Archive for April, 2012

FO shrug/cowl

This was my easter knit, and it made me fall in love with cables again.

The yarn, (wich I havent tried before) was a nice new acquaintance. Very airy, soft, and a joy to work with. I’m glad I bought too many skeins, so I can use it again. It’s the perfect yarn for cables.

The pattern is called Shawl hill, and if you head over here     http://twolittleplums.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/shaw-hill/     you’ll find it.

I had troubles with the ribbing, and I had to re-do it 2-3 times before I was satisfied. If I’d make it again (and I think I will!) I’ll do one more pattern repeat. I didn’t know how much the yarn would stretch, but after soaking and blocking it turned out a little bit on the narrow side, so it’s a bit tight over my shoulders, but it works great as a cowl. I’ve been wearing it and I’ve gotten so many compliments :-)

I used the yarn Puno from Rauma,  wich is a bulky 12 ply yarn consisting of 68% alpaca (yum!) 22% nylon, and 10% merino. I used around 1,5 skeins.

I knitted it on 7mm needles, and I think the last ribbing I did was on 4,5 mm needles, but I am not sure.

it looks like this:

 

 

 

 

O Canada

why knitters are the nicest people;

The thing is, I don’t knit socks, I never had,and I don’t really have any plans to start knitting them. I like the things I knit; the lace shawls, the mittens, the fingerless gloves, the cardigans and tops and sweater. I don’t really feel the need to take on a sock, I don’t feel the calling.

But still I had a lot of sock yarn, a whole big box of it! Of course I could knit shawls and fingerless mitts of it (and I am actually working on a cardigan now with some sock yarn) but most of my sock yarn was in colors I’m not really a huge fan of, cause most of my sock yarn has been given go me as gifts from people who thinks I knit socks. So what’s a girl to do? I put my yarn out for adoption. I said come trade with me, and they came, of course they did, knitters love a good bargain, knitters love yarn, sock knitters want sock yarn. So some of my yarn is going to Finland. Some sock yarn will move to the Great Britian. And yesterday I sent a big box across the atlantic, cause most of my sock yarn will move to Canada. There they will be taken good care of, by a nice lady who loves to knit socks. She likes lace too, so I know she’s a good person ;-) Doing a trade means you get something back, around the same value as the things you’re giving away. And earlier this week I got my trade goodies :-)

The pics are all cellphone pics and doesnt offer this lovely yarn any justice at all, but here is what I got.

I got the yarn River by Fleece Artist. I got two skeins in my favorite colors; grey (hey, don’t judge me!) and purple. River consists of 40% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 30% Silk, or just OMG SO SOFT, YUMNOM, OMG! as I like to call it. Seriously, its like a cloud, and I felt so bad for the clouds that had traveled so far, that I actually hang up the purple skein on the wall in my yarn room. (well hello there, I’m crazy yarn woman). I have a plan for the purple skein. The grey will live in a box and be a cuddle cloud for a while.

I also got real maple syrup (yup, I opened it right away, cause I hadn’t tried maple syrup before), maple syrup tea, and hickory sticks. (for my norwegian readers: it tastes like roasted/slightly burned taffel sticks, very yum!) I also got a postcard from the fostermom’s city, so I know where my sock yarn will be staying. Looks like a nice town. It has a fort!

Thanks for the trade, Tara!

picture rambling

I was gonna do a blog post about a cardigan today. A cardigan I am really proud of, but that blog post takes a while to make, I need to find those boring knitting details like yardage, needle sizes and such, cause we knitters like those boring details. So I will just postpone that for later in the week, as I am too busy today. Instead I will just put some pics her instead, you can call it picture ramblings,cause I do.

 

its growing! this is just some of the stuff that’s growing in my window shelves right now. My shelves are occupied, as this is Norway (snowstorm yesterday,no kidding ) they will remain occupied for a while. All are made from seeds. (Look, mom, I can make purple basil!)

 

 

 

 

He turned 2 years old on friday. I was hoping someone would give him some social skills for his birthday, but nah.. oh well, we love you anyway, Hugo!

 

 

 

hello, i’m cute!

 

just kidding!

 

goodbye easter

BildeBildeBildeBildeBildeBildeBildeBildeBilde

The great cowl kal

I’m not sure how detailed I will write about this, I am afraid this can be a very long entry if I’ll write all details, but I also know that knitters like details, so if you’re not a knitter I suggest you just skip this one, or you might get very bored indeed.

I had never really done a kal with a deadline before, so I joined this cause I wanted to prove to myself that I could complete something. I also love cowls, so this seemed like the kal for me.

 

The details on patterns and how long we had (it was 5 cowls, 50 days) you can find here:

http://feministy.com/blog/the-great-cowl-kal-official-preview-schedule/ and here http://feministy.com/blog/introducing-the-great-cowl-kal/

We got the first pattern free, then if we completed before the deadline we got the next one for free, and so on. If you want to make them you can buy them on Liz’s pattern page on rav, here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/the-great-cowl-kal

I am proud that I finished them all on time, though I am a bit sick of cowls now ;) As for the organizing of the kal I think Liz did a great job, and I salute her for the time and effort she put in to this. that being said i I felt there was a bit too many errata coming along, especially considering she had test knitters. Some of the errors should have been easily picked up by a test knitter. it is a bit frustrating being in a pattern, then suddenly the errata comes, and you have to start over, or just end up with a weird-looking cowl. (as I did with number one)

 

here are my cowls:

nr 1 was called flurries. I knitted mine with Garnstudio Drops alpacca, on 3,5 and 5mm needles. I gave this to my step daughter

 

 

 

 

 

 

nr 2 is called A very good cowl indeed. I loved this one, the pattern had many options, i kept this for mee :) Its knitted on 4mm needles with Pickles pure alpaca yarn.

 

 

 

nr 3 is called Weeble wooble. I hated this. It was boring, never-ending, I got holes in my short row sections even though it was said that we wouldn’t get holes, and after soaking it turned out so huge i almost cried. A friend of mine in Finland came to the rescue, cause she really liked it (weird girl) and she will adopt it, and give it all the love I can’t provide. It is knitted on 3,5 mm needles, and I used Abuelita merino 3 ply, and Pickles baby merino.

 

 

nr 4. Liked this one, keeping this one! Funny to make, comfy to wear. it’s called perpetually persistent (i have no idea what that means) and I knitted it on 12 mm needles. (wowza! fun going from 3,5 to 12) I used Garnstudio drops Andes, great  yarn,  its like drops eskimo, but plied, and it has a bit alpacca in it to make it yum.

 

 

 

nr 5: Blueberry scowl is the name of this one. I felt this dragged out, but the pattern was interesting. I did a lot of changes to it though, and I am not sure if i will keep it or not. Knitted on 4,5 mm needles with Abuelita merino worsted.

 

 

cowlapaloza!

 

 

comeback

remember back in the days when I used to blog?

yeah,so.. sorry about my absence. Life happened, cause sometimes life does, and blogging seemed unimportant, cause when life happens I knit, drink wine, and eat too much candy.

I will try go get back in my blogging business, and I hope I still have some readers left. (helloooooo?)

Lets do a little picture re-cap of what I’ve been up to in between the candy eating and other stuff.

I’ve started a turquoise shawl, and the color is so way out of my color comfort zone, so I am not sure if I’ll keep this

 

I actually finished the five cowls, fifty days-kal. This is nr 3 I think, I am sending it to Finland, to someone who will love it more than I do.

 

I’ve started the ‘knit on the porch’season, then finished it, then started it again. It’s a little thing we like to call “you thought spring was on the way, sucker!” here in Norway

 

 

I got a new chair, or, well, I’m not sure if I did, but someone got a new chair!

 

 

I planted seeds! Lots of seeds. I should do a follow-up blog on that, cause things are growing. inside on the shelves for now though, this being Norway and all. (it was -6 celsius this morning)

 

 

 

 

I got a new phone! It’s a smart phone-touch phone thingy, and I am now so hooked on wordfeud that I don’t really have time to blog this. New smartphone of course means a fancy photo app so you can take pictures and make them look retro. I got a lomo app, here is some retroness for ya

 

 

yeah. that about sums it up.

 

 

 

and also; that big creature in the background there, who likes to think he is a chihuahua and can fit on those 3 free cm on the couch when I try to watc tv,  turned 11 years old last week. Yeh hurray, Emil!