01 July 2012

Grey

Another rainy day, and even thunder. Suits me just fine, as I have cast on for a sweater, and enjoy seeing the fabric grow slowly between my fingers. It is a brioche type stitch pattern. Simple and no fuzz at all. A little more attention is required than when working plain stockinette, but I don't mind. The stitches look so beautiful.

While in Denmark, I stayed at Anne's place. Anne appeared to be such a loving person, easy going and at the same time one of the most exciting and challenging woman I've met. We had a great time, as if we'd known each other for a long time, even though we'd only met in cyberspace until the day I arrived.

I learned quite a few things from Anne. First, she learned me how to make a simple lunch look and taste fantastic (to the left is the lunch she made exclusively for me after arriving from my first workshop).

Secondly, she learned me about window sills. Hers are a work of art, as anyone reading her blog would already know. I live in a house without a single window sill (except for the one my husband had made for me in the kitchen, which is full of herbs), but I figured a bench in front of my living room window would do. So now I have a simple black bench full of Anne's pelargoniums and a few candles to cheer us up while staying inside even though it's summer holiday.
Thirdly, I got inspired by a gorgeous grey cardigan she almost finished while I was there, and the result is slowly, but steadily emerging in my hands. Grey is definitely the new black, and I can't wait for it to be finished. Still, I enjoy the low pace, knowing that the hundreds of thousands of stitched means countless hours of knitting. Can't help but loving it.

29 June 2012

Compendium

Today is a stay indoors day, as the rain has been pouring down all day, so I thought this would be a good day for getting the last few details done and publishing my compendium. I had some problems updating my homepage, and since the whole week has been sunny, I haven't had much time fixing it. Living in Norway, you'll have to get out there once the sun is shining, because you never know how long it's going to last.

So, my compendium in knitting mathematics is now available for purchase at Ravelry and on my website. As for now, the compendium can be had in Norwegian only. An English version will be published later. Those of you purchasing the pattern now, will be able to download the English version once it's ready (as for all my knitting patterns).

The compendium covers the basics of mathematics needed for following a knitting pattern (for example distributing increases and decreases), adding sizes to a pattern and re-calculating the pattern for a different gauge.

It contains explanations, illustrations and examples showing how the calculations work for a specific knitting problem.

20 pages.

I hope you'll find it useful, and that it'll enable you to work the numbers when tweaking a knitting pattern. This is however not meant as a full guide to creating knitting patterns. There are a lot more to it than what's covered in the compendium. This is exactly what it says it is: knitting mathematics. Good luck!

ETA: If you wish to purchase more than 1 copy of the compendium, please click here. You may then choose "Add to cart", from where you can change quantity and purchase as many as you'd like to.

23 June 2012

Workshops

I'm back home after some wonderful days at the Grib Garnet festival in Silkeborg, Denmark. My workshops went really well, as I had the most charming women participating.

As already mentioned, my workshops' subject was knitting mathematics (Strikkematematikk), and the main issue was how to re-calculate the numbers to make the pattern work for other sizes than those listed. The workshop also covered the mathematics necessary to re-calculate for another gauge. Sometimes you'd want to knit a specific pattern in a yarn different from that in the pattern, and some adjustments are needed. A little math, and you'll probably end up with a garment that actually fits.

My participants worked so hard trying to figure out how to get the numbers collaborate. I do think everybody finally got it, even those who've spent half a lifetime being afraid of mathematics in general and the mysterious x in particular. In the pictures, you can see the lovely ladies struggling to create different sizes for my Big sister's dress pattern, which I used as an example.

I enjoyed teaching this subject, as I was able to combine both mathematics, teaching and knitting, three of my interests. I work as a math teacher, but I usually don't get to talk about knitting that much..

I prepared a compendium for the workshop. The compendium will be translated into English, but is for the time being available in Norwegian only. It will be available for purchase in a few days. More about that later..

20 May 2012

Strikkematematikk

There seem to be quite some interest for my Knitting Mathematics (Strikke-matematikk) workshop. To meet the need for increased mathematical skills amongst the Danish knitters, two of my workshops have been changed* so that there are now three workshops available in Knitting Mathematics. The workshops will cover most of the mathematics necessary for understanding, creating and altering knitting patterns.

Maybe there are too few sizes listed? The largest size is too small or the smallest too large, or you just need a size in between? Or maybe you want to alter the sleeves, the legs, something on a hat? Need some waist shaping? All is possible, as long as you master those tricky numbers.

Which mathematical knitting related problems are you struggling with?

*The workshops no longer available are those mentioned in my last post. Seems like the perfect little details will have to wait for another time.

10 May 2012

Grib Garnet knitting festival

It's May already, and it will soon be June, which includes exciting plans for me. I'll be attending the Grib Garnet knitting festival in Silkeborg, Denmark, and I'm looking forward to meeting fellow knitting enthusiasts!

I'll be teaching a few workshops, sharing a few of my favorite and most frequently used techniques: provisional cast on and grafting and tubular cast ons and bind offs. These techniques make the result look highly professional, which I like (it's all in the details..). And they're really not that difficult either.

If you're anywhere near Silkeborg in June, join the fun!

02 March 2012

Boob hat

The English version of the Boob hat pattern is now ready, and can be downloaded by clicking pattern image to the left.

In response to my previous post, Mette posted a link to a knitted breast project. For those wanting a "real" knitted breast, you can find links to knitting patterns for a knitted breast prosthesis on the Knitted Knockers website.

Happy knitting, and keep fighting!

16 February 2012

Pupp til folket!

This post is in Norwegian. It's about a hat I made for my friend Lise, who got breast cancer in October. She had a mastectomy, and is now fighting not only to have her own breast reconstructed, but to make breast reconstruction within reasonable time part of cancer treatment  and a legal right for all women suffering from breast cancer in Norway. I have made the hat pattern available in Norwegian only. If you would like me to make an English version of the pattern, please let me know.

Lise Askvik fikk brystkreft i oktober og måtte fjerne det ene brystet. I dag er det lang ventetid på brystrekonstruksjon etter brystkreft. Lise har imidlertid ikke tid til å vente. Hun kjemper nå knallhardt for å få norske myndigheter til å gjøre brystrekonstruksjon til en del av kreftbehandlingen, og dermed sørge for at brystkreftrammede kvinner slipper å vente i årevis på å få nytt bryst.

Jeg er en utålmodig sjel selv, og forstår godt at Lise ikke vil vente. Jeg har derfor gjort det norske helsemyndigheter ikke klarer, jeg har gitt Lise ny pupp! Og siden det er mange andre kvinner der ute i Lises situasjon, har jeg skrevet ned oppskriften på puppen.

Mangler du en pupp? Eller kjenner du noen som gjør det? Strikk en da vel, så blir du i hvert fall ikke kald på øra!
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