Scrap Sunday: Back to the roots

This used to be a blog about knitting and it really is time to go back to its origins. I haven’t given up on knitting yet, don’t worry. In fact I am mainly working on the second attempt of a baby blanket for my niece. The first one got lost in the mail…. or shipped to Australia rather than Austria. So maybe there is now a cute baby kangaroo who had lost its mum wrapped up nicely in that blanket.

36 squares out of 49 are already done so I can soonish show you a result, before investing in the extra costs for guaranteed delivery.

For now, it will be a small scrap project, a knitted phone case.

Do you remember when I made a christmas present which was roughly 3 months delayed? A rather beautiful bag with lining and lots of pockets? IMG_3263

This time I made a birthday present for the same person, two weeks early. So I thought the logic asks for something really small 🙂 Also due to the stress and lack of time of the last few months, I had cancelled all birthday presents, my own parents included. So actually getting a small phone case meant quite a lot I guess.

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I had once written a pattern for very simple phone cases, a bit intended as knit and purl and joining pieces practise for my knitting students. For this phone case I used the same idea, but I made a much more advanced version with a flap and a stretchy lining. I also made it bigger as the original Balduin was done for my own phone which is – these days at last – on the small side. I wonder if I should add the big version and the flap to the original pattern. Hmm.

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Colourwise I meant to keep the colour scheme of the lining of the Christmas bag which was red and orange but I do wonder now if that wasn’t a bit silly as clearly it will be hard to find in a sea of red and orange.

The lining of the phone case had to be a contrasting colour, obviously. Unfortunately I had no nice small patterned jersey in my boxes so plain blue it was.

As we are already talking about knitting, I will have to knit two other baby blankets in the next month…. 2015 will be another big baby year in our family. Then a little baptism cardigan for my niece and future goddaughter most likely using a pattern by Georgie Hallam, I just love her designs. And I was thinking of another jumper for me. I have realised that the past year I have basically been wearing two jumpers whenever a clean one was required and both were knitted. Basically, I had one for winter IMG_1739

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I have already since a while downloaded another pattern from atelier alfa, another very cool designer and I have already invested hours (well, minutes really) into choosing colour combinations however, knowing that I will be covered in baby vomit for another winter, I don’t think I will wear precious hand knitted jumpers that often, unless I used different shades of cream of course 🙂