The sweater curse

Knitter or non-knitter, you have probably heard about the sweater curse…

Source: Web

Source: Web

If you haven’t, make yourself comfortable and listen. Once upon a time there was a knitter. Continue reading

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Roarrr!

Why is changing the site theme such a pain in the neck?

I just wanted to give my blog a fresh look for the spring and now, after cursing my head off for a good hour, I’m back to the old theme… minus the static front page (did anyone actually like it anyway?) because I find it creates an unnecessary obstacle preventing the potential readers from going one click further… Do you agree?

Well… Now that I’ve had enough fun for today, I’m going back to my sewing. What am I working on? Psst! I won’t tell you! Come back for updates in a couple of days (that is, if I don’t end up by setting my laptop on fire in a Mythbuster-like manner…) See you soon, I hope…

Beware the ‘Vaders!

As you probably know, toddlers have a tendency to outgrow new clothes quicker than you can say “get dressed!”, which, combined with the aversion to all things new, can turn your life into a battlefield of epic proportions. I don’t know if all toddlers (or all boys, or any kid other than mine) ever do it, but Mr. Toddler has to put on a show every time he’s presented with a new item of clothing: he would say “No!” and run away and, when forced to put things on, he’d cry and wriggle like a colicky newborn… He does it so well that we actually bought him a second pair of shoes before realizing it was just a comedy.

So… we bought him a new winter jacket (I skip the details to preserve your nervous system) and, of course, the last year’s hat didn’t match. So I “had to” knit him a new one. To design a new one, to be exact. I began by searching the web for a simple pixelated character and this is how I met Space Invaders (aren’t they super cute? I’m not a gamer but definitely a fan!). Unfortunately, these little aliens are under copyright and, to be frank, I find them somewhat too scary for a two year old, so I have created my own version: they are slightly taller and friendlier-looking (but still willing to conquer the Earth, so beware all the same!). Thanks to the sprint knitting method, I have finished the hat in a week. I had to use a different yarn to finish the lining (shh! I never told you!) and my stranded knitting could have been better but on the whole, I’m very happy with the result: the hat is extra warm (one stranded layer plus the lining, all 100% wool), it looks funny and my Mr. No wears it like a good boy. I have even invented a trick or two while working on it (what I adore about knitting is that it allows you to grow with every project!) but I won’t tell you unless I decide to publish the pattern ;)

But you want to see the hat, don’t you? Here you go!

Threee…

Twooo…

Ooone…

Ta-daaam! Meet the ‘Vaders!

Beware the 'Vaders!

Beware the ‘Vaders!

P.S. In case you’re wondering about my son’s reaction to his new hat, it was “Oh, no! Oh, no!” once again… I would have been surprised to hear anything else…

DIY cable needles

Now, here you are, eager to knit those beautiful arans right now, but where the heck is that cable needle? (Oops, you lost it again!)

Here is a quick and inexpensive solution!

You will probably find everything you need at home:

  • a pack of wooden barbecue sticks (mine were 30cm long and about 3mm in diameter)
  • a cutter knife
  • a cheap nail file (ideally – with different grit sizes) or sandpaper
  • a pencil sharpener
  • – water resistant deco varnish (optional)

Take a close look at the barbecue sticks, choose the smoothest and straightest ones – this will save you a lot of effort and protect your fingers from splinters. You will need only one stick to make two cable needles but you can also use up the whole pack!

  1. Cut a stick in the middle with a paper cutter.
  2. Sharpen the blunt ends with a pencil sharpener.
  3. Polish the ends, starting with a coarse grit and ending with the finest one. Round the tips.

At this point the needle is ready to use! But if you like to do things properly…

  1. Polish the whole needle with the finest grit sandpaper you can find (I used Nr 1000 sandpaper – ultra fine).
  2. Paint the needles with coloured water resistant varnish, let dry for a couple of minutes, then cover with a layer of transparent varnish (I used Decorlack by Marabu). Leave to dry overnight.
  3. Polish the needles with ultra fine grit sandpaper until perfectly smooth.

Done!