New blanket

Ripple blanket – here’s the pattern

Just finished my new blanket. Took me less than a week – yarn I needed arrived on Wednesday and the whole thing was done on Sunday. Pretty quick.

I should probably start at the beginning.

Some time ago there was a sale on DROPS yarns (very nice stuff in general) and I bought some random balls in colours that seemed interesting. “Andes” was one of these and finally I made a cowl/scarf thing out of it. Which was a total failure, because the outcome was way too thick and stiff. Probably I used a hook some sizes too small. Well.

So this week I undid it and added some cream Andes to it as a contrast, took a 8mm hook and hooked a round ripple blanket. In three days (was kind of busy on Saturday). After work only.

So, here’s the outcome. Photographed inside, no natural light, so colours are a bit wrong, but it’s, in general, somewhat purple-ish. It’s 130 cm in diameter (from point to point) and it covers my new armchair quite nicely :)

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Yarn Review – DROPS Alasca

Brand: DROPS Alasca (Mix)

Colour: grey, dark blue (also other dark-ish and smoky colours and gray pink)

Content: 100% pure new wool/100% wool

Thickness: 140m/100g (70m/50g)

Country of origin: EU

Suggested needle size: 5mm, I’m using a 4mm hook.

Suggested patterns on producer’s page.

Structure: Three strands, visible and separable, well twisted together. Next to no scratch. I wouldn’t make a hat out of it, but I’d be willing to risk a scarf.

There was a big sale on DROPS yarns in May and I kind of went overboard with various kinds I bought, so I have yet another DROPS to check out and review. I’ve unpacked my 8 balls of Alasca (so, total of 400g) and started on a waistcoat for my son. Combination of dark blue and dark grey seems to have this “proper, school-ish” vibe, so he will have something lighter than a full pullover for the official school days.

I’ve started on the blue squares and the yarn is really, really nice. As it’s thick, the outcome is visible almost immediately, but of course also the balls disappear almost immediately. Four 11cm squares and one ball is almost gone (so 4 will make 16 or 17 squares). The feel of if when working is really soft, with almost no scratch. Also almost no sheep smell, which sometimes accompanies untreated wool yarns.

Now, I wouldn’t recommend using it for hats, if you have any kind of sensitivity towards wool, but I personally would risk a scarf or mittens. Would not knit a polo neck sweater or anything tight-fitting/direct on skin (except for abovementioned scarf or mittens). Feels very, very warm. I’m thinking about a pair of ugly but warm socks when I look at it (all my socks are slightly ugly and these colours would not cover my sock-knitting blunders).

Would buy more? Yep. The colour range seems nice and I may be in need of a sober, grownup scarf someday.


Brown and turquoise FIMO dragon

I have bought yet another book by the talented Christi Friesen, Dragons.

I promptly made my first attempt at dragon-making. This one here is the second one I made.

All FIMO plus glass pearls.

Brown and turquoise fimo dragon


Teal Glass Pendant

And the fourth glass coin pendant, this time it’s rich teal, with copper wire and Miyuki beads.

Teal Glass pendant


Blue Glass Pendant

Rich blue, silver-lined glass coin wrapped in copper wire with dark gold Miyuki square beads.


White cup, painted blue

A white cup, painted and baked to make the paint water/wather/dishwasher proof.

1. Stages of painting:

2. Different angles shots of the finished piece:


Team of beaded bacteriophages

Basing on the same design as this and this, a set of four pendants.


DNA Earrings (beaded)

These are DNA earrings, made basing on a project Genetic Jewels. I carefully paired together the colors, to make sure there will be no – gasp – genetic errors.


Under-the-glass mat (FIMO millefiori)

This is a polymer clay (FIMO) mat, to be put under your glass to protect the table. Additionally, when backlit with a lamp, it makes nice visual effect, as it is made of semi-transparent FIMO.

It is made using the millefiori technique, which is a descendant of the glass millefiori, used for many centuries with glass (most fameous – Venetian glass).


Pink polymer clay (FIMO) covered glass bowl

Big, round glass bowl covered with pink and blue millefiori canes slices.
Most probably will be used as part of a lamp.