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I made these more than a year and a half ago for a personal swap that never took place. The girl wanted hair things and I wanted to knit, so there you have it: Knitted flowers hair things! 🙂 I had made her a set of four hair clips (snap type) and one bigger classic barrette.

I’ve been living with these next to my computer. I moved them to my new place. I never knew what to do with them. So I started wearing them (anyway, knitted things are all the rage right now!).

The pattern for the flowers is here. I added beads and pearls while knitting the flowers and then hot-glued them to the clips or barrettes.

The flower pattern is relatively easy and great for practising increases. This is a really easy project and can be used for making practically anything – brooches, hair clips, hat or hair band decorations, etc. Just glue or sew the flower to the accessory.  It’s also a great project for leftover yarn of any kind (I used cotton and acrylic).

Pink Flower Hair Clip

Pink Flower Hair Clip (there were two of these in the bundle)

Red Flower Barrette

Red Flower Barrette

Blue Flower Hair Clip

Blue Flower Hair Clip

Green Flower Hair Clip

Green Flower Hair Clip

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I recently participated in the “Libre de lire” project (Free to read), an initiative by Montreal librarians for Freedom to Read week. Each participant (anyone can be a participant) chooses a banned book and tells the world why they want to be free to read that book. As a Harry Potter fan and children’s librarian, I chose my favourite instalment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (because it features my favourite character Remus Lupin, the tortured, melancholic professor/werewolf). Harry Potter has been one of the most contested series of books in the last decade (no.1 in ALA’s top 100 for the 2000-2009 decade), and most probably the most contested children’s series because it . Despite that, it has been widely read all over the world and translated in 69 languages. Teachers and librarians who worked in children’s libraries at that time will tell you that it made reluctant readers read 600-page books.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I dug up my Gryffindor scarf that my mother knitted for me back in 2002. It’s a huge thing: it’s over 7½ feet long (without the tassels) by 9½ inches wide. It’s knitted in the round as to look nice (stockinette) any side you look at it. So that makes it extra thick too. Great for Quebec winters! (And maybe scottish winters too, I’d have to go to check! : ) )

Free to read Harry Potter and the Prisonner of Azkaban

Free to read Harry Potter and the Prisonner of Azkaban

You can’t see much of it in the picture, but I’m sure you get what it looks like.

My boyfriend took the picture and I got to experiment with GIMP for the editing. I found a great tutorial on selective colourization. For the rest I had to try all the options until I found the one I wanted!

For other Harry Potter goodness, check out the items I made for a dog in a dog-themed swap.

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Purple wristwarmers

I’m in a purple mood lately… I also wanted something wearable to work (my pink wristwarmers are getting a bit frayed and the colour doesn’t fit with everything).

I learned how to knit an afterthought thumb with this pattern. But didn’t enjoy it… I also thought the pattern was a bit weird because the arm really flares out after the wrist. Worn on bare arms they look like superhero gloves! 😛 But they look nice worn over vest or hoodie sleeves like in the photo.

These were knitted with the same yarn as the hat and scarf my mom made me last year (she gave me the rest!). Purple acrylic yarn.

 

Purple wristwarmers

Purple wristwarmers (notice the purple nail polish! Purple mood :D)

The pattern is Silmu Arms by Marianne Heikkonen. It’s available for download on Ravelry.

 

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Double-knit hat

I made this last year (I don’t know why I didn’t post it at the time…). I wanted a really warm hat for winter. The wind here tends to find its way through knitted stitches easily. So I tried double-knitting. Double-knitting is a method where you knit two strands at a time (usually one with your left and one with your right hand) to make a double, reversible fabric. It’s a bit hard to get the tension right when double-knitting (for me, at least, because I’m not used to knitting with my left hand), that’s why one side looks a bit funky.

I knitted it in acrylic yarn, in burnt orange and brown mix. The orange yarn is the same I used for Bella’s mittens.

Reversible hat

Both sides of the reversible hat

The pattern is “Not-your-grandma’s-double-knit Hat” by Jenanne Hassler over at Knitty.

 

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Bella’s mittens

I needed a pair of mittens and really liked the pattern worn by Bella in the movie Twilight. I love doing cables and these mittens are long so they cover the arms high up and protect from any snow that could trickle in (I remember very well the burn of snow on my wrists when I was little, playing outside!).

They are in burnt orange acrylic yarn, the same I used for my hat. I’m working on a flannel lining to make them even warmer (especially against the wind).

Bella's mittens

Bella's mittens

The pattern is available on Subliminal Rabbit’s blog. I had a bit of a hard time counting the pattern’s rows, but at least, both my mittens are done with the same mistakes, and so are the same length! 🙂

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Autumn Neck Warmer

This is a neck warmer I knitted for my sister-in-law’s birthday in November.

Neck Warmer

Neck Warmer

The pattern is “Café au Laine” Available for free at The AntiCraft!

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Princess Shoes

I just loved the Elf Shoes pattern so much (see previous post “Felted Fairy Slippers”) I had to make another pair. This time, I made them into Princess Shoes for my extremely regal niece who turned 4 years old in May.

Princess Shoes

Princess Shoes

They were made using the same pattern, with Létt-Lopi wool in pink and white. Once felted, I added pearl and lace details to make them more princess-y.

My niece told me they were Jasmine shoes, because of the pointy toes. 😀

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