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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From June to November, a test knitting story

by Svipser9. November 2013 15:02

 

Wow, no posts since August – It’s not that I haven’t knitted anything, on the contrary, I have done a heap of knitting!

 

One of the things that have taken a lot of my knitting time, has been lending my services as a test knitter. For those of you who don’t have a clue about what that is – let me explain. When brilliant clever people (= designers) come up with a new pattern, they often ask the help of test knitters (= just a tad bit less brilliant and clever people, like yours truly)

 

We then get the pattern before it is published, knit the pattern, giving our two senses along the way, weeding out typos, sometimes giving suggestions for different wording, checking instructions, yardage etc. are correct. When we are done, the designer takes all our feedback, and adjusts any errors etc.

 

Nifty isn’t it J

 

Now, this is a free service, and we get only the honor, appreciation and experience out of it – it’s fun, rewarding and interesting. We see the designs before everyone else and give something back to the wonderful world of knitting – so what more could you want really?

 

I have recently  test knitted 2 patterns for Gabrielle aka Danskknit on Ravelry

Lacy & The Leaves

 

 

And Aquazzone 

 

Both blankets, both lovely!

 

The first still lives with me, as I can’t seem to part with it, the second how ever has gone to a little girl named Marie for her dolls :)

 

Then came the Stripes Button Top Pullover for Amy Grace aka twogirls on Ravelry. I already had Bertram in mind as a receiver when I signed up for this test – and he looks SO cute in it!

 

 I adore this pattern, so much so that when asked, I actually agreed to knit another one for Marie.

 

Listen people, I don’t knit patterns twice, ever, but I did with this one – and I might even do it again! If you are looking for a cute baby/toddler pattern, let me recommend this one.  And you can use scraps for stripes,  who doesn’t have loads and loads of scraps that need a purpose?

Last of the test knits, for now,  is Flax by tincanknits – and this is really cool, because it’s a free pattern, perfect for the first time sweater knitter! It’s packed with tutorials, so even a new knitter will be able to knit this, with patience and perseverance. Another awesome thing about this pattern is that the sizes run from newborn to 4XL, this will fit absolutely anyone you choose to knit for!

 

 

I won’t sign up for any more test knitting this year, I have to many things I want to knit for me and mine – but next year J

 

 

 

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Warm my feet, please

by Svipser21. February 2013 19:27

I finished my slippers, and Lord knows I need them, my feet are forever cold it seems.

As it is with almost all other projects in 2’s, it took me from mid-December to mid-February to finish, it’s just plain boring knitting the same thing twice!

 

 

 

Easy, free pattern! Right here

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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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