Friday, October 21, 2011

Japanese yarn bought from "Tante Grønn" in Denmark

Another result of the knitting festival is a "scarf" in silk/iron quality from Japan. I knitted it as told by the recipe, and you can bend, fold, strech it, so it shapes as you would like it to.
It was a bit like knitting with thread for a sewing machine...and I am not sure that I will ever use the resulting scarf, since I am not very good at "decorating" outfits.

Time will show.

My flower power jacket - extra part needed

Due to my recless way of felting my big project, I needed to make some wristwarmers for the Flower Power Jacket.
Luckily there were leftover yarns in amounts good enough for wrist warmers. (And for more small stuff).
I used the smaller flower parts of the patterns and the start of the jacket as pattern.
And I made them big so I could felt them.

I am happy with the result.

Wrist warmers

When we where in Denmark on the Knitting festival - I ended up buying loads of new knitting projects. One of them was wrist warmers made by wool from Yaks.
(Sorry - I am not joking - 50 grams of nicely spun, thin yarn from Yaks)
With the yarn there were a great pattern for Wrist warmers. So I knitted a pair as my travelling knitting project.
The result is:
They are just always keeping the right temperature. Never to warm or cold, in the office or outdoor.
Amasing quality.
Easy design.

So now I need to find out more about this yarn.

When I was done with mine, Sofie also wanted some.

I did not have more yarn (Well some, but not enough) so I used the same thin yarn as her socks were made of. And the result was satisfying.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Baby sweather with kittens

I really have "discovered" loads of Danish knitting designers the last year! This sweather from Isager I had to knit, even if I do not have a baby or a grand child. So the neighbour kid will get a sweather for sure.

I know I would like these kittens on some garment to my self...but not in this amount. I will need to work out a good idea here.

Sofie will for sure love these on a sweather, but the whole sweather? Not sure.

For a small child on a small sweather, I think it is nice.

The pattern was a bit difficult to knit, I was not able to find a rythm in the pattern while knitting. I needed to count and keep counting.

Knit one below

I went to the Knitting festival in Fanø in September with two friends. We had great weather, good work shops and delicious foods. We meet great people and returned with loads of inspirations.

One workshop I went to was named Knit One Below and we learned a technique to knit with two colours, one colour at the time, creating columns of colours.

I tested this out at home with some leftover yarn from a pair of mittens I made.

So this is how it looked by my first trial.

I think these will become nice wrist warmers.

Sofie's new socks

My youngest daughter Sofie is just growing up to fast. Her wollen socks are getting to small. And she is already cold going out into the rain with her big rubber boots. SO then I have made a special pair for her in thin sock yarn that changes colour.

Since she is so long and slim, I chose to make a kind of rib-socks, but make them smooth under the foot.

The colour changing in this yarn was different from what I was used to - so I gave up creating two similar socks, but created them more on the basis "Same Same but Different"

Mittens - from Randi K. design

When it comes towards winter, I like to make sure that we are all well equiped and ready for the coming cold days. Mittens are useful, but easily misplaced. So this time, knitted in a not to traditional pattern and bright colours.

I do like the traditional Norwegian Mittens...but I do like variations in colour and patterns.

So I was happy to find Randi K. design. So now I have bought knitting recipes and knitted two pair of mittens. Pink and spring-green.

The green are for a friend moving over to Canada to enjoy the cold winter further east instead of here in Norway. I know they fit her - she tried them already.

My Flower Power jacket

I did finnish my FlowerPower Jacket. The process consisted of lots and lots of work, and an idea of how lovely it would be when i was done. And when I finally was done with all the parts - It was far to big for me :-( It did not look nice at all.

I brougth the big jacket with me to Stavanger "Strikk og Drikk" at Cardinal Pub and asked the experienced knitting ladies at the pub for advise.
Felt it by hand and with lot of care - they said.

I was told how to do this, and I tried, and I worked the jacket between cold and warm soapy water...for a long time, but nothing happened with the jacket except getting heavier and heavier with water. At the end my arms were aching and both me, the floor and everything surrounding us was wet. And I was really frustrated.

I ended up felting it in the washing machine! First time at 40 degrees - but the jacket seemed to have been vaccinated against felting in the process. Then I did it again on 50 degrees Celsius....and then it was to small!

I stretched it as best I could when it was wet - and the result was OK. And this jacket is what I wore in Denmark on Fanø Knitting festival in September.

My Basker

This summer in June I stumpled upon a recipe and yarn for a basker hat in a small knittingshop in Silkeborg in Denmark. I had to knit this version of a basker, so I baught the yarn and started one for myself.

It is knittet on knitting needles no 3, wollen yarn. The recipe can be found on Ravelry:

When I came home from vacation, I went on a business trip to Svalbard, and brought with me yarn to knit a basker for my daughter. But she is 11, and for to old for pink - I was told. So her basker is in Red and Black.

And then finally a more masculine version for my darling Husband :-)