Saturday, July 18, 2009

Pinwheel sun hat

Now I have been knitting two pinwheel jackets. One for my kid, one for me (not published yet). When I saw pinwheel sun hat at Ravelry, I had an urge to make it. Because my child really need one and because it looks so nice! After experience with this genius pattern I even didn’t need one for hat. Just was able to make it from the photos of other knitters.

This cotton yarn I bought at curiosity shop, which I passed by on my way to yarn shop :D. Great orange colour, but when the seller told me that yarn is from 60-ies or 70-ies I started to think if it good or bad. Fortunately, I just read the book of Yarn Harlot and she, as well as other passionate knitters say that there is no expiry date for yarn.

Entrelac jacket

Finally I can present my first entrelac project. It has been swarming in my head for long time. Once I tried with another yarn, but got stuck when reading the description. Incredible difficult for me was to understand how could one knit at the front and back loop at the same stitch. I tried and tried, but nope, didn’t get it.
Then I asked for advice in crafters community, got help. But meanwhile I had many other project plans and my entrelac was waiting.
Then when summer was here and my kid didn’t have light cotton-like jacket, I felt ready to give the second chance to entrelac.
Yarn is ecological cotton Eko Tekla 8/4, bought at craft fare for some years ago. Made by Ateljé Huskroken. I used 5 skeins of 50 g. To be honest, the only reason why I didn’t gave up understanding of entrelac was memory that my mother once started to knit me an entrelac pullover, which was finished as vest :D. All the time I thought: if my mother did it, then I should also be able to do. Not that she can’t knit or so, but she doesn’t really like it. Completely different from me. From the other side her sister; my godmother is the crafty one in the family. So part of my crafty genes I got from her, another part from my grandmother from fathers side.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Take a seat on the rainbow!

At the springtime I was again at the craft fair. Among other things I put an eye on the Evillas preyarn in rainbow colours. First I thought that I finally need to learn to spin, but then the seller told me that one could knit preyarn even without spinning. Well, then I napped on idea to do felted things and bought 4 skeins of preyarn.
I have one round chair at my new apartment and
decided that this chair need to look more colourful. Honestly, it is not at all easy to handle the preyarn, it takes time do crochet or knit, as yarn easily breaks. I crocheted round piece and made it for 1/3 larger as the chairs diameter is. Then I continued without increasing until the skein was finished. Washing and voila! Here it is: my rainbow chair!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Pinwheel sweater for child

As soon as I saw the Pinwheel sweaters pattern, I knew that someday I was going to make it.
As soon as I saw the Kauni yarn, I knew that I would make the pinwheel sweater out of it.

Yarn I bought at online shop and started to knit this sweater for child. As Kauni is thinner as yarn used for pattern, I literally knitted sweater for adult, which then suites my 3 years old.

And, yes, right now apart from orange I am in love with rainbow colours!!!

Have you heard this song?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Before and after… :(

Oh, those things sometimes just happen. Always unintentional, unexpected but leaves behind a paralysing feeling. Namely, washing of knitted garment. Yes, sometimes the washers are stupid enough or tired or find other excuses why to put in washing machine fine wool and then to take out a fine felted piece of art. (And yes, I’ve done it as well).
But this time it was different. Fabel is superwash wool and this jacket has been washed at washing machine for several times. This time was crucial though. Apparently another clothing, washed together with this the most beautiful thing ever (or so far ;)), knitted by me, had bad personal chemistry with each other.

I tried already several more washings, bleaching, but so far nothing helps. Maybe you have some god hints?
Yes and photos are before and after…