Sunday, 15 February 2015

Butterfly Mania Done

Some caterpillars takes their time. This was a great project to start on, finding yarn for and getting the chart ready for. The knitting went well and the scarf was growing by the inch. But then, for some reason, the project ended up at the bottom of my pile of unfinished scarves, shawls, sweaters and whatever it is...

After finishing a rainbow shawl I said to myself that it was time to get that caterpillar out and flap its new wings.

Almost a year after I started knitting it I finally finished my butterfly scarf.

And I must say this in the most unnorwegian way: I am so proud of my new scarf. It demands counting stitches all the time as no rows are alike.

And a over two meter long scarf takes time and effort. But mostly, I love the outcome.

The colors and the butterflies are a match. And the frills I knitted just add that little dot over the i.

I must say that I was thinking of another color with the Kauni yarn, but ended with white since that would give the scarf the best background.

The butterfly chart is from the finish mittens book, Sata Kansanomaista Kuviokudinmallia by Eva Haavisto. The book is from 1947. I altered the chart to get it a repeated pattern for my scarf.

So, should I knit the mittens to go with my new scarf? Yes, I should... Some day... Any day...

Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal 
of darkness yet become something beautiful

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Kauni Effektgarn, Rauma Finull
Needle: 2.5mm
Extra: Four knitted frills
Measure: 240 x 18cm
Pattern: N:o 65, Kotka
My Ravelry Page: Butterfly Mania
Half the pattern is knitted upside down. To get a good transition I knitted my
name, year and the word butterfly in the middle of it.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Follow The Rainbow

Found it: Chasing rainbows can be awarding...
Chasing rainbows may be a bit of a challenge. I found my own way - knit them. Ok, I admit there should be some limits to how many garter shawls one need. But it seems there are no limits - other than the ones in the closet...

Anyway, this is knitted in Kauni rainbow. Fair enough, it really is a lovely wool yarn. Since I love mixing wool yarn with mohair this was up for the test.

Could I manage the get the color flows as good as in the Kauni itself? The answer is no.

Mohair does not come in a lot of bright colors - so I used most from my stash and bought a yellow one.

In addition the mohair has no color change so the color flow is really hard to get espesially when the rows gets longer.

Although the color flow did not come out as I hoped for, I am really happy about this shawl. So soft, warm and nice to wear.

I cast on three stitches and increase one stitch on the same side until I had 153st on my needle. Then I decrease accordingly. Easy peasy.

I love tassels. No secret about that. They give that extra weight to the garment that keeps it hanging nicely when wearing. And a little bling from some swarovski beads are just the thing to dot the i. They shine like diamonds - just like the rainbow does. All a woman needs...

The Stich Story
Yarn: Kauni Effektgarn EQ, Kid mohair yarn (various)
Needle: 5.5mm
Assesories: Tassels and swarovski beads
My Ravelry Page: Softly Rainbowish

Friday, 16 January 2015

Consider It A Basket Case

A basket case - with a lot of fiber content.
Surprise surprise!! The garter maniac is back with her fixation on rainbows. This rather sounds like some sort of illness. If knitting a lot of garter shawl is an illness, that is. A doctor would probably give me some pill - but I prefer fiber. It keeps the system going all year. And the brain. If the fiber comes in a woolly form I might add.

So what is this all about? It is about Kauni rainbow yarn and my beloved mohair. I do have other things on my needles. And a cardigan is about to be started. I have the yarn ready I just need to get a grip - around the needles.

Another garter shawl is about to get started. I love Kauni yarn and that rainbow they have is amazing. After all, I would not have knitted my wedding shawl in it if it wasn't...

I thought about using only one color mohair but that would have muted a lot of the colors. So I have this stash of mohair yarn and had a quick look. Only yellow was missing. That was no problem since my LYS had it.

So here we are. Rainbow it is. Garter it is.

 It's a good thing that when God created the rainbow he didn't consult a 
decorator or he would still be picking the colors
Sam Levenson
Kauni effektgarn EQ and various mohair yarn.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy Knit Year

I Wish You All A Very Happy New Year ❤️  

Think about it -  a new year and more time to shop for yarn, eat chocolate, drink coffee, knit, knit and knit. One should never underestimate those small things that clue everyday life together. However, I just have to take a glimpse back on 2014. Would you like to join? This is not all of my creating, only some highlights.

Shawl of the year
The photo says it all - to wear this, to see it finished and to know that I managed to knit such a large shawl was amazing. I was so happy - and it really is nice on cold days. I started a new large shawl and hope to finish it this year. Sort of. Maybe...

Debut of the year
When Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrik asked me to put my colorful knitting on an exhibition I was so excited. It was a really huge thing for me to put a bit of myself out for everyone to see. And it went so well, and so many knitters took the time to visit the exhibition. The knitter Bodil Nilsen Hodne showed her large blankets in the most wonderful colors too. This was a vitamin boost at the end of winter. I can live on this forever.

Rainbow Of The Year
The yarn shop was closed and my urge to begin this Lifelines scarf was huge. I took out all my Rauma Finull and Pt2 and had to admit that a closed shop was just what I needed. I actually found the  30 colors needed for my scarf. If I had to buy one skein of each color it could be rather expensive... I loved knitting this so much - I learned a lot about colors and this has become one of my favorite scarves.

Cardigan Of The Year
Not a lot of clothes comes off my needles. Mostly because I never get satisfied with the fit. This Flea Jacket is too big, but a really nice wear. I use it a lot and I am very pleased with my colors. I have learned to knit top down from this pattern and the Angry Sheep pattern. I love to learn new techniques and finally there are some new trends in Norway. That makes knitting so much more satisfying and fun.

Again And Again Of The Year
Three of them. They are my goto pattern, my travel pattern, my mindless pattern and one of my tendency to repeat myself in a knit way pattern. Viajante is just too fun not to repeat. Two for myself and one for a friend. This is knitted in Holst supersoft and you can see the magenta one in Wollmeise in a previous post. Still a red one in Wollmeise on my needles...

And - Again And Again Garter Stitch
Ok, there has been some garter mania in 2014. What a joy to knit and with tassels and some nice crystals there are a bling to them. Great to wear and with my beloved mohair yarn paired with some wool this is just something I will be knitting this year as well...

Scarf Of The Year
From my own design Lifelines this scarf was great fun to knit. With matching mittens this is really rolling. And of course a polymer clay bracelet to go with it too. See more in this post.

Failure Of The Year
Only positive things about this is the color and the yarn. It fits so bad with really thight sleeves. Just hanging like a tent. No matter how I wear this it looks bad. Ugh!!

Polymer Clay Of The Year
I found a new shape in my work with polymer clay. These are nice gifts and just nice to make. They get personalized with words. I also made them tiny and used them as stitch markers

As for the statistics I have knitted 38km yarn divided on 27 projects in 2014. Oh dear!!!

Now, if you reached the end of this post you may need a cup of coffee and some chocolate. Thank you for your visit to my blog. That is after all what blogging is all about. Happy new year!!!

Friday, 26 December 2014

Still Gifted

Two cowls from the pattern Millwater knitted in Puno alpaca for good friends.
Not a whole lot of gift knitting this christmas. But there have been some of them. Two cowls for a couple of friends in the soft Puno yarn from Rauma. They are so nice to knit and I think they will be nice to wear as well. And yes, the purple one is obviously knitted a bit looser than the orange one...

Newly born twins needed tiny hats to keep them warm.

Two really small hats for twins born before christmas. Knitted them from the pattern of Lene Holme Samsøe. In my opinion these are so beautiful with those fake cables on them. And she has so many sizes to choose from. The mother was so happy about them. Knitted very tight to fit small heads.

A local pattern from the town I live in - Mandalsvotten. These mittens have only ladies size but they are knitted with the patterns recommended needles and therefore they will fit my husband as I knit very loose. 

That is about that - merry christmas!!!

Monday, 22 December 2014

Take A Big Yawn

Uaaaa, is it summer yet?

I have been polishing silver for days. I have baked enough kakes for a whole army. I have cleaned the house every day and it is filled with matching christmas things. Everything shines like stars - and I have put on my fake nails and my designer dress. And over 100 presents are wrapped in the finest paper. Oh yeah, it is finally the best online Facebook christmas ever...

Am I pulling your leg? Yes, I am. Sosial media is about to burst from all the perfect christmases and every year it makes me wonder: Where is that super woman everyone is trying to be? All I see is worn out women trying to keep it together through all the demands made by society and them selves.

So, I try to avoid all those cake, silver, christmas tree ornaments and "see my perfect" christmas online sharing. I will rather share a photo taken of my cat in a big yawn. He seems rather angry, but he is just watching out for other cats trying to take his territory.

I am no super woman. I do not have a perfect christmas. I do not know anyone who has. Christmas contains all human feelings - and a big yawn is is a way to get some air into it all. Do you feel the urge to make a big yawn?

Sunday, 14 December 2014

The Cowl Girl

One should be a cow girl riding in a wide landscape and camping by a bonfire. At least that looks really nice on movies. But dreaming is free...

Anyway, this is not about horse riding or bonfires. This is my recently discovered cowl pattern. I knitted one as a gift - and suddenly there were two more finished.

One in a soft Malabrigo worsted and one in my Riga yarn. Totally different outcome.

Thats what I love about knitting. Yarn is not just yarn - it makes a garment and shape it in its own way.

Cowls are decorative and always makes a statement. I have not knitted so many of them as I think they tend to be more decorative than warm around the neck.

I freeze wery easyli so scarves are the best since I can get them really tight into my neck.

But these cowls are double and that makes them better. I keep warm in them. And the best of all is the fairly easy pattern with a great outcome. The cable on it is so decorative.

You will not see me riding in that wide landscape. I may stay here and be a cowl girl instead. But sadling up is not always about riding - it is not being afraid of taking the next step into the future.

In riding a horse we borrow freedom
Helen Thompson

The Stitch Story
Pattern: Millwater
My Ravelry Pages: Something Orange, Something Red
Actually knitted to fit my Flea Jacket which was a perfect match.

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