April 8, 2014 by sigrid
I usually write a blog post every weekend, and am sorry to have failed to deliver last week. But friday afternoon my life was struck by a sudden and very sad happening. Or, rather, the youngest of my two cats was hit by a car and died. We`we had her for roughly eight year, since the day she was born. Our other cat is the mother. I still expect to see her every morning when I wake up, or hear her mewing. And I guess that feeling will linger for a long time yet.
We buried her under one of the apple trees in the garden, tucked in her favorite blanket. I have lost pets before, but never this sudden. It is amazing how much I loved my little (well… not that little) fur ball.
My next blog post will be much less sad, and contain knitting. I promise.
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March 30, 2014 by sigrid
This is most of my UFOs. The last six months or so, I have tried to finish a lot of the big heap of UFOs that some how seemed to grow bigger and bigger. I love to start new projects, but have a tendency not to finish all of them. Stupid, yes I know. Instead of putting a project down when I get bored with it, or come across a problem I don’t have the patient to deal with, I should just keep on going and cherish the feeling of finishing a garment. But now I am proud to say that the number of unfinished projects have decreased some. The “Autumn sweater” or the Herringbone Jumper I wrote about in an earlier blog post, is one of the projects that used to be a part of the UFO pile. (more…)
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March 17, 2014 by sigrid
In my craft room there are a lot of gauge swatches. Mostly I don’t know where they all are hiding. But now those days are gone! Because last weekend, I made myself what I call my inspiration board. I did not want one of those boring cork boards, so I bought a painting canvas. The idea was to cover it in fabric and hang it on the wall. I don’t quite know where the idea came from, probably Pinterest.
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March 4, 2014 by sigrid
The sky is grey, and there is a light drizzle outside. Also, it is almost dark. Not exactly the kind of weather that makes you smile, dance and go for a 3 hour walk. The sofa, knitting and a big cup of tea is much more appealing this gloomy afternoon. And that is what I shal do today, but first I have to find a knitting project for my mother. I suddenly realized that this is something I have never done before. Every knitter, I imagine, is sure of what they prefer both in a pattern, yarn and color. But I have never had to pick a project for someone else. Well, I accept the challenge thrown upon me!
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February 6, 2014 by sigrid
Everybody knit, well, almost everybody. And at least every person with two hands can learn. Here are some inspirational pictures. Enjoy
Sarah Jessica Parker
And elderly woman sits and knit on her 104th birthday
Knitting mouse, from one of Beatrix Potters books
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February 2, 2014 by sigrid
I am very fascinated by some vintage trends, especially the 40s and 50s fashions. And I am of course happy when I can combine this interest with my passion for knitting. So in my collection of knitting books, I have required a few book with vintage patterns or patterns inspired by vintage patterns. And I found myself knitting more and more patterns from this historical period. (This pattern is found in “A stitch in time v. 1: Vintage knitting & crochet patterns 1920-1949″ by Jane Waller and Susan Crawford. And I am making it for the second time. Love this sweater.)
I like some of the ideas from the olden days, that we in our modern society have forgotten to some degree. We throw away a lot of clothes because we don’t like them any more, because they are too small/big or because they have holes and tears. And I am no exception to this behavior. But in the 40s and 50s, they could not just throw things away like we do today. In the 40s there was the war, and in the 50s people still experienced consequences do to WW2. If you made yourself a garment, you made it so it would last. If you grew tired of a knitted sweater you ripped it apart and made something else out of the yarn. Many of us buy cheap clothes that does not last long, throw them out, and buy new ones. I am a girl. A woman. So it is no surprise that another reason why I like that specific period so much, is because clothes from that era looks good on me. The style back then was so elegant and feminine. I also find it is easy to combine with todays fashion. I like taking elements of the 40s and 50s fashion and combine it with clothes I bought or inherited. Plus the narrow waist and full skirts associated with the 50s accommodate my body shape.
The 40s and 50s is, from a knitters point of view, a very interesting period. As mentioned earlier, people had to be creative because of the war in Europe. There are a lot of make-do-mend books from this period with tips to how to keep you family afloat. And of course they contains tips on how to reuse, how to repair and how to make new things from knitted garments. Here in Norway the “Marius” sweater was designed during the 50s. To this day it is the most knitted pattern i Norway. You can read more about the “Marius” sweater her. There are a lot of book today with patterns inspired or created from vintage knitting patterns. It is often better to make garments from these books, than choosing to use the original. This is because the sizes often can be all wrong. In 60-70 years the size and shape of people in the western world have changed, and during the reconstruction of vintage patterns, the designer have taken this into account. Another issue is the yarn. Many of the brands of yarn used in vintage patterns is discontinued a long time ago, or maybe the company don’t even exists anymore. In the newer books you the yarn info in the patterns are updated.
I know it was not much, but this was a small peek in to vintage knitting. If you are interested in this topic, you should check out Susan Crawfords patterns. I find many of her patterns irresistible. And on the site freevintageknitting.com you can find a lot of free vintage knitting patterns.
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January 28, 2014 by sigrid
I just have to admit it. I love my yarn stash. I love owning a stash. I love to look at it, feel it and smell it. I also love to organize it, sort thru it and discover skeins I had forgotten all about. Yes, I am a yarn addict (and proud of it). I seldom leave a yarn store without buying at least a ball of sock yarn. Because you always need sock yarn. There is no amount of sock yarn that is “enough”. Just like there is no amount of yarn that is “enough” yarn. But like all other addictions, you should try to keep you intake at a minimum (or at least a reasonable level). For lets face it, ” yarn hoarding” can be both time consuming and expensive. So the last few years my stash have infact become smaller, instead of too big and space consuming. I try not to wander into yarn stores on a regular basis. And last year I sorted out all the yarn I presumed I would never use, like small amounts of leftover yarn, and gave it to a school who needed yarn for a knitting project. Over the years I have reorganized my stash many times, and there are a number of different ways to organize it:
- Color – This is my favorite. I have tried to organize my yarn by other criterias, but I always go back to sorting by color eventually. I find it easier to find what I am looking for this way. And it look really beautiful in my yarn closet too! But it makes it harder to locate different colorways of a particular yarn.
- Fiber – More than once I have sorted my stash by fiber. Alpaca, wool, flax and cotton on separate shelves. This makes it of course easier to find yarn for projects asking for different colors of the same fiber/yarn.
- Weight- I usually only sort my sock yarn by weight. But it would be helpful to store the whole stash like this. Then you would find, just like if you sort by fiber, all the colorways of yarns together.
There are also huge differences in where you can store your yarn. Mutch is based on how much space you have and on the climate where you live. Where I live (in Norway), I don’t have to worry much about moths. We only have moths in the summer half of the year, and my old wooden house keeps quite cool in the summer as well. Because of this, I don’t store my yarn in plastic bags or containers, but keep my stash in a built in closet. My only worry is keeping my two cats out of the stash closet.
- Plastic bags (zip-lock) – This is a great way to store you yarn. They keep moths, cats and all other kind of animals out of you yarn. Also the yarn is still easy to store and organize. I used to keep my yarn in zip-lock bags, but I missed the feel of the yarn as I rummaged thru it.
- Closet/cabinet- As I mentioned before, this is how I store my yarn. It is as much by chance as by design. I have a whole wall full of built- in closets in my work room, so this was the best option. But I also like it like that. My lovely yarn is just behind a thin closet door.
- Plastic containers – This is also a very good way to store yarn. Again the plastic is the barrier between moths (and cats) and stash. And when you lift off the lid, you can bask in the glorious feel off yarn. It is also easier to move your yarn this way. I have moved quite a lot in the past few years, and big plastic containers have been an invaluable asset.
- Baskets- When I was younger, and my stash did not occupy a whole closet, I kept my small stash in a small basket under my bed. I still have the basket, though it now contains other things than yarn. But I have always loved the sight of a basket full of yarn next to a big old chair or sofa. It is something homey and nostalgic about that picture. Sadly, if I left my yarn or knitting in a basket it would be destroyed by hairy house occupants (my cats and dog).
There are, I am sure, a lot of different ways and places to store yarn. I once read that Yarn Harlot kept some of her yarn in the arms of the families winter coats. I think she wrote that she used the piano as storage as well. So as you can see, there are a lot of possibilities. In what way you store your stash is up to you, but just remember one thing: BE AWARE OF THE MOTH!!
I am sure there are many more ways to sort a yarn , and if you sort your stash differently I would love to hear about it.
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January 22, 2014 by sigrid
Hi and welcome.
So, as you can see, I am starting a blog about knitting. The reason of course is that knitting is a subject I am very passionate about, and a great deal of time in my everyday life is concentrated around knitting. My grandmother was the one that taught me, more than 20 years ago. And I am forever grateful to her for that. There are few things in my life that have given me as much joy as knitting. I would have learned how to knit at school (here in Norway you usually learn how to knit in the second grade). But I believe I cherished the knowledge more coming from my grandmother.
But it was first when I became a student I really got bitten by the knitting-bug. That was ten years ago, but I still knit whenever I have the chance. And over the years I have also become a bit of a yarn snob. Meaning I seldom by yarn at supermarkets and “low budget” stores. I have become very conscious about what yarn that gets to be added to my stash. That does not mean I don’t buy yarn on impulse! And of course I sometimes find yarn in my stash I can’t start understand whyI bought.
Well, that was a short introduction to me and my stash. I hope you will enjoy this blog and my knitting obsession.
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