Sunday, November 6, 2011

Dawn scarf

My attempt to knit a scarf with beautiful dawn colours is not really a success... It is practically impossible to imitate the morning colours with just two yarn colours. But we´ll see how it turns out! At the moment it is rather grey.

11 + 3

This big brother scarf is actually a back to school one. It´s for a god daughter, the plan is to knit a hat, too.

11 + 2

Cowl, seven brothers and silmu, pattern from Hedgehog. Not sure if this is wide enogh, but it´ll strech!

11 + 1

Queen Ann´s Lace, Puro. Nice and quick!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Still Going

I'm not sure if I'll make it to 22 (2x11) before the end of the year, but here's an update on the ongoing scarf/shawl knitting. I chose too many patterns and bought too much new yarn to only do 11! The first is another cowl with Novita 7 Brothers and Silmu, this time longer and with a twist. The second is another Queen Anne's Lace scarf.

Sky Scarf Update

Here's a photo of my sky scarf so far. Just over a month down - I'm aiming for the whole academic year. I'd love to see yours here, Karhu and Flikka!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Beyond Eleven

I seem to have bought yarn for more than 11 projects along the way this year, so I'm going to keep going until Christmas with the shawl/scarf theme. A long cowl counts, right? I made this one last weekend out of Novita 7 Brothers and Novita Silmu with a 5mm needle. I cast on 180 stitches. This was so fun and easy, I think I'm going to make two more!

I also finished up two crocheted projects while traveling in Latvia and Estonia a few weeks ago. The first is number 12B with a bordered added. It's a combination of 200g Araucania Ranco Solid (black and grey) with Novita Tico-Tico as the border. I could have made it even larger, but ran out of yarn.

The second is a Queen Anne's Lace scarf made from Patons Classic Wool and a 4mm hook. This pattern was very addictive and would make a great last minute gift!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Knitnick group afghan

Us - the three bloggers here - had a lovely summer knitnicking, and the result is in the photo. Well, we obviously also crocheted! This group afghan is a gift for a newly retired colleague. Each one of us crocheted 16 granny squares and then we took turns in joining them together and finishing the edges. Knitnicking was so much fun that we are going to continue it, indoors of course in these parts of the world at this time of the year. Looking forward to it! Btw, knitnick = knitting picknick.

Monday, September 5, 2011

No 11: Präntöö

My last (but not least) contribution to the project is another one of my designs, Präntöö shawl.
The shawl is made of Novita Tico Tico using 4 mm needles. It took 141 grams of yarn. I'm planning to write down the pattern so if anyone is interested, let me know.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Number 10: Holden shawlette

This shawl has been long in the making, not only because of the pattern, but because the yarn was so thin. But now it's finished, and just in time for our colleague's retirement party tomorrow.

The pattern is called Holden shawlette, but I made quite a few more repeats because the yarn I used (Malabrigo Lace) was so much thinner than in the pattern. I used 65 grams of the yarn, so just over one skein. The shawl is still fairly big, it's really soft and light. I used 3½ mm needles. I might do this again with thicker yarn, I love the lace and the picot edge.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Number 9: Mansikkasaari -shawl

My ninth shawl is ready. It's the first pattern I have designed myself, and I'm quite happy with it. The blue Tico Tico and the pattern go well together. It took 110 g of yarn, I used 4 mm needles.
Big thanks to my fellow knitters who helped me with the photo session!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Number 12B

I made a 12th scarf, but didn't like it and ripped it out yesterday. Here's the start of a second attempt at #12 (but with different yarn). Is it possible to make 11 more between now and December?! That would be crazy, right?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cool Idea

I've finished my 11 scarves/shawls, but have several other projects in mind to finish before the end of the year, so I hope to keep posting here! Up next, maybe a half granny square shawl. In the meantime, I came across this cool project! You can find more details here. I think I'm going to join!

Sky Scarf from Leafcutter Designs on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


I can hardly believe it, but I finished scarf number 11 yesterday!

The yarn for this Pimpelliese is Novita Freesia, a cotton yarn that was for sale a while ago. Haven´t seen it since. I used 3,5mm needles. I liked knitting this one, the pattern is easy and pretty. It already found its user, my daughter.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Number Ten

Finished this scarf on my trip to eastern Finland (Punkaharju) to visit my uncle and his wife in their lovely summer cottage. It is Novita Puro, colour Aallokko and I used 6mm needles to knit it and crocheted around with a 5mm hook. The pattern is in the Novita Magazine Kevät 2011.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Seven & Eight

I've finished this Multnomah a couple of weeks ago, but due to certain circumstances haven't been able to photograph it outside. The yarn is Schoppelwolle's Zauberball (1 skein), and the needles were (I think) 3 mm. I could have used bigger needles to make the scarf a bit bigger, it's more like a shawlette than a shawl. But I like the colors and the pattern.
I also made a lacy Baktus using two skeins of Sisu Fantasy and 3 mm needles.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Number nine

Finally finished scarf number nine! This must have been the third one I started... It is made of Novita Tico tico, and I used a number 3,5 circular needle. The pattern is no pattern, just knit the first and and last stiches front and back, yarn over, knit pull over. And purl back. It can get very boring... I then crocheted the edges and made little flowers to give it a pretty touch.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Number Eight

The scarf number Eight is crocheted, the pattern is in the Novita Magazine 2011 Kevät and the yarn is Nalle. I used a nuber 3,5 hook. Quick and easy!

The Seventh

This scarf I started a while ago. The yarn is Novita Kukkaketo Päivänkakkara and I used number 3,5 needles. The pattern is my own, but I didn´t need any creative talents to "design" it. It is simply Yarn over, slip, knit, pull over. And R2 just purl. And then slip, knit, pull over, yarn over and purl back. In the process I got so bored with this (I´ve got an almost similar one going on with even thinner yarn...) so that I wanted to add something nice to it so that I wouldn´t hate it ... The granny squares actually helped!

Feather and fan

This is my scarf number 6! The yarn is Puro Batik and I used number 5 needles. The pattern is the feather and fan pattern that Hedgehog taught me. It is super easy and pretty, although I think that this colour is a little too "restless" for the pattern. I actually modified it a bit by adding 3 knit-only-rows between the four pattern rows. The scarf found a new home earlier this week when I visited a friend in Iisalmi.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Number 11!

This was the second project I started for our goal this year - and now it's the last to be finished! I can't believe I've finished already. A few quick scarves really helped. I still have a few more scarf/shawl projects queued up, so I think I'll keep going!

The yarn is Estonian - a friend has a sheep as part of the same flock. I used 4.5mm needles, except for the bind off (6mm). The pattern is modular - and quite quick. There were a lot of ends to weave in, but many fewer thanks to tips I found from other knitters on Ravelry.

Here's a little knitted/crocheted graffiti Karhu and I found near the city hall in Vaasa today, too:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nine & Ten

I finished this scarf in just over 24 hours! It went so quickly, and thanks to help from Karhu, I'm not afraid of crocheting anymore! I have already planned to make another scarf from this pattern (unfortunately only available in Finnish) using another colorway of Novita Puro yarn. I think that this pattern is quick and interesting enough (especially with the mix of knitting and crocheting) to repeat soon.

I loved making the blue cotton feather and fan scarf so much that I made another one using Italian Ice Yarn (mostly cotton) while visiting a friend just to the north of Vaasa last week. I ran out of interest in the pattern by the end, but think it was a good pattern to make with this yarn. I still have a few skeins of it left, but am not sure what I'll do with it...

I can't believe I'm already so close to our 11 scarf/shawl goal!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Number 6: Linen shawl

My sixth shawl is a simple garter stitch linen shawl. It took one skein (100g) of Punta Yarns Montoya Beach Solid, I used 5 mm circular needles. I started with 6 stitches and increased one stitch (yarn over) at the beginning of every round, and continued until I ran out of yarn.
The shawl found a new home immediately. I sent it today to a friend for her birthday.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Two More Finished Projects!

I think these two are number seven and number eight for me... I bought the yarn for both in Munich at Easter time this year. My stash is out of control, but I figure if I use up new purchases right away, it doesn't make the situation any worse, right?

The red shawl is made from Lana Grossa Meilenweit Solo Colore sock yarn and the Pimpelliese pattern. (I haven't had a chance to block it yet.) I started it on the ferry between Travemünde and Helsinki after a trip to Berlin. I loved this yarn so much, I bought skeins in two other colors in Helsinki. (Please disregard what I said above about my yarn stash.)

The second one is made from Lang Yarns Solo Dégradé . It's a cotton band type of yarn. I never would have bought if it the shop hadn't had a model of a similar feather and fan scarf knit up from it on display. I would buy more of this yarn in a second. It's a perfect summer weight and was so easy to knit.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer scarf (#5)

This was a nice and quick summer scarf! The pattern is in the Novita magazine Kevät 2010, the yarn is Novita Puro Batik, I used number 5 needles. It´s very simple, you just knit and then in the end let stiches "run".

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Shawl No 5 - Coquille Shawl

I finished this shawl a couple of weeks ago, and blocked it during Midsummer.
The pattern is called Coquille Shawl and it can be found from Knitty. The pattern is simple but pretty, and it's done using two sets of needles, I used 3 mm and 5.5 mm needles. The yarn is Lang Jawoll Magic, and I used 139 g of it.

I'm working on my 6th and 7th shawls at the moment, but I might do something else than shawls for a change.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Number 6 - Forest for the Trees

Here's another scarf from the Knit One Below book I got for Christmas this year - I finished this up this weekend, despite the weather being more appropriate for gardening than knitting! It took four skeins of Puro yarn. The pattern is easy, but correcting any mistakes is incredibly frustrating. I was surprised by how much I had to concentrate when the greens from the two skeins were nearly the same.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Simple scarf

This is a simple garter stitch scarf, except for a purl row with a different yarn every fifth row. The mohair yarn is Fils anny blatt and the thicker yarn is Gedifra Rosas. I used circular 7 mm needles. Both the yarn and the pattern are from Fiinaneule in Helsinki. Mohair is not my favourite yarn, and that together with bamboo needles wasn't a very good combination.
Still, the scarf is very soft and light, and the thicker yarn gives it a nice texture.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Baktus Number two / Scarf Number four

This scarf I knitted on my way to and in Helsinki, whre I went for a training last week. It is a basic baktus, but with a cable on one side. The yarn I bought ages ago in Germany, I used 3,5 needles. Again, my baktus isn´t quite symmetrical...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Gabriel's wings

I finished my third shawl last weekend. The pattern is called Gabriel's wings (Ravelry), and I used one skein of Regia Hand-dye Effect and 3 ½ mm needles. An easy and pretty pattern. I like how the yarn looks, but I didn't like it that much when knitting. It got tangled really easily, and I had to cut it a couple of times, because I just couldn't untangle the knots.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Four & Five

The second Lacy Baktus was easy to finish on the train to/from Hesinki last weekend - it makes finish number 4!

Number 5 feels a little like cheating - it was so quick to make! I love the Morning Snack Scarf pattern. This was made with Noro Kogorashi that I bought in Helsinki when I was there, and I think I'll keep it for myself!

I've been meaning to post this link for a while - I found it via someone's Twitter feed, I think, but it's been a while now! Hope it makes you smile!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Triangles in a row

My second scarf was quickly finished with 5.5 mm needles and three skeins of Novita Puro. The pattern was quite addictive, you make a triange starting from the bottom, decrease in every row until you have one stitch left, then pick up stitches from one side of the triangle and do another one. The pattern is from Novita Talvi 2010. The yarn isn't one of my favourites, it has too many knots and the yarn got really thin at some points.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lots to Share!

I've been busy! I've finished scarves/shawls number 2 and 3. The first is Multnomah in Schoppel-Wolle's Frische Fische yarn. The second is a Lacy Baktus with Novita's Nalle Kukkaketo (Päivänkakkara - to match my tulips!).

I loved the Lacy Baktus so much that I had to start another one right away. This time with Novita 7 Veljestä Raita. I'm looking forward to knitting on the train this weekend!