Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Woolly Easter

It is said that all norwegian travel to the mountains to go skiing during easter. Well, that is a lie told every year - under ten percent does that. The rest of us are knitting. LOL!

Since I do not like skiing, and prefer knitting, I just as well started a new scarf. I had this Kauni yarn just lying there screaming to be used. I should have overheard it. But I did not.

I tried out another project but encountered problems increasing stitched at the end of a row. As the temper also reached the end of the row I capitulated and went for the easy solution: The Hitchhiker. I have knitted one earlier - have a look at how it turns out.

And this is the great thing - I do not have to stand waiting for a car. This is about hitchhiking with needles and a rainbow. The yarn will change colors and end up in a rainbow. I just had to add a stripe in it. I could easily get bored if I did not.

So, here we are. Me knitting a hitchhiker again when the rest of the country is skiing in the mountains.

Happy easter every one - and stay safe. And most of all: Enjoy doing things you absolutely love doing.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Kauni effektgarn
Needles: 2.5mm
Pattern: Hitchhiker
My Ravelry Page: Hitchhiking To A Rainbow

Monday, 25 March 2013

Woolly In The Wind

Not easy photographing in this ice cold wind we are having. But as long as I can not find anything else to complain about I think I am fine.

Anyway, this is about the new scarf all knitted in the round from a mittens pattern and with Kauni effektgarn. The genius thing about this yarn is that there are no color changes other than the ones given by the yarn.

I knitted one end as the decreases for the mittens.

I should of course have done that with the other  - but I often start knitting and things are made as I go. Or knit...

The long color changes makes it perfect for stranded knitting. One skein used as background color and one for the pattern color.

They both change colors all the time - and thats what gives all the color changes. Color knitting for the lazy - or should I say the crazy?

After all knitted with 2mm needles and for as long as 2.4m - it is more crazy than lazy.

I like the outcome. But I am really not sure if it is colorful enough for my taste. Kauni is extremely photogenic and looks more bright and colorful in photos than in real life.

I am not happy about that the orange and green takes up so much of the scarf.

And especially in both ends and in front of my face. But it was a fun knit and a great example for the lecture I gave about knitting with colors.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Kauni effektgarn (rainbow)
Needles: 2mm
Pattern: From the mittens pattern Fiddlehead
Size: 245 x 15cm
My Ravelry Page: Fiddlehead Scarf

Monday, 18 March 2013

Knitting My Heart Out

It has been such an event to publish my pattern on Ravelry. As of now there is 720 unique downloads of the pattern and 819 in total. That was way over what I expected. And what a way to start the week - to see that number on the screen. I have had so many lovely comments from all over the world.

I just wanted to say thank you for your encouragements on my last post. You really make blogging an adventure. If you have not yet seen my pattern you can find it here.

I wish you all a week of knitted hearts. With a big hug from me ♡

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

My First Design

Bright colors, hearts and a lot of stitches. My first design is finished. It is a strange feeling to have done it. And I am overwhelmed with all the comments on Ravelry. It is a little part of me and my creating.

The design is the first finished colorful project I made some years ago. But it really took some time to get the pattern ready. And I am surprised about all the time it takes to write a pattern. And this is only a scarf.

I give you tips about colors. And I tell you how to get a jogless pattern. Not to mention about spit splicing to avoid all those ends to weave in. The pattern is in norwegian and english.

Over 400 has already downloaded the pattern. I am so excited about this. And I feel blessed to being able to share my love for knitting in colors. The best things in life are free - or they should be! My design is free for you to download.

The scarf in the pattern is knitted in the norwegian yarn Rauma Finull and Pt2, but any fingering yarn will do. This is all about the complementary colors.

If you are on Ravelry you can read about and download the pattern here.

If you are not on Ravelry you can download the pattern here.

Enjoy - and please let me know what you think.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Instant Color Boost

This is like instant coffee. But do not add boiling water. Just add some knitting needles, a mitten pattern and a little time. Color knitting for the lazy is sometimes just perfect. Two skeins of Kauni rainbow yarn and that is it. No diving into stash - that can take some time... And no thinking of which color to use when.

First rainbow project with this yarn. For a perfect color change I would prefer changing the colors my self, but this is really nice. The colors works together all though they do not give that complementary effect I love so much.

Actually, this scarf is an excellent excuse to start a new tube scarf. I love knitting them so much - and the more pattern the merrier.

I am giving a lecture about using colors in knitting and this is an example to show that you do not have to even bother the brain with color wheels, swatch knitting and searching your stash. Simply take two skeins of Kauni and you have a colorful garment to all the grey, black and beige we are told to knit in.

I found a lovely mittens pattern on Ravelry and it works so well in the scarf. And the best is that it is so much fun to see the colors coming out of the skeins. It changes all the time and I have no control over it.
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn´t  say any other way
- things I had no words for
Georgia O´Keeffe

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Kauni effect yarn
Needles: 2mm
My Ravelry Page: Fiddlehead Scarf

Friday, 8 March 2013

And The Winners Are

Thank you all so very much for your comments on my giveaway. It means so much! To draw winners I printed out all the comments, folded them, and divided them in greens and purples. Then a winner from each color was drawn.

The green sea urchin goes to Stacy over at Magic Love Crow. She has been with my blog for a long time and I am very happy she won. She has a remarkable story. After nearly passing away she decided to start painting. You can see the result in her blog. A lot of crows has been painted in the most creative ways. She also sells her art. Pay her a visit to see what she is up to.

The purple sea urchin goes to Anne. She has a norwegian blog I love to read. She is an excellent writer and she tells about her knitting in the most entertaining way. Anne is a motivator and she inspires my knitting. And what is most fun about this gift - she has her birthday today. Go visit her blog and enjoy.

Thank you all again for participating in my giveaway.
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