Friday, 21 December 2012

Reason of absence

My little one takes all my time away from me :)

I wish you all Merry Christmas and I hope all your dreams will come true in 2013!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Ornament Exchange @ One Artsy Mama

Lately I'm not doing much crafting as I'm trying to prepare myself and my house for the arrival of my baby (3 weeks left! although I really hope he'll get out of me sooner :P). I'm piling up on crochet snowfalkes, hoping for a nice sun someday soon so I can take some nice photos of them and put them in my Etsy shop...

In a meantime I made my present for the ornament exchane @ One Artsy Mama. It's already on it's way to USA :) I really hope the recipent will like it :)


I didn't want to wait for good weather to take proper photos of it, as I wanted to ship it quickly, before I'll have no time to do anything (I mean - before the baby comes ;) ), so here it is - Poor-Quality-Bad-Lightening-iPhone-photos:









And here is my instagram photo :)

Have a nice day! xx

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Cowl/infinity scarf

Hello everyone :)
Here it is, the cowl I was talking about :)
I need to make another one for myself from this yarn (Wendy Serenity Super Chunky), it's so nice and warm!
I was surprised how hard it is to work with such chunky yarn, I thought it'll be much easier than working with smaller one!


I adapted the pattern for a square from The Crochet Bible (alternating shell and V stitch) and I think it came up really nicely :)


Here you can find this cowl on Ravelry and here you can buy it on Etsy.

It's lenght when it lays flat is 93cm and the width is 18cm.

I'm still working on my blanket... It takes so much time... I'm so tired of granny stitch :P

xxx
Inka

Thursday, 1 November 2012

phone sock/cover

Hello!
I really wanted to show today a cowl/infinity scarf that I made yesterday, but the weather today was so bad and it get dark so early, that I wasn't able to take a photo of it... Hopefully tomorrow the weather will be a bit nicer and I'll catch some sun :)

Couple of days ago I made myself a phone sock. I was planning on making it a long time ago, but I couldn't decide on the pattern. Last week I was searching for newblogs to read and I came across one blog (I have no idea what blog was it... :( ) where I saw a blanket with a nice looking edging. I thought it'll look awesome as a phone sock - and I was right :)
Here's what I made:

Here you can find this phone sock on Ravelry.


So many ends to wave in in such a small project... That was the worst part :P



I used 4mm hook, two colors of Hayfield Bonus DK yarn and some yarn that I don't know the name of (sparkly one).

Today I recived set of bamboo hooks that I oredered on eBay. I was very curious how different it will be, working with bamboo hooks instead of metal/plastic ones. As I'm still slowly (very slowly) working on my Giant Granny Square blanket I decided to try it on this project. I was very disappointed and I find it easier to work with metal hook. Maybe it's because the hook I tried was only 4mm as it looks like with larger hooks (7-10mm) I shouldn't find it so hard to work with them... Well, I'll try them later on.

xxx
Inka

Sunday, 28 October 2012

A lot of puff stitches - scarf & gloves

Firstable, here's a scarf that I was talking about last time - manly version of my puff stitch scarf :)


Here you can find this scarf on Ravelry.

I made 125 rows of puff stitches and 10 rows of dc (5 on each side).
I used 5mm hook and Kirkton House Rustic Aran Yarn.

Next, fingerless gloves for my friend. I made one like this before for myself but I'm not to happy with how they turned out, so right now they are put on the side waiting to be unraveld...
Here you can find this gloves on Ravelry.




I couldn't wait for good light to take a photo of them as I finished them during the evening and I gave them to my friend very same night ;)
I used 4mm hook and Hayfield Bonus DK yarn.

Wish you all a good day!
xx

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Puff stitch scarf

Hello!
As I said in my last post, I was working on a scarf. I'm very proud of myself as it turned out exactly how I imagined it :)
Now I'm working on similar one, but a manly version - grey one, without pom poms and with normal sized "endings" ;)



Unfortunatelly during past couple of days there was NO sun at all, it was gloomy all the time, so I had to make these photos in very bad lightening... That's the beauty of living in UK... :(


There's 160 rows - 140 rows of puff stitches and 20 rows (10 on each side) of dc, so it's quite long ;)
For more informations (yarn & hook used, pattern) check out my ravelry :)

And the one I'm working on right now:


I also signed up for an ornament exchange at One Artsy Mama
I can't wait to recive details of the person that I'll make the ornament for! I'm so excited about this! :)

Have a nice day!
xx

Linking up with One Artsy Mama and Petals to Picots.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

giant granny square baby blanket

Hello!
At some point I thought I'll never finish this blanket... I run out of yarn 4 or 5 times (I guess that's common for a begginer like me to not know how much yarn will be actually used) and then framing it felt like endless work...



I used 6 balls of Merino DK by Wendy lilac yarn and 7 balls of Merino DK by Wendy purple yarn. Finished blanket is 90cm x 90cm (~35,5"x35,5"). This project costed me almost £50 (£3,69 per ball of yarn)...
I didn't want to make a fancy frame as I'm thinking about making this blanket bigger in the future so it can grow with the baby ;) Well, we'll see about that...


I was struggling with taking a good picture of the blanked and I failed completly... But I just couldn't wait any longer with posting here (besides I think I'll have a chance to finally take good pictures of my work when I'll move - in about a month... it's just too long to wait). The closest color is on the first picture in this post.


And here you can find this blanket on Ravelry :)



Now I'm trying to finish my another blanket. I also started to make a puff stitch scarf today - I was inspired by a girl I sawin a shop yesterday - she had a lovely scarf that from a distcance looked like it was made with puff stitches, but when I looked at it properly it looked like made from rows of 2 convex/2 concace treble crochets. It also had a big pom-pom on each side. I already made my own version of this in my head and at the end it should look nothing like the scarf I saw yesterday ;) I hope it'll turn out as nice as I see it in my head ;)

Have a nice day! xx

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Autumn cup cosy

I don't  think there is anything better to do during autumn than to sit comfortably in your favourite chair, wrapped up in a blanket, with a good book and a big mug of tea :)

I love drinking tea but I always struggle with this small (erm... I meant "normal sized" :P) mugs... So when I saw this big mug on clearance in TESCO I just couldn't not buy it, even if I think that the pattern on it is totally hideous. To solve two problems at once (ugliness of the mug + tea cooling down too quick) I made a cup cosy with one of my favourite themes - autumn :)







I used Hayfield Bonus DK 100% acrylic yarn in orange and brown, and Knitting Essentials 100% acrylic yarn in yellow. There is 14 rows of htc in orange and yellow (two rows each time) and one row of dc in brown as a frame. The buckle is two rows of htc in yellow and then one row of dc in orange and then brown. I also covered simple plustic button with small crochet square of dc.
The pattern that I made *mainly* with  felt looked totally different in my mind when I was thinking of doing this cup cosy but I think it turned out better then it was supposed to be ;)

And here's the ugly mug with a standar size one:



Have a nice day! :)

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

WIP Wednesday

Hello!



This week I've been working on two blankets - one is continuation of a blanket I posted before and a second one, smaller, is a baby blanket. Both are same pattern - giant granny squares :)

The big one is made from 100% acrylic yarn. So far it's about 117x117cm (46"x46") and I want it to be AT LEAST twice as big!


Baby blanket is made from 100% merino wool and I want it to be 92x92cm (36"x36") and so far I have 70x70cm (~27"x27"). I hoped it'll be done by now, but I run out of lilac yarn and this color is sold out in my local Hobby Craft, so I have to wait untill they'll get it delivered... Hopefully the blanket will be ready when my baby arrives ;)




I'm still reading "50 shades of grey"... I find this book boring and I think I'll stop reading it and try to get back to it in a month or so...

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

postcards

I love collecting postcards. I participate in Postcrossing as it's easier to collect postcards from all over the world :)
Sometimes people write in their profile that they like to recive handmade postcards and I'm more than happy to send them one made by me :D (I never send one if the person don't actually ask for them in their profile).
Most of the cards I made are for tags and RRs created specially to exchange handmade postcards.

Last week I get the profile with adress to a women who says that handmade postcards are welcome and also that she likes cross stitiching - so I decided to turn my Fizzy Moon pattern from the first post to a card, as it was supposed to be from the beginning ;)


It was quite hard to fit the pattern in the empty space on the card even when it was made for it but I manage to made it.
Anyway, today this card reached its destination in Finland and I recived a very nice message from Soikka :)
It's so nice to know that my card made someone happy :)

Recently I made few pumpkin postcards for "autumn/halloween handmade RR"

          

I painted them with watercolor paint, stamped with same paint and a leaf from the backgarden, added some accents and write with a pen and added a bit of fabric tape at the end. I like the final result :)

Here's some postcards I made in the past:




And HERE is my album of all handmade poscards I send via postcrossing.
I hope you like them :)
xx