2011 in projects:

December 31, 2011

I've seen a lot of these "year wrap up posts" on various blogs lately and I thought it was fun
to do one of my own on this little blog of mine. So here is my year in (mostly) knit projects:


I made a hat for my brother.

I made Boneyard for my Boyfriend.


My drops cardigan. It's the second garment I ever knitted,
and my favourite knitted project ever!!


My first colourwork ever.

No longer in Paris, made without a pattern because I couldn´t make the
´$5-in-Paris'-pattern work


I went to Dublin in the last days of May. There I bought the yarn and
the pattern for this Damson Shawl.

Made so quickly.


Ships and Seaside.


Mountain view

Above: Peerie Flooers, beneath: Loxley.
And some sewing:

My skirt for the circle skirt sew-along!!!


It's funny how this post shows that I've crafted so much more
during these last few months then I did in the beginning
of the year. My favourites these year are the Drops Cardigan,
the Mountain view Cardigan and the Damson.

I wish you all the best for the new year!!!

Finished Knits


December 29, 2011

Christmas has come and gone. I hope you had a lovely time, however you spend it.

Yesterday I took some pictures of my finished Jarrett. I knitted this for my boyfriend as a Christmas present. It surely isn't my best work, but it turned out alright. I think. My BF likes it, it's soft and I'm very pleased with the colour. So it's alright enough not to get me curse nervous ;)


Designer: Kim Hargreaves
Book: Rowan Vintage Knits
Yarn: Drops Alpaca 
Soundtrack for this project: Bruce Springsteen - Erie Canal

I made it with drops alpaca (Surprised, anyone?) I let BF choose a colour, coincidentally he wanted a colour I already had in my stash (intended for another project). I thought it to be a bit silly to order new yarn which I already owned and I definately don't want to be spotted walking with my bf wearing the same coloured sweater. (before you know it we are wearing the same red coloured raincoat EEEEEEK!), so I just used the stashed yarn, and will have to look for different yarn for the intended project.  

I'm a bit dissapointed with the pattern. Which comes as a bit of a surprise for me, since Kim Hargreaves is one of my favourite designers. There weren't any mistakes in the pattern, just a lot things that were a bit unclear in the way they were written. That's just something I hadn't expected in a pattern written by one of my top 5 designers. Maybe that's the reason I'm not too happy now it's done.
- I used thinner yarn.
- Modified for a smaller size.
- Modified sleeve cap.

This is what my boyfriend had to say about it:
"This cardigan was my christmas-present. I had admittedly been a little bit jealous of Nisse's home-knit cardigans, and even though I theoretically  could knit one myself, it would be nowhere near as perfect as one knitted by Nisse. So when she asked me what patterns I liked, with a big hint towards Christmas, I was quite happy. Obviously I've watched the process of making the cardigan, and thus knew what gift I would get this christmas, but seeing the garment being build up from the start only makes it even more special.

I'm really happy with the result. I love the colour. I usually wear mostly brown, green or grey shades, so I'm still in need of some guidance as to how to combine this cardigan with the rest of my wardrobe ;)  It's really comfortable, and actually I'm even more jealous of Nisse's collection of hand-knit garments now that I've tried one myself. When putting the cardigan on or taking it off though, I'm still quite nervous to break it! I suspect the cardigan will survive though ;)"

I have some more exciting posts coming up so I'll be seeing you soon! 

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2011

There's a disturbing lack of snow here in my hometown.
Still, it's christmas-time, so it's time to be jolly!
Pro-tip for these days: Elvis' chrismas cd AND/or the Puppini-sisters!

Merry Christmas, and happy holidays!

Picture from Old Picture of the Day


Ramblings & Buttons

December 15, 2011

I've just realised Christmas comes around in ten days! I'm sure most of you are preparing for those busy days coming ahead. The blogosphere is bursting with Christmas-posts, which makes me happy.

Random Christmas decoration in my house.
I've almost finished Jarrett, it only needs a button band and I still need to sew it together. You won't be seeing the finished cardigan until Christmas is over though! Since it's a Chrismas present.  I bought some buttons for it the other day. Bf wanted some simple wooden buttons so that's what he gets :) I hope to finish Jarrett this weekend, and then it's back to fulltime selfish knitting again ;) Although, I have been a bit obsessed with Icelandic wool and lopi designs lately, and he has already informed me that he wouldn't mind if I made him one for say.... his birthday. ;) But I want to finish some things for myself first before I jump into knitting stuff for others again ("Say it out loud, I'm a selfish knitter and I'm proud"!)

Plain wooden buttons (toggles!!)

I've started watching season two of Downton Abbey, with my knitting friends at Knit Night (the first episode is sooooo good!) I've already informed them that I want to do a Foyles War sit-watch-and-knit marathon thingy when I finish my Fair Isle yoke. The sweater, and colours just scream "Sam" dont you think? That's watching historical detective-drama in style!

I hope I'm able to show you some fnished projects soon.
Don't stress yourself to much over Christmas preparations!


December 09, 2011

This week it was quite stormy at some points. Instead of winter all we seem to have is a season which doesn't know what it wants to be. ( I want snow damn it!) At one point when it was starting to get dark, the sky looked rather dramatic. So I rushed outside to take some pictures :

Then I just sat on my windowsill knitting and petting my cat until the sky had turned fully dark. I'm the kind of person that loves stormy weather, rain, thunder...(and snow, so king winter better show up one of these days ;)

I wish you all a lovely weekend!


A Handknit Romance - Jennie Atkinson

November 30, 2011

This just screams 20ies Romance!
A little while ago, when I received the 'Jane austen knits'-magazine, I spotted an advertisment in there. Now normally I don't pay attention to the advertisements in magazines. But this one, given the styling (and the pagelong advertising) caught my eye.

'A handknit romance' is a book by Jennie Atkinson, and covers knitwear inspired by the 1900-1930ies!! Which is great because the pre-war era fashion is sometimes a bit shadowed by the more popular 40's, 50's and 60's. I do believe the book also includes some 1940's pieces (which we all know I don't mind ;) I'm especially excited about seeing some 20's inspired garments. I thougth it a bit of a pitty the vol 2 of A stitch n time doesn't cover anything earlier then the 30's (Like vol 1) But instead we got the 50's, though it's not my favourite period-fashion like, I can't really complain ;)

The book will contain 22 patterns and is due in February. Seeing the pictures that are already out there from a Handknit Romance I can hardly wait!!

You might know Jennie Atkinson, as she designs frequently for the Rowan magazines and vogue. She has written one book, Romantic style/Beads, Buttons and Lace (same book, different name) which I believe is quite popular. However I don't own it myself so I can't really tell much about it.

Anyway I'm very excited for this book to be published, the pictures I've seen so far a stunning and I can't wait to see more!

This is the advertisement. You may notice that it says "Fourties patterns", but in all other previews it says 1900's - 1930's

 All pictures belong to Jennie Atkinson & Interweave

Diy Christmas presents

November 25, 2011

So this year's Christmas is not going to be such a big celebration as it used to be. However its the perfect time to think about crafty presents. Because nothing says "I love you" like a handmade present! Past years I too have had fun thinking about what presents I could make myself for various person. I have been seeing some glimpses on other blogs of handmade presents, and just because I won't be making a whole lot of them myself this year I can still think about what would be good ideas right?

In my opinion good Chrismast presents are cute, funny little projects. Things you can make in a relative small amount of time. Because let's face it: in a life in which a whole heap of things deserve your attention (and a queue of "projets to make" as long as mine) there is little time left to knit a jumper for everyone you know.

So here's a short list of Christmas-gifts to knit and craft:

Elegant coat gloves - Vintage gifts to knit

Little fox- Tiny owl knits. He's just so cute! And no doubt fun to make!

Chawton mittens - Jane austen knits

Sweet little lights by Hey Gorgeous

Lightweight Infinity Scarf by Simply Dove
Traditional 'Theodóra' doll by Helene Magnusson would be very cute for kids!

Not really winter-season: Baby Boy Sandals (although I'd imagine you can easily modify this for a bigger boy)

So, do you have plans to craft for christmas? What and for whom? I'm knitting just one Christmas-present, but at least that gives me the opportunity to make it perfect... Crossing my fingers that the receivers agrees! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Under the weather

November 22, 2011

I have been feeling a bit under the weather the past week, was down with a fever. So I weaponed myself with a blanket, a pile of books and a few movies. I don't know about you but when I'm down with a cold I have trouble with concentrating on basically anything. Now I'm feeling better. Just had a bit of a rough start of the week, lots to do and tiredness have ruled my Monday and Tuesday. I'm going to reward myself by looking at pretty yarn for the rest of the evening...oh and sleep ofcourse ;)

♥  Books ♥

Will be back with more interesting things to say later this week.


A stitch in time vol 2

November 17, 2011

This post contains spoilers! So if you haven't received the book yet and want to keep things a surprise, don't read!!

My cat was very interested in my package, I honestly had to make a few pictures
and this was the only one without a cat in front of the camera!
So I haven't been on ravelry much lately... Because I was waiting on ASIT2! Many patterns were allready uploaded, but I didn't want to see them untill the book arrived... which was at the beginning of this week! It wasn't shipped with my usual postal service, so I no idea when/whatday/whattime it would arrive. So instead of the regular 19'oclock my doorbell rang at half past eight in the morning.
It was a heavily wrapped package, and inside I found two discount vouchers (Thank you Susan!), a cloth project bag (Thank you Susan!) but more importantly, a two-kilogram, 400-page, hardcover book containting 80x2 vintage knitting patterns (THANK YOU SUSAN!!).

This beautiful jumper is called "One never tires of ribbing".
Slight problem is, I do tire of ribbing so fast...
About the book: It's hard-cover printed on ecological paper with vegetable-based ink. I think it's an improvement on the first book, as it's much more durable. Holding the book really feels like holding a sacred knitting-bible. Also noted, the reason according to Susan why she chose the postal service was also ecological. So basically, it's a vintage-ECO-knitting book. Perfect!

There are some chapters about finishing, vintage fit and some other info. Throught which I learned that my body type is most "suitable" for (late) 40's clothing. Which is great since it's my favorite period!

♥ Fair Isle Jumper & Cardigan twinset. ♥
The styling of the book and the garments is magnificant. Being on ravelry and following the blog of Susan Crawford, I've followed her and her team though the whole process and know how difficult and tiredsome it was for them at some points. I'm sure though that they couldn't have been more proud with the end result.

One little thing that I really liked about the first book was that with each garment the knitters name was included. In my opinion that was one of the things that showed me it was really a project by knitters. They left that out in this book due to the modisty of some of the knitters I've understood, but I do hope Susan & co are going to restore that in further books by them!

If you know the background of the book and everybody working on it, you still see how much everybody is involved. The models aren't just random people 'ordered from a catalogue', but are all people who themselves are very active in the vintage and/or knitting scene. For example Fleur de Guerre, model for a stitch in time vol 1, who runs the famous diary of a vintage girl blog.

The book itself is packed with beautiful garments representing the 30's, 40's and 50's. The beautiful Theodora has returned to be a model for this volume as well as the two models from vintage gifts to knit. You can find pictures of the patterns here, or on raverly.

The Tri-Cable Stitch Jumper
(which is, indeed, a cardigan)
There are so many patterns I want to knit from this book! It really is a problem, because I can't make a decision on which to start first! (not to mention my enourmeous queue of things I already plan on making) I tried to make a list to pin it down to five, and choose one of those but all of the sudden whoops...I had more than 15 patterns on my list! Now how did that happen? Some of my favourites include: Trimmed with Roses twinset , Charming Neckline, Tri-Cable Stitch Jumper, Plaid Jacket and Cap, Colourful Winter Sports Outfit and....and...

Next step is ofcourse choosing the yarn! Some of the patterns are knitted in Excelana. The new yarn brand by Susan Crawford, and is discribed as Vintage yarn for fashion lovers. I've been meaning to try the yarn, I mean who wouldn't with such a briliant tag line. However the colours I had my eye on were a bit different seeing them knitted up in the book then I had imagined. Since there are no yarnstores nearby (make that not even in my country) that carries the yarn I can't check it out in real life. Thi summer they'll bring an 3 ply weight yarn on the market which is unique in the world of knitting so I am pretty excited about that.

A Stitch In Time trailer, shot on a photoshoot for the book. By Scott Willis. Pictures above belong to Susan Crawford, except for the first picture.

If you've been thinking about buying the book, but aren't sure: I can really recommend it.
So what are you're favourite patterns? Have you unlike me been able to choose a pattern to start with? Tell me tell me!! ;)


Weekend round up

November 06, 2011

Just a little post of what I was up to this weekend....

Knitting on new projects:

Even though new patterns are on it's way to the treehouse I've started a few new projects, and by the coming of the next weekend I'll probably have started a few more. Have you noticed that the past few weeks lot's of great pattern books have been published? Obviously I'm very excited about A stitch in time 2, but Scarlet, the new Kim hargreaves book and Jane Austen Knits, an interweave production have triggered my enthusiasm as well!

 Took pictures of some of my stash.

 And got some help from Thijm-cat 

Convincing myself that it's fall, though the weather it actually quite nice for this time of the year!

And watching the start of the speed skating season. It's like one of the biggest sports where I live! Interesting National Championship: lot's of unexpected wins ánd losses.

I'm so excited for the coming week! Susan, author of a stitch in time 1 & 2, said the new book would probably arrive in Europe this week!!! I can't wait! They're adding the patterns to ravelry and you can find a lot pictures on her site. I'm delibrately not looking at those sites, to maximize the joy of unpacking my own book when it arrives!

What have you done this weekend? Are you looking forward to something? 


Finished Knits

Finished Knitting: 7 days till Samhain

October 29, 2011

Do I really need another orange sweater? Ofcourse I do! This was such a fast knit, it took me only seven days to finish this sweater. I never knitted a garment that fast. I stuck to the same colour palette the designer chose for this design, because I really liked that combination.The pattern was well written, easy to follow and not hard to knit. So even if you're a less experienced knitter you could still give this pattern a go.This pattern is really easy to modify in shaping etc, Jessika encourages this in the pattern and even gives you some tips. So if you're less expirienced in changing a pattern you could still do it I think.

Book:  7 Autumn Sweaters for the Bohemian-Inclined Knitter (ebook)
Yarn: Annell Malmedy
Soundtrack for this project: Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello - Ghost of Tom Joad (and the rest of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame concert)

For the buttons up front I used buttons I took from a store bought cardigan that I didn't wear anymore. Re-using is good!! I think they really suit this sweater! Oh and best of all: this pattern has thumb holes!

The designer is passionate about animal welfare, which suits me as an environmentalist very well.
Jessika has done a lot of volonteer work for animalrights in Asia. She has worked in Tibet, taking care of stray dogs and now works in New Dehli, to campaign against a large corperation starting a daory factory that will harm the environment, peoples livelyhoods and animal welfare. Jessika is one of those lesser known designers, who deserves a bit more attention for her designs! By buying her patterns you support her in being able to continue her work for free. She has a design called Kathmandu, which I plan on making in the summer! 

- I didn't do the rib pattern on the sleeves, instead I did a stripe pattern in colour c. 
- I included shaping in the sleeves.
- Because I didn't do the ribbing on the sleeves, I didn't do the ribbing on the lower part in dark brown either. I did try it but it looked a bit odd, so I ripped it.
- Made some changes in shaping, for the bust. 

If you have any questions about my modifications, feel free to ask!

 I hope your having a lovely weekend! Till next time!

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