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Friday, February 18, 2011

Handmade but not handwashed

Isn't it strange how you suddenly SEE something that's been there for some time, and you've seen it several times without really noticing. This happened to me some time a go. I was visiting my LYS (local yarn shop/store/seller) (I've seen these three letters several times without really catching what they stand for, but now I figured it out :)) Anyway, I was visiting my LYS, when all of a sudden I noticed some yarn in a basket. I picked it up, and it was incredibly soft and it had an incredibly soft greyish pinkish variegated colour. 100% pure alpaca. I had to have it! So I bought two skeins.

Now I just had to figure out what to make with it. Every once in a while I would pick it up, feel it, and put it back down. Thinking.
I remembered that some time a go I had bought the pattern for Andrea's Shawl from Kirsten over at Through the Loops, and I thought: that has to be the perfect project! I rushed to my LYS, found a contrast colour that would go with the yarn, (see the solid grey there?), and started knitting.

A very fun project to knit, lot's of challenge and variety, but very well explained. It took me 3-4 days to knit the shawl, and I thought it was beautiful, and incredibly soft. Just remained to wet it and block. So I put it in the machine. I didn't stop to think. Just put it in the machine. Wool washing programme. Allways works. But not this time! Out came something about half the size of what I had put inn, and much thicker!
 All those yarn overs and knit two togethers for nothing!
 But it is still incredibly soft, and I still love the colours! :)


I will definitely make Andrea's Shawl again, possibly with the same yarn, but this time it will be handmade AND handwashed!

Details:
Pattern: Andrea's Shawl from Through the Loops
Yarn:
Main colour: Mirasol from Du Store Alpakka
Contrast colour: Royal alpakka from Dale
Needle size 4mm

6 comments:

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  2. testing one two three

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  3. Vaska du på 30 eller 40 grader? Mitt ullprogram stiller seg automatisk på 40 grader, og det er jo for varmt, så eg stiller alltid ned til 30 før eg startar. Ein annan ting er jo alpakka tovar veldig raskt. Synd - med så mykje arbeid.

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  4. Må nok innrømme at jeg vasket på 40 grader. Hadde vasket en jakke jeg hadde strikket i sandnes alpakka tidligere, og det gikk veldig fint, så da regnet jeg med at det gikk bra denne gangen også. Men men, da har man lært den leksa :)

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  5. Hei Bodil,
    Så kjekt at du likar perlene mine.

    Eg streva litt før eg fann det beste for meg – klarte å slite i stykker ein ”perletrear”, kjøpte eit par heklenåler forgjeves – men kom opp med eigen patent:

    Tok ein bit smykkewire (stål, trur eg) frå Panduro, bøygde den på midten, og brukar den til å tre perler på. 10-15 i gongen.
    Når det begynnar å bli liten plass ytterst i løkka, trer eg garnet igjennom den, trekker wiren med garnet gjennom perlene, og dei sit på tråden.

    Kanskje greit å lage ein bildeserie på det der ein dag?

    Altså perlene på før eg startar. Strikka luene nedanfrå og opp, så då var perlene ganske snart strikka inn. Ja, det må planleggast litt – men det går jo greit, det.
    Antal rapportar x antal omgangar med perler, så har du det.

    Nokre av perlene var frå DSA og nokre frå Panduro. Litt prisforskjell, men begge deler fungerer bra.

    Prøv, da vel :o)

    Det er forresten lettare å svare deg dersom du opnar for det i bloggeroppsettet ditt.

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  6. Takk for tipset med perler, det hørtes ut som en lettere metode. Husker jeg plundret fælt med det der! En god ide å lage bildeserie synes jeg :)

    Angående bloggeroppsett, så har jeg tittet igjennom innstillinger, men finner ikke ut av hva som skal åpnes for..

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