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An owlie sweater

I love owls. They just look so cute and smart. So knitting an owlie sweater for my little son was great fun!

Pattern: No. 41 from the knitting magazine Ungbarnablaðið Tinna no.13
Yarn: Lanett
Needles: 3.0 mm. and 3.5 mm.
The Owlie sweater on Ravelry

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The Danish Royal Baby Blanket

When I got pregnant I decided to knit a blanket that had been a favorite of mine for a long time: Babysvøbet – Det hele kongerige! by Marianne Knorborg. It took me from January to the end of April to finish the whole thing. I technically knit the inner border 6 times as I decided, after knitting two sides, that I wanted the lace to be more open.

So I went up a needle size, frogged the already knit borders and knit all four of them again. I’m really happy with the result! The outer border took the longest and the blocking was a bit tricky. But with great help from the husband and my new blocking wires (LOVE THEM!) it “only” took an hour and a whole room in the apartment!

I’m never blocking a huge piece like this without blocking wires…

Size before blocking: 100 cm x 100 cm

The borders drape pretty nicely.

PatternBabysvøbet – Det hele kongerige by Marianne Knorborg
Yarn: Dalegarn BabyUll
Needles: 3.5 mm. and 4.5 mm.
The whole kingdom on Ravelry

Well, hello world!

I spent the beginning of summer being very, very pregnant. I also lost my knitting mojo somewhere on the way so there wasn’t much going on in that department. It was a very hot June here in Iceland which makes knitting with wool very warm and sticky. But at the end of June, when my due date was just around the corner I decided to take matter into my own hands. I didn’t want to start waiting for the arrival of the little one so I started to knit him a sweater to wear on the way from the hospital. That way, each day waiting became another day spent knitting to get the job done!

I finished the sweater. And a little baby cap. I managed to knit one sock but then my little one decided it was time to join us here in the outer world ;)

In the middle of the night on the 6th of July me and my husband became parents to a beautiful baby boy whom we named Draupnir. Here is a photo of him on his way home from the hospital.


Sweater
Pattern: No. 41 from the knitting magazine Ungbarnablaðið Tinna no.13
Yarn: Lanett
Needles: 3.0 mm. and 3.5 mm.
The Owlie sweater on Ravelry

Baby cap
Pattern: Classical baby cap, pattern can be found in Icelandic here.
Yarn: Lanett
Needles: 2.5 mm.

Blanket
Pattern: Babysvøbet – Det hele kongerige by Marianne Knorborg
Yarn: Dalegarn BabyUll
Needles: 3.5 mm. and 4.5 mm.
The whole kingdom on Ravelry

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.