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New pattern: “Winter Tires” / “Vinterdekk”…

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Winter Tires / Vinterdekk

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Twice a year you´ll find Norwegian car-owners breaking their backs changing tires. All 4 tires must be replaced by tires more suited to the environment. Winter roads can be very slippery (read; icy), and it´s required to be prepared for any road conditions. I guess many people will drive their car to a Garage and let the professionals take care of the job, -but not me! Oh no, I get my hands dirty twice a year! I´m currently down to doing the whole operation in 30 minutes. (*hearing applause*) Thank you!

Every spring I dress the car in summer tires. And every fall I take them off and replace them with winter tires. Winter tires are different from summer tires (which are the sort of tires you probably have on your car…), in many ways. The rubber used are different. The pattern, and the depth of the sipes, are different. Summer tires has a minimum depth of 1,6 mm, while winter tires has a depth of 5mm (min. 3mm). There´s a version of winter tires with studs in them (snow tires.wiki). I prefer those (feels safer), but they´re not good for the environment because they whirl up asphalt dust if the road is not covered in snow or ice. In some Norwegian cities you will be charged extra to use these tires. I´m environment-friendly in the sense that I use the non-studded tires (not that I find driving a car to be especially sustainable for the environment in the first place, -but I live in a quite remote area and need a car to get, well, anywhere…) But I do bike to work!

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Winter Tires / Vinterdekk

I´ve called my new beanie/hat pattern «Winter Tires» because the texture of the cables together with the color of the bulky yarn reminds me of winter tires. You can chose to make it studded by adding silver beads! What a great idea!! Note to self! Must make spiked version…

  • Yarn: Bulky: Mirasol Yarn «SULKA» col. S 211 Black
  • 60% merino, 20% alpaca, 20% silk
  • 3 skeins à 50 g/50 m(55 yd) (2 skeins without the pom-pom.)
  • Tip: make the pom-pom in scrap yarn…
  • Gauge: 16 st(s) = 10 cm /4 inch.
  • Needles: Circular needle 40 cm and double pointed needles; 6 mm / US 10.
  • Tools: Cable needle, tapestry needle, 1 stitch-marker, pom-pom maker.
  • One size: Fits head-circumference 54 – 58 cm / 211/2 – 223/4 inch. The size can be altered by using another yarn, alt. change needle size.

Cozy, cabled, oversized beanie. Easy and quick knit.

The yarn is soft yet firm, and is perfect for a beanie. The merino/alpaca/silk mix adds a very nice shine and the result is a «no itch» hat.

The pom-pom is of course optional. The pattern costs nkr. 20,- ($ 3,25)

Winter Tires / Vinterdekk

Winter Tires / Vinterdekk

Norsk:

Jeg har kalt mitt nye luemønster “Vinterdekk” fordi flettemønsteret i det tykke, svarte garnet minner meg om vinterdekk. Du kan velge å strikke inn sølv-perler for å lage en piggdekk versjon…

  • Garn: Bulky: Mirasol Yarn «SULKA» farge: S211 svartmelert
  • Føres i Norge via “Du Store Alpakka”.
  • 60% merinoull, 20% alpakka, 20% silke
  • 3 stk à 50 gr/50 m (2 stk uten dusk. Tips: lag dusk i restegarn)
  • Strikkefasthet: 16 m = 10 cm
  • Pinner: Rundpinne 40 cm og strømpepinner nr 6 mm.
  • Utstyr: Flettepinne, maske-markør, stoppenål, duskmaker.
  • En størrelse: «over-sized»,  passer hodeomkrets 54-58 cm. Størrelsen kan endres ved å bruke annet garn eller større el. mindre pinner.

Lettstrikket, lun og god «over sized» lue med enkelt flettemønster.

Garnet er mykt, men har samtidig godt hold, som passer bra til luer. Merino/alpakka/silke-blandingen gir en fin glans og resultatet er en lue som ikke klør.

Dusken er selvfølgelig valgfri. Mønsteret koster nkr. 20,- (via Ravelry)


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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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Biggest knitting-project of 2013…

My, by far, biggest knitting-project of 2013 was my “Big Blanket Project”. It was not my most difficult, nor the one that demanded my fullest attention to detail, but the largest, and in the end, the heaviest…

Big Blanket Project: my ravelry project here

Pattern: My own, but inspired by Murf´s “kryss her“, and “Mitered Crosses Blanket“.

Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Nepal: 26 skeins of 0506 Charcoal and 11 skeins of 0500 light grey. 50% Alpaca / 50% Wool, Aran weight.

Needles: 5,5 mm / US 9

Technique: Domino-knitting, 20 squares sewn together. No edging.

Measurements: Every square measures 33×33 cm; charcoal: 65 gr. + light gray: 27 gr.
The finished blanket weighs 2132 grams, to be exact, and measures 165 x 132 cm.

I´m very happy with the result! My daughter immediately claimed the blanket as her own, which I´m equally happy with… This blanket is an “ocean” of stretchy knitted fabric, and if you are like me – not seated in the coach for long at the time but constantly in and out, suddenly remembering to empty the dishwasher, putting a new load into the washing machine or simply just need a glass of water…, a blanket like this takes a bit of effort to wriggle out of… IMG_4530But if you, on the other hand, are a teenager strongly influenced by American TV-series, and therefore like to stroll around the house in short pyjamas´s all year ´round and in addition are “allergic” to everything itchy, this is your perfect blanket! And if you fit the before mentioned criteria you probably don´t have the urge to empty the dishwasher anyway…

That said; my new blanket is in my view a design-jewel! Very happy with the “look”! …and one jewel wrapping another… “Too much of a good thing is wonderful!”

I´m perfectly content with my old 100% Norwegian Wool blanket, …and best of all; I don´t have to share it anymore!


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National Knitting Night

The Norwegian Broadcasting Company (NRK), has, of lately, made a quite puzzling tradition of presenting the Norwegian audience with «minute-for-minute» productions of journeys and themes. This is puzzling in a broad sense! First; -who came up with the idea? -and why did they actually put the idea into action (…thinking; not all ideas are good ideas…)? And most importantly: Why did the public absolutely love this consept?

We´ve been presented with «minute-for-minute» boat journeys. I mean; 24/7 broadcasting of boat-journey along the Norwegian coast – and the crowds along the coast went bananas! -and the viewers suddenly became fanatically interested in Norwegian geography!!? (myself included…)

And what about a 24-hours broadcasting of a train-journey (Bergensbanen), from Bergen on the West-coast, to Oslo in the East, crossing the mountains…

We´ve been glued to the TV following a boat down a water-canal, and another show: fishing for Salmon, you know; the immensly popular sport of Casting!? (being ironic here…)

NRK lost me when they presented «National Wood-burning Night», a 24-hour production of firewood….. and I thought: oh please, what´s next!? Let´s just get on with our lives….!!

555911_10151907704184695_204211806_nThat was until I heard about NRK´s next «minute-for-minute» production: National Knitting Night!

What an absolute thrill!! My secret wish has always been to replace any sort of sports from the TV-screen with knitting! I don´t hate sports, -but I don´t like it either…

A small percentage of my wish has finally come true…

So, on the night of 1st of November 2013 you´ll find me glued to the TV (lost from this world as such:)), watching «minute-for-minute» National Knitting Night.

On this occation, Norway´s longest-running TV-show (over 40 years): «Norge Rundt» (…losely translated: Around Norway…?!) have been appointed the honourable role of opening this show. A part of their focus will be on the famous (in Norwegian terms…) knitting-book «Hønsestrikk» from the 70´s, and they invite the public to show their knitting based on this book. It so happens that I have a piece of knitting based on this book! I´ve actually got more knitting based on this book, -but this piece is the most obvious one:)

I was studying Arts & Crafts in a Teachers College in ´93, and we were given the task of presenting an exhibition on the theme: «Mennestet og Maktene» (The Power of/and Mankind). My friend and I chose to explore the age of «Flower Power». My friend, being the artist, did the drawing, -and me being the crafter did the knitting and  sewing. I sewed up different variations of flares, and I knit this:IMG_4304

I opened this post by stating my puzzlement around the «minute-for-minute» NRK-productions. This garment also puzzles me! Not because of the over-obvious statements in the pattern, but in the fact that I´ve kept the garment for 20 years!  I´ve only wore this garment once, and I received this comment (not kidding…): «Oh, you´re wearing a sweater with inwards and outwards genitals …cool!!»!? I´ve moved 11 times since this was knitted!! …and 11 times I must have looked at this garment and found it worthy of an extended existence… well, the time has come: I´m sharing this garment with the public, and will send «Norge Rundt» an e-mail.


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Incredibly thick…

dsc_0893_medium2I´ve just spent half a day of beautiful sunny spring Saturday working up a swatch to get the right gauge for Modern Garden Cardigan by Veera Välimäki.

I do have, in my stash, the right yarn for this beautiful, though special, cardigan that I have been wanting to make for a long time. It´s not Drops Eskimo, but a very similar 100% wool yarn. But I have decided against that yarn. It think it´s too hard, and I guess too itchy… This yarn, like Eskimo, would be perfect for felting or accessories, not for wearing. So I set out to «create» my own yarn by combining different yarns from my stash.

The base would have to be Viking Eco Alpaca, for the reasons that I have enough of this yarn, it´s one of the thickest yarns in my stash, and it had the right color, light grey. I just love this yarn, and it is my favourite yarn from Viking of Norway’s line of yarns. They also have a similar bulky Eco Wool which I like, and they have Bjørk (90% cotton 10% merino) which would be my current choice, if I had to buy a cotton yarn… The rest of their line is less interesting, in my opinion.

The Eco Alpaca has 125 meters to 100 grams, and would have to be paired with one or several other yarns to get the gauge of 8 st(s) = 10 cm (4 inches) on 10 mm needles (US #15).

IMG_3842Sample 1: Eco Alpaca + Drops Baby Merino, col 22 + Design.Club.Dk Duo, col 502. The colors works beautiful together. The baby merino adds body and the lambswool adds texture. Together these adds up to measure 79 m /100g.

I use der Lauflängen-Rechner to add up the yarn and measure the new length.

Sample 2: Eco Alpaca + Drops Alpaca Lace 70% alpaca 30% silk (grey) + Duo. The gauge seems a bit «looser» and the color is visibly «greyer». Together these adds up to measure 90 m /100g.

Sample 3: Eco Alpaca + Garnudsalg.dk´s Blackhill SilkeMohair col. kit + Du Store Alpakka´s Tynn Alpakka col. 142. The same «loose» gauge and a bit more fluffy. Together these adds up to measure 83 m /100g.

Sample 4: Eco Alpaca + Abuelita 3 ply (merino) col. light grey + Duo. Together these adds up to measure 80 m /100g.

Sample 5: Eco Alpaca + Drops Loves You III col. natural + Abuelita 3 ply. Together these adds up to measure 71 m /100g.

Sample 6: Eco Alpaca + Drops Loves You III col. natural + Abuelita 3 ply + Duo. Together these adds up to measure 63 m /100g.

IMG_3845IMG_3847My goal was to get under 100m/100 grams. All my samples are way within my goal, but none of them apply me with the right gauge. Sample 6 comes closest with 9,5 st(s) = 10 cm. These four yarns knitted together makes for an incredible thick yarn. Too bulky, and not what the designer intended, I think. This is a negative ease cardigan, and sample 1 – 4 is more suitable for «Modern Garden Cardigan». In addition the total content of alpaca should not be too high. I would go for sample one, if I didn´t have to buy more merino…, so sample 2 it is! I feel incredible thick for spending too much time indoors on a sunny day. Better cast on to make it worth while! I´m looking forward to this quick knit, I need that right now. I´ve already found the perfect buttons. The forecast for tomorrow is rain. Yeah!