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Monogamous knitter?

I’m far from being the monogamous knitter. I started out as one but knitting a project that makes you lose your knitting mojo is just not satisfying in the long run. I decided that life is too short to knit things you don’t like.

My argument for knitting many things at one time is that it’s practical. I’m usually working on some pattern that I can’t easily travel with or can’t knit while interacting with people, so that automatically becomes my “knitting at home” project. Then I need something I can take with me to knitting clubs, meetings or cafés and can knit while talking to people.

Ok. You might say that I have a case of the startitis. A bad one! But at least I try to justify it :)

So, what am I knitting now?

The royal blanket for our baby, expected this summer. This one I can’t travel with and I’m no fun talking to while knitting it!

A striped sweater, also for the baby, but I don’t like how the pattern turns out. It’s an old pattern of an open sweater, knitted lengthwise from one front to the other using short rows for shaping. It’s in two colors which gives the sweater a cute striped look. However there is no wrapping and turning or any other method to avoid the tiny holes when you do the short rows and the way the different colors twist at the turns really bothers me. And there is no way I’ll dress my baby in a sweater that gets on my nerves so I’m frogging this one, using the yarn for a hat or mittens. Or tiny shoes!

A little baby hat, my own design. I’m having a little fitting tonight and hopefully I can photograph it on the model. Then I just need to finish the pattern and publish it!

A sweater, also my own design. It’s on the “sketching, calculating and gauging” stage but will soon develop into the “writing the pattern and knitting the first prototype” stage. I’m very excited about that one.

A Mini sweater. The pattern is Mini by Else Schjellerup. I fell hard for this pattern and the yarn is a gorgeous silk/merino blend from Design.Club.Dk. I mean, look at it:

Ok, I’ll admit it: I haven’t cast on the Mini Sweater just yet, but I’m winding it up in a ball right now and THEN I’m casting on!

Knitting for babies

I’ve knitted many sweaters, hats and blankets for newborn babies of friends and family. This year, I’m knitting for my own baby, due this summer. I want my knits to be nearly perfect: Nice, good quality yarn, nicely knitted etc. But knitting for your first child tunes up the need for perfection. Because of that I have now frogged a week’s worth of knitting, because it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it. It was not a major mistake, it was only a tiny matter that I doubt people would have noticed. But it’s a blanket for my own baby and it shall be perfect!

So on the knitting needles now is the baby blanket “Det hele kongerige”. It’s a blanket that babies in the Danish Royal family get when born. Here are the twins of Mary and Frederik wrapped in the blanket:

I’m using Dale Baby Ull, it’s really soft and nice. Here is the pattern on Ravelry. I will of course post mine when it’s ready :)

And… we’re having a boy :)

More birthday knitting!

Inga, one of my sisters-in-law, is an opera singer, my singing teacher, and a fabulous diva. Her birthday was last July so I decided to knit her a shawl. I thought it would be perfect for the occasion to photograph the shawl on her grand piano…

Pattern:  Pretty Maids by Joyce Fassbender
Yarn:  Istex Kambarn, colorway 1218
Needles: 3.5 mm.
The shawl on Ravelry.

More photos on my flickr.

2010 in knitting

Here is a list of some of the projects I knitted in the year 2010, somewhere between getting married, working, studying and moving :)

For photos – click here :)

Frost for Rocky – Traditional Icelandic sweater made for my friend Rocky.
Pattern: Frost by Védís Jónsdóttir published in the book Lopi 29.
This project on Ravelry.

Chunky hug – a big wrap made from Bulky lopi, Icelandic wool.
Pattern: Klukkuprjónsslá from the book Prjónaperlur.
This project on Ravelry.

Mystery KAL – mystery knit-along.
Pattern: Found somewhere on the web.
This project on Ravelry.

Icelandic hat – birthday gift for a friend.
Pattern: Húfa úr tvöföldum plötulopa from the book Vettlingar og fleira. Fair isle part made up along the way.
This project on Ravelry.

Little pink BSJ – the first garment I make from Eigingirni – MyOwnYarn/EgoYarn hand dyed by myself.
Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabet Zimmermann.
This project on Ravelry.

Vest goes retro – A retro vest made from my stash.
Pattern: Vesti goes hipp from the book Prjóniprjón.
This project on Ravelry.

Fire shawl – A simple shawl knitted from my own hand dyed wool, Eigingirni.
Pattern: Þríhyrna from the book Prjóniprjón.
This project on Ravelry.

Skjól – Cowl, knitted from my hand dyed wool, Eigingirni.
Pattern: My own design, published in the book Fleiri Prjónaperlur.
This project is not yet on Ravelry.

Little boy blanket – A warm baby blanket made for my friends little newborn.
Pattern: Bring-it-on-baby blanket from pickles.no.
This project on Ravelry.

Little blue BSJ – A BSJ in blue.
Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabet Zimmermann.
This project on Ravelry.

Little baby caps – Caps for newborns.
Pattern: Kvenfélagshúfan.
This project on Ravelry.

Little girl blanket – A baby blanket.
Pattern: Bring-it-on-baby blanket from pickles.no.
This project on Ravelry.

Tiny baby shoes – Tiny shoes with the cutest buttons ever!
Pattern: Tiny Shoes by Ysolda Teague
This project on Ravelry.

Krílapeysa – Little “lopapeysa” for my little nephew.
Patten:  Íslensk/færeysk krílapeysa by Erla Sigurlaug, published in the book Fleiri Prjónaperlur.
This project on Ravelry.

Christmas knitting

It may be a little to late to start knitting all Christmas presents now, unless you can knit 24/7 through December. But, you can always knit something cute to decorate your home or just for fun.

On Ravelry you can find a knit-along for an Advent Calendar Scarf where you get a little piece of the pattern every day until Christmas.

Drops Design has a Christmas Calendar where you can open one window per day. A good exercise for the impatient knitter ;)

For me, there won’t be much knitting until I’ve finished my exams on the 15th of December. I can’t wait! :)

Baby boots!

I have so many friends having babies these days! I love to knit gifts for newborns so the last few weeks I’ve been doing blankets and little caps. The other day I bought Ysolda’s books Whimsical little knits 1 and 2 and have since knitted the cutest baby booties I have ever seen. It’s a great project if you need a little gift and a perfect opportunity to show off cute little buttons you might have in your stash :)

Baby boots

Pattern:  Tiny shoes by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Ístex Kambgarn
Needles:  3.o mm.
My tiny little white shoes on Ravelry.

I also knitted a Bring-it-on-baby-blanket in bright “girlier” colors. I just love this pattern and to use bright colors!

Bring it on baby girl

Pattern: Bring-it-on-baby blanket from Pickles.no
Yarn: Ístex Kambgarn
Needles: 6.0 mm.

My little girl blanket on Ravelry.

Knitty is back!

What a summer this has been! I moved to a new place, got married (man! that was fun!) and got a summer job as a librarian!  Also lost my knitting-mojo somewhere along the way and haven’t knitted for about 1.5 months now. So what better way to kikc-start your knitting-mojo than a beautiful baby blanket?!

I’ve been looking at the Bring-it-on baby blanket from Pickles for days now and finaly bought the yarn. I bought one of my favorites, Icelandic Kambgarn, in four colors: beige, gray, blue and kind of green/blue. It’s 100% pure new wool, spun and dyed in Iceland and comes in so many fabulous colors.  The blanket will be a gift to my friends baby, a little boy due in the fall. Can’t wait to cast on! :)

And yeah, did I mention that my deliciously scrumptious and vibrant hand dyed Eigingirni can now be shipped worldwide and I accept PayPal? Yes indeed! :)

HAPPY SUMMER KNITTING!

Tip: Lace frogging

If you have knitted lace and made a mistake you know how frustrating it is to frog it. It’s always a chance you accedentally miss an yo or a ssk and get lost in the pattern. Trust me, I’ve been there…

So I was very glad when I read about how not to loose your lace when frogging. It takes a little thinking ahead…

Take a thread or a laceweight yarn and thread it through the little hole in your interchangeble needles. Some people use dental floss but I’m not a fan of menthol in my lace so I use thread or laceweight yarn. Let’s call this extra yarn/thread our helper-yarn.

Knit as usual. See how the helper-yarn goes into all the stitches on the needle.

When you have reached the end of the row, tie both ends of the helper yarn together.

Leave the helper-yarn in and keep knitting. If you find a mistake you can frog your work and it will never go lower than the helper-yarn. That way you can frog and then put the stitches back on the needles without loosing yo’s, ssk’s and k2tog’s!

Here you can see the stitches on the helper yarn after frogging. Now the stitches can be moved back on the needles without dropping or getting lost :)

Use as many helper-yarns as you want. Leave them in until you are sure there is no need to frog. Then remove it and enjoy your lace project :)

(If you don’t have interchangeble needles just thread a tapestry needle with laceweight yarn or thread through all the needles on the hook, tie both ends together and knit as usual.)

Eigingirni shawl

Just finished a shawl with my own hand dyed wool, Eigingirni (unfortunately only available in Iceland for now).

Pattern: Þríhyrna from the book Prjóniprjón.
Yarn: Eigingirni from Knitty Attitude, 50 gr.
Needles: 6.5 mm.

Eigingirni shawl on Ravelry and Flickr!

Knitting accessories: Stitch markers

Knitting accessories are, in my opinion, just as necessary as good knitting needles and beautiful yarn. Knitting becomes more personal and fun if you have nice things in your knitting bag. You’ve all got knitting bags, right? With an unfinished easy project (that you can knit while participating in a meaningful conversation), scissors, tape measure, stitch markers, and lip gloss. I think everybody should have at least one of those bags. They are really great and every time I’ve lost a project, I find it in one of my knitting bags!

Stitch markers are one of the accessories I use very much. When I was younger I just used a short piece of string in a different color but as I got older I grew love for beautiful stitch markers.

I use two types of stitch markers:

Markers that you put in the project.
These markers are usually plastic and are used to mark the beginning of a row, where increasing/decreasing begins, where to measure from and so on. You put the marker in the project and leave it there until you don’t need it there anymore. Here you can see this type of stitch markers.

Markers that you keep on the knitting needle.
These markers are often beaded or with some cute decoration and are kept on the knitting needle. This type of stitch markers is good to use in lace projects to mark the beginning of a row, the place where you increase/decrease in every row etc.  The marker is moved along the needle just like the stitches. Here is an example of stitch markers on the knitting needle.