Friday, December 21, 2007

Started on a new sweater straightaway, spurred on by the cold weather we're having (Midday temperatures around -10 degrees C, between -20 and -15 degrees in the morning...)
This is a new pattern from DaleGarn, Pattern nr. 19601, Booklet 196, The 'Konfekt' Collection. I love the design, but hope I won't be intolerably bored by knitting so much stockinette.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Xmas Crochet

Some Christmas stuff I crocheted over the last years. They're almost all free patterns, somewhere out there on the web...

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Røros Sweater

The Røros sweater is finished at last! I didn't feel brave enough to try steeking the sleeves in, just made some 'normal' armholes. Almost f-f-froze my f-f-fingers off ta-taking the pictures outside....

Friday, December 14, 2007


Over the last years I've knitted and crocheted many hats, but there's always something wrong with them. Too cold, too tight, wrong colour, earflaps that are not at the same place as my ears, etcetera. So I tried my luck and whipped up a 'Knitty' Calorimetry. This afternoon I took it for a test walk and I came home with new pictures and warm ears.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Snails and scarf

I have been crocheting a little because I got weary of my never-ending sweater project. The snails are a free project somewhere on the Web; I adjusted the tentacles a bit. The scarf is my own pattern: find two skeins of thin alpaca yarn in a snotty colour, crochet 10 lacy squares together and add an edging.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Shawl in Evilla Artyarn 6/1 (colour A-31), a free pattern called Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl. I love the colours, they're so bold and warm.

Saturday, November 3, 2007


Last night I had a little felt expedition... I really love needle felting, it's so free and intuitive, and one can really get an opportunity to express oneself, particularly when poking the needle into a finger. May I present to you: Bigfoot Bird and the Feltosaurus.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Felted mouse

My first experiment with needle felting! Much easier than crocheting all the different parts and then stuffing and sewing them all together.

And now for some Halloween decorations:
What about this crocheted felted skull from Lion Brand? Really ingenious. Don't think I'll make it in time, it'll have to wait till next year.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Røros Genser

At the moment I am sweating over (or under) a big fair-isle sweater project, a norwegian pattern from the early nineties. The result should eventually be something like this:

But this thing will take long, I guess.
I have come this far after a week of autumn holiday knitting:

(Notice the subtle play of rastafari colours in the edges...?
A great sweater to wear on possible future ski holiday trips to Jamaica!)

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Finished an old UFO: socks in Zitron Trekking XXL Ombre, colour 105. Foggy autumn hues.
A bit of ribbing first, then stockinette, and peacock stitch on the heels and under the middle part of the foot.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ready to wrestle?

Alligator scarf done! This was a great project. I want to make some more in other shades of green, brown or yellow. I certainly attracted much commentary while knitting on the bus...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The ribbed Setesdal sweater is done!
Pattern: SandnesGarn, pattern booklet "Til Fjells" (0611).

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Trip to the county fair

I went to the annual county fair and cattle show this morning, and just couldn't pass by the Estonian knitting stand without adopting some socks and gloves. They were splendid and screaming to be bought, even for someone who has kilos of sock yarn stashed up at home.

After I petted a baby alpacca and some mohair goats, I almost bought myself a pink glittery cowboy hat, and visited the crafts exhibition - mostly traditional norwegian crafts, like rosemaling, woodworking, knifemaking, weaving, lace-knitted doilies and wristwarmers, but there were also two very nice and original freeform crocheted handbags.

At the crafts exhibition they sold booklets about 'sprang', an old netting technique mostly used for making small lacy curtains. The book says that sprang is a simple technique and that you only need yarn, a simple frame and some long thin wooden sticks. There is an explanation on how to do it and lots of patterns. It looks really nice, maybe I'll try it someday...

Friday, September 14, 2007

I picked up my Alligator Scarf knitkit from the post office today. The pictures on Morehouse Merino's website look absolutely great and I couldn't resist ordering the pattern.
I ordered the light green kit, the 'Nile Croc' (the colours in my picture are not right).

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Sweater in progress

Autumn! My favourite season. Knitting warm sweaters (also for my mp3-player, in fact wearing a miniature beaded wristwarmer to protect the thing from scratches), a big pile of birch logs by the fireplace, apple pie, jazz records, curtains smelling of cigar smoke (nothing better!), badgers under the carpenting shed... No more neighbours knitting their brows over the length of the grass on our lawn and our dubious methods of gardening. Dying flowers are beautiful too.

Saturday, September 8, 2007


I'm quite tall and have long arms (in natural proportion to my length... I'm getting pictures of octopusses in my head now...), and most women's sweaters have sleeves that are too short for me. Solution: wristwarmers! Traditionally beaded wristwarmers are only used together with the national costume here in Norway, but why not use them as woollen jewellery during the not-so-festive cold bits of the year as well? I never have cold hands when I wear them, which is very useful for a musician. These are made from thin alpaca wool and seed beads.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Saturday Market Bag

Made a shopping bag from the leftovers of the granny afghan, using a pattern from MagKnits. Quite a tricky project: it was very difficult to sew together the sides of the bag, and I must have done something wrong, because when I put one apple in the bag it became almost two metres long... Now I use it to store my not-so-environmentally-friendly plastic grocery bags. I like the net stitch though, maybe I'll make another attempt with thinner needles.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Rockin' Girl...Yeah...?

Guro nominated me as a Rockin' Girl Blogger. Thanks Guro! Now I get to nominate five more bloggin' girls... a tough choice. I chose some blogs that I find very inspiring - even though I can't read estonian and finnish- and that haven't been nominated yet (I hope...). Here they come - in no particular order:

Marianne at Heegeldab (Check out her awesome Flickr-account!)
Mademoiselle F. at Tricot Méthode Frankenstein.
Tant C at Russian Tea Time (love the artwork and pictures)
Marjut at Marjutin Neuleet (the ideal mix of knitting and cats)
Queen Mudd (check out her Flickr-account: so many fantastic wristwarmers -"muddar" in swedish-)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Granny afghan

The granny square afghan is done: I've sewn all the squares together and finished it off with an edging. I didn't want a systematic approach and just mindlessly crocheted away, piling the finished squares up in a dark closet, so it was a surprise to me that no two squares came out the same.

My cotton yarn stash has not exactly been downsized after this project, as I had planned. I really had to buy some extra skeins... And then some more... And then one more just to be on the safe side. The thought of running out of yarn on a dreary sunday afternoon, oh, the horror...! Next project: I will make some mesh eco-environmentally-friendly-everybody-can-see-you-bought-tampons-
and-for-heaven's-sake-don't-put-your-keys-in-them grocery bags of the leftover yarn.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Mean machine

Today is the sixth rainy vacation day in a row, so I dusted off the sewing machine and finally shortened my curtains, partly serving as carpets. Finished the job without much swearing or blood loss, surprisingly enough, as I am a horrible seamstress. The machine is a Singer 191B from 1959 or so.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

My personal granny square organizer

The granny square afghan is coming along just fine...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Nostalgic squares

As a child of the seventies I just can't resist groovy granny squares in bold colour combinations. This must be caused by the early impressions stored somewhere in my brain of my orange crib with dark purple flowered curtains, psychedelic wallpaper, endless shag carpets and my dear fluorescent orange teddy bear with the pink ribbon around its neck.
These squares are the optimistic beginning of a big granny square afghan that will swallow up all my cotton stash yarn.
Maybe I'll have some yarn left over for a granny square cardigan, like the one Eric Clapton had on in "The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus". Have just seen the DVD, first time I saw the thing.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Guarding the stack

Wiseguy has probably had a busy night, found him sleeping in the new hay in our barn. That's why he's been smelling so good lately... Haaaaaah… tchoo-hatchew!!

Rose Trellis Shawl

On page 62 of "A Gathering of Lace" I found a nice chart that can be used to make a romantic triangular bottom up lace shawl (Chart A, Part 1).
I tried it out with 100 grams of Isager's Tvinni colour 0 (natural white), 7,0 mm knitting needles for the main part, and 5,0 knitting needles for the sewn on edging.
The top came out not so very straight (maybe due to the way I have sewn on the edging afterwards).

Monday, June 18, 2007

Strawberry Protection Squad

Wiseguy on watch on the strawberry patch.
I had a serious conflict with the weeds earlier today, but lost courage after ten minutes. Well, they're not in the way, so...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Career move

Dreaming of my own gypsy caravan... and a donkey, some ducks and a double bass. Started on some crocheted ornaments and curtain fringes for the imaginary wagon. Free crocheted butterfly pattern: here. Has anyone got a crochet or knitting pattern for a caravan?

Friday, June 8, 2007

How many scarves does a girl need, really? As I scurry off to work, I usually forget to fling one around my neck (for instant fashion flair...) anyway. This one used up 50 grams of Isagers Tvinni 11 s and my 5.0 mm bamboo knitting needles (noticed they are about 4.5 mm in diameter now). My own pattern.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Another scarf... Knitting lace scarves is so addicting. The pattern is my own; a variation on the dark purple one with cat's paws I made recently. I just changed the pattern in the middle, the edging is the same. The yarn I used is 50 grams of Isager's Tvinni colour 12 s.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Finished the garnstudio top, now I'll just have to wait for the right weather to wear it. At the moment I'm more inclined towards a warm woollen sweater... I hope I can find a bit of black ribbon for the finishing touch.