Third one of a kind

A few weeks back, I knitted two caps of Novita Puro for kids.

Needed a quick and easy project for last Thursday – I had an afternoon of lectures to attend to. Decided to make yet another cap of Novita Puro, this time the yarn colourway was “Iltanuotio”.

a cap of Novita Puro

There were some nice colours in that yarn, but most of the cap turned out to be dark grey. Fortunately the target group didn’t mind.

Yarn Novita Puro “Iltanuotio”, needle size 5 mm. Knitted with magic loop. Quick and easy project.

Making 95% UFOs into FOs

I’ve been in a process of finishing 95% UFOs. Glad to announce that I’m almost there: I have three items crossed off the to-do list.

In August 2008 I started knitting these wrist warmers. Found a “fake cable”, which requires no cable needle, in a pattern book and adapted it.

First made wrist warmers for myself.

wrist warmers of Novita Luxus Wind

The wrist part was easy, but making the triangle was a bit more complicated. The hardest part, though, was to make a ring around the middle finger exactly the right size. (It took me about a year to complete this minor detail in a satisfying manner.)

wrist warmers of Novita Luxus Wind

Yarn Novita Luxus Wind, soft and comfy – loved knitting it! Needle size 4 mm. Casting on the stitches required three needles to make it strechy enough.

wrist warmers of Novita Wool (merino wool)

Second pair of the same pattern: wrist warmers for a kid. Yarn Novita Wool, needle size was probably 3 mm.

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Another UFO that has been lingering on a long time. I made a headband following loosely the pattern of Headband in Alaska by Garnstudio.

headband of Novita Nalle

The yarn is Novita Nalle in two colours, pink and dark blue. Picked the colours to match my coat. Knitted the headband in February 2009 into 95% shape, and the buried it in my “almost-there” basket.

I was quite sure this would turn into a complete disaster just like any other headband I’ve made. Wearing glasses make most of the headbands, caps and other garments fit poorly. To my surprise, this was quite comfy and nice fitting. Might have to make another one to match other coats.

headband of Novita Nalle

Two FOs on one blow

No, I haven’t done any finishing off. Instead I’ve knitted two new items – and finished them!

I bought my kids some Novita Puro: three skeins of colorway Ruska and another three of colorway Revontuli. Kids are knitting themselves scarves with garter stitch.

I thought I’d make them simple caps. To keep myself interested, I decided to try magic loop for the first time.

I was somewhat disappointed to realize, that there is no magic in magic loop. It’s just simple knitting and making a turn at the end of the stitches. I really thought one needed to do something very difficult to manage magic loop. Well, better this way.

I knitted a cap in a night: first few rows 2k 2p and the rest just stocking. Consulted Brooklyn Tweeds pattern Turn a square to make the decreases, and there it was.

Ruska cap

The only way to make sure these caps didn’t end up in 95% basket, I promised kids they could have the caps for school on Monday. So the night before I weaved in the ends. No time for other finishing off stuff, so they just wear them the way they are.

Revontuli cap

I loved knitting Novita Puro. It’s 100% wool, soft and easy to knit, and 5 mm needles worked just fine for me. Since I’m no fan of all-the-colours-in-the-rainbow-put-together, I will never have any use for this yarn myself. Lucky that my kids are not as picky with colors. But should they ever make a similar yarn with fewer colors, I might just as well be interested.