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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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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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Presenting “Secret of Change” III & IV…

I´ve just finished knitting my favorite shawl pattern for the third and fourth time…

The pattern is: “Secret of Change” by Veera Välimäki.

Secret of Change III:

  • Yarn: 2 skeins of Pebble Silk Sock by Black Trillium Fibre Studio, in the color: Borealis + some gray alpaca/silk from Drops / Garnstudio.
  • Needles: 4mm / US 6

I actually finished knitting this shawl last July, but could not make up my mind about the gray bit. I ran out of yarn to finish the shawl, and decided to add another contrast yarn. The beautiful pink/purple yarn has lovely undertones of yellow, blue and gray, and I chose gray because it´s the most versatile of the three colors. I´ve been putting off blocking it until now, and I´m still not sure about the gray… I might just rip the gray out and keep it simple!

Secret of Change IV:

  • Yarn: Cashmere / Wool from Garnudsalg.dk, in the color Charcoal. The yarn has 1400 m / 100g, and it is held double.
  • Needles: 3,5 mm / US 4

I added 1 1/2 more repeats of eyelet section, to make the shawl big enough, and to use up all the yarn. This is my new favorite shawl! Love the color, the texture and the softness!!

I have not forgotten about my Landfall, but there are just so many other tempting knitting projects in my basket. I have promised myself to get back to it …soon! And after that I can finish my project using 100 % Norwegian wool, if I can wait that long…

Update:

I decided to rip out the gray on my Secret of Change III, and did the bind off using Holst Supersoft in col.: Goldcrest and Sweet Pea, one strand of each, held together. Satisfied! Finally:)