29 November 2009

At last!


I have been looking forward to this for so long, and it's finally here: Advent! The house is shining, thanks to small ones and big ones working together all morning. And the Christmas decorations are in place - almost. I l o v e this time of year, and I love this Christmas music! All there is to long for now is some snow..

25 November 2009

The act of working stockinette

I like stockinette stitch.

I like the look of it. The smooth surface, even stitches, I like the drape.

I like working stockinette stitch. In the round. The real pleasure is found while working it in the round. Hundreds of meters of woolen yarn transformed into lovely looking stitches. Hundreds of thousands of stitches ahead, all exactly the same, to be worked while I'm here, there, nowhere, everywhere. My mind wanders off, on, wherever.

I like working stockinette while watching TV. If someone held the book for me, I'm sure I could work stockinette while reading. I'd like to try that once. Volunteers, anybody?

I like working stockinette while at work, at meetings. Keeps me calm, nice, kind, harmonic.

I like working stockinette. It goes so fast, and given enough stitches, lasts forever.

I even like working stockinette while knitting my husband's sweater's sleeves, even though I thought I didn't like knitting sleeves.

23 November 2009

Something new

Having made two grown up sweaters the last year (or actually three..), my sweater mojo seems to be back. I'm now pushing it to its limits, knitting a sweater for my husband. I've finished one sleeve, and cast on for the other - as you can see. Plain stockinette so far. I usually find sleeves a bit boring, so I'm starting with them (also, I haven't yet decided about all the details for the body, so a bit more thinking is required before casting on for the big brother).

I'm working the sleeves using the magic loop. As you might recall, I'm not so fond of (read: good at) working a small diameter in dpns. I've found out that the magic loop saves my day. It's a great way to avoid those irritating ladders. The magic loop also enables working on longer circular needles, which is far better for my hands than a short 40cm circulars. I like that.

As you all know, a sweater in men's size L is a serious thing, so I'm crossing my fingers the mojo will stay with me until the very end. I just hope I don't have to rework too much of this. Knitting a children's size sweater twice is bad enough, I don't think I can do that on a thing like this. Wish me luck!

13 November 2009

Candy


A true beginner project! Start with the neck warmer, it's the easiest one. Only skills needed: cast on, bind off, knit and purl. The wrist warmers are easy as well, but require knitting on a small diameter and decreases in addition to the above mentioned. All basic skills, though.

The pink buttons are once again from my grandmother's stash. I couldn't resist the mint/pink combination. The wrist warmers have a good fit, I really like wearing them. I'm not sure which ones I like the most, these or the Roots wrist warmers. Even though they're both made with the fat ridges, I think they look so different.

Candy [@ravelry] specs:
Pattern: Candy (Sukkertøy) by Tora Frøseth
Size: L
Needles: 3.5 mm
Yarn: A little less than 100 g of Hifa 2

10 November 2009

My gloves are back!

Thank you for the comments on my small glove related crisis. I followed the advices I got, and searched both behind the drawers and in the bags I used last winter, with no results. But then I figured out maybe I didn't put these away for summer at all, and I was right. The gloves were still in my winter jacket pockets..

As happy as I am for finding my gloves, I am now working on another pair - and a new design. It is based on a stitch pattern I unvented a few years ago. I think it's working out pretty good. Looks good so far, at least. Sneak peak to the left.

07 November 2009

Glaze

While waiting for the gloves to reappear, I'll present another sweater project. After having made only small projects for a very long time, I'm happy to say that the last year, I've finished not only one, but two large garments. Not only have I finished them, I have also enjoyed working with them. Long, silent evenings in front of TV, tens of thousands of sts (about 104 000 to be more specific) to be worked. Always a knitting project to work on. And the result, Glaze:


A big, squishy pullover, made not so big by keeping the sleeves a bit shorter. I like it. I like wearing it, it keeps me warm. And I like how it looks. Big, warm, but also very feminine, due to waist shaping and a pretty neckline.

The sweater is worked from the top down, with minimal sewing to do once the knitting is finished - just the way I like it. Quite mindless, but only that far - the pattern and shaping requires some concentration, just about enough to keep me interested.

Available in my pattern store - with directions for full length sleeves as well. Even though my favorite is definitely the 3/4 version.

Glaze [@ravelry] specs:
Pattern: Glaze (Glasur) by Tora Frøseth
Size: L
Needles: 4.5 mm
Yarn: 720 g of Hifa 3

06 November 2009

Crisis!

I can't find my gloves!!

Neither the gray nor the yellow ones. I have been looking all over the place, and I have found all scarves, shawls, hats and mitts, but the gloves are gone. Where did I put them? And why haven't they been on summer holiday with their woolen friends???

I WANT MY GLOVES! (Buhu!)

05 November 2009

Maybe

New banner! The old one has been around for too long, I think. Maybe I like this new one. Time will show.

04 November 2009

All dressed up

A very good friend of mine turned 30 this year, and for the great party, I knew I had to have a new dress. After all, this friend is quite special, and friends doesn't turn 30 every year.
I was lucky, and found the perfect dress. A lovely glittery little thing, not quite what I usually wear, but perfect none the less. Only thing was, the dress needed a little something to wear over the shoulders. With the party only two little weeks away, I started the design - and knitting - process. I knew that if I had to frog as much as a sleeve, I wouldn't make it. But I did make it, the yarn ends was sewn in just in time - about 3 hours before the party was to start (need I say that blocking was out of the question?)

Two weeks for a frontless cardi isn't that fast, you may say. Well, for me it is. And since I didn't have a pattern to follow, it was quite exiting! I guess my average frogging rate equals knitting at least half the items twice.

I now wear this thing all the time, over jeans just as well as a dress. Since there is no front, the cardi can be worn indoors as well, without becoming too warm. I also like those deep armholes, I think the whole thing gets a little less sweet that way (I'm not very fond of sweet, at least garment wise..). Knitted sideways, and with no seaming, I consider this quite an enjoyable project.

I rarely dream about knitting the same pattern more than once, but I am dreaming of another one in green. Or purple? Or..?

All dressed up [@ravelry] specs:
Pattern: All dressed up (Se min kjole) by Tora Frøseth
Size: L
Needles: 3.5 mm
Yarn: A little less than 300 g of Hifa 2

02 November 2009

Roots

Four new patterns are available in my pattern store, this time patterns for adults. Seems like my sweater mojo is back, too. More about the big garments later. I still enjoy those tiny projects. Today, Roots:

I like garter stitch, but while creating Angle, I fell in love with the fat cousin of his. And inviting some short rows to play along made it all even better. Roots was a really fun design project. I learned a lot about grafting - I love learning new things! It somehow opened up a whole new world for me. I think that needs to be explored in more detail sometime.

The buttons was my grandma's. There were only 5 purple buttons in the stash, and that pink one begged to come with them.

I like wearing Roots. Those wrist warmers have been with me almost constantly since I finished them, as I find wearing wrist warmers great for keeping warm. A necessity in Norway this time of year. The neck warmer has a good shape for embracing the neck without being too tight, and I like how it looks. And even though I'm more a scarf kind of girl, I'll work on it to get to wear this one.

Roots [@ravelry] specs:
Pattern: Roots (Røtter) by Tora Frøseth
Size: L
Needles: 3.5 mm
Yarn: A little less than 100 g of Hifa 2