July 6, 2014

Mittens are perfect summer knitting!

Ineke joined my workshop in Breidag, Amersfoort in March, and has just finished her Blomekrans mittens. Aren't they lovely? And such beautiful photograpy. Thanks for letting me share them, Ineke!


Ineke also shared the mittens in my Ravelry group. Feel free to come visit and share your projects you too, if you are on Ravelry. 

Mittens are perfect summer knitting. A small project that won't be big and warm in your lap. 


Last July the Mystery KAL in the "I make mittens" group on Ravelry, confirmed that people do knit mittens in summer. 


I think people knit mittens all the time! This year there will be a Mystery KAL in September. More on that later.


June 23, 2014

Mohair love

This spring, I was invited to a knitting event in the south of Norway, at Sjølingstad museum, which is an old wool factory, where the still spin yarn. I've blogged about that in Norwegian. I met lots of nice knitters, and enjoyed myself a lot. And I met a new yarn, which I fell in love with: Symre from Telespinn, a mini mill in the heart of Norway. 


I purchased some skeins, planning to make a cardigan with a round yoke, but had no idea about the pattern, or rather, I had lots of ideas spinning around in my head, but couldn't make up my mind. Then I remember Mary Jane Mucklestone's book 150 Scandinavian Motifs where I had seen a goat chart I really liked. Mohair - goats - of course! 


Here they are, happily running on green grass, under the blue sky on a lovely sunny day. 


The yarn is lovely, shiny, soft, warm and strong. It's a bit different to knit with than sheep wool, feels less elastic, but with a beautiful drape. So a hip length cardigan was a perfect match, I think. 


On my project page on Ravelry, I call the cardigan "Å, jeg vet en seter" from a Norwegian children's song, The pattern will be called "Singe-linge-lang" from the same song. 

And yes, there will be a pattern, sized from XS to XXL, bust size from 82 to 121 cm. Mine is size medium. I plan to publish the pattern some time in September. Stay tuned!


May 16, 2014

Flowers in progress


I don't remember when I started this sweater, but Ravelry does, it was actually 1 year and 1 day ago, for the Blomekrans KAL in my Ravelry group.

I have finally finished the colourwork, cut the steeks and have started the left sleeve, as you might notice.

The yarn is Wollmeise "Pure" 100% Merino Superwash, bought from Knitnetty who was selling some of her stash yarn last year.



In my garden, flowers are also in progress!

April 24, 2014

Fretex find


Fretex is the name of the Salvation's army's thrift stores in Norway. In Lillehammer we have really nice one. That's where I buy almost all my clothes. I recently found this cardigan hanging there screaming to me. It's a traditional, boxy type cardigan, but it was just my size and my colours, and it had to come with me home. Can you see how it matches my house? I have not seen the pattern elsewhere. Does anybody recognize the pattern?

April 13, 2014

Goodies from Breidag #3

Yes, I came home with more goodies from Breidag, 
just haven't had time to blog yet. 
Here's some hand painted yarn 


She has found the colours from different Dutch paintings,
and hand painted a Dutch palette of yarn. 
I had a hard time deciding which palette to choose, 
but ended up with this one. 

And the colours inspired my project 
- here's a sneak peek:




March 31, 2014

Goodies from Breidag #2


A pair of socks, made on this sock knitting machine. 
Cool, isn't it? Especially for me who doesn't knit socks.


March 29, 2014

Goodies from Breidag #1


I did not leave empty handed from Amersfoort. 
Among other things, I was given the traditional stroopwafels, 
I brought them home, and then they were gone. 
I don't know anybody who doesn't like stroopwafels! 

I'm also happy to say I could bring home a new skill: 
Double knitting! 
I was taught by the lovely Daphne
I have always imagined it would be very difficult, f
iddly and time consuming to do, 
but I was happy to discover it is not, i
t's quick, easy, fun, and addictive!



You can do it too! 
and knit yourself some Amsterdam houses. 

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