Monday, 5 October 2015

Nothing Is What It Seems...

Is it normal to fasten a scarf in the back of your head and hold to others up with your hands at the same time?

Now, I had this idea about how to get my three scarves photographed. This is how it came out... I had fun and you can hopefully see the scarf madness of the repeated pattern Red Katana.

Made as a gift.
I have in fact knitted four of them - and gave one away as a gift. It was a success.

They are fun to knit, comfortale to wear and the shifting in the two colors gives a great effect. Will I knit more?

I expect as soon as I find two colors that scream: Knit us together, please.

Colors often do that. Just lying there in my stash or in a yarn shop screaming at me.

It must be quite normal to hear it? Or maybe it isn´t? Maybe I should get my head checked... LOL!!!

Well, there you have them. I love these scarves. An easy pattern that is fairly mindless. It is originally knitted in a thicker yarn. So there has to be extra repeats in every six sections and there will be more stitches. But that do not bother me - it is fun to knit no matter what.

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world
are the ones who do
Steve Jobs

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull apart from Kauni (the green color)
Needles: 2.5mm
Pattern: Red Katana
My Ravelry Page: See them all here
The latest one in the Red Katana family that seems to grow by the stitches...

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Let´s Take It All Out

Three Viajantes at the time - nothing less can do it...
If you put on three Viajantes for a photo session and your nabour sees you - there would be some consern about your sanity. Well, I did not see any men in white coats... Yet...

I needed to get those Viajantes photographed and what is better to take it all out in the open. 

It was a challenge to get them all on, and it got kind of hot in there. But it was fun. 

They are all knitted in Wollmeise lace.

The purple one is knitted too tight so I have started knitting them with 2.25mm instead of 2mm needles.

I am not that comfortable with purple. It is a great color but I seldom wear it. But this one is lovely.

But hey, when a skein of Wollmeise lace appears in purple - it simply jump into the mail. Funny things about all those skeins that just do that...

So here I am in all my Viajante repetative knitting. These are three of ten finished and I am working on one more... Too many colors in the world to not to.

I wear them a lot though. Either as a scarf, a shawl or a poncho. They are excellent for a party or for a visit in a cold theatre location. Oh yeah :-)

When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead
Ernest Hemmingway

Sunday, 13 September 2015

New Yarn In Town

Who would have thought that just an hour away there is a whole new brand of yarn available in 72 colors? No, this is not a joke. Nor is a dream. It is true all the way to the knitting needles.

I have always been missing such a yarn here. Now it is here. Karmin Supersoft is not unknown as yarn type. It is mostly the same as Holst Supersoft and most of the other supersoft yarns you can find.

Photo from the shops Facebook profile - 72 colors
But the color range is spectacular. 72 colors are not available other places than online from Denmark.

And that has been so great - but the photos of the colors are mostly not correct and shipping to Norway is a whole other story.

Anyways, I give my salute to Karmin who dare do something that other yarn shops are far from doing. Especially in smaller places. Knitters around here are lucky indeed. You find the shop in Kristiansand.

I found a red orange color, sort of. I cannot decide what color it is as it shifts with the light. Maybe it is called burnt orange - or not.

Anyway, I have started my 11th Viajante with it and just love the feel of the yarn. Thin wool yarn is perfect for almost anything and the garments gets so light.

And no, I am not sponsored. I would never have said this if I did not mean it. I am just happy that this yarn is available near by. The list of knitting projects suddenly turned extra long...
Started on my 11th Viajante...

Thursday, 3 September 2015

A Cat On A Bag

A cat person deserves a bag with a cat on. I tend to find totes on Etsy to use as gift wrapping for my knitted gift. Most of all to make the gift even more personal but also to honor the work I have done.

I have stopped bying additional gifts when giving away something knitted. After all, a knitted gift is not only yarn. It is a lot of planing, hours of knitting and blocking.

I knitted a Viajante this summer during Tour de France as a gift. An exceptional perfect knit for keeping up with the riders while knitting.

I did a lot of research before chosing the color and finnally finding it in the online shop. And it turned out to be perfect for the receiver.

Wollmeise Lace is not hard to come by but if you want a specific color you have to be online every friday morning.

It is actually fun to do that. I have spent a couple of months getting the right color for another gift, also a Viajante knitted during last years Tour de France.

Anyway - this is my 9th of this garment that is so versatile.

I cannot describe the reaction from the person who received this. But it was so appreciated. And this is after all the best thing.

She deserved something special as she has made my life brighter and better.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Wollmeise Lace
Needles: 2mm, 2.25mm and 1.75mm
Pattern: Viajante
My Ravelry Page: Tour de Vamp

Friday, 28 August 2015

A Sudden Woolly Overload

A start on a new jacket in spite of infomation overload and too much digital knitting going on...
You know when you have eaten too much. But in the digital world we eat and eat every day until we are so full of adds, facebook and all other things going on online, that we cannot breathe.

I suddenly hit that wall - the one that stop all creativity and urge to knit. It has never happened before. What was inspiration and learning in the beginning suddenly became too much.

Sweaters, socks, jackets and mittens just floaded my news update. I did not realize it until someone else said it - and I just found out that it was time for an autumn clean and to log off from that constant float of information and adds I simply can do without.

Colors for my jacket.
Do not get me wrong - sharing, learning and helping is some of the best things about internet.

Without it I would have been lost. But all good things can also be too much to digest...

Now, it has to be said that reading blogs are a joy. It has always been. It gives something, it adds something to internet that you cannot find anywhere else.

That is the creativity out there where you share who you are and what you do.

Well, enough of all that. My interest for knitting is not entirely gone.

I simply had to stop thinking of it as a production line, a way of being inthere with all the other knitters that knit 1.500 sweaters in two hours.

And all the knitting books that we are constantly reminded of to buy. Every single day. I have to get back to my basic joy and fun of knitting. Just keeping it simple and relaxing.

Right now I am knitting a gift, and have started on a jacket you see the beginning of in the photo. And of course my Viajante.

What do you do? How do you manage the balance between getting inspired and drown in information?

One of the effects of living with electrical information is that we live habitually in a state of information overload. There is always more than you can cope with. 
Marshall McLuhan  

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Sword Knitting In A Flash

Tour de France takes three weeks. As my Viajante was finished early I managed to knit this sword before the riders ended up in Paris.

Garter stitch is perfect for tour knitting - it does not take any effort and one can keep track of everything that happens in the race.

Now, you may think you have seen this scarf before. I have knitted another one, only I changed the colors a bit.

I simply wanted a red and turquoise one. Both yarns are Rauma finull.

The pattern is straight forward and gives a really nice scarf. Fun to knit and nice to wear - the perfect combination if you ask me.

Since I use a thinner yarn that the pattern ask for, I add one extra repeat of each section for a larger scarf.

The pattern is called Red Katana. The Katana is a japanese sword used by the samurai.

I would have a hard time using this for cutting anything. But I can cut the freezing short this summer. Coldest since I do not know when.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull
Needles: 2.5mm
Size: 236 x 58cm
Pattern: Red Katana
My Ravelry Page: Repeatedly Red

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Tour de Woolly Repeat

The perfect cup for this years Viajante knitting. The shawl need blocking.

This may qualify for some sort of craziness. I am a part of my own Tour de Fleece. That is a spinner event during Tour de France - cycling by the best of the best.

As I do not spin knitting is fairly close. As long as others do the spinning.

Last year I knitted a Viajante for a friend in 13 days during the race. I did the same this year as well.

Not for the same friend - for another who will receive it late August.

I was so lucky to find a cup on Etsy to sort of underline this knitting madness.

On the back of it the word Viajante is written as well. Oh yeah, I love this.

Well, since Tour de France lasts three weeks, what do I do the rest of the time?

I knit another Viajante... This is my 10th and in my absolute favorite color, turquoise.

Both are knitted in Wollmeise lace. And I have gone from 2mm needles up to 2.25mm needles. My 8th Viajante got a little too thight.

Without a little craziness, life would be very boring indeed
Finally a Viajante in my favorite color turquoise. My tenth Viajante :-)

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