wool&gathering

Knitting, design, wool and other gatherings….


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Don’t give up…

No, I´m not referring to the Peter Gabriel / Kate Bush song from IMG_6073´86. It´s not that serious, it´s just (ehrm!) yarn-related…

I´ve made an effort to remove some of the color from my overdyed “Mari” mohair yarn from this post. I managed to remove some of the yellow, it´s now a shade of purple…, so I´m sort of (…and hopefully) back to scratch.

I´m aiming to overdye the yarn to make it look close to the color in the last picture … a very dark, warm gray. I´ll give this yarn one more go, -and if anyone would give me some good advise…?

And when I say “one more go”, that´s exactly what I mean… I realize this yarn is an “impossible project”, but I´m not ready to give it up just yet!

I have a plan…


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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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more knitting needles please…

I´m not a stranger to knitting multiple projects at the same time, but now I think I´ve reached my limits, ..at least the limits to the number of knitting needles “stuck” in a project at the same time! I have several knitting needles in each size, and when I´m out of any of the sizes I know it´s time… And oops! -there went the mittens project, and that hat was a wonderful idea …2 years ago! So I was able to cast on for the “Laneway“. But if any other interesting designs turns up that uses the needle size 3,5 mm (US 4) I´ll have to finish one of my projects. …or buy some new needles, there´s always that option 🙂

So now I´m alternating knitting on my “Gerda´s Cardigan” and my “Laneway” (see previous post). I love them both! I think I´ll finish the Laneway first, simply because I need it to be finished first. Also, I know I´ll be needing the needles for another upcoming project. La Maison Rililie will be publishing a pattern for this great sweater soon, and I´m ready! (well, soon anyway….)

I have plenty of yarn in my stash for this sort of project, and all I have to do is decide on one of the alternatives, or two…

They are all a mix of Holst Supersoft / Samarkand, Garnudsalg.dk Blackhill Højlandsuld / Uld Silke and Malsen og Mor Shetland Soft.


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Rip it or redesign it…?

I finished this sweater, way back, in ´93. The organic wool/silk yarn was bought in a health food store. I moved in the «middle of» knitting this sweater …that happens – depending on how long it takes to knit a boring sweater …and as we all know, that may take a few years 🙂

But I decided, at one point, to finish the sweater, and was in need of more yarn.

And here´s the story: That yarn was only sold in this store, and since this was before the internet I had to call around to find out what I already knew, this yarn was only sold in this particular store!, which was on an island on the west coast of Norway… I lived on the west-coast of Norway, but not anywhere near this store, and I knew it would take me a 5 hours boat trip, – and then a 2 hour bus trip to get to this store… In addition I had absolutely no reason to stay in this place, but could, if I used a bit of imagination, make this place / store a part of my journey to go to a destination of choice. So I made a 10 hour trip out of a regular 6 hour trip just to buy more of this yarn, …and here´s the thrilling bit: I had to persuade the bus-driver to wait for me while I ran into this particular store to «rescue» more yarn! And who do you think was «hanging» in front of the counter as I stood there, jumping and waiting to pay for my yarn before the bus left me with my luggage on board…? Yeah, you´re absoutely right: the «Oh hang on, I think I have a coin here at the bottom of my handbag, just give me a minute and to clear away all this junk…» -kind of customer! So I just threw the money on the counter and ran back to the bus, just in time to avoid the bus-driver from getting a fit…!!

So I made myself guilty of two crimes that day: one when I made the bus driver and all the other passengers wait for me, and secondly, and the most serious one;  when I made the owner of this particular store think that I stole this yarn, or at least cheated her. Because she had no way of knowing that I actually paid enough for this yarn! Which I did by the way, – I just did not have the time to wait for my change, and tried to wave the yarn in front of her to let her know how many skeins I ran out of the store with… I hope she didn´t lay awake that night feeling she had been robbed!

This sweater was in frequent use for some years, but now I think it´s time to either rip it or rescue it. I´ve got some more of this yarn, so there´s possibilities here…

Maybe I should cut it open in the front and make a shawl-collar…? Maybe I could add pockets and ribbing at the bottom of the body and the arms…? …*thinking*…IMG_4864

It´s interresting to see the difference in the yarn before- and after washing. The skein on the right in this picture has been washed, and the left one – and the yarn one on the needles – has not…

If I, on the other hand, decide to rip it I could make an entirely different garment …?


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New pattern: “Winter Tires” / “Vinterdekk”…

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Winter Tires / Vinterdekk

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Twice a year you´ll find Norwegian car-owners breaking their backs changing tires. All 4 tires must be replaced by tires more suited to the environment. Winter roads can be very slippery (read; icy), and it´s required to be prepared for any road conditions. I guess many people will drive their car to a Garage and let the professionals take care of the job, -but not me! Oh no, I get my hands dirty twice a year! I´m currently down to doing the whole operation in 30 minutes. (*hearing applause*) Thank you!

Every spring I dress the car in summer tires. And every fall I take them off and replace them with winter tires. Winter tires are different from summer tires (which are the sort of tires you probably have on your car…), in many ways. The rubber used are different. The pattern, and the depth of the sipes, are different. Summer tires has a minimum depth of 1,6 mm, while winter tires has a depth of 5mm (min. 3mm). There´s a version of winter tires with studs in them (snow tires.wiki). I prefer those (feels safer), but they´re not good for the environment because they whirl up asphalt dust if the road is not covered in snow or ice. In some Norwegian cities you will be charged extra to use these tires. I´m environment-friendly in the sense that I use the non-studded tires (not that I find driving a car to be especially sustainable for the environment in the first place, -but I live in a quite remote area and need a car to get, well, anywhere…) But I do bike to work!

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Winter Tires / Vinterdekk

I´ve called my new beanie/hat pattern «Winter Tires» because the texture of the cables together with the color of the bulky yarn reminds me of winter tires. You can chose to make it studded by adding silver beads! What a great idea!! Note to self! Must make spiked version…

  • Yarn: Bulky: Mirasol Yarn «SULKA» col. S 211 Black
  • 60% merino, 20% alpaca, 20% silk
  • 3 skeins à 50 g/50 m(55 yd) (2 skeins without the pom-pom.)
  • Tip: make the pom-pom in scrap yarn…
  • Gauge: 16 st(s) = 10 cm /4 inch.
  • Needles: Circular needle 40 cm and double pointed needles; 6 mm / US 10.
  • Tools: Cable needle, tapestry needle, 1 stitch-marker, pom-pom maker.
  • One size: Fits head-circumference 54 – 58 cm / 211/2 – 223/4 inch. The size can be altered by using another yarn, alt. change needle size.

Cozy, cabled, oversized beanie. Easy and quick knit.

The yarn is soft yet firm, and is perfect for a beanie. The merino/alpaca/silk mix adds a very nice shine and the result is a «no itch» hat.

The pom-pom is of course optional. The pattern costs nkr. 20,- ($ 3,25)

Winter Tires / Vinterdekk

Winter Tires / Vinterdekk

Norsk:

Jeg har kalt mitt nye luemønster “Vinterdekk” fordi flettemønsteret i det tykke, svarte garnet minner meg om vinterdekk. Du kan velge å strikke inn sølv-perler for å lage en piggdekk versjon…

  • Garn: Bulky: Mirasol Yarn «SULKA» farge: S211 svartmelert
  • Føres i Norge via “Du Store Alpakka”.
  • 60% merinoull, 20% alpakka, 20% silke
  • 3 stk à 50 gr/50 m (2 stk uten dusk. Tips: lag dusk i restegarn)
  • Strikkefasthet: 16 m = 10 cm
  • Pinner: Rundpinne 40 cm og strømpepinner nr 6 mm.
  • Utstyr: Flettepinne, maske-markør, stoppenål, duskmaker.
  • En størrelse: «over-sized»,  passer hodeomkrets 54-58 cm. Størrelsen kan endres ved å bruke annet garn eller større el. mindre pinner.

Lettstrikket, lun og god «over sized» lue med enkelt flettemønster.

Garnet er mykt, men har samtidig godt hold, som passer bra til luer. Merino/alpakka/silke-blandingen gir en fin glans og resultatet er en lue som ikke klør.

Dusken er selvfølgelig valgfri. Mønsteret koster nkr. 20,- (via Ravelry)