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I'm Krisha - a Scandinavian mama and physician, a crafter, and an avid coffee drinker - trying to nudge my family towards a greener lifestyle!

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Friday
Jul122013

Finished!

Ha, one finished item from the basket. Granted, this baby blanket was the last of the projects I started of those depicted and the first to finish.  Its a silk and alpaca blend knit on sligthly too big neelds in order to give it that whispy, airy look. It came out just the way I wanted it too and its already swadling the little princess it was made for.  Very lush and soft. I knit it on the diagonal, a technique that makes it easier for it to keep its shape, gauge, size and become a perfect square.  And so I am proudly doing my first, of hopefully many, link ups to  finish it up friday!

Enjoy your weekend -  hope you are making something nice!

Saturday
May182013

unfinished business

A few weeks ago I stumbled over the link up,  finish it up Friday, at this site. Its been whirling in my mind for some time. As you can see I do have quite a lot to finish up! Some of these projects are really old! The granny squares are more than 10 years in the making. Being a pack rat and a “see’er of possibilities”  these projects were never chucked. Although to be fair I have had a real clean up around the  house lately and some projects really got x’d. I finally have come up with 2 good questions to ask myself when faced with old projects or items that could turn into a project; do I really want to spend time on it? Do I really WANT  the finished result? The clearing up in the old projects and organizing them in one space make me feel very much closer to the finish line!

 Now I am left with this lot, plus all the new fabrics I bought recently.. 


I do hope to link up with something finished ..soon!

Do you have half-finished projects stuck away in your nooks and crannies? 

Sunday
Mar172013

baby vest with room to grow!


This autumn we spent a long weekend in NYC with our American cousin (and her parents of course) and I had  the great pleasure to visit the purl bee in person. 

It was as beautiful and inspiring as you can imagine. And to be honest a wee bit overwhelming. Bringing my entire entourage with me I experienced a bit of a "knitters" block. But their service and patience with my raindripping peeps gave me enough time to make away with 2 skeins of the super soft Mano Maxima a super soft, hand dyed, 100% merino wool in a faboulus color combo. 

    

Half an hour after I left the store I remembered that I really wanted to shop yarn for a baby vest and so the rest of the trip I imagined the most super vest to grow in for Baby A. I really do find that children's clothes should be designed with a room to grow, especially home made ones. You put so much time and effort into them  (and the really beautiful yarns are not cheap either)  

I whipped up this baby vest in a short weekend with one of those skeins, and have been meaning to share it for the longest time. But then there was the shortage of daylight for beautiful photoes  as well as my ambition to write down and share the pattern. Writing this pattern took a long time - and made it very clear that I do not quite know how to write knitting patterns - yet!    Let me tell you though - this vest has been the missing link in her wardrobe this winter. It is perfect for layering and I expect we will be using a lot over lighter blouses this spring.  I reckon it's a size 18mo. through 3 years as you only have to move the button along the suspenders, since I find that toddlers tend to grow considerably more in lenght than width.

The only drawback with these super soft lightly spun yarns is that they tend to get small fleece lumps all over after use- but I have a remedy for that - which I will share with you in the near future!

You can find the pattern and more photos below.

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Sunday
Oct212012

Hudson bay hat and gloves for a new little boy!

I got  my first knitting comission! Well to be fair my husband "commisioned" a little knitt for a collegue of him, who just had a little boy. Wanting to get strated right away I searched my stash and came over the yarn left over from the Hudson bay inspired knitted baby blanket. And then I wisked up this hat and gloves. I think they came out pretty good to be honest and I am a little closer to cleaning up my knitting basket. 

Tuesday
Jul172012

knitted baby blanket

There are so many babies being born or soon to arrive around me these days. I don't know why, but babies seem to come in waves.

A few weeks back, the baby sister of one of my best friends had a little boy and when I saw his picture in the arms of my friend I was so moved! I remember my friend at 10, holding her newborne little sister. I remember this little boy´s mama growing up. Maybe it´s because I am going to become an aunt myself soon. Maybe the fact that the new parents bought the old family babybed from one of the other girls in our Clique Quintet. In any case,  I all of a sudden just had to knit something for this little one, so I  spent the first two rainy vacation weeks knitting a baby blanket and reading.  I must admit I have wanting to make this hudson bay crib blanket for a long while. The original pattern from the purl bee calls for slightly thinner yarn and thinner needles. However my favorite yarn store in Oslo, Tjorven, did not have a yarn with the equivalent gauge that would work for this baby blanket -but then I found this fantastic Katia-machine washable merino wool. It is so soft and so easy to knit in that I whipped up the blanket in no time.

I actually may have to make a slightly bigger one as a lap blanket for myself!

Materials :Katia Merino sport wool. 6 beige balls of yarn Plus one ball of each color, blue, yellow, green and red.  Bamboo knitting needle 5,5 (European) 80 cm. 

Pattern

I knitted the whole blanket in garter stich. The dimension are approx 85cm x 100 cm. However I think my gauge changed as I got into knitting again, and also the garter stitch "grows" so the final product was quite a lot bigger.

Cast on 120 stiches in beige 

Knitt 1 ridges ( 1 ridge = 2 rows in garter stich i.e. knitt back and forth)

6 ridges blue

5 ridges beige

6 ridges yellow

5 ridges beige

6ridges green

5 beige 

6 ridges red

Aprox 45 ridges beige

6 ridges red

5 beige

6 green

5 beige

6 yellow

5 beige

6 blue

13 beige, knitt one row than cast off.

 

Monday
Feb132012

Knitted jump suit for Baby A


My Mother has been on a little visit - and when Mormor ( maternal grandma in Norwegian) is visiting there is more often than not new knitting going around for all. She made this really nice jumpsuit from an old 80's pattern with some very nice cashmere I bought for another project that did not work out so well. The jumpsuit has almost an empire waist so it sits really nice and snug on her torso and the legs ballon really nicely. The wide legs gives ample room to grow, which I like very much. I get so attached to the kids knit wear, so I tend to let them wear it from its really one size to big till its really one size to small - although I never compromise the comfort - honestly!

I am so in love with my living room these days - if its sunny you can se the sun reach just an inch or two further into the room a and stay a wee bit longer every day! My fingers starts to itch for seeds and dirt. Still a few more weeks to go though.