4.04.2015

hi there!
those who follow me on instagram might have noticed i've recently become an auntie for the very first time! my brother and his girlfriend had a beautiful baby girl called Olivia two weeks ago! we were all so excited since the day we knew they were expecting! so, ofcourse, i had to make some stuff for the baby! :)
the first thing i want to share is the one i'm most excited about: i made a soft, light baby blanket in 100% merino wool.  
 
why a blanket? i personally think (though i never had a baby) they are very useful: they can be used for keeping warm, in the car or in the crib, maybe even as a play mat or for lying on. or maybe just as home decor if you don't use it in any other way. ;) it seems like a sensible, useful gift that lasts long and that they don't outgrow too fast. 
 
i knew i wanted something in 2 colours (although i also love multi-coloured crochet blankets) and i decided on blue and yellow. the yarn is Woolly by DMC creative, which is 100% merino wool. (and, if we can believe the website, "sourced from Australia and 100% natural and renewable) i thought it was important to choose a yarn that was made of wool because wool gives a lot of warmth and tends to be better for sensitive baby skin. this yarn was also really really soft and gives a very nice drape when knit up. definitely a winner for baby stuff!
 for the pattern i was heavily inspired by this blanket by Lisa Kinoo. i made some swatches and decided on double moss stitch. i made some calculations and cast on a huge number of stitches and just started knitting away! after i knit a big rectangle (i aimed for a size of 140x80cm but it turned out somewhat smaller), i finished with some single crochet rows and finally a scalloped edge. (pattern found in some old thrifted crochet book.)
 i also finally learned how to hold my yarn "the right way". i knit english style and i used to "throw" my yarn, but without holding it over my index finger. knitting this amount of purl and knit stitches was very hard on my wrist, so i went to my mom for advice. she showed me how to hold my yarn this way, which is much better for my wrists!

and finally, some details:
- i started knitting in september and finished in january.
it was my on-the-train-knit until it started getting too big to carry along everyday.
- i used 9 balls of yarn (8 yellow, 1 blue. i loved working with this yarn!)
-  and some things i learned in the process:
1. i will never EVER again start a new ball of yarn in the middle of a row.
2. i should keep better notes about the amount of stitches i cast on.
3. blocking really made this blankie look 4572x times better than when it just came off the needles. :)

2.15.2015

hi everyone!
today i want to share a baby gift i made for a little boy named Gus. 
i made a stuffed toy for his big brother more than two years ago, so it made sense that i made a toy for Gus also. i wanted to make a different toy, boy-ish not only in colours but also in design. but it also had to be cute!

after thinking and planning for  some time, i bought some cotton yarn in colours i liked and gave this monster pattern a go. i drew some colour schemes (planning is half the fun!) and went for it!
somewhere between christmas and new years eve, i finished the toy. 
turns out the baby was born right when i was sewing in the ends! :) 
 
 
 i love this little monster. i like how he's like a little brother for the other one. :)

1.24.2015

hi everyone! 
happy 2015! 
i know i'm a bit late with my newyears-blogpost, but better late than never! :)

it's becoming a tradition to start the new year with a review about the past year, so here i am! i haven't blogged for a while so you will see some things that are new... i know it was silent here on the blog but i that doesn't mean i've been sitting still! 

in 2014 i made a lot of baby stuff, finished my very first cardigan (Paulie!), taught myself how to knit "the proper way" (you know, with the yarn over the index finger), got my sewing mojo back and tried to finish all those everlasting WIP's! 

in 2015 i want to finish at least two big WIP's and knit mittens, a hat and at least one pair socks for myself. and i'm still trying to keep my crafty new years resolutions of last year. :) oh and i'm gonna try to blog at least once a month. ;)

do you have crafty plans for 2015?


9.18.2014

wow, life has been busy lately!! there are so much things going on, i never get around taking pictures of my wip's anymore... even commenting on your blogs is getting harder and harder these days. but anyway, those of you following me on instagram will have already noticed:  i've been a crafty busy bee lately! so here's a major update! with lots of pics too, to make up for the lack of updates. ;)
i finished my vanilla latte socks! did these turn out gorgeous or what?!
i love everything about them, the self striping yarn, the colours, the pattern, the fact that the stripes line up without even trying (!)...
(feet off the table!)
 
 
 i also learned some new techniques...
like the star toe...
... and the eye of partridge heelflap! (definitely a winner!)


i also knit some piggies for my mom, as goodbye-gifts for her co-workers.  
(she works as an accountant for a pig-breeding-company... sounds really weird but it explains the pigs ;)) she did most of the knitting and i put them together! we made ten of these and they turned out rather cute, she put a label around their neck with a little personal message, really nice. :)
 oink oink!  look at my little curly tail!
i also love how my mom got her knitting mojo back, right now she's knitting a new scarf for my dad with some of my stash yarn. comes in handy, when someone is stashbusting for you. ;)
what have you been up to? i'd love to know!!

7.30.2014

earlier this month, we went on a camping trip to France. (at Lac de Pannecière in Corancy. which is, to be precise, part of the Morvan Regional Natural Parc. so gorgeous!)
it's becoming a little tradition of mine to cast on a pair of socks before we leave on vacation. (socks are the perfect knitting project to take with you on vacation; small, portable and quick!)

so some days before we left, i cast on a pair of vanilla latte socks with fortissima mexiko yarn from my stash. it's been a while since i knit socks with selfstriping yarn, and i thought this yarn was perfect for the pattern.

also, my boyfriend likes to fish, so when we can, we go to a place where there's a lake. evenings are best for fishing so we spent many evenings at the lake, fishing/knitting until dark, drinking a beer and enjoying the view in the meantime.
 

we also went to visit a little town called V√©zelay, mostly to go and see the abbey (which is pretty amazing), and in one of the tiny, uphill streets, we discovered this yarn shop from "la Ferme du Val Dampierre"... ♥
the shop was full of sweaters, gloves, afghans, gloves, hats, mittens,... all hand knit with yarn from their own farm! they also sold yarn, and i had the hardest time picking something to take home... i was in (yarn) heaven!! (i know that's breaking my not-buying-new-yarn rule. but i couldn't leave without buying something.)
(also in the shop: a cute little dog, shy at first but so sweet. not for sale though.)

i purchased two balls of alpaca yarn (sock weight). ooohhh these colours... this is without a doubt the prettiest, deepest burgundy colour i've ever seen! i paired it with a pretty teal colour. i love how they look together. this yarn is also ridiculously soft... i'm thinking about gloves...(combining the two with some colourwork, maybe?)

so... after a week of relaxing,  we're back to work and once again full of energy!
 don't you love vacation? how did you spend yours?