wool&gathering

Knitting, design, wool and other gatherings….


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Ruined Selbu´s …but worth the ride!

I’ve reached summit no.one in 2013!IMG_0561

Spent a day with friends reaching Blåfjell (1392 m.)/Sogndalsdalen #Sogn&Fjordane. This was a perfect day for a free-ride on Telemark-skis! Sun, powder-alarm and beautiful mountains wherever you looked:) Tried on my new Selbu-mittens, and this is how they looked after 3 hours of walking uphill in minus 10 degrees celcius….

So I have to admit; I was wrong! Pure Abuelita thin merino felts a lot more than Rauma Finull! Who would have thought:) …but that just means I have to knit myself a new pair…. Because these certainly won’t last for 10 years…


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Store Ringstind

ViewImage.aspx_mediumA few months ago I ordered 600 grams of Corriedale wool from The Wool Company in New Zealand.

I love Corriedale wool, and I´ve got some more in my stash, from Old Maiden Aunt. The Utiku from NZ is labeled as a DK weight, though I find it to be more like a worsted weight. The color is «Oatmeal», and has 190 meters to 100 grams. I´ve been searching for the right pattern for this yarn, and ended up finding it, -in my head!

I´m naming this sweater after a majestic mountain top in the Norwegian mountain range of Jotunheimen. Store Ringstind is 2124 meters high, and I´ve been there on Telemark-skis! It was fabulous!! When you see the mountains from this angle, the peaks looks like the top part of a star. You can see the pointy peak of Store Ringstind almost all the way from the starting point at Turtagrø when you do this summit. As you slowly climb the valley below, and the 1224 meters you need to climb to reach the top, the more majestic and pointy the peak looks! And yes, -I broke a sweat! I´ve actually never been more tired in my whole life…but that´s another story:)

I designed a star pattern to go with the raglan increases, and did tons of calculating to get it right. The grey is Blackhill Højlandsuld from Garnudsalg.dk, held double to match the DK.

The sweater is supposed to be an oversized raglan, longer in the back and with very long arms.

I´m looking forward to se how this yarn will feel after washing. I think it´s a bit rough, compared to other Corridale wool I´ve tried, and I hope it will feel a bit softer after washing.

So far, this sweater is turning out better than I hoped for though. I love the color, and I think the shape of the garment will be cool.
….but it´s not finished yet…..