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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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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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New hats…

I had to take a break from my bigger knitting projects, and whip up some hats. The pattern is very simple, and one I translated from Norwegian to English a while ago. The original pattern is frk snupps FWSS en skamløs kopi. I have written a post about this one before: Just brilliant… where I explain the history behind its rather strange name.

I have done some editing on the english version of the pattern, and you can find a free pdf version of it here: Ms snupp´s Angora Hat (FWSS – a shameless copy)

Details on “Gray Cloud” (gray hat)

Details on “An Apple a Day” (green hat)

IMG_4304The good news: Update on the “National Knitting Night” Nov 1st: my “Flower Power” sweater will appear on the catwalk! Can´t wait….

The bad news: I´ve been a dedicated knitter for 38 yrs, no, I´m not ancient, I just started very young… Until recently my knitting has been solitary, and a quite geeky form of activity. This has changed, both for me personally and in society in general. There´s a new generation of knitters out there, and knitting has become “the thing to do”! I guess I´ve been waiting for this TV-moment for 38 yrs!! But what do you think happens when my dream finally comes true?: an all-nighter of knitting-bliss on national TV? I have to catch a plane at 7 am the next morning! Crap! Will be fun though, teenage daughters and mums on a city-weekend! …I can always catch up on internet-TV later!


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DIY or dye …as it happens!

My New Years resolution #1 this year is: NOT TO BUY A SINGLE SKEIN OF YARN!

Status 8th of January:

yarn bought: 0

hours browsing the internet for fabulous and mouthwatering heavenly yarn: approx. 5,5 h

My grandmother was a wisard in the art of «sayings», …or directly translated from Norwegian: «words of wisdom» (I prefer the Norwegian…). And one local word of wisdom she often had to inform me of is: «Distress (as in poverty) teaches naked woman to spin.» (Nød lærer naken kvinne å spinne.) There may be a similar saying in English, there usually is….

So what to do when you can´t buy any wool yarn? -dye your own!

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Luckily I happened to have a cone (1,5 kilos) of undyed baby alpaca just laying around, bought at Garnudsalg.dk., and started by winding it into 100 gram skeins. This is a thin alpaca; fingering / lace weight and 600 meters to 100 grams. Winding is pretty boring in general, but when you´re very eager to start the dyeing prosess it takes forever!! So I decided to start with 3 skeins.

I had some old licquid Batik fabric coloring in my stash, and used vinegar to set the dye. I´m quite autodidact in my way of working,  -I do first and read later. If I´d read, instead of flipping through the instructions I downloaded, I would have known that alpaca isn´t the easiest yarn to dye. I would also have known that alpaca wool need a higher temperature, and later, a longer cooling period to set the dye properly. I´ve also learned, -the hard way, that you will need more of the black and blue dye, than the red, yellow and green.

I decided to dye one skein grey, one burgundy and one teal. As you can see I didn´t succeed in making any of those colors……

I ended up with a skein of apricot / rust, a skein of brown and last but not least; a skein of green. I´ve blogged about my aversion towards green here. And let´s just agree that this green didn´t help much…. The skein of apricot / rust is actually not bad at all….. the color is growing on me! I´m thinking a scarf, maybe lightly felted…….

I also put a skein of merino into the dye pots, and it came out black. I was aiming for a dark blue with hints of black……

But I had a great time trying. The hours flew, and working with wool is always a pleasure. I will definitely try dying wool yarn again.