On the road

Gotland

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…

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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!…

Knitting

My autumn project

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!

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Dyeing, Knitting

Still knitting socks

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!

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