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

Sunday, 8 March 2015

The Stitch Bird

Knitting gadgets are some really fun assesories when you are totally woollen. I love the ones I make myself. So much fun to make them and get those colors out. This time I made stitch markers for a friends birthday.

They are made in polymer clay, antiqued with acrylic paint and covered with floor polish.

Yes, there are some really small but significant details that always go into polymer clay.

The large bird keep the markers together. On one side I have stamped my friends name to make it more personal.

I loved making them so much. I hope they will make my friend smile.

Happy birthday my dear friend.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Am I Getting Over It?

Well, I have had the urge but not done it. I have thought about yarn combinations and colors but not done it. Am I getting over my garter shawl addiction?

I have no idea, actually. I just know that saying never is a fairly stupid thing when you get older. You simply know that it will never hold up..

Anyway, I just wanted to get it all out there in blog land. These two shawl are knitted a while ago. The turquoise one was a real hit.

I just love the outcome of the colors and they suit me if I may say so. I used Kauni effektgarn for it.

And some bright turquoise kid mohair I found online called Ice yarn. Not an easy color to come by so when I found just the one I went for it.

I loved the color but the quality is rather not preferable.

It feels a bit synthetic, but paired with Kauni that feeling dissapear and leave the shawl soft and lovely.

The other purple shawl is knitted in Holst supersoft and plum mohair. Just to try out some purple and I soon found out that a touch of orange was just what I needed.

They are both that mindless knit casting on three stitches and increase a stitch every other row. I have fallen in love with swarovski faceted beads and tassels. That gives the shawl the extra bling without being too much.

So, there we have it. Six garter shawls done. Should I go for more??

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

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