Friday, 19 September 2014

We Have A Winner

A huge thank you for all your birthday wishes and for entering my giveaway. I really enjoyed that.

I used to make the draw and Dorte is the lucky winner. You can meet the danish knitter on her blog. I have known Dorte for over four years and we are following each other here in blog land and on Ravelry. How great that you won, Dorte.

Again thanks to all of you for making my life in blog land such a lovely experience.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Your Ears Are Burning

The giveaway is now closed. Winner is being contacted.

It is my birthday today. A rather high and round number it is. It happens to all of us - if we live long enough. Well, I will not talk about that number but rather about the birds in the photo. They are a part of the celebration. And not only my birthday.

My blog celebrates over 300.000 visitors and I have over 400 followers. To me that is huge numbers considering that I do not blog all the time, do not blog about private things and do not blog unless I have something creative to share.

I love to share my creative life with all of you. I grow by sharing, I learn by sharing and I connect by sharing.

That deserves celebration. So, the birds in the photo are up for a giveaway.

They are made of polymer clay, textured, cured and antiqued with acrylic paint. Also, the findings are all sterling silver this time.

So if you would like to show some colors this winter please leave a comment.

I do not like giveaways where everyone have to do a lot of stunts to even participate. This is free of all that.

Just a comment is enough. The giveaway is open until next friday until 12pm, CET.
The winner will be contacted - please leave email address if you do not have that in your profile. Also very important - winner have 24 hours to reply to my email. Another winner will be drawn if you do not reply within that time.

Ok, good luck and enjoy.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Orange Flea Bites

They are all over the place. Emerging from yarn gliding on a circular needle. Here and there they are having a woollen feast between my hands.

No I am not talking about the fleas crawling around in hair. If the really do that? But about my new knitted cardigan. It is actually called Flea Jacket. The reason is that it is knitted top down and what is called lice are now upside down - and then called fleas.

The colors used in my cardigan.
Finding the colors for this took some time and a bit unraveling. I started out in really bright colors.

And since that looked too much like my colorful jacket I frogged it.

I took all my stash from Finull and Pt2 yarn and started on a new color scheme.

And the knitting of this scarf really helped me finding the right colors to put together.

I really love the outcome of that stash diving. These colors are so perfect together and I added some orange fleas to make them jump a little higher than the rest of them.

I can not wait until this is finished and I can wear it. Sometimes colors just click - and nothing is more satisfying than that.

You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategical 
can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation
Marian Wright Edelman

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull and Pt2
Needle: 2.5mm
Pattern: Flea Jacket by Ann Myhre
My Ravelry Project: Flea Bites

Monday, 25 August 2014

Invite To Colors

Bright colors are big inspirations in my creative work. Here is some of it knitted.
I was invited by Dorien to join a blog hop. The fact that it is all about creating made me join it. Thank you for inviting me Dorien.

So here we go - I am suppose to answer four questions about my creative work. Lets get moving.

What am I working on

From left: Nearly finished a new Viajante (and a polymer clay bird), a big shawl on my needles and the butterfly scarf.
The biggest fun in the creating process is starting something new and getting it finished. I love working on my projects but those two elements are the ones that makes me get most of what I start finished. My sixth Viajante is soon finished. 

The big shawl in the middle is a long term project I will be working on for some time and the butterfly scarf should be finished. But all things comes in waves and I knit what I like at the moment. 
Also, I make some jewelry and birds in polymer clay too. Not a lot - but enough to keep the clay feeling in my hands. I wish I could do more of just claying.

How does my work differ from others in the genre

Simple bracelets in polymer clay to fit any garment and brightens up a cold winters day.
Well, that is really hard for me to say something clever about. If I should base it on the comments I get here and on Ravelry it must be the color use and the "out of the box" way of creating. And that I am not afraid of wearing colors. But then again - a lot of creative people think the same way.

From this time of the year and until May there are mostly gray, brown and black colors all over. I wear the colors that makes me look better - and really do not bother about what others may think of just that. Does this makes sense? Or have you seen something else here? 

Why do I create what I do

I love experimenting with colors. Colorful Thirties holds 30 colors.
I simply love it. It hits a string in me that is not playable in any other way.

I express myself in my creating and the fact that I can wear both my knitted garments and my jewelry makes me feel happy.

It makes me feel free in a way that is impossible to explain. And I want to hit a nerve in the conformity we are living under - Norway is the most conform country in Europe. And start fighting that is never ever too late.  

How does my creative process work

My first cardigan in bright colors, Jacket of Colors.
I get inspired all over. From books, other people, online activity and from bright colors. Or even the lack of colors - if I se a whole shop full of gray clothes a design can hit my brain.

That is what happened when I designed my scarf Dot The I. And when flipping trough an autumn catalog from Rauma some years ago I came up with my first stranded project in bright colors, Heartwarming scarf,  without using gray, white or black.

Polymer clay earrings in bright colors.
Or I simply has to try out different color combinations. I do not like swatch knitting - I knit a large scarf instead. 

That is how one of my favorite scarves came to life. I used stash yarn and 16 colors to create my first Lifelines - and the colors went on changing regarding what other color it was put beside.

Yes, sounds crazy but it gives me a lot of fun scarves to wear. 

I have knitted a lot of shawls and scarves to test out the colors. They work in such different ways when they are put together. 

The knowledge of that learn me to put colors together in garments like sweaters and cardigans like my Sheepomania. And also makes a difference how I create in polymer clay. To be creative is like breathing - one simply has to do it to live.

Bird bracelet in rainbow colors on left. Polymer clay disk bracelet and scarf with rings on right.
 Knitting and making jewelry in polymer clay are my creative joy in life.

Polymer clay bracelets on left. And my knitted cat cardigan on right.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Get It Out

Nothing is like getting a finished knitted garment out in the air. I was having a blast getting these photos taken.

My fifth Viajante is just perfect to play with. I love knitting these - and will not stop until i reach about one hundred of them. Or something like that. Or maybe one in each of the colors I like... LOL!!

And I am soon ready with the sixth one of them so I am in good spirit for that task.

I love these garments as they are big, light weighted and warm.

They are great both in summer and winter to either use as a scarf or shawl - or to get inside when it is cold where I am.

The mindless knitting appeals so much - and this is like reading a really good thick novel.

I do not want it to end. Well, at least it has to or this would fit the worlds largest building some day.

This Viajante is knitted in Holst super soft wool yarn. I love that yarn and I have planned on starting an open front cardigan with it soon.

Although there are a lot of knitting to this garment I will recommend knitting it as it is so versatile in use.

Never ever underestimate the importance of having fun
Randy Pausch

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Holst supersoft
Needle: 2.5mm for body, 2mm for lace
Size: 220 x 137cm
Pattern: Viajante
My Ravelry Page: Sunshine And Clementine
Other Viajante In Same Yarn: Color Me Red, Wacky And Woolly

Friday, 1 August 2014

Blooming Knitting

This is the proof I need for having green fingers. My knitting is literally blooming. Well, it has always been growing. At least that is what the stash is doing...

Anyway, I love those large shawls knitted in the round like my Shining Star.

I wanted a new and brighter shawl. I have been searching online for a pattern with not too long floats on the back and an easy yet striking pattern.

I instantly decided for the Cornflower shawl when I saw it. But buying an over expensive kit, with pre picked colors and where I had to change colors all the time was out of the question.

But, I came over the same chart, after a long search session, in a german magazine from 2009.

The beginning - this it the bottom point of the shawl.
I made the chart in excel and got some very valuable help from Anne to get the chart right.

I wanted pattern all the way down into the pointy end and had to knit and purl pattern the first 25 rows. Not a problem at all.

Then I knit in the round and cut it open when finished some time in the future.

I am happy I got the help and that I have already knitted one of these shawls. Anne is a great shawl designer and she knows all about it. I would not have come this far without her.

I knit this in Kauni. I use a solid green for the back ground color and a purple and magenta for the flowers. The purple does look blue when it is paired with green - but that is just fine. I would prefer another green color - but the one I like is hard to come by.

I am very pleased with my project. The pattern is easy to memorize and this is in fact an easy project with enough challenge along the way.

The stitch Story
Yarn: Kauni solid, Kauni effektgarn
Needle: 2mm
My Ravelry Page: Danish Flower
Pattern: Cornflower

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards
Søren Kierkegaard

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Sheepomania Still Going On

Sheep all over the place..
It is no secret that I am a scarf person. Since I joined Ravelry in 2010 I have knitted a huge amount of scarves - about 40... Sounds like I live in an igloo and support a village with scarves...

Well, enough about that. Right now it is 30 degrees and I am about to reach my boiling point. Simply too warm - a huge paradox since I freeze a lot during the cold period.

The sheep chart from the cardigan is on my scarf.
Anyway, this is about my new scarf. Surprise!!!

I knitted that wonderful cardigan Sheepomania and since the neck is rather wide I need a scarf. At least that is what I tell myself.

None of the 40 I have knitted before matched. So, I found the same colors as in the cardigan and made a new design.

Nothing fancy but with stripes, colors and of course sheep.

Fun to knit, not too hot right now with a tiny garment and this is going to be so cool when it is done and I can wear it with my cardigan.

So, I am off to find the switch for the heating that someone left on. Not found yet! LOL!!!

Enjoy your summer where you are.
Beginning of the scarf with rib and design as in the cardigan. Just interpreted in another way.

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