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  1. The book of knitting.

    August 23, 2014 by sigrid

    It have now been more than 20 years since I learned how to knit. And I can barely remember my first knitting experience. I was 5 years old, sitting in my grandparents living room, while my grandmother showed me how to knit garter stitches. My first knitted square was knitted in a white wool yarn, left over from a pair of socks she had made. But it do not remember if I thought it was hard or not to learn.

    As you know, if you have read my blog, is that a couple of years ago I switched my knitting technique from continental to lever knitting. In other words, I had to relearn how to knit. A experience I am glad I encountered. Because since it is such a long time ago I learned how to knit, for the first time, it would have been hard to relate to struggling knitting beginners.

    I like to view the evolvement of my knitting as a book:

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  2. O`Brother

    August 13, 2014 by sigrid

    Some years ago I inherited a knitting machine from one of my mothers friends. The friend was moving from a big house, where she had lived with her husband and five children for many years, to a small apartment by herself. And needless to say, there was a lot of things she did not want, need or had room for. One of those things was an old Brother knitting machine. Lucky for me, my mother, who was helping her friend move, asked if I wanted it. If I said no they were going to  throw it away, so I had no choice. And just like that I was the owner of a knitting machine. At that time I had never used a knitting machine in my life, and frankly I did not quite see the use for one. Except, of course, for big scale manufacturing.

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  3. The striped baby pants

    August 10, 2014 by sigrid

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    This is the most frustrating and the most rewarding project I have worked on for a long time. I am extremely pleased with the FO, but I have seldom cursed this much while working on a project.

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  4. Summer

    July 25, 2014 by sigrid

    I was suddenly shocked to see that I had not written a post for almost a full month. That was never my intention, but here we are again. Lately I have been busy enjoying my summer holiday. The weather has been unusually hot. I can not remember the last time we had above 30 degrees Celsius in this part of Norway. I feel like a lizard these days, creeping from shadow to shadow. The heat knocks me completely of  my feet, and I don’t have the energy to do anything. Well, that is not completely true. I have been doing some things the last few weeks.

     

    I had a really nice trip to Bergen a couple of weeks ago. The reason I went was to visit a friend, but also to help my sister move into a new apartment. I went there by train, but on the way home I joined my parents and sister in their car. The drive home was was a long but beautiful one.

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  5. Meet Hazel Grace

    June 28, 2014 by sigrid

    I wondered for a while what I should call these socks. But then it struck me: Hazel Grace. It is the name of one of my all time favorite fictional characters, from the book “The fault in our stars” by the amazing John Green. The only reason I ended up using this name is simply that I love the book, the movie and the character.

     

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    The pattern contains instructions for knitting with US 2½ – 3.0 mm and US 1½ – 2.5 mm. The yarns I used are  Austermann Step Classic and Filcolana Arwetta Classic, both lovely yarn for sock knitting.

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    This is a free sock pattern, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. You will find the pattern at Ravelry. But you can also download the norwegian version her:  Hazel Graze.nor . Or the english version: Hazel Grace.eng

     


  6. Knitting and gardening

    June 6, 2014 by sigrid

    A Norwegian summer often equals a rainy summer. But to day we have the first rainy day in weeks. Since the weather have been so bright and sunny, I have prioritised gardening before knitting lately. This time of year is so amazing, with flowers and green leafs everywhere. So of course I try to spend a lot of time outdoors, sometimes bringing my knitting. But mostly it is too hot knitting with wool out in the sun.

    But I have done some knitting. I started the “Riding jersey” by Lise-Lotte Lystrup. The pattern can be found in the book “Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters”.

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  7. Lever knitting

    May 25, 2014 by sigrid

    Some years ago I found I had a big problem. My arms kept hurting whenever I knitted. The muscle right under my elbow on my right arm was big as a tennis ball, and it had a similar feel to it when I touched it too. Not good. Huge problem for a dedicated knitter. One of my friends (also a knitter) deviced me to stop knitting for a couple of months. But in my book, that was NOT a solution. I am addicted to knitting, and had no intention of going cold turkey. Instead I started some research for a more ergonomical knitting technique. At the time I had knitted continental for nearly twenty years, but I was well aware that other techniques existed. My first stop was the English style. But I quickly found it to be to slow and inconvenient (sorry to all who love to knit in English style, but that is how I felt). So my search went on, and I discovered the Peruvian knitting style. I found a good tutorial video and started to learn.

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  8. Yarn shopping/hoarding and the joy of knitting

    May 14, 2014 by sigrid

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    Have you ever told yourself “I have enough yarn at home. I don’t need these extra skeins.”? Well, I have not. I keep using my stash yarn, but I also keep adding more. It is some kind of stash circle of life…. or something. I went to my LYS, just to get some yarn for a gauge swatch. But 20 minutes later I am outside, plastic bag in hand and my wallet 700 kroner (120 $) lighter. What just happend? Yarn happened. And the tantalizing allure of the yarn shop happend. (more…)


  9. Flowers and yarn i Copenhagen

    May 4, 2014 by sigrid

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    This week I enjoyed a couple of days in lovely Copenhagen with my sister, mother and grandmother. My mother and grandmother usually goes on a trip together every spring, and this year my sister and I was invited along. This time of year is a time when you really see the differences between Norway and Denmark. The flight only last for about one hour, but in Norway I was so amazed when I found a blooming tulip in my garden. Here are the tulips in Copenhagen:

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  10. The finished dress

    April 26, 2014 by sigrid

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    So, I finished this cute little dress today. This was a project I really enjoyed knitting. The pattern was very well written, though in danish. It is a top-down pattern, and you can follow the same instructions for the yoke to make a dress or jacket/bolero. But the pattern also contains instructions for a top and a tunika. You can more information on the “Bella Baby”, as the pattern is called, on Ravelry.

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