Handmade Christmas

by Svipser25. December 2013 12:17

A few hand knit presents made it under the tree this year - I especially enjoyed knitting for my cousins little girls!

 

Howlcat - a clever pattern that is both a cowl AND a hat! It's one of those patterns where you go "DOHH, off course, why didn't I think of that?" as soon as you see it. An easy fast knit, check out Alexandras site to get a grip on how to wear this thing :)

Since I was finally knitting for a girl, I off course chose RED as one of the colors, and for the other, pure luxury with Sweet Fiber Yarns Cashmerino Sock. This yarn is absolutely beautiful, and having 10% Cashmere oh so soft. Wouldn't you like to have a little Cashmere lining your hat and cowl? I even threw in a little sparkle silver thread...I need more girls to knit for, I need more sparkle and pinks, yellows and reds!

 

 

 

(I love this picture, it reminds me of an octopus for some reason!)

 

 

 

 

Cashmere and reds for big sister Yumi and Alpaca grey fluff for little sister Tilda. I know that Tildas hat won't keep it's shape or stretch for long, but since they are only up here in the cold for a short while, I went ahead anyway, if it grows out of shape in a couple of weeks it doesn't matter, it will have served it's purpose.

 

(Yes, that is more silver glitter you see in the pom pom, Muahahaha!)

I usually choose not to write about crap yarn (there are so many lovely yarns to write about, why choose the bad?), but I will make an exception in this case. Puno by Gepard Garn, is not worth spending your hard earned money on.  Yes it is soft, yes it has good yardage, but it will grow out of control, it sheds like crazy, and it has very little structure/memory so whatever you choose to knit will be bent out of shape in no time.

 

I seem to be developing a habit of knitting my Brother in Law a hat for Christmas, and this year the pattern I chose was Scrollwork by Irina Dmitrieva. It looks super complicated, but it's really fun to knit and has good charts - I highly recommend it. The yarn is French and comes from PoloandCo and so very lovely! Rustic, authentic, minimally processed and gorgeous natural coloring, I LOVE this yarn and it's perfect for this pattern.

 

I even convinced David to model it for some pics! 

 

 

The smallest Christmas gift in 2013 was the Flat Rat bookmark for my Father in Law. Ever since I first laid eyes on this I knew I would have to make it some day! Check out Susan's blog post- I love it!

 

 

 

I call him Ralf the Rat. The body is made of Holst Noble, which has a little cashmere in it, and the nose and eyes are 100% baby camel from Garnudsalg.dk - how's that for a fancy rodent?

 

My lovely, super creative, super knit worthy Sister in Law got the most unique Christmas present of all this year. Unique because I came up with pattern (which is super simple, and nothing special really) and unique because of the yarn combo. I think this gift is my favorite one this year, because no one else on the planet will ever be able to make a pair like it, it is a true one of a kind pair of mitts!

 

This summer, I went away on a super romantic get away with David, to this Castle ...we stayed in the best room, which is located in the top of the tower, you see nothing but blue skies and trees!

 

 

(Me, checking if this is heaven, while having coffee and cake overlooking the park...)

 

 

Anyway, while there, we visited this tiny idyllic little town called Nyord, and they have a tiny little shop for groceries etc and YARN! (imagine my excitement) The owner has Angora rabbits and she makes the most gorgeous, soft, non shedding angora yarn I have ever come across. I took this angora loveliness and paired it with Mandy's Corrie Sock   resulting in a grey fluffy mitt with ever so delicate undertones of some kind of pink tint. Can't really capture it in pics, but I tried :)

 

 

 

 

 

Now, back to selfish knitting!

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Welcome spring (and weeds)

by Svipser11. May 2013 18:08

Spring is finally here, and the heavens opened the gates and gave my garden some much needed rain! Everything is sprouting, flowering and turning green, including the weeds J

 

As I can finally start work in the garden, I expect the rate of finishing my knitting projects will slow down immensely. But I have managed to finish some things the past month.

 

First of Abate for Theodor. The last time I knit him something was last summer, so he was up for another hand knit garment from mom. This pattern is perfect for both girls and boys, the fit it great and the design is clever – I think this might fit him through the winter, fingers crossed!

The yarn is lovely for kids, Rasmilla Tykke Yndlingsgarn 50% cotton/50% wool, absolutely itch free!

 

Camomille is also done, and I have already been wearing this a lot. There will be more Camolilles in the future, it’s simple, but ohh so gorgeous and super customizable in size. I think a scarf size is next on the list, and maybe in a really hot pink...if I dare.

And Lauren, the lovely blue wonderful Lauren. I am so glad I gave this pattern a second chance, I love her!

The hanger says "I carry my burden with a smile"... 

 

Now I’m trying to finish some thick socks I started in January. Not that there is really any rush, since I wont need them until Fall :D Inglenook is their name, and they are slouchy, cabely, yummy house socks. I might buy some leather soles to stitch onto these when done, otherwise I think they will wear through quite quickly.

 

And last, I’m knitting a blanket. Ardor, couldn’t help but cast on for this when the pattern was published in the beginning of May. I have had this wool/cashmere yarn in my stash for quite a while, as I didn’t really like the texture of it, but I think it might work for this, we’ll see.

 

 

 

 

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I'll trade you snow for Spring

by Svipser24. March 2013 11:40

 

March is almost gone, I had a birthday, we were promised a snowstorm that never showed up (well, the snow did, but the wind didn’t) and I was I’ll for a whole bleeping week! I can’t wait for spring to arrive, soon please. I have a need to see the ground without snow on it, I need to see dirt.

 

The good thing about snow and living in a deep freezer is that it makes perfect sense to knit big woolly sweaters, HA!

 

First off, I finished my [big] Rubble. Ever since knitting the child version of this pattern

 

..I have wanted my own. Lucky for me, the designer Alison Brookbanks, also thought the world needed a grown up version! My version is knitted in the same yarn, and it looks like the small one was placed in a photocopier and someone pushed the upscale button.

 

I choose to knit the sleeves narrower and I now have the perfect layering piece for gardening. Not constrictive of motion, sleeves won’t get in the way and still warm and comfy. So Spring, get here.

 

Second sweater of March, Agnes. I have been wanting to knit this ever since the pattern came out, it just looks so comfy and cozy! And because of fellow Raveler and knitter Rachel, I was finally able to. She sent me the pattern as a gift, after taking some neglected Angora yarn of my hands. Such a sweet lovely gesture from a stranger on the other side of the globe. She might also be psychic, she sent this particular pattern as she thought I might be cold, way up here in the north. After receiving the pattern, they advertised more snow..

 

 

 

I LOVE this sweater, it is every bit as comfy and cozy as it looks, and it is definitely not the last time I knit this pattern. Rita loves it too, she guarded it while it was blocking, resting comfortably on top of the moist sweater for hours, silly cat.

 

What I’m working on now? More grey knitting, Camomille. I love grey, I love Danish design, and I love my Blackhill highland wool.

 

 

 

And Lauren – a pattern I abandoned in 2011, because I was seriously upset about the fact that I actually swatched (yes I did, good girl!) for this, and then ventured forth and chose the wrong bleeping size to knit! It turned out huge, so I took the pattern, buried it and put a “do not disturb” post-it on the pile. But after receiving this gorgeous blue Aran weight Blackhill Highland Wool, I decided that Lauren needed a revival – so there, I’m knitting blue, a new color for me, don’t think I have ever had a blue garment before?

 

 

 

 

 

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About Svipser

 

Wife of David. Mother of Mathias, Andreas and Theodor. Owner of pure bread Labrador Retriever Otto and co-owner of Rita the cat, that no one else wanted (thank God, cause we can’t live without her!).

 

I don’t just love to knit, I need to knit. Every. Single. Day. Sometimes other people benefit from my addiction, but usually what I knit is meant for me.

 

I’m waiting for my chance to make my own River Cottage, that’ll be the day. Until that happens, I will try to  make the best of my vegetable patch in the suburbs of Copenhagen.

 

 

 

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