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.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Diagnose: Knitters Sheepomania

What is better than a sheep cardigan, sheep buttons and a sheep tote?
Yes, I can not deny being a bit into woollen animals. And sheep are on the top of that list. This time I combine both my passion for colors and sheeps. That seems to be the most natural thing to me.

This cardigan has already become a favorite. And since the rain is poring down and summer has left us for a while I can flash this garment whenever I want. I love how this came out. I like the fit with the wide neck line, the shaped waist and the length. I did knit it a bit longer. I think that makes it more versatile in use.

Sheep buttons makes me smile :-)
I must say, I had a lot of struggle with the pattern. This is my first topdown knitted garment. And a lot of details was left out of the pattern so I got help from friends and the designer.

I think it is important to know what decrease and increase method to use in order to avoid holes.

Also it was not clear from where the measuring was done. And method for binding off should be mentioned. I had to unravel as there was no description of that. It should be in rib - a regular BO will not look good. When I got all those little details in place it went well.

I think the cardigan is too big over the back and sort of baggy. I have not washed it yet - and I believe that will help.

I knitted the largest size because a lot of knitters have pointed out that the sizes are small in the pattern. I could have gone down a size - maybe I will if I knit one more. What is genius about the pattern is the steeking. I really love the way it is done. Fast, simple and it also looks good.

In order to get this into a sheepomania I ordered some sheep buttons. It may be a little over the top but I think they should shine a bit. Kind of fun really.

In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself
Albert Einstein

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull
Needle: 2.5mm
My Ravelry Page: Sheepomania
Pattern: Sinnasaujakka

Thursday, 26 June 2014

How To Trick When Knitting A Scarf

One side of the scarf with my name and year of knitting it.
The butterfly scarf reached half done. I had started knitting it without thinking of a transition in the pattern. I often just start knitting and a solution will come to mind.

In this case, if I continued the butterfly pattern would have been upside down on half the scarf.

I could of course knit two parts and sew them together. That would not look good either - and sewing is not an option on a scarf to me.

Name of my scarf on the other side.
The pattern did not match when placed over one another (the one upside down) and whatever I did there would be a very visible transition.

As I am a big fan of the old tradition where knitters marked their work with their name and year of knitting I simply did just that.

Yes, the transition is visible but I like this better than a distorted pattern. And in about 100 years someone will find the scarf and post it on Facebook in order to find the history about it. Yeah, right... LOL.

Anyway, I happen to like this. I simply made the letters in excel and knitted them into the garment. Now I knit the pattern upside down on the rest of the scarf.

The butterfly pattern is from 1947 and the book Sata Kansanomaista Kuviokudinmalia by Eva Haavisto. It is a finish book. Knitting charts are thankfully international. I love it when old patterns comes to life again. Even if it can get a bit tricky.

The trick in life is learning how to deal with it
Helen Mirren

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Kauni effektgarn, Rauma finull
Needles: 2.5mm
Pattern: N:o 95, Kotka
My Ravelry Project: Butterfly
Pattern is now knitted upside down on the rest of the scarf.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Going Camping In A Knitted Tent

Open front jacket seen from the back - nearly a blanket if you ask me...
What Should I Call This? A mistake? A tent? A new apartment? Or simply too big? 

Well, this started out to be knitted on too small needles. I did not get gauge and had to unravel. I mean, this is a yarn I would normally choose 2mm needles for.

I had to knit in 3.5mm. Man, that was way out of my comfort zone. And indeed, I have this panic of not getting my knitted garments large enough. That normally ends up in tents or worse. This is no exception.

First the positive thing about it: The color and the feel of the garment. Holst supersoft yarn is wonderful - I could live in it. It sure seems that I could spent a week inside this and still find new places to hide....

The pattern was a bit unclear here and there. But the size of this is all my fault. I knitted the largest one - because the sleeves are so tight on this.

Instead of knitting the sleeves bigger I ended up knitting the whole thing too big. I wanted an open front jacket for colder days to just put over tunics and so on.

But this ends up as a tent on the back and the front is hanging on the sides. Looking at other projects on Ravelry - this seems to be the thing about it.

Open front is really the front on the sides and the back standing out like a tent.

It took some time to knit it as well. It was kind of boring. The designer had photos of a red jacket with a lot of pattern.

She simply forgot to mention that the pattern is for another garment - the gray one I did not look at.

Ending up with a jacket with less pattern on it. Very annoying.

Anyway - this weighs only 300 grams. A good thing to take on vacation or to places that turns out cold.

Would I use this? I will try - go camping inside... LOL!!

I will look for another thing like this one - only with a better pattern and a better fit.

It does not fit well on the shoulders and the short row shaping for the neck made it even worse. I think this garment will qualify as failure of the year...

But the good thing about the failures are that those are the things I learn from. If I had never made any mistakes I would not have learned so much. Or something like that.

A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstanses
The real mistake is to stop trying
B.F. Skinner

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Holst supersoft
Needle: 3.5mm
Pattern: Huldan Takki
My Ravelry Page: Out In The Open
Seems like I need to grow my shoulders wider...

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