Friday, 28 August 2015

A Sudden Woolly Overload

A start on a new jacket in spite of infomation overload and too much digital knitting going on...
You know when you have eaten too much. But in the digital world we eat and eat every day until we are so full of adds, facebook and all other things going on online, that we cannot breathe.

I suddenly hit that wall - the one that stop all creativity and urge to knit. It has never happened before. What was inspiration and learning in the beginning suddenly became too much.

Sweaters, socks, jackets and mittens just floaded my news update. I did not realize it until someone else said it - and I just found out that it was time for an autumn clean and to log off from that constant float of information and adds I simply can do without.

Colors for my jacket.
Do not get me wrong - sharing, learning and helping is some of the best things about internet.

Without it I would have been lost. But all good things can also be too much to digest...

Now, it has to be said that reading blogs are a joy. It has always been. It gives something, it adds something to internet that you cannot find anywhere else.

That is the creativity out there where you share who you are and what you do.

Well, enough of all that. My interest for knitting is not entirely gone.

I simply had to stop thinking of it as a production line, a way of being inthere with all the other knitters that knit 1.500 sweaters in two hours.

And all the knitting books that we are constantly reminded of to buy. Every single day. I have to get back to my basic joy and fun of knitting. Just keeping it simple and relaxing.

Right now I am knitting a gift, and have started on a jacket you see the beginning of in the photo. And of course my Viajante.

What do you do? How do you manage the balance between getting inspired and drown in information?

One of the effects of living with electrical information is that we live habitually in a state of information overload. There is always more than you can cope with. 
Marshall McLuhan  

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Sword Knitting In A Flash

Tour de France takes three weeks. As my Viajante was finished early I managed to knit this sword before the riders ended up in Paris.

Garter stitch is perfect for tour knitting - it does not take any effort and one can keep track of everything that happens in the race.

Now, you may think you have seen this scarf before. I have knitted another one, only I changed the colors a bit.

I simply wanted a red and turquoise one. Both yarns are Rauma finull.

The pattern is straight forward and gives a really nice scarf. Fun to knit and nice to wear - the perfect combination if you ask me.

Since I use a thinner yarn that the pattern ask for, I add one extra repeat of each section for a larger scarf.

The pattern is called Red Katana. The Katana is a japanese sword used by the samurai.

I would have a hard time using this for cutting anything. But I can cut the freezing short this summer. Coldest since I do not know when.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull
Needles: 2.5mm
Size: 236 x 58cm
Pattern: Red Katana
My Ravelry Page: Repeatedly Red

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Tour de Woolly Repeat

The perfect cup for this years Viajante knitting. The shawl need blocking.

This may qualify for some sort of craziness. I am a part of my own Tour de Fleece. That is a spinner event during Tour de France - cycling by the best of the best.

As I do not spin knitting is fairly close. As long as others do the spinning.

Last year I knitted a Viajante for a friend in 13 days during the race. I did the same this year as well.

Not for the same friend - for another who will receive it late August.

I was so lucky to find a cup on Etsy to sort of underline this knitting madness.

On the back of it the word Viajante is written as well. Oh yeah, I love this.

Well, since Tour de France lasts three weeks, what do I do the rest of the time?

I knit another Viajante... This is my 10th and in my absolute favorite color, turquoise.

Both are knitted in Wollmeise lace. And I have gone from 2mm needles up to 2.25mm needles. My 8th Viajante got a little too thight.

Without a little craziness, life would be very boring indeed
Finally a Viajante in my favorite color turquoise. My tenth Viajante :-)

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Wacky Woolly Summer

Woolly: Dressed for this years summer :-) 
Some people think that there are polar bears walking around every street in Norway. Well, that could be the case this summer. The weather alternates between freezing wind and sun or rain and even more rain.

Scarf marked for life...
For a woolly knitter that is sort of perfect. In that sence that wool is used even in the middle of July.

Yes, I am not kidding. Although, I have to mention that I may be a little freezy type. So, what do I do?

I knit. In wool. Since I knitted my red sweater I could not enter the world without a matching scarf.

After all - appearance is everything. Or something like that.

The scarf is knitted in the same colors as the sweater although with a bit difference.

The turquoise and the green domininates with the red as a eye catching finish.

Sliding stitches back and forth for this effect.
I really like how this came out.

I did not plan much, just knitted and alternated colors and stripes as I liked.

Of course, one should mark ones knitting properly. In a 100 years someone will find my scarf with my name on... LOL!!

I alternated the three colors with one row of each. Easy peasy when sliding the stitches back and forth.

I enjoyed that and it gives a fun effect on a project.

Unless the summer really turns up this year - I am properly dressed for the weather.

With my wacky woolly umbrella from Ireland.

Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?
Danielle Laporte

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull
Needles: 2.5mm
Pattern: Lifelines
My Ravelry Page: Simply Red Scarf
Size: 250 x 30cm

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Never Underestimate The Color Red

- Oh, I can never wear red. That is not a color for me. I would stand out too much.
That is beeing said all over the place. I have never understood why so many women think of red as an enemy in colors. Everybody looks faboulous in red - if you find the right scheme.

So, here I am. In bright red and thinking I really love wearing that color. It makes my face a little more colorful and take some years of me - or at least that is what I imagine. And guess what? In Norway that color is called christmas red. Also called color limitation in my world :-)

Green and turquoise are spit spliced into the sweater.
The sweater is the third in a row of three, so far. I have knitted a green and a teal one before and loved them. The design is simply perfect. A small upper body and enough room to eat as much chocolate as possible without any visible sign.

Simply Red is knitted in Rauma Finull with some stripes of green and turqoise spit spliced in. That makes the whole design a bit livelier and interesting.

It is knitted bottom up. I have some issues about the upper body because it seems to get a little too long. But then again, the photos of the design also have that. Anyway, I love wearing it. And in this really cold weather it is perfect. Seems like we are having a woolly summer - also called perfect for a knitter... Or not?

When in doubt, wear red
Bill Blass

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull
Needles: 2mm for rib, 2.5mm for body
Pattern: Mix No. 31 
My Ravelry Page: Simply Red
- My owner also wears red shoes. I wish I could wear shoes too...

Sunday, 7 June 2015

I Am Clasp Free

So much better with buttons. 
They look so nice when I stand still and stay that way. Since I find that hard, especially when the only purpose is to have a nice looking jacket, I found the pewter clasps so annoying that I had to remove them.
One front edge and the neck line was cut off and knitted again with button holes.
Now, this is the third time I knit edges for this jacket. After knitting, sewing and adding clasps the first time I realized that I had picked up too many stitches so it all had to come off. It worked fine knitting them again - and I was pleased with them.

Only to find that I never used my jacket. Cloak clasps looks so lovely but they never ever stay closed no matter how many times I squeeze them. I addition the jacket is not properly closed and the front bulge too. The front is still open and cold wind and weather blows right through it.

Clasps are out - buttons are in.
So, the only thing I could do was to cut the neckline and one edge off, again. I did actually think of a zipper that opens both ways.

But I do not sew well and I have seen a lot of knitted jackets with bulging zippers.

Sewing button holes with a sewing machine would be risky business.

It is important though, to consider solutions that demands the least of effort. LOL!

I must say that I had to use all I got to persuade myself to knit 11 button holes - on both sides of the edge.

Not fun at all. But now I can use my jacket and have the comfort buttons give. No draft, bulging or heavy clasps dangling when I move.

Sometimes it is best to take a step back, find a new solution, and just keep knitting. Or something like that.
My Gismo loves company outside.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Lightening Up Some Knitting

A rainbow, some white stripes symbolising light beams and a warm embrace. That is the short version of the scarf that has been given as a gift. I just felt the calling to knit this in Kauni rainbow yarn and white stripes, and give it to a very special person.

I used my design Lifelines for it. I actually enjoyed knitting it. Easy and still the colors are changing and I love that. 

Nothing more to say about that other than:

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around
Leo F. Buscaglia

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Kauni effektgarn, Rauma finull
Needles: 2.5mm
Pattern: Lifelines
My Ravelry Page: Light Beam

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