29 March 2008

Rainy day

Today is an all grey day, it is raining constantly. Grey, at least until the postman arrived. Two packages for me, both of which were sort of expected, but both still a more than pleasant surprise because they were hand picked by strangers - at least by people whom I have never met - still matching me perfectly. Once again, I’m hit by the lovely sensation of knowing that someone out there have been thinking about me, considering what would make me happy.

The purple yarn is New Zealand Lammeuld from Tina, not really a gift, but rather payment for a pattern, resulting in this lovely Hearts version. The color is picked by Tina, and i love it! Thank you, I am very happy with our little swap!

Then there is the 185 g Evilla Artyarn 8/2, a yarn I have been curious to try. The red/black color changes look so cool! I think I can hear it begging to become a shawl, but who knows.. The yarn was a gift simply because of Merete's 1 year blogiversary. I am so happy for the gift, Merete, thank you!

25 March 2008

Coasters

I'm soon to put all the lovely yellow Easter decoration in the Easter decoration carton at the attic, and since I have learned to love having those little coasters at hand, I have made myself a new set of coasters.

I like this color combo. Brown has never been a favorite, I guess I've thought it boring. But lately I have discovered I like it in combination with all my favorite colors (being dark pink, lime, deep purple), and I also think I like it more than the black I have always been wearing, and which I have sort of gotten a bit tired of lately.

So, coffee, anyone?

24 March 2008

Laminaria

Laminaria is finished, and I like every part of her. The beauty of the lace motifs is obvious. Then there is the 2 sts garter border making a very nice edge on the longest of the triangle's sides, and the fact that she's not triangular at all, making her so much easier to wear for those of us not really being the shawl type of girl. And the bind off technique resulting in a very robust yet elastic and attractive edge on the two shorter sides. The star pattern in the inner part of her looks a bit boring at first sight, but they look fantastic up close. I might even use this particular stitch pattern in some of my own designs one day.

One note on the pattern is the lack of symmetry in the star pattern. I didn't like the way it turned out at first, and frogged to make the stars symmetrical. This was no big deal, I simply worked sssks/ssks instead of k3togs/k2togs before the markers, then k3togs after the markers.

The pattern gives directions for two sizes, a shawl and the smaller shoulderette. My shawl is made smaller than both of the two, since I’ll hardly wear her shawl style (as pictured), but rather as a scarf. I enjoyed making this beauty, but I’m glad the edging charts were exactly that – edging. The idea of working a complete shawl requiring that level of concentration doesn't really tempt me. This said, the edging too was a nice journey, due to the stunning beauty of it.

I am surprised how fast it went. I started the shawl only three days ago, and I have always imagined that knitting lace shawls takes forever. I have been so impressed by those making one in only a few days, and then another one the days after, but I guess this thing is kind of addictive. It's kind of a pageturner - only one more pattern repeat..

My shawl is made of Shetland's wool from BC garn. The deep purple color is gorgeous, and the structure and feel of this yarn is fantastic. More of that later. As I said yesterday, this yarn is a new favorite, and will need a blog post of its own. Good thing I ordered lots of it.

Laminaria [@ravelry]specs:
Pattern: Laminaria by Elizabeth Freeman [@Ravelry]

Modifications: I worked only 3 star chart repeats, and also only 3 blossom repeats, in order to make it smaller. I also made the star pattern symmetrical.
Needles: 4.5 mm
Yarn: 75 g Shetland's wool from BC garn

23 March 2008

Happy Easter holiday!

I have been surrounded by yellow this week. The Easter coasters was yellow because of Easter, but the gloves were supposed to be yellow irrespective of the holiday (I still do not have accessories for holiday wearing..). Daffodils and yellow tulips are of course obligatory, the horse feet were a pleasant surprise found just before king Winter decided enough was enough, and suddenly sent 20 cm of snow to hide them again.

I have one more yellow project yet to show you, but it’ll have to wait a little while. Right now, the wonderful purple Laminaria is a little past halfway finished, I’m working on the first edging chart. A pleasant project all the way to the edging, then suddenly watching-TV-knitting is so out of the question. The edging looks quite easy compared to the rest, but don’t let her fool you, this is where some concentration is in place! I still like her, though, she's a beauty!

The yarn deserves a blog post of its own. I’m in love.

22 March 2008

Lady Wannabe

The Lady Wannabe glove pattern was created with the intent of imitating the delicate ladylike look of leather gloves. The gloves are quite fitted, with a well shaped thumb gusset, a pattern on top and plain stockinette on the sides and beneath. Directions are given for woman’s size M and L.

The glove pattern is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Edited 4/12/08 to add that the patterns are no longer available in my Etsy shop. You can now purchase my pattern and get immediate access to the pdf file by clicking the pattern images in my sidebar.

21 March 2008

Yellow gloves

My yellow gloves are finished, after several attempts to get the perfect fit. Now they are just the way I imagined. There are just enough room for my hand, without the excess fabric inside the hand often seen on knitted gloves. The key to the fit is the thumb increases, which I worked different than I have before. I made it more closely follow the anatomy of the hand.

I like that the gloves are structured on the top, while plain stockinette on the sides and beneath. It reminds me of the leather gloves I wish for, but not quite feel I can pull off. Bottom line I guess knitted gloves are just more me.

Yesterday we found spring flowers, today there is a snow storm out there. 20 cm snow during the night, and it is still coming more. I guess this is just the way of the Norwegian March.

Coming up next is something made out of the loads of lovely Shetland's wool I ordered from BC garn in Denmark. I might make a shawl to begin with, and the Laminaria pattern is a good candidate for this gorgeous purple yarn..











Yellow gloves [@Ravelry]specs:
Pattern: Lady Wannabe by me [Ravelry link]
Needles: 2.5 mm and 3mm
Yarn: 60 g Sisu from SandnesGarn

20 March 2008

Easter holiday

I love these lazy days! The weather is crisp and clear, we're all together, nobody's going anywhere, and there is nothing that has to be done. The other day we painted Easter eggs, all four together. I enjoy having children old enough to take part in such activities. Those moments where all of us enjoy doing what we do. Not only because we do it together, but also because the activity itself is fun for everyone.

Today was another sunny, but quite cold day, and we had lunch in the forest. Only a couple of minutes from home, but still. Even if the temperatures have been below and around zero lately, we found some early spring flowers to come home with us. The vase is the one from Hanne. I love it. It is so simple, so naive, and goes so well with the short horse foot flowers.

My gloves are nearly finished, after several attempts to get the perfect fit. I hope it will be ready for a photo session tomorrow. The daffodils below are not from the garden, by the way, they are a gift from my husband. I'm afraid we won't see any flowers out there for a long time yet. Watching the flowers bloom on my kitchen table is no poor substitute, though.

17 March 2008

Easter coasters

In 1977, the year I was born, my mother made a patchwork cloth for our kitchen table. It was yellow, brown, orange - typical colors for the 70's, and perfect for Easter. It has been covering our table every Easter holiday since that, and I love it. Not so this year, the cloth has mysteriously vanished. My mother asked me the other day if she by any chance had given it to me, but she hasn't (unfortunately).

Inspired by this woman's fabulous work, which I only discovered yesterday, I have now made my own Easter coasters. They remind me of my childhood's Easter cloth and was such a fun project for this lazy holiday morning. The craziness suits me well. I love sewing, but not so much the tedious measuring work. Now it's time for lunch (having two three year olds, holiday does not yet mean late breakfasts..), and I guess a cup of hot chocolate on these will suit both me and the rest of the family, which have been out in the cold, windy weather already.

12 March 2008

Gloves

I'm making gloves. I can't meet the spring with those warm traditional mittens of mine. I guess making gloves won't make spring come earlier, but at least it makes me feel ready. I love the look of contrast color leather gloves, and especially combined with knitwear the way this woman does it (that is not me, if you wondered..), but somehow I can't find gloves that I'm comfortable with. I guess I'm not (yet?) the leather glove kind of person.. So I'm designing my very own knitted gloves with lots of attitude and style (hopefully!). They're yellow to celebrate longer, warmer days here up north. Besides, I like the yellow contrast to my usual teal-blue-and-a-dash-of-purple outfit.

This one is the prototype, because when it comes to gloves, I don't compromise. They must fit. Perfectly. This actually came close, there are only minor changes needed in the pattern. I made quite a few gloves when I was a teenager. I really like it, it's quite fun. I had almost forgotten that.

06 March 2008

Ty's hat

"..at one stage the gods decided to shackle the wolf Fenrisulfr (Fenrir), but the beast broke every chain they put upon him. Eventually they had the dwarves make them a magical ribbon called Gleipnir from the noise a cat makes when it moves, the sinews of a bear, the breath of a fish, the spittle of a bird, the beard of a woman, and the roots of a mountain. The gods took those items from the world and that is why they do not exist today. Fenrir sensed the gods' deceit and refused to be bound with it unless one of them put his hand in the wolf's mouth. Tyr, known for his great honesty and courage, agreed, and the other gods bound the wolf. After Fenrir had been bound by the gods, he struggled to try and break the rope. When the gods saw that Fenrir was bound they all laughed, except Tyr, who had his right hand bitten off by the wolf. Fenrir will remain bound until the day of Ragnarök.." (from Wikipedia)

I’ll meet the new baby boy Ty for the first time today. I hope the little boy won’t have to meet such challenges as the Norse god Ty, at least not for a very long time. On the hat, Fenrir is about to bite off Ty’s hand, shown as the rune representing Ty.

Ty's hat specs:
Pattern: Gro's Djevellue/Sweet Baby Cap by Gro
Yarn: Hifa Alv kamgarn tynt, held double.
Modifications: I rounded it off a bit more as usual, by decreasing between the suggested decreases four times at the very end.

05 March 2008

Hotmail trouble

I try to respond to you all in as little time as possible, but seem to have a problem with responding to those of you having a Hotmail account. I get my e-mails in return, with a message that my IP address is blocked.

I have been searching for this problem on Google, and it seems to be a common problem, and not much to do about it. According to the million articles on this issue, Hotmail/Microsoft simply filters out lots of your e-mails without any legitimate reason, and chooses not to send you all your e-mails.

Just wanted to let you know I am responding, I just can't reach you..

04 March 2008

Overwhelmed part II

With the package note inside the new ultra cool bike tube purse (well, it's really snakeskin purse, but it doesn't make any sense when writing in English), I went to the post office yesterday. I thought I knew what was in the package (for those of you not reading Danish, I knew Hanne was sending me a vase she blogged about a few weeks ago), but I was so wrong! Well, I guess I was kind of right, too, because the vase was in there (in one piece, and adorable), but accompanied by so many other unexpected things. I love it all, Hanne! The fact that a person whom I've never met wants to send me such a gift - just because she appreciates my blog and my patterns.. I am overwhelmed. Thank you so much! I will enjoy this for a long time, and have already begun to make plans for the orange yarn. The multi colored yarn was instantly adopted by my daughter, so I guess I have no choice but to make something for her with it..

I will show you the vase another time, when the tiny spring flowers eventually bloom (this morning it was freezing cold again, -10 degrees of Celsius! - so I guess we'll have to wait for a while..). In a week or two I'll go flower hunting!

The agreement was for me to send some yarn in return for the vase, and I will, but be sure I do have an additional plan or two for this crazy lady.. But now, I'm off for a walk with the coolest purse in town!

03 March 2008

Overwhelmed part I

I had such a great time visiting my friend and her baby today. She is the best gift receiver ever, as she doesn't knit herself, but really knows how to appreciate handmade gifts. She was so happy for the small things I made for her daughter, and the cute little girl was adorable in her new girly clothes.

When I got home, I didn't really believe what hit my eyes. Among the usual newspapers and unwanted bills in my mailbox were a thick envelope from Denmark and a note from the local post office about a package waiting for me. Those of you also reading Hanne's blog, might suspect what's going on by looking at the pictures. Well, you know only half of it.

I'll tell you the rest tomorrow. There is not enough daylight for storytelling right now.

Ladybugs

Both my friends' babies arrived about two weeks ago, and today I'm off to visit one of them. She's a girl, and gets to wear the Little sister's dress. I have also made her a little hat to keep her ears warm. Spring seems to come early this year, but it's still cold outside, and a tiny human being should have a nice, soft and warm hat. I know she's wearing the hat I made for her older brother three years ago, but I though she should have her own. A red one, with a purple heart and a ladybug. The hat pattern is Gro's Djevellue, which I have made once before, and still love.

I have made her mother some dark, juicy brownies. She loves chocolate even more than I do, so I guess it's an appropriate gift for the new mother-of-two.

Ladybug hat specs:
Pattern: Gro's Djevellue/Sweet Baby Cap by Gro
Yarn: Askeladen merino wool, held double
Modifications: I rounded it off a bit more by decreasing between the suggested decreases four times at the very end.