Monday, 21 April 2014

Color Catcher

Color for my next scarf - and my cat is rather uninterested... 
I do not think I have ever knitted a swatch. Of course I should have done that a couple of times - but knitting back and forth to find out how my gauge will be knitting in the round makes no sense to me. Maybe that is wrong?

Anyway - when I try out colors I usually put them together in a scarf or a shawl. That makes my swatches over two meter long and wraps nicely around my neck. In this way knitting a swatch is extremely fun and satisfying.

And these are the colors for a new swatch scarf. When I saw this project from my design Lifelines on Ravelry I simply had to try out that way of using colors. It is based on the Natural Color System (NCS) developed in Sweden. The colors are arranged different from the color wheel and that appeals to me. Using colors in different ways is very exciting - and this is more like a rainbow. You can see the wheel here.

I am using my pattern Lifelines again for this project. There will be about 30 colors in it - and this is going to be so much fun. Oh by the way - this is all stash yarn. Say no more...

You can learn new things at any time in your life if you´re willing be be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.
Barbara Sher
- Oh dear, not another scarf....

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Happy Knitting Easter

Two edges with about 820st picked up. Fun to knit. See more about the shawl on my Ravelry page.
I wish you all a very happy easter and also a big thank you on the podcast interview about color.

This is my favorite time of year with both spring and easter. I love the brighter days and the quiet time during the holidays.

And what could be better than to pick up about 820 stitches for a little edge on my rather large shawl?  It took some time to pull myself together and now I am so happy to finally have those two edges on my needle. I picked up with a 1.75mm needle and changed to 2mm for the first round and the rest of the edges.

The plan is to knit regularly as I did on the top edge and then to knit words into the inner edges along the sides. I have used excel to get it right.. I could of course just knit with a little less effort. But then again - this is a large work and I want it to be the best I can.

With so many stitches it takes some time. I am thankful to Anne who publish her tutorial for edges for free on her blog. Without that I would have been lost.

So off eating chocolate eggs, knitting some rows and eat more chocolate eggs.

Have a blessed easter!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

I Am Podcasted

I am not afraid to say this: The iPod is old - but the color is surely great :-)
I was honored by the invitation for the podcast med pinner or with needles in english. Ann Myhre is a well known knitter in Norway and she is also known as a great designer. I was so lucky to meet her this weekend on the knitting event where my exhibition is on. And unfortunately I forgot my camera, so no photos from that wonderful day.

She had the theme color in this podcast and I was invited to talk about how I use colors and everything around that. Well, it seems that I can talk a lot about that... I am so happy that she came up with that topic - color is after all a big part of knitting and our lives in general.

The podcast is in norwegian. Lucky for me - I would have been too nervous in english. Or so I think...

Anyway - enjoy! And let me know what you think.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Stripes Are Healthy

I am not kidding. Knitting stripes must be extremely healthy. And when I knit them in colors bubbles of spring floats from my toes and all the way up to the sky. I get so happy knitting stripes. It must be that mindless color flow of stitches and the freedom to choose exactly the colors I love.

My name and year of knitting.
Well, enough of all that babbling. This scarf is another way of knitting my design Lifelines.

I did a picot cast on in green and continued in orange and magenta. I found out that four rows of each color made a more harmonic scarf than only two rows of each.

Also, the colors comes out very different after how many rows of them there are.

When half the scarf was finished I added more green and continued in turquoise and purple.

I did a picot bind off. That green color sort of bind the whole scarf together. I loved knitting this - totally mindless and in colors that made me so happy.

So, I do as I very often do - make a bracelet in polymer clay to go with it. I like those colorful accessories to go with my knitted garment. It make a little sparkle to it all. Never underestimate the joy in small things.

I find I´m so excited that I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it´s the excitement only a free man can feel. A free man at a start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain
Red in Shawshank Redemption

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Pt2 from Rauma
Needle: 2.5mm
Pattern: Lifelines
My Ravelry Page: Come Out And Play
Polymer clay bracelet in the same colors as the scarf.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Spring And Butterflies

The spring has finally arrived with bright sunshine. Nothing can compare with the sound of the birds singing and the thought of summer on its way.

A spring scarf was about the thing I wanted to start on. Now, I do not knit in other than wool. So wool it is. After all I never leave home without a scarf.

This pattern is originally a Finnish mittens pattern from 1947 from the book Sata Kansanomaista Kuviokudinmallia By Eeva Haavisto. From the moment I lay my eyes on it I knew I had to knit those butterflies. After a lot of searching online I found the book in a reprint from 2008. Not a good one - but it was there.

I had to make the chart work for pattern repeat and after a little drawing and gluing it was there.

I wanted to knit the mittens but found out that a scarf with a lot of butterflies would be even more fun to knit. I thought a lot of colors for this project.

Usually I do not use that much white. But I found out that for this project it would be the best.

I wanted the butterflies to stand out without any rainbow to compete with.

I use white Finull from Rauma for the background color and Kauni effektgarn for the pattern color.

Knitting pattern this way is like coming home to me. I love it so much.

Just living is not enough, said the butterfly, one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower
Hans Christian Andersen 

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull, Kauni effektgarn
Needles: 2.5mm
Pattern: N:o 95, Kotka
My Ravelry Page: Butterfly

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

My Own Stitch Markers

Scissor, tape measure, stitch saver and stitch markers. I am ready to hit the needles.
Knitting gadget is so much fun. It may be a little geeky, but as a knitter one needs things. Sort of...

I love finding all kinds of crazy tape measures, scissors and other odd kind of things to use while knitting.

And of course stitch markers. There are millions to choose from.

This time I made my own in polymer clay. It was so much fun. I used a little clay, some paint and tiger tails.

Really not difficult. And since I had all I needed in my studio I just went for it.

I found a great tutorial for making them if you want to have a go. It does not take a lot of skills. Just a little equipment and you are there.

Friday, 21 March 2014

From Worse To Better

The new sweater on the left, the used a little one in the middle and the felted one on the right.
This have be the end of the ever sagging sweater in alpaca. This expensive alpaca yarn (Tynn alpaca) was giving so much that it was now below my knees. I mean it - and I did not use this sweater that much. Mostly because the sweater was planning to touch the ground if I did. I told the story about giving all my alpaca yarn to charity in this post.

Not optional, but can be used and seems nice to wear now.
So, I decided to do something with the sweater sagging under my knees and on its way to my ankles.

I simply took the whole annoying thing and throw it into my washer on 40℃. I have tried 30℃ without any result.

I would not spent time unraveling - this yarn is not an option for knitting anything really. So, if the felting did not work I could always use the sweater as something to sit on outside.

Anyway, it shrinked a lot. In fact almost half a meter in the length.

Not to mention that the sleeves now will fit a 10-year old.

But I like short sleeves - and I managed to shape the sweater to a sort of a-shape. So, now I have this warm sweater that sort of fit. It do look a little better in real life. And hopefully the sagging will end. Never ever using alpaca for sweaters again...

It is hard to fail, but it is worse to never have tried to succeed
Theodore Roosevelt
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