Long time no see

4 Oct

Yes indeed, but a lot has been going on knit and otherwise.

First of all, I moved. Well, actually my boyfriend moved, but since I was practically living at his place, I moved, too. We are now neighbours, which is nice, because in a couple of months I’ll be officially moving in with him in our new apartment and I won’t have to move far. Setting up the new apartment has demanded a lot of my attention, as have my studies. Lectures began a month ago, and I’ve been trying to be a good student right from the very beginning. You know. Not skipping classes, doing essays and other assignments on time and so on. Usually by the time I get to relax and have a couple of hours to myself in the evenings, I’m too tired to knit more than a few rows.

Still, I have managed to complete a few things.

First of all, in the first week of September, I knitted my most favourite sweater so far

Corona

Corona

Corona

Corona

Pattern: Corona

Yarn: Sointu by Novita

Yardage: 5 skeins (100 g = 198 m), 458 g

My bust is around 38” and I chose size L (40-42”). I think it’s the right size for me.

Everything went right with this sweater. First of all, I love love love the pattern. I love knitting tops in the round. It’s not so much that I don’t like sewing the seams because I don’t mind doing that. I just find that seamless tops fit so much better. I loved the raglan sleeves in this pattern and weaving the arm pits and the hood. The way the neckhole is begun by making stitches to create a new fabric that sits beneath the first one was like magic. I want to make more sweaters like this (although not necessarily exactly like this because the fascination tends to wear down with repetition..)

Then I knitted a shawl. I didn’t turn out to be the most spectacular of shawls, but it’s ok.

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jaakukka1Pattern: Jääkukka

Yarn: Florica by Novita (wool)

Yardage: 3 skeins (50 g = 163m), 138 g

I’ve been having so much trouble with my Sagittaria shawl, and also I had never knitted a simple shawl like this, so I wanted to give it a go. Turns out the pattern was so repetitive it even got boring. Well, at least I was able to finish it without any trouble. The finished shawl is quite warm on the shoulders, but I wouldn’t use such a light shawl on a cold winter’s day or even if it’s windy. Still it’s a good basic accessory and I’m happy with it.

I also finished a pair of simple knee socks (which I mentioned in an earlier post) for my boyfriends mother, but didn’t get to take a good picture of  them before giving them to her. There was some yarn left over so I began making myself a pair of basic gloves

Gloves

Gloves

Pattern: Kynsikkäät by Anne-Maija Immonen

Published in: Novita Nuorisoextra 2006

Yarn: Nalle Aloe Vera by Novita (nylon, wool)

The idea here is to practise making gloves.  I’ve made lots of gloves and fingerless gloves, and I always always have trouble with the fingers. I end up with huge gaping holes where the finger meets that palm and back of the hand. I try to repair them when I make the finishing touches, but often the joints become lumpy and feel uncomfortable to the hand.  What’s worse, all of those gloves have been gifts. 😦 So I wanted to knit a pair for myself and take my time to see if there’s anything I can do to prevent those holes. I did have some success, but mostly because I used a lighter yarn than I’ve used for gloves in the past. I think that might just be the lesson here, though. Gloves made with a light yarn are more comfortable in other ways as well, because they allow the fingers to move more freely.

Another basic accessory I finished yesterday is this neckwarmer for my mother

neckwarmer2

neckwarmer1Pattern:  98-34 Neck warmer in Alpaca with border and flower in Cotton Viscose

Yarn: Florica by Novita (wool)

Yardage: 2 skeins (50 g = 163 m) 91 g

It seems to me that Florica might just about match the alpaca yarn in the pattern, which, if true, would be really cool, because that would save lots of money. Of course it’s not as soft as the alpaca, but if I knit for myself, that’s not an issue as wool doesn’t tickle me at all.

Mom likes to jog but her shoulders get cold and start to ache. So I knitted this neck (or in this case shoulder) warmer for her. First I was going to do something more decorative, but figured she wouldn’t want to use something too pretty as a sports accessory, so I went with this plain pattern. I think it might be a bit too plain, even, because this is a birtday gift for mom, and I don’t want it to seem like I didn’t put any effort in it.

Also, my ribs never turn out neat, as was the case here as well. All in all I’m not super pleased with the end result, but hey, at least it gets the job done, right, and isn’t ugly or anything.

I’ve also started knitting the Mystery Blanket: Weaving (April) by Elizabeth Zimmermann from her book Knitter’s Almanac.

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Yarn: Sportimo by Zettl (acrylic)

So far I’ve knitted six squares and I plan to knit 18 beige and 17 white ones all together. That should make up a nice big blanket. One square knits up pretty quickly and the pattern is easy to remember, so this project should make for a nice change for whenever I don’t want to knit whatever it is I’m mostly knitting at the time. And I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but I really like the kitchener stitch or weaving.

I am also determined to make myself the Hippocampus mittens. I already knitted one halfway through the chart, but I had to rib it because the cuff I used instead of the cuff in the pattern didn’t fit with the pattern after all.

This turned out to be a huuuuge post. Maybe it’s time I wrap it up.

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