Sunday, 11 June 2017

Salt Shaker In A Necklace


An old salt shaker made into a necklace? Yes, it is possible. And I did just that. I made a salt shaker necklace some years ago. The shakers were found on Etsy then. I made only one but recently I came over this wonderful inspiration on Pinterest. Betsy from the blog My Salvaged Treasures told how she made her salt shaker necklaces.

One of my favorite verses is put inside the salt shaker.
I had all I needed. A salt shaker in sterling silver, silver wire and beads.

The shaker is actually marked with VL. It is made by Vincent Lollo in Brooklyn New York, probably in the 1950s.

I love this salt shaker. It is rare and the shape is made for a necklace.

I made a hole in the top and in the bottom so I could get the wire in for making loops.

I used a swarovski crystal, a glass bead and fresh water pearl along with some beads in sterling silver.

Inside the shaker I put one of my favorite verses. I really love this necklace. It is kind of personal and it also holds a secret story about the maker and those who have used it for salt. I wish I knew all those stories.

There must be something strangely sacred about salt 
It is in our tears and in the sea
Khalil Gibran
The shaker before working on it. A good polish made it shine.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Seemed Like A Good Idea

Purple and orange are a pair of winners. And even green with the two makes a nice scarf. I actually like this - but I have never used it. The explanation could be that I have knitted something like 60 scarves in the last years. Oh dear, some numbers makes me chocked... LOL!

Anyway, I wanted to knit a scarf with secondary colors from the color wheel.

They are often forgotten and not much used together. The harmony is there.

And it is really fun to work in colors that are normally not used in the same fabric.

The colors are great together apart from the altering stripes at the end where all three try to dance together.

Not really ending well. Still, it does not have an impact on the whole scarf so I let it pass.

I think I will try and find someone who will look good in this. It should be an interesting task. This is the last from my design Colorized.

Putting colors that normally do not live side by side - that must be the thing. Right now I knit in orange and green. Need I say more? What two colors have you knitted in - that others normally do not see together?

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

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull, Kauni
Needles: 2.5mm
My Ravelry Page: Secondary Colorize
Pattern: Colorize



Thursday, 4 May 2017

I Really Love It

Sometimes there are color combinations that simply is better than best. These three darlings are that kind. One of them, if you see it in a yarn store, does not look good at all. I have never liked it actually.

But put together with a green and a magenta - it simply shines.

I have no idea what that color is called - it may be green. But it also looks a little green with turqouise.

Just like in life - you may feel like an outsider. But together with the right people you shine.

Never go for second best - always go for the colors you like in both knitting and life.

Enough of that. The scarf is knitted from my latest design Colorize.

It is of course my favorite yarn, Rauma finull again.

As long as there are over 100 colors to choose from I simply have enough to feed my inspiration.

Well, I have knitted four scarves from my pattern. I have knitted myself out of color combinations I would like to try out. At least for the time being. How can I go wrong with stripes, colors and rings?

It is better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction
Diane Grant


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Ring A Sheep


Well, not phone a sheep. Although it could be an interesting conversation about wool. Sheep are after all the biggest provider of a knitters joy.

Enough of that. I have knitted another scarf from my design Colorize.

I simply had to pair these colors. I may have done that before and forgotten all about it. LOL!!!

Anyway I really enjoy these two particular turqouise colors.

I can be quite picky about what color I use. If it is not excactly what I want I find other combinations.

The darkest turquoise is pt2 and Rauma.

I cannot find that one anywhere else. Totally love it. The other two colors are Finull, also from Rauma.

Well, it did not take long to knit. But it took some time to get those photos taken. Not my favorite thing.

I am very happy about how this came out. I am wearing my first Colorize a lot.

If you would like to knit your own - check out my free pattern here.

Behind every great knitter there is a huge pile of yarn
Unknown





Monday, 20 March 2017

Button Mad

A combination of wood, plastic, glass and a tiny bell.
Never stop doing anything that makes you happy - even if it is eating chocolate... LOL! 

I would have a lot of closet space and empty room if I was not creative. But then again, the creative source is a blessing in my life. It is in fact, life. I am so blessed to have my creativity. I just hope it also gives something to people around me.

Buttons, pearls and a button stack. Live - and stay creative.
Anyway - nothing much to say about this. I love picking out the buttons from their piles and find accessories that match. There are so many buttons out there and so little time... These markers are light and great if you need to add a lot of them to your knitting. 

I will make a lot of the button markers - just because I can and because I get that happy feeling deep inside.

Have a creative day - and I hope you find your joy in what you do.

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul
Elder Uchtdorf


Monday, 13 March 2017

On The Button

Buttons from assorted color lots I bought long ago.
I have never had a thing for buttons. I suddenly realized that I should. Then I would have loads of buttons to spread all over the floor to find pairs for stitch markers.

Stacked buttons with letter beads.
It seems I have been foreseen in some way. Years ago I bought some boxes of buttons in bright colors.

I thought they might come in handy some day. Well, they did not. Until now.

I found the colors I wanted and the sizes to go with them. And what fun this has been.

I had all the other accessories in my studio. This is a great way to use all those lonely buttons lying around not getting anywhere.

Can you say that about buttons? Getting nowhere? Really, am I getting a little overexcited about this new inspiration?

I used the idiom button up on the marker for the beginning of a row.

It shold be a reminder to not be one of those who go online and spread bad wipes about other people or whatever - there is simply too much of that.

Anyway, I will make more of these. Too much fun to not doing just that :-)

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes
Mark Twain
This is so much fun - and I had everything I needed in my studio.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Yummy Yarn


Finally. A sweater is done. I had the yarn lying in the back of the closet. It was supposed to be a jacket which I started on years ago.

I had to unravel as it got way too big. And the yarn was stashed.

Until I saw this sweater. Totally lovely pattern for that yarn.

After I had washed it I could hardly believe it.

The yarn is extremely soft, light and yet so warm and nice to wear. I am in love.

Simply have to knit something else in it. And the yarn? It is the icelandic Lettlopi. If you love wool yarn you will love this yarn.

The sweater has a shaped hem originally. I dropped that as I think it will "stick out" in the front and will not keep me that warm.

So I simply knitted and knitted until I got the length I wanted adding stitches on the side.

The sweater has a perfect fit with the raglan shaping. A great pattern. I like the collar too - as I need to stay warm. This way it is scarf and sweater in one.

I normally knit with round needles. The sweater is knitted in cubics from KnitPro. I loved knitting with them. For thicker yarn and needles they were much better than the round needles. At least for my knitting.

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Istex Lettlopi
Needles: 4mm, 4.5mm
My Ravelry Page: Blue Cloud
Pattern: Happy Cloud

Hope can see the heaven trough the thickest clouds
Thomas Brooks

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Quiet Fish

Silence is about to become a luxury. There are all kinds of noise around us: Noise itself, sosial media, media in general and you can probably come up with a long list.

Our minds do not rest, our bodies become stressed and to be still is so uncommon that something must be wrong with us if we are not checking something on our phones if we are on a train, waiting for the dentist or whatever.

Is it time to give our minds and bodies a litte freetime from all that demanding noise that do not get us anywhere?

Well, I made this polymer clay pendant to remind me just that. My claying have become a little rusty. That is what happens if you do not clay and stop developing.

But that is life. In addition I had a hard time with the clay getting too soft. Clay brands are not amongst the things one can get easily here. So I am stucked with Fimo soft - and it is too soft for the most of what I would like to make.

That being said, I love claying when I can manage. I have always loved creating in polymer clay. No matter the outcome.

Being still and doing nothing is two completely different things
Jackie Chan



Sunday, 5 February 2017

Keen On Green

When you try to find the right green color for a project you can search for days. For some reason green is not only green.

The variations between yarn companies and their take on green is quite varied.

In fact there are some green colors missing totally.

For example I really do miss a hue yellow green that is a complementary color to magenta.

No where to be found in wool - I do not use merino in my garments.

Anyway - this is a Red Katana scarf with two green colors that really match. Of couse, I used Rauma Finull again.

After all they have 102 colors to choose from.

Well, the scarf have been finished for a while but it sure took time to get the photos taken.

I do love this scarf design. Great fun to knit, it has a kind off graphic look and so nice to wear.

And I have to admit, this is my seventh... One of them were a gift though.

Our attitude is the crayon that colors our world
Allen Klein

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull
Needles: 2.5mm
My Ravelry Page: Sea Green
Pattern: Red Katana

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Pink Sunday With Dots

Pink has finally found its place among the accepted colors. Due to protests all over the world and the fact that protesters was wearing pink hats - pink has become a legal color for those of us who have passed the age of five... LOL!

Pink looks good on so many people. Unfortunately it is often talked about as girly and in other negative terms. 

Well, I will take back pink no matter who says what. 

I have newly found that pink is lovely paired with red and green. 

The pattern is from my design Dot The I and it really needed to be colored up, if you ask me. 

I cast on 100 stitches which was enough to join the round on a 40cm circular needle.

It is of course knitted in finull. 

I made the pom pom with a pom pom maker - I could not have lived without it. 

The days with cardboard templates are gone. I used a little green on both sides and half is pink and the other half is red. I really like how the whole scarf came out. 

I love those colors and the total freshnes of them. What a joy to find new ways to combine colors. And what a freedom to wear them. 

Sometimes it is hard being a woman. Then I remember I can 
wear pink as much as I want, and I feel awesome again
Unknown

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Rauma Finull
Needles: 3mm for stranded pattern, 2.5mm for stripes
My Ravelry Page: Color Me Happy
Pattern: Dot The I

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Always Secondary

They are always in the shadow of the primaries. No matter what they do, they will never be standing next to the ones on the top. The primaries are simply more unique, and they are necessary for the secondaries to have life.

Yes, we are talking about the color wheel. The primaries (red, yellow and blue) are the root to every other color. They are the purest of colors. They rule the kingdom.

So, I thought I would give a little attention to those hidden secondaries. The forgotten, and still so important, bright and lovely colors.

Green and orange together.
When you use a triangle in the color wheel you will get three colors. You can read more about that here.

In this case I have picked out orange, purple and green for my project.

I have knitted with orange and green with great success before as you can see on the photo.

Two colors that not normally would have joined and created harmony.

And color harmony is the thing here. If you use secondary colors for a project you will get harmony in your color use. The color wheel is in fact the best tool ever for color inspiration and harmonisation of colors.

I cannot wait until my striping in purple and orange is done. I think my green yarn will make a lot of difference when it is added. I am knitting a new scarf from my recently published design, Colorize.

So, how to you use colors? Do you choose for comfort or do you try out different ones? Or is color just too complicated?

Turn your face to the sun and the shadow will fall behind you
Unknown
First i stripe knit in orange and purple. Then I add the green.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Check Out My New Design

I am really excited to finally have published a new design. I have had so much fun knitting in these colors and finding a way to get the scarf excactly as I wanted to.

Colorize is an asymmetric scarf in bright colors.

Half the scarf is knitted in two colors not far from each other in the color wheel. The other half in a complementary color to them.

In this scarf I used pink and red together and added green as the contrast.

I have knitted this in Rauma Finull, my favorite yarn. I love norwegian wool yarn. It is durable, and often has bright colors.

The garments keeps me warm, colorful and holds its shape. So no wonder I have designed another scarf in this yarn.

Now, if you would like the free pattern you head over to Ravelry and download it. There are more photos to see as well.

If you are not a member you can download the pattern here.

It is written in english and norwegian. I always write my patterns in english first.

Much easier as it is more exact and have alle these abbreviations one can dream of in norwegian.

Anyway, hope you like it. And I hope this inpires you to let all those gray and black colors rest for a while. You will look wonderful in color - trust me.

As we let our own light shine, we unconciously give 
other people permission to do the same
Nelson Mandela 

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Sun, Summer And Scarf

Not that wild in real life... LOL!!!
Well, not quite summer yet. But as the days get longer there are hope for it to come soon.

In the meantime I can use my new scarf.

This summer thinking comes from the Kauni yarn in orange and red - it is like a sunrise on a warm summer day.

I have had this darling turquoise Kauni yarn lying in my stash for some time. I had enough of it for a very long scarf.

I also found this other orange red Kauni yarn to pair with it.

I knew that I would run out of the sunrise (the yarn that is - LOL).

But no way I was going to buy a new skein. I call it a design element instead.

Anyway, I took some other orange and knitted my name and year of knitting it.

And added a knitted tag on the end with a button, also from stash.

I am actually very pleased with it. Kauni is kind of just the right thickness, not too thick and not too thin.

Sort of between Finull and Holst supersoft. I should use it more for scarves and shawls maybe.

And maybe I have a lot more in my stash. Yes, I do. I must find a project to use for it. Yes, I should. I have a lot of favorites on Ravelry. Must check them out.
Lone, your are talking to yourself - that is a very bad sign... LOL!!!

A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there
Unknown

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Kauni solid, Kauni effektgarn
Needles: 2.5mm
Pattern: Lifelines
My Ravelry Page: Sunshine And Turqoise

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy Knit Year

I Wish You All A Happy New Year
I appreciate everyone of you. Your comments means the world and the fact that my blog is still here is thanks to you. Now, lets take a look on the year of 2016.

This could have been a normal knit year. But nothing in life is normal, is it? My shoulders went on strike before the summer and I had to find another way to be creative. Thankfully I am much better and knitting is again the red thread in my creating.

Scarf Of The Year
When I saw the happy pom pom shawl I almost fell off the chair. LOL!! I had to knit it - but it was in Finnish. Google translater came up with a really strange pattern and I contacted the designer and got help. I have to admit - it took over. I have knitted six of them. The favorite must be the rainbow one.

Here are all the pom pom madness😊


Only Clothes Garment Of The Year
I had planned to knit a new sweater but I only managed to knit a tunic in Holst yarn. I am not that pleased with it. A strange fit and too short. I could easily do something about the length. But I think I would rather knit a new one in a color I like better. 

Diversion Of The Year
I have to be creative. So when knitting was out, stitchmarkers were in. I have great fun making them and finding all those charms for them. I mainly give them away as gifts or sell them to friends. They look good in a glass and I can make them very personal with words and charms. 

I have made a lot - I tend to overdo things and think I could use a million stitchmarkers or that others could need a hundred sets of them... LOL!! Here are some more of them.

I ended with a total use of about 18 kilometers yarn. I have knitted seven gifts for children. How many sets of stitch markers? I have no idea. All in all a very good creative year. 

Whatever happens to you, you can either see it 
as a curse and suffer it, or you can see it as a blessing and make use of it
Sadhguru





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