Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Take a Stitch Tuesday vol 1 & 2

Due to a big project in my life I'm very behind with this amazing "workshop", but doing my best to find time for one stitch a week. Yetsreday I did 2 and I am sooo hooked.
I'm using an old jeans (lighter type) skirt I made way back and some cotton thread (which is really for knitting and crocheting... huh it makes stitching difficult, but it looks nice).
First week: Herringbone stitch

I must admit that I had to RIP twice before an idea suddenly came and I knew what to do with the stitches. First I just tried them and it didn't look nice or made any sense, but it was worth waiting. Why I chose jeans? Well I don't have many materials at home, since I don't have a sewing machine, I didn't want to start stitching "just because", I needed to make something I didn't have to sew afterwards. Luckily I remembered my only plain (and not brand new) skirt, which happens to be made of jeans' material.
Second week: Buttonhole stitch

I know that it looks funny and odd-shaped and reminds you something, but I haven't finished with the beads yet :). I didn't find this stitch as versatile and interesting as herringbone, since it looks better in symmetrical shapes which I honestly am not after with this project. It looks marvellous in triangles and squares, but if you have a material on which you cannot count the threads between each stitch - this just doesn't let you play as much. Plus the horizontal row forming at the bottom limits it.
Till next time!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

SKS gift swap in Estonia

Christmas is over and we are back home from Estonia. I've done some necessities and can finally show you what kept me busy and FOless for the months of November and December.
First our gift-swap in Estonia.
I received a very ME-beret from Vikike.

I on the otherhand tried for the first time entrelac and made a gift for Pampel.
Yarn: Filatura di Crosa Zara (100% merino extra fine , 50 gr = 125 m)
Used: ca 280 gr
Needles: 3,75 mm bamboo
Pattern: my own (length blocked 210 cm, width 25 cm. After blocking 195 cm and 20 cm accordingly - the pattern tends to shrink out of blocking that gives it the special texture)
It was fun to knit, but hiding the ends was horrible for if I remember correctly there were 72*2 yarn ends. Since I recieved my pal's questionnaire in October and forests of fall are very colorful - they became my inspiration. I must compliment the yarn which has become my favourite along handspun yarns, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and Cathay.

Elongated stitches scarf

I ordered some fabulous handspun and dyed yarn from estonian webshop - it is 100% merinos called Eijdo 160 and knit a scarf with elongated stitches for my mom. I used up 100gr and even though I forgot to measure it goes around the neck freely two times at least. I knit it withun wooden needles which are at least 30 years old (recalls my grandmother) and are almost 5 mm.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Knit and felted hat

For my mom I knit and then felted a hat in the style of 20ies-30ies, it is embellished with some crocheted flowers and buttons.

Yarn: unspun Estonian wool (carded only)
Needles: 8 mm double pointed and Addi circular
Pattern: my own