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Hmmm… 21 days without any post… 21 days where again so much crap happened that I fell I lost everything, really everything, even my “craftivity”. But eventually, last weekend I bumped on a how to video on youtube about these hats that transforms into shawls and the pattern was the most simple possible that there was no way I could fail. I’ve tried so many things last few weeks, nothing worked, I kept unraveling everything I was doing. So this was the quick win I needed to feel better.

I did the first one in about an hour using the Crazy sexy wool from Wool & the gang. I used the whole skein.
 

Successfully (finally!). I really like how it looks from close up:

  

So next day I did another one using some brown Wool ease thick and quick metallics from Lion Brand.

Here are a few pics with all the variations on how they can be worn as hats or shawls.

  
    
 
Meanwhile we just arrived yesterday in Copenhagen with Big Mama as both of us needs some fresh air from all the craps happening. Hopefully this will help. We’ll see…

Loved that picture with Alice’s rabbit in bottom right corner and the cat in top right corner… 😉

  

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Hmmm… 21 days without any post… 21 days where again so much crap happened that I fell I lost everything, really everything, even my “craftivity”. But eventually, last weekend I bumped on a how to video on youtube about these hats that transforms into shawls and the pattern was the most simple possible that there was no way I could fail. I’ve tried so many things last few weeks, nothing worked, I kept unraveling everything I was doing. So this was the quick win I needed to feel better.

I did the first one in about an hour using the Crazy sexy wool from Wool & the gang. I used the whole skein.
 

Successfully (finally!). I really like how it looks from close up:

  

So next day I did another one using some brown Wool ease thick and quick metallics from Lion Brand.

Here are a few pics with all the variations on how they can be worn as hats or shawls.

  
    
 
Meanwhile we just arrived yesterday in Copenhagen with Big Mama as both of us needs some fresh air from all the craps happening. Hopefully this will help. We’ll see…

Loved that picture with Alice’s rabbit in bottom right corner and the cat in top right corner… 😉

  

Yarn chicken loose, nope…

Owdy! I fought hard with that one… I finally decided to work on that scarf for my husband to match the orange and grey hat, but the last skein was wayyyy too small, so I had to cheat a bit and had a little bit of a remaining orange thread I had, and this my friend started the yarn chicken… Ahhhh

When I finished the yarn while stopping the work, well, you guess… Fail…

 
So I decided to cheat even more (well since it wasn’t the first one on that peojct why stop, right? 😉 ), so I unravelled it half way and instead of doing a k1,p1, I went only knitting, but…

  
Failed again, that saved me only for one stitch… So I unravel again till the beginning of the row and did only knitting, and… Tada!!! 🙂

  Yarn chicken WIN! Ha! Feel proud now 🙂

November WIPs and projects

Ouch… It’s already November! Time flew this month… 

Here is the list for November:

– finish black jacket

– finish reupholstering the chair

– sew the curtains

– gift for my dad in law (yeah now he’s next)

I shrank it on purpose, since I want to start my new business this month, I need to be more realistic.

And let’s see what was completed this October:

– Peter’s black and red scarf  

– one pair of socks  

– hat for my mother in law, I gave her this one and she was super excited about it 🙂  

– Lily’s bday bash diys:   

 
– crochet lesson for some new wrist warmers: 

 – one more hat, which I might give to my nephew:

– a headband for a friend:  
– And a gift for my friend’s new baby. I didn’t do the rabbit in the end, but this:  

Once a trainer, always a trainer

I think my friend over from kemiggies got this title spot on… She took these pictures yesterday with her daughter and me messing around at “training”…

  
And I did it again today with my friend Nome: I just taught someone for the first time how to crochet! In 2 hours she managed to finish her first wrist warmer! It wasn’t super easy as she wanted some black wool (Drops Cloud in black), so it’s much harder to crochet with than any other colorful wool. Really amazing what she accomplished in such a short time and with that difficulty! Proud of her 🙂

While she was at it, I started another one in Drops Cloud in bordeaux and finished both of them before going out tonight 🙂

  
I did them longer than the last ones I did in petrol color, but not too much neither so I had this much wool left this time!! Spot on!

  
Hopefully on Sunday we’re finishing the second black wrist warmer and I might be able to share some pictures of my succesful new student 🙂

Socks finished

I finished the colorful socks during last week.

  
Really nice mix of colors… But, … I don’t like them. I don’t like the pattern: the toe is, let’s be honest here, stupid. And the yarn is not pleasant for a sock. On top of this, the sewing is on the sole, so when you walk, it’s really not confortable.
I had to amend the toe so it doesn’t look that freaking ugly. I sew some pieces inside so it will have a proper shape, unfortunately it’s even less comfy.

  
End-result: I won’t wear these, and most likely I will unravel them in the future 😦 such a pity… Such a big disappointment… I don’t recommend this pattern at all.

Trying the gang…

Finally! I got the opportunity to buy some expensive wool from Wool and the gang. Reason: they made their delivery for free. Result: I bought 1 skein of “Jersey be good” and 1 skein of “Crazy sexy yarn” on Thursday, I received them Friday at lunch time, and by 7pm I had made already 2 beanies!

    
Both of the beanies are done using Jersey be good. I really like that yarn. It’s not made from wool but from textile, so I’m expecting it to resist much better than the usual wool beanies I do. Having done 2 beanies I still have quite some yarn from that one skein:

  
The beanies are done using circular needles size 9, then size 12. Bottom is done using K1, P1. 

This one is simply k1, p2 pattern with a few diminutions here and there:  

While this one was using the knit below and purl below stitches (of course I wanted to try a new stitch :)). It looks shorter but since the yarn is elastic and the stitch makes it even more elastic, the size is perfect 🙂

 
Review of the Jersey be good:

Characteristics: 500g (yup! Half a freaking kilo!), 2% elastane, 98% cotton. Hand wash, 30degrees, dry flat (being from jersey textile, I can’t believe you’re not allowed to use your washing machine).

The +: The yarn is elastic, which makes it really easy to knit by creating less tension. Your end result will remain elastic so in case you didn’t do the right size, you still have some margin. Pleasant to knit with. Can make 2 beanies (maybe 3) with one skein.

The -: the price… :/ 10€ for one skein. That’s freaking expensive from my point of view, even if it’s for 500g. I would buy it again only when they have a promotion either on the wool or on the shipping. The lack of information on the label: no gauge on the label, no needle size recommendation! Wtf… And no length as well. >_< If you want more info you need to go to their site, so you can find that the needle recommendation is 10mm to 15mm, and length is 99,5m, but still no gauge (I’m not a gauge freak, but I like to have this type of information available).

Results: a long negative paragraph, but I wouldn’t mind more of that wool… Luckily christmas is coming, right? 😉