wool&gathering

Knitting, design, wool and other gatherings….


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Sand In My Eyes…

I´ve just finished the BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie. It´s a great, slightly oversized cardigan with some elegant features like longer in the back, pockets integrated in the hem and i-cord finishing. I´m not the only one that finds this cardigan to be knitting-worthy… I´m currently among 160 others who have finished this pattern since it´s release in January (according to Ravelry). I´ve called my cardigan “Sand In My Eyes…“.

I´ve had som Plucky Sweater (dk weight) in my stash for some time and decided it was finally time to use it. I had 3 skeins of gray (Elegant Elephant) and 4 skeins of purple (Essie). I also needed a contrast color and decided on a skein of BFL sock from The Uncommon Thread in the color Golden Praline, held double.

I downloaded the pattern because I needed a project to get over the disappointment with my failing “Laneway”, and printed out all 16 pages of pattern instructions and started reading. My compliments to the designer for a great cardigan and a very detailed pattern instruction, but I suddenly found myself blind to all the schematics and numbers. I guess it´s what reading a text feels like for a dyslexic. It was like trying to decipher a tax-report with sand in your eyes …thus the name! I guess I was just a bit tired that day, but also I´m more of a free-knitter. I know how to shape a garment and don´t really need a detailed instruction. In addition I´m Norwegian and are brought up with one page knitting-instructions …ok, maybe two, with pictures.

All the leftover yarn...

All the leftover yarn…

But I decided to give it a go anyway, and I´ve more or less followed the numbers of stitches and the length for my size. I cast on each shoulder with magic cast-on, shaped the shoulders with some short-rows and continued with contiguous sleeves. I wanted gray to be my main color, and had to make the purple stripes longer to save gray yarn. I also decided not to follow the slip-stitch pattern for the hem and for the contrast color on the sleeves for the same purpose. I did the i-cord bind-off around the hem and the front using Plucky Feet, col: Medieval, held double. Not the same color as the Elegant Elephant, but close enough. My gauge was a bit off, and I found the Plucky Sweater yarn a bit hard on the hands. For some reason it contains 10 % nylon…

But I love the finished cardigan! I´ve worn it a lot already and I find the stunning details of this cardigan to make it both wearable and characteristic. So my compliments to La Maison Rililie for this design!


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Gerda´s IV is progressing…

I love everything about this project! The colors, the smoothness of the yarn and the way it just flies off the needles. Though it´s knit on needles number 3 mm ( US 2 1/2) the gauge is 22 st(s) to 10 cm.

The body is done and the arms are on their way. I did the steeking and button-bands before I started on the arms, – I just left the cutting part… Knitting the arms produces a lot of friction to the knitted fabric, so I´m postponing the most thrilling part of the process! I did the reinforcing using Holst Supersoft in the color Topaz.

All I have to do while finishing this is deciding on buttons …and dreaming of my next project. Not that I haven´t got any waiting, but I could squeeze another project in-between… right?

Well I´m dreaming of “Laneway” by Veera Välimäki, in a pullover length, like in this ravelry project by memia. Maybe I´ll finally get to use a most treasured yarn, you know the yarn you keep brewing in the shelves awaiting the perfect project. And the longer you wait, the harder it is to start using it! Well, I´ve decided it´s overdue, and I´ll finally use my lovely Silky Merino from Walk Collection in the color Volcanic Sand. I´ve got 400 g, more than enough for this project. I want to add a few stripes, but can´t decide if I should go with baaramewe´s Titus (natural) or Drops Alpaca in gray… Something to think about while I´m  knitting!

I´ve also got 2 skeins of Suave DK, in the color Ebony, from Walk Collection, and I´m thinking of a “The Lonely Tree Shawl” by Sylvia Bo Bilvia. I´ve knit this before in Du Store Alpakka – Tynn Alpakka, my ravelry project here.


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This is Gerda…

Gerda as head of Haugesund Gymnastics Association ´64

Gerda as head of Haugesund Gymnastics Association ´64

-she was born in 1919, and lived to be eighty…

-a weaver by profession and an intelligent and creative maker of almost anything…

-she raised three daughters and survived two husbands, one bad and one good…

-she´d play any old sailor´s waltz on the harmonica with passion and humour…

-she kept the ´library-on-wheels´ alive almost all by herself…

-she´d read your fortune in the bottom of your emty coffee cup…

-an athlete: pictured here as head of the local Gymnastics association…

-a champion kayaker, ready for the European Championship in ´39, -but

she didn´t go…

Gerda w/ daughters ´56

Gerda w/ daughters ´56

-her Sunday roasts… oh her roasts…!!!

-she was a «bird-whisperer» …or at least she would´ve liked to be, talking to all the little birds every morning…

-her roses covered the whole of the south wall…

-my dear Grandmother, who tought me the skill of knitting, encouraged me through

all those first quirky little projects and praised the finished objects like they were art!

Gerda and Olaf ´67

Gerda and Olaf ´67

-she had the longest arms to catch you for a hug, had the best lap to sit on…

-she provided me a place to breathe and place to grow because her home was filled with love & laughter…

-her color was green… I think she would have liked this one…

-this one´s for you Mormor!

Gerda´s Cardigan in Bitter Bug

Gerda´s Cardigan in Bitter Bug

Pattern: “Gerda´s Cardigan”, or; “Gerdas Jakke” (norwegian version)

Yarn: Alpaca Silk – 80% alpaca/20% silk – Old Maiden Aunt

4,4,4,5,5 skeins à 266 m (290 yd)/100g. «Bitter Bug»»

Size: S-M-L-XL-XXL,

to fit bust cm/inch: 84/33, 90/35, 96/38, 103/40, 110/43

Gauge: 22 sts x 33 rows = 10 x 10 cm

Needles: circular and DPN`s: 2,5 mm/US #1,5 + 3 mm/US #2,5

Techniques: increase/decrease, provisional cast-on, steeks, pleats

Note!: If you don´t want to steek the garment, instructions for working flat is included.


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New pattern: “Gerda´s Cardigan”

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Gerda´s Cardigan, a new pattern added to ravelry.  buy now

Gerdas Jakke, samme mønster i norsk versjon.  kjøp nå

This cardigan is knit top-down in sport-weight alpaca/silk yarn from Old Maiden Aunt. The body is knit in the round by picking up stitches around the pre-knitted saddle, while you increase stitches to create the arms (my version of the contiguous-method, developed by SusieM). The cardigan has a fitted shape, and it´s most characteristic feature is the shoulder-saddle. It has a slight positive ease around the shoulders/upper arms, and no ease around bust/waist, with flattering pleats on the hips. The cardigan is knit in the round and later steeked. The pattern gives detailed instructions on steeking/reinforcing. The pattern also includes instructions for a flat version. Don´t be fooled by this cardigan´s casual look! The yarn adds drape and a luxurious subtle shine, and though the pattern construction itself is easy, certain parts of the pattern instruction calls for a reasonably experienced knitter. This cardigan will prove to be an essential garment in any wardrobe!

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X Large and XX Large, to fit bust cm / inch: 84/33, 90/35, 96/38, 103/40 and 110/43

Gauge: 22 st(s) x 33 rows = 10×10 cm (4 inch x 4 inch)

Yarn: Alpaca Silk, 80% alpaca/ 20% silk (sport weight) from Old Maiden Aunt in color: Bitter Bug.

4,4,4,5, 5 skeins à 266 m / 290 yd / 100g.

Yarn: Alpaca Silk, 80% alpaca/ 20% silk (sport weight) from Old Maiden Aunt in color: Mystery and Pumpkin Pie. 2-2, 2-2, 3-2, 3-2, 3-3 skeins à 266 m / 290 yd / 100g.

Yarn: BabySilk, 80% alpaca/ 20% silk (sport weight) from Du Store Alpakka in color: 322 Gray and 323 Light Gray: 4-3, 4-4, 5-4, 5-5, 6-5 skeins à 133 m /145 yd / 50g.                                                          Model: HG

1470406_10151709688650876_318751612_nThis is Gerda! More of her later…


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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.