Knitting

Thursday morning knitting…

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I got my morning all set up for me with my newest project; Jessie´s Girl by Elizabeth Smith! A really simple, mindless knit, but I really like how the top is supposed to look when it´s finished. Perfect for spring, cold summer mornings and fall! I wanted a top in a lighter color, but that is not colors I usually pick, so I asked my boyfriend, the graphic designer, for some help. I knew I wanted to use use Pickles Merino Tweed, so I showed him the color chart, and he picked two colors; Autumn sky and First snow. I chose the one I liked the best, which was First snow. It´s hard to get a good picture of this color, but it´s described as “Pale greenish blue with mint, blue and pale pink.” And that is quite accurate. I love it and I love working with the yarn! Not too long ago I knitted a Skinner Hat with this yarn, so I knew it would be perfect for this project. The yarn has good yardage, I just started knitting with the second ball of yarn and I´m thinking three balls might be enough for this project. But it´s never wrong to have tweed yarn in ones stash! The top is knitted on 5 mm/US8 Knit Pro Nova Interchangables. (I have the whole set, and I´m really pleased with those needles.)

This is some of the yarn I bought as a consolation prize to myself for not beeing able to go to Denmark. A good choice I think!

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Lena…

Knitting

Whispering Pines with beads

Due to some health issues, I wasn´t able to go to Denmark this weekend, so I decided I needed to cast on something new. (And shop yarn online…) I have knitted this pattern before, and I know I really enjoy it, so there is no way this will bum me out further! My pattern of choice is the Whispering Pines Shawl by A Homespun House and this time I´m adding beads!

I´m yet again using Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin, and this time I´ve decided to use the colorway “Petite Poison nr 5 dark” which is a dark and rich purple. This shawl is going to be a Christmas present for my boyfriends sister, and I think she will love the color, and I know she likes the shawl because she commented on the one I gave my mother for Christmas. My plan is to put beads on the edging. I´ve never knitted with beads before, so that will be fun! I´m using 4mm/US6 Addi needles like I´ve done before. I did 4 repeats of the lace pattern on both of my previous shawls, and I´m planning on doing that on this as well. The bigger the better!

My previous Whispering Pines turned out like this for those of you who are wondering:

 

It´s so simple, and so pretty! No wonder I adore this pattern!

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Lena…

Spin the yarn

My turkish love…

Late last night I decided to put my knitting aside and get out my brand new Turkish Spindle from Kjerringrokk. My spinning guru friend Marianne was so kind to buy one for me at a spinning retreat she went to earlier this year. I could have bought one online, but since she has lots of experience, I really wanted her to find me a good one. And she did!

IMG_6443This little beauty weighs 21g and is made out of Norwegian birch! I picked one of the lovely fuzzlings from Fondant Fibre which is a really nice amount of wool to use for these kinds of “just going to try a little bit” spinning projects. Then I looked through a couple of YouTube videos and gave the spindle a try. And it was so much fun! The spindle spins really well, and I kind of got fixed on winding it up as even as I could, so it would look pretty…

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Just look at that fun little turtle shell shaped ball! I´m so excited!

Needless to say, what was supposed to be an hour and a half spin before bedtime ended up beeing a lot longer project. I didn´t get to bed until the fuzzling was gone…
IMG_6451So. Can you guess what I´m up to now? I just have to eat some breakfast and then I´m going to find one of the polwarth sample box braids from Greenwood Fiberworks that I bought in February.

I´m spending my Sunday with my turkish love.
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Lena

Knitting

Pink yarn & coffee

17157423809_3c86c18d42_kSpring is coming!!!

…and here I am. Still knitting socks…

I´m currently in the process of updating some of my patterns, and decided that I wanted to knit and modify my Synneva sock pattern this weekend. I had almost decided on and started the socks when I remembered that I had a sock calendar package to open. Inside was the most delicious pink Arwetta Classic, so I just knew I had to knit the socks with that yarn.  As I have mentioned several times on my podcast, this is one of my favorite sock yarns. I have heard people talking about it beeing splitty, but I haven´t experienced that. It might be a needles + yarn issue. I´m using my Chiaogoo RED 32″ (80 cm) 2.5mm circular needles for this project. Still really enjoying these needles for magic loop! I bought mine at The Sassy Sheep on Etsy, as I have yet to find anyone that sells this brand in Norway.

For those of you that haven´t heard about the sock calendar before, it´s basically 12 packages, one for each month during 2015. I got the idea from the JuniperGraceTube podcast, but I exchanged calendar with a good knitting friend of mine, Wims, so she made me 12 secret sock yarn packages and she got 12 from me. So this year the first of each month is always happy times!

When I have added the mods to the pattern it will once again be available in my Ravelry shop. I´m hoping that I will be able to add the revised version of both Synneva and the Tiril socks during this week. If I managed to get that done, I will let you know!

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Lena

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