Monthly Archives: June 2012

A surprise, a blue ensemble, and socks

Surprise: I have a pattern in Ulla!

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Pattern: in Finnish, here

Yarn: Wollmeise 80/20 twin, leftover from a shawl I knit two summers ago

Thoughts: Not the most spectacular hat nor pattern, but pretty exciting nontheless 🙂

The blue shawl I showed last time did also get finished in time.

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For some reason I look extremely white and annoyed. Oh, the mysteries of photography.

Pattern: Evi by Stricklust, available for free through Ravelry

Yarn: Wollmeise 100% merino, in WD Blue Curacao

Thoughts: Easy pattern, a relatively quick knit (I started on June 1st and finished last Saturday, June 16th). In the end I actually ran out of yarn while binding off, and had to finish with some random Finnish sock yarn.

The pattern is very easy to memorize, and looks impressive although it’s just knits and purls. I got less repeats than the pattern specified, so my gauge was probably off. I always use size 3.5mm needles for knitting lace with Wollmeise. For this shawl I used my new Chiagoo Lace needles that are pure love -pointy tips and a strong cord. I got mine from Villavyyhti in Helsinki.

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Despite my morose expression, I can assure you that the party was fabulous.

Finally, I have a pair of very sweet socks:

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Pattern: just my basic sock -72 sts, short-row heel. 

Yarn: Ladybug Fiber Company 400yards/100g sock yarn. This is the softest, squishiest sock yarn you can imagine! Knitting it was pure joy -it’s a very round 2-ply, a blend of 80% merino and 20% nylon. I imagine it would also be perfect for cables (this self-striping version of course is best in stockinette). 

The colourway is named “Johnny Jump Up” (google tells me it’s a flower) but I think of these as my Cupcake Socks. The colours make me think of sprinkles and frosting and all things sweet. And of course yarn this nice feels like a treat.

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Shawl Madness

As usual, I have started my summer by knitting shawls.

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Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Socks That Rock Lightweight, colourway “The New Colour of Love”, two skeins

Pattern: well, mine, sort-of.

Somewhere around March or April I started dreaming of knitting a larger shawl. This green yarn was one of the few lightweight yarns I had more than one skein of, and also seemed suitably spring-y and cheerful. I started a simple stockinette triangle, thinking that I would figure out a lace edging when I got there.

I knit about 50% of the shawl while watching all of the LotR movies and listening to The Hobbit on audiobook. (Despite numerous attempts, I never finished reading LotR but thought that Hobbit might be more approachable. Being able to knit while I listened certainly helped, but still I didn’t exactly fall in love.) Once I was finished with all of the movies and the book, it was rather depressing to realise that I was only halfway through the shawl. (This happens e-v-e-r-y t-i-m-e. Will I ever learn that I get bored knitting shawls?!)

I slowly slogged through the rest of the project. I did get somewhat excited when I found the lace pattern -it’s a modified version of a lace edging featured in the spring issue of Knitscene. In the end I knit the last 25% of the shawl in 24 hours (something which I would not recommend for anyone -my hands hurt a lot afterwards).

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I do really like the finished object, though. Which is my only explanation for my current project…

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Yes, it’s another shawl. My excuses are that 1.) it’s Wollmeise 2.) This one has a purpose -I’m hoping to wear it to an event next Tuesday. I have been tracking my progress with the Shawl Porgress Calculator from rose-kim.com. 

Winner & Vacation

It’s June, and that means two things:

1. Vacation time!

2. Giveaway winner!

Let’s start with no. 2. My last post got 5 comments (the 6th being from me). I used the random number generator and got the number …4! The fourth comment was from siperoinen, congrats! If you are on Ravelry, please send me a message there with your mailing address (my username -big surprise- is vi0let). Otherwise you can email me at vi0letin @ yahoo.com.

In other news, I did indeed turn in my thesis yesterday. I now feel like I were 14 again, giddy with the freedom of summer at the end of a school year.

At the same time, I have been plagued by nostalgia for the most ordinary things. The ladies’ toilets at the university main building (how I have despaired at the writings on the walls over the years)! The smell of wood, dust and coffee in lecture halls; my favourite teacher’s story about what’s wrong with Heroes (repeated ad nauseam); the vegan banana cake at the cafeteria…

I will, of course, have to make corrections to my thesis, but not until my advisor has had time to read it. For now, I’m free as a bird.

I have very exciting things coming up in June (partly planned as a carrot for finishing my thesis) and some are knitting-related, so stay tuned. I have also some projects to blog about, but I think I will save them for next time. Have a nice weekend everyone!