Monday, 20 March 2017

Button Mad

A combination of wood, plastic, glass and a tiny bell.
Never stop doing anything that makes you happy - even if it is eating chocolate... LOL! 

I would have a lot of closet space and empty room if I was not creative. But then again, the creative source is a blessing in my life. It is in fact, life. I am so blessed to have my creativity. I just hope it also gives something to people around me.

Buttons, pearls and a button stack. Live - and stay creative.
Anyway - nothing much to say about this. I love picking out the buttons from their piles and find accessories that match. There are so many buttons out there and so little time... These markers are light and great if you need to add a lot of them to your knitting. 

I will make a lot of the button markers - just because I can and because I get that happy feeling deep inside.

Have a creative day - and I hope you find your joy in what you do.

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul
Elder Uchtdorf


Monday, 13 March 2017

On The Button

Buttons from assorted color lots I bought long ago.
I have never had a thing for buttons. I suddenly realized that I should. Then I would have loads of buttons to spread all over the floor to find pairs for stitch markers.

Stacked buttons with letter beads.
It seems I have been foreseen in some way. Years ago I bought some boxes of buttons in bright colors.

I thought they might come in handy some day. Well, they did not. Until now.

I found the colors I wanted and the sizes to go with them. And what fun this has been.

I had all the other accessories in my studio. This is a great way to use all those lonely buttons lying around not getting anywhere.

Can you say that about buttons? Getting nowhere? Really, am I getting a little overexcited about this new inspiration?

I used the idiom button up on the marker for the beginning of a row.

It shold be a reminder to not be one of those who go online and spread bad wipes about other people or whatever - there is simply too much of that.

Anyway, I will make more of these. Too much fun to not doing just that :-)

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes
Mark Twain
This is so much fun - and I had everything I needed in my studio.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Yummy Yarn


Finally. A sweater is done. I had the yarn lying in the back of the closet. It was supposed to be a jacket which I started on years ago.

I had to unravel as it got way too big. And the yarn was stashed.

Until I saw this sweater. Totally lovely pattern for that yarn.

After I had washed it I could hardly believe it.

The yarn is extremely soft, light and yet so warm and nice to wear. I am in love.

Simply have to knit something else in it. And the yarn? It is the icelandic Lettlopi. If you love wool yarn you will love this yarn.

The sweater has a shaped hem originally. I dropped that as I think it will "stick out" in the front and will not keep me that warm.

So I simply knitted and knitted until I got the length I wanted adding stitches on the side.

The sweater has a perfect fit with the raglan shaping. A great pattern. I like the collar too - as I need to stay warm. This way it is scarf and sweater in one.

I normally knit with round needles. The sweater is knitted in cubics from KnitPro. I loved knitting with them. For thicker yarn and needles they were much better than the round needles. At least for my knitting.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Istex Lettlopi
Needles: 4mm, 4.5mm
My Ravelry Page: Blue Cloud
Pattern: Happy Cloud

Hope can see the heaven trough the thickest clouds
Thomas Brooks

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Quiet Fish

Silence is about to become a luxury. There are all kinds of noise around us: Noise itself, sosial media, media in general and you can probably come up with a long list.

Our minds do not rest, our bodies become stressed and to be still is so uncommon that something must be wrong with us if we are not checking something on our phones if we are on a train, waiting for the dentist or whatever.

Is it time to give our minds and bodies a litte freetime from all that demanding noise that do not get us anywhere?

Well, I made this polymer clay pendant to remind me just that. My claying have become a little rusty. That is what happens if you do not clay and stop developing.

But that is life. In addition I had a hard time with the clay getting too soft. Clay brands are not amongst the things one can get easily here. So I am stucked with Fimo soft - and it is too soft for the most of what I would like to make.

That being said, I love claying when I can manage. I have always loved creating in polymer clay. No matter the outcome.

Being still and doing nothing is two completely different things
Jackie Chan



Sunday, 5 February 2017

Keen On Green

When you try to find the right green color for a project you can search for days. For some reason green is not only green.

The variations between yarn companies and their take on green is quite varied.

In fact there are some green colors missing totally.

For example I really do miss a hue yellow green that is a complementary color to magenta.

No where to be found in wool - I do not use merino in my garments.

Anyway - this is a Red Katana scarf with two green colors that really match. Of couse, I used Rauma Finull again.

After all they have 102 colors to choose from.

Well, the scarf have been finished for a while but it sure took time to get the photos taken.

I do love this scarf design. Great fun to knit, it has a kind off graphic look and so nice to wear.

And I have to admit, this is my seventh... One of them were a gift though.

Our attitude is the crayon that colors our world
Allen Klein

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull
Needles: 2.5mm
My Ravelry Page: Sea Green
Pattern: Red Katana

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Pink Sunday With Dots

Pink has finally found its place among the accepted colors. Due to protests all over the world and the fact that protesters was wearing pink hats - pink has become a legal color for those of us who have passed the age of five... LOL!

Pink looks good on so many people. Unfortunately it is often talked about as girly and in other negative terms. 

Well, I will take back pink no matter who says what. 

I have newly found that pink is lovely paired with red and green. 

The pattern is from my design Dot The I and it really needed to be colored up, if you ask me. 

I cast on 100 stitches which was enough to join the round on a 40cm circular needle.

It is of course knitted in finull. 

I made the pom pom with a pom pom maker - I could not have lived without it. 

The days with cardboard templates are gone. I used a little green on both sides and half is pink and the other half is red. I really like how the whole scarf came out. 

I love those colors and the total freshnes of them. What a joy to find new ways to combine colors. And what a freedom to wear them. 

Sometimes it is hard being a woman. Then I remember I can 
wear pink as much as I want, and I feel awesome again
Unknown

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull
Needles: 3mm for stranded pattern, 2.5mm for stripes
My Ravelry Page: Color Me Happy
Pattern: Dot The I

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Always Secondary

They are always in the shadow of the primaries. No matter what they do, they will never be standing next to the ones on the top. The primaries are simply more unique, and they are necessary for the secondaries to have life.

Yes, we are talking about the color wheel. The primaries (red, yellow and blue) are the root to every other color. They are the purest of colors. They rule the kingdom.

So, I thought I would give a little attention to those hidden secondaries. The forgotten, and still so important, bright and lovely colors.

Green and orange together.
When you use a triangle in the color wheel you will get three colors. You can read more about that here.

In this case I have picked out orange, purple and green for my project.

I have knitted with orange and green with great success before as you can see on the photo.

Two colors that not normally would have joined and created harmony.

And color harmony is the thing here. If you use secondary colors for a project you will get harmony in your color use. The color wheel is in fact the best tool ever for color inspiration and harmonisation of colors.

I cannot wait until my striping in purple and orange is done. I think my green yarn will make a lot of difference when it is added. I am knitting a new scarf from my recently published design, Colorize.

So, how to you use colors? Do you choose for comfort or do you try out different ones? Or is color just too complicated?

Turn your face to the sun and the shadow will fall behind you
Unknown
First i stripe knit in orange and purple. Then I add the green.

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