Thursday, 26 September 2019

How Many Blessing Do You Have?

I think most people would be surprised by how many blessing they have in their life. 

I mean, even if everything is bad there are always something to bring a sun beam into it. If you meassure your life from what others have, their social media shining wonderful self and the constantly demand on being perfect you may think that you have nothing. 

Well, it is all about how we see things. And believe me - most of what we show online is facade.

It may seem perfect, but do you know anyone who is perfect? I have not found anyone yet...

Anyway, I have started counting my blessing every day. And there are a lot. They are not postable in social media.

No climing mountains, achiving large things in work life, being rich or being popular. But they are there with all the light, hope and love.

One of my blessing is that I am able to knit. To transform thread into colorful creations that gives me so much joy wearing.

And they even keep me and others warm from it.

This scarf is one of them. I have knitted another with the same text before.

But I wanted one in my favorite colors. The pattern for the scarf is genius. You simply cast on 36 stitches and knit whatever text or number you want.

I have knitted the Lords blessing yet again. I do not think I can get enough of them... A knitted blessing is 4.5 meters long. I knitted 1.198 rows and 116 letters. It is so much fun to see the scarf grow word for word. Blessing for blessing.

So, will you join me in counting your blessings every day? See life in another way? See what you really have in your daily life and be happy about it? Even the smallest thing matters - at least to me.

Better to lose count while naming your blessings 
than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles
Maltbie Davenport Babrock

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull Pt2
Needles: 2.75mm (magic loop)
My Ravelry Page: Counting Blessings
Pattern: Ticker Tape

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Give Me Stripes

Give me knitting needles, yarn and stripes and the world comes in balance. Or something like that... What is it about stripe knitting that just draw me to it? It is fun to knit, makes a colorful statement and there is some childish joy in it.

And if life is hard stripes ease it up. Just one stripe at the time, one step at the time and just keep those stitches count as blessings in a storm.

This is some rare occasion when I have used white. I normally use it very little unless I need some kind of effect as in this really special scarf.

White is the color that will always dominate, take all the attention and remove balance.

But, I used it anyway this time and I am thrilled about the result.

This is a fun scarf. At least I think so. Really nice to wear and warm. Autumn is coming soon.

Of course, it is knitted in my favourite Rauma Finull Pt2. My design Colorize was just perfect for the color combination.

I got the photos taken on my trip to town to cast my vote in this autumns election. Really important to vote, to knit and stay warm....

Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart
The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull Pt2
Needles: 3mm
Pattern: Colorize
My Ravelry Page: Red White Blue

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Can Stash Make You Shine?

Stashed yarn is treasure of possibilities. I have had this mohair and sequins yarn laying around for years. I bought it on sale and it ended up in a box. Like so much yarn does...

I also had a lot of turquoise Finull lying around so I found out it was time to let these two get friends on some needles.

The shawl Århus is so much fun to knit, to wear and to let shine with sequins.

Two rows repeating all the way is simply perfect. I really love the shape on this design. It makes a great shawl if knitted large enough.

And I love it as a scarf since it does not get too big around my neck.

Also, never underestimate a pompom - they can make a huge difference.

I had different colors of turquoise and a green leftover I blended in.

I think it worked just fine. I knitted a lot on it on a retreat I attended.

It was fantastic. Quietness, bird song and the only sound was the needles clicking softly.

And I must admit - there are a lot of those scarves going on here. Different colors and a lot of sequins. More about that later...

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rowan Kid Silk Haze Glamour, Rauma Finull
Needles: 5mm
Pattern: Århus
My Ravelry Page: Stashy Glitter

Those who can´t handle your shine better invest in some shades

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Knitting While Cycling

Perfect knitting for Tour de France.
I knit. Others are cycling. That is the deal each summer when Tour de France takes over with so much excitement that it is nearly too hard to watch.

Stitch marker to match :-)
Every year I knit while watching cyclists doing something that seems impossible.

This year I knit a new scarf, Red Katana. In fact this is a repeat from one I knitted during another Tour de France. It got too big - I just want one more wearable.

Garter stitch, simple striping and spit splicing is the perfect combination while watching the Tour.

Also, I have started a new Ticker Tape with another blessing. I love those colors and it goes with whatever I wear. So, a new very long scarf.

You can see the first one here. I mostly knit on it while there are flat stages. After all, one has to be able to both knit and watch.

And stranded knitting is more for listening, watch and concentrate on the pattern.

Both scarves are knitted in Rauma Finull. Not any surprise - that is my go to yarn. Or should I say - cycling to yarn? LOL!!

Not sure if I manage to finish any of these during the race. But hey, does it matter? I just finish it when I can. I enjoy the summer I have. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Enjoy your own life whithout comparing with that of another
Oh, some meters left of this scarf. One letter at the time. Simply enjoying this a lot. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Wearing A Seahorse

Bumblebees: Looking at  all the bumblebees... 
Not all sweaters I have knitted have been used as much as the one with the seahorse. A lot of them ended in a charity shop. Mostly because the size was wrong and the fit looked more like a box.

Original pattern
In 1992 a norwegian magazine published the pattern.

I bought the magazine only for the pattern and kept it for years.

When I finally knitted the sweater it was 2010... Sizes were a bit different in the nineties - this is size medium.

That would have been something huge large today.

Anyway, I finally got around taking photos of the sweater while wearing it. A sunny yet cold day was just perfect.

The sweater is knitted from Rauma Finull. The origianlly horse in the pattern was replaced with Tori Seierstads seahorse from her mittens pattern. It suited just perfect.

The fact that my knitting is very limited today makes me appreciate the sweater even more. Strange how we appreciate things more when something is lost.

And the fun part is that new knitting patterns have that same oversized look that was popular in the nineties. So in a way I am modern - or something like that. LOL!!

A short walk in the fine weather. You can see the scarf here.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull 
Needles: 2.5mm
My Ravelry Page: Horse from the sea
Pattern: Designer Birte Aartun, published pattern in norwegian magazine KK

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Floating In Green

Sometimes life gives so many trials that it seems impossible to get through. This scarf is called Hope Floats. Green is said to be the color of hope. I knitted this in a time when I just needed hope to get through a really rough time.

I will not say knitting is a cure, but it certainly helps to just keep knitting and hoping. It is something beautiful, something soft and something creative that is beyond those bad days that never seemed to end. Although they normally do - which they did this time too.

I decided to knit a green scarf with pom poms and chose to use gradients. Gradients gives a lot of life to knitted garments.

Three colors of green Rauma Finull and green Plum mohair to go with them.

It is just that wonderful combination I surely can not stop using.

I always spit splice when I knit stripes. The edge looks so much better, and there are no more than a few ends to fasten.

I have had a struggle with finding proper thread for my pom poms.

I use a pom pom maker and when I cut the pom poms I need a strong thread to hold them together.

Not a single thread I have tried endured the tightening when the pom pom is finished. They all broke.

I have even bought expensive french linen thread in fancy small boxes that should hold up.

Well, it did not. Thankfully I found thread that is normally used for mending fishing nets. Even had it at home. That thread is impossible to tear. It holds so well. Will never use any other thread for my pom poms. And it is even cheap.

I got through. I knitted a scarf. Sometimes good things can come out of bad days. Remember that.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull, Rauma Plum mohair
Needles: 5mm
My Ravelry Page: Hope Floats
Pattern: Happy Pom Pom Shawl

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope
Martin Luther King jr

Wind and fog: Not easy to get the scarf ready in a lot of wind, rain and fog...

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Knitting Completed: 1198 Rows And 29 Words

Yes. That is about it. The Ticker Tape is done and it was so much fun knitting it. Everyone says that it seems like a huge effort to put in a scarf. But there are only 38 stitches in one row - that is not much.

As you can read in my previous post about The Ticker Tape the scarf is knitted letter by letter.

I actually thought it would be shorter, but ended up with 4.53 meters. Actually just as I wanted it.

I just knitted and knitted word for word. I just love wearing this.

But I must say: Why did I not knit this in turquoise which is my favorite color? Have no idea. Maybe I could knit another one in that color?

After all, I have the whole pattern ready in Excel. I thought it would take a long time to make the pattern, but copy and paste is easy and so was the making.

I found it easier to knit from a pattern than to find each letter for the words in the pattern.

I could have knitted wrong - and spelling mistakes was not an option...

The scarf must have made it to our local newspaper because I ended up in Lindesnes with the it. Not a lot of people have knitted the Lords blessing I assume... LOL!

So here is the fun facts about the scarf:
  • 4.53 meters
  • 29 words
  • 116 letters
  • 10 numbers
  • 1198 rows
  • 43.128 stitches
  • 4 x !
  • 1 fish
  • 29 word spaces
    How do you get photos of something so long??? 
I used three skeins of each color from Rauma Finull. Proper norwegian wool to keep me warm. 

You can check out the project and find the pattern for your own Ticker Tape on Ravelry. The pattern comes with letters and numbers so you can knit something that is just your own. 

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