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A new blanket, I think…

…a blanket for me this time. I´m thinking garter stitch and the whole blanket in one piece in the “log-cabin” method…



I´ve got 1 kilo of this great 100% Portuguese wool, from the lovely Rosa Pomar´s store: Retrosaria

The yarn is called Beiroa, and this is how Rosa describes the yarn (from the web site):

100% portuguese wool yarn. Manufactured in Portugal for Retrosaria from the wool of Bordaleira Serra da Estrela sheep. Beiroa softens and blooms beautifully after washing.

Weight: Light aran. 
Unit weight: ±100g
Yardage: 273 yards (250 meters)
Needle size: 4 – 5mm
Fibers: 100% wool
Texture: single ply

I actually bought the undyed yarn a few years ago, and started a sweater project from the book: “Natural Knits” (Jane Ellison) / the Mirasol project. Great book with some very nice designs. But my gauge was way off, and the Beiroa has been brewing on my shelves ever since. Finally I know what to make, and that´s always a good feeling! So I had to add some more colors to my Beiroa stash, and ordered 1 skein of each of the colors: 515 yellow, 685 anthracite and 688 ocean

This will be a smaller blanket than my Big Blanket Project, and I know myself well enough not to set a finishing date!


2013´s Hall of Shame…

I find that the start of a new year makes me want to clean out, start fresh and bring in the spring flowers. It´s way too early for spring flowers, unfortunately, but I can always start by sorting my knitting UFO´s. Just to be able to look at them from a new angle and so make them “fresh” again …or else I´ll never be able to finish them, if that´s the point…

So, without further ado, heres 2013´s Hall of Shame: (poor photos by intention…)

IMG_41501. Project: Project Herring II (my own pattern)

Yarn / needles: Garnstudio Drops Alpaca / 3mm.

Purpose: a sweater, for a project at work…

Sustainability: I´ll definitely finish if we can launch the project, or else it might reappear here next year. It´s 60% finished, and too far gone to rip! Though I can´t really picture myself wearing it …not my colors… I think?

IMG_41712. Project: Through Grey Mist (my own pattern)

Yarn / needles: Noro Silk Garden with Garnstudio Drops Kid-Silk / 7mm.

Purpose: Short cardigan with pockets just showing below the hem…

Sustainability: Wonderful yarn-combination, but this project went into hibernating when I realized it´s impossible to steek a purled garment…. (or I think so…) I´ll have to cut it after sewing with the sewing-machine. And yes, -I´ll finish it!

IMG_43233. Project: no name (my own pattern)

Yarn / needles: Baa Ram Ewe´s Titus + Garnstudio Drops Alpaca / 3mm.

Purpose: I wanted to make a cardigan using my “Store Ringstind” stranded pattern…

Sustainability: already ripped due to constructional difficulties. But I´ll definitely start this project again!!

IMG_45384. Project: no name (my own pattern)

Yarn /needles: Some large amount of sport weight superwash wool yarn I´ve had in my stash for at least a decade + bling bling… / 3,5 mm.

Purpose: a cardigan

Sustainability: I´d have to loose weight to wear this, so no… which is a shame because I secretly love this bling bling!

IMG_45405. Project: no name, but it needs one… (thinking…) (my own pattern)

Yarn / needles: Rooster Delightful Lace – alpaca / 3 mm.

Purpose: a sweater

Sustainability: I have already pictured what to wear with this…. so it´s definitely a yes!! Oh, give me strength to knit a million more stitches with this heavenly lace yarn on 3 mm needles….!!!

IMG_45426. Project: “Marius” Cardigan / Pattern: Sandnes Garn

Yarn / needles: Viking Alpaca Silk / 3mm

Purpose: a cardigan in the traditional Norwegian “Marius” pattern.

Sustainability: A traditional cardigan using untraditional yarn. Meant as a “family” garment, and hopefully a family heirloom. I´ll finish it, but I´m more uncertain about the sustainability of this yarn… can´t see it lasting a generation… I might be wrong though.

IMG_45447. Project: Socks (my own pattern)

Yarn / needles: Dye For Yarn BFL sock yarn / 2,5 mm

Purpose: socks

Sustainability: I hate knitting socks! There, I´ve said it! What´s the point of all that detailed work only to having to remove your shoe and wriggle your toes in the face of someone in order for them to see it…? But I´d love for someone to knit me a pair 🙂

IMG_45458. project: no name (my own pattern)

Yarn / needles: Duo Merino lambswool, 540m/100g / 2,5 mm.

Purpose: oversized cardigan with narrow arms

Sustainability: what was I thinking? An oversized project in super-thin yarn on super-thin needles…??? Yet still, I can see this finished at one point! Not sure about the construction though, this type of cardigan might not work with this construction…?

IMG_45469. Project: modified version of “Simply a Ribbed Hat

Yarn / needles: WalkCollection Precious Worsted in “lipstick” / 3,5 mm

Purpose: a beanie

Sustainability: We all need a red beanie, right? I´ll definitely finish this! Love the yarn! …and I´ll promise not to wear this with my “lipstick” cardigan. Same company, same color but different yarn, …yet still, too much together!

IMG_455410. no name (my own pattern)

Yarn / needles: Garnudsalg.dk´s Blackhill Højlandsull / 3,5 mm.

Purpose: a fitted, longer in the back, Norwegian traditional pattern “Setesdal” sweater with kangaroo-pockets.

Sustainability: I´d love to finish this, …only, it´s a bit on the small side, and the “itchy” daughter wouldn´t even try it on if I know her right. But I´m not ripping …yet…

Puh! This helped! Very few of us can start a new year completely fresh, but it helps to see the tasks ahead with fresh eyes. I´m adding project 5 + 6 + 8 + 9 + 10 to my ravelry project page. Project 1 + 2 are already hibernating IMG_4555there… Project 7 will face “the-ripping-troll”, whilst project 4 will have to find it´s place at the bottom of a plastic box in a shelf behind the door in the house´ most untidy room …together with all the other too-good-to-be-thrown-away UFO´s (?) awaiting for a miracle like loosing weight or the energy to finish “the intarsia-project from hell”, like this 15 yr old “Foolish Virgins” project. Well, this last one just hit the trash! No, it would not make a good pillow…,  or anything. Too much history there… fresh eyes right?

Here´s to a fresh 2014!

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Color Affection…

My UFO`s in my Ravelry project page has stayed there long enough to make me embarrassed every time I look at it. Time to do something about it.

Here´s one of them: “Color Affection” by Veera VälimäkiIMG_3790

The wool is fingering Blue Faced Leicester from Old Maiden Aunt Yarns, in the colors; greige, lon-dubh (blackbird) and moody. Love them both, -the design and the yarn!IMG_3792

Only 16 more rows to go…..



I had a sweet tooth yesterday…. not for chocolate, but for a knitting book. I went to my favourite book store, and found two books that I might be interested in buying. And that´s just it…. isn´t it? I mean; -might be interested in….?

One was this:

9788282053006A whole book about the «Marius» sweater, -one of (in my opinion) the three most popular Norwegian knitting patterns. It´s a beautiful book, -filled with both traditional patterns and new and quite inventive ways of using the «Marius» pattern, all presented to suit several levels of knitting skills. I´m guessing this book has contributed to the formidable amounts of «Marius» sweaters currently walking around. I love the fact that knitting is back in fashion in Norway, and I don´t mean just knitted items, because they have, in one form or another always been fashionable. But the fact that knitting, -as in actually buying the yarn, casting on and moving the needles to create a garment, has become «the thing to do».

Old knitters …well ehm, as in «Old»…. like me, are walking around a bit more proud of our skills, and knitters more new to the technique are confidently joining the parade.

But I didn´t buy the book. I would highly recommend it, but I have the pattern archived in my head. I´ve knitted it several times before, and I also have the written pattern in various editions, -the first one from the 60´s….

The other book I held in my hands was this:9788202387501

Sanna Vatanen is Finnish, and the book is translated (to my knowledge) to Swedish and Norwegian. The cover draws my attention, and the content reflects the cover. Love that about a crafts book! It´s filled with great ideas on how to knit and crochet using your scrap yarn, all well presented in a colorful and inventive way. …and when the front page model is wearing yellow John Fluevog shoes…. need I say more:)

But I didn´t buy this book either. I know who to borrow this book from.

So I left the crafts shelves, suddenly thinking about the book I only remember the title of whenever I´m in this particular book store. But they still didn´t have it….. Internet is the murderer of small town commerce. I´m aware that my local store, of whatever trade, can´t carry every little item I ´m currently in the pursue of, and going home to press the buy button on your computer is very easy. So I found a book for my daughter feeling very pleased for being politically correct, -buying locally. And then I saw it! Not a knitting book timthumb.phpas such, but very knitting related. A book about knitting UFO´s. I could vaguely remember reading about this art project some years ago. I brought it home and spent a few hours giggling. Apart from really enjoying the pictures and the stories, I felt something that can´t be translated into English. And the only reason for this is that the word and the concept of the word simply doesn´t excist in English. The Germans has it: «schadenfreude», as has the Scandinavian languages. In Norwegian: «skadefryd». It basically means the joy you feel over other people’s misery! Not the proudest word, -I know!  The excellent Australian stand-up comedian Adam Hills makes a really enjoyable point of this in one of his shows (either «Characterful» or «Joymonger», -can´t remember which). I brought the book to my knitting-cafè this evening, and the restrained giggles as the book passed around the table made me realize I wasn´t alone in feeling «skadefryd» when seeing other people’s knitting-miseries splashed out for everybody to see. We all have them, on the bottom of the knitting-basket, in the far back of the shelves in the house´ most untidy room or as I once did; -framed the lonely glove, signed it, named it «One of a Kind» and gave it to my father for xmas. It still hangs there on the wall, forever lonely 20 years later…. Remember the sweater only missing 1/3 of an arm, -or the pair of mittens with two right thumbs? Some unfinished projects ends up irritating you so much that you couldn´t even be bothered removing the knitting needles! But that´s the exception, -mostly the needles are left in because you still have a plan……