Vellamo socks

I was annoyed earlier because I thought I don't have any suitable yarn for KAL in Friend's of Ilu group in Ravelry. I wanted to do knit my fair-isle project with neutral main colour and I don't have any Handu yarn in brown, black, gray or white. I had to take two strong colours and I wasn't sure if I would like the result.

Pattern: Vellamo, Ulla 3/2009 & Ravelry 
Yarn: Handu Perussukkalanka 70 grams
Needles: 2.75 mm

I was wrong! I love these two colours Isä (=father) and strong Orange together. :) Now I have to look again in my stash and find new combinations of colours.


Salt & Pepper

I bought Knitscene Fall issue and right away I had to start knitting Live Oak Shawlette. I don't think it will be the last project from the magazine. Because I was in such a hurry to start knitting I had to use yarn from my stash and finally I dared to use one the precious skeins of Handu Talvispesiaali I have managed to buy.

I love the colour combination! It’s in reality silvery black and gray with some glitz. I just couldn't capture it properly to the pictures. 

Pattern: Live Oak Shawlette, Knitsce Fall 2011 (rav it)
Yarn: Handu Talvispesiaali,  99 grams
Needles: 4.0 mm

The shawlette is 134 cm x 52 cm so I am happy that I made the extra repeat of the lace pattern. I ended up using 99 grams of the yarn and I was afraid till the end that I would run out of it. Luckily I still have 2 grams left of it and that is less than 6 meters.
I think it's beautiful combination and I knitted it only in 3 days! :)


Black shrug

I made myself a shrug and it feels like it was ages ago. Still it was only in June. Pictures are awful but blame my hubby x) he couldn't take better ones!

Pattern: Camellia Shrug, Knitscene Winter/Spring 2011
Yarn: Novita Jasmin 300 g
Needles: 3.5 mm

I made some modifications to the pattern but I don't anymore remember them all. I ended up making size between 42”-46” when my bust size is actually more like 47”. Sleeves are 3/4 lenght, I knitted them in round and lace pattern is made longer.


Yes, another shawl!

Last month I needed some simple knitting to take with me in our vacation to Madeira. I finished the shawl back here at home.

Pattern: Eliina Shawl by Lankakomero, (rav it)
Yarn: Vuorelma Kampavillalanka, 65 grams
Needles: 3.5 mm

The yarn is really mint green even some of the pictures claims it to be turquoise. My shawl is light as a feather and it weights only 65 grams. Still it's quite large 72 cm x 170 cm even I held the yarn double while knitting. I added some beads to the pattern and I think they look rather nice! :)


Wool and summer!

It has been sunny and warm summer but sadly it seems to be over soon. It feels freezing outside and suddenly I realized that I haven't updated anything to here. My dear blog has been sadly neglected for a long time even I have had new knits that have been ready some time!

In the spring I got a chance to be one of the test knitters for Ilona (Ilun handu duunaa) and her beautiful traditional sock design. She even send me the yarns!

 Pattern: Käspaikat sääriin! by Ilu (TAITO 3/2011 magazine)
Yarn: Pirkanmaan kotityö Kirjo-Pirkka
Needles: 2,75 mm

These socks are beautiful and I really love the bird pattern but sadly my calfs are too wide to fit in them properly. Sigh...I have to give them to someone. I hope I can find someone who appreciates them as much as I do! :)