søndag 19. mars 2017

Lily in Lilyhammer


I fell in love with this cute little top Lily, when Andrea in Fruitiknitting reviewed the Springtime collection by Marie Wallin. I notice that I often fall for her patterns, but I have not knitted any of them before. The Orkney cardigan is beautiful, and I even have the pattern, but there it stops: The cardigan is all over colourwork, worked flat (front left and right, back, sleeves) and then seamed. I just can't get why anybody would do that. I also find it hard to knit from the black and white charts she uses, with symbols for each colour where it's hard to see the overall pattern in all the different symbols. 

So when I decided to make this top, which the pattern says to work in pieces, front, back, sleeves, there had to be adaptations. I started in August, to join the fair isle garment knitalong with the Fruityknitting podcast. I didn't finish in time, terrible non-monogamous knitter that I am. 




I changed it from worked flat, to worked in the round. I did a false seam working the two colours together in the side. My row gauge was off, so I had to to more pattern repeats. That gave me another row of roses on the chest, which I'm very happy about. I also wanted the sleeve pattern to match the body, so I did that, and joined the sleeves as I went, with a false seam faking set-in-sleeves. I did steeks for the back and front neck openings. All because I don't like stranded purling. In the end I had to do 64 sts of colourwork purling on the shoulders - I can live with that. 

I really like the crochet neck edging, will use that again. 

The yarn is a thin wool, Holst Garn Supersoft, Karmin Supersoft, Malsen og Mor Shetland soft and Magasin Duett Supersoft - which I believe all come from the same mill and is essentially the same yarn. It is super soft when washed and I wear it happily next to my skin, as you can see.


fredag 17. mars 2017

Texture too!

I do a lot more stranded colourwork than textured knitting.

But for the mystery shawl it's all about texture. Today's clue encourages participants to come up with their own ideas.

In Clue #7 I did a mistake - I was supposed to do rows of eyelets, with 3 rows of knit in between, as in the top photo. Instead I workede eylets on every right side row. In this pattern it doesn't matter at all. Someone mentioned they liked the wrong side of the eyelet pattern better - I'm inclined to agree. Anyway - texture is a lot of fun too!

tirsdag 14. mars 2017

Kakaostrikk i mars

Neste uke er det strikkekafe i gågata på Lillehammer igjen, nærmere bestemt på Atelier Kakao. Alle er velkommen!

fredag 10. mars 2017

Möbiusmysteriet - snodig opplegg

For noen år siden fant jeg tilfeldigvis ei fantastisk bok i en bokhandel i Oslo. Jeg visste det var mange måter å legge opp og felle av på, men at det er 211 ante jeg ikke. Boka 
Cast On, Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting ble min. Det er mange varianter over samme lest, men allikevel, super bok å ha i bokhylla. 

Her har jeg prøvd ut et møbiusopplegg. 


Du trenger en lang rundpinne, og så strikker du bare rett rundt og rundt. Ganske fiffig. 

Det blei en liten hals. Tenkte å prøve det ut med litt mønster også. Kanskje det kan bli et marsmysterium til neste år?



Vil du lese mer om möbius? Det står litt på Wikipedia på norsk, vil du ha mer detaljer og flere matematiske formler kan du se på den engelske sida.

Og hva skjer om du klipper et möbiusbånd i to på langs, på midten? 


Men klipper du 1/3 fra kanten, i stedet for midt på - prøv sjøl - SE HVA SOM SKJER...

onsdag 8. mars 2017

Risky business

Well, I did warn people that a mystery knitalong, where the pattern was not tested, nor written, was risky. And in clue 4 we did get some weird shapes. Luckily, someone noted it quickly and messaged me, and I was able to fix the error before everybody got weird looking shawls. And noone is complaining, just having fun, it seems. 


It was these elongated stitches (and my bad explanation) that complicated thins yesterday. But my Wollmeise colourway is lovely, isn't it?

And if you're going to Edinburgh, for EYF17 - say hello to Edinburgh for me, and have a lot of fun!

mandag 6. mars 2017

FFFF - fargerike februar fullt ferdig

Jeg rakk ikke fristen siste februar, hadde det for meg at jeg hadde både 29., 30. og 31. til å gjøre ferdig vottene, men den gang ei... kom plutselig på at februar var årets korteste måned, og ikke var det skuddår en gang. Men kjenner jeg Vottelaugets jury rett ville de ikke gitt meg noen premie uansett (#inhabil #jurymedlem).

Følte allikevel litt press til å bli ferdig, og det hjalp godt på den siste tommelen og trådfesten! Fargerike februar! 


Vottene er strikka i rester fra denne jakka, og er dermed med i Jamieson & Smiths Fire festival knitalong. Podcasten NH Knits, med Claire som jeg traff i Edinburgh i fjor har en vottesamstrikk også på disse tider, så jeg slenger meg med der også. Så kan vottelaugjuryen bare ha det så godt! 

PS - Marit skal få premie i posten fra meg for disse flotte restegarnsvottene!

tirsdag 28. februar 2017

Mystery in March

From now on, you will find some posts in English and some in Norwegian - and my old blog in English will not be updated.




The first post in English is a mysterious one:
At Oslo Strikkefestival, I fell in love with a beautiful skein of red, fingering yarn from a French dyer - Les laines de l'écureuil, or Squirrel's yarn. I bought it and cast on immediately - for a scarf, or shawlette, that I made up as I went. I designed it so that could use every inch of the beautiful yarn. And since I was quite happy with process, and the result, I have decided to have some more fun with it:

I offer it as a free pattern in March - using the code MysteryinMarch - you get it free on Ravelry. It will be updated every now and then thoughout Marrc 2017.

Warning!
You enter this mystery at your own risk!
The pattern has not been test knitted, in fact, it is, at this moment, not even written....

But the design is quite simple, so I hope and believe this will work out by the end of March.
It's actually my 100th pattern on Ravelry - all the more reason to celebrate with a mystery.

So if you have a beautiful skein of fingering yarn, appr. 400 m, feel free to join.
Gauge and yardage is not crucial, you just cast off when you run out of yarn. My gauge is 20 sts in garter stitch in 10 cm, I used needles 2.5 mm, you might want to choose a larger needle, as knit quite loosely in garter stitch (ok, so there I revealed that there is some garter stitch involved in this pattern... but at this moment, I say no more).