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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Crocheted Blankets

Last of my old yarnish projects from the old VKFashion site. Links to project pages and patterns as applicable, below the pictures. I do love blankets, but they take so long to make! Heavy king-sized 3-stitch blanket done in a thick wool blend. Finally brought it back to Finland with us on our last trip home. Perfect for freezing winter nights. Thermal stitch preemie afghan, a commission from a friend.

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Crocheted Mittens and Socks

Third in the series of old yarnish projects I had up gallery-style on the old VKFashion site. Links to project pages and patterns as applicable, below the pictures. Crocheted “glittens” (fingerless gloves that convert into mittens). Matched a kitty cat hat, for a friend. I do find this ideal ridiculously useful and am going to make a pair for myself by next winter. Elbow-length fingerless gloves, so everything stays warm even when you need your fingers free for detailed work. Ribbon trim at top can be tightened as needed. Rainbow socks, for a friend who requested socks before I had learned …

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Crocheted hats of days past.

Second in the series of old projects I had up gallery-style on the old VKFashion site. Links to project pages and patterns as applicable, below the pictures. Light blue Fraggle hat for a friend. Also made a scarf to go with it, as you see. Rose-colored Kitty Cat Hat for a friend. Had matching glittens. Comfy purple Homespun Hat for a bestie. Had a matching scarf. A Maroon Cloche that traveled to Canada. And a purple Ribbon Cloche for another friend. Had a matching scarf.

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Crocheted scarves, a retrospective.

Most people learn to crochet from their mother or grandmother. I was taught by a friendly midwestern girl on the set of the godawful 2001 comedy “Bubble Boy“, during a week-long wedding sequence. Yeah, we had a lot of spare time. The only two memories I really have of that shoot are (1) learning to crochet and (2) being mooned by Jake Gyllenhaal. The crocheting has served me much better in life, overall. I originally had all my old projects up gallery-style on the old VKFashion site, but decided to just keep it simple with tags this time. After all, …

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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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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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