Hasbun kolo -- Hasbu's hideaway

Tässä blogissa on kuvia, tarinoita ja turinoita käsitöistäni. Pictures of the crafts I make and stories behind them.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Follow Me Home

Pitkällisen juupaseipästelyn jälkeen olen päättänyt muuttaa blogini Wordpress-alustalle. Tästä lähtien löydätte minut osoitteesta http://hasbu.wordpress.com/. Muistakaa päivittää kirjanmerkkinne ja RSS-lukijanne! Päivitän Blogilistalle uuden osoitteen huomenna niin sitä kautta lukevat eivät järkyty joutuessaan uuteen blogiin ihan yllättäen.

I have finally decided to move my blog over to Wordpress. From now on you can find me at http://hasbu.wordpress.com/. Remember to update your bookmarks and feed readers!

Update your bookmarks!


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Baby Gifts

Sain muutama viikko sitten ilouutisia: graduohjaajalleni oli syntynyt pieni tyttö. Ja eikun puikot heilumaan!

I heard some great news a couple of weeks ago: my MA thesis supervisor had given birth to a baby girl! Naturally, I had to start something right away.

Ensin myssy. Pienille tytöille on ihanaa tehdä pieniä myssyjä. Löysin lankavarastosta Kestovaippakaupan unelmanpehmeää luomumerinoa, malliksi valikoitui Itty-Bitty Hatsin Marshmallow Bonnet. Olen ihaillut mallin vanhahtavaa tyyliä jo aiemmin ja harmitellut sitä, että mallista ei todellakaan saa pojalle sopivaa.

First the hat. I love knitting bonnets for little girls. I found some supersoft organic merino in my stash, purchased at Kestovaippakauppa. The pattern was easy to decide: the Marshmallow Bonnet in Itty-Bitty Hats. I love the vintage style of the bonnet and have been waiting for somebody to have a baby girl so that I could knit it.

Marshmallow Bonnet

Sitten vielä töppöset. Törmäsin tähän malliin jokusen viikkoa sitten Ravelryssä ja nyt pääsin testaamaan. Näistä tuli suloiset! Halusin tossuista vastasyntyneelle sopivat, joten pienensin niitä 10 silmukalla. Lanka (Drops Alpaca) on hiukan liian ohutta tossuihin ja niistä tuli aika sukkamaiset, mutta halusin, että tossuista tulee vastasyntyneen jalkaan pehmeät ja suloiset.

And then the booties. I ran into this pattern in Ravelry a couple of weeks ago and got to try it out now. Very cute! I wanted something that would fit an infant, so I made them 10 stitches smaller. The yarn that I used (Drops Alpaca) is somewhat too fine for the booties and they turned out sock-like, but I wanted them as soft and cuddly as possible so I stuck with the yarn.


Värivalinnat tuottivat taas vaikeuksia. En halunnut päätyä itsestäänselvään vaaleanpunaiseen. Toivottavasti vauvelin äiti tykkää hennon vihreästä! Kuvaaminen oli aika hankalaa, koska hattu oli liian pieni pojan päähän ja liian iso kissan päähän. Vanha nukkeni sai siis toimia rekvisiittana.

Choosing the color was difficult once again. I did not want to go for the obvious pink, so I chose light green. I hope the new mama likes it. Photographing the knits was a little difficult as the bonnet was way too small for my son and way too big for my cat. An old doll graciously agreed to pose with them.


Malli: Baby Merry-Jane (ladattavissa myös Ravelryn kautta)
Lanka: Drops Alpaca, 20 g
Puikot: 2.25 mm

Pattern: BabyMerry-Jane (also available as a Ravelry download)
Yarn: Drops Alpaca, 20 g
Needles: 2.25 mm/ US#1

Marshmallow Bonnet

Malli: Marshmallow Bonnet, kirjasta Itty-Bitty Hats (ravelry)
Lanka: Kestovaippakaupan luomumerino,
33 g, koristeet Drops Alpacasta
Puikot: 4 mm
Koukku: 3 mm

Pattern: Marshmallow Bonnet from Itty-Bitty Hats (ravelry)
Yarn: Organic Merino from Kestovaippakauppa, 33 g, trimmings Drops Alpaca
Needles: 4 mm / US#6
Hook: 3 mm / US C


Puikoilla on taas vaikka mitä, mutta tämä on kyllä pakko päästää puikoille: February Lady Sweater (ravelry). Ihana, ihana, ihana!

I have several WIPs, but have a feeling that I this will be started asap: February Lady Sweater (ravelry). Love it, love it, love it!


Monday, June 09, 2008

SP12 Questionnaire

Tulihan sitä sadetta vihdoin. Ukkonen paukutti yöllä oikein kunnolla ja vettä tuli solkenaan. Nurmikko kiittää! Onneksi vettä on luvassa lisää tällä viikolla, vastaistutettujen puiden ja siirtonurmikon kastelu käy jo työstä.

Nature's wonders

We finally got some much-needed rain last night. Thunderstorm woke me up in the middle of the night and it was pouring. We have not had any rain for weeks so it was nice. We are supposed to be getting some more rain this week, I am really looking forward to it.

Nature's wonders


Here is the SP121 Questionnaire:

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I love natural fibers: wool, silk, and alpaca are my favorites. Blends are fine, as long as the synthetic content is not too high. Synthetic fibers make me itchy and uncomfortable. I'm also not too keen on novelty yarns.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have a roll-up needle case that my sister made me. I also have an old tool box that I use to store everything that does not fit in the roll-up case.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I learned to knit a thousand years ago, when I was about 5 years old. My mom taught me and I have been knitting ever since. I would say I'm advanced in many things, but then cannot seem to master some things. For example, stranded colorwork is still not my cup of tea.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I have a wish list at amazon.co.uk

5. What's your favorite scent?
I tend to get a headache from heavy scents. I love the scent of newly-cut grass. I wish that could be stored in a bottle for the long winter days!

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I do have a sweet tooth, but try not to give in to it too often. I mostly long for candy that I cannot get here in Finland: salt water taffy and Reese's peanut butter cups.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I love cross stitching and sewing, but have not had too much time to do them lately. I also crochet and do bobbin lace from time to time. I would love to learn how to spin, and even have a spinning wheel, but haven't had the time to try it out yet.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I love a variety of music. I listen to everything from heavy metal to country and bluegrass. I have an MP3 player and my computer also plays MP3s.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love warm earth tones (faves brown, green, orange). I dislike purple and lilac. I do not like variegated yarns with a strong color contrast. I do like self-striping yarns, though. Solid or semi-solid is always the safest choice. (I sound awfully picky now, sorry...)

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I have a hubby and an almost-three-year old son. I also have two cats and a fish tank.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I love scarves, hats and mittens.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Almost anything!

13. What are you knitting right now?
I always have several WIPs. I am knitting some baby items for my friends, and a pair of socks and shrug for myself.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Yes, definitely.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Circulars. I love my Knitpicks Options sets.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
I don't even know! I have several very old UFOs that should be frogged. I hate frogging!

18. What is your favorite holiday?
Definitely Christmas.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Yarn, I guess. I love books and have a big library. I also love everything related to cats.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I subscribe to IK and Vogue Knitting. I love all kinds of craft books and never seem to get enough of them!

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Loom knitting and spinning.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes, I am. I have small feet, I wear US size 5 or 6 (European 36-37), and the length of my foot from heel to the big toe is 8 5/8 inches (22 cm). Foot circumference is the same as the length.

23. When is your birthday?
January 20.

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?

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