Monday, 30 March 2015

Give Me Stripes

There is always room for one more stripy scarf or shawl.
Give them in thousands. Give them in colors. Give them to life. And knit them until there is no yarn left in the world.

Seems like I started on that task a while ago. Stripes, stripes and more stripes. I cannot get enough of them.

Some of my collection of color experiments - also called scarves
The more colored the better. I have no idea why stripe knitting is so much fun to me.

It just is. Stripes gives me the room I need to experiment with colors and even wear them after I have done it.

No swatch knitting, no wasted stitches on small patches to try something out.

Stripes is just what it is. Plain and simple. And yet they make a great statement and gives a color boost to anyone who wears them in bright colors.

Anyway, I just wanted to make another striped scarf and went for the ever returning pattern of mine, Lifelines.

I chose orange and red in wider stripes and turquoise and blue-green for smaller stripes. Really fun to knit. Just one more row. And another. And another.

I increased until 130 stitches and are now over half done. This is going to be a blessed easter. Where the stripes brighten up my days and keep my love for knitting just where it should be: In my heart.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull and Pt2
Needle: 2.5mm
Pattern: Lifelines
My Ravelry Page: Alive And Knitting

A lot of stripes made into scarves just to see how the colors would look like together.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Killing Me Softly

 This is the nearest I can come to a knitted weapon. Allthough my weapons tend to be knitting needles and pins. This design has the name Red Katana. The samurais used swords called katana as their weapons.

Still, to knit this was a fight. Since I used another yarn I had to knit a lot of repeats of the sections - and I got bored. Yes, bored with garter stitch in stripes... Anything is possible in the woolly world.

Anyway - the scarf was found on the bottom of my projects box. Just lying there calling for attention.

And noone can stand that loud calling from a projects box. To make it silent I started knitting again. And it actually gave joy again.

I am so pleased with it. Just in the length I wanted, and just as colored as usual. I really like the shape and the way the design use the two colors. It gives a visuel impression that surprises me.

There is always a reason why I start projects. And I must say that it mostly is because I feel that joy inside.

This little playful girl just jumping up and down. My scarf started and ended that way. What lies in between is almost never important.

And, I could think of knitting one more in some other colors. A good thing cannot be repeated too often.

This is the real secret of life - to be completely engaged with what you 
are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work realizse it is play.
Alan W. Watts

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull, Rauma pt2 (total 285g used)
Needles: 2.5mm
Size: 215 x 57cm
Pattern: Red Katana
My Ravelry Page: Killing Me Softly

Sunday, 8 March 2015

The Stitch Bird

Knitting gadgets are some really fun assesories when you are totally woollen. I love the ones I make myself. So much fun to make them and get those colors out. This time I made stitch markers for a friends birthday.

They are made in polymer clay, antiqued with acrylic paint and covered with floor polish.

Yes, there are some really small but significant details that always go into polymer clay.

The large bird keep the markers together. On one side I have stamped my friends name to make it more personal.

I loved making them so much. I hope they will make my friend smile.

Happy birthday my dear friend.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Am I Getting Over It?

Well, I have had the urge but not done it. I have thought about yarn combinations and colors but not done it. Am I getting over my garter shawl addiction?

I have no idea, actually. I just know that saying never is a fairly stupid thing when you get older. You simply know that it will never hold up..

Anyway, I just wanted to get it all out there in blog land. These two shawl are knitted a while ago. The turquoise one was a real hit.

I just love the outcome of the colors and they suit me if I may say so. I used Kauni effektgarn for it.

And some bright turquoise kid mohair I found online called Ice yarn. Not an easy color to come by so when I found just the one I went for it.

I loved the color but the quality is rather not preferable.

It feels a bit synthetic, but paired with Kauni that feeling dissapear and leave the shawl soft and lovely.

The other purple shawl is knitted in Holst supersoft and plum mohair. Just to try out some purple and I soon found out that a touch of orange was just what I needed.

They are both that mindless knit casting on three stitches and increase a stitch every other row. I have fallen in love with swarovski faceted beads and tassels. That gives the shawl the extra bling without being too much.

So, there we have it. Six garter shawls done. Should I go for more??

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