Sunday, 23 December 2007

"Falling in Love" socks.


If you see picture like this you just fall in love with these socks! Don't you?
These absolutely LOVELY socks are made by Muhv .
Free pattern from MagKnits.

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Christmas Cake recipe.



You'll need the following: a cup of water, a cup of sugar, four large eggs, two cups of dried fruit, a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of salt, a cup of brown sugar, lemon juice, nuts, and a bottle of whisky.

Sample the whisky to check for quality.

Take a large bowl. Check the whisky again. To be sure it is the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat.

Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat again. Make sure the whisky is still okay. Cry another tup. Turn off the mixer. Break two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.

Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the whisky to check for tonsisticity.

Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Who cares? Check the whisky.

Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something. Whatever you can find.

Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin 350 degrees.

Don't forget to beat off the turner.

Throw the bowl out of the window, check the whisky again and go to bed.


Merry Christmas!


Monday, 26 November 2007

Let your mind free!

Want to share really funny video with you from "Youtube".

When first time saw it laughed soo much I cried allready.

It was when realised that I am seriously addicted knitter.

Still love to watch it!


Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Getting paid.

Many times have seen people selling things (patterns ,yarns) in their blogs and always thought how smart they are using all these scary HTML codes and getting paid. Today I finally made it and now have button on the right --------->
so you can support my serious knitting and yarn addiction.
Even the smallest amount makes me happy, at least to see how this button works! ;)
The job field isn't great in this area where I live so there is no income at moment.

If you have PayPal account yourself and would like to sell something in your blog just go to your PayPal account, go to "Merchant Tools", choose "Buy now buttons" or "Donations" and follow the text.
follow the links You can even add "Shopping Cart" if you have more than one thing on sale!
And the good news there is possible to pay without having PayPal account . Just click "Continue" on bottom of the page and fill form to pay with your credit card!
Pay with credit card.


Easy-peasy!!!
And if you wanna look really smart you can make your own buttons (these are just small pics)!

Go ahead, you can make it!

If you liked my tutorial and little advise why not starting here and click this button and try out how it works!

PayPal is available now also in Estonia: paypal-eesti

Friday, 9 November 2007

Crochet motif bag.

My lovely bag
I had enough of knitting and decided to crochet bag for myself.

There are 40 squares. Used 2skeins black and 1 white mercerised cotton yarn"Wendy supreme DK", hook 3mm.

For handles cotton string over crocheted with sc-s.
This is my bag! ;) I don't sell it. (unless you offer too much money of course! ;) )
If you like to make one yourself here are some motifs and more Granny Squares.

Friday, 2 November 2007

Ravelry.

Finally signed up to become Raveler !
I have kept myself away from it because it needs soooo much time to surf around there.
But everybody is waiting or in already so.....I'm not worse or better than you!
It will be long waiting:

Found you!
You signed up on Today
You are #52306 on the list.
12959 people are ahead of you in line.
1 people are behind you in line.
67% of the list has been invited so far


Yeah, better go back to knitting....;)

EDIT: I'm in . Look for LillySmuul...

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Flowerscarf finished and presented!

Shiny flowerscarf
I had opportunity to present my Silver Belle and Flower scarf on Extravaganza Fashion Show in Kenmare! That was fun !!!!

It's Nicky Epstein's design from Vogue Knitting 25anniversary magazine.
I used 100% shiny hand dyed silk.
needles 3mm.
Added Kid mohair for some flowers to get different color and texture.
There are 18 flowers in my scarf.
To keep scarf still I pushed one flower's middle petals through other end's small hole.
( like button through button hole;) )
You can see it on Vogueknitting.com

Eestikeelne juhend saadaval Mustrimaailma foorumis

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Socks for rainbow Godess Iris.

Few days ago I read from projektleiterin blog how she got overhelmed and bought multicolored yarn.
I went to yarn shop yesterday to get the smallest knitting needles available for my friend and OF COURSE had to buy multicolored sock yarn. The colors are soo.... bright and happy!


Didn't like sock knitting before but seems I have to change my mind ....
Started to knit same evening and finished next morning!
Voila! My little girl is very happy to have warm bright socks!

Sock patterns.

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Silver Belle .




Here are new pictures of my Silver Belle from Vogue Knitting.

Finally with buttons!
Pattern available here.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran, 50 g/90 m
Needles: 4 mm 
Also see my other posts about it here.

















The color is right on side view picture.

Sunday, 7 October 2007

My new love....


I haven't even had time to sew on buttons on my "Silver belle" cardigan,because...

...there is new love in my life:
silky flowerscarf from Vogue Knitting.


I feel soooo impatient when waiting for silk yarn to arrive.



So had to fill my waiting time with something interesting.....

Decided to try some jewellery making and look what I came up with:




Yes,these are stitch markers! ;)
Little lovely jewellery for your knitting.

On sale in Lillysmuul.etsy.com
I hope somebody will like them and buy ...

Have to find some ways to support my expensive hobby......

Sunday, 30 September 2007

Finished !

It's finally finished!

There are no buttons jet and it feels a bit small.(or maybe my breast is bit too big;) (I didn't know that before;) ) )
Anyway when I saw pictures of finished 'Silver Belles' I noticed that neck hole is toooooo big.
So decided to knit cable edging to keep neckline from stretching to much.

There is also back view ...




I actually wanted to make collar as well but.....Just bit lazy...;)

Did I say before that I did bind off 10 stitches for front neck not 15st like it is in pattern ?
And yes I have three button holes!

And never said I left out 2diamond shaped cable panels on peplum!

And there is new project waiting to become alive...

Finished !

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Winter socks.


I always hated woolly socks.

You know these home made dark white or gray , made with non-soft wool. These are soooooooo itchy and scratchy.

If you are used to lovely soft yarns(merino) they sell nowadays you have no idea what I am talking about.

Anyway the weather is getting colder and when I saw this picture...

...felt like knitting socks!
Few more free sock knitting patterns.

Monday, 17 September 2007

Knitting in French.

Chers lecteurs français !
Vous pouvez employer " BabelFish " pour traduire le texte ou la page Web.
Bonne chance avec votre tricotage !

No,I don't speak french but I love BabelFish! With it you can speak with the whole World!
(I'm not good at English either, just using spellcheck! ;))

And I wanted to say sorry who are coming here to see my finished belle....
I have been searching the net three days to find lovely holiday, haven't knit a row...

EDIT: You could knit sleeves in one piece if you want to skip backcables. Just don't stop when reaching in middle of back. Continue to other sleeve mirroring first sleeve.
Happy knitting everybody!!!

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Changes to Silver Belle.

I read Estonian craft forum today where women discussing over back cables of the Silver belle.
'Kiusupunn' said she will leave out the back cables in next cardy because they don't hold well.



So I did a little trial :





Couldn't keep myself ;) and made a little tutorial as well : Three needle bind off.



But I didn't like the look of the seam either so riped it open again and will go for back cables.



And one other thing as well:

first time I saw the picture of Silver Belle the edges of sleeves looked so unfinished .
Already then had idea to add cable.
Here it is :
I casted on 7 stitches (1extra for sewing),knitted long cable and sewed it to sleeve.

EDIT: Great tutorial from olgajazzzy how to connect cable to sleeve's live stitches.

Thursday, 6 September 2007

How to knit cable without a cableneedle.

I have many times searched for some tutorial from Internet and know how great is to find what you looking for.
So decided to share what I know...
How to knit cable without a cable needle(4-st RC):

If you want to make a cable that twists to the right:

1.Insert right needle from the front through 3rd and 4th stitch on left needle, slip the left needle out releasing 4 cable stitches.

2.Fast pick-up two loose stitches with left needle on the back.

3.Slip the two stitches from right needle back to the left needle by crossing stitches .

4.Knit as directed.
How to do knitted cast on .

When you get to the point to cast on for front and back, using same yarn as you used for sleeve just do knitted cast on as follows:
*Knit 1, leaving stitch on left needle. Transfer new stitch onto left needle by slipping it knit-wise. Repeat from *
Knitted cast-on leaves the side seems very stretchy and you don't have to bother casting-on separately and then connecting them to the main piece and hiding ends...;)
Maybe somebody finds my picture tutorial helpful!

Happy knitting!!!

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Great news!

Great news is the Belle cardigan will be right size, not soooooooo big as I was afraid.
I am knitting size small (because I'm terrible cook and don't eat much ;) )


Finished right sleeve yesterday and had to sew it together immediately to see how it holds.

I'm happy!!!

Sleeve isn't to wide,there are no ugly folds in underarm and looks absolutely great from waist.
I did make some changes (like always ;) ):
for the sleeve increased 1 st each side every 16th row (not 8th) 5 times and then every 8th row until sleeve measured long enough to cast on stitches for front and back.
I added extra stitches for sides to get 120stitches altogether as asked.
Also for neck shaping I did bind off only 10 stitches not 15. Continued with pattern.



There are some other knitters who love this project as well:
Sally from theraineysisters
Joanna from brahdelt
and so many more ,all taking part of VogueSilverBelleKAL .

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Quiz


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Tuesday, 28 August 2007


Why I am always here at midnight? must be in bed at that time ...

Any way have been slow because my mum came to visit me and we have to chat all the time.

(is it good excuse ? ;))

There is half sleeve :
My mum give me advice not to increase so much on sides so added stitches every 16th row not 8th row.
Now will increase more and also have to cast on more stitches for front and back.
Will leave the peplum last ,then will see how many stitches I need for it!

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Nice really matters!

I got recently lovely award from Silpsolps :



I would like to nominate

Felicia

Anneli -she is really great friend of mine!

Gudrun Johnston

Tracy- I love her bags!

But I have to go now to give a tour " Ring of Kerry " to my mum who came visit me!

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Vogue "Silver belle".


Because I have been asked to lead little KAL in estonian handcraft forum I started knitting silver belle cardigan.


Found some yarn from my yarncase,knitted swatch with 5mm needles but wasn't even near asked gauge. then tried with 4mm and 3.5mm needles and got almost what needed.


But the little yarn addict in me forced me to go and buy lovely Debbie Bliss cashmerino yarn.... beautiful......soft ....luxurious...


So started all over again and now the gauge is perfect with 4mm knitting needles.

Like you see the color isn't right either pictures...
gauge swatch

Friday, 17 August 2007

Rocking' Girl Blogger.

I can't believe I forgot something sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo important!!!
Mdm-Beadalot named me as Rockin' Girl Blogger!

The idea is that bloggers would have a chance to support and give some recognition to female bloggers. Roberta Ferguson was the one who started it on the 18th July, you can get more info from here.
And there's a badge that goes with it

If you know somebody who you think deserves it ,just grab the badge and tell a girl blogger out there that she rocks!!

I tag
Susa
Svetlana
lacefreak
Leili33
...they all do amazing works!
There will be more ....

Crochet Irish lace bag.


I'm still in crocheting mood.

This time made simple and fancy mobile phone bag!
Fancy enough to go with evening dress or even for bride...;)

Used mercerised cotton ,crochet hook 2,5mm( I could not find my 3mm hook;) ),pattern from deep bottom of Internet
(Unluckily I don't have anymore this pattern after PC crash. But you could Google Irish crochet lace pattern and make your own. ;)
Or look in Pinterest:
http://www.pinterest.com/janieceltic/irish-crochet-patterns/ ).


When I first time saw this pattern it give me idea to make phone cover:

Irish crochet rose and leaves surrounded with netting and picots.

Monday, 13 August 2007

Sun printing.

I found amazing craft today, it's called sun printing!
Just look yourself: Susa's blog
You have to have 'Setacolor Soleil' paint's ,fabric should be light natural fibre .Then lay feathers, lace, netting, leaves, precut cardboard, flowers or anything on the fabric and let the sun do the rest. The objects you put on the fabric will leave their impressions!
I really would like try it,but it's raining here every day! :(
Once thought about painting silk fabric to sew a dress for myself but this sun printing is much more easier( for somebody who can't draw ;))
Ou,there is a link in English: lainesworld.co.uk or Michael's.com .
Have fun still summer is on!

Thursday, 9 August 2007

Little blue flower necklace.


I got invitation to competition: BIJEWELS IN BLUE
in flickr.com "BiJóias em Tricô, Crochê e Macramê group .

You must make piece of blue jewelry using crochet ,macrame or knitting.

First thought was " I don't have anything blue to use"but after looking over my treasures found some blue cotton thread and some blue beads. It took only few hours !
I wanted to have blue necklace long time. Now I have it finally! ;)

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Story about recycling.


Once upon a time there was a lonely old office chair waiting for last drive to dump. He stayed in back garden,heavy rain poured over his sad face.

But one day came the lady of the house full of energy and said to him:" Don't worry darling! I think you might become useful! You have really beautiful legs, we still can use them!" ;)

And she brought piece of plywood, forced her hubby to cut out nice round and screwed the legs to the wood!

Voila! there also was some little painting work ,few coats of varnish and new shiny garden table was born!

Friday, 3 August 2007

Crochet Irish lace


Here is my this evening's work: crocheted cloves edging for white linen handkerchief.
crochet hook is soooooooooooooooooo tiny ,you almost can't see it.
It's 0.6 mm. Smallest available I think!
Thread is mercerised cotton 60.
I do this kind of work sometimes ,but could not make bedspread with sooooooooooooooooo tiny thread...
Absolutely honour old lace makers who did really great work with even finer thread!

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Silver Belle ( Romy ) cardigan pattern by Debbie Bliss


Spent some time surfing in Vogue knitting website, decided to subscribe for next issues! (why they don't send any letters saying "thank you for your subscription!" How do I know it went through?)

And also find some free patterns (my favorite part ;) :
It's a DEBBIE BLISS/KFI"Cashmerino Aran cable and seed-stitch jacket, also called as "Silver Belle" or "Romy"
There is a free pattern available in Vogue Knitting website and Ravelry as a pdf file.
(if I only had free or at least half price gorgeous yarn for it...)
if I only had a few clones of me who could do the knitting...;)

WARNING! be careful what you wish for , your wishes might come true ;)

See my other blog posts about it, by clicking on a tag "Silverbelle".
Happy knitting!

Saturday, 21 July 2007

My picture is in "VogueKnitting" !


I'm so proud of myself. My lovely lace blouse is in "Vogue Knitting" website .
I'm going to bed now with terrible pain.my tooth was taken out yesterday so....

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Stitch marker


Few days ago I wanted to show you my first design: knitted lace shawl.

It's only half done and I'm working on the edging.

But then read from somewhere "don't show your work before it's ready to publish" so have to finish design soon. Not sure how to do PDF document or write knitting charts on computer......
Any advice?

But what kind a post is it without picture so here is the detail of my new shawl with my home made stitch marker( my first and only wire work):

Right now I have really bad toothache,so will climb some walls til painkiller starts to work.

Saturday, 14 July 2007

Lacy leaf shawl.

When I first saw this pattern it was made as doily( table centerpiece).
Almost year later found it in Muhv's blog . She got tutorial from Estonian lace making course where she learned to knit world famous "Haapsalu sall" (click on pics to see bigger, also there is few words in English in bottom of page) .
The "nupp"(knit 5 from 1stitch,purl 5tog at next WS row) is also originally from Estonia as well.( I hope you knew that! ;))

This beautiful lace shawl is knitted from Estonian lace pattern with cobweb weight mohair yarn and 3.4mm knitting needles.
Looks adorable!

Already designed and started next one:
Lilly's Leaf Shawl pattern.

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Flowers are in the air!!!

Crisis is over! Yesssss!!! ;)
By the end of last post I already had idea how must look my new cape!
Same evening designed pattern what has same shape as 'faroese shawl' but there are mixed three different leaf patterns. Now I have new problem ,have to buy luxurious yarn for it.
In local yarn shop caught my eye Louisa Harding's 'Grace' 50/50% wool(merino)/silk mix .....precious!(but pricey :( ). Have to go fishing to eBay! ;)
Afraid this project will be delayed until autumn because....

I was asked to knit lace shawl (for sale) decided to design new one .This time mixing four different patterns. Pattern will be available for public when knitted through.

But like always can't be patient and crocheted some flower pins this evening (for sale):

Irish crochet flower.
Some crocheted flower patterns for you to try!

Maybe should sell them in etsy as well? But who will buy them there...

EDIT: The flower pin is in My etsyshop now! ;)

Saturday, 7 July 2007

Knitting crisis...

I am in deeeeeeep knitting crisis...:( (HELP ME,please!)
Want to knit lacy cape like thing or stole,can't figure out what it must be. Went through goldmines like adriafil.com , knittingpatterncentral.com , straw.com and some more.
Want something to throw over and it must be elegant, lacy, similar to faroese shawl .
But it must be closable at front.... maybe buttons....;>
It will be real challange for me! ;)

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

More flowers please!

What have I done lately? (very late evenings included;) )
No time for my knitting projects....
Have been busy searching for gorgeous flowers in flickr photo albums.
There are sooo many different kind of crafted flowers (photos) in albums so I decided to open group called Handmade Flowers .
I already have some favorites there but they all are very well done crafts!

Sunday, 24 June 2007

Pinwheel cardigan for Iris.


Hi!
Hope you all enjoy summer season,holidays,lovely weather ,swimming......all I miss so much. We don't even have much sunshine around here in Ireland.

But rainy days are very good for knitting projects! ;)
Today I show you one of my UFOs: pinwheel cardy for my little girl Iris.
This blue cardy is in my to-do list : DROPS Cardigan in “art knitting”



And then I found other one from elann.com: PINWHEEL SWEATERS FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

I decided to mix these two and used non-expensive acrylic DK yarn.






The body is almost finished,have to re-think about edging and sleeves must be done(any time soon ;) ).
I like how it came out.
For sleeves will use lacy pattern as shown at bottom triangle.



Hopefully will find time to knit one for myself as well....one day...

Friday, 15 June 2007

Finished !



Finally I have finished the lacy blouse from Vogue Knitting spring/summer 2007 magazine.


It was serious marathon for me, not because it was difficult to do, no way, it was really easy to knit. Pattern is easy to remember and small (OK medium size;) )pieces get finished fast ( if you have time of course;) )
I never before FINISHED so big project so fast .It took about 2weeks only. 2-4 hours every evening( few days-evenings off as well).
Used 7 skeins of Sirdar 'SilkyLook' double knitting yarn.Needles 3.5mm. And loads of patience.

I might get used to make big things !

Now I'm thinking should I make mini lace
blouse for my little girl as well?

(Edit:
Yeah,it could be lovely but new exciting projects coming and ....maybe some other time ;> )

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Lacy belly-top!

That's how my little girl calls it!She said:" Your belly top is so beautiful!" It's so sweet to hear. ;)

Thank you Anneli for pushing me to show you picture where I wear my almost finished lace blouse:



It has been so far few days already but didn't get time to get pic. Now it's done finally! (pic not a blouse ;) )

I am not happy with underarms(like you can see). My shoulders are low and usually have to add some padding under shoulder seems for ready made clothes as well. But hopefully the weight of lower part will stretch it out.

The acorn edging for bottom of lower part is made just have to pick up stitches across edge of middle insert and have a go...Sounds easy but takes time again....

I didn't knit sleeves as long as pattern said, also made neck hole smaller by knitting sides bit wider(less stitches for neck hole). It looks better for me this way!

OK,have to get it finished fast (to get started with next piece....hopelessly hooked by knitting as I am ;) )

Thank you for visiting me again!

Saturday, 9 June 2007

Lacy waves.

It's so warm in Ireland this week !
Found time to lay down and get some UV rays . I call sunbathing more like 'baking in your own juice'. Some people do not like it ,I enjoy the energy that I get from sun!

About knitting:
Sleeves of lacy blouse are finished ,just need to iron them and connect with bodice. Hope get it done this evening and take some pics as well!

Also wanted to show you next piece in my dream list:


There is pattern for you as well: DROPS Jacket with wavy pattern in Vivaldi.
Enjoy the knitting and your life,whatever it brings to your way...!

Monday, 4 June 2007

Almost there...

Bodice is done ,also upper parts of sleeves:


Really like edging lace for sleeves,its done all in one piece ,even it looks like made separately.


Now have to pick up stitches along top of edging(bottom on this pic) and knit lower part of sleeve.


Friday, 1 June 2007

Thank you!

I always had trouble finishing big projects like knitting a cardigan or similar thing.
There are quite few UFOs (unfinished objects ;) )in my craft corner like pinwheel cardy for my little girl waiting for sleeves; almost finished cardy for her without zipper (color of yarn wasn't right,its too blue and I don't like it(when ordered it over Internet picture showed purple) ) and so on...
But yesterday found I have to keep knitting because there have been so many visitors here and you all coming to see some beautiful pictures and great patterns . Aren't you?
So must finish the piece I'm on.
The front and back are finished,shoulder seems crafted together. Also sideseems and when tried it on it looked really nice .
When upper part of sleeves are done and sewed to body , will make picture for you.

Now I want to say THANK YOU for everybody who keep coming back and make me feel responsible that you get what you came for! Feel free to leave comment asking for more! ;)

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

How little we need for happiness!


Would like to show you the biggest cone of yarn I ever had:
It is 50% mohair cobweb weight for lace knitting. Bought it over eBay (like most of my yarns ;) ). Could you leave it there with starting bid 0.99 pennies(UK). NEVER!
There is 1.1 KILO 8) ,around 8 km yarn ! WOW !
I am over the moon (so little is needed for happiness).
First thought was : have to knit lace shawls rest of my life...
Still happy,looking around for lace patterns...

Where the time is flying...


Have finished back for this beautiful white lace blouse and front piece is almost finished as well.
At some point found the back is too wide. Started to panic it will come tooo big. Then next morning mesured again and it's not soo bad.
will knit lower part at very last ,than can try it on and see how long to make.

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