FO: For Maria

You know when you just scroll around Pinterest and you see something that makes you drool over your screen?

Yeah, you do! 🙂

When I saw this pin I couldn’t get it off my mind.
I heard it whispering: “Knit me! Knit me for Maria!”

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The original pattern is a paid one.
Sadly, I couldn’t buy it because I don’t have a bank account that allows internet purchases (it’s hard, believe me!) so I improvised.

Even though I didn’t knit an actual Golden Wheat Cardigan, I want to thank the designer for the inspiration.

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I tried to have the purl side as the right side but this yarn didn’t look that good. It’s an acrilic fingering weight yarn which I held two strains together. It’s the same yarn I used for my Flax in a different colorway. 

I think you are probably not the biggest fan of acrylics but I find it extremely durable and easy to wash since you can just throw it in the washing machine, that I can forsee its scratchiness (is that a word?).
For someone that doesn’t know how to treat hand knitted items is great.
As is for lazy people like me!

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The buttons weren’t easy to found.
Made of ivory. So beautiful and fragile, like Maria!

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I know Maria since university.
She’s more like family to me.
Always there for me, as I am for her.
I’m so grateful to have her in my life.

I wanted to knit her something special and I’m sure that this cardigan will be her favorite. It’s just so Maria’s taste.

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It’s such a warm cardigan that taking those photos really made me sweat!

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As you can tell the photoshoot happened in F’s garage.
The photographer was my F.
Thank you my love ♡

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He has improved so much although he couldn’t capture the side faux seam while I was wearing the cardigan.
Such a pretty, little detail.

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I was on a deadline to finish it because Maria was supposed to visit me last week for Easter but unfortunately she couldn’t.
The cardigan will have to be sent to her soon even though the weather is getting hotter every day and she will not wear her new cardigan for months.

Do you think it is possible to have a couple of cold days?
In May? In Greece? Who am I kidding?!
A knitter can always wish for cold weather, right?
😉

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Thank you Veronica!

Don’t you love winning on giveaways?
I know I do!!

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Veronica from Ajugas was giving away this lovely silk bag.
She mentioned, she would randomly select one recipient for the silk bag on or around the Spring Equinox.

The word Equinox was unknown to me so I turned to Google translation 😛
I was thrilled to find out that she meant the 20th of March, which is my birthday!
(For everyone interested Equinox is Isimeria in Greek)

And what a thrill when she informed me that I was chosen!

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I absolutely love the old fashioned style of the bag. So granny!
It is perfect for small projects, like my socks.

But the rest of the goodies her package was having in, definitely outrun the bag.
Sorry beautiful bag!

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She so generously included 4 balls of the squishiest yarn I ever touched in orange!
I love that orange and it’s F’s favorite color.
He already tried to claim it 😀

The yarn is 80% cotton 20% casmir.
A delight!

Not to forget, she also sent me some hand cream and lip balm.
Grrrrrreat!

I can’t believe how generous knitters can be!
Every time I get so amazed!

Veronica lives in the other corner of the earth, in Texas, but our love for knitting brought us close.
I have more people to share my passion here than in my daily life.

Thank you Veronica for being one of them.
I wish you always give so much joy to others.

Thank you all for supporting me, inspire me and just be absolutely freaking amazing people!
I’m really grateful…

FO: Rainbow Scrap Sweater

The Rainbow Scrap Sweater is finished and its recipient is enjoying it!

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A wonderful, easy and so colorful little sweater for a little person.
It took me 4 days from start to finish while watching season 3 of Elementary. Multitasking, I know but how amazing is it that we can watch a movie or a couple episodes of a serie and end up with a -let’s say- hat!
Mind blowing!

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Back to the sweater, I weight it when finished and I happily found out that I can make another one by using only one skein of one color. So, I think this will be the official sweater pattern I’ll be knitting for future gifts for toddlers.

Remember the little vest? It fitted this little guy like a glove!

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He is such a sweetheart! I almost took him with me when leaving!
He was sitting quietly on my lap all the time I was there! He even took a nap while I was holding him! Most babies like me immediately  (my sister says it’s my funny face) but this one was really something!
It was love at first sight! For both of us!

I hope you all have a great week along with your loved ones and huge amounts of tenderness!

WIP&FO: Gifts for little people

I think I’m constantly posting about my WIPs and not so much about my FOs.

Maybe because I get very excited when I start a new project. 😛

I want to show so many beautiful things but my mind is on my needles and lately I suffer from castonitis….
You’ll have to be patient with me….

I want to visit a very dear friend of mine that on January had her second baby!
I don’t want to go empty handed….

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I’m knitting her 3,5 year old daughter a Rainbow Scrap Sweater with leftovers from F’s blanket.
I remember that my friend asked me to find a recipe for a rainbow birthday cake for little M’s first birthday.
Unfortunately the earthquakes of 2014 was 3 weeks before and M’s birthday party never happened.
She is a very cheerful girl and I think that she will look adorable wearing a rainbow!

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For her new little brother, I knitted a little vest in grey cotton yarn.
It took me less than two nights knitting to finish it.

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I love the buttoned side!
Such a cute reminder of the big head that babies have!

Knitting for little people is so fast and fulfilling.
I will do lots of it this year since we expect new arrivals.
Another niece or nephew is also on its way apart from my best friend’s first!
Aunt Zeta will knit them lots of wonderful little sweaters and hats and blankets and tops and so freaking cute little socks!!!!

I hope you won’t mind this place turned into a baby-blog….

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32!!

Yesterday I turned 32 years old!

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(Yes, there is a tiara on my head! I’m the queen on my birthday!)

As long as I remember myself, I was always nervous about getting older. Mostly about doing things so that I won’t regret not doing them when I’m older. Does it make sense? 

The last year I have grown as a person. I try to live more in the moment, to be grateful, to smile every single day, to have only positive thoughts, when something bad happens to see it as a lesson and not to get upset for the little things.

The change was noticeable and I dare to admit that I’m happy!

So this year, it felt ok that time passed. It felt… normal! 🙂

Knitting has helped me find happiness more than anything.
It kept me sane, peaceful and calm. It took away my worries, problems and bright up my dark moments.

No wonder why I treated myself with yarn gifts 😀

I wanted to knit with more luxurious yarns forever but the yarn stores I’ve visited only had wool that I found itchy.
I thought about ordering online but I’m not comfortable buying yarn without touching it.
Couldn’t help also drooling over your merino projects.

About two weeks ago, I accidently found out the store Plectorium, here in Greece, with all those yummy yarns.
I announced F that he didn’t need to worry about what he’ll get me for my birthday! I knew what I needed!

I chose three skeins of yarn just to try them.
I didn’t want to get a sweaters amount and not like the feel.
I got:

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One skein of Malabrigo Silky Merino in the Lluvia colorway.
It is a dream! It will make me the softest cowl ever!

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I hand winded it on my thumb making a centre-pulled ball.
I saw how on Little Bobbins podcast. Thanks Dani!

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One skein of Malabrigo Lace in the Cadmium colorway that lighted up my day!
I don’t wear shawls but I think I’ll start!
Such a bright color will be perfect for cloudy days.

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And a self striping sock yarn!
Opal Best Friends collection.

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I hope the finished sock will look that.
I also ordered aluminum DPN in size 2,5mm and 2,25mm hoping that I won’t break them knitting tight.

Oh, I don’t know which one will be the next to cast on….
I’m still searching for patterns.
If you want to suggest any one-skein pattern, I’ll be thrilled!

Thank you all for remembering and wishing for my birthday!

FO: Marina’s Garter Cardi

Wasn’t this a quick one?

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Marina’s cardi is finished and already at its recipient 🙂

On Saturday, I found out that a colleague of mine was called on a business trip to my friend’s town on Tuesday. 
It was the perfect opportunity to send her my gift along with some other goodies 😉

By that time, I was about to finish the back of the cardigan.
Time was limited but fortunately I had two days off work to focus on my knitting.

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As you see the structure is very simple.
Plus knitting on needles size 10 helped the whole garment to fly off my hands quickly.

Seaming was the most time consuming part.

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The sleeves were seamed before the shoulder shaping.
This makes the cardigan slouchy but not boxy.

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On my first Garter Cardi I seamed the sleeve into a tube and then attached it to the body.
This time I seamed it flat and it was so much easier!

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Then I folded the whole cardigan to seam the sides using the mattress stitch.
I saved hours this way.

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Of course there was no time for blocking but the cardigan grows in length by wearing it.
Mine wasn’t blocked and you can see how the garter stitch grew.

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Marina really really liked it and that made me feel such a happy knitter 🙂

It was a bit tight on her because she has put on some weight but she will sure wear it a lot after she gives birth.

My ravelry notes are on your disposal along with my help if you want to knit your own Garter Cardi.
I would love to write a pattern out of it but, let’s be realistic, I’ll never find enough time.
One day maybe….

Joining Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams.

WIP: Marina’s Garter Cardi

This winter so far is the mildest I can remember.

Don’t get me wrong but I’m almost always cold.
Everybody at work usually wear just a t-shirt and I’m under 3 layers at least!

But this year felt like an endless spring.

Yesterday afternoon though there was heavy rain followed by hail.
After my yoga class, I wanted to curl in my chair, with a hot cup of tea and something wooly to knit.

My Reindeer is growing fast. Only the sleeves are left to be knitted.
But its yarn is cotton.

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So I casted on for another Garter Cardi.

It is the same yarn, in the same color as my first Garter Cardi only smaller since it is for my best friend and koumpara(=I was something like a maid of honor in her wedding), Marina.

Last time I saw her, I was wearing my cardigan and she really liked it. I told her it was the warmest cardigan I have ever wore and let her try it on to see for herself. At that moment I secretly took her measurements! 😛

Marina is petite. She struggles to find clothes in her size.
And I have knit her only a scarf and a pair of socks.
It was time for a proper garment.

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Three strands of yarn in garter stitch make a very warm texture.

Since this isn’t a pattern but mostly an improvisation, I was more than happy for keeping “notes” for the numbers the first time.

I casted on for 46 stitches for the back, that’s 10 stitches less than my cardigan.
I also need to make the body and the sleeves shorter.

I think it will be a great and unexpected gift for her since she doesn’t read my blog.

I think of her a lot lately because she recently found out she’s pregnant and I’m far away. I will miss seeing her belly grow.
But I will love to see her wearing the cardigan I knitted for her with a big belly or later with her baby in her arms.

Oh, it’s raining again!
Back to needles! 🙂

Joining Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams.

WIP: The Gifted Reindeer

I feel the need to express my gratitude for this place and for all the wonderful people I have “met” here.
I live in a place that there is no one to share my passion for knitting, thus the existence of this blog.
When I say that I really enjoy knitting, I get some very weird looks.
I’m sure you know what I’m talking about 😛

But I found my place here!
What I never expected to find, was friends!

Alina from The gift of knitting is a true friend to me even if we have never met. She is sweet, kind, generous, a true gem!

If you don’t follow her blog, you really should!
She’s inspirational!

And now she’s designing!
Her patterns are jaw dropping!

When she released her Reindeer, I was drooling over my screen! 

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It was exactly the cardigan I was dreaming about!

I wanted to knit an open cardigan with a cable pattern down the back but since I couldn’t find the perfect pattern, I had to improvise.

I had told Alina at some time and not only did she remembered,
she gave me her pattern as a gift!!!!

I could be more happy, grateful and moved by her generosity!

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The yarn was patiently waiting for F’s blanket to finish.

I have regretted million times my promise not to cast on anything till the blanket is ready.
I learned my lesson…. 😛

While swatching (applause please, this is rare for me), I was off.
Being a tight knitter, on size 4,5 needles, I had 20 stitches per 4 inches instead of the pattern gauge of 17 sts. 

I tried going up some needle sizes but I liked the fabric on the 4,5 needles.
I was thinking modifications, doing crazy math until I got a headache.
I decided to take a break and visit my favorite blogs.

And then the weirdest thing happened!
The first post on my feed was this one.

I was aligned with the universe!

Everything turned crystal clear and I casted on for the large size hoping to get a small size.
So far it works! Thanks Karen!

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I’m so in love with the cable pattern!
The cotton yarn really makes the stitches pop.

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The color is really difficult to show. It’s more like the first photo but I think it changes depending on the light.

I’m going fast with it because I can’t wait to put it on and proudly say that I knitted this! 😀

A huuuuge thank you to Alina!

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WIP: A colorful blanket

Actually a FO and a WIP….

On September I participated the Spice of Life CAL and I loved it!
It was exactly what I needed at that time.

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I made my blanket small. I wanted to have it on my feet to keep me warm while knitting and maybe (a gigantic maybe) use later it on a crib.

Anyway.
On that blanket I used my amigurumi stash yarns which are acrylics and, as you see, extremely colorful!

The idea of the CAL was to practice on new stitches.
Mission accomplished!
Even though on some rows I ended up with much more stiches than supposed that makes my blanket saggy in the middle, I love to cuddle with it!

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Now, remember when I told you that F’s soft spot is color?
Do you want to guess what he ask me to make him?
A blanket!
Not just any blanket.
A colorful blanket for when he falls asleep on the couch.

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Have I told you that F is a tall guy? Almost 2 meters tall!
That means that his blanket could easily fit a double bed!
And that’s a lot of crocheting!

Luckily his demands didn’t include fancy stitches.
Half double crochets and every second row change the color.
Of course every time he chooses the following color 😉
It’s like living with a big baby!

I must admit though, it’s fun!
I love that he supports me and motivates me to crochet more!
(Putting aside the -I’m cold. When will my blanket finish?- part!)

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This fabric magazine holder came very handy.
I put in there those big skeins and they unravel without me chasing them!
It even have pockets for my hook and scissors!
It was my sister’s Christmas gift! Great, right?

I’ll keep you posted on this project since it will take a while until becoming a FO!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Christmas gift: The giraffe

I love the lights on my little Christmas tree. I don’t want to take it away yet. I feel a warmth in my heart every time I see it and I cherish every evening when the sun goes down and the little lights glow brighter. Even though the last two years we put it on the top of a drawer cause of Naya, still knitting beside it is one of my favorites moments of the day.

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Pattern: Crochet giraffe pattern

This sweet and colorful giraffe was crocheted under the lights of our Christmas tree for my two year old niece. She didn’t like it much since she loves to wash all her toys! Plastic baby dolls are her favorite.
My sister also said that this is the ugliest thing I’ve ever made!! Too colorful and weird for her!
F on the other hand liked very much the “scrap effect” but color is his soft spot so I don’t know if his opinion counts….

I used leftovers from my stash. I’m not throwing away a single thread, as you see! I think that it turned out…. happy!

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What do you think?
Is it ugly or sweet?
As for my christmas tree, I think I’ll keep it for the weekend….