Tuesday, March 18, 2008

..here we go again...

This picture was of course intended at the end...but every time I try to move something around, it is impossible to click on it and enlarge...so here you go: Mr. Black trying his best to knit together ith me:-)
I'm sitting there knitting away on my March Sockamania socks, a new challenge, as I knitted both at the same time using magic loop. Not half as difficult as I had anticipated, but I had to rip back a couple of times...when I forgot that I had two socks with two different balls of yarn...and knitted both from the same... It took me some time to finish, but I really like the idea of having both done at the same time! Next challenge will be toe up, two at a time, using magic loop:-) I've found a nice pattern, in Simply Knitting, here, it has a "normal" heel, and I'd like to give it a try, since I really don't like short rows!
I've casted on for a shawl, IcelandicLaceShawl, with some faroese/shetland/australian blend of natural coloured wool. Very thin, but I think it will be nice. If only I get the pattern to work as it should!
Since last I've been doing some embroidery too...not much though, but it IS Hardanger (this webpage was in Danish- I just googled it, but haen't read it yet. It does show some of the stitches used.) My mum embroiders Hardanger (tablerunners and so on), I've done a couple, but am not particularily fond of embroidery. But I had some fabric that I bought a year ago, and some thread, and out came these little needlekeepers. Mum made me the one with blue lining, inside is a piece of felt to stick your needles through. I didn't have any felt... so I used fleece. I seriously need to stack up on some craftsupplies!
Cute, or what?
It was fun making them, and quick!
Do you see this pile of ...whatever...? It looks like a pile of cutoff threads, right?
Wrong. Remember this blogpost? Thanks to Lesley, I got this magazine (and a lovely corsage, which I haven't photographed yet...), and found lots of nice projects!
This is the pile of wool all steamed... And THIS is what he looks like! Sitting on top of my teabags...
He is NOT very tall, less than 10 cm (4 in). I used a baby wool yarn called Lanett, and 2mm needles. I didn't find any beads for his eyes, so they are embroidered. My DD1-13 later this year- just looked at me when I was working on him, sighed, and said: Mum, you are sooo childish.
We're off to see my mother-in-law for a couple of days. After all, it's Easter holidays in Norway. I'll try not to be gone too long from the blog...but getting computertime in between 4 kids on springbreak....well...enough said!
Have a great week:-)

11 comments:

Janice said...

Mr. Black looks quite comfy! I've yet to try two socks at one time, but like the idea as well as being done with both of them at the same time! LOVE the Hardanger! It turned out lovely. Have a wonderful Easter holiday!!

Mary said...

Aww, I used to have Mr. Black's twin sister, I really miss her.

I'm no fan of short row heels either, it seems like I need more room in the instep. . .

Bear is adorable.

Lesley said...

Your little bear is adorable!! One day your daughter will appreciate just how fab it is to have a childish Mum :)
I love your embroidery and I'm in awe of you knitting two socks at the same time - I've never managed to finish one!!!
I hope you all have a lovely Easter break and that you get some time to relax!

xx

YarnThrower said...

It's cute that your daughter called you childish! Take it as a compliment! :-)

ELIN - "The quilt maiden" said...

God påske til deg og dine!

Kristy said...

This little bear is adorable. Maybe this would be a good project to get me back in the knitting swing of things. I've recently found out a friend of mine is pregnant, which would make for a good excuse....

Judy said...

Love the little bear.
Your Mr. Black so puts me in the mind of my Coley, even the same color. LOL
Love the embroidery. I do hand embroidery but have never tried hardanger. Maybe I will with you as inspiration.
Happy Easter.

Judy

Russ said...

LOL our cat Josephine thinks that my laps is the perfect place to lounge when I am knitting too.

I agree with you about the short rows. I've been trying and trying, but I'm never satisfied with the heal once I'm finished. I know that some people just love them, but I'm just not sold...I'll keep trying I guess.

God Påske!

Caroline said...

Oops. You probably wonder why some strange man was commenting on your blog. That was me. I didn't notice that I was on my husband's account.

Rebecca said...

I have been playing with 2 at a time socks, I did the magic loop one and now I am doing the 2 needles one. It is fun, isn't it?

Mr Black is funny sleeping on you when you knit. My cat usually sleeps on my yarn while I knit.

The hardanger is so beautiful and the bear is so amazing!

Capucine said...

I love Hardander .. and did it just a little ...