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311  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: mostly mittens on: August 02, 2006 11:06:57 PM

Is there an easy pattern for these lovikkas?  My mom wants mittens for Christmas, and I really like how these look!  Thanks!

there is! i'll try to write it down, but i'll have to use a book for the english knitting terms, so please tell me if anything sounds wrong.

36 stitches makes a perfect pair for me, but i have very big hands. 32 was perfect for my sister.

there are two ways of starting. the traditional way, you start with purl stitches and knit them together into a ring immediately, then continue with purl stitches for 3 inches, then switch to knitting stitches.

*** measure the length of the mitten from where you switched, as the "inside out" part will be tucked up to form a board to be decorated . when you think it's time for a thumb, use a different color for as many stitches as will fit your thumb, then go back to the original color. the different color thread will be pulled out to form the thumb-hole after finishing the rest of the mitten. keep on knitting until you reach the first finger, then decrease the stitches by casting off, which i can't explain in english, but if you know how to do it it's easy, and if you don't, any book can show you.
then it's thumb-time! pull out the thread, and pick up the stitches on four needles. usually the thumb needs to be a little bit longer than you think. cast off the same way you did on the mitten!

i usually cheat a bit with the "board", and start with a few rows of back-and-forth garter-stitch, then knit it together and continue with knittnig stitches for 2 inches, then switch to purl stitches for some 3 or 4 rows,  then switch to knitting stitches again and continue from *** in the pattern. looks like a tucked up board, but isn't as thick and clumsy. saves some yarn as well. the black ones with the reflective tapa are done this way, and the pink ones in the traditional way.

these mittens are then brushed or felted to be more "furry" (wrong word, but it describes it). i  haven't tried felting, as i don't know how much it will shrink, so i usually go for brushing them.

if you go for traditional, you might want to add a 3 inch braid with a tassel(?)  like on the pink pair. use some threads from the embroidery yarn in the tassel. the embroidery on those is made the traditional way  with thick yarn.

the traditional colors are white or grey for the mittens, and embroideries in blue, red and yellow, one thread of each. striped ones usually turn out well too.

i hope you are able to make anything out of my confused pattern, but just ask me if there are any problems with it!
312  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: bags and... knight-suit on: August 01, 2006 11:43:49 AM
I adore that wizard bag!  Any chance of a close up?  How did you do it, is it a stencil?

i've given the bag away, but there should be a piece of fabric with the print somewehere. *probably in my car, which is a mess until i move into my new place in a few weeks* i made the picture on the computer, using a photoshop pencil, originally for a shirt print (i might have the shirt somewhere, i'll post a picture if i find it).
313  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: mostly mittens on: August 01, 2006 11:40:14 AM
They are absolutely awesome!!! I think mostly because of the wizards - but now I want some !!!! I'd forgotten how excellent mittens are - thankyou for inspiring me.

yay! more mittens to the people! lovikkas are fast to make because of the fast yarn.. i made the black ones when i was supposed to be studying for my driver's license, (but i did pass the test anyway)
314  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: mittenomania on: August 01, 2006 11:37:33 AM
The little kittys on the pair for your sister are great. Did you use a chart from somewhere, or make up your own?

thanks! i made them up myself. started with the eyes, i knew i wanted them big, and then added the rest.
315  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: bags and... knight-suit on: August 01, 2006 11:36:19 AM
They all turned out great
How can you hardly ever ride when you have such a pretty horse? D:

i had other reasons for quitting the riding, but i don't have that horse anymore. my sister and i rented him together, and then i moved to go to college. he's smaller than he looks, only 146 cm tall (is that what you say about a horse?).
316  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / mittenomania on: August 01, 2006 08:47:12 AM
  The Wizard Army! those white wizard mittens are a bit small for me so i made this pair that fits me better.

these were a christmas gift for my youngest sister. i have no idea if she uses them as i don't see her as often as i would like to, but she says she likes them Kiss
317  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / bags and... knight-suit on: July 31, 2006 10:34:22 PM
the wizard bag!

and the monster bag! i use it for a handbag.

this is about the only large project i ever made. i suddenly found myself practising silly games Grin with our irish-cob for a show at the local stable so i had to fix the gear in a hurry. turned out nice but i've only used it once because i don't do a lot of shows, i hardly even ride anymore. it wasn't very fun to make becaus  of all the very long seams, but it actually fit the horse and med well.
318  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / godzilla hat & cow mittens on: July 31, 2006 10:23:31 PM

suddenly everybody i knew started crocheting hats, so i thought i had to try. turned out nicely, but i enjoyed making the picture more than the actual hat Grin

Rosa (white) and Ferdinand (black). I made them for i friend ho is totally obsessed with cows, so now she walks around with these on her hands. i crocheted a  pair of simple mittens, one black and one white, and then sewed on the spots and the faces and ears. the tails are braided. i was trying to get a pair of real nametags for the ears, but it failed so they don't have any. i want to mke a pair of zebras too.
319  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: mostly mittens on: July 31, 2006 10:00:17 AM
Great mittens! Are those witches that you knit onto the first two pairs? They look really cool.

that's what everybody thinks! but actually, they're...wizards. it started with a joke and a cartoon my friend and i made in high school, and now i put them on all kinds of things. they're funny and nobody else has them. so i have them on more mittens, a shirt, a beanie, a knife i made this spring, and a bag.
320  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / amigurumi! on: July 31, 2006 09:22:44 AM
amigurumis are perfect fore presents and good for using up that yarn you HAD to buy but can't find a use for Grin i've only made three this far but there will be more.

this is Kent-Ragnar. he looks cute but can be really annoying... he is sort of a mascot, he likes parties with lots of beer and i've carried him around parts of the swedish mountains this week.

this one was a gift for my sister. he's looking after her keys.

this was my first amigurumi! i didn't really know what to do with him, but then i realised a friend of mine had frogomania Cheesy so he moved to her place.
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