Thursday, 14 May 2015

Is Green Only For Frogs?

New green sweater. You can see more of the scarf here.
I have a secret love from my childhood: Kermit. Although I never got a chance of meeting him he was my sweetheart for years. So why not assosiate my new green sweater with Kermit?

Enough of that walk down memory lane of childhood. And into knitting. When I saw the pattern for this sweater on Ravelry I decided that I was going to knit it.

I have a hard time doing knitting mathematics. In fact, I avoid it all costs.

I think it is because I have no idea what to do when I change gauge and yarn for a project and have to decrease and a lot of other stuff.

But, I am so lucky to have a friend that is a mathematic goddess. She did the math for me. And I am truly thankful to her for that.

So I found my green stashed yarn and gave the sweater a try. If it did not turn out as I wanted, I could just use it on cold days under a jacket.

I used several green colors. To not get a too visible transition between them I altered them by knitting one row of each color for some rows to sort of glue them together. I think it worked just fine.

And as it turned out - the sweater became my favorite. Such a wonderful design. Big enough to not be tight and tight enough to not be big. Get it?? LOL!

I have already knitted another one and has started a bright red one too. Finally a sweater that fit, is warm, not too warm and that I really enjoy wearing. How many colors should I knit? Those who wait will see....

With good friends you can´t loose

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull and Pt2 (total of 454g)
Needles: 2mm for rib, 2.5mm for the rest
Pattern: Mix No. 31
My Ravelry Page: Me And Kermit

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Double Knitting

No, this is not me learning a new technique. It is about a friend having twins - and me knitting a babydress for both of them. And of course some hats to go with them.

Now, gift knitting is lovely. There is something wonderful about the time one give away - and I only knit gifts for those who appreciate it. And these baby sets were so much appreciated.

When the twins were born I knitted two hats in all pink and blue to give when they were at hospital.

Obviously they are for a boy and a girl. I chose gray for main color in the dresses and pink and blue to differ them from each other.

They are knitted in the best baby wool I have ever used: Rauma Panda.

No pilling while knitting, and it is so good to knit with. No splitting - so this is my new goto baby yarn.

Buttons are always a challenge. I wanted similar buttons and in blue and pink for the dresses.

I went into every store I could find. But noone had buttons alike in blue and pink. But I found some on Etsy that were just perfect - what would a knitter do without internet????

I knitted the smallest dress sizes but with longer sleeves and legs. They will fit by autumn - and that was just fine. Congratulations on the twins!!!

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Panda
Needles: 4mm for dresses, 2mm for hats
Pattern: Heil dress
My Ravelry Pages: Blessings, Two More (hats)

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Look What My Mittens Won

The yarn I won is called Dandelion yarn and is from Sweden.
My mittens are some lucky ones. They won The Color Delight Price in the easter competition I entered them in.

They were not the winner of the best easter mittens. But my mittens won the best price they could ever win.

To win a color price is even better to me - and the yarn that came in the mail from Germany, where one of the jury members Frida live, IS AMAZING.

The colors simply shines from the yarn. Complementary colors and all.

I believe my color choice has been spotted. I am thinking green apples and tomatoes.

The yarn is called Dandelion Yarn and is an organic yarn from Sweden. Soft merino and it is hand painted.

Never heard of it before and I really enjoyed receiving it. Just love it!!! Now what am I going to make in this?

That is the question. It has to be something special to show off those colors.

Thank you to Vottelauget for their extra price and for the inspiration to get on with mittens knitting.

I love those mittens and enjoyed every second knitting them.

In a ball of yarn is the potential to make to make a dream that you have come true
Melanie Falick

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull in various colors
Needles: 3mm for cuff, 2.5mm for mitten
My Ravelry: Easter Meadow
Winner of the Color Delight Price in an easter competition.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Like Colors In The Wind

Nothing is more fun than wind when you are being photographed with your new scarf. That was the case today. Not that I complain, it is finally really spring!!!

The scarf will always tell who knitted it.
The scarf was so much fun to knit. Stripes and more stripes in a lot of colors. I must admit, this is not my first nor is it my last. There will be more of these.

I tend to use the pattern when I am in between other projects or when I need some mindless color knitting. I have started to knit them and give them away - I am worried that my closet will collapse under the weight of all my knitted garments...

Knitted from the stash of Finull and Pt2 - I have a huge amount of it. My favorite yarn is always available. Not a problem finding just the right colors for a new project.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull and Pt2
Needle: 2.5mm
Size: 254 x 54cm
Pattern: Lifelines
My Ravelry Page: Alive And Knitting

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Got My Mittens Out

Easter is my favorite time of year. Eggs, chocolate, flowers and that wonderful feeling that spring is on its way just makes me happy. 

As for knitting, I was not going to join the easter competition for knitting mittens. But this thought about mittens just ignored me so much that I had to start my favorite pattern from the collection Mittens from the fairy forest.

And with my oversized stash I easily found the colors I needed. I did not want two colores stranded mittens. I have some of them. 

I planned on knitting with a magic ball - but gave it up. Winding is simply boring. I wanted the motif to change colors. They are after all fairytale flowers - and I see them clearly colored in my head.

I just changed colors as I pleased with spit splicing every color shift. That left only a few ends to weave in. 

I am very pleased with how the colors came out in the pattern. Although I must say that the mittens came out too big.

I should have read other comments on them on Ravelry - they are big. So this is my only regret: I should have knitted them with 1.75mm needles instead of 2.5mm as I normally use for mittens.

I really love the pattern that goes all over the mittens. You cannot see the start of the rows and no stripe on the sides of the hand. Excellent way to knit stranded mittens. Looks soo good too. 

Anyway - I felted them some in the washer. That of course leaves the mittens different from what I hoped for. But still, they fit now and are warmer. And the colors still makes me smile. 

I am entering them in the contest - no matter how it goes I am very happy that I got the inspiration to knit mittens. Hand knitted mittens are simply wonderful to wear.

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation and a pinch of creativity
Bo Bennet

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull in various colors
Needles: 3mm for cuff, 2.5mm for mitten
My Ravelry: Easter Meadow

Monday, 30 March 2015

Give Me Stripes

There is always room for one more stripy scarf or shawl.
Give them in thousands. Give them in colors. Give them to life. And knit them until there is no yarn left in the world.

Seems like I started on that task a while ago. Stripes, stripes and more stripes. I cannot get enough of them.

Some of my collection of color experiments - also called scarves
The more colored the better. I have no idea why stripe knitting is so much fun to me.

It just is. Stripes gives me the room I need to experiment with colors and even wear them after I have done it.

No swatch knitting, no wasted stitches on small patches to try something out.

Stripes is just what it is. Plain and simple. And yet they make a great statement and gives a color boost to anyone who wears them in bright colors.

Anyway, I just wanted to make another striped scarf and went for the ever returning pattern of mine, Lifelines.

I chose orange and red in wider stripes and turquoise and blue-green for smaller stripes. Really fun to knit. Just one more row. And another. And another.

I increased until 130 stitches and are now over half done. This is going to be a blessed easter. Where the stripes brighten up my days and keep my love for knitting just where it should be: In my heart.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull and Pt2
Needle: 2.5mm
Pattern: Lifelines
My Ravelry Page: Alive And Knitting

A lot of stripes made into scarves just to see how the colors would look like together.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Killing Me Softly

 This is the nearest I can come to a knitted weapon. Allthough my weapons tend to be knitting needles and pins. This design has the name Red Katana. The samurais used swords called katana as their weapons.

Still, to knit this was a fight. Since I used another yarn I had to knit a lot of repeats of the sections - and I got bored. Yes, bored with garter stitch in stripes... Anything is possible in the woolly world.

Anyway - the scarf was found on the bottom of my projects box. Just lying there calling for attention.

And noone can stand that loud calling from a projects box. To make it silent I started knitting again. And it actually gave joy again.

I am so pleased with it. Just in the length I wanted, and just as colored as usual. I really like the shape and the way the design use the two colors. It gives a visuel impression that surprises me.

There is always a reason why I start projects. And I must say that it mostly is because I feel that joy inside.

This little playful girl just jumping up and down. My scarf started and ended that way. What lies in between is almost never important.

And, I could think of knitting one more in some other colors. A good thing cannot be repeated too often.

This is the real secret of life - to be completely engaged with what you 
are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work realizse it is play.
Alan W. Watts

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull, Rauma pt2 (total 285g used)
Needles: 2.5mm
Size: 215 x 57cm
Pattern: Red Katana
My Ravelry Page: Killing Me Softly

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