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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!

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Knitting with Mr. Fibonacci!

Fibonacci was an Italian mathematician born in 1170. He is known for the Fibonacci sequence of numbers where every number is the sum of the two previous numbers.

It starts like this:  0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233… etc.

So… why am I, the knitter, going on about some Italian that loved numbers?

Because the Fibonacci numbers are BRILLIANT for striped knitting! Yes, by using these numbers to help us decide when to change colors you get a garmet that is random in color without looking like you where really confused when choosing the colors.

This is a vest I made, using Fibonacci’s numbers with the striping:

Pattern:  Vesti goes hipp from the book Prjóniprjón
Yarn: Létt-Lopi from my stash
Needles: 3,5 and 4,5 circulars, 60 cm.

Here is the project on Ravelry.

On the needles now is a shawl. The pattern is from the book Prjóniprjón, the needles are 6.0 mm. KnitPro’s and the yarn is my very own hand dyed Eigingirni. Here is what it looks like now… just a few stitches on the needles:

First project of 2010!

The first project of 2010 is a traditional icelandic sweater for my friend Rocky. I have both of the sleeves done. Hint if you don’t like knitting sleeves: Knit the second one first, it helps ;)

Pattern: Frost by Védís Jónsdóttir,  from Lopi 29
Yarn:  Álafoss Lopi
Needles:  4.5 mm. and 6.0 mm.


NB! There is an error in the pattern for the sleeves for the size small. It says CO 34 sts, knit 4 cm. of rib and then add 2 sts. Then you have total of 36 sts but the fair isle pattern requires number of sts you can divide with 8. So I casted on like it says for the size medium and adjusted the number of sts along the way. I ended up with 48 sts as told in the pattern.

Spinning !

I am learning to spin!  I’m on a course in an association of crafts (kind of difficult to explain in english…).  There I am learning to spin on a drop spindle (that was last week) and next to times we will learn to spin on a spinning wheel.

The result of the first lession is this:

Hanspun and plied!
Wool from Þingborg.

First, I spun the dark wool. It was uneven and “a bit” twisty at times but hey, It was the second time I’ve ever touched a drop spindle ;)  Then I spun the light grey-ish thread and then I plied these to together and guess what! It didn’t turn out so bad! Most of the twist justed dissapeared. I might just knit something out of it… :Þ

On the needles I have green/blue Blaka from the booklet Einband:

Pattern: Blaka by Védís Jónsdóttir
Needles: 4.5 mm. KnitPro
Yarn: Ístex Einband no. 1761

Secret knitting…

These days I’m knitting christmas presents so I can’t post photos of that on the blog. But… instead I bring you this:

S6002788“Meringue-thing”

How to:  Break meringue in the bottom, put whippet cream on and fruits and chocolate on the top. Eat and be prepared to eat “a little” to much ;)  (It’s good to put the whippet cream on the meringue and let it wait for couple of hours, it’s softens the meringue).

I LOVE this thing, it’s easy to make and tastes like heaven!

But on the knitting side:  The Newborn baby afghan knits up slowly but surely. I have to finish it soon because the baby is due in 4 weeks!

Hey, did I tell you that I’m going to learn to spin on a drop spindle and a spinning wheel in November? I will! You will hear more about that later ;)

Stress-skeins!

I started to knit a baby afghan and I had 3 skeins of the Icelandic Kambgarn. I knew it wouldn’t be enough but I started anyway. Then I finished all the skeins and went to my yarnstore to buy more. That didn’t work out good because they were out of my color and waiting for more from the factory. Holy yarn… that means I will definitely not get the same dye lot.

So I panicked of course… and then I called “my” yarnstore that is in the next town and asked if they had it and of course they did! Same dye lot and everything!!!  I will pick it up when I go to my knitting club on wednesday.

While I was searching for the skeins my friend told my that her mum always bought stress-skeins.  I think I will always do that from now on!

Yarn: Icelandic Kambgarn
Needles: 3 mm.
Pattern: Peppermint Ripple from the book Weekend Afghans


Closeup of the pattern

Knitting-night-out

When I was younger my mother was a part of a group of women that met over cakes and coffee and knitting/sewing.  The women took turns in hosting those nights and I remember the ones that were held at my place. I remember lots of cakes, chat and laughter.

Nights like this are quite common in Iceland, everybody know what “saumaklúbbur” is.

Last spring a friend of mine invited me to her knitting-club that met once a month.  Tonight is one of those nights!  I can’t wait to see the girls, eat alot, gossip, laugh and of course knit!

I’m planning on finishing my crazy colored shawl tonigh – if I won’t be too busy eating! ;)

P.s. Hand dyed 10 skeins yesterday! Hand dyeing  is addictive…!