Exciting!

This couple of weeks have been very exciting for me as I’ve sold few things on the Etsy shop. On the grand scheme of things I know it is not a world changing fact, nevertheless the feeling that someone really wants something you’ve made – I’ve made – is absolutely amazing!
So thank you all who click on the link, like/favourite the items and order my creative outcomes, you do make my day!

Amigurumi Snail Snake Headband Oscar the Owl
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Still hat obsessed…

so I’ve written a pattern this time. Just a basic beanie, nothing too impressive – and i’m currently testing the pattern errors on my stash – so look at this cutie!!

stripey giggly blue one

stripey giggly blue one

It followed the last week’s try

soft alpaca stripes

soft alpaca stripes

which I really liked.

Those cover newborn and 3-6 months, so I just need to do couple of more sizes to make sure my scribbles work. Off to choose some colours…

In the meantime – I got an order for an animal hat!! Remember the snake one? There will be another one soon! This time going for yellow & blue combo.

snakes all around

Loom bands fun

Not so sure I nature is keen on that loom bands craze but, as things go, we have loads of them at home. Sometime ago I found this great tutorial to make a turtle out of them.

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Took a while to start – and a lot of broken bands during – and now we have a little turtle family!

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Part two is due tomorrow, when I have to patiently try to explain all the tricks to a 7y old…

Onto Malabrigo March…

OK, I know I owe some posts – birthday parties went well but life ran us over again and I never posted final results so that is still to come.
I’ve done some wet felting today with the older one and we are hoping that the bird pod is of sufficient thickness and can move to the garden tomorrow – otherwise we will have to redo 😀 Our technique was a mixture of this and that, and I think we did it quite well 🙂
Although it looks pretty much as cabbage, this is actually going to be a bird house in the garden – with cute red leaves as pattern.
wet felting a bird pod
The plan was to have one done by each child but the younger one grabbed the dragon I was working on last night
needle felted dragon WIP and declared that she wants it just the way it is. I’ll let her off for few days untils she gets bored with it and then continue on – this was a basic shape done that still needs many hours of work on it..
Now I am less 3 hours away from starting March and few days back I have decided to join in for Malabrigo March – knitting with (mostly) Malabrigo yarn throughout the month. My fingers really want to start but I will have to go slowly – RSI still being a pain (pardon the pun) so my craft time is limited.
I have been a busy bee lately and did some work on the etsy shop too and (if weather permits) I’ll take some more pictures of stock at home tomorrow. Time to do that spring clearout!

What to knit with?

Every craftsman has an obsession with tools. Well, every craftsman/woman I know of.. Tools. Shiny, sharp, cool looking, colourfull, colourless, take a pick! We all have our preferences. And I’ve just done a bit of an inventory check and here are mine:

  • SHARP – ensuring that what you do with it can be done fast and accurate. Do not underestimate tools – good ones will get you there faster, less stressful and produce great looking results (disclaimer: some skill to use them should be a must. some can be acquired with time)
  • COOL LOOKING – let’s be completely honest, that is always a bonus 😉

So, lets get me focussed and back to knitting.. I’ve tried different ones. Some were good, some so-so, some I didn’t like so much. To make it completely clear: all were usable! If you want, you could knit with a pair of takeaway chopsticks. You might not like the result, but you can do it!

My  personal preference is metal. And carbon. I tried the wood and bamboo, but my heart isn’t there. The fact that I have broken my share of needles didn’t help. I still have them and use them occasionally (one day I will live in ideal world where I can hoard only the things I adore), when I don’t have more likeable alternative.

Oh, I forgot to mention – I prefer circulars. They are really suitable for my projects – mostly hats and toys. And less likely to loose tens of stitches if I am doing a scarf (been there unfortunately). They also fold really nicely in any project bag 🙂

Carbon is my latest craze. Since I started breaking wood – and by that I mean plain no-name bamboo and lovely knit pro symfonie – I figured either yoga or some sturdier tools are in order. I took up both.

So I got myself some of the karbonz tips, they have them separately or in a kit (e.g. KnitPro Karbonz Interchangeable Needle Deluxe Set Normal, Black and Silver) as I love the KnitPro circular cables, they have no memory and slide lovely. Downside, sometimes the connection will snag and it is really annoying. Although I wanted to go for nice and neat storage of tips with cables I can mix and match (as pictured), I will slowly move towards the fixed circulars… Karbonz feel really nice and the tips are shiny and sharp, with the whole needle feeling really strong. myknitprowrap

I mentioned symfonie – they are lovely, but I just can’t get used to the colour. If I need to do something white or yellow, it is a perfect pick – for all dark colours, I prefer something less distracting. I might try out trendz just to get some contrasting colours in.