Monday, January 3, 2011

Well, hello there!

Wow, it's been ages, hasn't it? I suppose I go through phases when it comes to my hobbies and the last couple of months I just wasn't all that interested in crafting and spent my time on other things instead. But then Christmas came and I got into my knitting mojo again! So here I am, back at Brei Blog, wishing you all a very happy new year and showing off the things I've been working on lately.

Scarf


First of all I finally finished the One Row Handspun Scarf that I mentioned here. I'm giving it as a present to my uncle for his birthday next week. I used almost six full skeins of Inca Cloud for this scarf. Heh, it took me over three months to complete this scarf. I like the outcome but I hated the pattern, which bored me because it needed to be repeated so many times.

Scarf fluff


Then I got it into my head to knit up a nice hat. A hat for me, myself and I! I've had a crush on Elizabeth Zimmerman's Ganomy Hat for a super long time, so I decided to cast on for it. I didn't exactly got gauge but who cares about gauge, right? And so I did some half assed maths and decided to cast on 99 stitches instead of the 80 in the pattern on my 3,5 mm needles. Needless to say, my hat turned out way to small. Though it can now be used by my two year old. But I love it greatly and wish it would be bigger. I used about threequarters of a skein of Hjertegarn Merino Silk in colorway 8377 for this hat.

Ganomy Hat


But I didn't give up just like that! I wanted a Ganomy hat, and I wanted it now! So I casted on again, the original 80 stitches on the same 3,5 mm needles, this time using over half a skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton in Periwinkle. And surely this hat turned out larger.. but unfortunatly still too narrow. And my head isn't even that big! I'm quite disappointed in my failure and I think it will take a while for me to try this pattern again. I still love the hat though, when it turns out right. It looks so cute!

Ganomy Hat


Oh and before I forget, I've made a new years resolution that I should mention here! This year, I will only knit and crochet with materials found in my stash, because it desperatly needs to be reduced in size, since I want to be able to store all my crafting supplies in one closet from now on. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Basic Striped Hat: Action Pictures!

I wasn't up to taking action pictures of the Basic Striped Hat earlier. Today I made some, so you can get a better idea about the fit and shape of the hat.


Basic Striped Hat
The hat can be worn like a beret or..

Basic Striped Hat
..as a slightly slouchy normal hat!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Basic Striped Hat: The Dutch Pattern

Hier volgt het patroon voor mijn Basic Striped Hat in het Nederlands

Striped Hat



Ik gebruikte een set van vier 4.0 mm naalden en Phildar Impact N°3 1/2 in de kleuren Lin en Jean's, dit is een sportgaren.

zet 104 steken op (Ik verdeelde mijn steken 40-40-24)
brei *2 r, 2 av* tot ongeveer 4cm
op de volgende ronde, wissel van kleur *5 r, brei in de voor en achterkant van de volgende steek*
brei 7 ronden volledig recht
*op de volgende ronde, wissel van kleur en brei 8 ronden volledig recht* herhaal 4 keer
wissel van kleur; brei de volledige ronde recht
*7 r, brei 2 st samen*
brei de volledige ronde recht
*6 r, brei 2 st samen*
brei de volledige ronde recht
*5 r, brei 2 st samen*
brei de volledige ronde recht
*4 r, brei 2 st samen*
wissel van kleur; brei de volledige ronde recht
*k3, brei 2 st samen*
brei de volledige ronde recht
*k2, brei 2 st samen*
brei de volledige ronde recht
*k1, brei 2 st samen*
brei de volledige ronde recht
*brei 2 st samen*

Knip de draad door en haal hem met een naald door de overgebleven steken. Hecht af.

Friday, September 10, 2010

FO: Striped Hat

My striped hat is completed! I might or might not add a pom-pon sooner or later, I haven't decided on that yet. But for now it's done. You'll have to excuse me for the lack of an action shot, but I currently have a fever accompanied by a bad cold so I'm trying to avoid looking at my icky face at the moment.

Striped Hat



When this hat was on the needles, it appeared to become a snug fit hat. But once it was blocked using a plate, it turned out big and slouchy, more like a beret. I really like it!

This hat was knit on a set of four 4.0 mm needles using Phildar Impact N°3 1/2 colors Lin and Jean's.

Pattern:
co 104 sts (I divided mine 40-40-24)
k2, p2 rib for 4 cm
change color *k5, kfb* around on next row
k all around for 7 rows
*change color k all around for 8 rows* repeat 4 times
change color; k all around
*k7, k2tog* around
k all around
*k6, k2tog* around
k all around
*k5, k2tog* around
k all around
*k4, k2tog* around
change color; k all around
*k3, k2tog* around
k all around
*k2, k2tog* around
k all around
*k1, k2tog* around
k all around
*k2tog* around

Cut yarn, leaving a long tial. Thread yarn through the remaining stitches and pull to close hole. Weave in ends, block and enjoy!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Projects

It might have been quiet over here at my blog but it hasn't been quiet on the knitting front! Knitting? You mean that one craft that this blog is supposed to be all about but that you have neglected for so long? Yes indeed I do!
I'm currently working on three new projects; two knits and one crochet. I'll introduce them in chronological order.

Scarf


First up is the One Row Handspun Scarf. Except mine isn't made from handspun, since I don't spin. Instead I'm using Artesano Inca Cloud that was RAKed to me earlier this year. I plan on giving this scarf to my uncle, the only other person besides myself and my son that I knit for, because I really seems to appreciate it. I've knit him a scarf around the time when I first started knitting, back in 2004 it was, I believe, and he is still wearing it. So yeah, I guess it's time for a new one!
I don't know why the picture of the scarf is so blurry. Either I really do have a crappy camera like my boyfriend said or I need some photography classes a.s.a.p.
I'll put my money on the latter.

Striped Hat


Secondly is a striped hat. It's my own made up pattern and I can't wait to see how it will fit. It's made of some acrylic I found in the old stash that I had left at my parents when I moved out.

Slippers


And last, but not least, I'm working on the Hexagon Boot Slippers! I'm very excited about these and I sure hope they will fit my big feet! I'm using two colors of Aunt Lydia's Heavy Rug Yarn and another unknown acrylic. These yarns were RAKed to me as well. I'm having a horrible time working with the lightest color though. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I have enough to complete the six hexagons with it and it's cut up in so many pieces! No wonder they discontinued this yarn! But I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth :)

Hopefully one or two or three of these projects will be complete and ready to show off in my next post.