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Weekend “project”

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You know what? I’m not going to start this post with the question about your weekend! I actually started writing it and then got a thought that it might be that almost each of my post starts with a similar question. I even checked and… there it was, always the same question! So, though I would love to know how you are doing and you are more than welcome to share your thoughts and experiences in the Comments (as always!), this time – no questions.

This weekend I decided that it’s finally time to put some flowers into out beautifully spacious but otherwise quite shabby balcony. We moved into this apartment only last August, and there really was no point in planting any flowers in the balcony, as the “winter season” here in Finland usually starts around the middle of August πŸ˜€ Well, ok, it doesn’t really start that early, only the school year starts and all the public transport changes into “winter timetables” and generally everyone gets out of the holiday mode and into the working one. But it’s really not worth getting busy with flowers so late in the summer because even in the beginning of September the temperatures outside (especially at night) might get quite low and the poor flowers would wilt anyhow. So though I was delighted at the prospect of having a huge balcony (it’s almost 10 square meters – or around 100 square feet for those, who live in another metric system – I’ve just measures it for the sake of this post!) and being able to spend time in it having breakfast, sunbathing or having a drink with my husband on a sunny evening (don’t laugh, the evenings are sunny here at summertime: on Midsummer Day sun in Helsinki sets just before 11 p.m.), but I left all these things for the “next year” and the balcony became a place to store all the things that don’t really belong at home but have to be here (like kids’ trycicles and scooters, outdoor toys and such).

So, to come back to this weekend after the long preface – I decided that it’s finally time to put some flowers into our balcony and start preparing it for all the nice things we will be doing there when the weather gets really warm (I know, I know, I said it’s already nearly summer here… but summer at this point means temperatures of some +20 C – and much less in the evenings). After a few trips to the stores – to buy flower boxes and the hooks to hang them, to buy soil (this was my husband’s job – I’m not a heavy-weight lifter myself πŸ™‚ ) and to buy flowers (I made this one together with the kids – couldn’t have taken such a pleasure away from them, could I?) – and a lot of mess on Saturday evening while planting everything (the kids were included into this process as well… I guess I’d better not start describing that, because those who have kids will know very well what it looks like when you let a 5- and 2-year old “help” plant flowers; and those who don’t have kids won’t imagine it anyway πŸ˜€ ), here’s the result:

I fell in love with the pastel colored little buckets the moment I saw them! Aren’t they cute?! But the flower boxes were a dreary dark grey color – and in my mind this color is definitely not “summary”! – so I additionally bought some bright light blue adhesive tape and decorated the boxes with kind of “blue skies” backdrop against a “gray grass” (and – in the case of the hanging flower-pot – its “glue grass against the gray skies” πŸ™‚ ). It took just maybe an hour to do this but I think now the flower boxes look much nicer. What do you think?

So, this is the start of my “balcony makeover”. It still needs a lot of other things like a few colorful rugs and some set of furniture. And, of course, I have a million sewing projects (like colorful floor cushions) in my head. But… one step at a time.

Have a nice start of the week all of you!

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Free time: Sewing

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Hi! Today I’ll just jump straight into the topic: wanna know what my free time looks like recently? πŸ™‚ Like this picture!

Yep, I’m all in the sewing activities – and I love it! Since I finally got my new toy – the sewing machine – I’m immersed into everything that’s thread, fabric, seems, cutting, measuring and sewing. Though I’m not doing much of actual sewing yet, because I decided that I’d like to learn how to sew properly. So – being a definite Type A and all in all a person in-love with books – I started from reading πŸ˜€ My bookshelf is now filled with books titled “Sewing Machine Basics”, “The Sewing Machine Classroom” and “Dressmaker’s Guide” that the Helsinki library kindly provided (they have such wonderful libraries and the whole library system here in Finland!!! I can’t even express how happy I am about that!). Apparently, there are so many things I didn’t even realise I didn’t know! πŸ˜€ Like different threads for different projects and what needle and stitch length and width to choose for what fabric, not to mention the different foots for a sewing machine and thread tension and… Well, you get the idea πŸ™‚

It’s really not that I’m starting from a complete scratch – in my teenage years I even made a few clothes (like skirts and a blouse with straps and even a dress) and I actually wore them (so they weren’t really bad πŸ™‚ ). But then I was sewing just from my own understanding and – really – just relying on luck: I made mistakes and I didn’t care much that the final garment didn’t look professional. But I made it! That was the most important.

Now the fact of making something myself is as important, but I’m older and I don’t really want to wear something that screams from a kilometer away: “Look, I made it myself! So what if it doesn’t look like much!” That’s why all the books and learning πŸ™‚

But I’m not only reading, mind you, and I’m not writing this time to share with you the titles of my “study books”, but, rather, my first project πŸ™‚ It’s extremelysimple, but it fulfills the main objectives for this moment: it let me try out my machine, it was simple enough to make in a very short time (time is something I would be glad to buy in bulk these days, but, I guess, most of us feel the same way, right?) and it brought a bit of color and spring into our home (about time!). So, here it is: just the pillowcases for our living room sofa pillows πŸ˜€

…and “after”

Sofa “before”…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, I would not necessarily say that the new pillow cases generally look better on our sofa, but they do look better as an accent of spring. Right? What do you think?

Of course, now there is a whole row of projects already lined in my mind πŸ™‚ And I will, of course, share them all with you in due time. But today I saved you a couple of pretty pretty pictures for the final – my birthday gift from a dear friend here in Helsinki.

Look at this bag! Can you imagine the patience that goes into making something like this? To sew all those “flower-buttons” on, and the embroidery and everything… Oh my… This woman is a real crafter πŸ™‚

And that’s it for my colorful post today. See you next time!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Ok, I know some of you are now raising your eyebrows and thinking I’ve gone crazy to post this today πŸ™‚ But I haven’t. Apparently (I myself learned this only last year) not everywhere in the world Mother’s day is celebrated at the same time: last year I was quite surprised that Mother’s Day here in Finland is on the second Sunday of May, because all my life in Lithuania we’ve been celebrating Mother’s Day on the first Sunday of May. Hence – my post today: both to congratulate my wonderful, clever, beautiful, indispensable Mom (I love you, mommy, very very much!) and to show my project for this occasion (maybe it will give someone the last-minute-idea they’ve been desperately searching for πŸ™‚ ).

As both my husband’s and my moms have already called about the cards I made them, I am safe in sharing them with all of you because there will be no spoilers for anyone. So here’s what I came up with on Tuesday evening.

I’ve grabbed a few sheets of decorative paper, a little scrap of gorgeous fabric my friend brought me when I was looking for something to decorate my daughter’s nighties with (I saved the scrap because the little princess decided she’d rather prefer a bright-pink sparkling iron-on butterfly than these beauties), some embroidery thread and glue, and set up to make cards from scratch, so to say – for the first time in my life. I’ve made cards before, of course, just not out of plain paper and thread: I usually had card stock and some ready-made card-embellishments I just had to glue in place. Now the process was a bit longer, but easy – really πŸ™‚

I folded the decorative paper and cut out the “card” to fit into a standard envelope, then cut out butterflies from the fabric, glued them in place and embroidered the “branches” the butterflies kind of sit on. As this resulted in those same branches appearing on the inside of the cards, I then just drew a few flowers and leaves with our and our kids’ names inside of them – and made trees on the inside of the cards as well. That left one clear half inside for a greeting words and basically – I’ve got two real cute greeting cards.

So, once again, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOM! And all other moms celebrating their very own day today – and those who will celebrate it next Sunday (me including πŸ™‚ ).

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Now on a completely different subject: I spent a wonderful weekend, the highlight to which was a visit to Recycling Factory – an annual event here in Helsinki that I attended for the first time and was completely amazed by the creativity and ingenuousness of some Finnish artists, crafters and designers. The full story with lots of pictures and links will be here soon.

Have a nice Sunday evening and a great start of the new week!

May Day and Birthday

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Happy May Day everyone!!! Oh, I hope you are all having a great time πŸ™‚ We’re enjoying today enormously: the weather is wonderful, everyone’s in a good mood, there are throngs of people everywhere and everyone’s celebrating. We spent the first half of the day walking in the central spot of all Helsinki’s celebrations – Kaivopuisto, and enjoying the atmosphere. And I thought it would be great to share it with all of you. So, while the rest of my family is sleeping off the effects of lots of fresh air, lots of walking and lots of impressions, I’m bringing you a few May Day photos.

First: it’s unbelievable how many people participate in the celebrations. In Kaivopuisto, which is considered to be the central spot for the May Day gathering, there are throngs of people. But what’s most interesting – everyone’s content with it: people are weaving around one another and the many baby buggies, those that are having picnics sit close beside each other with no problems – someone’s barbecuing, someone’s just drinking, other eat cakes, listen to music etc. It’s a great sight!

Of course, there are lots of stands with colorful and fun treats for big and small – and all kids (and most adults πŸ™‚ ) carry around helium balloons. Our little one got the soother-candies that he happily crunched on the way home, and our daughter chose a huge heart-shaped lollipop (and was overjoyed to find out the word written on it in sugar is “Love” πŸ˜€ ).

All in all, it was a perfect morning!

… And a nice continuation of the last weekend, when we celebrated our daughters birthday πŸ™‚ She’s already 5! (I really can’t believe it… I’m so young! how can I have a five-year-old daughter?! πŸ˜€ )

Our home is a rental flat so there’s nothing very fancy in it: all walls are off-white, all cupboards in the kitchen – as well, the floors are grey and the only colour is our dark furniture and orange-and-brown sofas in the living room, and red IKEA accents on the kids’ furniture (we’ve been living here for 9 months already, but I still can’t figure out how I would like to decorate… oh well, I still hope to assemble the perfect decor accents little by little). So to somehow bring more colour and create a festive atmosphere, I decided to decorate for the birthday with colourful crepe paper. It was very basic and very simple, but perfect for our small family celebration. Here’s what came out πŸ™‚

The beribboned “lamp shade” is still up on our lamp. It seemed great for the May Day as well, – but to be completely sincere: I just can’t bring myself to take it off πŸ˜€ It’s so much more fun to be in the kitchen now! Let’s see how long I can pretend we have something to celebrate πŸ˜€ (well, there’s my birthday coming up in less than three weeks… Would that be a good enough reason? πŸ˜€ )

So that’s about all the celebrations recently. How have you been celebrating May Day?

 

Oh, what the hell!..

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Hi πŸ™‚

Huh, it’s that simple, really… You know, having a blog is in some way exactly the same as having a friend. It’s so easy to talk/write when you chat on a daily basis – when you know every detail of each others lives there are so many more things you can discuss and share. But when you talk only once in a while, the range of available topics seems to shrink incredibly, you no longer know what to talk about to your best friend, and hence end up talking even less… because it’s awkward, isn’t it? As my own best friend (whom I really talk too rarely to lately… sadly) once put it: when you chat rarely, at some point the amount of details and small things to share just becomes too great to cover everything, so then you turn to the “big things” – but big things don’t happen that often in life, do they?

For us (at least up till now) the trick to getting back on track – as with most cases in life – is quite simple: we start talking again πŸ™‚ Someone says “Hi! How are you doing?”, the other says “Fine. How are you?” and we roll from there. So I really REALLY hope that the same thing will be true with this blog of mine. It’s really been two full months since I’ve written last. With my last pair of wristers and my promise to show you all (is there anyone left out there, by the way?) the sweater that’s been torturing my mind for a while. But then I’ve knit the sweater, I tried to knit a phone case that I actually started to hate someway in the middle of the project but couldn’t make myself undo what I’ve already done (it’s still there, half-finished in my drawer)… then came Easter with all our travels (as we live in Finland currently and all our relatives are left in Lithuania, we do travel each holiday) and the kids’ birthdays (both my little ones were born in April), and then – spring, and with spring – my usual aversion to knitting and love for sewing, decorating, writing and what-not. Sooo… the time passed, the pictures of my sweater remained untaken (though I gladly wear it), and with every passing day the blog seamed to grow more distant. “It’s been so long since my last post. Everyone thinks all this venture is dead anyway,” I told myself. “And what would I even write about? I don’t knit anymore, and I so pompously announced in the beginning that I’m making a business out of knitting! I’m a disaster…” Oh yes, it wasn’t merely “I don’t know what to write about”, because I actually do – there are millions of things I’d love to write about. But none of them is related to making a business out of knitting wristers. That’s the problem. I’ve actually been embarrassed…

But for maybe a week now I’ve been feeling a real longing forΒ  . I find so many wonderful, inspirational things every day, I have so many plans – I want to share all that! I want to have a place to share my joy that comes from the little everyday things I do with my own hands for my home, my kids or myself, I want to have conversations with you, guys (so please feel free to write comments anywhere and everywhere you feel like writing), I want to be part of the blogging community and I want this blog to be not only about knitting wristers but about all beautiful things out there in the world and here in my life.

And yes, about the business part: I haven’t given up yet πŸ™‚ Although I admit I had (and still do, maybe) a lot of doubts about knitting wristers for sale, but I haven’t given up on this idea completely, and I still entertain the idea of having at least some small “side job” of selling handcrafts – be it wristers, embroidered pillows or hand-drawn greeting cards πŸ™‚ So, it’s coming… sometime. But until then, as I want this blog to be alive – and I really WANT it to be alive, screaming and kicking – I will take the pleasure in writing about whatever I feel like writing.Β  So there… πŸ™‚

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And now about that sweater of mine πŸ™‚ (you thought there won’t be anything about that anymore, didn’t you?) Here it is.

I know, I know, these are so not the best pictures in the world. I just hope they’re not the worst! (though that probably is a possibility as well πŸ˜€ ) But I promised to share and this is all I have for now and if I don’t do this NOW, I will again be waiting for “when I have more time to take proper pictures”, “good lighting” etc., and the blog will continue to wither. So, here it is as it is.

I actually really love this sweater! It doesn’t look exactly as I imagined it will when it haunted me in the beginning of the year, but it’s very cosy. I knit it in two weeks (that’s a record for me! πŸ™‚ ) and I basically haven’t taken it off for half of March and the bigger part of April. Now it’s a bit too warm to be wearing it under my raincoat and too cold to be wearing just the sweater, so it got some well deserved rest. But I still hope I will be able to find opportunities to wear it before the fall.The great thing about it is those short sleeves. I know they might look doubtful on a sweater knit of such thick yarn, but they so work – I can be warm and not too warm, the wool (it’s 100% wool) breathes, everything fits perfectly and all in all it’s my favourite sweater in the world now. And I’m so happy with that self-made knit “label” that says “IeVa”! πŸ™‚

If you’re interested, I knit the sweater combining parts of two DROPS patterns (here is the one I took the idea of a ribbed waist from, and here is where I took the cable pattern from) and used DROPS Alpaca yarn.

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So, that’s it for today. See you soon!

Black-on-black

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My first commission! I waited with big excitement how my friend – who became my first client – would react to what I have created from the rough idea she gave me and the specific beads she wanted used; she loved it! So now I can present it to you – Black-on-black wristers/bracelets.

What my friend wanted was the wristers that are more like bracelets (so they’re about 7 cm wide) and that they wouldn’t have a very strict order/pattern to them but instead would be kind of a bit chaotic. And the most specific request was that the square beads that you see in the photos are used. With all this in mind, I developed a pattern (I still needed one at least for the purpose of stringing the beads, if not anything else) and knit the wristers. You can see – and judge – the results by yourselves. I myself like them, though at first the idea of black beads on black yarn sounded a bit strange to me (somehow I didn’t think the beads would stand out enough to look good), but I’m so glad I went with the idea. One more new lesson and revelation! πŸ™‚ What do you think?

Also, as I already started taking commissions, EVERYONE IS WELCOME πŸ™‚ I’ve created a separate e-mail address specifically for the “business” purposes and added a new page to this blog with my contacts. Feel free to contact me about anything you saw in my earlier post that you’d like to have for yourself; or maybe you have a specific idea that you’d like to make into a knit-thing? Write to me and we will definitely work something out πŸ™‚

For now I’ve set my beaded knits very-temporarily aside because there was this sweater idea that I carried in my head for more than a month that would just not leave me in peace. I have to knit that sweater! (and I need one, anyway πŸ˜€ ) So the next “dispatch” will probably be without beads but it’ll have more colour and be “bulkier” πŸ˜€

Spirals

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Yey!!! Finally! Finally, I can show you the very first pair of wristers with my original design!

Here they are πŸ™‚

First, a few facts:

  • the wristers are 13 cm long;
  • knitted in DROPS Baby Alpaca Silk (70% wool, 30% silk);
  • a total of 2032 seed beads 11/0 used (1016 for each wrister);
  • a total of around 20 hours of knitting (3 hours of stringing beads, the rest – pure knitting).

Now, beyond the facts: those who read my earlier entries might remember how I thanked all the higher powers after knitting the pair of wristers with simple double-colored bows for my daughter. I thanked that I chanced to start my creative experimenting from the relatively simple design involving merely a few hundred beads, because that process taught me so much. Now you maybe understand better why I was so grateful. My projects rarely lack in ambition and had I started from this project… well, I wouldn’t deny the possibility that I wouldn’t be here anymore at this particular moment πŸ™‚ I am patient but not that patient. Even this time I re-knitted one of the wristers (there was a blog entry about that as well – when I didn’t particularly like the way the design turned out) which meant that first I strung almost 1200 beads and knitted the whole wrister and then I had to take everything out and restring all the beads anew. But it was worth redoing because now I’m much more satisfied with the result.

The yarn that I used is actually kind of an experiment because traditionally wristers are made from pure wool – they say it’s stretchier and doesn’t change form so much after taking the wristers on and off many times. But the yarn with silk seemed much smoother and had a very subtle shine to it that I particularly liked. So, as wristers will be worn by me, I’ll see for myself how all the business with stretchiness goes.

Otherwise, a lot of work requiring a really concentrated attention, but that’s what I signed up for, isn’t it? I’m just a bit sorry that I couldn’t take photos of me actually wearing the wristers. But sun – or even a bright enough day that I could take the pictures at home and not go freeze my hand off in the -20 degrees cold outside – are very hard to come by at this time of year here in Finland, so only the “still-lifes” for now.

And now – for another “first”: I have my first commission! A very good friend asked for a pair of wristers for herself indicating the colors she wants, giving me a selection of beads she’d like to be used, and a general idea of what “mood” the wristers should be in. I came up with the design and we’ll see how that will turn out. Wish me luck!

Family things

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One invariable feature of being a mom: when you want to have some time to be in peace and just do your own thing the most, something concerning children will always interfere. Always. But, at the same time, just as you want to focus on your own thing, there is no greater pleasure than take the time out of your busy day and, in result, see your kid lit up by a happy smile when you put a new slipper with a silly mouse’s “face” onto his foot. It may sound cheesy, but it’s true πŸ™‚ And so that’s the pleasure I’ve been experiencing this weekend.

‘Course, I wouldn’t have bothered “just for fun”, because I really do want to focus on my knitting. But it appears that my little one outgrew the slippers he had in his day-care and when even the patient teachers point such things out, there’s no way around – either I had to buy a new pair, or make one. As I had just brought home a pile of perfect yarn for making woolen slippers (and absolutely for free! Thank you once again, Ana Paula πŸ™‚ ) and all the other “ingredients” were on hand, guess which option I chose πŸ™‚

Here are the results of my home-y weekend: mouse-y slippers for my little boy πŸ™‚

I managed to knit two left foot slippers somehow – and not notice it until I took the slippers to embroider after washing them (four times!), drying and painting the anti-slip soles! – and the anti-slip soles aren’t really as neat as I would like them to be (I need a lot more practice… but do I? πŸ˜€ ), but overall I’m quite happy with how these cute things turned out. And my son was very happy with them! That’s really the main reason for taking the trouble πŸ™‚

If you want something just like that, the pattern is here (though you might consider knitting both left and right slippers after all πŸ˜€ ). I’ve already mentioned the DROPS Design website in one of my previous posts and I stand by my words – it really is an absolutely wonderful knitting resource page.

And now – the weekend’s over so it’s time to get back to “work” and to “my own thing” πŸ™‚

More than winning

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“There’s more to racing than just winning,” said Lightning McQueen in “Cars”. He meant to boast, of course (that was in the first part of the movie while he was still the “cool racing car” without friends; I watch this movie at least 5 times a week – I have kids, remember? – so don’t laugh, ok? πŸ˜€ ), but this week I really was struck by the realisation that there IS more to racing a.k.a knitting than just winning (read: end-result). I was so absorbed in my “business plan” of making wristers as fast as I can and setting up my shop and getting to sell them as fast as I can, but… life’s not just about speed, right?

This week I made a great progress in knitting – I finished the first wrister of my first “pair for grown-ups” and I was so happy about it. It seemed that everything was finally coming together. But then I really looked at what I did and decided that… I can do better! The knitting is good, the process seems to be working well for me, but I’m not entirely happy with the design and I’m more than a little unhappy with the beads I used – they’re of different sizes which, I thought, would give more interesting texture to the knit, but I now think I’d be more happy if they were the same. Here’s how it looks in the present state.

And why did I start with talking about the process? Because I decided to spare enough time and improve the design until I really like it (it just needs a little tweaking but those little tweaks mean that I’ll have to recount all the beads and rewrite my sequence for stringing them) and use a bit different beads for the second wrister. If it comes out just as I want it, then I’ll remake this first one as well. Because I understood that there is no such thing as hurrying this all up so I can start selling fast. If I want to offer a really really good product and get a price that my time creating it was worth, I need it to be PERFECT. So, basically, back to square one and let’s start the process from the beginning with all the lessons that it already tought me firmly in mind πŸ™‚

And in the mean time… I’ve finally found time to look through some of this year’s designers’ Pre-Fall collections. And they are great! And I’m not talking here only about the fact that there are tons of things that are absolutely gorgeous for me personally, but there are tons of things that indicate I’m not completely off with all this wrister business! I understand that it is very very bold of me to put my humble starting creations next to such design giants as Chanel or Oscar de la Renta, but… We need to dream BIG, don’t we? Sooo… Here are some pictures I really liked (there are only a few because I haven’t had time to look though all the collections and, of course, I cannot put here everything that caught my fancy – there would be tens or even hundreds of pictures πŸ™‚ ) It’s just a very small selection but I was thrilled to see that Chanel, for example, had beads all over their designs – not only clothes but bags and gloves as well, Oscar de la Renta, Versace and lots of other designers had lots and lots of 3/4 sleeves that are perfect for wearing wristers with, and there’s also the trend of looong gloves and even kinds of “wrist warmers” (well, they at least look like ones) though in fancy materials such as leather.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect anyone who’s wearing Chanel to buy my wristers to go with the costume πŸ˜€ But the fact is, that the fashion – and all the “more wearable” things in more affordable stores that will follow the fashion trends – is indeed advantageous to what I’m starting to do here. And I am really glad! So I wanted to share my joy, maybe give you some ideas, and again… to be continued with better designs πŸ™‚

 

Ta-daaa!

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Ahm, maybe the fanfare’s too much πŸ˜€ I must admit that I myself was really looking forward to seeing my first design “in the flesh”… and it’s not that much to see. No, it is beautiful really and my daughter (whom it was made for) adores it, but it is such a small thing and it took me so much time to make… Well, not actual time to make – maybe rather find time to make. But, without further ado, here they are – Girly Wristers With Bows.

Now for those who would be interested not only in photos but in the actual process of making these pretty things, I have promised to tell more when I mentioned problems I stumbled upon, haven’t I? Here’s the list (and it’s not the full one, either): first, I thought I had suitable beads for the wristers – that’s basically why I decided to make the little girly ones in the first place: because I had a few batches of pink beads that I didn’t think I could find any other use for and half a ball of white yarn, but when I sat down to string the beads, I found out they had too small holes in them and the yarn simply didn’t fit in. So I had to go buy new beads. Second came the problem of stringing: the seed beads are so small and there’s a LOT of them (well, in this design there were only 306 beads in one wrister, but that was a really small design) and the woolen yarn, though I use quite a thin one, is not so tiny after all, so I had to find a good method to string them all together. When I knit wristers earlier for my own pleasure, I would just cover the end of the knitting yarn with glue and use it instead of a needle, but that was a slooooow process and having in mind that I’m planning to kind of make my living off of this kind of knitting, I had to come up with some more “productive” method. It took me four kinds of glue and a gazillion times of trying to glue yarns of differing thickness together, but I made it – the “productive” method was found! Then came the knitting itself that proved to be a bit more difficult because first, I was knitting with 5 needles instead of the usual 2, and as the beads were of differing colors for the first time in my whole “knitting history”, I found out the hard way that it does make a difference which way the beads are strung – you have to think where the beginning of the knit and the beads will be, and where the end will be (sure, I would’ve figured that out without actually experimenting if I’d thought about it, but I simply didn’t think about it. In Lithuania there’s a saying for such instances which could be roughly translated as “If the head doesn’t work, the legs [in my case – the hands πŸ˜€ ] suffer”). And, of course, there were lots of other small “light bulbs” along the way that I might not even remember now but I’m sure they will come to mind the next time I knit.

So there really was a great amount of experimenting, looking for “optimizations” (with the view of all the future work that would be easier when I found them), knitting and re-knitting in this project. I only thank all the higher powers that they steered me in the way of choosing something really small for my first design. Knowing myself – if not for those pink beads that I already had and the fact that I don’t wear pink but my daughter doesn’t wear anything but – I would have chosen to make long wristers for myself (it’s still – already! – winter after all) with some intricate design that would have taken me not a week but a few months to make with all this experimenting.

So you can guess what I’m planning to make next with all of my new-found knowledge, can’t you? πŸ˜€ Although I’m sure it is still far from the end of my adventures and experiments. So… To be continued!