July 30, 2010

Sunflower Audrey - summer accomplishment



I'm so happy with how this turned out!
The yarn is verye nice to work with,
and the pattern
by Gudrun Johnston from Twist Collective
is a joy to follow.


Pattern: Audrey In Unst by Gudrun Johnston
Yarn: Pickles Extra Fine Merino
Colour: "Solsikke" - Sunflower
New skills:
Bias bind off, three needle bind off,
and sleeve cap shaping
with wraps and turns, top down
- the construction is just brilliant!

(The photos are pre-washing)

July 15, 2010

Sweater "skinnvotten"

This sweater is based on a Ukranian folktale about a lost mitten, in Norwegian called "Skinnvotten", beautifully translated by Alf Prøysen.



Pattern: Paper Dolls
Needle: 2,5 mm for body, 3,0 mm for yoke (stranded pattern)
Yarn:
Red: Black Cat Fibres Sock yarn merino
Grey and green: ninukka sock yarn (etsy)
Blue: Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20

Modifications:
Worked top down (but because I didn't like the first ribbing I made, I unraveled the neck ribbing, picked up stitches and worked this part again from yoke and up)
Ribbing: k 1 twisted, p 1 (in stead of corrugated ribbing).
Long sleeves.
And differnt yoke pattern.


The yoke pattern is charted by me. Some of the animals are found from other patterns:

Wolf: Modified (made smaller) from this hat pattern by Mary Lou Egan

Rabbit/hare: Modified from this chart on this blog (Norwegian).

Frog: Modified (made smaller) from this hat pattern (Finnish blog).



I realised after finishing the yoke, that the sequence of the animals was wrong, the wild boar should have come after the wolf, not before... but the soon five years old receiver says it doesn't matter (even though he knows the tale by heart). And then I read the English version of the tale, and there the wild boar comes after the bear, so now I don't mind the mistake either.

July 10, 2010

Peace and love for bride and groom

My cousin is getting married today!

This is my present for the happy couple.
A strange gift for a summer wedding,
you might think.
But where the wedding is taking place
in the northern part of Norway,
the average temperature last July
was 12 degrees Celcius.

So mittens can come in handy!

The groom's pair is made of Rauma "3tr strikkegarn", on needles 3 mm. I used a little less than one and a half 50 g skein of the main colour, and one skein of the contrasting colour.


For the bride's pair I used less half a skein Rauma lamullgarn of each colour, on needles 2,5 mm. The size difference is obtained just by different gauge. The groom's pair is obviously a bit thicker.




The pattern is mine, Selbu Peace&Love Mittens.

I have translated the pattern,
it's now available also in Norwegian,
pattern is called
"Votter for kjærleik og fred"

Choose the file "Selbu Peace&Love mittens" if you want the English version.

Choose the file "Votter for kjærleik og fred" if you want the Norwegian version.

July 6, 2010

Yeah! Hup Holland!

Just seen the semi final!
Looking forwards to the final on Sunday!
Hup Holland!


(My husband is half Dutch... in case you wonder)









ETA - all football hats patterns are free and can be downloaded here.

July 5, 2010

My pattern in "1000¨fabulous knit hats"

Remember the 1000 fabulous hats contest? My Scrap Gnomy , or Pointy Striped Color as it is called in the book is a runner up. The book is now available! Clicking on th photo will bring you to Amazon.

The first reviews on Amazon, were bad. People were disappointed there were only 10, and not 1000 patterns! Well, $ 16,50 is not a bad price for ten patterns, I would say. (And I never saw a book with thousand patterns.).. Other reviews have come later, and are better. I myself have not seen the book yet, I'm waiting for my copies to cross the Atlantic..


I have been able to have a look inside the book, though, on Amazon. I knew I had one patttern in it, obviuosly, and that I had at least one additional photo, so I was quite curious too see. I found three photos, this, this and this.

My pattern has been updated with another size after the book was made. This is done just by changing gauge, so there is no problem to follow the instructions in the book. Details about sizing, yarn requirements and gauge can be found below.



1. Hat in the snow, 2. Easter gnomy, 3. Scrap gnomies, 4. Scrap gnomies

Sizes:
Toddler: suitable for head circumference 45 – 50 cm (17 3/4 – 19 2/3 inches).
Child: for head circumference 49 – 54 cm (19 ¼ – 21 ¼ inches).
Adult: suitable for head circumference 52 -58 cm (20 ½ – 22 ¾ inches).

Requirements and gauge:

For toddler’s size: 80 - 100 g of fingering scrap yarn (tension 28 sts/10 cm and 37 rows /10 cm in stranded pattern)
Needles 2,0 mm and 2,5 mm small circulars and dpns (or needles to get right tension).

For children’s size: Appr. 100 g of fingering/DK scrap yarn (tension 26 sts/10 cm and 31 rows /10 cm in stranded pattern)
Needles 2,0 mm and 2,5 mm small circulars and dpns (or needles to get right tension).

For adult size: Appr. 150 g of DK/light worsted scrap yarn (tension 23 sts/10 cm and 29 rows/10 cm in stranded pattern. )
Needles: 3,0 mm and 3,5 mm small circulars and dpns (or needles to get right tension)

July 4, 2010

My grandmother's flowers

I love visiting my grand parents' old summer house.

My grandmother liked all sorts of fiber craft.


Lovely old flower fabrics.


There are always things to do at a summer house,so it's been a week of both work and relaxing.









And some knitting of course. More about that later.

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