Wednesday, 30 November 2011

A Red Statement

Sometimes it takes just a little red stripe to make a statement. If you put on some tassels it´s even more powerful. I leave up to you to decide what that statement would be.

At least, I think it´s important to make statements. We tend to go in the same direction as every one else - to be sure not to be left out. If we were suppose to be the same - we would. But we are not - so why not go out there and be who we really are.

That´s some of the thoughts behind this shawl. I wanted a turquoise one with a contrasting color to lift it all up.

What would be better than red? I love this actually. It has that little spark and some courage to it.

It´s knitted in Rauma finull and I used four skeins of turquoise and a little red.

You can find a link for the pattern on Ravelry. The special stitches appear when you knit with interchangeable cables and use a 3.5mm and a 9mm needle.

After I finished it I used Soak before leaving it to dry in shape.

I´m really happy about it and it´s nice and warm. Oh, and it goes perfect with my red boots.

Simply make your own statement, just the way you want it. I promise that you´ll hear your heart sing.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Some Wool Over The Rainbow

I love rainbows. All those colors shining in a perfect shape over the sky. They amazes me every time I see them. I can try to knit some of the magic into my stitches - but it will not work.

But again, there are some yarns that promise you a rainbow as you knit. This is one of them.

The beginning of the shawl.
This shawl is so soft and warm. The shawl is knitted from a german pattern which I manage to translate into norwegian. It´s all one knit (knitted from the back loop) and one purl. Simple as that.

It´s knitted on two sizes of needles - that´s what gives the special stitches.

I used interchangeable neddles with one 3.5mm needle on the one end, and one 9mm needle on the other end of the cable.

Sounds really strange to knit with, but after a couple of rows you won´t notice.

For this project I used the yarn Crystal palace Mini mochi. What I didn´t think about was: As the shawl got wider the rainbow became more like stripes. But that´s fine - it´s so lovely to wear. And the colors are lovely.

So here is my shawl, my cat and my own personal rainbow. And as Rachel Houston said:

When you reduce life to black and white, you never see rainbows

Sunday, 20 November 2011

When It Was Summer

When I finished this Baktus scarf in august it was still summer. Oh, how I love that time of year. But again, if it haven´t been for the winter I would need to knit in cotton. So there´s an upside to anything.

I love wool and the feel of it. Soft, warm and it comes in all colors. I must be a yarn freak. My brain is about to be very woollen and I´m afraid to soon be saying baa instead of talking... LOL!

This Baktus is knitted in yarn from Mad Color Fiber and is called Deep blue sea. It´s a merino sock yarn and it´s so soft and lovely to wear.

And the colors are amazing. I knitted some large beads and they makes the scarf looking better wearing. It´s about two meters long.

I still have some yarn left from the two skeins and some of it became a seahorse.

Have a lovely sunday - and keep dreaming of summer, deep blue sea and sunshine.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Scarf In Two Days

It was smoking hot needles, some yarn from the stash and a lot of fun. I made this in two days with blocking, adding tassels and all. And I´m so happy about the outcome of this.

I had this Manos del Uruguay yarn in my stash and found out that I would make a Baktus scarf with it.

I chose a double moss stitch - a way of letting the yarn speak for itself. I couldn´t understand what it said...

If you are inspired to make one too you can click your way to Ravelry. It´s very easy - and the pattern is free. What could be better?

Since the spinning and the colors are different in all the skeins (of the same batch) the scarf has two color schemes.

I used two skeins, and changed when half the Baktus was done.

I found some glass beads, made tassels and that made the scarf looks very nice. The yarn is so soft and warm. It´s satisfying to make something that is finished so fast. I don´t know why, but to knit a Baktus that looks good in such a short time is sort of amazing to me. Did I really knit this?

I´ve often thought that all that is great should take huge amount of hours. But that´s not the case. One don´t have to struggle for a very long time just to find a voice. It´s there just as it is.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Rings And Things In Wool

So, the scarf is finally finished. And it´s really nice to put this yarn behind me, and the scarf around me. I ended up with a whole skein of greens and black that I took out. 100 grams right in the bin. Zauberball is not recommended! The color shifts happens because the yarn is varigated.

As I see the scarf finished I think it looks ok. But, a bit too dark. But the tassels makes it a little more colorful - so I´m wearing it with great pleasure.

After all it took a lot of hours and patience. And now I´m happy I didn´t frogged it.

That beeing said, it actually looks good and it has a nice warm feeling.

And a little halo makes it rather soft.

And a halo is alway a nice thing to wear - LOL!! Oh, and it´s visible...

I blocked it quite hard and that made the pattern look better.

I knitted my name on it as well as the year 2011. It is not that visible, but that´s just fine.

The scarf is 2.5 meter long and 12 cm wide. If you want to know more about this project you can read the story on Ravelry.

Let your halo glow - and have a light and lovely weekend!

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