Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sixteenth century scarf

Now winter nights enlarge
The number of their houres;
And clouds their stormes discharge
Upon the ayrie towres.
Let now the chimneys blaze
And cups o'erflow with wine,
Let well-tun'd words amaze
With harmonie diuine.

Thomas Campion

Pattern from "Schoen Neues Modellbuch", Nurnberg 1597,  
 for all to see on the Internet, thanks to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. 
Made with lace weight wool and a 1.75 mm hook in the ultra-modern (18th century?) yarn technology named crochet.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Lady in red with hot legs

I just finished knitting some more sizzling hot Norwegian beachwear:

Technical details on Ravelry.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Replica of gloves from Fyresdal, West-Telemark, 19th century

A replica made of knitted gloves, of which only a black-and-white photo exists in the collection of the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. Origin: Fyresdal in Telemark; dated 1870-1879.
The original colours are a mystery to me, maybe black, red and white? Red, brown and ocre? Grey?
I only had black, light brown and white, that's why I went for this option...
Fingervottar frå Fyresdal
When I found a photo of these gloves in the "Digitalt Museum", some years ago, I made a pattern diagram but never found suitable yarn. Last month I tried to knit them with thin homespun yarn, but that made them very big. Then I couldn't wait any longer, and tried Rauma Lamullgarn, which gave the perfect gauge.

The gloves have an old folk pattern, with zig-zag lines and rhombuses with crosses on the outside of the glove, and a "protecting" network of crossing lines on the inside of the hand. Small rhombuses and narrow white zig-zag lines on the thumb; eight pointed stars around the wrist. The original glove has no ribbed cuff, and starts with the band of stars. I added the cuff for practical reasons. 

Knitted with fabulous Rauma Lamull on horribly pointy 1.5 mm needles.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Folkloristic stitches

Three embroidery projects that I finished these last weeks, thanks to the rainy weather: 

A white linen square with red motives inspired by Moroccan Fesi embroidery (but not identical on the backside of the work, as it should be...)


Another smaller linen square with a folk motif from Hungary, in cross stitch.

And a little practise square with some embroidery techniques used in Norway on traditional textiles.

From top to bottom:

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fanakofte finished!

Some projects that I finished recently: a Fanakofte (jacket with pattern from Fana) knitted with alpaca yarn, mittens with my own fishbone pattern and two woven bands from handspun wool yarn.

Friday, January 20, 2012

For sporty Nordic dandies

I saw a picture of a crocheted men’s scarf in a magazine about nordic folk costumes (Magasinet Bunad, Nr. 4 - desember 2010, page 37) . It had a flower pattern in tapestry crochet technique, worked lengthwise, but with double crochet stitches instead of single. Made my own version by throwing together some antique cross stitch patterns.

Notes that might be handy in case you would like to make your own version:

Use lace or light fingering weight yarn and a 1.75 mm crochet hook.

First row: chain about 500 (depending on the pattern repeats; I chained 512).

Work about 45 rows in a pattern of your choice. One “cross” in the cross stitch or filet pattern becomes two double crochet stitches in the crochet version. Work the double crochet stitches only in the back post of the stitch from the last row (this gives more "crispness" to the colour pattern). If you have no experience with tapestry crochet technique, there are lots of resources and tutorials to be found on the Internet.

Start every row with new yarn, and cut it off at the end, leaving about 15 cm of yarn at both ends. Don’t weave the ends in, but tie them together and use them as fringes.

(my scarf is 160 cm long and 29 cm wide)