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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!

Knitted gift… for me!

I don’t get many knitted gifts. That’s why I got super happy when my mum knitted these beautiful mittens and gave me when I graduated as a folklorist from the University of Iceland last Saturday.

 

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 :)

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.

All that yarn and so little time…

Last August I travelled to Berlin with my husband for our honeymoon. We spent 10 days in this beautiful city and I found a yarn shop! Well, of course I had googled it, marked it on my google calendar and memorized which underground to take… ;)

handmade BERLIN is a yarn shop located in Auguststraße 91 (nearest underground: Oranienburger Tor). It has a good variety of nice yarn: wool, silk, cashmere…

I could have spent a whole day there! Bought a little yarn for my stash:

From top: Millamia, Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino, Artesano hummingbird and Debbie Bliss pure silk.

Just after we came home from Berlin I received a package from an American friend. And guess what… it was yarn! :)

Imperial wool, hand dyed Pico Accuardi, hand-dyeing tutorial and loads of Kool-Aid.

I’ve put all my new yarn in my yarn-cabinet that is now full. I’m going to have to buy a new one!

The last hours of 2009…

I am going to spend today knitting! The last day of 2009 has arrived, isn’t that amazing?! Time has flown away so fast!!

New Year’s resolution? YES! I am going to knit more, hand dye more and design more!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU! Look forward to a new year full of yarn, spinning, knitting dyeing and getting inspiration.

I think 2010 is going to be a great year!

Knitting madness…!

Ok. Why didn’t anybody tell me to start knitting x-mas gifts in July. Seriously, WHY?!  Ok… to be fair the Electric sheep podcast from Hoxton Handmade did warn me… but you know how it is ;)  (btw. I know I have said it at least once but I’ll say it again and again and again:  Electric sheep is an AWESOME podcast! ;) )

Anyway, x-mas knitting: extreme version has been going on lately, will post pictures of that later. I have finished all the knitted gifts for this year but I’m knitting for a friend that arrives on the 27th so I still have some gift-knitting to do.

I’ll spend x-mas at my parents with my fiancé so I’m packing. Here, I’m trying to cumulate all the stuff I have to take with me… this is about half of it.

It’s going to be niiiiiiice ;)


In case this is the last post for x-mas I wish you all happy holidays! ;)