wool&gathering

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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A bit of sewing…

I´ve had this thin cotton fabric in my stash for nearly 10 years. I “stumbled” upon a little unlikely fabric shop in the less popular end of the main street in a small town here in Norway. I think I have a fine-tuned intuition. That is, -it´s only tuned towards yarn and fabric. I can smell it! Wether I´m in London, Riga or Copenhagen, trust me to find the fabric- and yarn shops! (…much to my fellow travelers` annoyance…suddenly I´m just off – and they know there will be a 30 minutes delay – while I ramble through the shelves for local jewels!)

This little shop looked like something you would find in a Harry Potter novel, a shop you could place right in to “Diagon Alley” – and the owner definitely looked the part. She must have been nearly 90 years old – and with her thin white hair gathered in a knot in the back and her Half-glasses, I was not surprised she was a seamstress – the old school sort…

This grand old lady clearly knew her CPI – and had, every 10 years or so… taken the time to re-price her fabric accordingly – and the small white price-tags attached to the rolls of fabric by some string (remember those?) had several over-crossed numbers on them. Each number a great deal higher than the former… I´m guessing this shop were her project – not her income… Which meant I could find treasures from the 60´s and 70´s among the dusty teak-shelves, while she strictly informed me what I could, -but mostly – what I could not use this fabric for… One of my best spent 30 minutes – ever!!

The pattern is from Burda; magazine 10 / 2012 (you can find it here). I´ve done a few mods – added piping -made from cotton bias tape and some thin, round elastic, and I´ve lined it.

I had at some point cut a piece from this fabric – and had to replace a bit (right pic. over) to make the pattern fit – but it´s hardly visible… I´m not sure I´ll ever wear this skirt though…? The resemblance to my grandmothers apron is clearly there… Maybe, if I wake up very courageous one fine summer´s day…

The bottom pic. shows the other fabrics I also managed to save from eternal “dustification” among the teak-shelves that great day… Better put it to use before I end up like that grand old seamstress…


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Thinking of sewing…

I just can´t sit still! The thought of not knitting is so new to me, that my whole world in some way , has to be reinvented! Seriously? It feels like my personality is dependent on knitting!! …. So I´m thinking of things I can do when not knitting….

This is a post about thinking of sewing:

I consider myself lucky! I´ve seen both the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) and the Aurora Australis (southern lights). When you live in Norway, the night sky occasionally lightens up in a spectacular live-show, -better than any tv-entertainment…. it might look like this:RPHsR1NuqyJXxWVLRwUBzQF_mwklEIe4WCp2QdF6RPbQ

I spent 6 months in Australia in ´89-90 (literally a century ago), and I had the opportunity to witness the Aurora Australis as well. The night-sky over a West-Australian farm landscape was covered inimages-1 something that looked like a sharp pink, slow-moving sand-storm. I´ve actually never witnessed a sand-storm, so this equation is pretty stupid really, -but I´ve seen it on TV, and to those of you not living in an arctic or antarctic area (Aurora Australis is the Antarctic equality of Aurora Borealis…), this might give you a clue as to how this light moves across the sky.

20 months ago, my dear Australian cousin gave birth to a baby-girl. Names were discussed, and she gave me a hint to which names they were considering. Amongst them was Aurora! (another one was Lily – to which I replied – maybe a bit too sharply (ehm!) that any woman of this family will never – and I repeat – never(!) be a prima ballerina, and will surely not break in the first spring storm….! We´re not the petite type. We can carry the load, …and look like we can carry the load too….:))

My mum actually sent me to ballet-classes when I was 7. So I know what I´m talking about. She drove for 2 hours each thursday, only to achieve a daughter who, ecstatically told her father afterwards that: «I ran faster than any of the other girls in ballet»! I only had to do 6 months of ballet lessons…..

So, of course I gave my thumbs up for Aurora! What better name to give an Australian baby who´s grandmother is Norwegian?

Aurora 3_2295-1So I give you Lily Aurora:) The most beautiful girl I´ve never met! (I just know!) My own girl is turning 13(!?) theese days and I can no longer make small girls dresses, so Lily Aurora was in my thoughts when I ordered this fabric a while ago. I´ve, by force, made the space around the sewing machine for mending lately, but I have to make an effort to clean out the room, and excavate the sewing machine properly in order to sew up a few dresses for Lily Aurora.

These are the fabrics I intend to transforme:):