Cut & Paste Socks

i felt like knitting non-lace socks, so i cast on these cut and paste socks! isn’t the cable pattern lovely?! it’s great to knit because you just want to go on and on to see how the pattern develops 😉 i knit it from cuff down though, not toe up as explained in the pattern… i’ve never done that before, so i didn’t want to make any experiments 😉

they’ll be really comfy as i use lana grossa meilenweit cotton strech yarn. somehow cotton feels better on my feet and this yarn is very soft and strechy :)

this is the first pattern repeat:

ipod nano cozy tutorial

a lot of people asked me for a tutorial for my ipod cozies. so here it is:

STEP 1

you need:

  • a piece of thick felt (3 mm or 3.5 mm) that measures 30 cm x 6.3 cm
  • ribbon or anything you want to use as decoration
  • your label (if you have one)
  • a button
  • a keyring (not on photo)
  • yarn (not on photo)
  • a sewing machine (not on photo)

STEP 2

cut a 1.5cm piece from the bigger felt piece. you’ll need the strap to attach the keyring.

STEP 3

mark where the hole for the headphone cable needs to be. i usually put my ipod on the felt to see where i need to put it exactly. to give you an idea:

  • A) 9.8 cm
  • B) 1.8 cm

now you need to push a hole through the felt for the headphones. if you have a ticket-punch – brilliant. but you can use anything really. i use the things that come with snap fasteners (one of those metal things, a plastic underlay and a hammer).

make sure the hole is big enough for the base of the headphone cable and fits snugly.

STEP 4

cut a piece of ribbon that is a bit longer than the piece of felt.

attach the ribbon to where you want it. wrap the ribbon round the edges, pin and sew. neaten the ends.

STEP 5

now you use the strap you cut off earlier. make a loop and sew. neaten the ends.

attach the hanger to the back of the cozy and sew. neaten the ends.

your ipod cozy should look something like that now.

STEP 6

attach a button to the piece of felt you folded up.

you can also attach your custom lable if you have one. i have ones you can iron on, which is good here: you need to keep in mind that you will see all the seams you make as there is only one layer of felt and no lining under which you can hide seams or yarn ends…

before you go on to the next step, make sure you are finished with all your decorations, applications, ribbons, buttons, lables etc. it will be more difficult to sew on the stuff once you did step 7.

STEP 7

fold up the lower part and sew once down the right, and once down the left side of the cozy. neaten the ends.

STEP 8

we are almost done! cut a button hole in the top flap. make sure it’s neither too small nor too big. i use sharp scissors for that, but you can also use a cutter.

STEP 9

here we go. just pull the keyring through the loop on the back and you’re done!

can’t wait for my sndnrnr parcel to arrive!

oooh, i’ve been looking at some of the other girls‘ blogs to see what they got from the socks, drugs and rock’n’roll swap . i can’t wait to get my parcel! i’ve been warned by my swap pal that she will be late because the „rock’n’roll“ didn’t arrive yet… so i guess i just have to wait. but it’s hard! 😉

but i’m almost as curious to see what my swap pal mangomilch thinks about the things she got from me. i SO hope the socks will fit… and will be liked of course :) she’ll have opened the package by now, so i don’t spoil the surprise by showing you my creation (+ more photos here):

vest frogged – cardigan started

i did it. i frogged katharine vest. it just didn’t work out.

yesterday i stumbled across a lovely cardigan pattern by accident, made a gauge which fitted exaclty and just started! it’s going to be the swing cardigan from vogue knitting spring/summer 2007.

i much better love this shiny cotton yarn in stockinette stich than in lace! very exciting. i hope the size will turn out ok this time, but from the measures and gauge i’m optimistic…

100g of beautiful yarn

this is the first yarn i produced on my drop spindle! 100g corriedale in white + green.

i’m so proud and really love the white one which is a lot softer and not as overtwisted as the first (green) one… :)
first i wanted to ply the skeins, but now i like them as they are!

hm, any suggestions what i could knit with the yarn? at first i thought a neck warmer would be nice, but the green yarn is too scratchy to wear it round the neck…

any other ideas?!

spinning – day 2

i finished the green batt (50g) and started the next one.

to be able to wind it into a skein i needed to wet it and „block“ it. my old wine rack was very helpful for that as i don’t have a coiler. then i sprayed it with water and am now waiting for it to dry…

in the meantime i started with the white wool, which is – strangely enough – a lot easier to spin (or am i just getting better? 😉 ) and also a lot softer. strange, because it’s both supposed to be corriedale wool…