Knit deco

Other than yarn, the thing I have the biggest stash of at home is Bath & Body Works products. For those of you who have not experienced the glory that is B&BW, it’s pretty much like The Body Shop, only BETTER. I don’t even want to tell you how much time and money I spend there every time I go to the US. It’s a bit obscene.

In addition to soaps, gels, and the world’s best lotion, B&BW also sells scented candles. Some of them smell so good you want to eat them (helloooooo Cinnamon Sugar Donut and Pumpkin Caramel Latte!) and it’s possible I have a little stash with different scents for different seasons. Possibly.

It was my birthday last week, and the other day I received a belated present from my dear friend Meg in California, which contained three mini candles in delicious scents, and also this beauty:

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It’s a knit ceramic candle holder!! With CABLES! How awesome is that. I love love love it. The only downside is I will probably go through candles even faster now. Hm…. is that an excuse to stash up even more when I go across the pond in November..?

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Kinder egg amigurumi

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a link to these adorable Kinder egg amigurumi and had to make some for my honorary niecephews.

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A bee for E, a frog for T, an owl for M, and a duck for J. Pretty pleased with how they turned out (even if I superglued myself to the tube of glue at one point, but we’re not talking about that).

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Aren’t they sweet? And having an excuse to buy (and eat!!) Kinder eggs wasn’t exactly a hardship, either. These poor American children are totally missing out. It’s too bad I can’t send them actual Kinder eggs due to the stupid ban the US has on them.

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The local knit community decorates downtown

By chance I saw that the local knit community had been decorating downtown and decided to visit.It’s a bridge ideal for knitted items and it’s in the older parts of Västerås.

Unfortunately, just a couple of days after the pimping people have already torn pieces apart. Bad people! I met one of the designers on the bridge and she angrily told me what parts were already missing. Sometimes I wonder what’s wrong with people. Seriously, who tears apart knitted items??!

Here’s some pictures for you to enjoy!

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A couple of gentlemen without their hats…

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The stem misses it’s sun-flower…

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The wedding couple.

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Hooked

I don’t really crochet, other than the odd amigurumi here and there. I do have some on the todo list right now, though, and my sad sad stash of four crochet hooks didn’t include any that worked with the thread I bought for them, so I ordered some off a Chinese seller on eBay.

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I bought these from bgsxine and paid a whopping $2.97 for the three, including shipping. When you need something small like this and don’t really care about quality, Chinese eBay really can’t be beat.

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WIP Wednesday: stripes ohoy

You know how they say self striping sock yarn is addictive? It really is.

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I did about 75% of this in two days.

The Frankenstein scar/zipper for the heel:

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Still not fully decided on what kind of heel to make. Leaning toward an afterthought (well, duh) short row heel.

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Cosy Saturday Evening Knit

I’ve managed two more rows and the cats practically crashed. It’s warm and cosy! And I think the cats have missed this. We’ve been so busy moving and fixing.

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Uh-oh, I found a baby angel in the garden. Hidden!

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I had best keep an eye on it and blink moderately when around…

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How many tries does it take to start a sock?

Apparently, the answer is five:

  1. Cast on for a short-row toe. Realise the stripe isn’t wide enough and will make a wonky toe which is striped differently on top and bottom. Rip.
  2. Attempt a figure 8 toe. Realise it looks like crap, even though you’ve pulled it off before, as a much less experienced knitter. Rip.
  3. Give up the idea of toe-up socks and cast on for a cuff-down one. Realise you didn’t check how much yarn you used for the cast on and therefore won’t be able to reproduce it with sock #2, which is a problem since you want identical, not fraternal, socks. Rip.
  4. Measure the yarn used for the cast on. Knit all of the ribbing and a stripe of stockinette. Realise that your go-to-sock recipe of 72 stitches makes a sock that is way bigger than your ankle. Swear about new yarns and the virtue of swatching. Rip.
  5. Cast on 64 stitches instead. Knit 15 rows of ribbing. Halfway through the second stripe of stockinette, realise that the colour change halfway through the 15th rib row looks super wonky. Rip back to the 14th rib row and start over with the stockinette. Be glad you didn’t have to start from scratch this time.

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Hopefully it’ll be smooth sailing from here on out. This is not good for my knitting confidence.

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