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...

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