I have only one short scarf with buttons that I made a long time ago... it was a real odyssey. I made it using brioche stitch and I think I started it abut five times! I found that brioche stitch was not so difficult to make but as soon as I made a mistake it was a huge disaster! I got completely lost and took me a long time to fix it! Now, all the effort was totally worthwhile.
Brioche stitch is really nice, it makes a reversible fabric that is squishy and warm.
|I made this one with Bulky lopi on 9mm needles.|
Hats, holy hats! I have made quite a few of them but I am NEVER satisfied with them! I am just not a hat person. It has to be really, really cold so I get to wear one.
There are two of them that I have used the most:
|Made with Eskimo by drops.|
|Also made with bulky lopi.|
So, now it was time to make a new scarf and hat.
Two years ago I made a cabled neck warmer using some Noro kureyon that I had after having frogged a shawl I made with it.
I never wore it... I guess I didn't really like the colors (and to be honest, I really don't like Noro at all. I don't understand why it is so expensive!). The good thing is that when my sister came to visit me liked it a lot! So she went back home with a new cowl :)
Since I liked the pattern so much I decided to make another one. This time with a yarn and colors that I really liked. I began to knit it about a year ago and then the project fell asleep in the stash basket (along with a couple of other things!) until a few weeks ago when I decided to finish it once and for all!
|The pattern looks MUCH better in one color.|
* Pattern: Cabled cowl by Lion Brand
* Yarn: Cascade 220.
* Needles: 5.0mm
* I made a much shorter version. The pattern called to make it 50cm long and then lightly felt it. I made it just 30cm long and no felting.
* I like cables a lot. They make the fabric look look warm and cozy. And well, they don't only have the looks... they are REALLY fun to knit!
I also decided to look for a hat. Searching here and there I found this wonderful fair isle hat:
|I like the simplicity of the pattern.|
* Pattern: Peacock by Karen Borrel.
* Yarn: Cascade 220. Less than one skein of the main color.
* Needles: 4.5mm
* I didn't make any changes to the pattern. I followed it just as it is.
* When I saw this hat the first thing that cought my attention were these two bicolor bands at the beginning and at the end of the fair isle section. I had absolutely no clue about how to make them but it was really easy! And they look very nice! Knitting always surprises me. It is so nice to discover new things that are made with the same simple elements of basic knitting. In this case purling. Yes, the bands are made just using purl stitch and some twisting!
* I decided to use cascade 220 to match it with the cowl. Besides this yarn is simply amazing. It is so soft and nice to work with! And it is incredibly warm! I totally recommend it.
* I love pompons, so even though if the pattern wouldn't have called for one I would have made one anyways :)
Now, to finish with accessories, I am knitting a pair of mittens. I think I have said before that I am not a big fan of knitting anything that comes in pairs... but I really need a new pair of mittens. It is really silly that i have only ONE pair that I made almost three years ago! This far, I am done with the first mitten... one more to go!
And to finish, a few pics. These one were taken in a place called Arnastapi in Snæfellsnes. It is a little village next to sea. The most amazing thing about this place are the cliffs and lava formations.
|Cliffs and Eva.|
|When walking close to the cliffs it is possible to find a couple of holes. It is not possible to see it in this picture but the sea is on the bottom of this hole.|
|There are also a couple of lava bridges... they are pretty cool.|