Oct 19, 2016 | Posted by in On the road | 2

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:

Visby City Wall, a medieval defensive wall surrounding the town.


It was windy all the time…


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


We hunted a sunset with our car…

29801278063_f083904144_k…and we were like…


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:



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


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?”


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

My autumn project

Oct 18, 2016 | Posted by in Knitting | 5

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!



Still knitting socks

Oct 14, 2016 | Posted by in Dyeing, Knitting | 2

Hello again. It´s been a while. Life happened and I forgot all about my good intentions to blog more often. But now I´m back. A few weeks ago I posted a picture of some of the socks I have knitted in my own hand dyed yarns. I thought I´d share some more pictures of them in this post. All of the socks are knitted on 2.25mm needles, just a standard simple socks. 68 sts, 20 rounds of rib, a dutch heel and star toe.

I´ve dyed tree different bases and test knit them. A 75/25 wool-nylon blend, a 75/25 BFL-nylon blend and a 75/20/5 Merino-nylon-stellina blend. My project for the next month is to wear them frequently and see if the yarn is strong enough for socks.




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I´m working on a pair of self dyed yellow socks too, but I´m working on all kinds of things right now, so I have no idea when they will be done. I don´t have just socks on the go. As we speak, I´ve got two pairs of socks and three shawls on my needles. I´ve also knitted a sweater that I need to show you (looooove it!!!), and my finished “My Shetland Adventure” shawl that was done ages ago. At least 2 months or something… I´ve promised it to my mum, but I wanted a picture before she could have it, so I better take those photos soon! I´ve also been to Gotland since the last time we speak, and I have a few photos to share from that wonderful place as well! So stay tuned!

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the lovely autumn!


Still getting to know my colourways…

Aug 24, 2016 | Posted by in Dyeing, Knitting | 5


Hello again!

I´m back with more knitting adventures in hand dyeing land. I finished my green, hand dyed socks the other day, and immediately had to cast on another pair of simple socks from my hand dyed stash. There are two reasons why I´m doing this. 1. Because it is so much fun! 2. I want to know if the yarn I´ve made will behave in a way that I think look nice when it´s knit up. I personally don´t like very prominant pooling/flashing and I try to avoid that. Being new to dyeing, I want to get an understanding of how the different kind of techniques I use will affect the colour distribution on a knitted item. Now, I haven´t shown you a picture of my finished green socks yet, but I just barely had enough light to snap a picture of my current WIP before sundown. (I will show off my other socks in future post!) 29207007515_53880336c7_kHere is my current project. I applied the colours in an other way than I did on the yarn in my last post. I was very curious about how it would knit up, and I´m pleasantly surprised! (Being new to dyeing, almost everything I do that looks good in my eyes surprises me…)  I think it has a nice distribution of colour. And I also like the colour combinations. (I was thinking of the Wild pansy flower when I was experimenting with this). And I think I have good enough notes to recreate this colourway. I sure hope so, because it´s looking good!
28164914504_b0d41514b9_kHere is how this colourway looked all skeined up. This is dyed up on 75% wool 25% nylon yarn.

Time for bed! But first I want to give every one who has been so encouraging and said so many nice things about my dyeing adventures both here and on Instagram a huge thank you! You are all so very kind and supportive! It makes me want to make more things and keep on blogging! noste

Exploring my yarn

Aug 20, 2016 | Posted by in Dyeing, Knitting | 8

Some people have been asking me what I´ll do with the yarn I dye. The answer was that I didn´t know. I´ve been having such a good time with my dye pots, and that was enough. But I´ve come to the conclusion that I need to stop dyeing or start selling. So I will be selling some hand dyed yarn in the near future. Not in a large scale though. My goal is to have fun, and I have a day time job that takes a lot of my time. My Etsy shop is a nice extra income that I use to support my crafting hobbies. But back to yarn. I´ve previously knit up two socks. The result of those knitting adventures are on my Instagram page.

The last time I dyed yarn, I had this idea for a colourway in my head. But as I was dyeing it turned into something different. But not in a bad way. Not at all! I really love how it turned out, and I was curious to see how it would knit up in a sock. This is the skein I´m referring to:


Cute yes? I caked it up on Thursday and have been knitting on it since. I´m not a big fan of pooling, and this colourway behaves in the nicest way! I´ve been knitting socks for ever and ever so I´m not using a pattern for simple socks anymore. I cast on 68 sts on 2.25 needles, did 15 rounds of rib, a reinforced dutch heel with a gusset (decreased every third row), and I will probably be doing a rounded star toe at the end. IMG_1311I love this time of year, and I feel like this colourway is a reflextion of whats beginning to happen outside in this wonderful season. I will definately be dyeing up this colourway again after seeing how nice it looks on the needles!

I have ordered more yarn to dye. And I´m thrilled about that! This far, I´ve been dyeing up 75% wool 25% nylon, undyed (Opal) sock yarn. But any day now I will get BFL/nylon yarn and merino/nylon/stellina yarn! And that is beyond words exciting! I will be listing yarn in my shop as soon as I can get me some labels! I just have to figure out where to buy them.

And while I´m waiting, I´m knitting. Like one does.