Unusual laundry day

My beautiful purple hat went for a spin (40 minutes) in a high heat dryer. I used it all winter in 2016. It was warm, cozy & I loved the color. I made it with Drops Lima – wool & alpaca mix yarn. I put it in a washing bag and tossed it along with other wool clothing. I thought it might felt, but it didn’t bother me. From the washer, TH moved it to the dryer. Although he thought it might be a bad idea, he wanted to try. And, he did. When the clothes came back, he said that he might have ruined my hat. I laughed.

Now, my beautiful hat looks fuzzy and small. It won’t fit my head anymore.

I didn’t feel sad or angry. All I could think of was – hey, I can make another one! Maybe because I have been itching to make another hat but had to tell myself I have enough already. Now I got a chance. Or, maybe because I was curious to see what happens to a wool product I made.

Nevertheless, good bye my beautiful, warm & cozy purple hat –

 

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Wishlist for 2017

This year, for the first time I am planning ahead my projects! From fall 2016, I have picked out yarns, colors & patterns that mix well with other items in my wardrobe and fit into my personal style. I started a few projects too and then my hand began to hurt. So, I am taking it slow and working on my projects now & then.

By the end of 2017, I wish to knit –

  • Long, loose & light sweater : Skappelgenseren by Dorthe Skappel. Photo from Maria Skappel’s blog

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  • Top down sweater/cardigan : IMPROV by Karen Templer. Photo from Karen Templer’s blog

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By the end of 2017, I wish to crochet

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  • Throw blanket : Pattern undecided yet, let’s see how it goes.

Other things I wish to do by end of 2017 –

  • Sew a dress
  • Paint
  • Make a few ear-rings
  • Purge my closet

The most time taking ones will be the four big knit & crochet projects to be done in the next 11 months! Well, what do you think?

 

Farewell 2016 & Welcome 2017

I hope your 2016 was good & you got a chance to relax and spend some quality time with your loved ones over the holidays. 2017 is almost here & I am so excited! I am hoping it will be I can make it into a better year than 2016.

I wish each one of you unconditional love, peace of mind, health & happiness. Believe in yourself & anything is possible ♥

Have a fabulous 2017!

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new-years-eve-1789147_640P.S. Finland is celebrating 100 years of independence in 2017. The celebrations are already starting today on New Year’s Eve. If you are going to ring in the new year in Helsinki city centre, remember the fireworks this time will be at Töölönlahti instead of Senaatitori (Senate Square). For a handy map & info of the events, go here.

Playing with paints & paper

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Cruising through Pinterest, I saw a few paintings but what caught my eye was beautiful and colourful marbled designs on paper. Wow, they were so pretty! I had to make them so I searched and read about paper marbling.

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A few basics about paper marbling –

  • Use thick watercolour paper for best results.
  • Use acrylic paints or liquid watercolours or nail polish or food colours.
  • Use shaving cream as base. Other options include water or milk and a layer of alum for the paper.

I didn’t want to buy any supplies like alum, carrageenan, liquid starch that I may or may not use again. I was a little skeptical about dipping my paper in water/milk or use nail polish. I didn’t have any food colours. Using shaving cream was interesting and easily available. I have acrylic paints (fabric paints) and a ruler. All I had to buy was watercolour paper.

I got the watercolour paper from the Flying Tiger Copenhagen (previously, Tiger) store. Oh, how I love that store. It makes me very happy just walking through it. They always seem to have something I need 🙂

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These are the acrylic paints (fabric paints) I had at home. I got them from India a few years ago.

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So, how did I make it ? –

  • Place plastic wrap (cling wrap) all over the table. Alternatively, use a wide pan or baking dish. I didn’t want to use any kitchen utensils with the shaving foam and paints, so I choose to do it straight on the plastic wrap. Plus it is much easier to clean!
  • Spread a thick layer of shaving foam in the same size or slightly bigger than the paper.
  • Add a few drops of paint in one or more colours on the shaving foam.
  • Use a toothpick to gently spread and mix the paints around. Don’t overdo.
  • Take one watercolour sheet and gently press it on to the shaving foam+paint. Press for about 30 seconds, making sure all areas of the paper is touching the shaving foam+paint.
  • Remove paper and place foam side up.
  • With a ruler, in one single motion, swipe the foam from side to side or top to bottom. As the ruler moves, the colours combine to form unique patterns.
  • Use a tissue paper to blot out any shaving foam or wet paint remaining.
  • Let it dry completely. If the paper is not flat anymore, place weights on the marbled paper and leave it overnight.

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These marbled papers are versatile. Use it as a base for another painting or cut it into other shapes for decoration. If you use greeting card size papers for marbling, they will make beautiful handmade cards.

For more inspiration about this technique, check out this, this, this and this. I read them before I started my paper marbling.

It turned out pretty good, don’t you think?

P.S. If you like these marbled papers, please pin them!

Crochet: Chevron Lace Cardigan No. 3

Newest favourite cardigan is here! My first big & wearable crochet project was chevron lace cardigan. I posted it here in the blog a long time ago. After the first chevron lace cardigan in brown with Drops Alaska, I made another one using Novita Rose Mohair.

Now, I am very comfortable with the pattern and include my little tweaks. It is a top down pattern that I can try as I make. It is very helpful to try it on when increasing or shaping armholes and make the necessary changes!

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Pattern: Chevron Lace Cardigan by milobo

Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine in red (uni colour 11), ~ 7 balls

Hook: 6mm

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There are a few firsts in this cardigan no. 3 –

  • I used DK weight yarn (last 2 cardigans were made with aran weight yarn).
  • I extended the sleeves to cover my elbows.
  • It is red! My one and only red garment!

This is a very simple and elegant design. I would wholeheartedly suggest you to make one – go to the pattern link above to see pictures, read comments and yarn suggestions from over 2500 other people who made it!

P.S. If you like this cardigan, please pin it. Thanks!