Knitting

The knitting that brought the mojo back!

My most colourful knit so far this year has been this shawl. It has been massively addictive, and it sparked my knitting mojo! All in all a wonderful project! The name? You´ve probably heard it before since it has 4373 projects on Ravelry (!) It´s the Find your fade by Andrea Mowry.

The actual knitting of the shawl is quite easy. It´s picking the colours that´s challenging. I had pretty much no idea what I was going for when I sat down with my box of beautiful yarn and tried out colour combinations. The nice thing about this shawl is that you get to use extremely bright colours (like my orange one), that you maybe didn´t quite know what to do with, but you loved it all the same. When I first picked out my colours, I thought there were 6 colours in the shawl. It´s not. It´s 7. But I found the perfect colour towards the end. My colours range from deep purple to bright red/coral. The yarns I´ve used is:

  1. tuLLiBaLL Kos in the colourway Pompøs
  2. A wee bit knitty Hand dyed yarn Tough cookie in a purple speckled experiment
  3. Knit Picks Hawthorne Speckle Handpaint in the colourway Graffiti Speckle
  4. Herbstblatt Regina Hazel Soft Sock in the colourway Melting snowman
  5. Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin in the colourway Küken
  6. A wee bit knitty Hand dyed yarn Tough cookie in a red/coral experiment
  7. Decadently Divine Decadent Sock in the colourway Autumn Blaze

…and I used 4.0mm/US6 Knit Pro Zing for this project. (Not my favourite circular needles. The yarn kept snagging at the join between cable and needle.)

I cast on my shawl on May 6, and finished it on May 28. During that time I went on a trip with my boyfriend, and since I´m a morning person and he isn´t, I managed to get a great deal of knitting in on those two days.

My shawl has been the main focus of my podcast in May. Because I was obsessed! I was knitting on it all the time!

I´ll admit that blocking it was a bit of a challenge. I had to remove our hammock and hang the shawl to dry in it´s place. Leaving the blocking up to gravity…

It´s done and ready to wear now! I was able to use it like three days before it got too hot! But come autumn I´m bringing this baby back into my wardrobe! If this isn´t a feel good shawl, I don´t know what is!

If you want to se more of this shawl, you should check out episode number 4 of my podcast!

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Knitting, Spin the yarn

Handspun socks? I made it!

Ok, so I tried to take a nice photo my socks fresh off the needles, but failed. I partly blame my dog, who tried to eat my toes in the process… But here they are, my first ever handspun socks! And I love them!

Ok, let´s talk facts:

I think I spun the yarn some time in spring 2015. I started the socks in July 2015… That´s almost 2 years ago… so about time the socks got finished! I´m so pleased with this project! The wool was bought from Tante Ull. I believe it´s a merino/nylon mix, but I have long since lost the card with the info… So… the facts are a bit blurry…

But, I know the yarn is a 3-ply, I used 2.5mm needles, and the pattern is called Monkey Socks by Cookie A. It has this nice pattern throughout the socks that is easy to remember. The yarn is a bit busy, and the pattern is a bit lost in the yarn, but it kept it interesting. So totally worth it!

But I did a grafted toe…

…and my usual heel.

And that was that.

 

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Knitting

Finishing all the socks!

On December 11 I showed you a picture of my December projects. Which was all about the socks (and dog…) Guess what? I actually finished all the 5 pairs of socks I cast on in the beginning of December before Christmas Eve!!! (If you are wondering about yarns, colourways, patterns and needles, check out my post about these socks.)

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You might think I´m sick and tired of socks by now, but I´ve cast on a new pair, as a part of #lbkchristmasevesocks2016! Which is the highlight of the year. They could have gotten more attention, but we spent Christmas with family, including two children under the age of 3. So… there wasn´t much peace for knitting. But we had a lovely time. As I´d hoped, Gustav was a very good boy! Showed skills with both children and cats. And we went for long walks in the woods off leash. He was so exhausted after 2 days of Christmas fun, that he slept for a whole day afterwards… Poor lad. But, I have the bestest dog in the whole wide world!

noste

Gustav, Knitting

December knitting

I´ve been saving some special yarn for December. The idea was to knit socks with them throughout the month. To make sure that I´d be able to knit with all of them, I allowed myself to cast on a new pair of socks each day, until all of my Christmas yarn was on the needles.

On November 30 I had gathered all my special yarns, and took a photo of it (wearing last years Christmas socks). Due to unexpected events in our familiy, I wasn´t able to cast on any socks until December 2nd, and then it became therapy). Trying to take my mind off troubling thoughts I dyed up a couple of skeins that same weekend, and ended up with yet another Christmas yarn. Or, two actually, but I´m saving one for the Little Bobbins Christmas Eve Cast on!

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Today I was able to take a picture of my progress so far. 31199501430_35122aef93_k-2

So. I´ve got 5 pairs of socks on the needles. Working a little on one or more every day. It´s my knitting calendar if you will. I´m a bit short on Christmas themed project bags, so I´m keeping them all in the two bags I have.

The red/pink:

Pattern: Simple socks

Needle size: 2.0mm

Yarn: Maskepigen Kjell “Mord i nisseverkstedet” (Murder in Santas workshop)

 

The purple:

Pattern: Rye socks by TinCanKnits

Needle size: 2.25mm

Yarn: Opal Uni Solid 4 ply

 

The blue:

Pattern: Evergreen Socks by Madeline Gannon

Needle size: 2.5mm

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll solids, Heathers & Twists

 

The pale green multicoloured:

Pattern: Simple socks

Needle size: 2.25mm

Yarn: Maskepigen Kjell “Granbar & Reinsdyrneser” (Pine needles & Reindeer noses) and Filcolana Arwetta 138

 

The bright green multicoloured:

Pattern: Simple socks

Needle size: 2.25mm

Yarn: A wee bit knitty Tough Cookie (Yet to be named) and Filcolana Arwetta 138

 

I was going to say that December is all about the sock knitting…

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But I had a hard time taking a photo of my sock projects, because, apparently, December is all about the dog…

…and I love him for it!

noste

 

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