Drawing, Knitting

Mitten gift tags

Hello again!

My posts aren´t as regular as I´d like, but life is such that this is how it´s going to be right now. Documenting my creative endevours in picture form is hard due to gloomy weather and the fact that I´m hardly ever home before the sun sets.

Well, enough about that.
31132899865_b34389b788_k

31132901285_7cda5573f7_k

30325946453_db1108b987_k

Yesterday I made a few gift tags for future Christmas presents. I love how cute the little mittens are, and they are so easy to decorate with whatever you want. I´ve used my favourite black pen and Derwent Watercolour pencils. If you haven´t tried the latter you should. You colour as usual, and blend the colour afterwards with a wet pencil. I absolutely love the effect! My pupils used regular colouring pencils and stickers. And I would imagine that some quality colouring markers would be great as well! I´m on a gift tag high, and aim to make these tags for all my Christmas presents! If you want to make them as well, I´ve made a PDF with four mittens. If you have a printer that can print heavyer paper you can just do that. (I´ve used 135g/m2 paper for these tags, and allthough it could have been thicker, it works just fine.). If you have a sensitive printer that don´t like to work with that kind of paper, you can cut out one mitten and use it to trace it on a heavyer paper. My pupils did, because our printer at school can´t stand anyting but the standard copy paper… *sigh*

If you chose to let yourself be inspired by my mittens, please tell me. I´d love to have a look!

Click here to get to the mitten PDF!

noste

 …

Spin the yarn

I´m spinning again!

It´s been a long time since I´ve done any spinning. But the other day I had a look at one of my favourite spinning fibre sites Hilltop Cloud, not because I need fibres, – I have plenty, but because I needed inspiration. And it came! I instantly fell in love with two braids. One in gorgeous pink and purple tones with splash of other colours as well, and one in the colour of early autumn. So I ordered those. Because I couldn´t resist.

30516265920_227bbf739e_kThe pink one is a 50/50 Merino and Tussah Silk blend, and the green one is 75/25 Superwash BFL and Ramie. They are both supersoft! The pink was wonderful to spin, – I haven´t tried the green yet, but I suspect it will be equally lovely.

30817096015_dbb6b197f7_k

I started off with the pink braid and my Ashford E-spinner last weekend, and by the end of Sunday, I had my first yarn in months! I love that feeling!

30780889996_2d05de3bf3_kI decided to make a 2 ply yarn, so I spun two bobbins with 50g each. It didn´t seem like much yarn on the bobbins, but I turned out to be a good deal of yarn!

30516558470_2b01d8d52b_kI felt a little out of practice, but I managed to end up with a lovely and soft skein of app. 450meters. I don´t have a specific plan for this skein, but I´m sure I´ll think of something at some point. Right now, I´m just so happy to be in the spinning game again! I had hoped to do some spinning this weekend, but I´ve done some painting around the house, and we had a snow blizzard that made the power go out, so we ended up reading by candlelight and curling up in front of the fireplace instead. Whitch was just as cozy as spinning!

noste

 

 …

Knitting

October socks

30493093200_2df78edbfe_k
On October 1st I unwrapped a beautiful skein of Wollmeise Twin in the colourway Jeton. I love this colour! It has a kind of a retro 70s vibe, so I figured I had to find a pattern to match. I chose a pattern I have knitted a couple of times before, the Thuja socks by Bobby Ziegler. It´s a pattern made for aran weight socks, but I have always used fingring weight yarn for this pattern. I cast on 64 sts on 2.5mm needles, and I decided to continue the seed stitch rib all the way down the heel flap and do my regular squared (dutch?) heel. I had hoped to finish the socks before November 1st, but I got distracted by spinning and the socks had to wait a few days before I could bind off. 

I´m really pleased with the end result! This pattern is gradually turning in to a go-to pattern for simple socks. Highly recommended! And now I´m off to cast on this months socks in Regia 4 ply tweed!

noste

 …