Friday, November 12, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
My first Mystery KAL is called 22 leaves by Lankakomero and is great fun. It´s going to be a shawlette. The only thing is the pattern is revealed too fast. Five clues in three days. I would have liked a little bit more excitement. Otherwise it´s great! I´m halfway through clue #5, but the picture shows clues 1-4.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Another shawl is off the needles and I think it´s the most beautiful shawl I´ve ever made!! The pattern is Shetland Triangle Lace Shawl by Evelyn A. Clarke and the yarn is Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk. It is made from silk and plant fiber and has a fantastic lustre and softness. The colour is called Stardust. It´s a match made in heaven!
It´s really hard to capture the true colour with my camera, hence the different shades of this gorgeous bluish grey in the pictures.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The other one, Amalia, is made in another way. First you knit the lace border and then pick up stitches all the way and knit garter stitches in short rows, thus forming a crescent.
They both are lovely patterns, but I have realized that I like triangular shawls much more. But the shawls was fun to knit, and since I´m always looking for something new and exciting, a new shape, a new yarn, a new color, you have to acccept that it doesn´t always work out in the end.
Now on to the next project!!.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
When a project is off the needles it often looks creased-up and out of shape. It is not as soft as you would wish either. But when soaked and blocked something has happened!
It´s like when the caterpillar bursts out of the cocoon transformed into a beautiful butterfly!
I have been knitting on a shawl for my friend who is moving up north. The yarn felt hard and itchy, but when blocked it turned soft and beautiful.
Here is before and after:
The pattern is found here http://muro.vuodatus.net/blog/881297 or here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/revontuli--huivi-northern-lights. The yarn is Kauni effekt 100% wool.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
My Myrtle is finally off the needles! I love the way it came out, it is really beautiful and fits me perfect. Snowden Becker, I bow to you! The yarn, Regia Silk, is lovely too, especially when blocked. It´s a blend of wool and silk and it´s soft and shiny.
I haven´t decided on buttons yet. Maybe a lot of small ones or just one at the top....
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
There is so much to keep in mind and if your thoughts wander just for a moment, sh-t happens!
This project has been accompanied by a lot of curses, but there is so much satisfaction when it all comes together.
The trickiest part is when you are going to shape the sleeve caps. The instructions are somewhat unclear, and you have to improvise a lot. I´m so proud that I made it so far, I just have a couple of rows left! I cross my fingers that it will fit me well!
Look at all those markers!!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
My third Harry Shawl is off the needles, blocked and worn all day! The yarn, which is thin sock yarn from wool, completely change when blocked. It becomes soft, drapy and very light. It´s pure magic to wear around your neck. Today it has been a nice sunny spring day here i Malmö, and Harry is a perfect spring shawl!
Here´s how I made the puff sleeves for the Little Lace Vest:
Pick up 33 st on both sides of the armhole and 1 right on top of the shoulder = 67 st
Knit 6 st, pm, knit 16 st, pm, knit 9, kfbfb in the next 5 st, knit 9, pm, wrap and turn.
Knit short rows until 9 st remain to first marker = 51 + 44 st remains
From the front k 12, (k2tog, k4) 4 times, k2tog, k 13, turn
On the following RS rows knit 2tog with one less st between, until you have made k2tog x 5. 57 st remains.
Continue to knit in the round all the way to beginning of row.
Knit three rows k1p1, bind off tightly.
st = stitches
pm = place marker
kfbfb = knit in the front, in the back, in the front and in the back of the stitch (increased 3 stitches)
For tutorials on short rows go to youtube.com
When working on the vest, decrease less stitches for the armhole to make the shoulder part wider.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
This is an example of what a chart might look like:
When you´ve made the chart, you simply transfer it to a document, where you can write down anything you want and add pictures - and voilà: you got yourself a pattern. The software even make your pattern document into a pdf-file.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I have been knitting a triangular shawl in plain stockinette in a gorgeous handdyed baby merino (it´s the yarn in my blog header). The colors are bright pinks and oranges. I had the Seraphim Shawl in mind, but now I think I have changed my mind. I will try to design a nice finishing all by myself! Exciting!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
By the way, the most important thing when you try to design your own stuff, is to write everything down as you go. Don´t for a second imagine that you will remember it all! :-)