Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Moe struck gold!

The other day Moe decided to go through the stuff we keep in the garage. Not my kind of fun. We had two huge boxes with things from when I was living on my own. I guess that makes them just my things. In one box a mouse had found a warm place to live... and poop! Spiders and other not so nice creepy crawly bugs seemed to enjoy life there too. That box or its content never entered our house. The other one was full of magazines, Donald Duck ones mostly. And in the middle of hundreds and hundreds of magazines a few sheets of paper popped out. I was watching Moe as he was cleaning and searching through it all (I'd rather be cleaning the toilet than having to do with all the spiders and that). He pulled out the paper and handed it to me, and oh glorious heaven! He had just found the patterns for some knitted Christmas Elves that I've been looking for forever and ever. These patterns have been sitting between two Donald Duck magazines for years. Why? Dunno! Of course this little piece of gold was allowed into the house, and I can't wait to begin knitting those little guys and make clothes for them out of felt.

Ready for Christmas? I think so! :)

Prince Tristan I

Here he is! Cute guy, I'm telling you! :)

A photo of a photo of Tristan and the Christmas mouse Deppin.


Saturday, 8 August 2009

Rowan Lenpur Linen - Jada

I made this as a birthday present for my mother. Her birthday was in June, but since I got the Rowan magasine with the pattern June 7, well I just didn't manage to finish it in time. My mother got other presents, and I kept it a secret (or tried to - things and people sort of got in the way) until now. She seemed pleased with the result. Nice :)

The Lenpur Linen easily splits which makes it a bit of a pain to knit with. I do love both colour and texture, though. I made a size small for my mother. The pattern called for 8 balls of yarn for both size small AND medium. And get this: I ran out of yarn on the very last round!! I then had to 'tink' half a row back and then cast off. I weighed and measured this puppy more than once, and I still don't understand how anybody can make this with only 8 balls of yarn. You'll need more than 'good luck!' if you go for size medium. That's for sure.

Oh well, I'm just glad that my mother is a size small and that she likes it, and well, that I like it :)
I'm also glad that it's finished. I enjoyed knitting it but it was quite straining to make all those p2tog tbls. I would consider making another one for myself, though :)

A jumper for the headless woman ;)

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Summer Inactivity

I haven't done much in about two weeks, which is basically all I hoped to get out of my vacation. Moe and I went down to my parents' summer house for a week. It rained the whole time we were there, but it didn't matter that much, since we both needed to do nothing. And rainy days are good for nothing. Whenever I did show weak signs of activity, I either trained for the Berlin Marathon or knitted. I managed to complete two half marathons last week. The Berlin Marathon is only 6 and a half weeks away, but I think I'll be alright. I need to lose a massive amount of weight, but I'm working on that too. It's a good thing you can always knit whenever you feel the need to use your hands and stuff your face :) I haven't begun to feel sorry for myself (due to lots of training and no sweets), but I know I will - knitting will be my rescuer.

Per default you don't want to run out of yarn - we all know that. And just to prevent that from happening I bought some Lucca Fine Merino; the softes ever! I'm not sure what to knit with it - perhaps some very nice baby clothes of some sort. Oh, and please note that the green hank is far from light minty green in real life; actually it's vibrant green, very apple green. Anyway, if you know just the right pattern for this wonderful yarn, please let me know.

I also bought books. More books. And I really shouldn't. Somebody failed to slap me in the face when I hit the 'order' button. Oh well, I'll just have to make the best of it then.
And that won't be too hard. Both books, i.e. "Strikk til nøstebarn" and "Embroidery for little miss crafty" are excellent! I might even be able to use some of the above-mentioned Lucca Fino with one of the patterns in "Strikk til nøstebarn" - yay!

Obviously, I'm now on a book and yarn diet.... together with the regular food diet. It's not fair *buhuuu*.

Have a look at our rose; it's free of charge and you don't gain weight. Enjoy :)

I know I began this post with telling you that I have been knitting while on holiday. It really did happen. I just can't show you any pictures yet, since one thing is a secret a little while longer, another isn't quite done and the third is nowhere done. Instead you may have a peek at the alpaca baby thingy I'm working on right now.

Soooooooooo soft!

I hope you've enjoyed whatever time you had off during the summer. I know I did.