Well, the gifts weren’t actually late, but I’m late blogging about them… Instead of bringing flowers for a small hostess gift a few weeks back, I decided to bring two handknitted neckwarmers. Here they are:
Pudorosa Neckwarmer by Lia Moya
Yarn: Wilferts Pure Cashmere
Needles: 3.5 mm circular
Modifications: I skipped the buttonholes, instead I added a buttonloop and placed the button for an asymmetrical closing.
Ribbed Scarf by Celeste Glassel
Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine
Needles: 4.00 mm circular
Modifications: Inspired by Slim Slicks version I added a simple cable down the middle
I’m very happy with both these small projects, and they were both very well received 🙂 Recently I’ve had very little time for knitting, however I did find time to make these… admitted I was a little inspired by Valentines Day.
So just to catch up there are two FO’s from 2008 which never made it to the blog. One because it was a Christmas gift for my sister and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise, and one because it was so cold outside that I had to wear it right away, before I got around to taking photos. However now photos are taken and it is time for a wrap up…
Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Evilla Artyarn
Habitat hat by Jared Flood (Brooklyntweed)
Yarn: Drops Alpaca (knitted with three strands of yarn)
With the beginning of a whole New Year I had to cast on a few new projects… Hoping for 2009 to be a good year for knitting!
Petersburg by Sarah Hatton
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Rich Chocolate (161)
Gail (aka Nightsongs) by Jane Araujo
Yarn: Sundara Silk Lace in Bronzed Sienna
Ribbed Mini-Scarf by Celeste Glassel in a slightly modified version.
Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine in a grey-brownish shade.
Finally two WIP projects made the transition into 2009, the Druid Mittens ( still need the final part of the second mitten) and the Icarus Shawl (I’m almost done with the repeats of chart 1, it is a lovely project to pick up once in a while). An update on these two projects will follow in a later blog post… for now enjoy knitting!
for a new blogpost and a new finished knit! I’ve finally finished the Swallowtail Shawl, the shawl I was inspired to knit after a visit here, a blog filled with beautiful knits and talent.
The finished shawl has also been approved by one of the yarntanglers, I’m pretty sure he thought it was a new spread for his cat-bed, and he wasn’t all too enthusiastic about me taking it of the floor again…
A closer shot showing a bit more detail…
The yarn I used for this shawl is Evilla artyarn 6/2, purchased at www.garntrollet.no I knit the Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark without any modifications. It is so nice with a warm shawl made in wool for these cold times, we had a notion of snow today, can anyone tell I like snow and am a bit excited…? Well, time to resume knitting, but I’ll be back soon with another finished winter knit!
Well, finally FO pictures of Nevis!
Fortunately the sleeves turned out nicely after the second blocking, boy, did I get quite a scare…! And I managed to find a nice zipper (eventhough it is black on the sides, I had hoped for dark blue or green, but no), and last but not least, I managed to sew it in by hand. Since sewing is not really my thing, this was quite an accomplishment
I don’t know what is happening with the daylight these days, it seems it is semi-dark when I get up in the morning, and then semi-dark when I return home late in the afternoon… Where did the light go? It is not that I don’t like fall, I truly do. And I love the colors… all shades of yellow, orange, red and brown. However, an unfortunate side-effect of fall is the lack of daylight for proper photos of knitting projects. This week I had to wait till the weekend before I found daylight time to take a few proper pictures of Nevis. The good thing about this though, it was a nice occasion to enjoy a nice hot cafe au lait in the park with my husband.
Here it is:
Modelled from the front:
And from the back:
It is reported to be very warm and soft, and fits nicely under his warm waistcoat. (Of course we forgot the waistcoat at home because the weather was so nice, so unfortunately no pictures of Nevis under the waistcoat this time around)
Pattern: Nevis by Marie Wallin, Rowan 42
Yarn: Rowan Tapestry, Colorway: Moorland, Whirlpool & Rainbow
Modifications: I made the neckband a little shorter than the pattern called for, due to a specific request from the recipient. Also the length of the sleeves I made a bit shorter, because the sleeves in the pattern are really long, and eventhough long sleeves are nice, I think making them according to the pattern would be a bit too much.
I know, I know… I wasn’t supposed to begin any new projects before finishing (at least one of) the projects I’ve got going already, however it didn’t eexactly turn out that way. I couldn’t help notice the beautiful Turn a Square hat by Jared Flood on Ravelry, and apparently my husband liked it too, because he requested one right away. Since I was, and actually still am, drowning a bit in the never ending Nevis sleeves, it didn’t take much to talk me into knitting the hat. And I have to say I really enjoyed this quick knit.
I knitted it in Wilfert’s Pisa, dark brown and Noro Silk Garden colorway 248, and I love the result. The colors are amazing, however the pictures doesn’t really do them justice. The finished result is somewhere in between the above picture and the picture below.
Main thing is that he is really happy with the hat, it is very warm, it fits very well and easily covers the ears, which was a specific request.
Apart from knitting the Turn a Square, I’ve been preparing for new projects. I’ve done a little stash enhancement, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on some beautiful silk lace from Sundara (this is really exceptional yarn, not to mention the color, it is Bronzed Sienna, just beautiful). I haven’t decided what to make of this yet, for the moment I’m saving it for a special project.
Furthermore this arrived in the mail a few days later… Vogue Knitting fall 2008 (beautiful mittens), Phildar winter 2007/2008 (with several beautiful sweaters, especially a few with cables have my attention), 2 skeins of Lorna’s Laces Sheperd Sock yarn in Charcoal colorway (I have a lace sock pattern in mind for these) and of course finally the Sundara silk lace.
I hope this can serve as inspiration to finish the Nevis sleeves, I just so want to finish this cardigan now… and I guess the good news is that I’m almost done with the first sleeve. Just gotta keep on knit 5 purl 2 😉
An impression from an absolutely magnificent holiday in Iceland, in every way it exceeded all I had ever expected. We so enjoyed our time there, our friends had arranged for everything (and then some), and we can never thank them enough for this fantastic holiday. It was an undescribable pleasure to see them again, and to experience their beautiful country.
My very first pair of handknitted socks! My feet almost couldn’t wait to put them on, and I’m happy to report that they fit perfectly. These are Spring forward socks by Linda Welch, knitted in Harmony sock yarn from The wollen Rabbit, gorgeous yarn! Knittingwise, apart from the sock debut, not much has happened this past month. A little progress on each of the present WIP’s, which for the moment count the Nevis cardigan, the Swallowtail shawl and the Icarus shawl. I have sort of promised myself that I will finish at least one of the WIP’s before beginning a new one, however, I so enjoyed knitting the socks (and so enjoy wearing them) that I guess this will be a difficult promise to keep… There are so many beautiful patterns out there, sigh.
Obviously there also had to be a picture of a sheep in this post.
And as a bonus I of course had to bring home a little wool. I guess this will eventually end up as a couple of nice shawls, at least that is the plan for now, it may change…
Merry christmas everyone! At our place the christmas bustle is setting in, especially since we on top of everything else, are moving shortly after christmas. But for now it is all about christmas. The Kiri shawl (which is a christmas present) is finished, and it turned out exactly as I wanted, warm but light as a feather in black Rowan Kidsilk Haze. Hopefully the recipient likes it as well…. Also I knitted a ribbed hat for my husband, as a pre-christmas surprise. It was Cashmere Ribbed Hat by Jessica K., however not in cashmere but 100% organic wool from New Zealand, and it is nice and warm.
I’m sorry for the lack of pictures in this post… but they will follow asap 🙂