louise belcher

Last weekend I was home sick, and spent the appropriate amount of time binge watching tv series. One show I really enjoy is Bob’s Burgers, so naturally I went on ravelry to see what they had on the subject and I found these fantastic amigurumis of the Belcher kids. I looked through my crocheting cotton and found the right colors for the Louise doll, who also happens to be my favourite.
I haven’t crocheted since last summer so it was a fun contrast to all the knitting.

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I honestly have no idea what yarn I used but it’s a 4 mm crochet hook and the single Louise pattern can be found here, or all three kids here.

 

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Sorry for the blurry pictures! It didn’t show on the camera display.

 

What do you think? Do you like Bob’s Burgers?

 

metallic glitter

In December, the Knitmore Girls had a drive on instagram that they called “25 days of enabling” where they collaborated with alot of different etsy and webshops and had great deals on knitting (and spinning) related stuff every day ’til christmas.

This is where I found what I believe could be the most perfect yarn made. At least right now, when I’m in a very glittery period. The yarn was this silver and gold glittering self-striping sock yarn with 84% sw merino, and the rest sparkly nylon. The most amazing thing with this yarn is that it’s gold glitter on the gold parts, and silver glitter on the silver parts. How do you even spin or dye that?!
I actually don’t remember what the deal was, but I woudn’t have cared if I had to pay full price. And another great thing is that I have about 40 grams left.

The yarn is In My Element by Turtlepurl Yarns.

The yarn was delivered in two small skeins so the striping would match on both socks

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Look at that glittery goodness!

 

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I was taught not to photograph in direct sunlight but maybe this is where I should have made an exception to the rule. It looked so pretty with the glittering snow together with the socks, but I still like the picture even though it doesn’t come through!

 

Speaking of the Knitmore Girls! I really really enjoy their podcast. It’s a mother and daughter, and sometimes even the granddaughter gets a word in the end, and they have a very interesting, funny and informative podcast about mostly knitting, but also some sewing and spinning. Like with every podcast out there you might need a few episodes to get their dynamic and get to know them but when you do it’s like they’re some of your closest friends. They put out new episodes every week and have good audio quality (if you are like me and care about that ;) ).

vintra

One of the knitting related christmas presents I got was a membership in Koftan & Eddys Garn- och Sjalklubb, which is a collaboration between two swedish bloggers and knitwear designers/yarn dyers. In this membership you get four packages during the year, all of them with exclusive hand dyed yarns and new patterns of some kind of shawl or scarf. The first package was scheduled just around christmas to make it perfect to give away (or receive hehe…). You could choose between two different color scales, “sober” or “sprallig” and I got “sober”.
(At this point I’d like to point out that the swedish word “sober” does not mean the same thing as the english one. In swedish it’s more like subdued in a tasteful way. An online dictionary translates it to austere. “Sprallig” translates to effervescent or frisky.)

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The first shawl is one with a winter theme, Vintra. It’s made with a beautiful dark ink blue baby alpacka which feels like petting clouds, and the details are in 100% silk. It also included some beads in a cute box, fishing line for placing them and a piece of super-tasty chocolate *-*
I used 4 mm needles and it knit up pretty quickly, two or three days. The pattern will be up for purchase in 6 months at the ravelry page and here is my project page.
I think I will be using this like the last picture shows, when it gets a bit warmer since it’s almost too wide to just have thrown over your shoulders.

How would you wear it?

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vertices unite

It’s time for one of my christmas presents! This one is Stephen West design aswell, just like the Exploration Station. I gave it to my brother for christmas and it seems to have been a perfect fit!
It matches his colors and style really well, and since his girlfriend wanted to steal it I think that she approved of it too. I used the Pickles Pure Thin Alpaca and 3,5 mm needles.

There are some more pictures on my ravelry page but you have to go there to see them – they’re far too bad to post here!

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What do you think?

exploration station

During november in 2014 the designer Stephen West had a MKAL, a mystery knitalong in which I participated.

Since a lot of my clothes are black and grey I thought it would be fun to challenge myself and chose to make a more colorful piece. Since I didn’t know how it would turn out the placement of the colors were fairly random, and if I was to do it anew I might have placed them differently. Since I finished the shawl I’ve worn it about every time I’ve left the house, and a lot of people have given me compliments for it so it seems I made the right decision to choose such fun colors! What do you think?
As you can see, it was quite windy when i had it photographed but I think it gives it a quirky vibe!

You can find the pattern here, the yarn I used here and more Stephen West designs here!

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click to get to the projects ravelry page

 

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stickat halsband

This is a translation of the Cable Braided Necklace pattern by OLGAJAZZY. The original is in english and since it’s a really cute pattern and people were requesting it in swedish so I thought – why not? I e-mailed the designer and got permission to translate the pattern into swedish.

Igår såg jag ett fint mönster på ett stickat (ja, stickat!) halsband i en stickgrupp på facebook. Jag föll för det med en gång, då det både var enkelt och snyggt och när folk frågade efter ett mönster på svenska mailade jag designern och frågade om det var okej att jag gjorde en översättning och fem minuter senare hade jag ett glatt jakande svar i inboxen!
Observera att jag alltså inte äger detta mönster, men har fått tillåtelse att översätta det av designern.
Bilderna är däremot mina, och om de är otydliga kan man titta på originalbilderna här.

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Tidsåtgång: 1,5 – 2 timmar, plus torktid
Masktäthet: 6 maskor och 7-8 rader per 2,5*2,5 cm (eller 24 maskor och 28-32 rader per 10*10 cm) i slätstickning
Stickor: 3,5 mm
Garn: 15-20 gram i kvaliteten som ger rätt stickfasthet. I mönstret står “fingering” eller “sport” som är olika kategorier inom garnkvaliteter.

Se till att välja ett fint mjukt garn. Prova gärna hur det känns mot halsen innan du börjar sticka – du vill ju inte göra ett halsband du måste ta av dig med en gång för att det kliar eller skaver!
Det färdiga halsbandet blir ungefär 56 cm långt och görs av två stickade remsor.

Första remsan:
Lägg upp 9 maskor.
Börja med ett avigt varv och sticka sammanlagt 7 varv slätstickning.
Nästa varv (rätsidan): 4 räta maskor, omslag, 2 räta tillsammans, 3 räta maskor. (9 maskor på stickan)
Repetera de senaste 8 varven 15 gånger till. (sammanlagt 16 gånger, tills du har gjort 16 “hål”)
Sticka 15 varv slätstickning och maska av.

Andra remsan:
Lägg upp 9 maskor.
Börja med ett avigt varv och sticka sammanlagt 15 varv slätstickning.
Nästa varv (rätsidan): 4 räta maskor, omslag, 2 räta tillsammans, 3 räta maskor. (9 maskor på stickan)
Sticka sedan 7 varv slätstickning.
Repetera de senaste 8 varven 15 gånger till. (sammanlagt 16 gånger, tills du har gjort 16 “hål”)
Maska av.

Tvätta eller ånga remsorna så att maskorna och fibrerna lägger sig som du vill, och följ sedan denna fotoguide för att fläta ihop dem.

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De båda remsorna med uppläggningsändarna åt samma håll.

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För in remsan med den längre ändbiten i det första omslaget på remsan med den korta ändbiten.

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För ner den övre remsan i omslaget på den undre remsan (det första omslaget på remsan med den längre ändbiten).

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Fortsätt att föra in den övre remsan (de båda remsorna växlar mellan vilken som är över och under) i nästa omslag, och var uppmärksam så att du inte missar några omslag. Du kan också behöva rätta till dem så att de lägger sig snyggt under tiden.

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Fäst alla lösa trådar och sy på en fin knapp eller annan låsmekanism! Klart!

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zombie

First, I present a soundtrack for this post!

 

 

I made a zombie! He’s a present for my mom.

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Click the picture to get to the ravelry page!

I think he looks a bit like RiffRaff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, doesn’t he? I found him in a book at my local library, Make Your Own Zombie by Fiona Goble, but When researching I also found the pattern online for free here! I really enjoyed the book and I’ve gone back to borrow it again but it is always lent out, which I totally understand. There are a couple of different monster/zombie patterns in the book, and some tips on how you can match the different pieces to create even more cute little monsters!

They are also made with (if you want to, of course) buttons and velcro so that if you’re really angry and need to take it out on something you can rip this little guy apart! I was thinking of making his clothes in red christmas but I didn’t have the time, but maybe next (well.. actually this) year. I’d really love another zombie santa. Zombie Claus!
Here are some more pictures!

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What do you think? Would you knit a zombie?

 

a new year, a new effort

Happy new year!

With all the christmas knitting and other holiday stuff out of my way I have much more time for fun knitting (’cause you know… christmas knitting…) and this blog in progress!
I’m planning to post the presents as I feel like it but I’m not sure I got good pictures of everything I made or really – of ANYTHING since winter is pretty dark up here i Scandinavia and we don’t have a lot of daylight. All the presents will be tagged using the christmas present tag.

This last time after christmas and after new year I’ve spent most of my time with netflix and knitting, and I guess that’s what I’ll be doing, except for the occasional coffee with a friend, until january 19, when school starts. I’ve finished the knitting on my Siri, knitted in my in ear headphones (now they don’t tangle! Yay!) and picked up a project I started in september. This project gave me a lot of headaches when I started it but now that I really put my mind to it I figured it out. At least I think I did. It’s a slow project with many parts and a gazillion ends to weave in but it’s going to be finished. Soon. We’ll see, and I’ll keep you posted!