Monthly Archives: January 2014

knitted keyring

IMG_1589It’s my brother’s birthday and I have decided to use the miniature knit that I meant to put into his Christmas cracker (before I knew we would not be able to fly back home).

It is meant to be a bottle of a local beer brand, I tried to imitate it’s rather unusual shape (but failed a bit) and embroidered (rather than knitted) the labels in red and gold. Which is really the very lazy version of the original label but it was after a whole series of very tiring miniature knits…

I bought a cheap keyring, cut the plastic tag off and fiddled the small linking ring through one stitch of the bottle.

And since this is not really a proper birthday present, I knitted yet another hat, still in Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky.

IMG_1587_edited-1I guess the trauma is slowly turning into some kind of obsession πŸ™‚

 

Finally overcome…. I think

I haven’t had much time to update the blog lately because I was sooo busy knitting hats. One of my new years resolutions is to actually tackle problems rather than always knit the same easy things where I do not have to use my brain. So, I made these two extremely warm hats (a third is in the making – to improve the decrease section). I have used Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky, a 100% super soft merino. I have used slightly too small needles to make sure I’ll get a dense and warm fabric. The blue-green one is in simple stockinette, for the black-white-red I have used a ribbed pattern to get an even chunkier look.

I have also knitted two more feminine hats, one for my mum, one for who knows. So, my mum left London with a purple Super Cupcake by Bonne Marie Burns.IMG_1545I have used Debbie Bliss Rialto DK for the ribbing and added Debbie Bliss Angel in a very similar colour for the main part to add a bit of a halo effect. It is a very nice and simple hat in shaker rib pattern.

The other one is much more adventurous. It is an Escargot by Veronica Parsons.

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I just love it. I have used Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed which is perfect for that 20ies inspired style.

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Unfortunately it is slightly too big for me, I guess because I haven’t got much hair. So the hat is currently headless, and I am looking for a loving and caring home for it. If you have any suggestions please let me know!

 

 

And the winners are…

The Christmas raffle is over and random.org has picked the winners.

Remember, the prizes were these three items

The order of your posts correspond to the numbers 1 to 9 (First post 1, last post 9)

Under the supervision of my impartial husband, random.org picked the numbers 9, 3 and 8

Christmas Raffle

Congratulations to

Milena, who has won the green cowl

Claus, who has won the hairband

Jane, who has won the phone case

Winners will be notified by email as well.

For all those who haven’t been lucky this time, don’t be sad, there will be other opportunities πŸ™‚

I hope it has been as exiting and fun for you as it has been for me. Thanks for taking part. πŸ™‚

Smooth transition

IMG_1537As you can see, it is sort of winter here and hats are urgently needed, so I stopped the miniature project for now and started to knit a few hats.

Well actually, I used these ones as a smooth transition to the new project (as you might remember, I am still suffering from a past hat trauma):

The following two are more grown up sized, I used the super soft Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky with slightly thinner than recommended needles to make sure they will be thick and warm for proper Austrian winter.

A third one is in the making and my husband keeps showing me pictures of pretty hats … No idea, what he is trying to tell me, his birthday is only in June after all. I guess I should give him the link to my shopΒ  πŸ™‚

I am also considering to make one for myself for the London version of cold winters, so with bigger needles and without the double layered edge.

I guess the hat trauma is finally overcome.

And remember, there is only one day left to enter the Christmas raffle. Good luck to everyone.