Dienstag, 18. September 2012

Knitting away - mistake rib scarf

Finished :)

Day One - My first knitting project

Mistake rib scarf with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, (55% Merino, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere yarn) colour 300041, and needles nr. 5. Ball weight is 50g, and length 100 yards or 90 meter.

Pattern is from knitfreedom.com, it´s called mistake rib ´cause it is made in easy 2×2 ribbing (2k, 2p), but the secret is to cast on an uneven number of stitches (a multiple of 4 stitches plus 3, to be exact) so that the knit and purl stitches don’t line up. I am also using the tip I got from the nice wool lady at wawawools in Bexhill on sea (East Sussex), where I bought the yarn and needles at, last year (yes I bought it a year ago, and thought I will have to knit this at last, before the next winter is over ;)) I did start it a couple of times, but my boarders always looked so bad, that I ripped it up again. The trick is to go with your needle in the second and third chain and pull them a little looser and then fasten the first chain (that is always sooo loose and ugly for me) that way you get an even boarder at last. I guess this is a common "new to knitting" problem. If you are ever in Bexhill on sea (near Hastings, UK) that is a shop you should definately go see. 

Now the days are getting colder again and soon winter will come and that´s why I told myself to practice knitting and finish this scarf at last. Now my second ball of yarn is nearly finished, so there is hope that I will finish this scarf this month.

I´m using a 27 cast on and out of one ball of yarn I got around 70cm of scarflength. I got a total of 3 balls, so I hope it´s enough yarn.

The yarn is soft and it´s colour changes depending on the sunlight, it´s a greenish-grey and super soft. 

When I have the desired length I will stitch the end and the beginning of it together forming a loop. That´s why my tail is a bit long. Not sure yet if I will make it a straight loop or with a twist.

I will soon add more pictures and ofcourse a final one around the special neck I am making it for ;)


Almost finished with the seond yarn ball and it fits around the neck twice now. I will knit some more :)

2 balls of yarn aprox 136cm. After fitting, it was decided to kast off :) Now I need to sew it together and take some pictures. It's soft and cozy. 

ready to go out in the cold

Sonntag, 16. September 2012

Crochet Jam Jar Cover

It doesn't get more homemade than this

better view from the side

The pattern is more or less self improvised.
Hook Size 1.25mm - first thing I ever crochet with such a fine yarn
Basic granny square in a round, with a ribbon matching the jam colour

The jam inside the jar is my german plum jam,
 it is not too sweet with a touch of cinnamon and anis.
Get the recepie on my foodblog

Crochet Ball - Kitty Toy

Loki in the garden playing with his new ball

As he jumped out with the ball in his mouth I thought he would loose it. But no he came back inside with the ball in his mouth and has been playing and cuddling with it ever since.

Ball close up. 

Loki doesn´t let go of his ball.

made the same ball just in pink for Mia, but she wanted me to make it into a small doll instead to cuddle with. So this is another variation of the ball. 

Mia´s Doll-ball close up

It´s very easy to make. You can use any size of crochet hook with matching yarn. Add some stuffing and a small bell inside.

Pattern for Ball:

Rnd. 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring (or make a magic circle). Close the ring
Rnd. 2. 2 sc in each st around (Total 16 Stiches)
Rnd. 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] repeat around (Total of 24 sts)
Rnd. 4: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] around (Total of 32 sts)
Rnd. 5-10: sc in each st around
Rnd. 11: [sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts] around (Total of 24 sts) - Beginn stuffing!!
Rnd. 12: [sc2tog, sc in next st] around (Total of 16 sts)
Rnd. 13: [sc2tog around] (Total 8 sts)
Sew together

Loki is my sisters prince, he lives in Iceland with her
Mia is my princess, she lives in GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG+´äüppppppppppppppppppppp (she just jumped on my keyboard ;) I guess that is how Germany is written in Cat language ;)

Clever Cupcake - USB/Key Cozy

Small Project, finished within an hour.

Needed a cozy for a USB Stick. Made a cupcake with an open end. USB Stick is attached to a friendship bracelet that goes through the cupcake top and fastens on the one end to the USB stick, on the other end to a Kezchain, that I crocheted around as well. You could use this as a key cozy as well I guess.

Came out pretty well I think

Here more pictures

Keep Calm and have a Cupcake

Freitag, 14. September 2012

Crochet Oven Mitts

!!!Post has been updated!!!
As I started crocheting again, my goal was to learn how to do granny squares and to be able to crochet the oven mitts my grandmother made. They are the best gloves to take out things from the oven, ´cause even though you are wearing gloves you still can feel what you are touching in an unburning way.
As my sister moved in to her new flat, I wanted to make her these as a move in present and now they are hanging in her kitchen window when not in use :)
Mine are OK, the one my grandmother made are way prettier and better crocheted. But it was such a nice feeling following her pattern and figuring out the changes she did to make them look better. So these are really from the heart.
I will be making more of these that is for sure, although I still can´t believe I made these :)

The pair on the picture was done using Debbie Bliss Eco Baby 100% Cotton. I recently finished another pair (see below), using a different kind of cotton for smaller needles.

Three generations of keeping your fingers safe
On the right, is a potholder my grandmother made (painted)
On the left, potholders made by my mum (crochet)
and in the middle are my second crocheted oven mitts I made for my mum, using my grandmothers pattern. That´s pretty special don´t you think?

Dienstag, 4. September 2012

Simple mobile phone cozy snuggle

Wanna make your own? Here is how I did it

Make a chain as long as the width of your phone. Crochet sc 3 rows, before you then start crocheting around, hiding your beginners tail as you go. Then it´s just sc around and around without closing your circles, untill the height of your piece fits your phone. Make a chain around 20 stiches in the back and fasten again with a slip stitch. I then crochetet another row of sc before fastening off.

Add a button fitting your yarn colour and volà you are done.

It´s better to have the button on the back of your phone to avoid too much stress on the screen.

When using your phone simply put your finger in the loop, so you wont loose your cozy.

wipped up in about an hour give or take few minutes. It´s a great project for beginners or those who want to use up some of that yarn laying around. I used merino wool and needle nr 4.

Some additional pictures to see the whole thing from the front and the back. 

front view

back view - here you can see * where I skipped 3 chains, as i did the loop, before fastening it with a slip stitch, and then crocheting a sc row all around before fastening it off.