I want to start by thanking everyone for all your nice comments about my beret! You are all so sweet and you really warm my heart. And to Mandy: I think I know what plastic thingies you are referring to, I remember when I was little and in day nursery, we had something like that to make pom poms with. I could probably find them here in hobby stores, perhaps I should look for them, it would certainly make it more fun to make pom poms! And if I can't find them, perhaps you could send me one!
Anyway, I've actually managed to cram out another FO! I hope I can keep this pace up for the rest of the year. Not very likely, though... I finished the "raggsockor", thick socks, (thanks to Kristen for giving some tips about sock terminology!) and have been wearing them all day around the apartment.
Grey socks on grey fleece
Pattern: oh, some old Swedish knitting book i can't remember the name of. Same book where I found the beret pattern below. Yarn: HP Raggsocksgarn 70% superwash wool, 30 % nylon Yarn Source: Nysta Needles: 3,5 mm rosewood dpns Modifications: The yarn calls for needles size 5 mm and the pattern for 4 mm. I used 3,5 but used the pattern for the largest size socks. They turned out really well for my wide feet. I normally wear size 38 (UK 5).
If you want to see larger versions of the photos, just click on the images, as usual. These socks really turned out nice, they're warm and cosy. I'll probably mostly wear them around the apartment. Although it's been quite cold outside lately and they might just come in handy outdoors, too. I really like knitting socks. I've already decided on which ones I will knit next. But I won't let you in on it just yet, I'm swatching...
BTW, I really need to check my spelling before posting, I noticed just today how awfully bad my spelling is sometimes. Really sorry about that, I'll try to shape up!
Pattern: some old Swedish knitting book I've forgotten the name of Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk (beret) and Kampes 2-ply 100% wool Yarn source: A birthday gift from my dear friend Catrin (the Alpaca Silk) and Marias Garn (Kampes, actually left overs from the fair isle gloves) Needles: I have no idea, I've completely forgotten. 5 mm perhaps?
Unbelievable, I have two FO's and it's only January! This didn't even make it to the WIP list, not beacue it was a quick knit, but because it was more of a pattern test that turned out really nice. I actually finished knitting this project in... probably October, but I didn't seam it up until the beginning of January (because seaming is boring) and then it took me a couple of weeks to finish the pom pom, because pom poms are also obviously boring to make. But it turned out lovely! However, in my enthusiasm over finishing the pom pom, I was trimming it and did such a thorough job that I trimmed off the strands of yarn I was supposed to use for attaching the bloody thing thing to the bloody hat! D'oh!
Anyway, I'm a calm person and was accepting the fact that it could turn into a sucessful cat toy, but after about 2 minutes of playing with it, my cats were bored with it. Then I realized that I could probably attach a new strand of yarn if I just dug into the pom pom and located the yarn that holds the whole package together. D'uh? To my defence I have to say that it only took me about 10 minutes to come to this conclusion and therefore solve the problem...
About pom poms in general: It's bloody hard to get one's scissors in between the pieces of cardboard, and if I didn't have that cute little knife I bought for my class in chinese vegetable sculpting I would probably have tossed the stinking pom pom in the bin. But never mind about that, I finished it, but will probably not make any more pom poms in the near future.
About the beret: It's very soft and warm, however, since both alpaca and silk are rather... unelastic (is that a word?), it's sits a bit too loose on my already small head. I've decided to do like Grumperina, and sew a thin elastic cord on the inside of the opening to make it stay on my head a bit better.
Oh, and sorry about some of the photos being so crappy in quality, this is what happens when I am too lazy to go outside on my lunch break and resign to taking photos in my office.
The preview of Interweave Knits Spring 2007 is up! Looking good, I must say! But what's up with the knitted thong? No thanks to butt floss. Please.
Eunny's Entrelac Socks looks beautiful, Kate Gilberts Keyhole top is smashing, too, even though it's not for me. The Slanted Neck Pullover, though, (also by Gilbert) has a lovely grace to it, wouldn't mind knitting that. Grumperina's socks (or Roza's socks, rather) are really pretty too. If you want a more detailed shot, take a look at Grumperina's blog. Many nice projects in general.
And looking at the pictures gave me a whiff of spring that wasn't at all unpleasant...
At the knitting class at HV-skolan today, we learned to knit with beads. It was actually lots of fun, I didn't expect to like it, because I'm not so fond of adding beads to knitting in general. I probably won't knit anything for myself with beads, but I think it would make great gifts.
Here is my first and so far only attempt:
Very concentraded knitters focusing on placing those beads correctly:
And we've finally had snow!! I can't express my happiness!
EDIT: Bente, I used about 2 skeins of Eskimo. Thanks everyone for your nice comments about my fair isle gloves and the capelet!!
I really wanted to try knitting from the top down, and found this lovely pattern on the internet. I didn't bother to swatch or anything, it was mostly just a trial project. Anyway, I am very happy with the result, but it's way to small for me so I gave it to Myra instead, and it fits her perfectly. The condition was that she'd allow me to take pictures of it with her wearing it, and she didn't mind that at all. For some reason I've forgotten to give it to her, but I remembered today. Doesn't she look absolutely lovely? You can click on the smaller images if you want to see a larger size photo. Thanks to Peony Knits for the fab pattern!
I realised the other day that all my thick socks (raggsockor in swedish, does anyone have a good word for them in english?) had holes in them. Hence the need for new thick socks. I suppose I could mend the old ones, but I don't know how to do that properly, and it's much more fun to knit new ones.
On Saturday night, I cast on for a pair of striped socks while watching Foyle's War. I finished the first one last night and will start the second tonight. It's Tuesday (and my course in chinese hasn't started yet) so I'm taking the opportunity to knit with my friends at Ginoscoffee tonight.
The yarn I'm using is sockyarn from HP, 70% superwash wool and 30% nylon. I normally prefer not to knit with superwash wool, but I cannot deny it's practical when it comes to socks, I can wash them in the washing machine. On the downside there is the fact that superwashed wool has lost most of the desireable qualities of wool. It does not repel moisture and does not keep warm to the same extent as untreated wool would. But these socks are mostly intended for indoor use, so it's not a big problem in this case. I'm using 3,5 mm rosewood knitting needles, and they're wonderful to knit with. The yarn actually calls for size 5,5 mm, but I prefer my socks to be dense, I just cast on for a larger size sock instead. I'm very happy with how the first one turned out.
Looking through my FO's from 2006, it seems like I din't knit much. I did though, but several projects are still UFO's or frogged and forgotten. I hope that 2007 will turn out more finished knitting projects. But finishing things, especially lots of them, is not a goal in itself. I want to knit beautiful and useful things. Gifts and things I want to keep. My fist FO in 2007 is a gift. Well, sort of, the recipient bought the yarn himself. But I knitted of course. It's my first pair of gloves. It won't be my last, but I can admit that I was a bit fed up with them at the end. I probably won't knit another pair for a while. This project was aslo my first real fair isle project, and I'm rather satisfied with the result, but not entirely. Keeping tension is a tricky thing. But, they're good enough for me, and S says they're good enough for him, so I'll just leave it at that. The colours are great, though! I probably wouldn't have chosen them for myself, but now that I see them together like this, it seems that we couldn't have made a better choice.
Since we have very few hours of proper daylight I haven't been able to take any decent photos. You'll just have to be satisfied with these blurry ones. And a few I took using flash.
Pattern: "Knitting Fair Isle Mittens and Gloves" by Carol Rasmussen Noble Yarn: Kampes 2-ply 100% wool Yarn Source: Marias Garn Needles: dpns 2.5 mm at the cuff and 3 mm rest of glove Modifications: Not as many colours as stated in the pattern.
The book by Carol Rasmussen Noble is a real treasure of wonderful patterns and I can warmly recommend it to anyone who enjoyes knitting mittens and gloves. The patterns are all very beautiful, and I know I will knit several of them in the future.
Just before Christmas my knitting group, STHLM knitters, was visited by a reporter who was doing a series on "10 reasons to love Stockholm" for the local radio channel, Radio Stockholm. The program was aired today, and it will be possible to listen to the interview for another 30 days on the internet. So, if you want to listen to how silly I sound on the radio, go to Radio Stockholms webpage, scroll down and click on the link that says: "12:30-13:00 Onsdag 3
januari". You have to "fast forward" about 13 minutes before the
It's really weird listening to yourself, if I didn't know it was me, I'd never recognize myself...
I haven't had time to prepare much for Christmas this year. Not a single Christmas card sent yet, hardly any decorations, no time to bake lussebullar... So I decided the other day to do something about it.
I love gingerbread houses. But I haven't made one in ages. I've always wanted a house that looks like the moomin house, but since that will never happen i reality, I decided to make a gingerbread moomin house.