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  These past few weeks I can’t stop thinking about big, super chunky knits! I know it’s summer and I should be thinking about breezy dresses, but that’s just how things are, I guess. I’ve been looking for the right chunky knit for making pillow cases, so nothing too scratchy, nothing too fine. Something that feels good if you put your face on it, but is still a bit stiff, like a proper sofa cushion. I imagined a grey chunky, soft fibre to do all of the above and that apparently doesn’t exist. At least not this time of year.…

I’ve recently finished this knitted t-shirt inspired by the lovely Juliet Tee by We are Knitters and the many versions I’ve seen around. It’s a bit different because the yarn is thinner than the original yarn from WAK; it’s a mercerized cotton with a bit of a shine to it and it’s also knitted more loosely than the original top. What I like about it: First of all, I am happy I made up the pattern myself. I wanted to simplify as much as possible, so I made this a longer rectangle, with a slit in it for the neckline.…

I really liked Christina Baker Kline’s piece in the New York Times about why she didn’t use to knit, or garden, or do anything that would keep her from her focus of writing and being a writer. There’s a touching paragraph about her beloved mother, who “moved from one passion to the next like a tornado moving across a flat landscape, sweeping up everything in its path and flinging it aside — astrology, feminist activism, organic gardening.” “Knitting was no different. For a few years, skeins of yarn piled up in baskets around the house. There weren’t enough humans in…

For a few months now I can’t stop thinking about knitting. It all started with Teo (hello 😉 who mentioned We Are Knitters, then I remembered the effect this vest from Wool and the gang had on me when I saw it last year (I think?) and it all came down on me, like an avalanche of purled and knitted stitches, wooden needles and lots of types of new yarn. You might have guessed this from my latest post on knitting needs and wants. Anyway, one day I saw this awesome headband, from Kelerabeus on Kollabora, who made this wonderful white…

It’s king of great that today is Earth Day and also the day I show you my first knitted washcloth. I know youre probably thinking, yeah, what’s the big deal, but for me, knitting is a whole new thing I can’t stop thinking about. And how great it is when you can make something useful and learn a new stitch or a new technique. Washcloths are cool for various reasons: they are easier to care for and collect less bacteria than kitchen sponges (maybe beycause dry faster?). If you use them in the bath, the cotton bumps are textured enough…

I bought a wonderful scarf the other day from Bulbo (where you can also find some of my bags and pouches :). It’s hand knitted and just perfect, bright green (almost neon green) and warm brown. And very, very long. And did I mention puffy? I really like it. But there a problem with it: it leaves hair like a cat. Everywhere. Hair that takes over my coats, fibers that stay there forever, even after washing. Tiny little fibers that like to travel up to my nose. I would so love to be able to use it and not suffer…

I’ve been doing some more crochet – nothing fancy, just playing around and experimenting with shapes and color. These little leaves now live on my friends’ sweater. And they’re having the time of their thread following her around 🙂 The strange flower is a prototype for a headband that I want to do. (You’ll be the first to see it when it’ll become real! ) Other crochet projects on my blog: crochet flower pin tank top crochet refashion a leaf buying crochet supplies See ya, have a nice week 🙂

I am, I have to admit it.  It’s not my number one passion and I am just learning how to do it properly. But it looks so fun when others do it:) I will probably take me years to get at the level of  willynillywaterlily (isn’t she great?) but we all have to start somewhere:) First step: buy cotton and love it. Check! 🙂

Yep, yep, still in the crochet mood. This is a simple tank top that I embellished with pale pink crochet thread. I used a 1.2 mm crochet for this. Scroll down for a tip on how to do it. How to do it yourself? The trick here is to build a row on which you can crochet. In an all crochet project you would do this with the starting chain. I did this by sewing the first row and then I started crocheting on top. These are three rows of simple crochet stitches. If you want to learn the basic…