wool&gathering

Knitting, design, wool and other gatherings….


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Check! 3rd Still Light finished…

My ultimate goal for the last 6 months has been to finish my “3rd Still Light”! 3 months ago I had to change my goal to finish it within 2013. And, eventually, I did! It dried up las night, just in time to take some pictures of it in daylight (didn´t have time to block it though…) on New Years Eve!. I call that a close call, but none the less, it´s finished!!IMG_4612

I´m very happy with it, and even more happy with my model! Thanks HG!

Pattern: Veera Välimäki´s “Still Light Tunic“. Mine is a version with modifications… You can see them here

Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino, 11 skeins à 50g.

Needles: 3mm / US 2,5

IMG_4618This picture is for Veera, the designer, being Finnish… 🙂

Happy New Year!!!


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2013 knitting-statistics…

If I sum up this years statistics I´ve knitted a lot of hats for myself in fingering weight yarn using 3mm needles, which is not all true….

stat1.1I´ve knitted 26 336 meters this year, which means I´m 5 kilometers short of knitting my way from my hometown to Oslo, the Capital (in air line), and only 1484 meters less than last year…

My knitting this year has created 41 individual finished projects, and some unfinished ones… (I´m not counting in the unfinished ones in the statistics…), which is almost identical to the number of 2012 projects of 42.

My goal for 2013 was to decrease the numbers of knitted gifts. In 2012 46% of the finished projects were for me, in 2013 this number has increased to a great 56%! Which means I´ve reached my goal of more than 50% of ego-projects. Happy!

This year I´ve added more detailed statistics on what type of project, meterage and type of yarn… for my own amusement mostly…

My new years resolution for 2013 was to not buy a single skein of yarn! Ha, ha -did that last long? No, I guess that promise lasted about a month… So this year I won´t make a resolution at all!

Highlights from the 2013 production: (visit my ravelry project page to see more…)

So what are my hopes and guesses for 2014?

I´m guessing I´ll knit a bit less than in 2013…

I hope I´ll be decreasing my stash…

I hope to learn to master the art of spinning…

I hope I´ll be able to dye some more yarn…

Happy New Year to all my fellow knitting-geeks out there! And may 2014 bring new and wonderful knitting-adventures like 2013 did!!


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Biggest knitting-project of 2013…

My, by far, biggest knitting-project of 2013 was my “Big Blanket Project”. It was not my most difficult, nor the one that demanded my fullest attention to detail, but the largest, and in the end, the heaviest…

Big Blanket Project: my ravelry project here

Pattern: My own, but inspired by Murf´s “kryss her“, and “Mitered Crosses Blanket“.

Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Nepal: 26 skeins of 0506 Charcoal and 11 skeins of 0500 light grey. 50% Alpaca / 50% Wool, Aran weight.

Needles: 5,5 mm / US 9

Technique: Domino-knitting, 20 squares sewn together. No edging.

Measurements: Every square measures 33×33 cm; charcoal: 65 gr. + light gray: 27 gr.
The finished blanket weighs 2132 grams, to be exact, and measures 165 x 132 cm.

I´m very happy with the result! My daughter immediately claimed the blanket as her own, which I´m equally happy with… This blanket is an “ocean” of stretchy knitted fabric, and if you are like me – not seated in the coach for long at the time but constantly in and out, suddenly remembering to empty the dishwasher, putting a new load into the washing machine or simply just need a glass of water…, a blanket like this takes a bit of effort to wriggle out of… IMG_4530But if you, on the other hand, are a teenager strongly influenced by American TV-series, and therefore like to stroll around the house in short pyjamas´s all year ´round and in addition are “allergic” to everything itchy, this is your perfect blanket! And if you fit the before mentioned criteria you probably don´t have the urge to empty the dishwasher anyway…

That said; my new blanket is in my view a design-jewel! Very happy with the “look”! …and one jewel wrapping another… “Too much of a good thing is wonderful!”

I´m perfectly content with my old 100% Norwegian Wool blanket, …and best of all; I don´t have to share it anymore!


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Lipstick…

I couldn´t help myself. I just had to cast on to see how this yarn looks on the needles…

…and I love it! Everybody needs a Lipstick red cardigan, right? I couldn´t capture this color right though. It´s really a bit less orange… bad light for pictures these days…

Yarn: see previous post. Pattern is my own design where I experiment with a shoulder-saddle followed by the contiguous-method, developed by Susie Myers.

IMG_4501I really have to pull myself together to finish my 3rd Still Light, which is my goal for 2013! Less than an arm left…

Pattern: A modified version of “Still Light” by Veera Välimäki. Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino. Needles: 3mm.

What I really need is a DVD series I haven´t seen before, to keep my attention long enough to finish this arm. But in lack of such, I think I´ll put on my favorite; “The Borgias” season 1+2 for the n´th time, -or, tune my new Pinell DAB radio in to BBC Radio 6 Music and dream of 2014´s skiing-adventures… (no relation between the two…)

I´ve added quite detailed mods for my Still Light in my ravelry project page.