Friday, December 7, 2007

Of little scarves, little men and little houses

First I would like to thank you for all the nice comments you are giving. I can't reply to them directly (thank you Blogger) but I cherish them all !

After seeing Anne's pretty little scarf I really got inspired to make something like this myself. Anne is so talented, she knits with amazing speed ! Have you seen her newest shawl design ? It's so pretty !
This kind of color for a scarf would be perfect to match with several sweaters and I just happened to have some yarn in this colorway. Really, the stash I have is getting out of control, I am afraid to show it to anybody ! But I didn't want it to be a shameless copy after all, so I searched through my pattern books and came up with this :

Pattern: Scroll stitch pattern, page 200 from Barbara Walker's Treasury of Knitting Patterns, volume 1. Yarn: Posh Yarn, Eva 4-ply, 55% silk 45 % cashmere in color Bronze ,I used 1 1/2 skeins. Needles: 4,5 mm.

I used 5 repeats for this scarf with no side stitches and slipped the first stitch .

So far Juno has been growing slowly but steadily, I am almost through 3/4 of the pattern now. And no, I haven't abondoned my cardigans, I am picking them up from time to time. Maybe next time I will have something more to show you.

And this has been growing too, it doesn't look like much now but I hope it will look like one of these little men in the end. And that he will be finished in time for Christmas.......

The Yuletide Gnomes from the Bumper Book of Knitting.

I found some very cheap (acrylic) yarn in the little shop nearby. You won't be able to find a 100 % wool in this shop, and the owner never heard of handddyed yarn in her entire life. She doesn't even know what a rowcounter is, or a cable needle when I asked for these. Oh well, thank goodness for the internet !

Before I started knitting again I was making miniatures. I had a very good friend who also liked to do this and we came together every two weeks to make things, drink tea and chat a lot. Last year this time a very unexpected phone call came, she died very sudden from a stroke. Since that time I haven't picked it up again, I can't find the pleasure in doing this anymore. It will come back I'm sure of that, but I need some more time I guess.

This is the dollhouse I build together with the help of DH. We made the outside together, the inside is decorated and made by me. I also made the flowers in the garden with paper and moss. Sadly it doesn't quite look like this anymore, we moved it upstairs this spring when we redecorated the livingroom and a certain black little rabbit had access to it. She ate most of the moss and shredded the flowers to bits...... I still love her. *

Granny standing in her kitchen, she is wearing a little cardigan I knitted for her. This is really the tiniest thing I ever knitted !

A closer look at the garden with the rabbit hutch and the chickens on the lawn. It really looked nice ONCE didn't it ?

* I hope she enjoyed it !


Sarah said...

Your minatures are lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Oiyi said...

Your scarf is beautiful! And Juno is looking really good.

The doll house is amazing!

Monkee Maker said...

How sad that you lost your miniature-making friend. I hope that you do pick it up again as that house is just beautiful! Such intricate detail, it must have taken forever!

And I guess it's good that your black bunny got to enjoy it too ...?

HobbyZu said...

I love the pattern for the scarf! Beautiful! :-) That doll house is amazing! I can't believe how much detail is on it. It must have taken ages. I want one too! :-) It would be so cool to crochet or knit miniatures. Thanks so much for your blog comments. I sure do love my little nuisances! ;-)Etsy can be slightly addictive huh? ;-)

Sereknitty said...

Oh my goodness ... you are one very talented lady! I couldn't believe the detail in your miniatures ... stunning! I think I may be doing a little copying of my own ... your scarf pattern is lovely and I have just the yarn for it in my ever-expanding stash. said...

The miniatures are exquisite - so much painstaking detail. Your little home can even boost of the reality of life, blessings of Black Bunny.

Some day you may be able to take up the hobby with good memories of your friend, but if it doesn't happen you will still always have the memories of a good friendship shared.

Great scarf pattern - good for you in creating your own. :-)

Marlena said...

I am so fascinated by dollhouses and miniatures. Your house is beautiful! And I'm sure bunny did very much enjoy the forbidden food. I know mine do!

Danielle said...

So much beauty to behold in one post!! I love your new scarf, the yarn and stitch you chose are gorgeous. Juno is going really great too. Your gnome is coming along wonderfully, I can't wait to see how he turns out! Hope you have time to finish him for Christmas.

I loved looking at your pictures of the doll house. Your work is amazing! I've always been extremely fascinated by miniatures, and I could have examined those pictures all day :) I felt a pang of sadness though at the mention of the loss of your friend that you made miniatures with, and I hope someday you'll be able to do this again. But if not, you do have the fond memories to hold onto. Too bad blackbunny ate some of your wonderful work, but at least you don't hold it against her ;)!

Nancy said...

You make such BEAUTIFUL stuff, Marianne...really amazing!

Life's a Stitch said...

Thanks for the Barbara Walker reference. Sometimes going through her books can be so overwhelming. It's nice to see something knit up in colour. I'll be trying that one.

Windyridge said...

Those gnomes are AWESOME! Definitely on my to do list, will have to buy the book. And I love your scarves. I am knitting a lace scarf at the moment. I am trying to find a nice reversible pattern. I had one years ago and cannot find it again.