Tiny ballerina shoes

The top pair is one of two pairs knit in Malabrigo Yarn Sock. They are going to a pair of twins. The bottom pair is knit in Rauma Finullgarn, which is a Swedish yarn I bought during a trip to Göteborg a few weeks ago.

These are a variation of Tiny Shoes by Ysolda Teague. I had forgotten that I have knit a few pairs of these before. My very first pair were knit in my favorite yarn of the time, Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4-ply. You can see them here.

I made two more pairs in my rather lazier knitting days when even the i-cord button tab and picking up the stitches was just too finicky for me to bother with. (Shame on me.)

This time around, I just didn’t have any buttons handy and so I decided to knit ribbon ties onto the shoes. This meant that I could knit the shoes quickly and (almost) identically and then add the ribbons to it seamlessly. The only difference in the shoes is that I knitted increases with (yo, k1) on one side and (k1, yo) on the other side. Other than that, I didn’t have to worry about which was the left shoe and which was the right shoe.

The ribbons for the yellow pair were worked in stockinette. The other pair has garter stitch ribbons, which I think stands out a little better. :D

I love how they both turned out and honestly, I just want to knit many more in different colors!

Made with Harrisville Designs Shetland

A few years ago, I bought 3 cones of Harrisville Designs Shetland: 48 Dove Grey, 50 Black, and 53 Silver Mist. I think I had planned to knit three cardigans for myself with each of the cones. But, perhaps I just didn’t have the confidence to do that at the time.

The very first project I knitted with it was Saroyan, a scarf with a lace leaf edging. You can see that it’s slightly felted from years of wear. It was a staple of my fall and winter outfit, even more so now that I live in Sweden.

I’ve also knitted a couple of pairs of mesh lace socks (silver mist, dove grey) and a Sandness shawl with these yarns.

The latest project I’ve knitted with it is this scooped neck sweater. It’s a bit more open then I had planned to make it and the sleeves turned out a little shorter than I like, but I really do like the fit. Also, the neckline is great for showcasing a tuxedo blouse.

I have about 250 yards of Black and 50 yards of Silver Mist left. What should I make?

Sommarsemester Day 1: Sunset over Mälaren

Sommarsemester Day 1: Sunset over Mälaren

Today, I start my three week vacation with a weekend trip to my boyfriend’s father’s summer house. Time to work on my latest sweater!

Today, I start my three week vacation with a weekend trip to my boyfriend’s father’s summer house. Time to work on my latest sweater!

i finished these mesh lace ankle socks a while ago, but I don’t think I ever posted a picture of them. They are a slightly longer pair from the light grey pair I knitted previously. I rather like them, but even here in Stockholm, it’s just a bit too warm to wear them right now. :D

Child’s summer hat

A few days ago, I posted a WIP picture of this hat. I actually finished it the very same day. Crochet projects are so much faster than knitting projects!

This child-sized hat is based on the Flared Shell Brimmed Hat by Cathy Phillps. You can see my notes and modifications for the project on my ravelry project page.

I really hope it fits my friend’s two year old daughter!

in the works:

* Knitting a lace patterned tank dress with a linen blend yarn. I hope to wear this to a wedding next weekend.

* Crocheting a floppy summer hat in a pink cotton yarn. This is a gift for a friend’s 2 year old daughter.

small hanging baskets

A few weeks ago, I crocheted a few hanging baskets. It started from a desire to just do something different. I wanted a break from knitting (more specifically, knitting pullovers with sock yarn). I also wanted a quick project with immediate results.

So, I dug through my ever growing yarn stash and found some neglected linen and linen blend yarns. And, I scrolled through my queue (sometimes, I do look at it) and found this very simple crocheted pattern, Hanging Basket (Large) by Bekki Bjarnoll.

Armed with a 3.5 mm hook, I crocheted three much smaller versions of the basket. Two of them were worked with Berroco Naturlin, colors Indigo and Maize. The basket shown in the pictures above was worked in Needful Yarns Trillium, which is a linen-blend left over from my very first ever crocheted project way back in 2007, Joy cardigan by Sarah Hatton.

It’s been a while since I last crocheted more than just edgings. This pattern was very easy to follow and a great jump-start into crocheting again—it uses a variety of different stitches: single crochet, double crochet, and half double crochet. I even worked the crab-stitch edging, which I’d never used before.

I really like how the baskets turned out. I use them to organize the packets (bandages, servettes, feminine products, and so on) that we have in our bathroom medicine cabinet. We don’t have shelves installed, so these are great in the mean-time.

how do you wear your handknit mesh socks?

pointed ballet flats and blue jeans.

how do you wear your handknit mesh socks?

pointed ballet flats and blue jeans.

Mesh ankle socks

Ankle socks are always a quick knit, but I feel like these just flew off the needles. 

I used the lace mesh pattern from Carol Feller’s Carpino Pullover, which I knit a couple of months ago. It’s such a simple stitch pattern and so easy to remember. 

I’m considering making another pair already because I love how these turned out.

Mesh ankle socks

Ankle socks are always a quick knit, but I feel like these just flew off the needles.

I used the lace mesh pattern from Carol Feller’s Carpino Pullover, which I knit a couple of months ago. It’s such a simple stitch pattern and so easy to remember.

I’m considering making another pair already because I love how these turned out.