The other day my heart melted. I have a young friend whom I haven’t seen since July and the other day I found out she’s talking about me. A lot from what it seems. She is two and a half years old and has received quite a few knitted things over the years. Now it turns out that every time she sees something knitted of hers she says that Ina has made it, even if it’s store bought or someone else made it. I feel so flattered and happy. What more could a knitter ask for? Especially since the only thing of mine she can still fit into is a hat that I made two years ago. Obviously my first thought was that this kind of love can not go unnoticed. Obviously my friend needs more knitted stuff from Ina. (Please note that I’ve decided not to think about the fact that she talks about me in relation to knitting might not be all positive, she might have a deep dislike for knitted things but I’ve decided that is not the case.) The first thing I did was to go searching for a nice summer sweater pattern. I found it and realized it needs to be yellow. I then Went searching the Internet for yellow yarn. I found it immeadiately (how often does that even happen? The right pattern and the right yarn just like that? I think Internet is acting as enabler this time). Just when I was about to click the “buy it now” button I hesitated and started thinking. I am knitting a huge white lace shawl on which I’m behind (without it really being my fault, I have knitted as planned but I’m still behind) and I am trying to save money, hence no knitting time and no money to buy yarn. Yes, the irony of the thing is not lost on me, the one time I found a perfect pattern and perfect yarn is also the time when I don’t have time to knit and can’t buy yarn. I’m bummed to say the least. We’ll see if I can make something up, my friend obviously cannot go on long without a new Ina sweater.
So, how did it go? Could I make 30 rows in eight days. Of course I could. I finished the laurel leaf panel and some stockinette stitch and I counted and counted and counted again to make sure I had the right number of stitches. Now it’s time to start the center triangle. 642 rows that starts with five stitches and then you pich up one stitch each row until all the stitches are incorporated in the center. It should be about 642 rows. That’s a lof of stitches. I better get started right away.
It’s Friday, yay, but it’s also raining and not very fun at all (which, on one hand is actually good since I need to knit on my lace but still, the weather is boring) so I figure we all need something to cheer us up.
I hereby present to you Genevieve’s raspberry sherbet dress. It is a pink merino dress that is probably super warm and very, very pretty.
It’s tied around the belly with a brown ribbon and I’ve seen pictures of sweet Genevieve and the dress seems to fit her perfectly.
It was fun to knit and much faster than I had imagined even though I had to take a break in the middle due to some urgent projects. I think the sleeves too one evening each or something. (Good for me since me and sleeves are not always friends.)
The yarn was a delight to work with and I still have some left, we’ll see what it ends up to be.
This is a winter dress and Genevieve got it for Christmas. I can’t believe how cute it turned out. It’s pretty, warm and still roomy enough so she can play in it and move comfortably. Plus the color looks adorable on her, it matches her features lovely. I’m pretty sure she likes it (even though I happen to know for a fact that she liked the mechanical cat toy that could somersault even better but that’s as it should be).
Now, tell me if this didn’t brighten up your Friday.
Apparently one new project wasn’t enough, last night this happened. This is a baby bonnet in the making. I do think the answer to my need of getting some knitting done is domino knitting. It’s quick, never more than 33 stitches on the needle and instant gratification in the form of progress. Domino knitting means that you make a square by simply decreasing two stitches in the middle of your row, every other row. Then you pick up new stitches along the first square and then you continue like this. It’s the same technique as in the blanket me and my mum made a couple of years ago.
Also, I got a new project bag which is simply delicious. I’m not sure about the yarn or the purple/dark green combination but I’m quite excited to see the finished bonnet.
I’ve made a decision. Since it’s essential that I start the triangle of the Great Lace soon I figure I need a plan. Since the end of the border chart I’ve six rows in stockinette stitch, the 19 stitches of laurel leaf pattern and another five rows in stockinette stitch. That’s 30 rows. I have decided to make these 30 rows from Sunday to Sunday. Last Sunday I knit 10 rows, the six plain ones (under the pink lifeline on the picture) and four rows of the laurel leaf panel. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday meant another six rows altogether (those ten rows are above the lifeline). That’s 16 rows and we’re half way there. This might work and it would be lovely if it did. Fingers crossed!
Right, so I know I said I should only concentrate on the Great Lace but I was weak and really I had to cast on something new. I mean, my MKAL is over and the next one doesn’t start until next week. The Great Lace is not portable and, you know, I do actually leave the house sometimes. I need knitting that is portable and that’s what this is.
So, the last few days I’ve been a little sick and tired with the lace. It’s just so much white lace. But I’ve been clinging on to it, working, working, because I knew I would soon be done with the border and could start the triangular shaping. This weekend I did it and I knew there were only 20-something rows of a different type of lace before I could start the triangle. The triangle, I thought, would go much faster. It gradually becomes bigger the more stitches I add but it will be quick. When I arrive at the beginning of the triangle, surly I would soon be done.
Ah, ye ignorant, innocent children! We started counting the stitches for the triangle, and the stitches of the top border. As it turns out those two combined are 256 000 stitches (212 000 sts if we only count the triangle). 212 000 stitches. That is a lot. That’s more than a lot. I know I’ve been pulling off 130 000 sts in a month before but remember, this lace is not portable at all as it is adjoined by a huge cone of yarn. When doing the NaKniMo I could bring knitting with me everywhere, with this I’m confined to the house.
It got even more demoralizing when it turned out that the remaining stitches are acutally more than the ones I’ve already done. Not by much but still. It has taken me seven months to get to this, now I have to do the other half in 100 days (preferably faster if I want to have time to block it (and let it dry) before the deadline).
This means that from now on there will be only kntting lace (and bobbin lace, I have 7,5 meters and only three meters to go but still, it needs to be done) in my life. I might have thought that there already only was knitting white lace but I was wrong. Now I will truly learn what knitting white humongous lace for a deadline really means. It will be pain and tears and anger but I still think it might work. Besides, 256 000 sts in 100 days are only 2560 sts per day. That’s totally doable. Right?
The blog is finally up and running again and I give you a beautiful tea cup (that may or may not be in my kitchen right now) to look at, together with a suggestion to have a cup of tea while waiting for a proper post to be published. It might take a little while but have patience (and tea) and enjoy the sun and the fact that since yesterday the days are now longer than the nights. See you soon!
Remember how I was a bit sick of making sleeves, my nemesis, and that resulted in me making a slipover for little W? It was very cute and had like million ends to weave in (aka, I won’t be making that one again in a long time). But little W is a sneaky little cutiepie, he decided to grow, a lot, and before he had even worn it once, he outgrew the slipover.
Now, obviously I’m not offended by this. This happens, babies grow. But I didn’t like the idea of little W being without Auntie Ina knits. So therefore I decided to make a new one. The first try was not good (please don’t make me talk about it, not yet, I’m not ready) but the second one, the second one turned out nice.
It has lovely buttons and adorable pockets and little W looks very distinguished in it. Also, his parents love the vest and that’s all I could ask for. The best part: he didn’t grow out of it for several months.
I know I’ve talked about paper a lot but I haven’t really shown you anything so I figure it’s about time I did. A couple of weeks ago it was my friend Lyndsey’s birthday. Together with some presents (yarn – she’s a knitter too) I made this card for her. Green cardstock, a flowery paper, a simple brown one on top of that and and White paper to write on. A princess crown stamp and some rhinestones because she is a princess and some tea stickers because we drink a lot of tea when we see each other.
All of these things where stuff I had at home already, I just needed the inspiration to put them all together. I was looking through my scrapbooking stuff and found a green card and then I looked through my patterned papers and found a paper that worked well with the card and some brown paper that was a nice contrast to the pastell colored card and inspiration just poured over me and I found stickers and stamps and it was pretty obvious to me what I was going to make.
I used a brown envelope to make it all a little less cute and more stylish. I think it turned out pretty well. Happy birthday Lyndsey-bean!