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Knitting, design, wool and other gatherings….


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Secret of Change V…

Secret of Change V

Secret of Change V

We´re sort of soul-mates, the Secret of Change shawl (by Veera Välimäki) and I. But when I decided to use the 2 skeins of WalkCollection BFL sock for a shawl, the search for a new pattern was on. I ended up with a few choices; Fresia, Dendrology and Charm. But as you see, I ended up with the Secret of Change, again… The Secret of Change V. I usually either knit from the top of my head, or jump at the opportunity at a new and exciting design. I very rarely knit the same pattern over again if it´s not my own pattern that I need to improve on.

So why have I ended up knitting the Secret of Change shawl 5 times? I could admit to poor imagination or laziness, but it´s really the great design. The shawl has a classic ease to it and the eylet details are a beautifully incorporated part of the construction and the overall “look”. It has a perfect size for a shawl (mostly used as a scarf) and the garter stitches makes it an easy knit. I simply just love the look of this shawl, and it´s also interesting to see the different versions in the different fibers.

Secret of Change collection

Secret of Change collection

Secret of Change collection

Secret of Change collection

My first version dyed&changed, was knit in a gray self dyed corriedale superwash sock yarn. The yarn is quite “hard” on the skin, and was only my favorite shawl until I knit the next one. The Another Secret. A dream in light pearl gray alpaca. My third: Secret III, was knit in Black Trillium Fiber Studio Pebble Silk Sock, in a pink/purple washed out color with some yellow and gray speckles. It´s beautiful but the color is quite special and you need the right occasion and the right outfit for it. My 4th version, the Secret of Change IV is a lot more versatile in that respect, being knit in a heavenly charcoal lambswool/cashmere lace yarn, held double. So I think knitting a 5th Secret of Change was a only a rational choice, since everybody needs a shawl in a great blue/green color, and my collection of shawls has got the perfect addition, just to wrap it up, so to speak…

Vertices Unite

Vertices Unite

And speaking of re-knitting a pattern, I just had to… a second Vertices Unite by Westknits. A long-time project this time, I think… I´m using “Mari“, a 80% KidMohair 20% Lambswool, fingering weight from Telespinn, a Norwegian grown and spun yarn. I´ve had this yarn in my stash for ages, and The VU shawl is perfect for this yarn. I´ll also mix in some left-over Alpaca/Silk from Old Maiden Aunt and Shilasdair Luxury fingering. I don´t have enough yarn for the Large size, so I´ll just adjust the size to the amount of yarn.


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Cashmere Summer Top finished…

My Cashmere Summer Top is finished! Project no.1 of three mostly purled projects…

The top weighs no more than 122 grams, and came out just as I wanted it to be! (the pattern is my own) See my last post for more details on the yarn and the construction.

Fog and Whisper

Fog and Whisper

I cast on for my “Fog and Whisper” cardigan by Veera Välimäki a few days ago. It´s looking good, and I hope to start the front bands today… I´m making a few mods in the pattern. You can read about them on my ravelry project page.

I still don´t hate purling, but I better hurry up and finish these last two projects before my mojo leaves…


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The joy of purling…

I currently find myself purling – a lot! This is something I usually avoid. I tend to choose projects I can knit in the round – with a minimum of purled stitches. I´d much rather steek than purl, and I tend to choose my projects with this in mind.

Then I started my Landfall, and finished my BlueSand Cardigan. And all of a sudden I´m «blind» to the downside of purling, and plan my projects without restrictions. I´ll be fed up in a while, but until then – I purl…

To me, purling is also a summer-phenomenon. When using cotton, linen and silk – the typical summer fibres, steeking is a bit harder, and the drape of the fabric will in my mind be disturbed. Which is why I never knit typical summer garments. Also, I´m Norwegian – I wear wool all year ´round, and if you put in the hours to knit a summer top, you usually end up slapping your own head in September for only wearing it twice!

So this season I´m going for «fusion». The materials will be mostly wool, mixed with some cashmere and silk, – and a lot of purling. For no obvious reasons – other than the fun of constructing without limitations…

summer top

summer top

First up is a summer top in lace weight 80% wool / 20 % cashmere (640m (700yd) / 100g), col. «kit» (putty), from garnudsalg.dk, knit on needles 3,5 mm (US 4). My gauge is 26 st(s) / 10 cm. It´s deliciously lightweight and soft, and I love the color which has a subtle tweedy look to it. It´s knit from the short-row shaped shoulders and down, back first –  down to the underarm, and then the front down to the underarm, where all the st(s) are gathered on a circular needle, and the body are knit in the round. St(s) for the short sleeves will be picked up from the upper-body, and finally the st(s) for the neck-line will be picked up and knit in the round. I haven´t decided yet whether to shape the hem with short rows, or to create some drape in another way …we´ll see. I´ve still got some endless hours of stockinette ahead of me…

baseball sweater

baseball sweater

My second project is a baseball sweater in fingering weight merino. I´m using tosh merino light for the first time, and I can see why this yarn is popular. It´s wonderfully soft! As a design feature I wanted the shoulders of this Raglan sweater to be purled in a contrast yarn. I have chosen Numma Numma, Panna sock, col «Vintage Velvet» lot B. The fact that these two yarns are so close in color just adds to the fun of it! All this purling for almost no reason!! The tosh´s color is «Black Panther», and the sweater is knit on needles 3mm (US 2,5) and my gauge is 27 st(s) / 10 cm. The second sleeve is almost done, and I´m looking forward to starting on the body. Being so similar in color also means I can go a bit «crazy» in creating the details without it being too obvious…

 

 

 

fog-and-whisper-2_medium2This seasons third project will be Veera Välimäkis «Fog and Whisper» …I think. I haven´t started it yet, but it would be a perfect way to use my WalkCollection´s Cozy Silky Fingering in the color «Stone». I´ve got 3 skeins of this beautiful yarn.

WalkCollection silky merino

WalkCollection silky merino

The color reminds me of oxidized silver. It has a vintage glow to it, and would be perfect for a summer cardigan. I´m concerned it might look too shiny, and I think I will use the purled side out, and an option is also to knit 3/4 sleeves, should I run out of yarn. I have told myself to finish one of the two other mentioned projects before I cast on for this one…


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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).


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I landed on Landfall…

BT 14  Landfall

BT 14 Landfall

I just knew I had to knit “Landfall” from Brooklyn Tweed 14.

So, I have started.

I had almost all the yarn in my stash, which is not bad considering the size of the project. I just had to order two more skeins of “Changthang” from Polo&Co. It´s listed as a sport weight yarn, though it has 400 m / 100g. I wondered about that when I ordered it, but it really behaves like a thicker yarn. It´s a 50% Yack- 50% merino yarn, and I absolutely love both the texture of the yarn and the color! It was also delivered very quickly!

The other yarn is “Blackhill Cashmere Lammeuld 17-2” yarn from Garnudsalg. It has 900 m  /100g, and is listed as cobweb weight. The color is “Rullesten”.

These two, held together creates just the right  gauge for my “Landfall” jacket. I´ve started on the back panel. The pattern is well written, the charts makes sense and I didn´t make any mistakes in the set up… I highly recommend it.

I can´t remember the last time I knit a garment flat. Must have been at least 10 yrs ago, if not more. Not my favourite, but I´ve decided to give it a go. It´s also nice to knit from an actual pattern for a change, and not always having to squeeze my brain on my own designs. But I hope you´ll cheer me on with this one, because I think it will take some time and patience to finish it!

…and yes, I have the best project-bag ever! That helps, -a bit!