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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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:)


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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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Check! 3rd Still Light finished…

My ultimate goal for the last 6 months has been to finish my “3rd Still Light”! 3 months ago I had to change my goal to finish it within 2013. And, eventually, I did! It dried up las night, just in time to take some pictures of it in daylight (didn´t have time to block it though…) on New Years Eve!. I call that a close call, but none the less, it´s finished!!IMG_4612

I´m very happy with it, and even more happy with my model! Thanks HG!

Pattern: Veera Välimäki´s “Still Light Tunic“. Mine is a version with modifications… You can see them here

Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino, 11 skeins à 50g.

Needles: 3mm / US 2,5

IMG_4618This picture is for Veera, the designer, being Finnish… 🙂

Happy New Year!!!


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Lipstick…

I couldn´t help myself. I just had to cast on to see how this yarn looks on the needles…

…and I love it! Everybody needs a Lipstick red cardigan, right? I couldn´t capture this color right though. It´s really a bit less orange… bad light for pictures these days…

Yarn: see previous post. Pattern is my own design where I experiment with a shoulder-saddle followed by the contiguous-method, developed by Susie Myers.

IMG_4501I really have to pull myself together to finish my 3rd Still Light, which is my goal for 2013! Less than an arm left…

Pattern: A modified version of “Still Light” by Veera Välimäki. Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino. Needles: 3mm.

What I really need is a DVD series I haven´t seen before, to keep my attention long enough to finish this arm. But in lack of such, I think I´ll put on my favorite; “The Borgias” season 1+2 for the n´th time, -or, tune my new Pinell DAB radio in to BBC Radio 6 Music and dream of 2014´s skiing-adventures… (no relation between the two…)

I´ve added quite detailed mods for my Still Light in my ravelry project page.