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It’s been a year now since my first finished object on Ravelry, and I’ve compiled some facts and highlights.

The very first project completed was a set of guest towels, followed by:

  • 48 pairs of socks
  • 2 pairs of slippers
  • a felted accessory pouch
  • a crochet curtain for the bathroom
  • a lace table cloth
  • 2 shawls (Multnomah by Kate Flagg and Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark)
  • a capelet
  • a sweater
  • a fair isle cardigan (Sirdal by Dale of Norway)
  • 2 hats
  • 1 pair of fingerless mitts

Other significant facts:

  • I currently have only one WIP (work in progress), the Prairie Rose Lace Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark
  • I will most likely cast on the Tempest cardigan by Ann Weaver, the 2010 Lace KALendar by Carmen Oliveras, and some socks in the next couple of days.
  • I had 7 UFOs (unfinished objects) when I joined Ravelry. 3 of them are done, and I’ve added another 2.
  • I finished 3 projects for the 2010 ravelympics, teamknitmore and teammanicpurl
  • I learned to graft a sock toe, how to do a short-row heel, magic loop and 2-at-a-time socks, toe-up sock construction
  • I discovered knitting on the Internet and knitalongs
  • I listened to a lot of knitting podcasts
  • I finished my first big lace project
  • I got myself sock blockers:



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It is time for the end-of-month housekeeping. I’ve completed five projects – 4 pairs of socks and a shawl. In the order of completion:

Traveler’s Stocking by Nancy Bush knit with 1 skein of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select Semi Solids. Started January 31, 2010; completed March 9, 2010.


March 2010 SKA Mystery Sock, Belle Vitini, by Kristi Geraci knit with a skein of Malabrigo Yarn Sock. Started March 6, 2010; completed March 23, 2010.


The Easteregg Socks (birthday gift for my mum) knit with 2 balls of Sandnes Garn Smart. Started March 27, 2010; completed March 28, 2010.


Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark knit with Tess’ Designer Yarns Peruvian Sock. Started March 21, 2010; completed March 27, 2010.


A pair of stashbuster toddler socks knit with scraps of DROPS Fabel. Started March 28, 2010, completed March 29, 2010.


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Sugar rush

I have tested a few myths today.

1. Drinking coca cola is like drinking sugared water.
False: cola contains 40.5g sugar while a glucose intolersnce test contains 75g sugar (35ml). The latter tastes insanely sweet even with lemon juice added.

2. A high intake of sugar make you hyperactive.
False: the said test did not cause me to leave my chair in the waiting room and gave me nothing but a massive headache.

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It is time for the end-of-month housekeeping. I’ve completed six projects – a fair isle cardigan, 3 pairs of socks, and 2 hibernating UFOs. In the order of completion:

Spey Valley Sock by Nancy Bush knit with 2 skeins of ShibuiKnits Sock. Started January 30, 2010; completed February 2, 2010.
spey valley socks

Sirdal Socks assembled by myself based on stitch pattern from Dale of Norway. Knit with Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Baby Ull. Started February 6, 2010; completed February 13, 2010.
Sirdal socks

Bluky summer cotton sweater knit with Garnstudio DROPS Ice. The pattern is from Familien 14/2006.Started June 2, 2009; completed February 27, 2010. Part of Ravelympics 2010
cotton sweater

Lace table cloth knit with 3 balls of Idena Maxi (1650.0m). The pattern is from Familien 26/2005. Started 2007, completed February 27, 2010. Part of Ravelympics 2010
lace 1
lace 2
lace 3

Basket Check Socks by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott knit with 2 skeins of Sandnes Garn Sisu Fantasy. Started January 29, 2010; completed February 28, 2010.
basket check socks

Sirdal cardigan, size 24 months.
Pattern: Sirdal – Baby by Dale of Norway / Dale Design
Yarn: Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Baby Ull.
Started February 13, 2010; completed February 28, 2010. Part of Ravelympics 2010
cardi 1
cardi 2
cardi 3
cardi 4

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It is time for the end-of-month housekeeping. I’ve completed seven projects; surprisingly, only 3 pairs of socks. In the order of completion:

A Hat Fit for a Boyfriend by Stephanie Nicole knit with one skein of Du Store Alpakka Sterk. Started December 31, 2009, completed January 1, 2010.

Pedro's skullcap

Conwy by Nancy Bush knit with Malabrigo Yarn Sock (800 tiziano red). Started January 2, 2010; completed January 9, 2010. My very first Malabrigo project, and it is definitively not the last 🙂

Conwy socks

Noro Fingerless Mitts by Michelle Molis and A Hat Fit for a Boyfriend by Stephanie Nicole in Noro Silk Garden (47). Started January 10, 2010; completed January 13, 2010. My first Noro projects. I’m charmed by the coloring.

Noro hat and mitts
Noro hat and mittsNoro hat
Noro hat and mitts

Abruzzi by Amanda Crawford knit with 3 skeins of Rowan Alpaca Cotton (401). Started January 16, 2010; completed January 21, 2010.


Gansey Girl by Debbie O’Neill (SKA January 2010 Mystery Sock) knit in ShibuiKnits Sock (220). Started January 2, 2010; completed January 23, 2010.

Gentleman’s Fancy Sock by Nancy Bush
in Sandnes Garn Sisu. Started January 23, 2010; completed January 28, 2010.
pedro's socks

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OK I have to admit that I’ve knitted a few pairs of socks this year. I joined the 52 pair plunge on ravelry in June, and so far the count is 27. 17 of these made their way under various Christmas trees, and I decided to make a gallery:

Chris Andre:
socks socks
Charleen and Elizabeth:
socks socks
Kristin and Matilde:
socks socks

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Miss Marple

This sock was originally designed as a mystery, with the pattern divided into clues. The mystery design was inspired by Miss Jane Marple, the fictional crime-solver created by Agatha Christie. She’s sharp, clever, and a knitter, of course. Now the pattern is complete and ready to knit as a whole… the only mystery left is to unlock the crossword puzzle at the end

Qurious (and a bit sceptical) I cast on the Sock Knitters Anonimous (SKA) November mystery sock designed by Star Athena as soon as the first clue went up on November 1st. I finished the first clue (the cuff) for both socks quickly using magic loop and doing them two at a time. But I was not quite happy. Was the yarn too busy for the mosaique pattern?

I let it marinate for a few days, waiting for clue 2 to come up. The stitch pattern for the legg spanned 2 pages, so I printed it and glued it together, aligning each 64 stitch row carefully. Got a few rows into the leg before I lost my knitting mojo / took break to work on Christmas gifts.

The half-done cuffs/legs hibernated for almost two months. Occupying my favourite knit picks circular needles and occationally poking at me from the bag. Well, I think I have five or 6 of those 2.5mm 80cm needles, but still – they are not archive material! Then Christmas happened: gift knitting was officially over and I thought that maybe I could finish them in time for the SKA challenge after all. Maybe.

So I picked up where I left and finished the leg:

And turned the heel:

Miss Marple heel

After that it was smooth sailing and I finished in a day or so. They turned out quite beautiful and one-of-a-kind:

Miss Marple pattern page

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Welcome to my new blog. It has been marinating for a quite a while; now time has come to unearth it. Here you will find out what I am about – yarn issues, food fantasies, technical communication, (hidden) geek tendencies, my boyfriend and cohabitant Pedro, our dog Quita, and life in general.

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