Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Straighforward

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Some years ago I always had a sock on the needles. At that time I used to have about three parallel projects and one of those was socks. But at sometime I started to knit more and more 1 item at a time and socks kind of disappeared from what I knitted. On the on the one hand, the socks I knitted were appreciated, by big daughter, husband and myself (smaller daughter wore them but was never a huge fan), but as I do like to knit sweaters more, once I knitted one item at a time, they got the lowest priority. Now most of the socks I knitted got holes and I am really not very good with repairing holes in socks…so most of them had their natural lifetime and that was that...

I do however still have a considerable sock-yarn stash. I have delved into that for shawl knitting, but not really for sock knitting. And then some weeks ago at a local lys in Malmö, I spotted some Zauberball Crazy and just had to buy it. And for once I put sock knitting back on my things to make. So some simple, but nice socks…and as I remembered excellent for commute knitting…..

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Warm and Comfy

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It doesn’t happen that much, but I knitted something out of season….  But to counter I made it big and it will be all right for some winters to come. And on a rainy spring morning it still is warm and comfy…..

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Experimenting

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Earlier this year, I made M a small dress using Barbara Walker’s continuos set-in sleeve approach and it was clear to me that I needed to experiment even more with this approach. It is a bit fiddly to start with as you basically knit the shoulder shaping first in bits and pieces using short rows and picking up stitches, but once the shoulders are in place and stitches are picked up for the top of the sleeve cap, the sleeve are knitted continuos with the main body. I like this more then the contiguous method which has come about the last couple of years ago, as there the shoulder shaping is very steep and the sleeve caps can be very pointy. I come from a family with “swimmer” shoulders, straight and square, and just like raglan not being my best friend, contiguous isn’t either. I think it works really well with a saddle shoulder but not so well otherwise. I think what I mean can be best seen from the two projects below

A little frill

Contiguous, too pointy for my taste….

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Contiguous, saddle approach, nice shoulder….

 

So now continuous does have the disadvantage that there are a quite a number of threads that need to be weaved in as the shoulders are knitted in bits and pieces, but after that, it works really nice and neat. I do like the short row approach for set-in sleeves, but I do think that for patterns, in this case stripes, this method is really very very neat….

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And the yarn, it is Quince & Co Owl tweet, a rustic wool-alpaca blend. Way  too warm for spring knitting, but oh so comfy for just any time of the year knitting….

 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Just a note

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I have been busy the last couple of weeks, so not much time for writing here or actually even my knitting has been slow. Not that I have not been knitting, just not the normal amount I use to do. Work mainly and it looks like that it will remain like that the rest of the year. I am not complaining, really, I like my job. It brings me in contact with many different people and what I do is also really different from day to day. My team is quite nice and we are working on a very exciting project, but yes the downside can be that I need to prioritise what else I do. So writing here comes quite down the list, so it might be a bit quiet the next couple of months. I will try but I won’t promise...

 

The cardigan I am knitting now is the Raindrop Cardigan, the wool is from stash. I bought it on a very hot day 3 years ago. Not here, but in Bendigo, Australia. Knitting with Stash and remembering where one bought it can bring back good memories… So a cardigan for colder days, from a very hot place in summer will be kind of nice…. It is good sturdy wool, the kind that will keep quite well I hope...

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Spring is in the air....

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Most years there is that one day when one realises, winter is over… spring is here. Today is that day here, ok it is still early spring, but crocuses and the hazel bush are flowering, birds are chirping, the grass is growing and the sun is there being a thin haze of clouds. Now this winter wasn’t a long and cold one, we had a bit of cold, but it was grey, stormy and rainy and it feels quiet now, calm and mild, nice in other words.

So a good day for some pictures on the dress that M had in her head…colours blue and a bit of green, spring colours….

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I used Barbara Walkers simultaneous set-in sleeve method, and it worked like a dream. So yes I will use this method again for other designs. The beginning is a bit fiddly, as one has to knit small bits, cut yarn of here and there, but then once it all comes together, it works really well. I tried to mimic a flat knitted sleeve, so my increases on the sleeve are every row in the beginning, every second row for a bit, one or two every fourth row, a bit every second row. I am happy I choose these set-in sleeves and not the raglan as I played with in my head when I was planning this dress, since I now have mastered something new...

We wil probably go for a walk in the afternoon, so let’s go out and enjoy the end of winter…. (even though, being in Sweden, it always can make a return, even as late as April….).

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ideas and such

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During the sales M got a nice dress in different colours and she loves that dress. Has been wearing it a dozen times already and she is convinced I can make one in wool… ok….. According to her, it has to be a simple A-line (easy peasy), long sleeved and going from dark blue to dark green…… It can be done, of course, so on the hunt for a nice yarn from dark blue to dark green. It also had to be soft wool (shetland was considered just slightly too scratchy for a dress), in the end we choose O-wool classic 2-ply. The colours are indigo, cornflower, sky, robin’s egg, natural, willow and wheatgress.

it is indeed lovely soft wool and I think it will work nicely. What I am still considering is how to knit it…. top down with simultaneous set-in sleeves as in Barbara Walker’s book, from the bottom up, splitting the front and back, sleeves knitted flat…. batwings and not really long sleeves, a henley type opening, a boat-neck, a little split in the back neck and a high round neckline…. Still much to think about before I will start, but I am looking forward and sketching, which is nice too...

What shetland is good for is mittens. D needs mittens (even though the winter has taken a break and it is unseasonal warm again), I wanted to play a bit with patterning, so ZigZag mittens are being knit. The first one is knitted, the hand is fine, but I am not so happy with the thumb, so I am tinkering and knitting the second one slightly different. If that works out I will make another pair and make it into a pattern. The main thing was to make the scheme and I have done that, so why not release it too, as a free pattern that is….

 

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

It is difficult to pose when....

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One thing about cats is that they are excellent scene stealers…. I just wanted to get some photos of the miles and miles of stockinette that I just finished and they came and made life difficult...

But I waited, and one other thing about cats is, that they can lose interest real quick…. so at least one good picture. S is  bit under the weather (as many people in my surroundings) so a warm long cardigan will be good...

We are watching Fringe again (one of my favourite series) and S remarked that this is a cardigan that Walter could be wearing. And yes it is that kind of colour. When I was seaming the odds and bits (not that many since it is in one piece and top-down sleeves with short rows) I was thinking that this sweater was one on which you put elbow patches to make it even more “academic”. Something about that colour and that wool that makes me thinking of that… It is very cosy and very understated and I think quite so versatile in the end.

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