My boyfriend is just as much a nerd as me, in his own territory of course. Our bookshelves are filled with horror, fantasy and D&D books, our movie and tv-show collection are dominated by horror/fantasy/sci-fi, my boyfriend has several houndred computer games. But most of all he is my cookie monster. Literaly! Put a box of cookies in front of him, and he’ll eat it all. If you’re not fast enough, you might not get a cookie =) So for his birthday last year, I had to give him a couple of cookie monsters.
A cookie monster throw pillow, knitted with double thread acrylic and nylon fake fur with needle size 4 (US sz 6), to give it that hairy look =)
A cookie monster beanie, for those cold winter days. It’s extremely warm, and knitted with the same yarns as the pillow.
As I said in my first post on this blog, I’m very late to the party. The few things I’ve shown you so far, are thing I made during the last 2 years (up until Christmas 2014). So today I thought I would show you what I’ve been knitting this last week.
For many years I’ve been all about recycling, hand-me-downs, second-hand shops etc. As a society we produce far too much trash, garbage, unnecessary crap. We buy new things, keep them for a year, and replace it all with new shiny object to make us feel fresh and new (no I’m not talking about everyone, I’m talking about us as a society). My favorite pair of shoes are 10 years old, my favorite jacket I bought in 2000 (I still have it and wear it!). Most of my furniture are hand-me-downs, 80% of my wardrobe are bought in second-hand shops. I don’t throw anything away, until it’s completely useless. Just a few months ago my boyfriend finally got me to accept my very first smart phone (again a hand-me-down), because my 8 year old mobile was finally starting to act up. All of my things have a history, they have lived a life with someone else, and now they live on in my life. I know it’s a silly sentiment, but at least I’m doing my part not to produce more garbage than necessary.
So anyway, enough rambling about trash. I collect jars (I don’t go out and buy empty jars =P). These are jars from the grocery shop, once filled with jam or tomato sauce, salsa, whatever you find in jars in the store. With a little bit of magic and yarn, you can transform boring glass jars into fun candle holders, pencil holders, vases or whatever your heart desires.
I’ve made myself some cute vases based on some of my most beloved creatures (I haven’t mentioned this yet, but I’m a HUGE horror fan). From left to right: Dracula, Frankentstein’s Monster and The Mummy =) They are knitting with cotton yarn on needlesize 3 (US sz 2.5). I’ve focused on the details which makes the creatures unquie; Draculas fangs and collar, Frankenstein’s Monster’s neck bolt and stichings and The Mummy’s bandages/wraps.
I am a BIG fan of the Minions, from the movies Despicable me 1 & 2. Like many of the animated movies these days, the sidekicks in the films are hilarious. Even more so than the main characters. So as the nerd I am, I’ve knitted a few minions to some people, while I’m waiting for the Minion movie to come out! (and yes, I’m also planning on making my own army of minions, for when I take over the world ;P )
This cute throw pillow was a Christmas gift for my uncle (he is just as much of a nerd as me). It’s knitted with acrylic yarn, with buttons up in the back, so it’s easy for wash. The pupils are black buttons. The Batman potholders are a soft cotton yarn.
This cute little number is an Ipad cover, for a friend (also for Christmas). Also knitted with acrylic yarn, for easy mashine wash.