Friday, 16 October 2020

Simply Knitted With Love

Me and my sister hand in hand - knitted together thread by thread.

Knitting is so much more than threads of wool and needles. It is also stitches that connects us beyond borders and between hearts.
My sister and I manage to meet this wonderful warm summer. 

And before that - I grabbed my needles and knitted sisters scarves. 

Her favorite color is purple and mine is turquoise. 

Very happy that those two colors match so well. I knitted two scarves in Finull with the two colors. 

I started her scarf in purple and mine in turquoise so they would have a slight difference. 

And we both enjoy them so much. Living in different countries is hard now. 

But the memories and the scarves keeps us warm. 

I will long for the day when the world is a little better so we can meet again. I love you my sister.

It is no secret that I am a big fan of this design. Just have to admit straight away that I now have knitted 13 of them. Some have been given away. I mean, I would need a lot of space for all my scarves... LOL! It is an easy knit and yet there are some things that goes on all the time. 

The color options are unlimited and the effect is great. Need I say more? You could have a look on the one knitted in orange and green. Yes, it really is possible. And yes, that was before I started being myself in undyed hair...

A sister is a gift to the heart. 
A friend to the spirit
And a golden thread to the meaning of life

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull Pt2
Needles: 2.5mm
Pattern: Red Katana
My Ravelry Page: Big Sister, Little Sister
If you have had problems commenting on my blog: Due to loads of spam I had to turn most of it off a little while (Google get a grip!!!). It is now as normal. Thank you for your comment - it means a lot to me. 

Friday, 17 July 2020

Light Pink Breeze

 Who would have thought that this summer is perfect for wool? When a cold breeze is imminent a pink breeze is important. I actually knitted this in march. 

This is my first breeze from designer Stephen West. My next turquoise one is a lot better. Because when I knitted the icord on this pink breeze it got too tight and I had to block it hard to even get it a little better. At least I learned that knitting icord on a breeze, bigger needles are necessary. 

I knitted it with a 2.75mm needle, picked up stitches with a 3.75mm needle and knitted the icord with a 3.5mm needles. That about covers it...

I started this breeze with a very light pink shade. But ended up unraveling it. It was too pale and not a match after all. I ended up with an orange that goes with the pink colors.

Actually quite satisfied with it. These scarves, or shawls if you like, are great wearing or using around the shoulders. But I must admit that I like the turquoise better.

Those colors are just the best. I would knit everything in those shades if I could. So why don't I?

Well, thats a whole other blog post. In these times it is super important to not be boring and not trying new things.

We have to look perfect no matter what. Gosh, am I the only one getting extremely tired of that? This endless flow of it in social media?

Anyway, I have a pink breeze. I love knitting garter stitch and Stephen West has a lot of great design in it.

He really is creative and always finds simply solutions on short rows, picking up stitches and so on. The cold wind can just come - I am ready. LOL!

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull Pt2
Needles: 2.75 - 3.75mm
Pattern: Garter Breeze
My Ravelry Page: Smooth And Pink 

You were born to be real, not to be perfect

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Does A Breeze Have A Color?

If it is in garter stitch and have been passing my knitting needles it does. In this case it is turquoise with a little red. This is a Stephen West design, Garter Breeze.

He is genius with garter stitch and short rows. There are no picking up wraps when you knit garter stitch. And I love that. In this case there would be a million of them. Or something like that.

However, there is a quite long i-cord bind off. But it is so worth it. It works quickly after starting on it. I had to use a bigger needle to avoid the i-cord to be too tight. Learned that the hard way knitting the first one of these...

I really enjoy knitting this design. It is easy, garter and have just enough to look out for.

I really enjoyed looking at all the color combinations on Ravely.

It is no surprise that my new scarf, shawl or wrap if you want is knitted in Rauma FinullPt2.

I never get tired of that yarn and their color selection which is the best ever in Norwegian history.

Knitting in these days are such a blessing. The world has gone even madder and the fact that yarn, wool and knitting needles are the same are like soothing medicine.

I love that it has been so since the first knitters started their work. We need to keep finding good things in life despite the craziness and chaos.

And knitting is one of them - at least for me. And after all, it is not bad to get a turquoise breeze out of it.

Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, 
and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either
Elizabet Zimmermann

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma FinullPt2
Needles: 2.75mm, 3.5mm for i-cord bind off
Pattern: Garter Breeze
My Ravelry Page: Turquoise Breeze

Monday, 8 June 2020

Anybody Out There?

Well, at least it looks like I am wondering about that in the photo. After lock down it was lovely to see that the world is about the same.

And that I have enough yarn for several life times. LOL!

This scarf, or shawl if you want, is made from different petrol and turquoise colors.

With stripes of orange to divide them. I used a petrol mohair thread to go with all the colors except the orange, obviously.

I really like the outcome. And that I didn't buy any yarn. Or? Oh yes, I got some orange.

Not that I needed it. But hey - never stop buying yarn. Ever. That would be self punishment. Do not need that right now in these times.

This is simple garter stitch and a lovely and easy pattern. I called it sunrise. A new day, new hope and faith is essential in life.

These are great wearing - I know because I have knitted several of them. Check out my rainbow one here.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Pt2, Sandnes Tynn Mohair, Mayflower Kid Silk
Needles: 5mm
Pattern: Horizon Shawl
My Ravelry Page: Sunrise

Hope is seeing light in spite of being surrounded by darkness
Desmund Tutu

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Keeping Life Going

So many people have huge struggles. And somehow we always say that it is unfair that some have a hard life, while others seem to go clear of obsticals and adversity.

But then, most of us experience hard times, loss of loved ones, getting sick and unable and what not.

 I found the text on my newly knitted scarf summens up my way of dealing with hardships. That doesn't mean everything is easy. But I hold onto it. It keeps life going.

Norwegian text on the scarf.
The world is a harsh place but I find hope from my faith. 

So I knitted this bible verse from Romans 12.12 in norwegian: Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.

There is so much hope. And there is tribulation. And a way through it all praying. Not very complicated. 

I love knitting these scarves. I have already knitted two before with the blessing on them in different colors. 

Using magic loop with these gorgeous knitting needles called Chiaogoo twist it is a dream just seeing those letters emerge. 

A really genius pattern from which you can use any text you want. This time I used a thicker yarn as the text wasn't that long. 

It is quite heavy but it is nice to wear and warm. Knitting is also something that gives meaning and helps somehow. I have a lot of joy in combining the things that really keeps me going and my knitting. 

I hope you are ok and that you find hope in all the madness in the world. 

The Stich Story
Yarn: Rauma 3-tråds strikkegarn
Needles: 3.5mm
Pattern: Ticker Tape
My Ravelry Page: Sum Of All Things

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Had To Try This

Sometimes yarn is speaking to me from my stash: Knit me, Knit me, Knit me. This may qualify as some kind of diagnosis but since we are not allowed to see people, yarn can be a good substitute for a hug and a conversation. LOL!!!

Anyway, I have all this Kauni rainbow lace lying around. And some orange mohair, which also started talking, so I ended up pairing the two. After all, I was a litte afraid of them starting a choir and make all the other skeins join them. That would have been ear damaging and possible hearing on the moon. Yes, I have a considerable amount of stash.

So, I joined these two and it was a fun knit. To see the rainbow yarn blend with the orange mohair was like stripe knitting in another way.

I end up giving the scarf away. I really like it but will never wear it. After all, I have some scarves from before.

Hope you are well and find some people or yarn to talk to.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Kauni Lace, Ice yarn mohair
Needles: 3mm
Pattern: Århus
My Ravelry Page: Rainbow And Orange

Monday, 13 April 2020

Hattiness Through Easter

Excellent pattern for stranded knitting and a colorful hat. The turquoise was the first.
Nothing is more soothing than wool and needles. I joined a knit along during easter and knitted a hat i was really happy about. So, why stop at one hat? I ended up with three of them. One is for my sister in purple.

It was such a great knit. Not too small, not to big and enough concentration to keep my mind of things in the world.

I enjoyed knitting them soo much. And they are so warming and great to wear.

I loved the pattern for it. I could combine the colors I love the most in a pattern that made them a perfect match.

The pattern is free and is designed for Shetland Wool Week this year in september. I dream of going there.

All hats are of course knitted in Rauma Finull Pt2. All from my stash.

I am not sure if I am finished knitting these hats. I may have some scarves or shawls that could have a matching hat.

It is so important to do things that gives joy, rest and hope. Especially now when everything is so hard on so many people. Maybe someone deserves a hat, a phone call, a chocolate or a text.

In this country there are over one million people that consider them selves lonely. We can all do something about that. Think about what a simple text, a phone call can do today.

Sometimes the worst place you can be is in your own head
For my sister - she loves purple.