Mitten gift tags

Nov 20, 2016 | Posted by in Drawing, Knitting | 6

Hello again!

My posts aren´t as regular as I´d like, but life is such that this is how it´s going to be right now. Documenting my creative endevours in picture form is hard due to gloomy weather and the fact that I´m hardly ever home before the sun sets.

Well, enough about that.
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Yesterday I made a few gift tags for future Christmas presents. I love how cute the little mittens are, and they are so easy to decorate with whatever you want. I´ve used my favourite black pen and Derwent Watercolour pencils. If you haven´t tried the latter you should. You colour as usual, and blend the colour afterwards with a wet pencil. I absolutely love the effect! My pupils used regular colouring pencils and stickers. And I would imagine that some quality colouring markers would be great as well! I´m on a gift tag high, and aim to make these tags for all my Christmas presents! If you want to make them as well, I´ve made a PDF with four mittens. If you have a printer that can print heavyer paper you can just do that. (I´ve used 135g/m2 paper for these tags, and allthough it could have been thicker, it works just fine.). If you have a sensitive printer that don´t like to work with that kind of paper, you can cut out one mitten and use it to trace it on a heavyer paper. My pupils did, because our printer at school can´t stand anyting but the standard copy paper… *sigh*

If you chose to let yourself be inspired by my mittens, please tell me. I´d love to have a look!

Click here to get to the mitten PDF!

noste

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I´m spinning again!

Nov 6, 2016 | Posted by in Spin the yarn | 5

It´s been a long time since I´ve done any spinning. But the other day I had a look at one of my favourite spinning fibre sites Hilltop Cloud, not because I need fibres, – I have plenty, but because I needed inspiration. And it came! I instantly fell in love with two braids. One in gorgeous pink and purple tones with splash of other colours as well, and one in the colour of early autumn. So I ordered those. Because I couldn´t resist.

30516265920_227bbf739e_kThe pink one is a 50/50 Merino and Tussah Silk blend, and the green one is 75/25 Superwash BFL and Ramie. They are both supersoft! The pink was wonderful to spin, – I haven´t tried the green yet, but I suspect it will be equally lovely.

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I started off with the pink braid and my Ashford E-spinner last weekend, and by the end of Sunday, I had my first yarn in months! I love that feeling!

30780889996_2d05de3bf3_kI decided to make a 2 ply yarn, so I spun two bobbins with 50g each. It didn´t seem like much yarn on the bobbins, but I turned out to be a good deal of yarn!

30516558470_2b01d8d52b_kI felt a little out of practice, but I managed to end up with a lovely and soft skein of app. 450meters. I don´t have a specific plan for this skein, but I´m sure I´ll think of something at some point. Right now, I´m just so happy to be in the spinning game again! I had hoped to do some spinning this weekend, but I´ve done some painting around the house, and we had a snow blizzard that made the power go out, so we ended up reading by candlelight and curling up in front of the fireplace instead. Whitch was just as cozy as spinning!

noste

 

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October socks

Nov 5, 2016 | Posted by in Knitting | 2

30794111465_61916cb4ae_kOn October 1st I unwrapped a beautiful skein of Wollmeise Twin in the colourway Jeton. I love this colour! It has a kind of a retro 70s vibe, so I figured I had to find a pattern to match. I chose a pattern I have knitted a couple of times before, the Thuja socks by Bobby Ziegler. It´s a pattern made for aran weight socks, but I have always used fingring weight yarn for this pattern. I cast on 64 sts on 2.5mm needles, and I decided to continue the seed stitch rib all the way down the heel flap and do my regular squared (dutch?) heel. I had hoped to finish the socks before November 1st, but I got distracted by spinning and the socks had to wait a few days before I could bind off. 

I´m really pleased with the end result! This pattern is gradually turning in to a go-to pattern for simple socks. Highly recommended! And now I´m off to cast on this months socks in Regia 4 ply tweed!

noste

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Gotland

Oct 19, 2016 | Posted by in On the road | 4

Hello again!

As I mentioned in the last post, Thomas and I went to Gotland for our autumn break. Gotland has been a dream of mine for ten years, and this summer we decided that we should go there. Autumn is not a popular time to visit Gotland, so we got great prices on hotel and got to stay at Hotel Helgeand which was a lovely place! There was almost no tourists around, so we basically had the place to ourself, just the way I like it! Gotland is Sweden’s largest island, with a lot of history, and I wasn´t disapointed. We spent a lot of time wandering around in the old town, and we also took the car to see more of the island. Stunning! We took a lot of picture, and this about sums it up:
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Visby City Wall, a medieval defensive wall surrounding the town.

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It was windy all the time…

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How cute is this this little guy that we found in the botanical garden!

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We hunted a sunset with our car…

29801278063_f083904144_k…and we were like…


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We went to the rauk Jungfrun in Lickershamn.(Rauks are eroded limestone formations).

My camera almost ran out of battery and it was getting dark, so I didn´t get to take a picture of Jungfrun, but here is another rauk:

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We met some sheep who was disappointed that we didn´t have any food.

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I got to see an old windmill, live!!! Gorgeous!

30331691926_b7353adeda_kWe went to Crêperie & Logi and the food was awesome!!!


30331732056_ea8fcd1335_kBefore we went to Gotland, we took a stroll in Karlstad, a city in Sweden. I had to take a picture of this beautiful quote from a Swedish children´s book by Inger Sandberg. “Daddy, whispered little Spook. Are there ghosts here? Oh sweet little Spook, said daddy. We are the ghosts. And you aren´t afraid of yourself?”

Word.

Gotland was the best! I hope we get to go back some time!…

My autumn project

Oct 18, 2016 | Posted by in Knitting | 14

During the summer, I decided that I wanted to knit myself a cozy sweater for autumn. When we decided that we wanted to visit Gotland in autumn, I knew I wanted to have it finished by then. Well… summer came and went, and suddenly it was September. And I hadn´t even started! After much thinking I decided I wanted a yellow sweater (no shock there, I know…), and ordered yarn. I started knitting as soon as I got the yarn in the mail. In the middle of this I got sick and had to stay home from work, and knitting kept me sane. The next week I was back at work, but on the second day back, I got a bench with three kids on my foot, and had to stay home with my foot elevated and all that. It wasn´t broken, but I was scared that I wouldn´t be able to enjoy Gotland as much as I had hoped. No need to say, I got some knitting done, and my sweater was done! I used eight days from start to finish and I was able to wear it for our trip. And we had a great time!

(My foot is doing fine now. A little sore from time to time, but nothing to worry about. )

30331703276_14b1a531ab_kBut back to the sweater. The pattern is Keera by Isabell Kraemer, and I´ve knitted it in Drops Nepal on 4.5mm needles. (I used 13 skeins for a sweater in the size M2. But keep in mind that I knit quite tight!) I didn´t add the pockets, because I thought they looked too small to be of use. The pattern was easy to follow and can be recommended! The sweater turned out perfect. A nice size, that isn´t oversized, but not to figure hugging either.

The best thing about it all? Gotland was cold, and I got to use my new sweater a lot! And I even got Thomas to take a picture of me wearing it in Gotland!

noste

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