February 25, 2014 by sigrid
Last Friday I visited a good friend of mine. We usually meet once a week to knit, and this Friday was no exception. But, as I am sure most knitters are aware of, not all project are suitable for a night such as this. When I decide what knitting project to bring to such a night (basically a Stitch`n bitch for two), there are two criterias that have to be met:
- The project should not be too big. Maybe I am just lazy, but I don’t want to bring a big duffel bag for my project to knit night. So the blanket I am currently knitting had to stay at home. Socks, on the other hand, are excellent to bring!
- The pattern should not be to complicated. When I visit people I think it is normal courtesy to look at them once or twice during the evening. If you can’t talk to you fellow knitter because you are trying to follow a complicated chart on a lace project, maybe you should have brought something less complicated. Don`t be so occupied by the stitching that you forget the bitching.
So for this knit night, I left the big blanket I am knitting in its basket, and went looking for a suitable project. I wanted something small, and I also wanted to use some of the yarn left over from the Fair Isle Yoke I made for my sister (the one I wrote about in my last post). Since the yarn is alpaca socks what not an alternativ. But, I wanted a project with more than one color. After some searching, I ended up with a hat for my niece. I found the pattern in the book “Klassisk barnestrikk” by Tove Fevang. I have had this book for more than a year, but it is the first time I make something from it.
The pattern was small and easy. Perfect for knit night. The hat was a part of a sweater, pant and hat set for children 2-4 years old. I wanted to make this hat the second I lay my eyes on it. It was super easy and very fast. I even got to make a pom-pom. Something I don`t think I have done since kindergarten.
(Since I did not have a child conveniently near by, Teddy let me use him for the photoshoot.)
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February 21, 2014 by sigrid
Two of my favorite knitting books is the “A stitch in time” books by Susan Crawford and Jane Weller. And I just finished a second sweater from volume 1. I have to admit I knitted the same sweater twice. But who can blame me! The sweater is gorgeous:
The first one I made a couple of years ago. One of my younger sisters have always loved it, so it was about time she got her own. And last night it was finished. Just in time for my parent to bring it when they go visit her this weekend. It turned out a bit smaller than the first one I made, unfortunately, even though I made the same size as last time. But looking back, the yarn I used on the first one was a bit thicker. Thats probably the cause of the size difference. I’m crossing my fingers, hoping it fits. It look OK on me I think :
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February 13, 2014 by sigrid
For some time now I have dreamed about making a pouf out of knitted fabric. And finally I have started the project. I searched the internet (mainly ravelry and pinterest) for a free pattern that will fit the mental picture I have of this project. I ended up with this:
It is the “Puff Daddy” pattern by Christien Meinderstsma, and is found on the Pickles homepage. The pouf is knitted on US #15/ 10 mm needles, but I think I am going to look for bigger needles. Since the pouf is to be knitted with fabric, I think maby US # 19/ 15 mm needles would be better.
I went through my fabric stash the other day to find a fabric I wanted to use. First of all I needed a fabric I have plenty of, and that easily match other fabrics in case I don’t have enough. I ended up with a black and white fabric I bought at IKEA many years ago. It was used as curtains in our first apartment, so it also have a sentimental value. But since the fabric is currently “curtanised”, there is some work to be done before I can actually start knitting. First I need to pick out all the seams, and cut the fabric into strips. I already started this tedious work.
To be continued…
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January 26, 2014 by sigrid
This autumn I tried to finish a few UFO`s. And I did in fact manage to finish some of them. One of the projects in my “to finish later” pile was the Herringbone Jumper by Johansen. I bought the pattern and yarn in September 2012, and started the sweater soon after. But for reasons unknown I did not complete it back then. Now however, it is done! The only problem with it is the size. I have gained some weight since I started the project (nearly 1 ,5 year ago), so it is a bit small. Especially the upper part of the arms. A fact, I admit, that puzzles me a bit. I thought the sweater would be maybe a little short, or maybe tight around my middle. Well, I might just have had knitted with a slightly different gauge, than on the rest of the sweater. But all in all, I think it turned out quite beautiful.
For this project I used Sirri Sirritógv Colour. I have never used this yarn before, and it was fun to try out a new brand. It was a bit rough on the hands, and I will definitely be wearing a t-shirt under the sweater. But I really loved the colors, and I also did not mind the roughness of it. The yarn is actually from the Faroaoe Islands, witch I think is quite fascinating. I did not even know there lived people on those Islands. But not only does people live there, they also produce wool apparently. If you are curious about the yarn, you should visit Sirris website. I bought the yarn at MorGrethe, one of my LYS, and will probably be buying the yarn again at some point. It also smelled good, with a hint of sheep. (Yes, I am a yarn sniffer.)
The pattern I bought was written in danish, but you can find the english translation on The Island Wool Companies webpage. It was fast to knit, but then again, projects knitted on 7mm needles usually are.
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