When life gets in the way..

of blogging and/ or knitting. I’ve said it before, but every now and again life gets in the way of my blogging. I forget about a number of things I wanted to blog about and I’m left with a feeling of unease. You’ll know this feeling. The feeling that there’s something I’ve forgotten to do, but I can’t remember what it is. I’ve forgotten about two (three) projects. The forgotten FO’s. I’m usually very proud of my FO’s and I try my best to give each and every one of them a special FO post. Some of these projects are so small and so ‘in-between’, I actually forget they were projects at all 🙁

regular guy beanie
I felt bad for the projects. This project especially. I’ve made two of these, but I only have 1 picture. The regular guy beanie is awesome and is exactly what it says it is. Nothing more, nothing less. The pattern is straight forward and easy to follow. I’ve made one for myself and one for my dad. I’m not a guy, I know.. but I’m enough of a hipster to know that I’m not hipster enough to pull this look off. Well.. whatever.

thrummed slippers
You’ve already seen these pictures if you’ve been following my twitter activites. I’ve completely forgotten about them, even though I’ve been wearing them non stop…

thrummed slippers
The original pattern is called “non-felted slippers” and is not thrummed at all. I was afraid it wouldn’t be warm enough for my frozen feet, so I just added some thrums. It’s my first time using this technique, but it will most definitely not be the last time!

thrummed slippers
Don’t you just want to pet it? It is a bit of an odd feeling at first, but after a while the thrums get flattened and/ or you just get used to them. At first it feels like walking on padding (it is of course).

thrummed slippers 2
One of the things I’ve also forgotten to post about is the whole finishing process of the Space Invader Thistle shawl.

Thistle shawl edging
The pattern calls for a rather big (doubled) edging, but I chose to skip this step for a number of reasons. The most important of those was that I was running out of blue yarn, and I didn’t want to make an all white edge. I also didn’t want to make a striped edge because I want the space invaders to pop, and think the striped edging would be a bit too much for the chosen pattern. I really like the way the shawl looks right now, so I’m not really in favor of knitting an edge at all. I ironed the shawl because it’s written in the pattern that wet-blocking is not something that’s done often in Norway. I wanted to try it out, and I’m impressed with the speed and ease. I will, however, wash the shawl because I like to wash my shawl after dragging it with me for a while.. Also, the yarn hasn’t been washed since it was dyed. It smells like vinegar. Ironing it was a real horror because of the combined smells of steam (dampness), vinegar, food dyes and (not surprisingly) sheep.

Thistle shawl steek
After I had sewn in the live stitches on the top side (I did knit a number of rows in plain white), I used the same yarn to crochet the steek before cutting. I really like the crochet method because it’s nice and stretchy. I was going to iron it, so I wasn’t (and still aren’t) sure if it will grow with the washing or not. To be safe I decided to crochet the steeks first so I could try out the ironing method. Once I’ve washed the shawl I’ll sew the edge with the sewing machine. I know it should hold and nothing ‘bad’ (I’m more inclined to say horrific if you know what I mean) should happen to my shawl, but I don’t want to take the risk. It’s a shawl, and the edgings will probably catch on all sorts of things.

Thistle shawl steek
I love how the crochet looks like train tracks over the shawl.

Thistle shawl steek
I think cutting steeks is always intense. Even though I know I’ve been very careful with the stitches, there’s still a tiny moment of panic when I cut the first few stitches. It’s definitely not something I like to rush. I guess, after picking up all the dropped stitches, the careful knitting and the paying attention in placement (so the cat doesn’t find it), it’s a bit counter intuitive to just grab the next pair of scissors and cut away. I’m over-thinking it. Let’s move on!

FO, wip and PUR
As you know, everything went alright and the shawl (and I) survived the whole ordeal. The cat approves of the shawl and has been found sleeping on it 🙂

Brunhilde wip
Like I said it this post, I’ve been working on Brunhilde again. I had already separated (and finished) the sleeves, so there’s really not much to it now. I really like this pattern and it’s not boring at all, even though I’m knitting this on 3.0 mm needles, it’s actually quite a fast process.

Brunhilde wip
Knitting this project has given me a clear idea of the whole process. I now know that a drum carder would (at some point) be a great addition to my collection of spinning equipment! I enjoyed every moment of this process, and I can’t wait for the next tdf ! Which reminds me:

breidag
Today was Breidag! Well, tomorrow as well, but I won’t be going tomorrow. The picture above is one lock of the 100 grams of angora goat mohair I bought at the fair. There were many stands and there was so much yarn.. and fleece.. and all sorts of knitting/ crochet related things. I met a number of people I had previously only known via Ravelry, which was great! I’ve met a number of people I didn’t know, which was also great! I bought yarn for my next secret project at Penelope Crafts stand, and I’m already working on a swatch.

breidag
Two skeins of Skein top draw in ‘Barley’. This is Rediculously Photogenic Yarn… RPY. Maybe I can make this a ‘thing’. After Rediculously Photogenic Guy. This yarn IS photogenic.. *le sigh*

breidag
See what I mean?

Breidag
While at the fair we came to Draadpracht‘s stand where I learned (for the first time) about hairpin lace (guimphaken). I had never heard of this type of crochet, and (my mom and I) bought a set to try it out. I don’t have any pictures now, but this shawl was made by one of the ladies at the stand. I’ll be sure to blog about it next time, it’s really cool and very good for destashing of horriffic yarns (I have a box full of them.. I’ll show you next time).

This was my first knitting/ crochet related fair, and it was absolutely great! I’ll try not to miss any of them again 🙂

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