Yarn from my pen pal.

As if lifting a spell, immediately after posting that I did not feel like knitting, I was suddenly filled with the urge to create.

First I made a tiny necklace/cozy for my MP3 player. It is brand new, but so annoying for having to be in a pocket. My summer dresses do not have pockets. There is a hole at the top of it, as if to put a string thru, but the hole is at a strange angle, making it totally impossible.

I made it from some yarn my pen pal once sent me, it was a gift from her mother to me. I can not remember that brand, but it is a silk blend, and I absolutely love the color of black with a bit of red in it.

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It is just a quick and easy pattern of single crochet. I did swatch first to calculate how many stitches were needed. I did it in the round, and did the cord before the strap. Also I left a long tail at the beginning, to close the bottom. This way I only needed to sew in two ends.

After this I decided to use some other yarn my sweet pen pal had sent me, some hand dyed merino wool from Canada. Again, I just love the colors. They fit my style perfectly.

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A quick search on ravelry.com led me to the Violet Waffles pattern. I wanted something simple because of the variegated yarn, but still with a bit of structure.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/violet-waffles

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My gauge was a bit of with 20 instead of 22 st pr. 4 inches, but I took a gamble. Ribbing is usually very forgiving.

It was fun and quick, only took a few hours. I hope my sweet sweet pen pal sends me more lovely yarn in the future. I’d better send her something back.

I also just cast on my first toe up socks. Let’s see how that goes.

Too hot.

I haven’t been knitting as much as I want to, despite no lack of free time. At first it was just too hot to knit. My hands got sweaty and the wool wouldn’t slide on the needles. Now the weather is better, a bit cloudy, but I just don’t feel like knitting. I have taken up a shawl I started last summer, but it bores me. I am in a knitting limbo, I want to knit, but I don’t want to knit. Maybe I just need a break.

What I have done is fix my husbands skate boarding shorts. He is a longboarder and because of the tricks he does he is constantly ripping up his pants.

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As you can see it is not pretty. Whenever I have to repair them, which is often, I simply cut out a piece of leftover denim big enough to cover all holes, pin it to the back and zig zag everywhere. The finished behind is not much prettier then before, but at least the holes are gone so he doesn’t ruin his boxers as well.

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The first few times I did this, I tried to make it look nice. But I soon learned that it was a waste of time. One butt slide and they are ripped again. However, my husband pays for these services with one beer per fixing, so I don’t really mind 🙂

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