Well, technically it’s fall but still. We can also enjoy the pleasures of fall. The light. Being semi young in this in credible town and watch new students arrive. The smell of late night lectures and setting sun. The light. I love it. It’s different depending on the season but oh, so lovely no matter what time of the year it is. You just have to stop and look at it.
It’s getting cooler and it’s time to start put on your hand knits. Last fall I made three hats, or rather helmets. They are the funniest shape but a quick knit and fairly fun to make.
Once you finish the knitting you have no idea how on earth that will transpire to a hat. When you sew the head seams you get a better understanding but the helmet still looks super weird until you put it on, then everything makes sense.
Hats have a tendency to drop off a baby’s head but these helmets stay put and they really cover the ears, something other hats might have trouble with. It’s tricky for a ht with a round brim to cover both ears while not covering the eyes.
This helmet has a brim in a zigzag pattern and therefore the ears are covered and they eyes are not. A very good feature in a hat.
Pattern: Hjälm from Nordiskas stickbeskrivning. Yarn: Mandarin Petit from Sandnes, color 4621, Drops Safran from Garnstudio, color 01, and Baby Cashmerino from Debbie Bliss, color 340018 Light Pistachio. No mods.
Why do I keep doing this to myself? I mentioned earlier this summer that I don’t like these kinds of yarn balls. In some kind of weird irony three of my projects this summer has been knit or crochet with yarn that comes like this. That is a total of eleven yarn balls! I need to stop it! After this project…
There is not much knitting going on right now. It’s like I’ve forgotten how to take advantage of the opportunities that arises. I simply forget to pick up my knitting. Or even worse, I forget to bring it. This will not be good for me in the long run.
Today I did manage to squeeze in a few rows though. I’m slowly moving forward with my shawl design and let me tell you, I love it! It’s turning out great! I can’t wait to see its progress. I probably should try to squeeze in some more knitting…
First day of the new university semester. This is, finally and from what I can tell right now, my last semester at uni. When the tundra rose blooms, the sky feels higher and the air smells of ripe apples, that’s when school starts and you know it’s fall. It means the start of something and fresh books and new pens. It’s easier to breathe and anything can happen.
It makes me wistful but it’s good, it’s familiar and comforting. There will always be a new fall and the beginning of a new school year. It’s safe and maybe every school year is not super exciting but this year is. It feels great.
Today I blocked my first crochet shawl. I’m looking forward till it’s dry and I can try it out.
September 1. The first day of fall. Summer is over. On Monday I start school again. I’m looking forward to it. It’s been a long and hot summer and fall feels like a relief after this heath. The last couple if weeks have been rough, not heathwise but… well, lifewise and I’m sure September will change that.
It started extremely well. I was at a “finishing feast” (or fäst in Swedish, pun intended) at my friend Annelie’s, we had tea, freshly baked bread and chocolate and we wove in ends and sewed and so on. I had a million ends to weave in (what’s up with all the ends, crochet?) and I did them all. Now two shawls are just a block away from being finished.
Since this was one of the rare occasions where Me Made wasn’t present, I had high expectations of what I could accomplish and I brought an insane amount of projects. Three knitting projects, one crochet project and of course the two projects for weaving in ends. Well, no surprise but I was a little optimistic. I did finish weaving in ends though and most importantly, I had a wonderful time.
My love for gradient yarn is no secret. I just love it. But yarn is not the only thing that can be gradient. Today I saw these houses on my walk and it made me so happy. I would love to meet the person who came up with this, it’s so clever. He or she must have had so much fun doing this and the people living here, I really hope they appreciate this lovely idea. Gradient row of houses, what a thing!
Today I was smart. It’s a bit embarassing that I consider this to be a sign of intelligence but I do nontheless. For one of my projects I’m using beads and the beads came on a string with the kit. It quickly became clear that keeping them on the string while knitting would prove to be difficult. That’s when I was smart. With the yarn kit I also got a small tin with stitch markers. By this far along in the knitting all the markers are in the knitting so the tin is empty. My light bulb moment made me realize I could take all the beads off the string and put them in the tin instead. So I did. I’m extremely smug and pleased with myself.
Shhhh, just let me have it, will you?
My crocheting skills are progressing nicely. Better than I could have imagined. The progress is moving forward and with that so are the amount of ends to weave in. But let’s focus on the crocheting part instead. It’s even fun to do! And pretty too!