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Saturday, May 28, 2011

More New Yarn

Today it's raining outside.
But that's ok because I got lot's of New Yarn the other day. The Drops-sale is on!
Im looking forwards to try their new Lace. Soft! And you can see the shine from the silk.
The rest of the yarn is for projects in this book, bought in Copenhagen. Strik naturligvis by Annette Danielsen. This book has SO many tempting projects! And beautiful pictures.
I am casting on for the Cumulus today.
And the next one will be the "Løgblomst", in brown with a little bit of purple in the flowers.
I also finally got the naturally coloured Evilla I was waiting for. I already had the blue,
so I just needed the undyed one to be able to cast on for my "Mitered crosses blanket".
I seem to be starting a lot of new projects these days, I also casted on for the "Lanesplitter".
I counted my WIP's........ 10! I hope I will be able to show you an FO soon!
For more information about the projects, they are all ravelled here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Morning walk

Every morning when I wake up, I get dressed and take the dogs for a walk before breakfast. But first I have to lokate the cat and close him in the living room, or else he will come a long for the walk, and I'm afraid he will get hit by a car.
My daughters and I have one dog each, and we all live together. Depending on how they work, I will have one, two or three dogs with me for the walk.  To day Ninja went with her owner to the stables, while Yeela and Mira came with me.
The weather was lovely and the sky was clear. 
Our walk took us a long an old stone wall in an area where there are mostly summer cottages.
The fields are incredibly green!
In this field we sometimes see deer, but not today.
We went down an alley of old oak trees.
Then we crossed the main road and passed the local supermarket.
Before we came to the local stables.
All the horses where out, happily chewing their morning hay.
We followed a path into the woods.
Mira found a jump she wanted to try.
Yeela is checking out the brook.
We came out of the woods, overlooking another field.
Before we finally turned up our road again.
Our house is down the little hill.
Can you open the gate please?
One hour well spent, and I feel very privileged to be able to start my day like this. 
Now, back to studying!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

New bulky braded cowl, new book and new beginnings

The lilacs are blossoming
And I designed and knitted a cowl in two days.
It's very thick so I have to wait for winter to wear it. I made it by provisionally casting on the three colours, knitting until I had knitted two skeins of each before I braded them together.
Finally I grafted the live stitches together, leaving a (nearly) invisible seam.
Yarn: Drops Eskimo
Needles: 8mm
I also got a new book in the mail.
It's time to start knitting socks from the toe up. No more worrying if I have enough yarn! I have already cast on for a pair, knitting both at the same time, trying to avoid the second sock syndrome. I devided the yarn into two skeins. I am knitting a variation of the Lacy ribs socks.
This is my trick for keeping track of how many repeats I've done. Stitch counters doesn't work for me, so I always put a piece of scrap yarn in my knitting when I have to count the rows (e.a. increase every 6th row) or when I have to knit two the same (sleeves, socks, mittens). If you move the yarn from side to side e.a. every 5th row, you just count 5, 10, 15, 20... etc to know how many rounds you've knitted. Makes it very easy to keep track without having to remember too much!
I have also started a scarf, crocheting the brick wall pattern, using Noro and Delight. I like the contrast between the earthy Noro and the bright blue Delight.
Ninja isn't dead, she just LOVES basking in the sun!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl

Yesterday was the National Day of Norway.
 We barbequed in the rain and had strawberries for desert.
  I also finished my feather and fan comfort shawl.
I didn't make it very big, as I wanted it to fit under my jacket, keeping my neck warm.
The yarn is very soft, and I like the muted colours of the hand dyed yarn.
Pattern: Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl
Yarn: Blue Face Leicester 2/8 from Fleece Artist
Needles: 4mm
Malawi and Yeela are as usual making sure I do everything right! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

An amazing story

Just wanted to share this amazing story (link to another blog)  with you. Really incredible! Shows how close the knitting community is, even though it stretches out over continents.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


On our recent tripp to Copenhagen I needed a small, easy project to go. 
I decided it was time to get around to Jagged number two. The first one was finished in january!
As you can see, I'm using solid black and a variegated grey/black, so that at one point I was knitting the pattern with two blacks! I think that's what put me off sock number two. So to get around that I decided to break the yarn when the grey turned black, and just jump to the next grey part. It gave me two different socks, but I don't think it matters.
In any case it won't show when I'm wearing shoes.
Pattern: Jagged from Through the loops.
Yarn: Drops Fabel in solid black, and Fame Rand from Marks & Kattens, leftovers from this blanket.
Needles: 2.5mm
A very nice pattern to follow, well explained and fun to knit. The slip stitch pattern means you only work one colour at the time, even though it looks like you work with two.
Note to self: it is a good idea to knit both socks at the same time to ensure a steady gauge. It doesn't show on the pictures, but the socks turned out a bit different inn size. I managed to even it out a bit in the blocking.
Yeela thinks taking pictures is booooooooring!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Yarn from "Sommerfuglen"

As I said in my last post, I bought some yarn in Copenhagen. 
 It was great to be able to touch and feel yarns that I have previously only read about!
And smell.......hope nobody saw me!
9 little balls of Ruzicka Marl & Knops in coordinated colours, all together 150 grams. Maybe for a Fair Isle project, or perhaps for Tidsel
Two skeins of Tussah tweed, in a very light "powder pink".
One skein of  naturally coloured Spinni Tweed from Isager. I love natural colours in wool!
One skein of wonderfully soft Blue Face Leicester from Fleece Artist in beautiful colours!
I have allready started knitting a Feather and Fan comforting shawl with it.
An incredible soft skein of Helen's Lace from Lorna's Laces
After I came home I discovered that it is excacttly the yarn used in Rock-island from Brooklyn Tweed. I take it as a sign.
And finally two skeins of Sarah Tweed. A silk/wool blend in a deep brown colour. Me love love love love!!