Monday, January 31, 2011

New Challenges

I spent the past weekend at my mom's and dad's. Every time I come to see them, they tell me that I should carry at least some of my things away with me as I no longer live with them. So this time I tried to separate things I want to have there, things I'll move and things I don't need anymore. And to my surprise I found a lot of  useful things and unfinished projects (again :-D) that I totally forgot about.

I found several unfinished patchwork pillows that need to be done. There's just the back side and closing missing.


And I also discovered lot of yarn for socks that my mom gave me a couple of months ago. She bought it on sale, but the yarn is quite thin and she doesn't like knitting on small needles. So I have more than 2000 meters of yarn for my experiments. I decided I would learn new techniques of sock knitting that I don't know yet (i.e. different types of toes and heels). I will make basic pattern for each type as soon as I will knit the socks.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Needles & Hooks Cases

Just like everybody who loves to knit and crochet, I have a lot of hooks, tunisian hooks, knitting needles, circular needles and double-pointed needles. And the question is where to store them?
I found some ideas, some cases were crocheted (look here or here) or knitted (here or here) or very simple ones sewed from place mats (here). I decided to sew my own cases and make them look better by using different techniques (applique, patchwork etc.) on the outside. 

At first it's important to think about size of the case (i.e. how many hooks or needles will be stored in the case).  

Finished measurements:
Hook case: 0.6" gap for every hook - in my case (13 hooks) it's 8" in width and 8" in high (including 2" for fold)
Needle case: 0.8" gap for smaller needles, 1" gap for larger needles - 12" in width and 18" in high (5" for fold)
Double-pointed needle case: 1.5" gap for DPNs - 12" in width and 12" in high (3" for fold)

Material: 
piece of outer fabric in size of the case (+ seam addition)
piece of inner fabric in size of the case (+ seam addition) and piece of fabric for pocket (the same width, but half of the high)
20" long piece of bias tape for binding

Inside part:
First thing you need to do is to prepare the pocket. Fold one of the longer sides from face to back side and sew it in the edge. Then draw the lines for gaps, place the pocket back side to face on the inner fabric and sew the marked lines. It should look like this:


Outside part:
This is a place for your creations. Use a new technique you want to try to make the case look original, try some applications, embroidery or patchwork block... Or if you use a nice designed fabric your case will be simply adorable as well.




Finishing:
If both parts are prepared, you can sew them together. Put the outer part face to face on the inner one. Insert the bias tape folded in the middle between them just as you can see on the picture below and pin it together. 


Now you can sew the outer seams, but don'f forget to leave a small gap for turning. Turn the case inside out and sew the whole case in the edge.


Enjoy your new case!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pik-Nik Set

In October I bought a couple of balls of Pik-Nik yarn by Toptex. My idea was to make a set of earflap hat, scarf and a pair of gloves or mittens. And here it is...



The earflap hat is made by Julie Hentz's pattern and fingerless mittens by Lisa M. Beamer's pattern. But the most beautiful from this set is the scarf. The pattern is so easy, there is only one row that repeats.
Pattern: (K2, K1 tbl, P1) 5 times, K2


My scarf is 5" in width and 60" in length. I used 213 yards of yarn (82 yard per 50 g ball). Here you can find the original pattern.

Earflap
Fingerless Mittens
Scarf

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Busy As a Bee

Last week I was working a lot on my resolution. I finally completed a simple pullover with turtleneck, which was made in stockinette stitch. I'm really happy about it, because it's something I can wear just with jeans or skirt and it looks really nice. That's exactly what I needed :-)


And I finished a cabled cardigan with short sleeves. This was the first time I was working from top of the cardigan (from the neckline) down. At the beginning I was little bit afraid of working the whole cardigan as one piece, but it was quite easy and after all I was really glad there were no seams at all. The original pattern for this cardigan can be found here. It's available for free. For my modifications of the pattern, see notes at my Ravelry page.


 I also made a striped hat for my boyfriend. It was actually the second one. I made the first one two months ago as a gift for him. But unfortunately after a month he forgot it in a bus when he went home from work. It made him feel so sad (me too). It was quite easy pattern and I had enough yarn so I decided to make another one. It's made by the Turn a Square pattern found on Ravelry.


I'm really proud of myself. Until this time, I haven't started any new project, I'm just completing the unfinished ones :-)

Monday, January 3, 2011

My resolution for 2011

After a couple of years I've decided to try to meet my New Year resolution again. There's one thing I don't like about myself. I still have too many unfinished projects, usually two or three pullovers, several scarves, socks, outstanding trousers, skirts, blouses, t-shirts etc.
I think I'll start with knitting. About four months ago I found a great site where you can choose from more than 40 000 knitting and crochetting patterns for anything you want to make. Then you can create here something like your own notebook with projects you are working on and that you've finished. It's really funny :-) If you don't know the Ravelry community yet, just try it here.

And there is a couple (:-D) of knitting projects I'm currently working on:


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Optimistic beginning

I've always wanted to have my own blog about things I love. I couple of days ago, I finally decided to start writing. There are many things I like to do and I would like to collect all of my ideas and creations and never forget them. 

Eleven is my favorite number so this year might be one of the better ones. I'm expecting lot of changes in my life. I hope at least a couple of them will come true. And if so I want to remember it for a long long time...

Happy New Year to all of you!

Ludmila