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Knitspirations

December 9, 2013

I love watching movies with hand knit costumes!  The only problem, I tend to focus way more on the knits than the movie….but that’s not really a big problem in the grand scheme of things. Last week we took the kids to see Frozen (didn’t love it, tired of the: I am just a girl and I need to be saved by a charming prince (though he wasn’t a prince in this case) with broad shoulders and…..you get the picture……theme (and you have to sing this as you read it…sounds much better that way))

Anyway, so we saw the movie and one of the main characters was wearing beautiful mittens (hand knit, I’m sure of it!).  I couldn’t take my mind of them and want to make a pair for myself, hopefully I find the time before winter is over!  The picture of them isn’t that great, but I’m sure those of you who saw the movie didn’t miss them!

And then there is The Hunger Games, oh my, I want one of these:

 

What a gorgeous, GORGEOUS piece of….I don’t know, cowl?  LOVE IT!  I love this close up of the fabric:

Am wondering how to replicate something like that, it looks so interesting and solid…

And then there is the scarf, not the greatest pictures but the only one I could find.  Again, another……..simple doesn’t quite describe it….I’d say raw, raw knit……..it’s beautiful and so unpretentious.

There was one more thing I saw and fell in love with but I couldn’t find a picture of it online.  It was a dress of some sort that she slept in that night they showed her waking up from a bad dream…….I so wish I had found a picture of it, it was beautiful!

A dream of mine would be to design and knit for movie characters, it must be one of the best jobs to have!

These are just the most resent movies where I noticed beautiful knits, there are so many!

Until next time,

Knit Away!

Oh Christmas!! I LOVE you!

December 6, 2013

My favorite time of year is here and I’m so excited! I love fall when it begins to get cold, putting on layers of clothes and drinking hot chocolate! We already decorated the house; the lights, the ornaments, the tree, lighting candles…………it’s all so cozy I just cannot get over it!  My only complaint? Well, it started warming up again, it’s sweater weather, and I don’t like it!  I want it to be cold, and the ground frozen and to be able to wear hats and thick coats with out melting!  I want WINTER!!  Just please don’t let the sun out on Christmas…I will be so disappointed!

It was nice and cold in November and I used the opportunity to take a walk to the park and get some pictures of a couple of hats I knit.  They are Christmas hats and I love them 🙂

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It’s knit in lopi light, held double.  Just a basic hat, some cables, a few short rows worked in the back for  it slouch a bit.  It’s warm and it has a gigantic Poinsettia on top……….in case you missed it!

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The flower is also knit in lopi light, but not held double as in the hat itself.  This hat is so over the top that I’m in love with it!

Another one, less extravagant, but also knit in lopi light:

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Also a simple construction, single rib and stocking stitch.  I like the pointy tip on top and am tempted to add a little bell to it, it would certainly make it jingle……and who doesn’t want to jingle in December?!  A holly n’ berries knit separately and sewn on, add a little holiday cher!

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And the last one, not a hat but a cowl:

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Yes, it’s a Christmas present…….wrapped with a ribbon and a name tag……….I thought it was a cute idea:)

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This one is knit with Kambgarn, and because I wanted to use larger needles and for it to be a quicker knit I held the yarn double.

And one more picture with the hood (I guess it kinda is a hood….) down:

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That’s it for now.  I am finishing a scarf, hope to be done with it tonight and I’m hoping to have the time to start that sweater I mentioned before……I would love to get it done before Christmas and wrap it up………know just who to give it to…..:)

Knit Away!

One Sophisticated Baby Boy

December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving day I began knitting the Baby Sophisticate pattern, took a break for a few days and then finished on Sunday.  It only took a few hours to knit, such a simple little thing!  I used lett lopi (lopi light)…..because I have plenty of it and because I just love that particular yarn

This is how much I got done on the first day:

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That’s how quick this thing knits up!  Love it!  Now, it does not look like much on that picture, but wait til you see the next one……….now that is one sophisticated baby cardigan!

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…………that collar just did it for me.  I am so in love with these type of collars, I want  one for myself……I can see it in my near future, something soft and cuddly and cozy with that kind of collar………..it will happen!  Sara from the  SaraCrafts blog pointed this cardigan out to me, and as soon  as I saw it I knew I would want pockets on it.  Then she took it a step further and mentioned  elbow pathces…………and that was it, I knew I had to make it!

As for the buttons, as soon as I began knitting it I started picturing what kind would be perfect, and lucky me………I found them on my first button hunting expedition!

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Only “problem” was, there were only 3 left and I had already made 4 button holes as the pattern called for.  It was so stuck in my head that there had to be 4…………until Jasmin (who was with me) asked why I didn’t just put 3, ” what’s the big deal?  It will look fine mom” (thinking back though, she might just have been tired of hanging around the button aisle with me….).  And a light bulb went on and I realized I could just sew the bottom button-hole closed……..o god, I am so brilliant sometimes! 🙂

I was really set on these exact buttons, there were no other that I loved as much, so I had to have them.  And I’m glad I didn’t settle with something I wouldn’t be happy with, even though there would have been 4 of them…………better fewer and love them than more I am not that crazy about.

The inside of the pockets are knit with the same brown I used for the elbow patches, I just thought it would make it a little fun………

This is size 6-12 months, I used the free pattern and thought it was excellent!  I plan to go  on Ravelry to check out all the other cardigans made from this pattern, just to see how it looks in different colors and to see if any more interesting modifications have been done.

In other knitting news, I finished up a few hats that I already have photos of and will blog about soon.  Also, I’m going through my yarn for another sweater pattern I am very excited about starting…..cannot wait to start knitting!

Until next time,

Knit Away!

Bow Ties

November 27, 2013

For a long time I have wanted to knit a tie or a bow tie, especially for my boys, but never made the time for it.  I happen to think that they look very cool!  But I’m sure there are many who do not agree with me on that…..

My friend was looking for a bow tie to go with a shirt she picked out for her 6 month old baby boy and I offered to knit him one……..she was not as excited about it as I was, thought maybe it would look a little lame.  So, really wanting to knit one, I told her I would and that she could then decide for herself……..and that I would not be the least bit offended if she choice not to have him wear it………..I might never knit anything for her son again though!………….just kidding.  But here’s the itty bitty bow tie:

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I find it completely adorable!  I used left over baby wool that’s been in my possession for years, it’s not the blackest black but works well with the shirt, in my humble opinion.  This was a very simple knit, the bow is made up of 3 pieces that were then attached together.  I made a string to go around the neck under the collar, it’s buttoned in the back.  There are 4 button holes just so that it can be used as he (if she wants to use it that is) grows bigger, and I attached two buttons just to make it nice and secure.

Well, now I just have to see if it’s approved my the mommy and send it off if it is……cross my fingers cause I really think it’s cute……

Until next time,

Knit Away!

Hitch

November 21, 2013

Earlier this month I won a copy of Hitch by leaving a comment on the Peacefullyknitting blog!  I couldn’t believe it!  I never, ever win anything, I’m not just saying that, I never do……well except for that time I won apple cider by playing some music game with a bunch of strangers at an apple farm up state NY years ago………..and, I also won about $3 dollars playing lotto the very first time I ever bought a ticket (I was 10, so it’s a while ago).  Ok, so I have sometimes won something….but winning a copy of the book made me feel extra specially special, it put a big smile on my face 🙂

There are so many interesting patterns in the book, one that keeps catching my eye is the Stella Gloves.  They are just so cute, and I also think it’s the colors that appeal to me.  Lately I’ve been so into red……it’s that time of year I think, I get a little Christmas crazy every fall:)

Again, thank you so much for the copy!  It really made my day:)  Now it’s just to hoping I’ll find time to make those pretty little gloves!

Knit Away!

 

Knits for babies

November 21, 2013

Knitting for babies is rewarding on so many levels.  There is just something about seeing a little one in something hand-made that so much love and care has been put into.  I knit for all my kids while I was pregnant with them and it gave me so much.  To knit for this unborn child that I could feel growing inside me, kicking me!  To never have seen them (sonograms do not count!) and yet feel so much love, what better than to knit them something to connect with them even more.  Awwww, all these memories are coming back to me now.

Of course I still knit for them, but it’s different, still rewarding and lovely.  But now they are these established beings with their own ideas of what to wear, they’ll come to me and ask me for something specific, it’s beautiful!

Now that I am done having babies I got so excited when one of my best friends had a child earlier this year.  I did show pictures of the two sweaters and the hat I made him but now that I have pictures of him wearing them, I really wanted to show you……he is just so precious!

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Those eyes and those cheeks!  Too cute, I can’t take it!  He’s just over three months when this one was taken and on the next picture he was just over one month old:

 

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This beautiful boy just turned 6 months the other day, so both those sweaters are too small for him, I think he still fits the hat thought.  But it’s time, I have to knit him something else, the fact that he is not wearing anything made by me does not sit well with me.  I have never met him in person, only through skype, and it really saddens me.  To get to hold him and kiss those cheeks is something I wish I could do when ever I felt like it!  But since I can’t, knitting him something will have to do show my love for him.

The question is what?  I don’t want it to be anything too baby-is, he is such a little gentleman and needs something that will fit him just right.  Any suggestions of great patterns for little men would be appreciated!  Until next time,

Knit Away!

My very own Lopi Sweater!

November 20, 2013

……and when I finally finished it (many many many years after starting it) my daughter has grown enough to fit in it!  How about that!  So, we are going to share this one, so far that has worked out fine, but I plan to make more…..one of these years.

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When I picked this sweater up again, more like dug it out of my closet where I had stuffed it years before, I thought there was a lot more work to be done.   I was so happy when I realized that all that was left to do was sew the button borders to the opening……well, cutting up the middle first…….scary!  But I had already sewn up the front before I stuffed it away, I cannot for the life of me understand why I didn’t finish it back then.  Maybe I was too chicken to actually do the cutting?  I can’t remember but it has to be either that or I got too excited about knitting my kids lopi sweaters and then just forgot about mine.  Well, so I cut, I sewed the borders on, I finished the underarm holes and with my daughter’s help I picked out buttons and planted them in their place……then it was off to the park to get some pictures.

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Since it’s been a while since I cast on for this one I cannot remember what size it is.  It’s rather big but I like it, and my daughter is very much into large (the bigger the better) sweaters these days so this one is perfect fer her.  When I make me another one I would want it smaller though, more fitted, just so that it would work better under a coat.  This one is too big to fit comfortably under anything.

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My aunt gave me the yarn when she came to visit us for the first time here in NYC, I LOVE the color combination she chose.  That dark green is so wearable and earthy and so me.  Having my very own lopi sweater feels so special to me.  In the past I have knit quite a few of these, but never one that  I could wear.  As a young teen, I believe I was 13, I knit up the first lopi sweater.  It was for a little boy I used to babysit, I think it was his Christmas present from me that year.  If I remember right he was about two at the time so it wasn’t that big, it was in blue and white I think and not the button up kind.   I wish I had a picture of it!

Right now I have a hat on my needles, just finished knitting up one a couple of days ago, hopefully I’ll have some pictures to share in my next post.  Until then,

Knit Away!

Bad Blogger

November 18, 2013

That’s the blogger award I am giving myself.  I find it so easy to put the things I enjoy doing to the side when life happens.  Getting busy with everybody and everything else, and that’s the reason I didn’t blog for two weeks.  But I will say: my house is clean, my daughter’s closet has been sorted through, old clothes have been brought to the Salvation army and……the list goes on!

I did take my boys out last week and got some pictures of them with their new neck warmers and mittens, the ones that go with their hats from last year.

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The neck warmers are very simple, knit in ribbing in the round and I made them long enough to reach up to the ears when needed.

Thor took this picture of his brother:

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Both the hats and the neck warmers and knit in one size.  At first I thought I would make in two different sizes but I find that they fit both boys really well, and this way it will sort of grow with them…….which I always love because then I don’t have to knit another of the same again in a couple of years………..unless of course something gets lost………knock on wood….

And because Thor took a picture Othinn also had to take some of his brother:

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Nothing more to be said about that one:)

At first I was unsure if I should make a bib at the bottom of the neck warmer……I of course will never tell my boys that I call it a bib or they might decide never to were these again…….but I figured it would serve it’s purpose better if it had one, simply because neither one of my sons like to have their jackets zippered all the way up, so a bib will help keep their chest covered up.

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There is one in the back as well, just shorter.

When we first got to the park I wanted to take some pictures of Thor first with his new mittens.  Othinn wasn’t too happy to have to wait, but soon got distracted my all the beautiful leaves and branches lying around.  With in five minutes here’s what happened:

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So…..yeah, I only got to take pictures of him with one mitten.  We did rescue this one though, we managed to reach it with a long stick and then scooped it up out of the pond………..along with some duck poop I’m sure.

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They didn’t want their mittens the same, actually Othinn just wanted fingerleess gloves while Thor has always wanted me to knit him a pair that gave him options.  The fingerless are great for this time of year, and when it gets really cold, let alone if it ever snows, these will be perfect under another pair to keep him extra warm and cozy.  The plan is to knit Thor a pair of these as well……one of these days!

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It was important to me that the thumbs could also be freed, it just made more sense that he could get all his fingers out and about when needed.  But I didn’t want there to be an awkward “hole” on the thumb that stayed open.  To keep that from happening I knit a short ribbing that I sewed into the sides.  My worry was that it would become too bulky in that area but it actually worked out great.

And here they are, my two little boys who just keep getting bigger and bigger, and before I know it, they will be taller than me……….man that makes me feel old!

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The yarn I used for this set it Kambgarn, one of my favorites.  It is soft and warm, but I did hold it double to make it bulkier and even warmer.  I want to make more of these in different colors for them, it’s always good to have extra around in case something gets lost!

Next I will show you my lopi sweater………..yes, I finished it!  Until then,

Knit Away!

No knitting

November 4, 2013

Getting a lot of knitting done this past weekend was my big plan, a plan that I couldn’t follow through with.  After both my boys being sick last week, it was my turn, yay!  But I got as must rest as possible and today I feel much better, but….there is no new knitting to blog about.  Instead I thought I’d post pictures of the cakes that I have baked in the past months while not blogging.

The first one is Othinn’s birthday cake from April, he turned four and wanted a robot cake:

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I wanted to make a retro looking robot and initially he was supposed to stand, so glad I didn’t attempt that, it would likely have been a complete disaster!  After putting everything together I painted the whole cake with apricot syrup to make it shiny……it looks so sticky I may have put a ”bit” too much, but it tasted good so no harm done.

Last spring two of my daughter’s friends had birthdays.  I made them each cakes for her to bring to school and give to them during their lunch.  First one:

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A make-up kit because her friend is really into that sort of thing. It was much simpler to do than I had thought at first, very simple but still fun to make.

And the second one:

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My daughter told me her friend likes all things Mexican, so could I please make a cake that represented that.  After looking at all these awesome cakes online with a Mexican theme I decided on these taco cakes.  They were a lot of fun to make and I wrapped each one up individually to make it easy for her to share them.

I used store-bought cookie dough for the shells, it was a little tricky to keep them from braking as I was stuffing them, but only a couple of them ended up braking and I had made plenty of shells just in case.

For the filling I used chocolate cake that I sliced in small enough pieces to fit inside the shells, white icing as sour cream, starburst cut into shreds as shredded cheese and green and red candy tor lettuce and tomatoes.  I would love to make these again some time, they were fun to make and eat!

Then there was Jasmin’s birthday in August.  I made one cake for the family:

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Large hoodies are one of her favorite things to wear and her favorite singer (Ed Sheeran) likes to put paw prints on everything (his guitars to name a few things), that’s why I went with the paw print on the front.  This one was much easier to do than I had anticipated, the hardest part was making the hood, it did get a little torn but I was able to cover that up for so it wasn’t too obvious.

And then during the evening she celebrated with her friend who has a birthday on the same day.  Here’s what I came up with for them:

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It’s the two of them shopping at the mall.  This was my first time making figures with fondant………..I just don’t know how people get them looking all perfect and smooth!  It really is hard!  As they were drying and getting hard they started drooping, their heads and torsos slumped forward and to the sides……quite the challenge I’ll tell you!

In the background is a coffee shop:

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And a clothing store:

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My boys made the shopping bags, love my little helpers!

And the last one a cake I just made last week for a new friend and the new school (yes, she just started high school!!…..part of me wants to cry!) :

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My daughter asked me to make an elephant cake because her friend loves them.  I didn’t want to attempt anything too difficult, like making it the shape of and elephant.  So I went with simple and cute.

I know that my cakes do not look professionally made.  i look at the beautiful cakes the cake artist make and they are just out of this world!  Mine do not compare, and I don’t even care!  Actually I kind of like that they look home-made.  I love baking and it’s fun to come up with ideas of new cakes.  And I like to keep it that way, a fun and relaxing hobby.  All I really care about is that they taste good and that my kids are happy with them.  And they always are happy and they encourage me and my boys like to help 🙂

Well, that’s it for now, I hope you have all been getting lots of knitting done and that I’ll find time to get my needles clicking!

Knit Away!

 

 

 

Running out of time

October 31, 2013

This past spring I knit a few things for my best friends new baby boy……he is so cute that I can smell that delicious baby smell right through the photos I see of him ( she is all the way back home in Iceland…… 😦 )

Because I have way more yarn than any person could possibly need….won’t last me a life time or anything, so not that bad!……I decided to pick something I already had and make this special boy a sweater or two……..and maybe a hat…..and some booties.

The first sweater I made him was a striped cotton number:

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This one is really just very simple, I think what makes it are the buttons, they are too adorable.  I used baby cotton, definitely not my favorite yarn for endless stocking stitch.  It turned out a bit uneven and, yeah, well, I saw him in it and he made it work………..that kid is so cute I bet he could make anything look good!

Second one:

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For this one I used Fable by dropdesign that I bought years ago.  I meant to use it for my youngest son but then ran out of time because he just kept on growing and in the end I didn’t have enough yarn for his size.  But having it in my stash came in handy so it’s all good.

I really love this cardigan, it’s perfect for a little gentleman.  That type of collar is one of my favorites too, there is just something so cozy and……….I don’t know, gentlemanly about it!  And I was so lucky to find buttons that fit so perfectly!  I wasn’t sure what exactly I was looking for when I went button hunting, but there they were, the perfect shade of blue that goes so well with the colors in the yarn (they don’t look that great on this picture but they really are cute).

And the last one is a hat:

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This yarn is also Fable from dropdesign, I really like how it knits up, gives a pretty self striping pattern.  I made my youngest son the exact same hat when he was a baby and loved it so much that I knew I had to make this little man one too.  It wears very well, really covers their ears and it seems to just grow with them….which is perfect when you knit for fast growing babies!

I would love to make him another sweater, he is now 5 months so I’m thinking I should probably make it for 12 months.  Maybe I’ll come up with my own pattern, we’ll see, there are so many awesome baby patterns out there……..decisions decisions!

But before I start another project for that little man I’m going to finish some of the things I’ve got planned for now, like the mittens for my boys.  I’m actually done with one and a 1/2 and am hoping I’ll be able to finish tomorrow and maybe take photos on Sunday……I may be a bit too optimistic but, it’s good to set goals……right??

Then there is the Lopi sweater that I want to finish, hopefully I can pick that up again this weekend………….crossing my fingers!  Wish me good luck……..please!

If only I had more time, that is all I need, more time to knit so I can get more things done!  I always feel like I’m falling behind because there are so many ideas that I want to follow through with and…….time just keeps passing and it’s driving me nuts!  I’m going to stop complaining and start knitting…..

Knit Away!

 

ps. please excuse the photos, they were all taken on my cell phone…

pps. I did knit him little booties but, as you can see I knit in the car, and everywhere else I go, and I lost one!!  So sad cause I had finished both of them and all I had to do was sew the second one together……….there was not enough yarn left over to knit up another one…..

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