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

Friday, 16 January 2015

Consider It A Basket Case

A basket case - with a lot of fiber content.
Surprise surprise!! The garter maniac is back with her fixation on rainbows. This rather sounds like some sort of illness. If knitting a lot of garter shawl is an illness, that is. A doctor would probably give me some pill - but I prefer fiber. It keeps the system going all year. And the brain. If the fiber comes in a woolly form I might add.

So what is this all about? It is about Kauni rainbow yarn and my beloved mohair. I do have other things on my needles. And a cardigan is about to be started. I have the yarn ready I just need to get a grip - around the needles.

Another garter shawl is about to get started. I love Kauni yarn and that rainbow they have is amazing. After all, I would not have knitted my wedding shawl in it if it wasn't...

I thought about using only one color mohair but that would have muted a lot of the colors. So I have this stash of mohair yarn and had a quick look. Only yellow was missing. That was no problem since my LYS had it.

So here we are. Rainbow it is. Garter it is.

 It's a good thing that when God created the rainbow he didn't consult a 
decorator or he would still be picking the colors
Sam Levenson
Kauni effektgarn EQ and various mohair yarn.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy Knit Year

I Wish You All A Very Happy New Year ❤️  

Think about it -  a new year and more time to shop for yarn, eat chocolate, drink coffee, knit, knit and knit. One should never underestimate those small things that clue everyday life together. However, I just have to take a glimpse back on 2014. Would you like to join? This is not all of my creating, only some highlights.

Shawl of the year
The photo says it all - to wear this, to see it finished and to know that I managed to knit such a large shawl was amazing. I was so happy - and it really is nice on cold days. I started a new large shawl and hope to finish it this year. Sort of. Maybe...

Debut of the year
When Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrik asked me to put my colorful knitting on an exhibition I was so excited. It was a really huge thing for me to put a bit of myself out for everyone to see. And it went so well, and so many knitters took the time to visit the exhibition. The knitter Bodil Nilsen Hodne showed her large blankets in the most wonderful colors too. This was a vitamin boost at the end of winter. I can live on this forever.

Rainbow Of The Year
The yarn shop was closed and my urge to begin this Lifelines scarf was huge. I took out all my Rauma Finull and Pt2 and had to admit that a closed shop was just what I needed. I actually found the  30 colors needed for my scarf. If I had to buy one skein of each color it could be rather expensive... I loved knitting this so much - I learned a lot about colors and this has become one of my favorite scarves.

Cardigan Of The Year
Not a lot of clothes comes off my needles. Mostly because I never get satisfied with the fit. This Flea Jacket is too big, but a really nice wear. I use it a lot and I am very pleased with my colors. I have learned to knit top down from this pattern and the Angry Sheep pattern. I love to learn new techniques and finally there are some new trends in Norway. That makes knitting so much more satisfying and fun.

Again And Again Of The Year
Three of them. They are my goto pattern, my travel pattern, my mindless pattern and one of my tendency to repeat myself in a knit way pattern. Viajante is just too fun not to repeat. Two for myself and one for a friend. This is knitted in Holst supersoft and you can see the magenta one in Wollmeise in a previous post. Still a red one in Wollmeise on my needles...

And - Again And Again Garter Stitch
Ok, there has been some garter mania in 2014. What a joy to knit and with tassels and some nice crystals there are a bling to them. Great to wear and with my beloved mohair yarn paired with some wool this is just something I will be knitting this year as well...

Scarf Of The Year
From my own design Lifelines this scarf was great fun to knit. With matching mittens this is really rolling. And of course a polymer clay bracelet to go with it too. See more in this post.

Failure Of The Year
Only positive things about this is the color and the yarn. It fits so bad with really thight sleeves. Just hanging like a tent. No matter how I wear this it looks bad. Ugh!!

Polymer Clay Of The Year
I found a new shape in my work with polymer clay. These are nice gifts and just nice to make. They get personalized with words. I also made them tiny and used them as stitch markers

As for the statistics I have knitted 38km yarn divided on 27 projects in 2014. Oh dear!!!

Now, if you reached the end of this post you may need a cup of coffee and some chocolate. Thank you for your visit to my blog. That is after all what blogging is all about. Happy new year!!!
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