25. november 2009

Mittens at forty

For some reason, my friends keep turning forty... And I've been making mittens for them. These are for Torgun, who turns 40 today. It's a free pattern by Hanneke Sieben. You can download it from her Ravelry shop. I modified the ribbing, otherwise followed the pattern.

These were for Charlotte. Free pattern from Knitty Winter 2006, Tiffany.

And these were for Marianne. My Hippocampus mittens, pattern can be found for free in the left sidebar.

Edit: I just realised I had spelt 40 wrong - it's forty, not fourty. I also didn't know that this is the only English number whose letters are in alphabetical order! Good to know! This is what Wikipedia says:

Despite being related to the word "four" (4), 40 is spelled "forty", not "fourty". This is because etymologically (and still in accents without the horse-hoarse merger), the words have different vowels, "forty" containing a contraction in the same way that "fifty" contains a contraction of "five". The letters of the word "forty" are in alphabetical order; this is the only number that has this linguistic property in English.

22. november 2009

Whimsical FO

Ysolda is one of my favourite designers, and I'm very happy with my Damson. It's my first lace shawl. First, I meant to make the Swallowtail Shawl (ravelink). But after just a few rows, my stitch count was already wrong - and I was planning to knit this in the car, so I changed my mind, and opted for Damson, a very cute little shawl. Not very lacy, but enough to call it my first lace shawl, I've decided. The hat is also from Ysolda, Urchin, from Knitty Fall 2007.


Ysolda's Whimsical Little Knits 2 is such a cute collection of pattens, I'd like to make all of it! Next up is another shawl, the Scroll Lace Scarf (ravelink), from the same collection. And my next cardigan is going to be Ysolda's Vine Yoke Cardigan from Twist Collective Autumn 2009.

(I'm sorry to say the model was decapitated by gravity just after the photo shooting...)

21. november 2009

New needle cases

I'm very happy with my new needle cases, made by MirreVirre.

16. november 2009

One year blog anniversary!

So it's been one year... I hesitated a long time before I threw myself into the knit blogging world. I was - and still am - ambivalent about this project.

Before starting, I wondered
- will anybody read?
- will I have something to write about?
- will it be to hard to formulate interesting posts in English?
- will it take too much time?
- why am I doing this?

The answer to the first two questions is obviously yes. When it comes to my English, I try not to think that I have to compete with blog writers whose mother thongue is English. The main thing is that people understand what I mean. I could of course have used Norwegian, which is my mother tongue. But that would exclude most of my Flickr and Ravelry friends. So English it is.

And blogging does take time, I'd rather think it takes time that I otherwise would have used surfing around on the web, but I'm not sure...

And why am I doing this?

As I said, I am ambivalent. But when I got my first pattern published, I decided it was time. I enjoy visiting designer's blogs. It started with Knitty, visiting the Knitty designer's blogs opened my eyes to this part of the web some years ago. And I was disappointed when I saw an interesting design, but found no blog. So I figured, other people would probably like to visit my blog, if they liked my design. So there I was.

I also blog to have somewhere to show and sell my patterns. Opening my own website would be to ambitious, so I'm fine with this. With the help of Ravelry, of course!

And when you answer one question, there comes another one: Why do I design? Or rather, why do I publish it? Couldn't I just be happy making things without necessarily publish it? I probably could. But once you've started, it's hard to stop, somehow. So I'll be around for a while, still, I think.

Thanks for reading and commenting this first year of blogging! If anybody wants to win one of my patterns (ie, the ones to buy in the left sidebar or one of the football hats in the right sidebar) just make a comment and tell me which pattern you would like. Three of you will be lucky winners! You have till Sunday 22nd.

14. november 2009

Closure of The Inside Loop

Some days ago I got a message from The Inside Loop to let me know that the website will be taken down in a few months. This is what they wrote in The Inside Loop group on Ravelry:

Diane and I have decided that The Inside Loop website will be taken down sometime shortly after 31st January 2010. Due to other commitments we will not be producing further issues, and have therefore decided to take the site down rather than keep it up indefinitely with no updates.

The patterns and articles will remain available to download until the site closes, although we have already contacted everyone who has contributed to the magazine and expect that everything will still be available somewhere. :-)

Thank you for your interest in The Inside Loop. We have really enjoyed running the magazine.

Diane and Kate

This is how my patterns looked on the website:

Those were my first (and so far last) published patterns (not counting the self-published ones). Especially the mittens have become much more popular than I ever expected, with 2256 faves on Ravelry today, and 70 projects. You can see some of them here.
Thank you, Diane and Kate, for letting me be a part of this magazine, and good luck with whatever you wish to do in the future.

My patterns will still be available on Ravelry, probably still as free downloads. Until 31st of January, they will be found on The Inside Loop website.

12. november 2009

Knitting in colour - g r e e n -

Judith 's challenge this time is green. Which is on of my favourite colours. Just go back to my last post to see my newest green projects. Here are som older ones:

Top, from left to right
  • Vaila verde (Green Vaila in Spanish, I liked the letter rhyming) And I love the sweater!

  • Loppem Pattern by Norah Gaughan

  • Curly My free hat pattern )
Middle, from left to right
Bottom from left to right

10. november 2009

Lion mittens - or how to mirror a chart

The little boy of the Lizard mittens now wanted lion mittens:

I used Juvel yarn from Idena, needles 3,5 for the ribbing (36 sts) and 4,5 for the pattern. I should have used smaller needles for the pattern, they are a bit loose, and a bit big, but he'll grow into them.

I ran across a discussion on Ravelry about how to knit Selbu style mittens, and there I was explained how to make a mirrored picture of a chart. When the pattern is not symmetrical, I like the mittens to be mirrored pictures of each other. So, for the second mitten, I use to read the chart from left to right. But since you knit from right to left, some people obviously find this a little tricky.

I use excel to creat the chart. Marnie has a very nice tutorial on how to do this. But I've not been able to flip the chart in excel. (It might be possible too, for all I know). But anyway, it's very easy to do with for example Paint:

- Make a chart, for example using excel.
- Mark the pattern and copy it (ctrl C)
- Paste it into Paint (or any other editing program like that, I suppose) (ctrl V)
- Save as for example "Left lion mitten"
- Then choose "Rotate/flip" (I have the Norwegian version, but I suppose this is what it says in English)
- Click on "Flip horizontally"
- Save as "Right lion mitten"

Left lion mitten

Right lion mitten

Click on the charts to have an enlarged picture.
Text, charts and photos are © torirot design. The pattern is for personal and non-profit use only. Have fun with the lions, knitting and playing in the snow!

7. november 2009

Ready for a green winter

And a white one, I hope...

Droplet hat from Norah Gaughan's book Knitting Nature.

I searched for projects on Ravelry when making this hat. And found Tora's post about it. I totally agree with her that there's no reason what so ever to work this hat flat. (Unless you don't find a suitable circular needle and want to start knitting straight away, like i did.) And like her, I had to add more rows to make it fit, at least ten more rows.

About the book: Coming from a family of mathematicians and phycisists, I enjoyed reading about how she has been inspired by math and geometrical and fractal figures from nature. I read all the chapter introductions with interest (I often skip them in knitting books). Except for the Droplet hat, there were no patterns that I immediately wanted to make, but there are elements I might use later, and maybe a cardigan or a sweater somewhere in the future.

The yarn is Kilcarra Aran Tweed, bought from Koolkitten destashing. I had almost two skeins left from my Loppem, also by Norah Gaughan.

Owl mittens, "Give a Hoot", free pattern by Jocelyn Tunney fom Kelbourne Woolens.

A nice and quick project. My gauge was too tight, and I had to make them longer and block them quite a lot to make them fit not too tightly. So they're not my warmest mittens, but very cute, I think. The black and white buttons were just coincidence, I only found four buttons in my stash that were small enough.

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