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 🙂

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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:  

Peter’s red and black scarf finished after scarf transplantation

Finally after so many days of bureaucratie, I was finally able to touch again my needles! So I used that time to finish the scarf for Peter AND to do some crazy twist with it… I was feeling like a heart surgeon doing a heart transplantation… Except it was 2 pieces of scarves and no life saving behind that.

I didn’t like the original start of the scarf until the last red stripe so I decided to knit a new piece for the beginning which will be more matching the pattern of the scarf. 

 I tried it first by finishing the overall scarf, so when that end did turn out to look good I was on for some crazy scarf transplantation… 

I did a first trial on a small square of wool, didn’t turn so good, but I learnt a few things (such as I really need to memorize better what was my last stitch and not to be deconcentrated during this).

I inserted my needle all the way through.    

Then unravelled the bottom part.

 
Then tried a gartner stitch between my two needles. Epic fail! Ouch, bad start…

  
But I wasn’t gonna let this to put me down, so after really examining the result of the square I decided to move on to the scarf. Same process: entered the whole needle the whole way through, just above the red stripe. Then I removed gently the last red row.

  
And then I concentrated! A lot!

Btw notice the other side of the wrong “start” I did like the red stripes here much better, but anyway the overall was still not to my liking. 

 
So off I went with again the gartner stitch! And … Tada! It worked! Patience always paid me back 🙂 now I’m even doing the whole blocking for the first time since it keeps rolling on the sides. 

You can slightly s that the small columns are off, I don’t understand why when all the others line up perfectly. Oh well, you can’t go to surgery without a scare….  
Here is the whole scarf (folded in two, that’s why you can see some red on the right side going higher – it’s from the other side):  

New scarf

i know this month I wanted to focus on my WIP and projects and finish as much as possible… But, as I saw already a few extra projects got added on the way (wrist warmers, friend’s hat) and now my husband told me a friend was having a birthday so it would be great if I could make a custom scarf for him… Yes… The request came from the husband (wow!).

So here I go in my statch and trying to find whaat he asked for: black and red wool. And guess what… I have none of this leftovers… The only black wool I have is gonna be used in the black jacket… So I ended up making another order. Bought 5 skeins of Big Merino in black from Drops and 1 in red. And guess what #2… I ran out of wool! 8-0. Damn… So here I am with my scarff completed to a 60%… And having to order again some wool. Luckily it should be delivered soon so I can finish it this weekend.

This is how much wool I have left at the moment…

  
You can’t see much of the pattern so here is a closer look. I came up with the pattern after… 12 drawings… 

  
I quite like the whole cable pattern mix 🙂

Btw the big merino is quite nice to knit with, it weirdly doesn’t feel so “merino” to me, but anyway, nice to knit.

I guess you can’t just stick to your plan when things like birthdays just pop up on the way 😉

September WIPs and projects

I decided that I will list all my WIPs (work in progress) and projects I’m planning to work on at the beginning of each month and see how much I can complete by the beginning of the following month… With obvious challenge to finish as many as possible and to write that post every beginning of the month… Challenge accepted!

So September, here we go:

– finish my dream black jacket (still a lot of knitting hours ahead)  

 – finish the new hat I was working on for my husband during last weekend, but I ran out of wool. So some shopping is needed here but so far I’m not successful at finding that yarn… That wool was a birthday gift from my friend Havran. Such an interesting and playful wool to work with.

  
– and since more wool will remain left over from the finishing of this hat (oh the mischief here), I guess I’m up to work on a matching scarf…

– finish the remote control holder project. For this one, it is some sewing part that needs to be completed. I also need to go and buy some proper textile for this. (I ran out during my last trial)

– (new) knit one or two pair of socks for my husband (oh he made some jokes about it… So let’s have some fun too, plus it’s a good exercise, I’m no expert yet in socks)

– (new) knit one baby blanket. My ex just got a baby and I still haven’t done anything I planned :/ well at least I ordered the wool and it should be delivered soon. And I think I know more or less how I want the blanket to be.

– (new) knit a baby vest and matching hat, still for the same baby

– finish the reupholstering of the chair from our cottage (that’s taking too long, I have to come up with a new approach to finish this one, make it simpler so it’s achievable). I just realized I never posted anything about that project 8-/ I spent so many hours on cleaning it, repainting it and redoing the seating… Argh ok anyway now I’m thinking of instead of using  a new seat in wood and stappling the textile I would saw an independant cushion and that will hopefully be it.

And that’s the only picture I have of that chair… Oh my… it really deserves a whole post…

  
 Here is the textile I want to use: 
– (new) sew that blue and white table cloth. I bought the textile long ago. Come on, it’s not a complicated and long project… I can do it this month too, right?! 🙂

  
– and at the bottom of this way too long list, I have to finish some curtains… I’ve been ridiculous with these. They are hanging for one year in our living room, but they are so hard to manipulate that just putting the pins is mission impossible. This is the project I hate the most at the moment, hence it barely changed for a year, except when my mum came to visit once and helped me to pin 2 more curtains…  There are 4 to do…  Errrrrrhhh I’m seriously considering getting this done by someone else.

 

Super Warm Scarf

Super Warm Scarf

I managed to get some time today to finish the gauge and publish on ravelry the last part of the set, meaning the Scarf! And as its name says: it’s a super warm scarf. No kidding. It has been freezing here during the last 2 days with the snow and the wind. And I’ve been lucky enough to steal that scarf from my husband a few times to get warmer myself… I love it 🙂

My friend on the picture also enjoyed it during the “photo shoot”… I’m soooo bad at taking pictures but it was fun to do 😀

And as you can see, it’s long enough to wear it in different styles:

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Hope you will like it 🙂