29 September 2010

Elle melle

Two new designs are available in the store! First, a cardigan for my daughter. Many of you have asked me to design an Angle cardigan in kids' sizes, and I have been reluctant to do so. Mainly because I think the design looks best on smaller (boxier shaped) kids, but also because I think it would serve only as a dress up garment, not so suitable for play. And kids are meant to play, in my opinion, so I'll always try to design garments in agreement with that.

Elle melle is the compromise. I took the squishy ridges from Angle, added stockinette stitch sleeves, and got a functional cardigan with an interesting construction (visible for the knitting nerds only, I'd guess) and a look that I liked. The stockinette sleeves was imperative, both for gaining the look I was after, and to make sure that movement was possible, even when worn under a jacket.

"Elle melle
deg fortelle
skipet går
ut i år
rygg i rand
to i spann
snipp, snapp, snute
du er ute"

(Norwegian counting rhyme)

Figuring out how to add single colored sleeves without having to do any seaming (that's an imperative, too. I don't like seams in my knitted garments) or complicated intarsia knitting took some time. The solution was to work the cardigan modularly, to combine well known techniques in a (to me, at least) new way. The body of the cardigan is worked from the bottom up, then sts are picked up around the sleeve opening, and the sleeves are worked from the top down using short rows. I had a lot of fun working the sleeves, seeing them take shape as I worked them (it sounds silly, I know, but that was how I felt). And I thing the resulting smooth raglanish line is pretty. Learned something new from this project. Like that!

Elle melle [@ravelry] specs:
Pattern: Elle melle (Elle melle på norsk) by Tora Frøseth
Size: 6 years
Needles: 3.5 mm and 3.0 mm
Yarn: Hifa Ask, 130 g of each color (6079 violet and 6096 orange)

20 September 2010


Last week was kind of swoosh! over, since it actually started on Tuesday for the four of us. And besides, it took a few days for the brain to realize we were back home after our little trip away from home. Now it's obvious, everyday life has once again begun, and as much as I usually like our ordinary life, I can't help but looking back at the trip to Copenhagen, and longing for the lazy (well, we did walk a lot, but lazy still) holiday feeling we had there. Sometimes life feels like being on a highway, and I find myself desperately seeking an alternative route. A path like that of yesterday would be great, that's how I want my life to feel like.

On Monday, we went shopping and caféing (if that's not a word, it should be!) in a part of the city called Vesterbro. Walking all of Istedgade, we found so many lovely, small shops and laid back cafés. We had lunch on Cafe Bang & Jensen (the two photos to the left above are from this café), and I think I had the best meal on the trip. Sandwich with Serrano ham, semi dried tomatoes (similar to the ones I made a few weeks ago) and pesto. Go there, if you're in the neighborhood.

I found a lot of inspiration in Copenhagen, from streetwear to the texture of walls. I tried to capture it all, you can see that on the picture below, can't you, how I'm concentrating to keep it all from disappearing? This little café was a really nice place for having a croissant and a coffee. And for reading, writing, drawing or just plain relaxing. I don't remember its name, but it was one of the many really relaxed places in that street (ETA: According to Julie and Anja, we visited Riccos. Thanks, girls!). I liked that wall behind me, by the way - the same wall as that behind my husband on the top right photo. I'd like to knit something like it one day.

19 September 2010


It is definitely autumn, and we enjoy it to the fullest! A wonderful day in the greenest of woods, hiking my favorite path. On the 15th, we were once again allowed to make a fire in the woods, and this was thoroughly celebrated today. Once again we found mushrooms, and "a lot" doesn't cover the quantities we brought home. I don't know what to do with it all! Guess we'll have a lot of mushroom soup this winter.

My father used to take me to these places when I was a child, and I love being here with my own children. I think these moss covered, green woods are beautiful. The path goes from a place called Bysetermosan, and was built around 1750 by a Madam Cudrio, who owned most of the woods east of Oslo. She was one of the wealthiest people in the area at the time. On the photo to the left, you can see the ancient stone wall created to make a functional riding path. This was actually an important road for transporting goods some hundred years ago. I really like walking on it, both for its beauty and for its history.

15 September 2010

A room with a view

And not any view: Copenhagen! Taken from the hotel room, high above the streets. A lovely weekend has ended. Long walks, hand in hand, kissing, enjoying the company, just the two of us. In love. Again. And we liked the Danish city. Liked the streets, the houses, the bicycles, the long lunches, the art, the shops, the music.

We usually put a lot of effort in finding great places to eat, we have a common passion for food. And we did go to one great sushi restaurant, Umami, on Friday. It was such a cool place, and the sushi was excellent! But other than that, we didn't eat on the fancy restaurants. We had other plans for the weekend, so the dinners were mostly about feeding.

On Saturday, we went to a jazz concert with Chris Cheek and Jacob Bro Trio on Copenhagen Jazzhouse. It was so great! A lovely place, lots of people enjoying themselves, and great music. But most importantly, we loved being on a jazz concert together, it's been too long since last time we did that. And we did it again. On Sunday, we went to the jam session on La Fontaine. It was crowded and so much fun! And a fantastic drummer showed up. I don't remember his name, but he was amazing! Made my evening perfect.

More about the rest some other time. I got so many ideas while in Copenhagen. Need to put some of them into knitting.