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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

bits and pieces

first of all - I finished my january part of the lace KALendar.... I did change it a bit - it was too wide for a simple scarf, so I only worked it over a bit more than half the stitches. and I added a bit of twinkle - each of the holes that symbolise the snow got a silver lined clear bead:)) now I'd be ready for february - but I have to wait until the 15th of the month to get the new pattern... though - now that I look at the pic closely - I think maybe the beads would look better if I had fixed them to the stitch on top of the hole instead of the one, where I decreased.... no, no more frogging, I already frogged the first try, because I didn't like it that wide!
I also finished the Laidman "tree of life" socks in time (just:))... there would be better contrast if the solid black would have been one - instead of coming out anthrazite. but I didn't want to overdye it - so this is it. I did like knitting the socks; great fun if you like to knit with several colours. and I liked the idea of doing all the instep increases on one side! I'll try this on the next pair and see how I can work this into other designs.... I would change the toe finishing - but I like all the rest! and I hope the recipient likes them, too, even though they stay hidden under pant legs most of the time....



because my next batch of yarn was dyed, but not dried - I fiddled about with a pattern I found online. it's meant to make a scarf, but I didn't have enough yarn for this - I just wanted to try out the crochet pattern. the yarn is a handspun 2ply of dark blue merino, around which I plied a fine multicolour silk thread. soft enough to wear against the skin, and that's good, because....

it turned out to be a lacy neck warmer - or crocheted piece of woollen jewelry?:)) I had just enough yarn to finish the last "flower" and a tiny bit of silk without the merino to crochet one button for closure...
it looks funny, a bit like a tiara on snow - but around the neck it's ok, if not superbly warm. I think I'll give it another try as a longer scarf, but I have to find a suitable yarn first.
what puzzles me is the name of the pattern - queen anne's lace scarf. now, over here "queen anne's lace" is a common name for wild carrots, a white flowering herb with lacy tiny airy flowers - not huge chunky blossoms like the ones in the crochet pattern:)) or maybe this particular queen anne was a bit sturdier in built????
in between casting on (finally) for the men's vest - I finally managed to finish the 2nd of the gryffindor socks in shadow knitting... had to hurry or DS is growing out of them before the sock is finished:)) he didn't wear the snakes yet and not the red/black "voldemort" lightning socks either - and now no. 3 is done - so maybe I'll manage to do the 12 pairs of harry potter socks this year?? I'd be well in time - now:)) well, I never said anything about the year I'll be finished, when I promised the 12 pairs of socks......

8 comments:

kirkoe said...

hallo Bettina,

schön ist sie geworden, Deine Kurzversion des Queen Anne's Lace Scarf, die Farben gefallen mir gut ... irgendwie hat dieses Muster etwas, das offenbar auch auf sonst- nicht- Häkler anziehend wirkt ;o)

Liebe Grüße

Kirsten

Woolly Bits said...

danke und ja - es ist nicht so das "normale" gehaekel - interessant zu machen, aber nicht schwer und es sieht auch nicht so 0815 aus:)) mal sehen, ob ich nun ein geeignetes opfer fuer das teil finde:)) im uebrigen danke fuer den tip - ich bin ja auf deinem blog darueber gestolpert:)

Delighted Hands said...

You have made some great knitted projects; just love the lace scarf with the sparkle! Great socks, too!

Leigh said...

Bettina, you are so productive, and such beautiful things!

Yarnfairy said...

Hallo Bettina,

das gehäkelte Spitezncollier, denn was anderes ist es für mich nicht, ist dir wieder sehr gut gelungen. Da bekomm ich ja Lust auch mal wieder die Häkelnadeln rauszukramen. Lg Alex

Janet said...

Bettina - the pictures of some of your yarns are very similar to some you sent me a while ago - I have a lace scarf kind of half started with one of the yarns and the other is still in my stash - I've just unpacked it! Reminders of your kindness and generosity - thanks again.
Janet

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Janet said...

I love the photo of the snow on the road and the wall. Still sounds cold in Ireland. I remember how cold the February wind can be coming down from the Wicklow Hills.
Janet