Hell Bent on Babies, part I

It all started with a post in our facebook-group which announced; ”Ideas for baby knitting – GO!”.

A few hours later we had a long thread with useful tips and lovely pattern-suggestions. Here they come so they get to meet the rest of the internetz…

Things we actually found useful

- cardigans for newborns up to about 6-7 months or so
- sweaters from about 7 months onwards
- sleep sacks, because putting on pants takes up way too much time in the beginning
- hats with ties or balaclavas

Specific patterns are:

This cardi is amazing, I made the 1year size, and he was able to wear it at about 5 months, and it still fits comfortably now (1 year old).

Sleep sack
Easy sleep sack pattern, I added a draw string around the waist.

Great hat if you wear the baby

Great cardi!

Coat extension
Coat extension for babywearing in cold weather

This blanket have been used every day for almost two years. It might not look that special but the good thing is that it is elastic, thin and large. Its very useful!

These booties were very appreciated since I placed a drawstring around the ancle. Pretty much the only footwear that the baby didn’t manage to kick off…

Finally time for knitting

IMG_7711It was a while since we updated the blog so here comes a post from tonight’s knit night :) As usually it seems like I take pictures of everything else than yarn and needles ;)  But I guess you can see from the pictures that we had cinnamon rolls and tea AND..

IMG_7710..Kinder eggs :D Desirée brought some Kinder eggs and I guess we all can admit that it was fun to open them. Thank you!

IMG_7718A very colorful pticture to end with, because color makes you happy, right? See you all soon!


Knitting with a loom

Desktop15If you ever get tired of knitting with needles, maybe you can try to knit with a loom. Until this morning I thought  you only could knit infinity scarfs, hats and basically long tubes with a knitting loom..but no. Look at these pictures; it’s even possible to knit blankets and cables. You can find patterns for the red/blue blanket, the bear cowl, and the pink/green blanket on Ravelry. You can find more information about the “mittens” on the blog Gettin’ it Pegged.

Unfortunately it seems like the patterns are quite expensive to buy, but I don’t think it’s that difficult to figure out basic patterns on your own. There are many videos on Youtube with instructions, that are for free :)

Have you tried to knit with a loom?

Tuesday knit night

IMG_7394I brought my camera to tonight’s knit night because I wanted to take some pictures of all the things we knit. But now I realize that I took pictures of pretty much everything else. As an excuse, I think this shows that knit nights are not only about knitting, it’s so much more.. like hot chocolate, cake, really cute macarons, cats and really nice company.



IMG_7408This little buddy likes yarn too..


IMG_7411Jennifer is knitting octopus mittens, and speaking of octopuses, check out these mittens ;)

2013 in Hell Bent on Knitting

Our members have been busy knitters (and crocheters) this year! (Obviously too busy to post, since we haven’t in a while.) Take a look at what we’ve made. What do you think? Do you have anything you want to finish before the new year, or anything you look forward to starting?

Happy New Year from Hell Bent on Knitting in Malmö!

Adventures in homestyling part 3: the Things I like

What follows is a photographic account of the violation of my home and my aesthetics for the simple reason of making it more commercially appealing.

In this third installment I thought it might be time to bring up some things I actually liked.

The absolutely best thing is because we moved our computer area I could finally set up a sewing corner in the bookshelf. All the boxes, things, doodads and books, no way I can make it look tidy and that’s what I like about it.

Notice how the sewing machine isn’t plugged in? Yeah …

Living Room

First thing I made after setting up the sewing corner was this table runner.


The cats never let me have things like these on the walls, I’m looking at every catfree weekend as an opportunity.


I like turtles and mini Höganäs jugs.


And tiny ships in tiny bottles. I mean, who doesn’t?


Then we got Lenin as a book stand. Who doesn’t need random communist memorabilia in their decorating scheme? (There’s a Chairman Mao vase in the next installement)

Living room

The table and my first doily.

Living room

To be continued…

Adventures in homestyling part 2: the Bedroom

What follows is a photographic account of the violation of my home and my aesthetics for the simple reason of making it more commercially appealing.

Secondly the bedroom.

Delving deeper into this twisted world of affirmations, white and beige, we start with covering up my bright red armchair. More plants, curtains and a glass horse head.


Serious business this homestyling thing.




Pillows and absolutely non-offensive bedroom “art”. A picture of rocks with the word hope.

Why one needs reminders of abstract concepts via rocks I will never really understand there will be more of those in the next installment. But I digress.


Assorted things, some of which are actually things I owned from before, none of which are porcelain animals.


I leave you with this. It’s on my desk, next to the computer. Where I can see it. With my eyes. Why?


To be continued…

Adventures in homestyling part 1: the Kitchen

What follows is a photographic account of the violation of my home and my aesthetics for the simple reason of making it more commercially appealing.

First the Kitchen.

It starts with citrus fruits. As these things tend to do.


Works its way to becoming a teacup herb garden, more candles and even more fruit.




Flowers on top of wine shelves.Kitchen

Salt and pepper shakers.

Kitchen Kitchen

Finally topped off with a vinyl decal courtesy of the KnitMistress and Ernhake Tryckeri.

Kitchen Kitchen



To be continued…

Things we have knitted

Suss_3Who doesn’t like a finished project? I guess we all do, that feeling when you make the last stitch or when you just have weaved in the last end.. And speaking of finished projects, here are some things that Susanne and Sofie  have made.

If you haven’t discoverd Ravelry yet, check it out because there are loads, and loads of inspiration on the site. Hell bent on knitting are also on Ravelry, and you can find the group here. What will be your next project?





(Sofie have made the really colorful table cloth/blanket, and scarf and hat)(Susanne have made the cute mittens and the white hat).

Cookies for a knit night

havrekakorWho can say no to some crunchy cookies? On our knit nights there’s always tea and some treats (if it’s not too hot outside ;) ). Why not make some cookies, you can make them in advance and just store them in an airtight food container until serving.

Crunchy oatmeal cookies

·         100 g butter

·         150 ml flour

·         300 ml rolled oats (uncooked)

·         1 ½ tsp baking powder

·         100 ml brown sugar

·         50 ml white granulated sugar

·         100 ml raisins

·         100 ml of mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flaxseed)

·         1 Tbsp cold water

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in butter and until the mixture becomes lumpy, incorporate the water and form a dough.

Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters (or a drinking glass) to cut out cookies. Put on a baking tray that has been lined with non-stick paper. Bake in the oven (200 degrees Celsius) for about 8 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.


 PS. more recipes can be found here.