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
Unknown
For my sister - she loves purple.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Overcoming Fear With A Hat

I did not wear hats. I did not knit hats. But that is about to change. It is all about the right pattern and the perfect colors.

It was actually very nice to wear my new hat in the cold weather we are having. So, I have converted to a hat wearer without limits. And in bright colors.

An easy pattern and it didn't take long to knit either. I really enjoyed it.

The colors match a shawl I knitted as well. So, I am really happy about my Shetland Wool Week hat.

In fact, I have started another one in bright colors. How I wish that I one day could attend that event.

I used only stash. And the colors are picked from a photo. At first I thought the hat was too big.

But it suits perfect without beeing too tight or anything. I like the baggy look on it as well.

It is a small project and then big enough to not get boring and the outcome is magical.

Just in time for easter, a storm that is coming and cold weather.

Knitting is such a wonderful diversion from totally negative news right now. I will do more of that: Knit more - cut out the news and live life as it is. Fear is taking over so many of us now. That is never positive in the long run.

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Knit Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull Pt2
Needles: 2.5 and 2.75mm
Pattern: Katie´s kep
My Ravelry Page: Mind Off things 

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Knit A Photo

 Is it possible to knit a photo? Or knit the colors from it? Yes, is the answer. I joined a knit along (KAL) for the Shetland Wool week hat. You find the free pattern here

All who participate upload a photo. Then all knitters chose someone elses photo and use colors found in that photo.

It is so much fun. I chose this wonderful photo with a boat in red and orange against a turquoise sky. Not really a surprising color choice - but I simply have to knit in the colors I love. I use Rauma Finull2 for the hat. I dropped a pattern repeat as this yarn is thicker than the original used.

What a fantastic idea. The KAL is hosted by Tori Seierstad on Facebook. I literally jumped out of Corona madness and into my yarn stash to find those colors. The hat is gorgeous and I can't stop knitting.

And what is even more fun - to see the hats of those who use my photo. Very exciting and excellent for keeping my mind on something knitting related in bright colors.

Overthinking is one of the biggest causes for unhappiness
Keep your mind off things that don´t help you think positive
Matt Mayberry
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