2013..

Let me start off by saying that 2013 was an awesome year in which many things have happened in my life. But in all it’s awesomeness, this year seamed endless. I can actually say this now that I know that this year only has 1 more day left to throw at me.

I’d like to start with saying that 2014 has to be better when it comes to blogging. I’ve been looking through the archives and some of the things that I’ve done and seen are not blogged. I might be able to dig up some pictures and add them later. It’s so odd to look through this years’ posts and review the things that I’ve been doing this year. I can say that I’ve done a LOT of new things, and opened a lot of new doors (both digitally, knitwise and in real life).

Maybe it’s because I now have a facebook page as well to dump all the smaller things on. Sometimes it’s easier to just share things quickly on twitter or facebook rather than writing a blog post, but it’s the stories I like to read after a number of months/ year. I wasn’t going to make a list of new years’ resolutions, but I think this is something I really should be doing more often in 2014.

Life has been very chaotic this year, and I’m hoping to find a new and improved rhythm this coming year. I’d like to spend more time in the kitchen (lol) and start working out again. Also: I’d like to join spinchat on the sunday evenings, because for the past few months I’ve thought about it every single sunday, but I’ve had stuff to do every time.

I want weekends too! 😛

Ok but enough whining. I’m very grateful for all the events of 2013, it’s been a very good and awesome year, and I hope 2014 will bring more of the same positivity and good vibes 🙂

I hope you all had a great year, and I wish you health, happiness and joy in 2014! I’ll save the post I was trying to write for next year 😉

Swants… an attempt

Swants..

I have to admit that the first time I saw Swants I wasn’t really sure that it was something I’d be able to wear. I didn’t have any sweaters I was willing to cut up/ sacrifice for the purpose so I went out to the market and bought myself 3 sweaters that looked the part.

This post is not going to cover how to make swants (or what they are). There are much better places for you to look. CLICK HERE.

What I wanted to show you is how difficult it can be to take a simple picture of knitting (when it’s on the floor).

Swants..

This is one of my first attempts. I laid the sweaters flat and.. suddenly.. CAT!

Swants..

How about this one.. she smells the sweaters (they’re very, very, very dirty), and decides that it’s a very comfortable place to sit (while keeping a close watch on the hopping bunnies).

Swants..

Like this. I tried to shoo her away but she wasn’t having it.

Swants..

When the cat finally left, it was time for Bam to check the sweaters out.

Swants..

When Bam left it was time for Zuzu to check them out.

Swants..

And just when I thought I could start taking some pictures, they both came back for another inspection…

In the end I finally managed to take a picture of the sweaters 🙂

For those of you who are interested: my angora’s are tiny (dwarf) so I have to clip them every 2 months instead of 3. The last weeks are tough because they think they’re so great at grooming so they end up felting themselves 😛

Clipping (dwarf) Angora bunnies

This is what they looked like before the clipping. If you compare the size of Zuzu’s ears in this picture and the picture above you’ll see how long the fiber actually is. I can’t shave/ clip them very short because they’re so tiny and they might lose their body heat too quickly.

Clipping (dwarf) Angora bunnies

Although I have to be honest and say I really like them better with a bit of fuzz on them. They’re very active (maybe because they’re so young), but once they’re clipped they go insane.. They run around like crazy and they’re all naughty 😛

Clipping (dwarf) Angora bunnies

 

As you can see I’m still learning to clip them neatly. I accidentally left her a cowl and a moustache.. sorry Zuzu!

Next time I’ll show you some pictures of my awesome new Swants! I’m rather sick and the thought of striking a pose (one of the last steps of making Swants) is a little too much..

sneaking up on a cat..

Chronicles of Kiwi

This cat and my new camera seem to get along famously 🙂 I’m still not entirely sure I’m using it the right way, but I know I’ll get better (eventually).

Chronicles of Kiwi

I always try to sneak up as close as I can, but I’ve never managed to actually surprise a cat. Anyway, you probably came here for knitting content, so OP deliver.

strokkur

I’m finally working on my strokkur again and I cant wait for it to be done! It’s so nice and warm (I really fell in love with Lopi), and I’m very excited for the color work part 🙂

Handspun yarn

I added some ply twist to this handspun here and I think it really helped 🙂 I’m not sure what to do with it just yet, but I really like the added twist 🙂

Deerception

I finished my BF’s Christmas sweater and published the pattern (Deerception). I know it’s a bit late for Christmas sweaters (being published on December 10th), but I assure you I had a very good reason to be late.

See, when I was done knitting and sewing I decided to wash it. Unfortunately for me I did two things wrong.

First: I washed it waay too hot. I always make very hot baths for my knitting. As a spinner I know the value of a good wash and I also know that yarn can take quite a beating when it comes to hot washes. It’s just the combination between hot and agitation. For that matter if you agitate it long enough you can felt knitting in cold water as well.

Why wash with cold water?

I know that yarn can bleed, so I added not one, not two, but three color catchers to be safe… but the moment I placed my sweater in the bath the yarn bled like a pig 🙁

I watched in horror as the beautiful bright white went to stained pink in less than three seconds. I cried. I got mad. I said a lot of very nasty things to myself. I searched the web, asked more experienced knitters on Rav, but was too impatient to wait another day.

I decided to duplicate stitch the pink parts and cut out the pink yarn. As you can see it’s working quite well. It’s slow, but it’s nearly perfect.

I did get another solution that might really work for me, but I’m too scared to try it out. I’ll try it out on a swatch and if I see that it works I’ll be sure to post it here! I know I can’t be the only one who had this happen. 😛

Deerception

 

It may not seem like a lot, or it may not seem that bad but the BF won’t wear it if it’s pink. If he hadn’t seen it with the white he may not have even noticed. But he loved it when it was white, and he said it in the nicest way possible (so I can’t even blame him). But he won’t wear it.

Truth be told I won’t even look at it.. The pink must go. Yesterday!