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Knitting, design, wool and other gatherings….


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Brevann – a summer tee…

Brevann is Norwegian for glacier water – just what this color reminds me of.

It´s knit top-down with raglan sleeves and v-neck. I´ve added two rows of simple rib (k1, p1), before the i-cord bind off. The front, back and sides have a faux seam, and the four different panels are knit in different lengths, creating a slightly asymmetric hem.

  • Pattern: My own (link to my ravelry project)
  • Yarn: 2 skeins of Luna Grey Fiber Arts, Aquila. Fingering / 4 ply, 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere, 397 meters / 100 grams
  • Needles: 3,5 mm / US 4

I´ve been doing a lot of sewing lately – due to a sore elbow. Too much knitting I´m afraid – and especially too much knitting using traditional 100% wool yarn, which I find harder on the arms. I probably knit too tight too… I have to do a bit of research on my knitting-technique – because giving up knitting altogether is certainly not an option. So knitting this summer-tee in this great merino/cashmere yarn was sort of a vacation for my elbow – sort of…

The great thing about sewing – compared to knitting – is speed! You can sew a lot of garments in the time it takes to knit a simple summer-tee… While the great thing about knitting – compared to sewing – is that you can knit almost anywhere, and you don´t need machinery and the same amount of specific tools…

A bit of both pleases me, and I´ve “re-discovered” my sewing-room – which has been left to collect dust and all the “bits & pieces” a home not necessarily knows where to put. So I´ve cleaned it out, and am currently in the process of finishing hibernating projects. I might give you “the tour” one day…

…and if the “thief” would most kindly tell me where my best fabric scissors are (because it´s not me…?!) …please? …pretty please?


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Bjørk i Skumring…

I´ve finished all 4 of my “Mostly Purled” projects from this summer! I´ve shown “Cashmere Summer Top” and “Fog&Whisper” on this blog earlier. Now I´m presenting “Bjørk i Skumring“!


Yarn: Mirasol, Sulky Legato, lace weight
Color: Birch Bark + Twilight (100 grams of each color)
Needles: 3,5 mm
Pattern: My own
Technique: Top-down, short-row shaped shoulders, Boxy, 3/4 sleeves, v-neck

It weighs 205 grams. The v-neck edging is done in i-cord using a small amount of Tynn Alpakka in col. coal, from Du Store Alpakka. The tight 3/4 sleeves are knit by picking up stitches from the body. The yarn is great! Love the colors!
Thanks to my lovely model H!

I´ve yet to present the last of my mostly purled projects: the baseball sweater… I´ve just got to wash it first, due to a LOT of wearing …always a good sign…


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Fog&Whisper in Cozy Silk / Stone

My Fog&Whisper is finished (for a while now…), and I´m quite satisfied with the result! The pattern is Veera Välimäki´s Fog and Whisper. A versatile short cardigan with front panels in garter stitch. This project involves a lot of purling, apart from the front panels and the sleeves, -but still a lot of purling for my taste. But I found that purling can in fact make an otherwise quite tedious stretch of knit stitches a bit more interesting… You know that purling takes more time and therefore you settle with that, where as knit stitches in the round grows very slowly because in your mind you´re almost done… before you even start… The yarn: WalkCollection´s Cozy Silk Fingering / col. Stone was great for this project, and a delight to knit with!

I´ve done some alterations to the pattern instructions: I cast on for size 38”, and did the raglan increases only every 4th row for the last 4 increasing rows before dividing for the body/sleeves, to make the upper body a bit longer. Then I made 8 new st(s) under each arm. I knit the remaining close to size 42”
The pattern instructions says to knit in reversed stockinette, with the increases on the purl side. This to make the raglan increases less visible I think… I´m wearing this purl side out, and knit this in stockinette, and did the increases on the knit side. I made the body 5 cm shorter, and picked up 118 sts for each front band + 92 for the collar. Gauge: 24,5 st = 10 cm.

Just to settle the fact that I´ve cured myself of any purling-phobia, I´ve cast on for another sweater: V-neck Stripes. (yes I know, -it needs a new name…) It´s knit using the same method as with my Cashmere Summer TopMagic cast on on the shoulders. A few short rows to shape the shoulder part, and the fronts- and back part knitted from the shoulder stitches, and then all the stitches gathered on a circular needle for the boxy shaped body. I´ll pick up stitches around the arm holes for the sleeves. Love this soft alpaca, light fingering yarn from Malabrigo! I have to admit the fun part of the knitting is over. Only the upper-body involves purling, the rest is just plain knit stitches in the round, which in my mind is already finished …which it´s not! By far:)

To end this post; a few pictures from my trip to the wonderful world of hiking and kayaking in the heart of the Norwegian Fjords & Mountains: the county of Sogn og Fjordane on the west-coast of Norway. We had snow-storm on 1100 meters just to find 25 degrees celsius by the fjord the same afternoon… when you reach the top of the mountains it feels like you´re on the roof of the world with view of glaciers, 2000 meter tops and small villages scattered in the valleys between the steep mountain sides. Wild and fabulous!


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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…