Knitted hat and bookmark

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It’s past midnight, but I decided to post this anyway.

Yesterday (as it is a new day now…) I finished knitting this hat with a 100 % polyester fur ball. I just wanted to point out that it is fake. The yarn has reflective thread, so it lights up in the darkness when a light source hits it. I haven’t really tried it, so I don’t know how well it shows in darkness.

It was a Christmas gift  from my brother and sister-in-law. There was a little basket with two balls of yarn (one was not enough), the fur ball and instructions. But no picture of the hat, so I did not know what it would look like.

I started knitting on Monday at the knit and crochet café that started again after the Christmas break.

The bookmark I just finished. Started earlier tonight, so it didn’t take long. Just a little rocking horse to cross stitch. It came with double sided, really sticky, tape, as the bookmark is folded in half vertically. On the backside is printed little horses with pink manes and tails.

Now I need to sleep.

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Last minute Christmas gift

In the nick of time (almost) I finished this Christmas gift for my sister’s husband! 😀 They are now wrapped and ready.

This morning I knitted from the last two grey stripes of the pattern to the end.

I used the same pattern as an other sock I found at home, but repeated the pattern for the foot blade. And I wanted to add some more white, so I made the toes white as well.

This is the first time I knitted socks for a man. I knew the shoe size and looked at some charts on the internet, how long the foot blade is when you have a specific shoe size. And I usually cast 48 stitches but this time 52 to make them larger. But he is pretty slim, so I do think they will fit his feet. And they will of course stretch and loosen a bit after a few times worn. If they are too small, we’ll take them home and knit a bit more.

During the year mum has knitted four pairs of socks, with color changing yarn. She didn’t have time to knit for the last member, but I promised I would do that. Now the whole family will get knitted socks in the afternoon. It will be interesting to see how many pairs fit their new owners. As I wrote, if they are too short they must be re-knitted a bit at home.

In Finland Christmas is celebrated today, on Christmas Eve. So in a couple of hours my sister and her daughter (I guess) will come and get us. First a trip to the grave yard with candles, then to their home for dinner and after dinner and watching Donald Duck & Co, it is almost time for Christmas gift opening. My brothers family will come later in the evening. This year my aunt will come for dinner as well.

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Three small Christmas cross stitch pictures

Three small Christmas pictures have replaced the autumn pictures on the wall. 🙂 I also moved the pictures closer to each other.

The delivery of the pictures took quite a long time. When I was about to start cross stitching, I noticed that the grey in Santa’s beard and the lightest green were missing. 😦 I was really disappointed! But the next morning I went to the store in town where they have lots of yarns etc., including embroidery yarn. I had the missing numbers, so I did get the correct shades and was able to start cross stitching when I came home.

It is from the company Svarta Fåret (”the black sheep”) but as usual I ordered it from another website called Ateljé Margaretha.

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Pocketbook slippers

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I finished these pocketbook slippers tonight (the slipper to the left). I attend a class where we met three hours tonight and tomorrow from 10 am to 4 pm.

They are easy to knit and these are my second pair. The first pair looks like this:

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The first pair I finished awhile ago. I have used them a lot, so they have stretched out.

The straight part of the slipper was knitted as 1+1 (knit, purl, knit, purl…) The second pair I made 2+2 (k, k, p, p…)

This is how they look on the foot:

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In the past weeks I have cross stitched several Christmas cards. But I will show them all at the same time.

Last Sunday (November 18) I was very sad as I lost my cat in a tragic accident. In a state of panic the cat bit my thumb. She didn’t do it to mean harm. It is one of the hardest desicions, having to say yes, when the vet asks if you agree to let the cat pass over to the ’other side’. I am sure all pet owners who have made the decision will agree. But it was the right decision as the cat would not have survived anyway.

Because of the thumb I was not able to knit, crochet or cross stitch until today. I tried knitting earlier today, and it was okay, as long as I didn’t press the knitting needle on the bite mark, which is healing now. I didn’t feel much during the three hours I knitted tonight. But I have not yet tried cross stitching or crocheting. I will try it tomorrow morning before going back to class.

Losing a pet really hurts and I cried a lot. We now have a new cat, which is the little sister to my deceased cat. They have the same mother. We call the new kitten Luna (which of course means ’moon’). She is four months and will be five months on Monday next week. Here she is:

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She likes cuddles and purrs. 🙂 I love her very much! I love all my angel cats to the moon and back. Here are the two most recent angel cats on my bedroom wall.

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Below the cat that passed on Sunday.

This post turned from knitting to cats. But I wanted to let you know about the sadness I have experienced and let you see the new family member.

Tomorrow at the class I will knit more, and hopefully I will be able to cross stitch as well.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! We don’t usually celebrate it here in Finland, but I guess more people start to celebrate it, especially younger generations. Kids love to dress up and have a plastic skeleton hanging somewhere, or eat spooky food. But so far, no trick or treat (at least I have never heard of that here).

I’m having trouble with the picture when writing on the phone, so I will put it last.

A few years ago I had a Jack-o-lantern pumpkin carved out. But not since then. Tonight I did want to do a little Halloween craft.

I made a pumpkin corner bookmark and a little origami ghost. 🙂 Instructions on the YouTube channel Red Ted Art. Search for the playlist about Halloween crafts.

I love watching R.T.A. videos, but I have never actually tried making any crafts until today.

It was quite easy making the corner bookmark, except for drawing a mouth and eyes! I am not a good drawer at all! But I got it okay.

The ghost was quite easy as well. The crafts on R.T.A. are designed so kids can try making most of them (maybe with the help of an adult).

You really should check out Red Ted Art on YouTube!

I will for sure make more of Maggie’s crafts in the future. 😀

So, again, if you celebrate, Happy Halloween!

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Autumn socks

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Just a quick post to show the latest knitted socks that I finished yesterday. The yarn is Novita and the color is called Syysmetsä, which is Finnish for Autumn forest.

I started knitting on Sunday and finished on Tuesday, so it went pretty quickly.

At the moment I am just cross stitching a Christmas card. I haven’t cross stitched in a few days, so I should do it tonight.

Crocheted sloth

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I had this set, which is the same series as the fox. This sloth was missing for a while, but I found it and today I crocheted most of it. I made the eye patches and the white in the face a few days ago, and the rest today.

So, here is my sloth!

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The arms and legs are long! On each arm/leg he has two little claws. Obviously it can not hang from its arms and legs. For that I would need to add velcro or something. I don’t even think metal wires inside would help.

I still have two figures in the series; a dragon and an elephant.