Tuesday, October 31, 2006

More dishcloths

These are unknit, so I don't know what they will be. I haven't either doublechecked the transcription, so there can be errors.
I'd like to see what you create with these charts :-)

Shih tzu
Shih Tzu

Line 30 corrected 13th November, thanks to the kind anonymous :-)

cast on 39 stitches

1. K
2. K
3. K
4. K
5. K
6. K
7. K3 P33 K3
8. K
9. K3 P33 K3
10. K19 P1 K19
11. K3 P15 K3 P15 K3
12. K16 P7 K16
13. K3 P11 K11 P11 K3
14. K13 P13 K13
15. K3 P9 K15 P9 K3
16. K11 P17 K11
17. K3 P7 K6 P1 K5 P1 K6 P7 K3
18. K10 P5 K2 P5 K2 P5 K10
19. K3 P6 K6 P3 K3 P3 K6 P6 K3
20. K8 P7 K3 P3 K3 P7 K8
21. K3 P5 K7 P3 K3 P3 K7 P5 K3
22. K7 P8 K4 P1 K4 P8 K7
23. K3 P4 K7 P5 K1 P5 K7 P4 K3
24. K7 P7 K5 P1 K5 P7 K7
25. K3 P4 K7 P5 K1 P5 K7 P4 K3
26. K7 P6 K6 P1 K6 P6 K7
27. K3 P4 K6 P6 K1 P6 K6 P4 K3
28. K7 P6 K6 P1 K6 P6 K7
29. K3 P4 K5 P1 K1 P4 K3 P4 K1 P1 K5 P4 K3
30. K6 P6 K2 P1 K3 P3 K3 P1 K2 P6 K6
31. K3 P3 K6 P2 K1 P3 K1 P1 K1 P3 K1 P2 K6 P3 K3
32. K6 P6 K3 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K2 P1 K3 P6 K6
33. K3 P2 K1 P1 K5 P3 K1 P7 K1 P3 K5 P1 K1 P2 K3
34. K5 P1 K1 P5 K4 P1 K5 P1 K4 P5 K1 P1 K5
35. K3 P2 K1 P1 K5 P5 K5 P5 K5 P1 K1 P2 K3
36. K5 P1 K1 P6 K4 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K4 P6 K1 P1 K5
37. K3 P2 K1 P1 K6 P5 K3 P5 K6 P1 K1 P2 K3
38. K5 P1 K2 P6 K4 P3 K4 P6 K2 P1 K5
39. K3 P2 K1 P2 K7 P9 K7 P2 K1 P2 K3
40. K5 P1 K3 P8 K5 P8 K3 P1 K5
41. K3 P2 K1 P3 K9 P3 K9 P3 K1 P2 K3
42. K5 P1 K4 P6 K7 P6 K4 P1 K5
43. K3 P3 K1 P3 K6 P7 K6 P3 K1 P3 K3
44. K6 P1 K4 P5 K7 P5 K4 P1 K6
45. K3 P3 K1 P4 K6 P5 K6 P4 K1 P3 K3
46. K7 P2 K3 P6 K3 P6 K3 P2 K7
47. K3 P5 K1 P3 K15 P3 K1 P5 K3
48. K9 P1 K3 P13 K3P1 K9
49. K3 P6 K1 P5 K2 P5 K2 P5 K1 P6 K3
50. K10 P6 K7 P6 K10
51. K3 P33 K3
52. K
53. K3 P33 K3
54. K
55. K
56. K
57. K
58. K
59. K

Bind off.

Chanukkiah - Menorah

1. K
2. K
3. K
4. K
5. K
6. K
7. K3 P33 K3
8. K
9. K3 P33 K3
10. K
11. K3 P33 K3
12. K17 P5 K17
13. K3 P10 K13 P10 K3
14. K14 P11 K14
15. K3 P12 K9 P12 K3
16. K16 P7 K16
17. K3 P14 K5 P14 K3
18. K17 P5 K17
19. K3 P15 K3 P15 K3
20. K18 P3 K18
21. K3 P12 K9 P12 K3
22. K13 P13 K13
23. K3 P8 K17 P8 K3
24. K10 P4 K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P4 K10
25. K3 P6 K5 P1 K2 P1 K3 P1 K2 P1 K5 P6 K3
26. K8 P3 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P3 K8
27. K3 P5 K3 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K3 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K3 P5 K3
28. K7 P4 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P4 K7
29. K3 P4 K4 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K3 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K4 P4 K3
30. K6 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K6
31. K3 P3 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K3 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P3 K3
32. K6 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K6
33. K3 P3 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K3 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P3 K3
34. K6 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P3 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K6
35. K3 P3 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K3 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P3 K3
36. K7 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K7
37. K3 P4 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P4 K3
38. K7 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K7
39. K3 P4 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P4 K3
40. K7 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K7
41. K3 P4 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P4 K3
42. K7 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K7
43. K3 P16 K1 P16 K3
44. K7 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K5 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K2 P1 K7
45. K3 P4 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P4 K3
46. K19 P1 K19
47. K3 P33 K3
48. K
49. K3 P33 K3
50. K
51. K3 P33 K3
52. K
53. K3 P33 K3
54. K
55. K
56. K
57. K
58. K
59. K

Bind off.


Corrected on 10.11.2006
Thanks to Kathie Zobell, who noticed that line 26 was wrong!

cast on 39

1. K
2. K
3. K
4. K
5. K
6. K
7. K3 P33 K3
8. K19 P1 K19
9. K3 P14 K4 P15 K3
10. K17 P4 K1 P1 K16
11. K3 P12 K1 P1 K6 P13 K3
12. K15 P7 K2 P1 K14
13. K3 P10 K1 P3 K8 P11 K3
14. K13 P10 K3 P1 K12
15. K3 P8 K1 P4 K11 P9 K3
16. K11 P13 K4 P1 K10
17. K3 P6 K1 P5 K14 P7 K3
18. K9 P16 K4 P2 K8
19. K3 P4 K1 P2 K2 P2 K17 P5 K3
20. K8 P19 K4 P1 K7
21. K3 P4 K1 P6 K7 P5 K5 P5 K3
22. K8 P5 K6 P6 K1 P3 K2 P1 K7
23. K3 P4 K1 P1 K4 P1 K5 P7 K5 P5 K3
24. K8 P4 K8 P5 K1 P4 K1 P1 K7
25. K3 P4 K1 P1 K2 P3 K5 P2 K2 P1 K1 P2 K4 P5 K3
26. K8 P4 K2 P1 K1 P3 K1 P5 K3 P2 K1 P1 K7
27. K3 P4 K1 P1 K2 P3 K4 P2 K2 P2 K2 P1 K4 P5 K3
28. K8 P4 K1 P2 K2 P2 K2 P4 K3 P2 K1 P1 K7
29. K3 P4 K1 P1 K2 P3 K4 P1 K3 P1 K3 P1 K4 P5 K3
30. K8 P4 K2 P2 K1 P3 K1 P4 K3 P2 K1 P1 K7
31. K3 P4 K1 P1 K4 P1 K3 P3 K1 P3 K1 P2 K4 P5 K3
32. K8 P3 K3 P1 K3 P1 K3 P3 K1 P4 K1 P1 K7
33. K3 P4 K1 P3 K2 P1 K4 P2 K1 P3 K1 P3 K3 P5 K3
34. K8 P4 K2 P1 K2 P2 K2 P4 K6 P1 K7
35. K3 P5 K2 P4 K17 P5 K3
36. K8 P17 K2 P2 K10
37. K3 P9 K19 P5 K3
38. K17 P2 K3 P1 K16
39. K3 P13 K1 P3 K2 P14 K3
40. K17 P2 K3 P1 K16
41. K3 P13 K1 P3 K2 P14 K3
42. K17 P2 K3 P1 K16
43. K3 P13 K1 P3 K2 P14 K3
44. K17 P2 K3 P1 K16
45. K3 P13 K1 P3 K2 P14 K3
46. K17 P2 K3 P1 K16
47. K3 P13 K1 P3 K2 P14 K3
48. K17 P2 K3 P1 K16
49. K3 P13 K1 P3 K2 P14 K3
50. K17 P2 K3 P1 K16
51. K3 P13 K1 P3 K2 P14 K3
52. K17 P6 K16
53. K3 P33 K3
54. K
55. K
56. K
57. K
58. K
59. K

Bind off.

The corrected version

As Rachel points out, the letters are not quite correct. The Nun should be on the left side of Shin, not the right side...
Shin stands for "sham" - "there", in Israel the letter is Pe standing for "po" - "here".
It's actually better with "nun - gimel" because those letters stand for "great miracle - nes gadol", and that's what Chanukkah stands for too :-D

cast on 39

1. K
2. K
3. K
4. K
5. K
6. K
7. K3 P33 K3
8. K19 P1 K19
9. K3 P14 K4 P15 K3
10. K17 P4 K1 P1 K16
11. K3 P12 K1 P1 K6 P13 K3
12. K15 P7 K2 P1 K14
13. K3 P10 K1 P3 K8 P11 K3
14. K13 P10 K3 P1 K12
15. K3 P8 K1 P4 K11 P9 K3
16. K11 P13 K4 P1 K10
17. K3 P6 K1 P5 K14 P7 K3
18. K9 P16 K4 P2 K8
19. K3 P4 K1 P2 K2 P2 K17 P5 K3
20. K8 P19 K4 P1 K7
21. K3 P4 K1 P6 K17 P5 K3
22. K8 P17 K1 P3 K2 P1 K7
23. K3 P4 K1 P1 K4 P1 K5 P2 K2 P3 K5 P5 K3
24. K8 P5 K4 P1 K2 P5 K1 P4 K1 P1 K7
25. K3 P4 K1 P1 K2 P3 K6 P1 K1 P2 K7 P5 K3
26. K8 P8 K3 P6 K3 P2 K1 P1 K7
27. K3 P4 K1 P1 K2 P3 K6 P2 K9 P5 K3
28. K8 P9 K2 P6 K3 P2 K1 P1 K7
29. K3 P4 K1 P1 K2 P3 K6 P2 K9 P5 K3
30. K8 P9 K2 P6 K3 P2 K1 P1 K7
31. K3 P4 K1 P1 K4 P1 K6 P4 K7 P5 K3
32. K8 P7 K3 P7 K1 P4 K1 P1 K7
33. K3 P4 K1 P3 K2 P1 K9 P1 K7 P5 K3
34. K8 P9 K2 P6 K6 P1 K7
35. K3 P5 K2 P4 K17 P5 K3
36. K8 P17 K2 P2 K10
37. K3 P9 K19 P5 K3
38. K17 P2 K3 P1 K16
39. K3 P13 K1 P3 K2 P14 K3
40. K17 P2 K3 P1 K16
41. K3 P13 K1 P3 K2 P14 K3
42. K17 P2 K3 P1 K16
43. K3 P13 K1 P3 K2 P14 K3
44. K17 P2 K3 P1 K16
45. K3 P13 K1 P3 K2 P14 K3
46. K17 P2 K3 P1 K16
47. K3 P13 K1 P3 K2 P14 K3
48. K17 P2 K3 P1 K16
49. K3 P13 K1 P3 K2 P14 K3
50. K17 P2 K3 P1 K16
51. K3 P13 K1 P3 K2 P14 K3
52. K17 P6 K16
53. K3 P33 K3
54. K
55. K
56. K
57. K
58. K
59. K

Bind off.

Magen David - Star of David

1. K
2. K
3. K
4. K
5. K
6. K
7. K3 P33 K3
8. K
9. K3 P33 K3
10. K
11. K3 P33 K3
12. K
13. K3 P16 K1 P16 K3
14. K19 P1 K19
15. K3 P15 K3 P15 K3
16. K18 P3 K18
17. K3 P14 K5 P14 K3
18. K17 P2 K1 P2 K17
19. K3 P13 K2 P3 K2 P13 K3
20. K16 P2 K3 P2 K16
21. K3 P12 K3 P3 K3 P12 K3
22. K6 P27 K6
23. K3 P3 K27 P3 K3
24. K7 P2 K4 P2 K9 P2 K4 P2 K7
25. K3 P4 K3 P3 K2 P9 K2 P3 K3 P4 K3
26. K8 P2 K2 P2 K11 P2 K2 P2 K8
27. K3 P6 K1 P2 K2 P11 K2 P2 K1 P6 K3
28. K9 P4 K13 P4 K9
29. K3 P7 K3 P13 K3 P7 K3
30. K10 P2 K15 P2 K10
31. K3 P7 K3 P13 K3 P7 K3
32. K9 P4 K13 P4 K9
33. K3 P6 K1 P2 K2 P11 K2 P2 K1 P6 K3
34. K8 P2 K2 P2 K11 P2 K2 P2 K8
35. K3 P4 K3 P3 K2 P9 K2 P3 K3 P4 K3
36. K7 P2 K4 P2 K9 P2 K4 P2 K7
37. K3 P3 K27 P3 K3
38. K6 P27 K6
39. K3 P12 K3 P3 K3 P12 K3
40. K16 P2 K3 P2 K16
41. K3 P13 K2 P3 K2 P13 K3
42. K17 P2 K1 P2 K17
43. K3 P14 K5 P14 K3
44. K18 P3 K18
45. K3 P15 K3 P15 K3
46. K19 P1 K19
47. K3 P16 K1 P16 K3
48. K
49. K3 P33 K3
50. K
51. K3 P33 K3
52. K
53. K3 P33 K3
54. K
55. K
56. K
57. K
58. K
59. K

Bind off.

Ok... time to write something here...

Er... hmm... uh... What to write in a block?

It's the last of Socktober, and I managed to knit one pair of socks. One pair. Me - one (1) pair. I, who can knit a pair of socks in 12 hours. I'm a little disappointed, but... There will be more Socktobers :-)

Tomorrow will start Lacevember. Let's see if I can produce something then. Hopefully.

I have been thinking about wash- and dishcloths. I have drawn a couple of charts, and should knit them to see if they work and what they will look like.

I have been making my Samhain / Halloween swaps... Here's a "bat kids in bed". It looked so hilarious I just had to take a picture :-D The black thingy in the background is Nekoyama's Amineko cat being made. Legs, tail, ears, muzzle and face are missing, but he has already a silk ribbon LOL

I have also made a double-knit "mössa" (beanie) to my hubby.

Friday, October 27, 2006


halloween dishcloths
It's easy to do, quick, nice size to learn a new technique, cheap, useful and most often even pretty. No wonder knitters and crocheters get crazy about dishcloths.

There's an ocean of free dishcloth patterns, several groups in all kinds of internet forums and dozens of blogs dedicated to the art and joy of knitting dishcloths. And I am grateful ;-)

Dishcloth Boutique
Knitting Knonsense
Dishcloth Pattern Corner
Dishcloth index
Knitlist gifts
Bev's Country Cottage
Calming Seas
Chained Links - kitchen stuff
Crochet Kim Tunisian Patterns
Crochet Pattern Central - dishcloths
Janelle S.'s Site
Knitting Pattern Central - dishcloths
LJC crochet designs - patterns
Marlo's Corner
Melissa's Knit Dishcloths
Purple Duckie
Rainy Kimbrough's dishcloth patterns
Vickie Designs-Intarsia Charts
Wool Works' facecloths and dishcloths
Danielle Cote's Knit Dishcloth Corner
Knitwits' heaven free knitting patterns
Critter's designs
Belle City Soapworks free patterns
Garterlac dishcloth
Mason-Dixon knitting
Mason Dixon washcloths PDF file
Knitty's washcloths

Dishcloth fun KAL blog

Dishcloth Knit-A-Long

Dishcloths galore blog
Marilyn's Knitting Heaven on Earth
The Dishcloth Queen - The Daily Dishcloth
Dish and washcloth mania

Handmade Dishcloths group at Flickr

Monthly Dishcloths group at Yahoo!
Monthly Dishcloths group at Flickr
Monthly Dishcloths blog

Love2knit Dishcloths at Yahoo!

Carol's dishcloths - knitted kitty dishcloths at Yahoo!
and knitted kitty blog

Susan's knit patterns Yahoo! group
and knit-a-little

Thursday, October 26, 2006


I love needlework. It's so easy and pretty :-) It speaks to the homewify girly romantic Victorian part of my soul :-)

Look at these things:
The Needles With Eyes

And minimysteries, embroidered by Karen Rachael Buttler... Exquisite!!!
Ellynderia's minimysteries
Solslett's minimysteries
Annette's minimysteries
Anna's mini mystery J

I love the Chatelaine designs... So inspiring, addictive and beautiful :-)

The thing is that I am embroidering an Imbolc throw or afghan of what to call it. But I keep pushing it out of my mind all the time, and making all kinds of other things before it. And this irritates me... the thing is worth getting done and I'd love to use it and be proud of my work, but... it's not "important". I think I need to make it important...
Ok, I'll do that the first thing next year, before I do anything else.

About Nan Halberg
Sounds like an interesting woman. :-)

BTW, I love temari balls...
Here's some more instructions ;-)
And here's a little more...
and then some ;-)
And just a little bit more :-D

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Ok, it IS the Socktober after all...

Picture is The Northwoods Holiday Sock Collection from Blackberry Ridge - time to knit those Yule socks!

Mystery Sock KAL
You don't need to be part of it to make a favor for all sock knitters around the net and create illustration to a sock pattern. All the sock patterns are worth knitting, and some of them might even be beautiful ;-)

Here's sock knitters

Here's a very nice Norwegian page "Sokker 2006" with a challenge for every month.
The patterns are mostly in English
See what Baglady made of them :-)

Here's Nanette Blanchard's photos of socks...

and just look at Blackberry Ridge's Sock kits and collections... (scroll down...) Don't these pictures just make you want to knit socks?

I wish I was rich... I'd buy all these patterns and all the yarns needed and knitted, knitted, knitted...

And a small reminder ;-)
June 18th:

You can check out my Yahoo! album for "socks" to see which socks I'm planning on knitting ;-)

The links to the socks on my album are mostly on these blog entries at Yahoo! 360
Socks, socks and more socks... and More sock links

I should...

I should be crocheting a cat. I should be crocheting four cats, to be precise. I am here by my computer, surfing and getting more stuff on my "to do list"...

Like this one, cable twin set. No, it's not my style, doesn't fit for a girl with big boobies, wide back, short neck and waist... it'll fit my sisters though. I like it a lot.

I should be knitting dishcloths. I am here by my computer, surfing and writing my blog.

I should be knitting a hat for my hubby. I'm still here.

I should be knitting socks, as Socktober is nearly over and I haven't knitted socks at all.

I should...

batteries and swaps

Now I finally have the batteries for my camera... a looooooong month without being able to take pictures...
I received the Hot Socks swap package today :-)
Really nice!

Some peacock colored sock yarn :-)
*yum* I have already made it to balls :-)

Pretty socks in nice colors, will work perfectly with the Monet yarn and my handbag, which I have mentioned earlier. (Poor Jessica :-()
(No, they are not perfect, but I love them anyway. For some weird reason I haven't got many socks knitted for me during my life... My first pair was knitted for me by my darling aunt, and they are pink, light blue and black and look like English liquorice candy LOL I love them. The second was the pair that killed me in Sock Wars - yes, a month ago. This is the third pair. No, now I'm lying. My sister gave me one pair at Yule present when I was about 12. So this is the fourth pair of socks I have ever got.)

A can of Ghirardelli chocolate powder :-) See a little something left in my big cup :-) It's yummy :-)
Some very pretty stitch markers :-)
And KnitScene with some really nice projects I was dreaming about yesterday, when I visited Interweave's homepage LOL

Now I just have to find all the swaps I have received and collect the pieces and take pictures...
The August Feline Flip Flop was absolutely fabulous LOL My swap pal had really had fun putting it together :-D And I had a lots of fun opening the package :-) Lovely :-)

Monday, October 23, 2006

Time flies...

and I'm not even having fun :-(
I'm still sick. The F*** flu sits on my throat and won't give up, and I haven't slept properly for a month now... or maybe more. I have lost almost totally the apprehension of time, and I'm late with all my swaps... and I'm getting stressed because of all that, and on top of that October is almost over and I have managed to knit one (1!!!) pair of socks... Because I sleep most of the time... Not fun at all. :-(
I don't even remember whom I have contacted and informed of that the package will be late, and whom not... Perhaps I need to write to all and know that it's better to say it twice than no time at all... But I'm tired. I'll do it a bit later... After I have slept a little.

Here's something nice for you to see, anyway.

Whiplash accessories challenge:
P.S. This is really cute LOL

Friday, October 13, 2006

Sock journals - year in socks

How would my year look like in socks...

I would make January into winternight with stars and fireworks,
February would be red berries in black twigs against white snow
March blue skies and willowkittens
April would be rainy clouds over bare trees and green grass
May would be birdcherries on green sock
June would be flowers
July and blue skies, water and sand
August and golden fields with poppies
September would be apples
October would be autumn leaves
November... grey household socks
December - green and red Yule socks

I would like to make socks with clear pictures, colorwork. Like this "Rainforest" sweater or this "Monet" cardigan.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I like blogs -

I always check out the link list of blogs the blogs I read have. I have found several interesting blogs that way.
I especially like crafting blogs and food blogs :-)
I also love blogs with good names :-) I'm not good in inventing names, but there are people who are...

For example: Ewe Keep Me in Stitches

Then I get always so inspired... For example the pictures about yarn-, book- and needlestashes... There are no batteries in my camera still, so I can't take pictures now, but I will add them, when I have got the batteries to my camera :-) It's weird how I didn't have no yarn nor needles in May, but now I have more yarn than I have time to knit...

Then, it's Socktober... and I haven't had time to knit socks!!! What's that! I thought I'd knit at least ten pairs of socks in Socktober, and I have knitted one (1) pair... Awful! 1/3 of Socktober is over already! (And of course I haven't had time to even think about Whiplash! Aaaargh!!!)

Then all the spinning... I wish I had a spinning wheel, and not just my little drop spindle :-( And of course I wish I had all the fiber to spin... People are spinning so lovely yarns all over the internet, and I know how to spin, but can't, because I don't have the wheel or fibers to do so :-(

And all the patterns one could purchase if one just had a credit card or lived in US!
Like this one... Simple Knitted Bodice (And the blog: http://simpleknittedbodice.blogspot.com/)
It's really pretty, but I have given up trying to get anything through the internet. :-(

Then you find all kinds of swaps you'd better do without ;-)
Like this one: Favorite Color Swap
They are going to organize a new one next year, like in February...

BTW, it's only 10 weeks to Yule. >:-)

Pidän blogeista

Katson aina blogilinkit blogeista joita luen. Olen löytänyt useita kiinnostavia blogeja tälla lailla.
Pidän erityisesti käsityöblogeista ja ruokablogeista.
Rakastan myös blogeja joilla on hyvät nimet :-) En ole itse kovinkaan hyvä keksimään nimiä, mutta on ihmisiä, jotka ovat hyviä siinä.

Esimerkiksi: Ewe Keep Me in Stitches

Ja sitten innostun aina... Esimerkiksi kuvat lanka-, puikko- ja kirjakokoelmista... Kamerassani ei ole vieläkään pattereita, joten en voi ottaa kuvia nyt, mutta lisään sitten, kun olen saanut patterit kameraani :-) Kummallista kuinka toukokuussa minulla ei ollut mitään lankaa, eikä puikkoja, eikä mitään ja nyt minulla on enemmän lankaa kuin ehdin neuloa...

Ja on sukkakuu... eikä minulla ole ollut aikaa neuloa sukkia!!! Mitä! Luulin että neuloisin ainakin kymmenen paria sukkia tässä kuussa, enkä ole ehtinyt kutoa kuin yhdet (1) sukat! Kamalaa! Kolmannes sukkakuusta on jo ohi! (Enkä tietenkään ole ehtinyt edes ajatella Whiplashiä! Aaargh!!!)

Ja sitten kehrääminen... Toivon että minulla olisi rukki, eikä vain värttinä :-( Ja tietysti toivon, että minulla olisi kuitua mitä kehrätä... Ihmiset kehräävät ihanaa lankaa kaikkialla netissä, ja minä osaan kehrätä, mutta en pysty, koska minulla ei ole rukkia eikä kuitua :-(

Tai kaikki ne mallit mitä voisi hankkia, jos vain olisi luottokortti tai asuisi Amerikassa!
Esimerkiksi tämä: Yksinkertainen neulottu pusero (ja siihen kuuluva blogi: http://simpleknittedbodice.blogspot.com/)
Tosi nätti, mutta olen antanut periksi enkä edes yritä hankkia mitään netin kautta. :-(

Sitten sitä löytää kaikenlaisia vaihtoja, joita ilman tulisi paremmin toimeen ;-)
Kuten tämä: Lempivärivaihto
Aikovat järjestää uuden joskus ensi vuonna, helmikuussa tai sillei...

Muuten, vain 10 viikkoa jouluun... >:-)

You Are Apple Green

You are almost super-humanly upbeat. You have a very positive energy that surrounds you.

And while you are happy go lucky, you're also charmingly assertive.

You get what you want, even if you have to persuade those against you to see things your way.

Reflective and thoughtful, you know yourself well - and you know that you want out of life.

Saturday, October 07, 2006


When did you start making socks??

Er... Hmm... uh... er... Well... I learned to knit socks in school when I was under 12... I think... and I hated it. I especially hated heels, because they were incomprehensible. It took me forever to knit the darned things, and I can't even remember which color they were. Frankly, I'm not even sure I ever knitted any socks at school. A very bad memory, elementary school's craft lessons... *yuk* *brr* So it took me a couple of years (like 20) before I understood the joy of knitting socks ;-) I started MAKING socks this year, to be honest :-)

Did you teach yourself??
Yes and no... as the school experience was everything but nice, I don't think I learned much from there... but at least there was a teacher who looked over my sock knitting, so I think I can say "no, I learned it in elementary school".

What was your first pair??
As said... the first pair I remember was 10 years later in Craft school. It was a red pair knitted with knitting machine, flat. I'm pretty sure we knitted some socks by hand too in the school, but I don't remember any of them. I do remember a sock made with light green and natural white wool yarn, I had dyed the green myself (with alchemilla), and then I remember a pair with rost brown and white, and I'm sure there was couple more colors too. I love colorwork ;-) And there was a star in the heel. My own design.

How have they held up over time??
I think my mother still uses the red pair almost daily. The others... I don't know. I think there was only one sock of both...

What would you have done differently?

I would have knitted more socks, of course, and finished the pair, and taken pictures :-)

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed??
It is a pleasure to knit merino, as it is soft and not as scrapy as homespun wool. I'm eagerly waiting to get some time to start knitting alpacka and silk... they should be even more pleasurable :-)

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
Never done that - yet ;-) But I'm sure I will :-D
I like to knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars I haven't tried yet - I'm not so rich I can buy two pairs of circulars in the same size :-( - and Magic Loop is wonderful :-)

Which kind of heel do you prefer??
Flap-and-gusset, actually :-) I have made short-row heels, and even though they are quick and easy, and work from both ways (cuff-down and toes-up), it feels... somehow... weak. Not worth the effort. Peasant heel was easy too, but... it really feels like degrading to the sock. First you knit a beautiful sock, and then you whip up something to pass as the heel... I really feel like a hand-knitted sock is WORTH the best heel you can make.

Knitting sock heels

Here's band heel
Diagonal Decrease Sock Heel
Heels, heels, heels
Socks with jojo-heels
Lauri B's Toes & Heels

Here's a pair of Bosnian socks, with an interesting toe and "Turkish afterthought heel"

How many pairs have you made??
Ever? I don't remember.
But this year... the pink-and-white Sixth Sense for Six Sox, Henric's blue with yellow heel, color blox for six sox, two pairs of hot pink Socks of Doom, toe-up teaching socks, Dragon toes aka Scales for Six Sox... 7 pairs, I think...

Tongue River Farm Sock Collection



Koska aloit tehdä sukkia?
Joo... öö... tuota... öh... no... opin kutomaan sukkia koulussa kun olin alle 12... luulisin... ja vihasin sitä. Erityisesti vihasin kantapäiden neulomista, koska ne olivat täysin käsittämättömät. Minulta vei aikaa ikuisuuden neuloa ne vietävän sukat, enkä edes muista minkä väriset ne olivat. Suoraan sanottuna, en ole edes varma, että olen koskaan neulonut sukkia koulussa. Hyvin huono muisto, peruskoulun käsityötunnit... *yök**hrr* Joten vei muutaman vuoden (noin 20) ennen kuin ymmärsin sukan kutomisen ilon ;-) Totta puhuen aloin TEHDÄ sukkia vasta tänä vuonna :-)

Opetitko itse itseäsi?
Joo ja ei... koska koulukokemus oli kaikkea muuta kuin mukava, en usko että opin siellä paljonkaan... mutta ainakin siellä oli opettaja, joka valvoi sukan kutomistani, joten luulisin että voin sanoa "en, opin sen peruskoulussa".

Mikä oli ensimmäinen sukkaparisi?
Kuten sanottu... ensimmäinen sukkaparini jonka muistan oli 10 vuotta ensimmäisiä sukkiani myöhemmin käsityökoulussa. Se oli punainen neulekoneella tasossa neulottu sukkapari. Olen melko varma, että neuloimme sukat myös käsin, mutta en muista niistä mitään. Muistan yhden sukan, joka oli neulottu vaaleanvihreällä ja luonnonvalkoisella villalangalla, jotka olin värjännyt itse (poimulehdellä), ja sitten muistan ruosteenruskean ja valkoisen parin, ja olen varma, että niissä oli paria muutakin väriä. Rakastan kirjoneuletta ;-) Ja niissä sukissa oli tähti kantapäässä. Oma mallini.

Kuinka sukkasi ovat kestäneet vuosien varrella?
Luulen että äiti käyttää niitä punaisia melkein päivittäin. Ne muut... en tiedä. Luulen, että niitä kirjoneulesukkia oli vain yksi sukka molempia...

Mitä olisit tehnyt toisella tavalla?
Olisin neulonut enemmän sukkia, tietysti, ja tehnyt molemmat sukat valmiiksi, ja ottanut valokuvia :-)

Mistä langasta olet erityisesti nauttinut?
On nautinto neuloa merinolankaa, koska se on pehmeää eikä yhtä raapivaa kuin kotikehrätty villa. Odotan innolla että saan vähän aikaa jotta voin neuloa alpakkaa ja silkkiä - niiden pitäisi olla vielä nautinnollisempia :-)

Pidätkö sukkien virkkaamisesta? Vai pidätkö sukkien neulomisesta sukkapuikoilla, kahdella kierrepuikolla tai "Magic Loop" tekniikalla (yhdellä pitkällä kierrepuikolla)
En ole ikinä virkannut sukkia - vielä ;-) Mutta olen varma, että vielä virkkaan :-D
Pidän sukkien neulomista. Sukkapuikoilla, kahta kierrepuikkoa en ole vielä kokeillut - en raaski käyttää vajavaisia rahavarojani kaksien samanlaisten kierrepuikkojen ostamiseen - ja Magic Loop on todella upea keksintö!

Minkälaista kantapäätä suosit?
Kantalapullisia. Olen tehnyt tiimalasikantapäitä, ja vaikka ne ovat nopeita ja helppoja, ja toimivat ilman muutoksia molemmin päin (varresta alaspäin tai varpaista ylöspäin neulottaessa), ne tuntuvat jotenkin... heikoilta. Ei vaivan arvoiselta. Maalaiskantapää, joka neulotaan kuin peukalo, on helppo myöskin, mutta... ne tuntuvat siltä kuin halventaisi sukkaa. Ensin neulotaan kaunis sukka, ja sitten vain väsätään jotain joka käy kantapäästä... Minun mielestäni käsin neulottu sukka on parhaimman mahdollisen kantapään arvoinen.

Kuinka monta sukkaparia olet tehnyt?
Ikinä? En muista.
Mutta tänä vuonna... ne vaaleanpuna-valkoiset Sixth Senset Six Soxille; Henricin siniset, joissa keltainen kantapää; Colorbloxit Six Soxille; kahdet shokkipinkit Tuomion Sukat; varpaista ylöspäin kudotut opetussukat; Lohikäärmeen tassut eli Scalesit Six Soxille... seitsemän paria, sanoisin...

Afghan fever

Picture from Mason Dixon knitting "Please, pass the garter stitch"

This blog entry started with me taking a look at my sock pal's blog. She is part of "Knit A Square For Grandmother Purl".
It's not too late, you know...
And there was some links to blogs with pictures of this kind of collected afghans, and among them (another Finn :-); Tilkkusisko ("Patch-sister") with her blog Tilkkupeitto ("Patch blanket") a link to Mason Dixon knitting, and there was this inspiring picture.

Now, that reminds me of THIS inspiring picture... look also at the afghan on her bed... I really want to make an afghan like that... Not quite so "colorful", but of different rose squares...

Now, when one makes a search with "rose afghan square", there's a lot of patterns available, but one also finds OTHER things...
This is Apache Rose, a pattern one can buy from "Crochet With Attitude".

The Yellow Blossom Square

Patty's Collection of Crochet Afghan Squares
Rose on the square afghan at HGTV

Canadian Living: Rosettes

I just love rose quilts...

P.S. Isn't this bear-ghan just cute! LOL
P.P.S. I also found "October Awareness Square" - an absolutely lovely pink ribbon square :-)
(Which, naturally reminds me of that October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month;

It's a FREE CLICK, takes just some seconds of your time, but the very much needed pennies to the cause. It might save someone's life... SO GO AND CLICK!!!

P.P.S. Edited 8.11. Rose bath puff - fully usable as afghan or bedspread quilt kind of thing too...
And if you make two large hexagons, and knit them together, you have a very cute little bag.
P.P.P.S. Edited 11.11. Huge crocheted rose and a cute crocheted rose :-)

Friday, October 06, 2006

Knitting for maniacs...

at Knitty... http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/FEATmaniacs.html

Oh... *blush* Don't I recognize myself?

"As far as I can tell, the only difference between "beginner" and "advanced" is that advanced knitters have a more devil-may-care attitude toward trying new things. In trying new things, we learn new stuff. Funny how that works. So the knitting maniacs of the world move on to advanced status, cavalierly adding pockets where we want, knitting gloves and socks, putting swathes of color all over, and otherwise biting off more than we can chew and figuring it out as we go. I'm sure this says something about the personality of some knitters. I'm not sure it's good, but there it is. Some of us are just nuts and will try anything once. We're shameless. A lot of us probably bungee jump and get into bar fights, too."

I so agree... the more I do, the more I can, the more I can, the more I do - and - zimzalabim, you're "advanced".

"bungee jump and bar fights" - yeah, and "sock wars" ;-)

"It's knitting, for crying out loud, not brain surgery." LOL Indeed ;-)
What is the worst thing that can happen? If you try it out first with some inexpensive yarn, the worst thing that can happen is that you whack the whole thing in carbage can. So - nothing, really.
What's the best thing that can happen? The mere thought makes your eyes tingle and your smile reach out for your ears :-)
Worth it? You bet!

P.S. I love to "see Eunny knit" :-) She has the best tutorials ever :-) Together with Knitty's, of course :-)

P.P.S. I forgot to post what's happening at Whiplash... It's accessories this month :-) TWO WEEKS, good people. Or 10 days as from now. Grr!!!

Two socks at once on DPNs

"Extreme knitting; 2 in 1"

This reminds me of a story from "War and Peace" by Tolstoy:

""Come, Anna Makarovna," Pierre's voice was heard saying, "come here into the middle of the room and at the word of command, 'One, two,' and when I say 'three'... You stand here, and you in my arms- well now! One, two!..." said Pierre, and a silence followed: "three!" and a rapturously breathless cry of children's voices filled the room. "Two, two!" they shouted.

This meant two stockings, which by a secret process known only to herself Anna Makarovna used to knit at the same time on the same needles, and which, when they were ready, she always triumphantly drew, one out of the other, in the children's presence."

Added 10.10.
I have talked with the designer, and it was inspired by this piece :-D
Read also this "Anna Makarovna's patented stockings"
Wow... FOUR SOCKS AT A TIME! See the maniac knitter's wide, crazy smile :-D
And think of all the possibilities!!! I am Finnish, and there's one special Fnnish weaving technique, called "doubleweave". Of course, it's been used all over the world, and one cannot say that a specific craft technique is from one certain country, but - I think of it as Finnish invention ;-) Anyway, in the craft school we were taught this technique, and we made a small swatch in tripleweave. It's especially nice, because one doesn't need to make both sides alike, as in doubleweave.
tripleweave side 2tripleweave side 1

So why not use this in knitting... I'm sure someone has already done that, for example mosaic knitting, but - just something for "maniac knitters" to put their teeth on LOL (And mosaic knitting isn't quite the same thing as patterned double, triple or quadruple knitting either... Here's a couple of patterned doubleknit hotpads :-))

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Nanowrimo and other things

Yep, I did write something... I think it was about 5000 words. Good story :-) I am good at starting writing LOL

So, it's time this year :-) Only a month to November, and National Novel Writing Month :-)

But... I feel python... Panic anxiety... Really "nice" thing :-> If your bullied kid won't start shooting around in the school, she'll kill herself in a way or another :-) And some people are worried about "sock wars"... *tsk, tsk, tsk*

To more pleasant issues.

Two-end knitting :-)

I made a swatch to remind me of it, and it's still fun. It's basically as knitting with two colors, but you'll twine the yarns around each other all the time. You'll get a very soft and thick fabric, which I can think would fit well as dishcloth. I want to make myself a wintercoat that way :-)

The swatch looks pretty awful, as I don't have any place to let it dry under tension, except my bed, and the dog loves to sleep on the pins... fakir dog Boris :-D

Now here's the right and "wrong" side, and you can see the twined yarns on the backside of the patch. On the right side, you can see the pattern. There's the two horizontal lines, "chains", and five small squares in the middle. If you make this with one color (still two yarns) the chain effect and the squares show more clearly.

The cast-on is done with three different colors, and I made it wrong - I forgot to twine the yarn... *blush* - and it's too tight, but one can see that one needs to be very careful to cast this loosely, and end tightly :-d Not like I did, cast on tightly and bind off loosely LOL

BTW, I was wrong with my previous entry about two-end or twined knitting. Two-toned brioche is not twined knitting. It's brioche :-) "Patenttineule" suomeksi, "patent" på svenska.

The Knitting Fiend: Brioche Stitches

Sunday, October 01, 2006

October first

It's Yom Kippur and my husband's birthday.

The October challenges have not yet been published in "Tie One On" or "Pincushion Challenge".
(Added 3.10. Tie One On: Aprons as costumes (or part of an outfit, a fashion accessory), Pincushion Challenge: pincushion swap)

October socks in Six Sox looks pretty amazing :-)

"Project Spectrum" didn't obviously continue from August. :-( So I'll say that the color of October is orange :-) Orange and black ;-) Or orange, red, burgundy, yellow and brown :-D

Feline Flip Flop theme is Halloween :-)

" COLORS/THEME: HALLOWEEN - Orange, Black, Green & Purple and of course the BLACK CAT!

This is months theme is HALLOWEEN! So lets Spook it up with some bewitiching gifts in the haunting spirit of the season! Don't forget our Feline friend of All Hallows Eve.... the BLACK CAT! This months swap is sure to be purrrrrfect!"

November Color*iffic Swap*o*rama hasn't been posted yet, so that I don't know what it will be...

I have made some changes to my blog. A little arranging in the right hand column and a couple more blogs, Vattumato in Finnish and Knitting Crazy Cat Ladies... I'm a crazy cat lady wannabe *sigh*