I couldn’t help it or I really, really need this

One might argue that I have enough scarves as it is. One might. I won’t. My shopping went rather well the other day, I am now the proud owner of a brand new spring coat! Unfortunately, it’s too cold to wear it outdoors yet (and why would I wear it indoors, apart from admiring it in the mirror?). I quickly came to the insight that I do not own a suitable scarf to go with my new coat. Well, once again – how lucky I am to know how to knit! I’ve had two hanks of soft Louet merino yarn in light blue and chocolate brown for almost three years that was gifted to me in a swap in the Ravelry Book Club.

blue yarn
Light blue merino

brown yarn
Brown merino

I’ve never really figured out what I wanted to use this yarn for, but yesterday it came to me when I realized I had a need for a new scarf. I knew I wanted it to have stripes and that one of the colours should be blue, and then I remembered these two hanks in my stash. I wound them into balls last night and cast on.

Scarf with stripes
Scarf with stripes

Looking pretty good so far! It’s a simple garter stitch scarf. Simple but pretty.

Wurst – mittens with sausages

Finally some photos! Winter really isn’t a good season if you prefer to shoot your knits by daylight. Anyway, here they are! The mittens with sausages!

Wurst mittens
Wurst mittens by Spillyjane

Pattern: Wurst (ravelry link)
Design: spillyjane
Yarn: 100 % wool, Harris Tweed Textlies Shetland 4-ply
Yarn source: Bought it from my friend Tove
Needles: 2,25 mm dpns
Started: November 2 2011
Finished: January 13 11 2012
Modifications: Added thumb wedge, made a different cuff, turned them into gloves without fingertips and made flaps for hand and thumb

Wurst mittens
Instead of making regular mittens, I made these with flaps

Mittens with flip top
This is what they look like when you remove the flap.

Thumb flap
There’s even a thumb flap.

Made in 2011
For more comfortable wear, I added a thumb wedge. I started this project in 2011 and thought it was worth a mention.

These mittens were a gift to my husband. He wears them all the time and appreciates the flaps a lot since he’s not normally fond of mittens but prefer gloves. This way he can have both.

I have wardrobe issues

I am so tired of my clothes. I can hardly find anything I like in my wardrobe. I seem to be wearing the same clothes day after day. I need a new style. I need new dresses. I need new shoes. I need new cardigans. Luckily for me, I know how to knit. That’s why I’ve decided to start a new project. I have some lovely, beautiful, red yarn (100% wool of course) that I bought in Tallinn, Estonia, last winter. It is now being transformed into a cardigan.

red wool
Red wool from Tallinn

I’m using a pattern called Yangtze Cardigan by Courtney Kelley from a book called Vintage Modern Knits. The book was a birthday present from my husband. He knows me so well! I’m calling this cardigan My Slacker Cardigan because I need a cardigan I can wear with any of the t-shirts I have in my (growing) collection of very cool t-shirts. I have a thing for cool t-shirts. And when I wear My Very Cool T-shirts I feel like a slacker (in the cool sense of the word. If there is one. Otherwise I’m just being pathetic). Hence the name My Slacker Cardigan.

I’ve made a couple of swatches.

Swatch detail
Swatching with red yarn

As it turns out, I can’t even get gauge with 2,5 mm needles, and I don’t want to knit the whole cardigan using 2 mm needles, so I’m following the pattern for a smaller size. According to my calculations, it should turn out fine.

When it’s finished, I’ll show you some of my Very Cool T-shirts. That is, I think they’re cool. You might not agree.

Swatch
Another swatch photo

It’s really difficult to take a decent photo, the colour comes out best in the first photo with the yarn.

So, all I need to do now is knit like crazy (I’ve knitted about 15 cm of the back so far) and go shopping for new clothes.

Coraline

I might have mentioned it before, but Coraline really is a brilliant film. I love stop-motion animation in general, but this movie really is special. It has such wonderful and inspiring characters and scenography. I want to live in that house! With a jumping mice circus upstairs! And I also want those groovy stripey gloves and that cosy blue jumper with stars on. The best part is that one can actually knit those things! No, I don’t mean the miniture ones, I mean real sized garments. There’s a girl in California who has actually made a pattern of the striped gloves! How cool is that?! Here’s a link.


Official movie trailer

The official Coraline website provids fans with an actaul knitting pattern for that adorable starry jumper, talk about knowing one’s fan base! I must knit this. Eventually.

coraline sweater
Coraline and the starry jumper. Photo credits: Focus Features

There are a lot of knitting patterns and projects inspired by this movie on ravelry, for instance the Coraline cardigan by Ysolda (perhaps the most well-known), but also a pair of lovely mittens with the cat, the key and one of the jumping mice. There’s also a crocheted doll that looks like one of the ghost children.

I simply love these kinds of projects! Inspiration can be found anywhere. Well, I’m off searching my yarn stash for some suitable yarn for those stripey gloves…

Oh, I just want to mention that the intro to the movie may be my favourite part, where the beldam creates the Coraline doll. Unfortunately I can’t find it on Youtube.

Colour or AMOCP#6

A Month of Craft Photos, Day 6. Colour.

(No, you didn’t miss day 5, I was simply too tired to arrange any photos yesterday, so I decided to skip it.)

Sock yarn
Soft ock yarn

Gray is not a colour, I hear you say and technically you are correct, I suppose. But to me, gray is one of the best colours.

Sock yarn
More soft sock yarn

Blue is also a very nice colour, and it has been one of favourite colours for as long as I can remember. When I was little and many of my friends loved pink, I preferred blue.

Sock yarn
More sock yarn!

All of these lovely skeins of yarn were gifted to me by my very sweet friend Carin! Thank you dear! Here’s a link to her blog.

Inspiration Outdoors or AMOCP#4

A Month of Craft Photos, Day 4. Inspiration Outdoors.

Snow
A snowy and sunny day

I was incredibly busy on Saturday since we had the family and some friends over. The weather was glorious and I was a bit miffed about not having the time to go outside. I did shoot the above photo through our bedroom window, though.

I find a lot of inspiration from nature, plants and trees and birds. But most of all from the weather. Especially rain and snow. I have lots of ideas inspired by the weather, but they’re still on the drawing board. Perhaps they’ll materialise, perhaps not.

Frosty night
Same view, with frost

I don’t know if you can see it, but on this photo the tree and the bushes are covered with frost. It’s the same view as above, as you can see, but this photo was taked at about 0:30 in the morning on the 5th.

An Old FO or AMOCP#3

For my non-knitting friends: FO = Finished Object.

An Old FO, amocp#3
And old scarf

This particular pattern was very popular a few years ago, I knitted this is 2006. It’s called “My So Called Scarf” and is designed by Allison Isaacs. There are over 5800 projects on Ravelry!

I really don’t wear it much anymore. The yarn is very nice, it’s a single ply from a spinning mill on Gotland called Ihregård. However, it’s become very fuzzy and the stitch pattern have become slightly obscured. It’s still is a nice scarf, though, perhaps I should wear it more.

my so called scarf
This is what it looked like when it was new

Today is my birthday and I’ve received the best birthday present. Snow.

Snow
Stockholm covered in snow

Craft Tools or AMOCP#2

A Month of Craft Photos, Day 2. Craft Tools.

Craft Tools, amocp#2
Needle case

This lovely needle case was a birthday present from dear friend, Maria. She has made it herself. Stig Lindberg fabric.

This is where I keep many of my craft tools, but not all of them. They simply wouldn’t fit. My favourite knitting needles are, by far, my Knit Pro (Knit Picks) wooden needles. They’re smooth and light and very easy to work with. They’re also very beautiful.