Knit Pattern: Garter Stitch Mobius Cowl for Babies and Toddlers

This cowl was the result of my needing something to keep from fidgeting during a language course last year. As was usual in the autumn, I started carrying yarn and needles around in my bag to keep my hands occupied. This led to my friend wanting to pick up knitting again and asking for a simple but practical beginner pattern. Scarves, I told her. Great, my girls need scarves, she said. But not the dangly ones — an infinity sort that will sit neatly because we have to put so many layers on them during the winter, she added. So we started …

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Yarn stash!

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Hey look, it’s Sunday again! That means I should be updating this blog 🙂 With spring right around the corner and a big move coming, I figured it was as good a time as any to inventory and catalog stuff before packing. I’d been doing a haphazard job of keeping track of my yarn stash on Ravelry already, so today that was cleaned and updated to more accurately reflect what’s going on in that big box of fluffy cat-bait. Luckily, my yarn collection has not had time to grow very much here in Finland. I’d only brought over a small …

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Yarnish update.

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It’s been a while since my last crafting update and I’ve made a handful of things since then. Been mostly concentrating on knitting since I started last spring, trying to pick projects each time that are both functional and instructional. These are the results! Pictures link to corresponding Ravelry pages. A classic wool pullover with just a few modifications to sleeve and hem lengths. I didn’t mean to make it in Finnish colors, but it was what I had on hand so I went with it. I <3 stripes! A garment with many firsts — my first time knitting with more than …

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Wall o’ Scarf.

I have a lot of scarves. Even before we moved to Finland, where you actually use them for more than half the year, I had a lot of scarves. My mom was paranoid that way. Back in Cali, however, they tended to just sit in a giant pile that was occasionally rummaged through on a windy day. As we enter my second Finnish winter here, though, I decided we needed a better system for making winter accessories easily accessible. Thus, the wall o’ scarf. It’s a IKEA belt/scarf/tie hanger nailed to the wall. Right next to the coat rack and …

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Muskox. I wants.

Today, I’d like to share with you a small fantasy of mine. It involves going to Alaska and smuggling home a muskox. See how fluffy and cute they are? Aren’t their noses just adorable? Who wouldn’t love that face? Besides being cuddly and decorative, muskoxen produce a highly valuable wool fiber called qiviut. Much like the muskox it came from, qiviut is ridiculously soft, warm, and durable. Since the Inuit collectives who farm these creatures probably would not take kindly to my trying to kidnap one of their four-legged income sources, I will probably have to settle for merely obtaining …

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The What Could Go Wrong Sweater lives!

I just finished making this. It is my first sweater. It is also the first full thing I’ve ever knit. I’m rather happy with the result. It actually looks more boobtastic on me because I tend to wear my belts a bit higher (short torso and all) and have a bit more curve than this form does. So my recent crafting timeline looks something like this. Two months ago, I visited my buddies in Turku. We visited a local yarn store and talked a lot about yarn, crochet, sheep, and general winter craft stuff. I returned home with a deep need …

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Sweaters loved and lost.

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You know that purple wool pullover I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks? The one I’ve aptly named the What Could Go Wrong sweater? After getting more than halfway through this past weekend, I had to completely frog it and start over because I seriously messed up the neck hole (no, really — did something weird and turned it into a keyhole… and didn’t notice until four rows later). Why didn’t I just pull it apart past the neck, you ask? Because I had knitted the whole thing so tight that the yarn shrunk back in on …

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WIP-y weekend.

Seems everything around me at the moment is half finished. Probably because I’ve thrown myself into a pile of larger projects with no instant gratification in sight. Boo. First, the saga of the purple yarn. I bought a few skeins of this pretty lavender wool to make my first full-sized knit project with, y’see. Then I started working on what should have been a simple eternity scarf pattern which went horribly wrong. Wrong beyond the possibility of fixing — as in, there were checkerboard spots where there were suppose to be stripes wrong. Luckily, I had only done perhaps 10 …

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Success!

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After a decade of half-hearted attempts, I have finally overcome my fear of the knitting monster. Whee! Anybody have any fun patterns for a n00b knitter to try? I’m slow and clumsy, but quite enthusiastic *g* And here for my own reference, a list of the sites that I was constantly referencing as I fumbled through it: The Official Lion Brand Site — Which has the best illustrations out of all the ones I saw, plus everything in video, word and illustration formats. My Craftbook’s Lessons — A much smaller site whose photos and wordings just made more sense to …

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