wool&gathering

Knitting, design, wool and other gatherings….


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Wrap´nWalk…

WalkCollection Suave DK, ebony

WalkCollection, Suave

“RittenhouseTown Wrap” by Jocelyn Tunney was recently published on Ravelry. It´s a free knitting pattern. I had in my stash WalkCollection´s Suave DK in the color “Ebony”, that I intended for another shawl. But when I found the Rittenhouse pattern I just had to try it, and it turned out wonderfully! I love it!! I´ve named it: “Wrap´n Walk”.

It´s a classic wrap/shawl that really looks like crochet…

The pattern says to use 3 skeins of a worsted weight yarn. I had only 2 skeins of a dk weight yarn. After blocking my shawl/wrap measures 72″ x 26″ (183 x 65 cm), which is amazingly close to the numbers in the pattern: 68″ x 25″. The only mods I did was to use thinner needles, 6 rows of garter st(s) instead of 8, and to cut the fringes shorter… I would prefer them longer, but was out of yarn.

The pattern is well written and the stitches easy to memorize.

I´m so happy with my Rittenhouse. The yarn is beautifully soft and luxurious, and the color is just the right shade of “faded” grayish brown. I can definitely picture myself knitting more of these shawls…


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“Plucky Everyday” now also in Norwegian…

Scroll down for Norwegian / norsk lengre nede på siden….

Plucky Everyday

Plucky Everyday

My free pattern “Plucky Everyday” was rewritten a while ago, and I´ve long wanted to translate it to Norwegian (yes; I write my patterns mainly in English, which is quite awkward, being Norwegian…) I blame Ravelry! I had to learn to knit in English to get access to all the wonderful patterns out there, and I find English / American knitting patterns to be much richer in details than the Norwegian ones, both in instructions and construction. This has “leveled” out some over the last years, but I quite often have to squeeze my brain trying to translate very common English knitting-terms to Norwegian. The terms simply does not exist in Norwegian, or; they are described in a rather difficult way… In this instance I´ve had to make up a totally new term for explaining krl and kll, an important part of the “Plucky Everyday” pattern. I hope the Norwegian readers will excuse me for this, and I also hope I haven´t missed it if there actually are a term for this…

Norsk:

Jeg har endelig fått tid til å oversette “Plucky Everyday” genser-mønsteret til norsk! Dette mønsteret ble første gang publisert på Ravelry i september 2012, og har blitt lastet ned intet mindre enn 2956 ganger siden den gang… Dette er et gratismønster, og mønsteret gir bare instruksjoner for en størrelse (M – 38/40), men kan lett gjøres mindre el. større…

Plucky Everyday

Plucky Everyday

  • Inspirasjon: Purl Bee´s: «Everyday Linen Raglan»
  • Garn: «Plucky Feet» fra Plucky Knitter, 373g. av 460 g / 1 555 m. (4 hesper)
  • Kan byttes ut med garn tilsvarende ca 338m /pr 100g. (169m / 50g)
  • Farge: «Medieval», 90% merino + 10% nylon.
  • Pinner: Rundpinne 80 cm + 40 + strømpepinner: nr: 3 + 3,5mm
  • Strikkefasthet: 22m x 36 rader = 10 cm x 10 cm
  • Teknikk: fra-toppen-og-ned, ragland, på rundpinne, sømløs
  • Størrelse: 38 – 40 (M)
  • Spesielle teknikker: midlertidig oppleggskant + øke med markeringsmaske

Mønsteret inneholder linker til de nødvendige teknikkene, og jeg har laget en bildeinstruksjon for å forklare prinsippet med å øke med markeringsmaske. På engelsk heter denne teknikken krl og kll (knitting right loop og knitting left loop). Jeg har kalt økningene ØMMH + ØMMV (øke med markeringmaske høyre, og øke med markeringsmaske venstre). Her er bildeforklaringen:

ØMMH og ØMMV

ØMMH og ØMMV

For mer informasjon om garnalternativ og modifikasjoner, se; projects/woolandgathering/plucky-everyday

Jeg har startet på en ny “Plucky Everyday” genser, denne gang i BaaRamEwe´s: “Titus” i farge kull, mest for å kunne renskrive mønsteret, -men det er jo synd å rekke opp en lekker genser i et enda lekrere garn?! …bare å strikke videre!!


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New hats…

I had to take a break from my bigger knitting projects, and whip up some hats. The pattern is very simple, and one I translated from Norwegian to English a while ago. The original pattern is frk snupps FWSS en skamløs kopi. I have written a post about this one before: Just brilliant… where I explain the history behind its rather strange name.

I have done some editing on the english version of the pattern, and you can find a free pdf version of it here: Ms snupp´s Angora Hat (FWSS – a shameless copy)

Details on “Gray Cloud” (gray hat)

Details on “An Apple a Day” (green hat)

IMG_4304The good news: Update on the “National Knitting Night” Nov 1st: my “Flower Power” sweater will appear on the catwalk! Can´t wait….

The bad news: I´ve been a dedicated knitter for 38 yrs, no, I´m not ancient, I just started very young… Until recently my knitting has been solitary, and a quite geeky form of activity. This has changed, both for me personally and in society in general. There´s a new generation of knitters out there, and knitting has become “the thing to do”! I guess I´ve been waiting for this TV-moment for 38 yrs!! But what do you think happens when my dream finally comes true?: an all-nighter of knitting-bliss on national TV? I have to catch a plane at 7 am the next morning! Crap! Will be fun though, teenage daughters and mums on a city-weekend! …I can always catch up on internet-TV later!


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Plucky Everyday v.2

Hi, I´m back!

I´ve just made some alterations in my “Plucky Everyday” sweater pattern. Though this is a free pattern that I´m not planning on spending much more time on, it bugs me every time someone notes me telling me they have difficulties reading the pattern.  It mainly bugs me because I would,  of course,  like to present the knitters out there with a pattern that works, and I would also like to know that the knitters out there have a reasonable pleasant time knitting my design no matter what they have paid or not paid, and no matter how many hours of work I have already put into presenting this pattern.

Plucky Everyday

Plucky Everyday

I´m grateful for all your feedbacks on this pattern and I´m sorry for not getting around to working through the pattern earlier. But now it´s done, and “Plucky Everyday v.2” now includes row-by-row instructions on shaping of the neckline, I´ve added one more needle size and made the neckline a bit more narrow.

I cross my fingers and hope this new version have corrected the difficulties some of you have experienced.