August 22, 2014

Mystery time is near

Autumn is a good time for mitten knitting. (As you all know, the whole year is a good time for mitten knitting!) And this autumn, you can join a mystery knitalong on Ravelry, in the wonderfully nice and supportive "I make mittens"-group, who have hosted my two previous mystery knitalongs. In July 2013 we made "En gåte på en måte" (A riddle, in a way), and in January 2014 the mystery mittens were inspired by the book "The secret garden". The knitalongs were both great fun, and I hope this one will be as well.

How to join?
When purchasing the pattern, you get details about yarn, sizing etc. Then, on September 1st you'll get the first clue, and over the next weeks, you'll get four more clues. It's not compulsory to join the discussion in the group, but that's at least half of the fun, so I'd go visit if I were you.

This time, the pattern costs 15 nkr, which is appr. 2.50 USD. However, the pattern will be part of a future mitten e-book, and if you buy the e-book later, you will get this sum deducted from the e-book price. Stay tuned for more information on that...

August 17, 2014

Which year in Lerwick?

I've been asked why the sweater is called "Next year in Lerwick". So here's the story:

In 2012, I went to Shetland for the first time, during the Wool Week, and I spent some fantastic days there. I was inspired to make something using the treasure of the fairisle patterns.

The sweater sat in my head for a while. I was hoping to go back to Shetland for Wool Week 2013, where I planned to buy yarn for the sweater. But when I couldn't go, I bought the Norwegian Rauma Finullgarn in stead, and stared knitting. Hoping to go to Shetland Wool Week 2014, hence the name, "Next year in Lerwick". And now next year is this year, and I'm going to Shetland in October. Together with Pinneguri and her sweater "This year in Lerwick".

It's som fun to see all the different versions people are making, and the names they give their projects. QueenMudd with "In love with Lerwick", Fibula with "One year in Lerwick". Willenda is hoping for "Some year in Lerwick", and Birthe has spun her yarn for "Twilight in Lerwick", Bossa also wants to go to Lerwick, "Not this year, but then". Berit has plant coloured the yarn for her sweater, and Eva has turned it into a cardigan. There are also several photos on Instagram tagged with #nextyearinlerwick.

By the way, did you know Lerwick comes from the Norwegian name Leirvik, meaning Bay of Clay?

August 4, 2014

Latifolia & Twist Collective Fall 2014

Here's the first version of Latifolia hat and mittens - in the photo I sent with my submission to Twist collective.

When I designed this set, I was thinking of the paper decorations we made as kids - with black and white paper, cutting out motifs in black, then gluing them to the white paper to get a mirrored motif. Makes sense?

The yarn here is Dale Cotinga, a blend of merino and alpaca.

Here's the sample I made from the yarn Twist collective chose, O-Wool's Legacy DK, 100% merino, which is also a nice yarn, a little thinner than the Dale Cotinga (as I suggested, to get a nicer drape for the hat). I like the colour they chose for me too!

Here's me wearing the sample, before sending it off to the US. You can see some snow in the background, but I did not really need hat and mittens that day..

© Twist Collective
And here's the main photo on Twist Collective's page.

It's a fabulous issue, see the patterns on Ravelry, or on Twist Collective. I find it impossible to choose a favourite.

July 6, 2014

Mittens are perfect summer knitting!

Ineke joined my workshop in Breidag, Amersfoort in March, and has just finished her Blomekrans mittens. Aren't they lovely? And such beautiful photograpy. Thanks for letting me share them, Ineke!

Ineke also shared the mittens in my Ravelry group. Feel free to come visit and share your projects you too, if you are on Ravelry. 

Mittens are perfect summer knitting. A small project that won't be big and warm in your lap. 

Last July the Mystery KAL in the "I make mittens" group on Ravelry, confirmed that people do knit mittens in summer. 

I think people knit mittens all the time! This year there will be a Mystery KAL in September. More on that later.

June 23, 2014

Mohair love

This spring, I was invited to a knitting event in the south of Norway, at Sjølingstad museum, which is an old wool factory, where the still spin yarn. I've blogged about that in Norwegian. I met lots of nice knitters, and enjoyed myself a lot. And I met a new yarn, which I fell in love with: Symre from Telespinn, a mini mill in the heart of Norway. 

I purchased some skeins, planning to make a cardigan with a round yoke, but had no idea about the pattern, or rather, I had lots of ideas spinning around in my head, but couldn't make up my mind. Then I remember Mary Jane Mucklestone's book 150 Scandinavian Motifs where I had seen a goat chart I really liked. Mohair - goats - of course! 

Here they are, happily running on green grass, under the blue sky on a lovely sunny day. 

The yarn is lovely, shiny, soft, warm and strong. It's a bit different to knit with than sheep wool, feels less elastic, but with a beautiful drape. So a hip length cardigan was a perfect match, I think. 

On my project page on Ravelry, I call the cardigan "Å, jeg vet en seter" from a Norwegian children's song, The pattern will be called "Singe-linge-lang" from the same song. 

And yes, there will be a pattern, sized from XS to XXL, bust size from 82 to 121 cm. Mine is size medium. I plan to publish the pattern some time in September. Stay tuned!

May 16, 2014

Flowers in progress

I don't remember when I started this sweater, but Ravelry does, it was actually 1 year and 1 day ago, for the Blomekrans KAL in my Ravelry group.

I have finally finished the colourwork, cut the steeks and have started the left sleeve, as you might notice.

The yarn is Wollmeise "Pure" 100% Merino Superwash, bought from Knitnetty who was selling some of her stash yarn last year.

In my garden, flowers are also in progress!

April 24, 2014

Fretex find

Fretex is the name of the Salvation's army's thrift stores in Norway. In Lillehammer we have really nice one. That's where I buy almost all my clothes. I recently found this cardigan hanging there screaming to me. It's a traditional, boxy type cardigan, but it was just my size and my colours, and it had to come with me home. Can you see how it matches my house? I have not seen the pattern elsewhere. Does anybody recognize the pattern?

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