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Monday, March 18, 2013

It's not just old ladies who knit


Knitted sweater, H&M print pants, the Cambridge satchel company batchel, outfit

DIY knitted pullover

DIY knitted pullover, H&M print pants

Perhaps some of you remember that I have been knitting a lot during the past six months. Those who don't, well, I love knitting. I learnt to knit when I was about 8 years old and I have been knitting on and off ever since. I started knitting again last September and the pullover in the pictures is the end result.

I must say, I'm extremely proud of myself. Last time it took me over a year to finish a scarf (that ended up being way too wide so I made it an almost perfect square) and I still haven't finished the pair of socks I've been knitting for D. (one sock is almost done, one more to go) This time, it took me about six months to finish the pullover. I didn't knit all the time and there were periods of time when I was knitting other things but in the end, I finished it. Definitely makes me appreciate all those pullovers my grandmother has made me.

The pullover is truly perfect for these cold days. It's 100% wool, no synthetic fibres and it's obvious. It's so warm and soft, it doesn't itch and while it's warm enough to keep me from freezing in -15 degrees, it doesn't get too warm indoors either. I'll definitely be bringing this to NL next time I visit, finally a pullover to last me through those winds. The only downside is the fluffiness of the wool.

I love the look of the pullover too. I chose a more lively yarn on purpose, because this being the first pullover I have ever knitted, there were bound to be some minor mistakes and thanks to the yarn, it's not that visible. The model of the pullover is actually meant for men, but I wanted it to hang a little lose and add some laid-back fishermen sort of vibe to my wardrobe. I can combine the pullover with pretty much anything from dresses and skirts to jogging pants and it looks great.

The pullover required almost 6 balls of yarn (each 100 grams) so it cost me about 80 euros in total. (excluding the pins) Can't know for certain but I think that in total I spent well over 50 hours knitting. It was a lot of work and a lot time but the result is a quality pullover that should last for years to come. Not to sound too devout but it did teach me the value of handmade garments and traditional skills. A well-made piece of clothing that has been made using high quality materials does cost you more but you won't be disappointed. Clothes should be an investment and you should pay more attention the quality than what it says on the label.

Quality over quantity.



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27 comments:

  1. Toihan on ihana! Me want tooooo

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    1. No kunhan saan tästä noi mun muut projektit valmiiksi niin katsoo jos voin neuloa sullekin villapaidan :D

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  2. Kaunis pusero! :) Well done ♥
    Ja nuo kaksi vikaa lausetta on niin tosia; ei se määrä vaan laatu. (Tosin nykyisestä komerostani puhuttaessa ei voisi uskoa että edes pyrin tuohon "laatu voittaa määrän"-aatteeseen, kun tavaraa on jonkin verran kertynyt ylimääräistä sitten viime kirppispöydän pidon.. Mutta sentään pyrin siihen ja arvostan ajatusta. ^^)


    Indie by heart
    ps. NINJ & NINJ -tauluarvonta :)

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    1. Kiitos :)

      Ei mullakaan vaatekaapin sisältö vielä vastaa tuota lausetta, mutta pikkuhiljaa... ainakaan en shoppaile hirveästi, saan suurimman osan vaatteistani saan kierrätettynä. Se saa nyt tällä hetkellä riittää siihen asti että on varaa oikeasti sijoittaa vaatteisiin. :D

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  3. Supermooi! Mooie make-up ook!

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  4. Tulin kurkkimaan kuulumisiasi, ja paljon on tapahtunut, mutta myös kiinnostavia ja jännittäviä uusia juttua. :) Kaukosuhteilussa on toki huonot puolensa, mutta sehän on jo tuttua, ja teet fiksusti, kun ajattelet myös omaa tulevaisuuttasi. Hollanti-aikasikin oli varmasti hyödyllistä, ja nythän maahan on matala kynnys palata, jos sellainen aika taas tulee.

    Villapaita näyttää tosi mukavalta, osaisinpa neuloa itsekin tuollaisen!

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    1. Joo ei tuo kaukosuhteilu ole ollut läheskään niin vaikeaa kuin luulin, varmasti auttaa kun tietää sen olevan parhaaksi. Nyt sen on tavallaan itse valinnut eikä tarvitse kirota kohtaloa :D

      Kiitos paljon, oli paidassa kyllä paljon työtä, mutta lopputulokseen saan olla tyytyväinen :)

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  5. Yeah! I'm extremely proud of you too! Looks warm AND fashionable :)

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  6. love the look - the pants are fab!

    xo
    ola
    www.stylesbyola.com

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  7. wow Senja, great job! I used to knit too, I should get back to it:) You're a great inspiration! Amazing job, especially for the first pullover, wow!

    xx
    Tali

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    1. Thank you so much ♥

      Knitting is so relaxing, I love it!

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  8. Siis teiks sä ton villapaidan itse??? VAU!

    Ihana asu ja sinä muutenkin! :)

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    1. Ihan on itsetehty :D

      Kiitos paljon ihanainen! ♥

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  9. Wow!!! can't believe you knitted that! it's amazing! wish I had the patience haha! x


    www.thefirmavocado.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks ♥

      It does take a lot of patience but in the end, it's totally worth it!

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  10. I totally agree , we should always look for quality <3 The pullover is amazing, you're quite a talent!
    Followed you sweetie :)
    Lali pops of colour

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  11. Wow! Did you Knit that! It looks fabulous! Knit Away! :) I love those glasses on you too!

    http://that-sassy-girl.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I'll definitely keep on knitting, hahah! :D

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  12. Wow het resultaat is echt goed! Was benieuwd wat er uiteindelijk uit zou komen!

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    1. Ik ben ook erg blij met het resultaat... ik dacht ik zou het nooit afmaken hahah :D

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  13. Toi neule on kyllä niin suloisen ja lämpöisen näköinen, että tekee ihan itsekin mieli neuloa :) ♥

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  14. Tuosta saa olla kyllä erittäin ylpeä itsestään! Aivan mahtavaa työtä :))

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