Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Gift knitting

Two Baktuses, that I knitted for bigger girls for Joulu presents. I figured that at the age of 6 and 4 they are finally old enough to wear scarves. (and they make very cool cat-tails for their plays as well - as we have discovered today...)

Yarn: solid version (below) 1.5 balls of Louisa Harding Kimono Angora in pink-peach-light yellow-mix, stripy version (above) less than 1 ball of Kimono Angora in Pink and same amount in brown - pink-orange -mix. (lovely angora blend - btw:-)
Needles: 4,5mm
A very simple scarf pattern that has been seen in various knitting blogs. I liked knitting Baktus - it is Very Fast to knit - and the result is just lovely. Will probably make one for myself as well...
I also knitted a Gail for my mom - but no photos of it, because I didn't manage to take any before giving it to her ...

Wednesday, 23 December 2009


As promised - some photos of FO's. Let's begin with Surface. It took me a couple of months to knit this - and approx. 1 month of that went into that weird wrap - that can be wrapped around shoulders. I'm happy that I decided to knit everything (wrap included) before seaming pieces together - as if I had finished the jacket first I still would be knitting the wrap...
And then it would look like this:
No wrap. Nice - but nothing really special.
So I'm really glad I persevered and finished (what seemed like endles rows of blister stitch) and now I can wear my jacket with the wrap, because for me - it is the wrap that 'makes' this garment special. (+ it keeps me so warm...) Pattern: Surface by Norah Gaughan from Knitty Winter 2008
Yarn: Jaeger Extra fine merino Dk in Badger (#977)
Needles: 4mm(? as far as I can remember..)
And as I realised - the wrap can be worn as a scarf as well:-) Not bad!
The design is - once again- by unbelievably talented Norah Gaughan - whose patterns have a siren-like qualities when it comes to me - they sort of whisper "knit me"... and then I find myself knitting yet another one of Norah's designs. And I always end up really happy with the outcome.

Friday, 18 December 2009

too busy

Life's been hectic recently . So much so that I have almost forgotten this blog. Being a working mum is very different from being a mum at home. Everything is scheduled to the minute. There is really no time for me anymore. At work dead lines are getting closer and closer and I have to admit that I really look forward to xmas break. Not that I wouldn't like my job - I still like it very much - it is just that too much is exactly that - Too Much.

It's been over 1,5 months since my last blog text - and lots has happen. In November we spent a long weekend in Barcelona with my DH. Just the two of us!! (first time in over 6years - that kids were not with us) and it was wonderful! It was also great to see my brother - who lives in Barcelona but never visits Finland.

While wondering the streets of Barcelona we accidentally run into this cool yarn shop on Placa de la llana - where I bought this funny looking skein of local spanish wool. It is a very long skein (leek next to it is to give some perspective....) in amazing vermilion red. Absolutely fabulous!

After the Barcelona trip I've basically been working my ass off... but I have managed to knit as well. Not too much but something. I'm very glad that I have completed all 3 xmas projects (to be given as xmas presents) already. So no stress this year about finishing knitted gifts in time:-)

I've also finished Surface jacket and v-neck pullover in RYC Cashmere tweed - but it has been so dark there's been no chance to take photos of them. Today the sun is suddenly shining and it is freezing cold (-22 Celsius as I write this...) . So pretty outside - like a picture postcard - but so cold that it freezes your cheeks in no time. Which is why I'm writing this blog now... I'll promise proper posts with enough photos of all knits I've finished later this year.