Monthly Archives: December 2010

Felted Swirly Beads

I had some leftover merino and what not fibres lying around, so I started my first wet-felting experiment. My only previous felting experience was needle felted gorey eyeball (it really looks cool, haha). I saw some of those beads on etsy, and I finally found a good tutorial on craftster (where else!). I layered some of my fiber and tried to start rolling, but it did not really roll that well. I rolled them on the flatter side of the bubble-wrap, and I’m thinking maybe I should have tried the bubbly side. Maybe then it would have not slipped so much. To get it rolling properly I just used my sushi-mat instead, and it worked brilliantly. Since I’ve never done that before, I had no idea when to stop to make sure that it is felted enough. I just stopped when the cigars felt fairly dence. The I let them dry and cut of a few bead-slices. They seem to hold together ok, but I think I’ll know for sure once I’m using them for something. That’s my problem now, I’ve got no idea yet what to do with them, I’m sure i’ll find something 🙂

felted swirl bead-cigars

felted swirl bead-cigars

WIP Wednesday dec 15

WIP Baby-Drops 17-9

I’m gonna make this little vest for my BF’s nephw for Christmas. He is 8 months old. I don’t see him that often and i don’t have kids, so it is really dificult to estimate the size. I am too late to order the yarn they suggest, but I have some Garnstudio Karisma Superwash left. It is gonna be a warm vest I think. Hopefully not too warm…

FO Knitted Lace Jewellery Frame

My mum has a lot of earrings, and they are all scattered over or piled in a big goblet-like glass, she keeps losing them and if she finds a pair they are all tangled up. So I made her for christmas a Knitted Lace Jewellery Frame (instructions for knitted and crocheted pattern). I got the frame on ebay, it is about 40cmx20cm, I love the gold on it. I had some reddish Berocco Sox Metallic left which I used. It also has some golden glittery bits in it. It is a straight forward drop stitch pattern, very fast to make up. I made the waves in the pattern go horizontally, altho now that I look at it I wish I had done it vertically to be able to hang it up vertically. Oh well. I Mounted the webbing on a light green cardboard and put it back into the frame. Hope she’ll like it. I’m gonna make her some earrings as well so she’ll be getting something to hang onto it, too.

earring-frame

detail earring frame

FO Another Thorpe

Thorpe hat for MC

Oh I loved my Thorpe hat so much, I made another one, this time for my flute teacher. She said she really liked mine, so I made this one for her. I am slightly nervous. It is the first time that I knit something for somebody else apart from my family, and that would be pretty much my mum only anyway. Oh, and my little 5-year-old nephew for whom I made this really cool norwegian jumper with pirate-like skull and crossbones instead of the stars last christmas, but his mother put it in the very bottom of his dresser so tells me my mum, so no more handknitted stuff for that part of the family, but that is another story. So, I am slightly nervous, I hope she’ll like it. I used the BFL that I had dyed with acid dyes and spun on my wheel earlier. It was 100g of my default worsted-weightish, and I ran out! well, not too bad actually, the earflaps are both maybe 5-6 rows shorter, but it does not matter too much. I looove the colours and how it came out. My teacher wears a lot of purple, so I think that might suit her. Gotta wait another two weeks until it is close enough to Christmas so i can give it to her.

WIP Wednesday Dec 01

Working on a few things just now. i want to make a little coat for the BFs nephew, I picked Lino’s Coat, I think it is very cute. Using Vera Mode Chunky and the coat looks huge. It is knit in one bit, the pic might look confusing, it is the sleeve in the bottom, front and back on the right and left respectively. I don’t have children, so those few times i knit something for kids, toddlers or babies I’m always worried it won’t fit because I have no idea about the proportions. We’ll see.

Linos coat, to be folded in the middle = shoulder

 

The next project is one gonna be a christmas present for my mum, a knitted Lace Jewellery Frame. I got an old frame of ebay and took out the pictures that were in there. I’m not sure yet if I should do the netting to make the frame portrait or landscape oriented, I’ll see. I think I’ll use dark brown yarn and able or maybe orange background. This is the frame, I looooove the gold.

Frame for the lace jewellery frame

 

Oh, and there is another Thorpe hat, nearly finished.