Monthly Archives: January 2011

Placemats for my parents

Front of placematsThe six placemats on the floor

I made placemats for my parents for Christmas. You can find the tutorial/pattern here over at Handmade by Alissa.

The fabrics are from IKEA, except for the black linnen fabric on the front. Can’t remember where I bought that. All fabrics were pieces I already had at home. Same goes for the batting. I had to buy biased tape and thread, but was it.

Close up of quiltingClose up of the quilting

Back of placematsThe back of the placemats

CornersMitered cornes with biased tape (I’m showing you three that look nice and I keep the others to myself!)

I love the end product and so do my parents. Apparently my mum thinks they’re too pretty to use on weeknights so they only come out on weekends. She’s silly! 🙂

I was surprised at how much time I had to spend making them though. The last one was finished just a couple of hours before I had to leave for the Christmas party. Cutting the pieces took time. Sewing with linen fabrics is more work than cotton fabrics and I had totally forgotten how linnen bahves when it kind of shifts sideways. I had to be extra careful when pinning to make ends match. And there was a lot of ironing going on as well. Quilting took about 30 minutes per placemat. And I think I spent 1½ on getting the first biased tape attached around the edges. I got faster and faster at doing it though (and maybe a bit more forgiving too) and the last one was fastened in 40 minutes or so.


WIP – Print O’The Wave-stole (again)


My Print O’The Wave-stole has yet another corner! It’s finished! I’ve grafted that fourth corner and I’ve fastened the loose ends. Now it’s time for blocking.

Thanks again to Linda who came to my rescue and helped out when I lacked yarn to finish my stole.

WIP – Print O’The Wave-stole

Stole in progress
Stole in progress

This is how much I could do knit with the yarn I had myself. I lack yarn for the last 7 repeats of the border. But! Help is on the way from Canada!

The pattern is Print O’The Wave-stole (opens a pdf) by Eunny Jang. And the yarn is Fino from Alpaca With a Twist.

(And speaking of a blurry Skorpan the other day, what about the focus in the picture above? 🙂 )

Photographic accident

A blurry Skorpan

I just love this picture of a blurry Skorpan having a drink after his evening meal. It’s funny how much I try to get the right thing in focus when I take pictures, and then a picture like this comes up on the computer screen and I simply love it.


And I found help…

The wonderful world of knitters! Yesterday, I asked for help as I need some additional yarn to finish my Print O’The Wave-stole. I also asked three people over at Ravelry if they would be intrested in a trade of some sort to help me out.

Within 2½hours I had given my address to a generous woman in Ontario, Canada, who later this week will send me 15 grams of the yarn I need. And she didn’t even want to trade anything for it.

I’m blown away by the generosity of knitters! Thank you, Linda!

Wanted – Alpaca with a Twist Fino in Plum Wine

I’ve known for a while that I don’t have enough Alpaca With A Twist Fino to finish my Print O’The Wave-stole. I’ve chosen to ignore the fact to keep me going and not give up on the stole. I’ve been surprisingly faithful to this project for the last couple of weeks.

I have knit 55 out of 84 repeats for the border and I only have 10grams left of the yarn. I estimate I will need an additional 15grams to be able to finish it all.

Can you help?

I need 15 grams of Fino from Alpaca With A Twist in colourway Plum Wine 2000. The dye lot is 3038, but I’m not picky on that one.

Please contact me (either in a comment here or by using the contact form) and we’ll try to work something out to make us both happy.

Thank you!

(See update here.)

FO – Elijah the Elephant

Elijah the Elephant Elijah the Elephant

Pattern: Elijah by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Left-over Idena Cotton Sport from a project that never really happened some years ago
Needle: 3mm/2.5US
Project time: 5 days of knitting in November 2010 and 2 hours to embroider the eyes and crochet the scarf in december 2010

Standing Elijah A Standing Elijah – I love his feet and hands

Knitting this was straightforward, especially after already having done Ysolda’s Sophie the Rabbit (go here for a blog post on Sophie). They are very similar in construction.

I’m not too fond of how the neck looks like though, so just as for Sophie, I added a scarf. This one is crocheted using one strand of lime green and one strand of raspberry pink of BC Garn Allino (a cotton-linnen blend) held together.

I forced Skorpan to model with Elijah to give you some sense of the size he turned out. As you can see, Skorpan wasn’t too interested in the knitted elephant…

Elijah and other stuffed toys Elijah is here modeling with three beanie babies that I have placed on top of our glass cabinet in the dining area. The ostrich was a gift and I bought the other two myself on my first visit to Canada, back in 1999.

I made Elijah for the baby of two of our friends. The boy was born in December and we got to see him when he was 10 days old. His parents were happy with the gift but the baby was way more interested in sleeping than playing with his new cuddly toy. 🙂

Projects for 2011

Today I’m starting two new projects that I intend to keep up for the year; one involves a diary and one involves a camera. I’ll keep you posted!