Sunday, 15 July 2012

A 2nd year of projects update #1 Sock Megalomania

Well, here it is. My first sock ever. 

Knitting it was so much fun, I couldn't resist trying it on all the time. 

There is only one problem....this sock is waaaay to big for me. I have a shoe size 40/41 (size 7.5/8 in the USA), but my feet are very slim. The pattern I used stated to cast on 64 stitches for my size, but since my feet are slimmer than normal feet I cast on 60 stitches. Still the sock turned out way too wide, my gauge was a little bit bigger so I might have to use smaller needles. 

Anyone else ever made socks that were too big? 

I think I will let this project rest until I know what to do. Make a new pair or finish another sock this side and donate them to my boyfriend (he is not a big fan of purple though ;-)). 

You might have already seen the baby booties that I finished and I also started another project on the list. A little sneak peek: 

Take a look at the Ravelry group page for some more updates! 

Friday, 6 July 2012

FO Friday: Baby booties

I have a small finished object for you to see. It is one of my projects on the 2nd year of projects list and it was a fast one. 

Little baby booties.

Knitted straight on a pair of 3.5 mm needles with some scrap acrylic yarn. This pattern is a gift and I know it deserves some soft baby merino but I wanted to get this project done on time. Also, acrylic is easy to wash.

They are grey and if it would be my baby these would be made in the most colorful sock yarn, but since this is a gift I had to tone it down. 

They are in the 3 months size, since the baby will be born in summer and these would be a little too warm. 

Want to make them too? Find the free pattern on Ravelry here.  

Want to drool over some yarny projects? Check out Tami's Amis for some awesome Finished Objects. 

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

WIP Wednesday: New yarn is in!

Malabrigo 100% Baby Merino Yarn.....

Yes, I am in love. This yarn from Malabrigo was already soft, but this is soft on a whole other level. 

I never used lace weight yarn before, it is this pattern that is on my 2nd year of projects list. The colour is polar morn and it is this soft pale blue/lilac and I am in love with it. 

I stole borrowed a teeny tiny crochet hook from my mom, a size 0.60 mm. to add teeny tiny beads to the project. Now the only thing needed are the beads, they are pretty hard to find around here.

So not yet a real WIP here, but I just had to share this yarn with you all ;-). I'll keep you all posted on the progress, check out Tami's Amis for some more WIP's. 

Sunday, 1 July 2012

A (2nd) Year of Projects: change of heart

Source: Crafts from the Cwtch

I've seen A year of project posts all over my favorite blogs the past year and I always wanted to join the fun but I somehow never did. All was new for me in blogland back then, so I guess my attention was drawn my too many things.

This year however, I will definitely join. I started this blog with some crochet love, but after seeing the Beekeeper's quilt I knew I had to start knitting. That was when things changed.

I have had a big change of heart the past year and this will be my theme for A 2nd Year of Projects.

Warm feet
I was all about crochet, knitting was complicated for me. When pattern browsing on Ravelry, I only looked at crochet patterns. One of my first projects were baby booties.

Cute as they are, I now discovered the knitted booties and they are all too cute. So, first up the list is to make a knitted version of baby booties and I found just the pattern:

© picture by Wileycomma

Next to these tiny little booties, I also still need to make my first real pair of socks. A year ago I would never wanted to make socks, they didn't appeal to me at all. But now I can't wait to have my first grown pair finished.

Maybe this pattern will do:

© Erica Lueder

Sweater fest
I also never wanted to make wearable things, I thought I would never be able to make something that would really look good on me. The past year I've made a couple of accessories but not a something like a sweater or jumper. So I bought myself a pattern book with lots of sweaters to knit and I also have a hoodie pattern from Tiny Owl Knits so I have 2 on the list:

© Tiny Owl Knits

© tanusik

Doggy love
I really want to make a little dog sweater, but it is far to warm now for our little furry friend to wear something wooly. So I'll remind myself in autumn to make something for Puck by putting this pattern on the list:

Shall I Shawl? 
What is the magic about shawls and scarfs? I never understood, until recently. I'm not sure what it was that changed my mind about making shawls, probably all the gorgeous ones that I saw on other blogs. So a shawl is on the list to. Maybe on of these three:

©  Martina Behm

© Veera

© Veera
Bead it!

Something I've wanted to try for a while now, adding beads to knitting. I think it looks stunning. For example take this pattern:

Christmas knitting
Since this is a year list, there should be some Christmas knitting. I tried to make them last year, but it didn't work out. Better luck this year on these cute Christmas balls:

© Yarnjungle
A great way to learn some fair isle knitting and I also might add some beads to them. 

It's magic
It is also time for some new techniques like illusion knitting. I've seen many gorgeous patterns and I want to try this scarf:

Looks like a normal stripy scarf this way, but when you look at it from a different perspective it looks like this:

Well, those are the patterns that are on the list. Yes, I know. These are not the most original choices, many of you already knit these patterns. But this way you can support me ;-). 

Can't wait to see everybody else's list! 

xxx Suzanne