Knitting

Swedish Spring

As I have already mentioned, I have been going through a period of “knit all the things”. This pattern was on the top of my list, but I got distracted by all that is beautiful on Ravelry. I knew there was a KAL going on in the Stitched in Sweden group, but I didn´t think I´d be able to participate, just because I had the attention span of a two year old. Then I was gifted the Swedish Spring pattern by sweet Lena, and it drew me in. I started the shawl on May 27 and finished it by the end of the KAL, with 10 minutes to spare after pinning it up on the blocking mat! If you want to have a look at all the beautiful shawls from this KAL, take a look at #SpringLatticeKAL on Instagram!

I knitted the large version of the shawl. Maria was so kind to add another lace border chart for those of us that feel the need for bigger shawls. It´s knitted in Drops Alpaca in colorway 0517 on 4mm needles. It weighs 127g and it´s a nice and big shawl. I seem to have trouble deciding if it´s mine, or if it´s going in the gift box… The only thing I know for sure is that I´m knitting this pattern again! It was really nice and clear, the charts were easy to understand, and the only troubles I had was due to errors in my brain. (Next time I will make sure to NOT keep on making stitches when the chart clearly states that you should stop doing that…!)

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Lena

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The shawl with the beads…

I have to admit, I haven´t been a good blogger lately. Somehow the days have all gone like the wind. I finished my Whispering Pines with beads a few weeks back, and allthough I have shown it on Instagram, I felt it needed it´s own post in the blog. First of all, the colorway is hard to photograph! So I included this picture to show you how beautiful Petit Poison nr. 5 dark really is! The yarn is Wollmeise by the way. For some reason all the shawls I have knitted in this pattern is. I knitted this shawl on 4mm needles, and used up pretty much the whole skein. I might have just enough left to add a square to my sock yarn blanket, but that´s about it. I haven´t counted the amount of beads. But somewhere around 200+ would be a good assumption. I still have quite a lot left.

I had no idea what beads to use, so I read this Knitty article before I started this project. You might find it useful as well. 
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Someone asked me if I liked adding the beads. I have to admit that I didn´t. But I think the main reason for that was that the yarn was a little bit on the thick side, and even though I haven´t had issues with this when knitting socks and shawls with is, – it was quite splitty and didn´t want to cooperate with my tiny crochet needle. (The crochet needle was 0.75mm… no wonder I had problems…) So I used a sewing thread and placed it around the stitch and slid the beads over the sewing thread onto the stitch. It took a long time and it didn´t exactly fill me with joy…

But I haven´t given up beads all together. I thought the end result looks good! I´ll just make sure to use these beads with lace yarn next time around… (If anyone has suggestions to beads that works well with fingering weight yarn, please do tell!) 

This pattern is still one of my very favorite patterns! If you haven´t knit it yet, you really should give it a go!

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Lena

Knitting

Canopy

This project has been on the needles for quite some time. I got distracted and it became a UFO. I´ve felt the urge to cast on everything lately, so I decided that I had to finish a project for each new thing I wanted to cast on in an effort to keep the pile of WIP somewhat in check. Canopy by Mandarine´s was one of these projects.

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It was a nice knit. Nothing wrong with the pattern, it was easy to follow and very clear all the way. I think my problem was that I discovered that my yarn weight was a bit off,  and I didn´t “feel it”. But I have to say, I do love how the blocked shawl turned out. It´s a beautiful pattern! Because I got the weight wrong it´s a bit small for my taste, – because I love huge shawls. I used Drops Baby Alpaca Silk in the colorway 7820, and it´s a perfect yarn for a shawl. So soft and warm! And I used 4mm Addi circulars for this project. This will be a present for a friend! I love putting project after project in my gift box!

Now I´m feeling the urge to knit another shawl from the same designer. I´ve been eying Blóm for the longest time… I just have to find out if I have something I can use in my stash…
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Lena

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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…