Tuesday, 26 June 2012

One a day: Somewhere over the rainbow...

At the beginning of my hexipuff journey, I'd never thought I would last. Of course I had to join the crowd in making these little hexies, but they would probably end up as a pillow and nothing more. 

Then more hexies were made and I started asking myself what my goal was. Lots of knitters asked me the same thing; what I was making with these cute little squishe thingies? I had more than enough for a pillow so I wanted to make something bigger, so I got this idea:

A mini quilt so I can sit in the window! Wouldn't that be awesome?

But then I realized something....

This is a pretty cute idea, but....

.....I already have enough for hexies for this idea and I'm not ready to give up knitting them! 

Look at all the colours...

There is no way I am calling this a FO yet! It will turn in a gorgeous quilt of at least 400 hexies! Yep, you are going to see them some more. I am so in love with this project, and it is perfect for summer knitting. No big bulky project on your lap, just your tiny DPN's and a little skein of sock yarn. 

Speaking of sock yarn...

I dyed another miniskein after being inspired by this post at Pumpkin spins, rainbow style. I don't know why I never did, it turned out very cute and bright. I can't wait to knit it into a hexie. 

Hop on over to Carole's place for more One a day projects. 

Friday, 22 June 2012

FO Friday: First knitted hat

Hello lovelies,

I got another FO done (my there are a lot small projects lately). I won't rambe a lot in this post and go straight to some pictures! 

If you have been around on WIP wednesday you have already seen some of the hat in progress. This hat was super fast to knit and I'm all fired up to make some more hats! 

It is a slouchy hat, but if you roll the edge you could also wear it as a normal hat.

I feel like a real rasta girl haha. 

It looks even better on mr. Boyfriend:

Now for the details.

Pattern: Graham by Jennifer Adams
Yarn: Carina by Wibra
Needles: circular needles 4.0 mm and 5.0 mm after ribbing
Pattern notes: great pattern, no changes made. 
Made for: My sister in law.

Check out Tami's Amis for more finished project fun!

Too bad this is a gift, I kinda love this hat now :p. Guess I'll have to make a new one. 

Good thing hats are so fast, I love this type of project. You can take it with you at any time and it is great to loose some stash! Yep, there will be some more hats for sure. Is it wrong to think about Christmas gifts in Summer? 

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

WIP Wearable Wednesday

For me yarn started off as a hobby, something to make things like blankets, tea cozies, little crochet amigurumi but not wearable projects. 

I thought a knitted sweater was outdated, old fashion and not flattering at all. But the more I got into knitting, the more I started to appreciate a handmade garment. I finally realized that a handmade item can be both a joy to make as well as a to wear. There is nothing better than to choose your own colours, the perfect pattern and the perfect material. 

Lately when browsing the Ravelry pattern page (which I try to as little as I can, since I tend to forget time completely), I notice that I eyeball mostly sweaters, hats, scarves, etc. 

So when my sister in law graduated I knew I had to make her something wearable. 

You can probably guess what it is right? A little hat! 

You knit this project inside out, so from this side it looks like a normal rib pattern. But from the inside in looks like this:

Little bumps made by a broken rib pattern (which is knitting one row and k1, p1 on the next assuming that you would also work inside out). 

The yarn is some old yarn from a local chain store Wibra (probably only know by the Dutch) which is perfect for this little project. I enjoy making this project so much, I know there will follow many more hats!

The pattern for this hat is a free pattern called Graham by Jennifer Adams and so far I enjoy knitting this pattern. The hardest part will now start, neatly decrease the stitches and closing it up. I hope to present the end result on Friday :-). 

Check out Tami's Amis for some more WIP's and I hope to see you all on Friday!


PS: Sorry for the bad picture quality, I took them with my phone. 

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

One a day - joining the fun again!

Hello lovelies,

Just a quick post to join the fun over at Carole's place. She is organizing a One a day link party again! The idea is that you pick on of your projects that seems a bit hard to get finished, mostly bigger projects that need to be done one bit at a time. A great way to get the project (finally) done is to finish one little piece everyday. For example a row of a crochet blanket or a knitted square. Hop on over to the Gingerbread girl blog for more details and for other participants :-). 

My One a day project will be the never ending Beekeeper's quilt. I started this at the end of 2011 and the goal is to get it finished before the end of 2012. I started off great and knitted many puffs every week....


But somehow they got lost behind when crafting time became scarce. At one point I even didn't have any sock yarn left to make some. So last week I finally ordered some creamy sock yarn that I could dye in my own color combo's. 

Doesn't look like much yet no does it?

Aaah, that's much better.

Making these little cuties!

The best part of making hexies, having a basket full of squishe soft little bundles of joy to put your hands in. I just want to eat them!

Which brings us to a total of 96 puffs! My oh my, I still need so many more and I can't wait to see this project grow! I still have so many ideas like making some with embroidery or little beads on them! 

Friday, 15 June 2012

FO Friday - ❤ Knitted Armcandy ❤

I didn't expect to have something to join the fun the Finished Object Friday link party at Tami's Amis, but I made a project that was faster than light and much brighter too! 

Without further ado I present to you: 

 ❤ Knitted Armcandy 

Isn't that adorable? 

I attached a little gold button I still had lying around somewhere.

I love it for many reasons:

 This bracelet feels soft to the skin. Who doesn't love softness?

 It is such an easy and quick pattern, a perfect project for beginners or knitters that just want to have a quick finished project in between bigger projects. 

 The colour is to die for, this bright neon pinkish colour. I'm a big fan of neon and bright colours right now; you can find it in every store and makes me so very happy! 

 Neon colours make your skin look more sun kissed, which I need big time right now since all I have been wearing is rubber boots.  

 Here is a picture in which the colour looks most like it does in 'real life'. Furry friend was so kind to strike a pose playing dead. 

If you are drooling over this project like I was when I first spotted it, here are all the details:

Yarn: Nova by Wibra - 100% cotton
Needle size: 3.5 mm

Pattern modifications:
Not much, I just made the two strips much shorter by repeating the pattern 5 times instead of 16 times. I didn't wash the strips, I just steamed them with my iron to make them flat before braiding. 

Don't be afraid of the braiding, you just knit two strips with little holes in them and you braid them when you are done! So it is very easy. 

Check out Tami's for more Finished Objects :-). 


Wednesday, 13 June 2012

WIP Wednesday - Peacock scarf

I'm finally participating again with the fun of WIP-Wednesday. My project for this week is one that I have been working on for a loooong long time now. I put it in a basket and the thing that got me to get it on the needle again was this beautiful peacock that I made at the petting zoo a while ago. We were very lucky that it stroke a pose for us so I could take this stunning picture. 

The project I'm talking about is this one:

Peacock scarf

By far not as bold and colourful as the peacock, but still so gorgeous and soft. 

It's almost done, I only have to weave in some ends and block one part and then it's done!!!

Next to this project I made a little bow for my furry friend:

I made it to support the national soccer team that will be playing tonight in the European championship. If they don't win, they'll be eliminated! 

If you want to make one for your dog check out this pattern, it's not the same as mine but very similar. I just improvised mine and I was too lazy to write down notes. 

I put a little piece of elastic on the back to attach it to my dogs collar. 

Check out Tami's for some stunning projects!