Crochet merino beanie with star and waistcoat stitch

Today’s hike took me and puppy up to and all the way around the half-frozen lake Rödvattensjön (377 masl). It is a really beautiful and peaceful area with lots of trails to discover for us. One of the trails* from here will also take you on a longer hike to Stockholmsgata.

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Look at this beautiful frozen star moss along the trail – natures very own “star stitches” in mossstar moss stjernemose stjärnmossa natur biologi planter plants

 

So yes, as you can see I have been busy crocheting Christmas gifts lately (yeah, soft presents for everyone!), and some of the crochet “test pilots” I keep myself, like this beanie that turned out very nice from a beautiful wool yarn (100 % superwash merino) I had no clue what to make of due to the peculiar colour nuance.

Ok, so I took on the Grinchen look again.. but it is soon Christmas anyway.. moahahaa. Just want to show you the beanie front “in use”. 😀

 

Passing by a reconstruction of the Laplander Sjul-Persson’s lap cot (lappkåta) home…  (he is probable also the founder of the little village Rödvattnet) – and my happy curious puppy along the trail around the lake

For this beanie I focused on the “waistcoat” stitch and the adorable “star stitch” – and of course I made a ribbed brim.  No pattern was followed, I was shooting from the hip again, but it is a simple beanie to crochet and the result is a tighter stitched hat that keeps the wind out. The beanie protected my head very well today against the cold wind blowing over the icy lake.. and the pompom are still hanging on 😀

 

If you have any questions about the beanie, don’t be afraid to ask 🙂

 

Licence to sweep

Last year I got my licence to chimney sweep/soot and clean my own wood-fired heating boiler.  Feels really nice to be able to do this job myself, as I learn more how my house’s heating system works – and surely I also save some bucks by doing it myself.
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After measuring the chimney’s diameter I could order this chimney sweeping equipment (including a soft whisk (thankfully)) from a professional company,  suitable for my chimney’s inside material (this can vary, be sure to check it).
I attended a packed course (I was the only woman there) at the fire station where we for the most part focused on fire safety. Very interesting and informative, and a bit scary (and sometimes funnily) to hear storys about what happened when fire safety was ignored. How to actually sweep the chimney and clean the heating boiler was mostly up to myself to find out, but it is not that difficult at all, it is actually pretty easy when you have done it once and developed a routine for it. So the easiest and fun part was to get up on my old roof, find a safe position and do the chimney sweep.  The dirty part was to afterwords go down to my basement and clean the whole heating boiler and channels inside by scraping, brushing and vacuum clean it all.
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It’s a dirty job alright, but what a good feeling when the whole heating system is cleaned and ready to be filled with dry wood to warm up my house on chilly days… yess indeed, it’s a priceless feeling when you have experienced how grisly and uncomfortable a cold house really is.
The winter is coming and I need our house to be warm and cosy like this again. At every startup with good fire wood some smoke will come out the chimney as you can see, but when it gets hot enough you will hardly see any smoke up there. Hopefully the old heating boiler will survive this winter too 🙂 

Crochet reflection dog vest and sporty messy bun beanie

Of course I crochet something for Her Sweetness too..  and some of my first “creations” was this reflective dog vest that would do good when we have to walk near traffic. She is already the sweetest thing ever, so I think the super cute neon pink colour from Galaxy reflex yarn looks good on her and sure makes her more visible in daylight too. Everything to make her safer.

dog vest reflex crochet handmade visible

For myself I wanted to try crochet a messy bean in similar colours to match her, but not so “neon” – so I choose a milder and thinner wool mix yarn from Viking of Norway. Too keep it warm and wind resistant I lined it with some stretch fleece. It sure feels great to put up my long hair in a bun or pony tail while exercising…

Cross country skiing with my new messy bun beanie – nice to get the hair away from any zippers… and so awesome when the cold wind bites. The fleece lining handles cardio sweat real nice too.fleece lined messy bun beanie lcap crochet winter sport

 

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We are visible… here we are out for an evening walk testing if the blitz catches us ..it doez.. the reflex yarn are not supposed to replace an ordinary reflex, but rather compliment it…reflex dog vest messy bun beanie sport crochet

 

Dog vest pattern: As usual I shoot from my hip to get it the way I want it, so I mostly did this time too.. sometimes it works, sometimes not perfect but still ok (yeah, you noticed my clumsy rounding off at the back of the vest to didn’t you) …however, to get started with some good tips and tricks for the dog vest I viewed this video tutorial on Youtube, but I skipped the front leg holes as my dog don’t need the vest to keep her warm with all that thick lovely fur – it would just make her too hot.

Messy bun beanie pattern: Take a look here if you need a video tutorial to help you get started on a simple crochet messy bun. I really love to crochet the ribbed edge as it makes the beanie more stretchy around the head. I also did my very first surface crochet to decorate the beanie a bit.

 If you should have any questions about these crochet pieces you are of course welcome to ask, and I will try to answer you the best I can 🙂

Absolutely adorable isn’t she…dog vest sweater reflex pink handmade crochet sweet

Crochet rustic infinity scarf of wool

After 3 days of cross-country skiing my best little friend Jenta and I went for a walk around a lake yesterday in the falling snow. I had finished one of my crochet gadgets and took the opportunity to shoot some outdoor photos of the finished wool infinity scarf that I made in a somewhat rustic look with an earth dye.

The scarf before felting – absolutely usable right there, but again, the felting made it more wind resistant and warmer, and usability is more important than the look when the wind bites you… createwithadlibris

Let me present one of my of my dear self-appointed “helpers” – he closely follow the crochet process and always claims he “didn’t touch anything” when I get back to continue crocheting – he sure looks innocent enough..crochet intifiny shawl cowl earth dye hekling virkat cat devon rex

One of my other dear self-appointed “helpers” usually takes care of the durability-test for how much a piece of crochet can take…

This time I used Drops Big Delight wool yarn, and blended the colour mix Autumn Forest 06 with Chocolate Banana 05 to get som ochry light up’s in the scarf. It is very easy to crochet and to practice on, and you don’t have to sit and count all the time, I just had a stitch marker placed at the start point. crochet intifiny scarf cowl earth dye wool hekling virkat handmade needlework

Our little car got stuck in the snow on our way out to the lake, but a couple of my door mats got us out of the situation so we could drive to one of our favorite walking places you can see a bit of below.  

 

Peek-a boo! Happy with my rustic wool scarf in warming earthed colours. Now I’m starting to feel confident enough to crochet stuff for others too, so be warned! ha..ha.. I will be back with a travel gem of Norway soon, so don’t walk too far away dear reders 🙂crochet wool intifiny shawl cowl earth dye hekling virkat pattern jordfarger big delight yarn