wool&gathering

Knitting, design, wool and other gatherings….


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Camp Loopy 2015…

I´m joining Camp Loopy 2015 – The Safari Edition! (you can read the terms here…)

I ordered 4 skeins of Swans Island Natural Fingering from The Loopy Ewe, in 4 colors, and intend to go on “Safari” in June, July and August – with three different projects – all Jungle inspired…

First up is the June challenge: I spy… and upon ordering the yarn I was put up in the Elephant group. I ordered all the 4 skeins of yarn at the same time – whereas the conditions for joining each month´s challenge calls for three different orders. The cost of shipping (not to mention the exchange rate at the moment…) would make this too expensive – which means I will not be put up for a new group when I enter the July – or August challenge… I´ll just choose my own “Jungle-theme” within the groups- and hope to get away with that…

Since the challenge was: I Spy… what´s more natural than using my own design: “iSpy“, and converting it into a Safari- inspired project?

So, here´s my June entering: “iSpy an Elephant“. It´s 50% done – shown with the inside out – and all the yarn ends left to be weaved in – can´t wait…IMG_6335


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Brevann – a summer tee…

Brevann is Norwegian for glacier water – just what this color reminds me of.

It´s knit top-down with raglan sleeves and v-neck. I´ve added two rows of simple rib (k1, p1), before the i-cord bind off. The front, back and sides have a faux seam, and the four different panels are knit in different lengths, creating a slightly asymmetric hem.

  • Pattern: My own (link to my ravelry project)
  • Yarn: 2 skeins of Luna Grey Fiber Arts, Aquila. Fingering / 4 ply, 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere, 397 meters / 100 grams
  • Needles: 3,5 mm / US 4

I´ve been doing a lot of sewing lately – due to a sore elbow. Too much knitting I´m afraid – and especially too much knitting using traditional 100% wool yarn, which I find harder on the arms. I probably knit too tight too… I have to do a bit of research on my knitting-technique – because giving up knitting altogether is certainly not an option. So knitting this summer-tee in this great merino/cashmere yarn was sort of a vacation for my elbow – sort of…

The great thing about sewing – compared to knitting – is speed! You can sew a lot of garments in the time it takes to knit a simple summer-tee… While the great thing about knitting – compared to sewing – is that you can knit almost anywhere, and you don´t need machinery and the same amount of specific tools…

A bit of both pleases me, and I´ve “re-discovered” my sewing-room – which has been left to collect dust and all the “bits & pieces” a home not necessarily knows where to put. So I´ve cleaned it out, and am currently in the process of finishing hibernating projects. I might give you “the tour” one day…

…and if the “thief” would most kindly tell me where my best fabric scissors are (because it´s not me…?!) …please? …pretty please?