Sunday, 22 November 2015

Never Say Never Again And Again

I always say never: I am never using alpaca again and end up knitting cowls in it because I finnally get the right color.

I am now saying: I am never using handpainted overpriced yarn again.

When I discovered handpainted yarn I was in overwhelmed. All those gorgeous colors I could create with. I bought too much of it at prices I would never pay today.

A variegated yarn together with an orange painted yarn.
Now this is my experience with most of it: The yarn pills after very little use due to the merino.

Some of it bleeds so much I have to wash it before knitting with it, which I find extremely annoying.

For cold climate I do not get the warmth I need from the garments. I have also seen some of it color fading when used. So I am never going to buy it again...

Anyway, when I buy overpriced yarn I think of it as very special and I need a special project for it.

Totally rubbish of course, but that is how it ends up in loads of stashed yarn.

I took most of it out yesterday and found my pattern Lifelines and now it is going to be a very long scarf. At least I can use it during spring and summer - and summer is short in Norway and the pilling will not be that bad...

I like the color schemes though. And I will enjoy that thinking that I got a lovely project from all that yarn.

If you beleive in yourself and never say never
you can achieve whatever

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Various skeins, odds and ends from handpainted merino yarn
Needles: 2mm
Pattern: Lifelines
My Ravelry Page: Life In Stash

Friday, 6 November 2015

How I Love It

The photo do not do the color justice. But it is gorgeous live. I promise :-)
The color turquoise is my absolute favorite color. That pacific turquoise blue that you almost never come over in yarn. I am not a fan of alpaca. I avoid it beacuse of very bad experience and that it does not keep me warm as wool does.

Sweater on my needles.
But never say never - when I saw that gorgeous turquoise I have been looking for for years, I was lost.

The yarn is fairly new with a little nylon and viscose in it. The tread is kind of a very small and loose i-cord.

The synthetic elements will make it keep a little memory so it just dont gets longer and longer in use.

Not easy to see that heather color in the photo but I promise you, it shines.

That gorgeous thing is going to be a cowl with a reversible cable on. The pattern is called Millwater.

Well, this is not the only turquoise knit I have going right now. I am in that "start a new project and then start another one" mood. So I have started on a sweater in turquoise.

That will also be the object of an experiment with stripes in the middle of it. Very excited about that.

So, turquoise it is. Just like the colors of the Pacific. Oh, I wish I was there right now. But soft wool is not that bad instead.

A turquoise given by a loving hand carries with it happines and good fortune
Arab proverb
One of my stitch markers makes the knitting more fun.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Love At First Sight

You´ll never find a rainbow if you´re looking down. Charlie Chaplin
One could think this is about human love. But it is not. It is about two colors that were living apart. When they saw each other, they instantly formed a match.

A perfect match that will last for the rest of their lives. The one was born in Norway and the other in Latvia. They formed a sunrise just before winter came - and the beams will warm up a knitters heart.

Anyway, do not get your yarn to tell stories. You will end somewhere where people wear white coats... LOL!!

So, this is my fifth Red Katana scarf. See the other ones here. I had all this red Finull yarn lying around in half and quarter skeins in different dye lots.

And a lot of orange yarn from a trip to Riga which actually was a part of a six kilos purchased on the market.

This orange is infact not just orange. It is THE ORANGE. It is brighter, more hued and simply what I needed for my scarf.

Finull yarn has a lovely orange but it is too dark - and their brighter one is too yellow. That is how it works for me - the color has to be right or I will find another.

The whole thing is knitted in garter stitch and in six different sections. I add a lot more repeats to them as I use thinner yarn than suggested in the pattern.

There is enough concentration to to not fall asleep while knitting and not more than you can watch TV or whatever.

I am so happy about this scarf. Just what I wanted colorwise, garterwise and tasselwise. Not to mention knitwise.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull, Yarn from Riga
Needles: 2.5mm
Pattern: Red Katana
My Ravelry Page: Sunrise
Autum is nearly over and all I needed was a knitted sunrise to get me though winter.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Birds In A Bottle

How are you suppose to fly if you are made of polymer clay and your maker did not make wings on you? And the worst of all is that you are stucked inside a glass vial?

The flock is out.
Well, since my new polymer clay stitch markers are uable to speak as well, we will never know...

It is all about knitting and my box of birds were suddenly empty. 

I simply had to get my clay out and make more of them. I love creating with polymer clay. 

I will never regret all the work that has gone into learning and failing with it.

These birds are formed, textured, baked, washed, painted, baked again and coated with floor polish. 

Stitch marker in use.
And of course they needed wire as well - I was so happy I found colored tiger tail. 

That makes them more colourful to meet on my way on a row of stitches. 

I think I will make more - they are great gifts and very personal. Handmade is just the best no matter what people say.

I found some glass vials and they are great to put them into for safety - and to avoid them flying away to more exotic places. 

Monday, 5 October 2015

Nothing Is What It Seems...

Is it normal to fasten a scarf in the back of your head and hold to others up with your hands at the same time?

Now, I had this idea about how to get my three scarves photographed. This is how it came out... I had fun and you can hopefully see the scarf madness of the repeated pattern Red Katana.

Made as a gift.
I have in fact knitted four of them - and gave one away as a gift. It was a success.

They are fun to knit, comfortale to wear and the shifting in the two colors gives a great effect. Will I knit more?

I expect as soon as I find two colors that scream: Knit us together, please.

Colors often do that. Just lying there in my stash or in a yarn shop screaming at me.

It must be quite normal to hear it? Or maybe it isn´t? Maybe I should get my head checked... LOL!!!

Well, there you have them. I love these scarves. An easy pattern that is fairly mindless. It is originally knitted in a thicker yarn. So there has to be extra repeats in every six sections and there will be more stitches. But that do not bother me - it is fun to knit no matter what.

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world
are the ones who do
Steve Jobs

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull apart from Kauni (the green color)
Needles: 2.5mm
Pattern: Red Katana
My Ravelry Page: See them all here
The latest one in the Red Katana family that seems to grow by the stitches...

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Let´s Take It All Out

Three Viajantes at the time - nothing less can do it...
If you put on three Viajantes for a photo session and your nabour sees you - there would be some consern about your sanity. Well, I did not see any men in white coats... Yet...

I needed to get those Viajantes photographed and what is better to take it all out in the open. 

It was a challenge to get them all on, and it got kind of hot in there. But it was fun. 

They are all knitted in Wollmeise lace.

The purple one is knitted too tight so I have started knitting them with 2.25mm instead of 2mm needles.

I am not that comfortable with purple. It is a great color but I seldom wear it. But this one is lovely.

But hey, when a skein of Wollmeise lace appears in purple - it simply jump into the mail. Funny things about all those skeins that just do that...

So here I am in all my Viajante repetative knitting. These are three of ten finished and I am working on one more... Too many colors in the world to not to.

I wear them a lot though. Either as a scarf, a shawl or a poncho. They are excellent for a party or for a visit in a cold theatre location. Oh yeah :-)

When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead
Ernest Hemmingway

Sunday, 13 September 2015

New Yarn In Town

Who would have thought that just an hour away there is a whole new brand of yarn available in 72 colors? No, this is not a joke. Nor is a dream. It is true all the way to the knitting needles.

I have always been missing such a yarn here. Now it is here. Karmin Supersoft is not unknown as yarn type. It is mostly the same as Holst Supersoft and most of the other supersoft yarns you can find.

Photo from the shops Facebook profile - 72 colors
But the color range is spectacular. 72 colors are not available other places than online from Denmark.

And that has been so great - but the photos of the colors are mostly not correct and shipping to Norway is a whole other story.

Anyways, I give my salute to Karmin who dare do something that other yarn shops are far from doing. Especially in smaller places. Knitters around here are lucky indeed. You find the shop in Kristiansand.

I found a red orange color, sort of. I cannot decide what color it is as it shifts with the light. Maybe it is called burnt orange - or not.

Anyway, I have started my 11th Viajante with it and just love the feel of the yarn. Thin wool yarn is perfect for almost anything and the garments gets so light.

And no, I am not sponsored. I would never have said this if I did not mean it. I am just happy that this yarn is available near by. The list of knitting projects suddenly turned extra long...
Started on my 11th Viajante...

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