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