October 21, 2014

What has torirot been up to lately?

I have finished one of the three wips I want to finish 
(I have also finished the pattern, in Norwegian, 
and found test knitters, 
one of them has already finished her sweater.)

I have been to Shetland Wool Week, which was great, and I hope to tell you more later. It's just that this last week has been busy, with the publishing of our Mitten E-book - Votter fra eventyrskogen (Fairy tale mittens). The book is beeing translated to English, I will let you know when it's available! In the meantime, you can have a look at the patterns on Ravelry, and on our (Norwegian) blog.

September 25, 2014

#WIPCrackAway KAL

I have joined the WIPCrackAway KAL

Here are my WIPs that I'd like to finish:

I decided to start with the smaller one: Almost finished now!

September 13, 2014

Returned to sender

Look what arrived in the mail the other day - my Tuin sweater came back from Twist Collective after a year in the US. Just in time for chilly autumn days.

September 11, 2014


While wating for tomorrow's clue, you can have a look at all the projects on Instagram that are tagged with #septmysmit. If you're on Instagram, and use that hashtag on your project photos, you can win one of my other patterns. I will draw a winner on October 1st. 

September 7, 2014


Here's my cuff - that was clue #1 in the mystery knitalong. There are at the moment 183 projects on Ravelry. 

You can see some on Instagram too - feel free to tag yours, #operationmittensbecausewinteriscoming or use the KAL-tag, septmysmit14. Here's what's been happening on Twitter (not so much).

Many have finished their clues #2 also. Clue #3 is coming in 5 days, on September 12th.

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?

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