Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Been busy.

Few days ago I finally finished my Arleen. It was a test knit for Dona and I really enjoyed knitting this project. Large amount of plain stockinette was very relaxing to work on and I absolutely love the button slit: it makes a simple raglan more interesting. It is a lovely detail.  I'm very satisfied with the finished garment and it will be worn this winter a lot. My next Arleen will be with long sleeves.
Pattern: Arleen by Dona Knits
Needles: 4mm/ US6
Yarn: Cascade Yarn 220 Heathers in 'silver spruce', 2.75 skein
Modifications: I modified waist decreases and increases to adapt them to my body shape (3 decreases every 10th round starting at 5cm from underarm, knit 20 rounds straight, 3 increases every 10th round) and made the body a bit longer.

And why is it so difficult to choose buttons...? After few days of searching I bought these coconut shell beauties but wasn't sure about them until I sew them on... 

I had some yarn left from Arleen as well as some old Cascade 220 Heather in 'birch' (roughly 25 grams) that had been sitting in my stash for way too long. I decided to use it for Norwegian Star Earflap Hat (link below). I think this blue and mustard colours make lovely combination together.
I cast on for the hat last night and got so much into knitting it that I got up at 6am this morning to carry on working on it. 6am for a sleepy head like me is quite an achievement :)
I cast on for child size but it turned out to be in adult size. I like it so much that I might wear it (though I'm not a big fan of hats on my head but on the other hand it's getting really freezing here so a hat would be nice).
I will make another one for G. from different yarn and one for C. in darker colours (black/grey or brown/beige). The pattern is easy and fun to knit.
Pattern: Norwegian Star Earflap Hat by Tiennie
Needles: 4mm/ US6
Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers (less than 0.5 skein of 'silver spruce' and less than 0.25 skein of 'birch').
Modifications: I didn't purl the first rounds and applied simple crochet chain for the edge.
I started making some decorations. I want to be ready whet our Christmas tree arrives. These knitted Christmas trees are quick to make and I'm planning to knit plenty of them (great way to get rid of all unused old yarn stashed in the back of my wardrobe).
Pattern: Christmas tree by Baiba Dzelme.
Needles: 3.25mm/ US3

What are you working on these days?

Happy knitting Everyone!


  1. A great top, a great hat and wonderful Xmas tree. You've been VERY productive.

  2. OMG - the hat! LOVE. I hadn't planned to make another hat this Christmas, but... I love yours so much! I might need one! Right now! ;)

  3. JAK TU ŚLICZNIE U CIEBIE Niesamowita ta czapa, a sweterkowa bluzeczka piękna i te guziczki to taka kropka nad i :) A choineczki są słodkie :)

  4. They're both gorgeous, I want to make my own just like that!

  5. Beautiful! I love the buttons you chose.

  6. I have yet to knit with two strands of yarn. This looks like a good first project for me to try. Plus, I love the hat!!

  7. How did I missed this post? You made a beautiful job! Oh and I just love this hat! Your stitches are so even!