  You’d think it would be easy to just match the pieces together with the little markings on each sheet of paper- well it wasn’t. No matter how careful I was, some pieces just wouldn’t fit, and the finished pattern is really difficult to handle with all the taped printer papers.

And this was a fairly small item. No more downloads for me, that’s for sure!

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