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“Plucky Everyday” now also in Norwegian…

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Plucky Everyday

Plucky Everyday

My free pattern “Plucky Everyday” was rewritten a while ago, and I´ve long wanted to translate it to Norwegian (yes; I write my patterns mainly in English, which is quite awkward, being Norwegian…) I blame Ravelry! I had to learn to knit in English to get access to all the wonderful patterns out there, and I find English / American knitting patterns to be much richer in details than the Norwegian ones, both in instructions and construction. This has “leveled” out some over the last years, but I quite often have to squeeze my brain trying to translate very common English knitting-terms to Norwegian. The terms simply does not exist in Norwegian, or; they are described in a rather difficult way… In this instance I´ve had to make up a totally new term for explaining krl and kll, an important part of the “Plucky Everyday” pattern. I hope the Norwegian readers will excuse me for this, and I also hope I haven´t missed it if there actually are a term for this…

Norsk:

Jeg har endelig fått tid til å oversette “Plucky Everyday” genser-mønsteret til norsk! Dette mønsteret ble første gang publisert på Ravelry i september 2012, og har blitt lastet ned intet mindre enn 2956 ganger siden den gang… Dette er et gratismønster, og mønsteret gir bare instruksjoner for en størrelse (M – 38/40), men kan lett gjøres mindre el. større…

Plucky Everyday

Plucky Everyday

  • Inspirasjon: Purl Bee´s: «Everyday Linen Raglan»
  • Garn: «Plucky Feet» fra Plucky Knitter, 373g. av 460 g / 1 555 m. (4 hesper)
  • Kan byttes ut med garn tilsvarende ca 338m /pr 100g. (169m / 50g)
  • Farge: «Medieval», 90% merino + 10% nylon.
  • Pinner: Rundpinne 80 cm + 40 + strømpepinner: nr: 3 + 3,5mm
  • Strikkefasthet: 22m x 36 rader = 10 cm x 10 cm
  • Teknikk: fra-toppen-og-ned, ragland, på rundpinne, sømløs
  • Størrelse: 38 – 40 (M)
  • Spesielle teknikker: midlertidig oppleggskant + øke med markeringsmaske

Mønsteret inneholder linker til de nødvendige teknikkene, og jeg har laget en bildeinstruksjon for å forklare prinsippet med å øke med markeringsmaske. På engelsk heter denne teknikken krl og kll (knitting right loop og knitting left loop). Jeg har kalt økningene ØMMH + ØMMV (øke med markeringmaske høyre, og øke med markeringsmaske venstre). Her er bildeforklaringen:

ØMMH og ØMMV

ØMMH og ØMMV

For mer informasjon om garnalternativ og modifikasjoner, se; projects/woolandgathering/plucky-everyday

Jeg har startet på en ny “Plucky Everyday” genser, denne gang i BaaRamEwe´s: “Titus” i farge kull, mest for å kunne renskrive mønsteret, -men det er jo synd å rekke opp en lekker genser i et enda lekrere garn?! …bare å strikke videre!!


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Simplicity at it´s best…

Color-block ´90

Color-block ´90

A Norwegian commercial states: «The simple are often the best!». And though I seldom shop that brand, of convenience reasons, I can relate to the statement!

When I ramble through the many excellent knitting-blogs out there, a question knitters and designers often raise is; – what kind of knitted garments do we actually end up wearing? I guess this question is asked opposed to; – what do we enjoy knitting the most?

As an aspiring designer these questions are on the top of my list whenever a new design idea emerges from the notebook onto the needles…

So, what do I end up wearing?

I end up wearing the simple designs. It does not have to be the easiest knitting-patterns, – but the look of the finished garment needs to be «toned down» and not the “center of attention»… if you get where I´m heading….? I´ve got shelves full of «statement-knits» I never wear. Knitting them was a lot of fun, but when I stand there, monday morning, wondering what to wear, – these knits just takes too much of an effort to put on… which is a shame given the time it took to knit them! What a waste of good wool …or?

feb´91

feb´91

Fashion goes in circles, and this beauty was recently excavated from the bottom of a plastic container in the attic. I knit this in 1990! That is 24 years ago!! Apart from a distinct «old» smell I can easily get rid of, this sweater fits right in to todays «look»! The pattern is my own, – and I know this because I can clearly remember the picture from that German magazine that inspired me. I can´t remember the name of the magazine, but the picture showed a Annie Lennox-like model jumping from the pavement (sidewalk) over a rain puddle, wearing «worn-out» oversized jeans with rolled up legs and black dr Martens shoes, and a sweater resembling this, just in black with brown color-block! I also knit this in black and brown, luckily with picture proof! (knit in Garnsudio´s “Karisma” – and back then this yarn came in 100g skeins… and it was, to my knowledge not superwash…? anyone?…)

This gray / petrol sweater is knit bottom-up in “Rauma Finull”, and if there´s anything I would change about it to make it a bit more wearable for the fourty-something me, it would be to remove the turtle-neck and knit an edge, – not sure just how wide that edging should be, but I just know I would not wear a turtle neck! Not that I don´t like the look of turtle-necks, I just don´t like wearing them…

Which brings me to the conclusion of my Saturday thoughts… – I should, right now, have been on my way to Oslo, – a xmas / birthday gift from a friend, but I ended up back home «ferry-stuck»!, due to strong winds… and when arriving back home after an aimless attempt to cross the fjord, I had to «make the best of it» …so there´s some bread dough brewing on the kitchen counter, some lamb & coriander soup simmering on the stove and these thoughts to keep me from feeling too sorry about the whole situation!

The (still…) early fourty-something me has more or less the same taste in clothes as the twenty-something me had, only I´ve experienced that «liking it» does not always mean «wearing it»!… And my clue is «simplicity made simpler»…

Secret of Change IV

Secret of Change IV

frksnupp´s (fwss - a shameless copy)

frksnupp´s (fwss – a shameless copy)

…which is why I knit this a while ago: “frksnupp´s Angora Hat (fwss – a shameless copy)”. FrkSnupp is a Norwegian blogging knitter, and she has released this free-pattern. I translated the pattern to English, with frksnupp´s thumbs up!, and it can be downloaded through Ravelry here: I have written a post(s) about this pattern before, and you can find it here:

I have also cast on my 4th «Secret of Change» shawl by Veera Välimäki. This time in a dream of cobweb-thin 100% Cashmere… (thread held double).

Both patterns are long-time tested, and found to be really «wearable».

All good! Have a great Saturday!!


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New pattern: “Winter Tires” / “Vinterdekk”…

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Winter Tires / Vinterdekk

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Twice a year you´ll find Norwegian car-owners breaking their backs changing tires. All 4 tires must be replaced by tires more suited to the environment. Winter roads can be very slippery (read; icy), and it´s required to be prepared for any road conditions. I guess many people will drive their car to a Garage and let the professionals take care of the job, -but not me! Oh no, I get my hands dirty twice a year! I´m currently down to doing the whole operation in 30 minutes. (*hearing applause*) Thank you!

Every spring I dress the car in summer tires. And every fall I take them off and replace them with winter tires. Winter tires are different from summer tires (which are the sort of tires you probably have on your car…), in many ways. The rubber used are different. The pattern, and the depth of the sipes, are different. Summer tires has a minimum depth of 1,6 mm, while winter tires has a depth of 5mm (min. 3mm). There´s a version of winter tires with studs in them (snow tires.wiki). I prefer those (feels safer), but they´re not good for the environment because they whirl up asphalt dust if the road is not covered in snow or ice. In some Norwegian cities you will be charged extra to use these tires. I´m environment-friendly in the sense that I use the non-studded tires (not that I find driving a car to be especially sustainable for the environment in the first place, -but I live in a quite remote area and need a car to get, well, anywhere…) But I do bike to work!

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Winter Tires / Vinterdekk

I´ve called my new beanie/hat pattern «Winter Tires» because the texture of the cables together with the color of the bulky yarn reminds me of winter tires. You can chose to make it studded by adding silver beads! What a great idea!! Note to self! Must make spiked version…

  • Yarn: Bulky: Mirasol Yarn «SULKA» col. S 211 Black
  • 60% merino, 20% alpaca, 20% silk
  • 3 skeins à 50 g/50 m(55 yd) (2 skeins without the pom-pom.)
  • Tip: make the pom-pom in scrap yarn…
  • Gauge: 16 st(s) = 10 cm /4 inch.
  • Needles: Circular needle 40 cm and double pointed needles; 6 mm / US 10.
  • Tools: Cable needle, tapestry needle, 1 stitch-marker, pom-pom maker.
  • One size: Fits head-circumference 54 – 58 cm / 211/2 – 223/4 inch. The size can be altered by using another yarn, alt. change needle size.

Cozy, cabled, oversized beanie. Easy and quick knit.

The yarn is soft yet firm, and is perfect for a beanie. The merino/alpaca/silk mix adds a very nice shine and the result is a «no itch» hat.

The pom-pom is of course optional. The pattern costs nkr. 20,- ($ 3,25)

Winter Tires / Vinterdekk

Winter Tires / Vinterdekk

Norsk:

Jeg har kalt mitt nye luemønster “Vinterdekk” fordi flettemønsteret i det tykke, svarte garnet minner meg om vinterdekk. Du kan velge å strikke inn sølv-perler for å lage en piggdekk versjon…

  • Garn: Bulky: Mirasol Yarn «SULKA» farge: S211 svartmelert
  • Føres i Norge via “Du Store Alpakka”.
  • 60% merinoull, 20% alpakka, 20% silke
  • 3 stk à 50 gr/50 m (2 stk uten dusk. Tips: lag dusk i restegarn)
  • Strikkefasthet: 16 m = 10 cm
  • Pinner: Rundpinne 40 cm og strømpepinner nr 6 mm.
  • Utstyr: Flettepinne, maske-markør, stoppenål, duskmaker.
  • En størrelse: «over-sized»,  passer hodeomkrets 54-58 cm. Størrelsen kan endres ved å bruke annet garn eller større el. mindre pinner.

Lettstrikket, lun og god «over sized» lue med enkelt flettemønster.

Garnet er mykt, men har samtidig godt hold, som passer bra til luer. Merino/alpakka/silke-blandingen gir en fin glans og resultatet er en lue som ikke klør.

Dusken er selvfølgelig valgfri. Mønsteret koster nkr. 20,- (via Ravelry)


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Old Maiden Aunt “alpaca/silk”…

In my “Gerda´s Cardigan” I used Old Maiden Aunt´s alpaca/silk yarn. Lilith, the dyer is based in Scotland, and I´ve got more of her wonderful hand-dyed yarn in my stash! OMA´s yarn are just the sort of yarn to get me out of my tendency to always go for the gray/natural color-scheme!!

For this particular cardigan I started out with alpaca/silk in “Bitter Bug”. I´m not particularly fond of green, and it was a big step for me to press “buy” when ordering this yarn. But this color had some mysterious glow to it, …and I was right! To see a skein of yarn through a screen is quite difficult, but you seem to develop some sort of skill over the years. And I was right …this is just the sort of green I would wear, and that´s a very competitive category!!

I´ve been wondering how to describe this color. If I were to describe it using only words it would be: translucent, changing and “alive” like a recycled wine bottle, ..and at other times like seeing a tree through a fog… In other words, this color keeps changing due to the light (well, most colors are …but this one´s special…). If you have seen the film: Pirates of the Caribbean “The Curse of the Black Pearl”, you will remember the cursed pirates´ problems with the moon-shine…!?, this color changes accordingly to the source of light! From the most vivid leaf-green with yellow undertones in bright sunlight, to the before mentioned foggy green when overcast… I´ve spent hours trying to edit this color in iphoto… here´s a few examples:

After finishing the green version of Gerda´s Cardigan I wanted a striped version, and ordered some more OMA “alpaca/silk”, this time in “Mystery” and “Pumpkin Pie”.

Mystery

Mystery

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

The color: “Mystery” is unfortunately discontinued, but the “Pumpkin Pie” is still available. This is the combination seen in the heading of this blog. I simply love this combination, and I want another striped one!! (my best friend – and model for the design got this one…) Here´s a few color-combinations I would consider:

or:

or:

…my piggy-bank just received a donation!:)


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Some progress on Landfall…

I really enjoy knitting “Landfall”, though it will be a fairly slow knit! The texture and the color of the yarn(s) really works, and I can so picture myself wearing this!

The pattern is well written, and I had no problems setting it up. I was spot-on gauge with my self-composed yarn and the yak/merino/lambswool/cashmere (in that order) creates a light and soft texture with a high stitch-definition. Just the right choice for a cabled jacket!

I would, of course, have liked to knit “Landfall” in the yarn it is supposed to be knit in: Brooklyn Tweed: “Shelter”. I haven´t had the pleasure of knitting with “Shelter” yet, but I hope I will in the future. The range of colors, the “tweedy” look of it and fact that they use locally grown wool for the yarn are all agreeable with my taste in yarn. But this yarn is not sold anywhere near here, and I was lucky enough to have almost all the yarn I needed for this in my stash. The cost of my choice in yarn(s) is approx.: nkr: 720,- / $117 / GBP 71. If I were to use the original yarn I would have had to pay the double + 25% import tax! I´m a single mum on a budget, and as my ever so clever Grandmother (Gerda) used to say: “Need teaches naked woman to make her own yarn*” (*=spin her own yarn). 😀

I´m currently 20cm (7,9″) on my way on the back-panel, just under 1/3 before the arms… I need to set myself agreeable middle-goals for this one… I´m not going to blog more posts about this project before it´s finished, but if you´d like to follow the progress, you can see my ravelry  “Landfall” project-page here:

By the way, I´m knitting this on my new ChiaGoo needles (metal), a gift from my former employer AG. Thank you so much!! These needles works really well with two strands of yarn held together… They´re pointy, and helps not splitting the yarn(s).