Last December, when it was cold, cold, cold, I decided to use some bulky yarn to make a cowl. It’ll knit up fast, I thought. I’ll get to wear it practically immediately, I thought. I thought wrong. 🙂 This is the project that went beautifully until 80%. At 80%, I left the bag with the project open, and the cats laid on top of it. … Continue reading Gap-tastic cowl
I seem to cast on a pair of socks each Christmas, finish at least one sock, and then finish the pair by sometime mid-spring. These weren’t any different as I cast off on 6 March. Interestingly, the only reason I did focus on them was because I wanted to start something else, and felt that I have too many UFOs (unfinished objects) floating around. There’s … Continue reading Happy, striped socks | what should I be writing about?
The sewing world doesn’t have a Ravelry equivalent. Patterns are spread across the Big 4 and the hundreds of indie pattern designers – last week, I was trying to find a specific pants pattern I’d seen a while back and finally gave up. Continue reading Textillia, the Ravelry of sewing?
This sweater came into being the Sunday morning that I asked Fred, “If you would hypothetically like a sweater, what would you prefer?” I was at a stage where I enjoyed planning out projects, choosing the yarn, etc. Fred liked the sweater I had chosen and away I went! According to the Ravelry project page, this took me just over a month in 2015 from … Continue reading Fred’s monochrome sweater (Jón 91149 by Hulda Hákonardóttir)
I wanted a nice, thick pair of raggsockor so I knit myself a pair. And then I cast on another pair, yet another and finally one more. I’d waited a week or so to write this post, just to see if the rush was over, but I’m eyeing that grey-marled yarn for another pair… these socks are addictive! They’re soft, warm, fun and they knit up ridiculously fast.
The weather here in Sweden has been wet and hovering just below zero. Spring is starting to peek around the corner, but there’s nothing as cozy as a thick pair of socks – unless it’s a thick pair of socks with a cup of coffee.
I found this on Facebook, no credit given. What a neat insight into how stitches are formed! Continue reading How a sewing machine creates stitches
Last fall (as in, October 2014), I became fascinated with the idea of a cape. It might be because of my complete failure to sew up a proper coat – I can sew, but getting stuff to fit my hips, bust and larger arms is a challenge. Enter a cape – this should be easy, right?
When I first moved in, we discussed (argued?) for months about what kind of pillows we wanted on the couch. I wanted pillows, I think Fred might have been ambivalent. But these were too busy, those were too boring, these were too bright, those were… I don’t even remember anymore.
I love toe-up socks, but I have trouble getting the final join in the bind-off to look good. I usually just end up taking the yarn up and over and under around and… well, basically trying to make it look even. It turns out that there is a much easier way! Check out KnitFreedom’s really simple trick on how to do this in the video. Continue reading Tip for binding off in the round
I loved both of these patterns so much that I had to make more!