Gustav, KAL, Knitting

My Transylvanian merino adventure

Showing of pictures of your dog is always a good way to start a blog post. So here is my boy Gustav this morning. For those of you that follow me (us) on instagram, you will know he has had an ear infection most of the summer. Well, it looks like it´s on the mend now! He still has a few days left on medicine (which he loves, because it´s wrapped in cheese…), and we are waiting for his test results to come back to see if he has any allergies. But he is doing fine and is his usual happy self. Isn´t he just beautiful?

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Now let´s talk about knitting! The last few days I´ve been knitting away on my main project of the week, the “My Shetland Adventure” shawl. I´m using a yarn that I have never knitted with before, called Transylvanian merino by Moeke Yarns. It´s a single ply yarn, with a rustic feel. And what can I say? I love it! It has that natural feeling, and my hands do get slick with what I guess is lanolin(?), but it´s great! The stitch definition is quite crisp, and I´m really curious to see how this yarn will look and feel after a good wash. It doesn´t feel all that soft now, but if it softens after wash, I will probably buy a sweaters quantity of it and knit my self a nice, cushy sweater for fall/winter!

So far I´m in love with the pattern. I love the construction of this shawl! I Scratched my head a bit when I was ready to start the chart, but I believe my state of bewilderment was caused by my chart reading shortcomings as far as shawls are concerned, and not a glitch in the pattern. But it looks fine, so I´ve decided that I´m doing a good job! Yay me!28740776165_e209a738c1_k-2

It´s hard to get a fantastic shot of my project since the needles are to short to stretch it out. And that gruesome, orange ribbon is also ruining it for me. But, there is a good reason why it´s there! I like to use ribbons instead of scrap yarn when I´m placing stitches on hold, simply because they are so much easier to transfer from ribbon to needles when it´s time to knit them! So if you have a grim ribbon that you know you´re not likely to use for anything, you should consider to make it your “piece of scrap yarn”. It won´t do much for your WIP photos, but you will make your life as a knitter a lot less frustrating.

I will keep on knitting on this project for the rest of the day, but I don´t know how much knitting I will do tomorrow. I just got more undyed yarn in the mail, so tomorrow will probably be all about playing with colours! I can hardly wait!
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KAL, Knitting

My Shetland Adventure

IMG_1204A few weeks ago, my friend Lena showed me, and some other people on a small Facebook knitting group I´m a member of, this shawl. It was quickly decided that we should do a KAL in the beginning of August. (It´s a very informal along, I think the start date is pretty much it.) The pattern is called My Shetland Adventure, and it´s written by Dieuwke van Mulligen. I´m trying to be good and not buy too much yarn, so I decided to have a look through my stash to see if I could find something. Since I´ve been good and added most of my stash to Ravelry, it was easy to have a look. (Yay for my organisation skills!) The shawl is a rustic looking shawl, and I decided that Transylvanian merino from Moeke Yarns would look nice as the main colour, and that I would use Skarv from Lofoten Wool on the extra layer part.

The Transylvanian merino is from Romania, and made using old traditional techniques. I bought it at a Norwegian online store called godsomull.com.  I´m really excited to finally have a project for this yarn! The Lofoten Wool was gifted to me by a friend. This yarn is made from Norwegian sheep living in the north of Norway. I believe that you can buy the yarn a few places in Norway, or online.  The pattern calls for three colours, but I´m just going to use these two colours. I´ve never knitted with any of the yarns before, so that makes this knitting project extra special.

So, this is what will be my main knitting focus this week. I´ll get back to you when I have some progress! Wish me luck!

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