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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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Just brilliant!

Easter turned out to be great! My hand is much better thank you, and due to some pretty extraordinary weather, we did a LOT of this:

and a little less of reading and chocolate eating…..

There might be a lot to be said about Norwegians in general, -but we´re exceptionally good at at least one thing; -when the weather is great (read; sunny….) we drop all other plans in an instant and spend every spare minute outdoors! Go shopping? -nope! Vacuuming? definitely not! Feed the kids? -well, we´ll stop and get something on the way….. We collectively walk around like zombies all winter, excelling in the artform of «gazing-slowly-into-one-of-the-20-lit-candles-in-the-room». Your body seems to be screaming: Give me some light and some energy NOW, please!!!

So, this Easter people have been pouring out of every house, cottage and «hole in the ground»! I did´nt even know Norway contained this many people:) And they´ve all got skiis, sunglasses and the widest grins (except, of course, the city-people! They all had spring-shoes, sunglasses and the widest grins….) Well, this is not all true. This morning, listening to the radio, us listeners were, very accurately, made aware of Norwegian geography by a very offended, but also very positively ironic lady from the Northern-Norway. Norway is a very long, but narrow country, and the weather has been crap up north! And while they have struggled with snow, wind and fatal avalanches, the media has been filled with sun, more sun and happy southern people. This lady hoped to be spared of every talk about spring-shoes and garden-design until…. well, at least July!!!

In honour of this enlightining and entertaining woman, I´ll quickly jump to my next agenda: -knitting! I still can´t knit properly, and not for long at the time, but I´ve managed to finish this:

The pattern is frk. snupp´s Angora Lue (FWSS-a shameless copy). The pattern is free, but as far as I´m aware of, only in Norwegian. But since I´m full of energy, due to the sunny Easter (sorry Northern people) I´ll translate:

Note! (27th of oct. 2013) I´m adding an edited free pdf version of the pattern here: Ms snupp´s Angora Hat (FWSS – a shameless copy)

Ms snupp´s Angora Hat (FWSS – a shameless copy) 

(I´ll explain about the copy thing later…..)

Needles: 3 mm., US 2,5 (alt. 2,5 mm, US 1,5)

Yarn: 2 skeins of Pickles Angora (can be purchased here) I used some old Spanish Angora from my stash (old because it´s from the 80´s): Gala Angora: 50% angora, 40% wool, 10% polyamide, 10g = 50 meters. My hat weighs 32 grams.

Gauge: does not say, -but mine had 22 st(s) to 10 cm.

Measurments: does not say, -but mine: circumference: 48 cm, length: 27,5 cm.

Cast on 110 st(s) on needles 3mm (or alt.; 120 st(s) on needles 2,5mm) and knit in the round in stockinette st(s) until the hat reaches the top of your head when wearing (or as long as you want it before decreasing). (mine measures 22 cm before decreasing….)

Decrease 2 st(s) evenly in the next round = total of 108 st(s). If you cast on alt. 120 st(s), you don´t have to do this decrease….

The next round: *PM, k27* (*PM, k30*), until you have placed 4 markers around the hat.

This instruction applies to every decrease for the rest of the work: *k to 3 st(s) before marker, ssk, k1, sm, k2tog*.

1.th round (of decrease): decrease as instructed by the markers

2.nd – 3.rd round: knit

4.th round: decrease by the markers

5.th – 6.th round: knit

7.nd round and onwards: decrease by the markers in the first round, knit the second round, and repeat, until you have 12 st(s) left on the needles. (Change to double pointed needles when the work becomes too narrow for circular needles.) Break yarn (not too short) and gather all the remaing st(s) on the yarn end. Pull together and weave in the ends.

Voila! One finished piece of copied hat:)

(Any incorrection in this pattern is totally on my behalf, and any questions about it will not be answered…..)

Explanation: This original hat from the norwegian brand FWSS (fall, winter, spring, summer – not very imaginative – but then again…….) turned out to be a hit amongst the «fashionistas» in Norway this season, due to certain celebrities wearing it!

I can recall knitting heaps of theese hats in the early 80´s, ….the easiest hat to knit! I´ve knitted it in baby-pink, blue, moss-green and white. But as my ever so clever grandmother put it; «-if you´ve ever been there, fashion-wise, -you don´t have to go there again!» So I won´t! As of recent, I´m a teenage-mom, and will happily donate this hat to the younger generation in fear of being left on the pavement (with the newcome teenager on the other….. accompanied by an eye-rolling: «Aaaaww gaaad!»)

But some fashions just sticks! And you suddenly find yourself in the «middle of the street – fighting for the right to wear your latest purchase – done in good faith! So please don´t tell my daughter about my new spring-shoes! ….and by all means, don´t ever tell her we all of a sudden wear the same size shoes!!! IMG_3778