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!
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…
… especially when what I find is this. My two books had arrived from Amazon (The best of Interweave knits and The knitter’s book of yarn), and also my order from The woolen Rabbit had arrived, a skein of merino laceweight in the colorway Arabian Nights and a skein of Harmony sock yarn in Herb Robert, both skeins so soft and beautiful it is difficult to imagine. The laceweight is predestined for a gift, I’m going to knit an Icarus shawl (by Miriam Felton) for a friend and I hope she will like the color. The sockyarn is for a not yet known project, however I’ve plenty of sock ideas from the beautiful projects on Ravelry, not to mention the fact that my stash was almost non-existent, so a bit of stashbuilding should be in place. (Not to worry for the stash though, because another order is expected to arrive soon ;-))
Knitwise I, this week, found my second project. After visiting this lady’s fantastic blog, I knew exactly what should be the outcome of my Evilla artyarn. After seing her Swallowtail shawl, I knew I had to make one for myself. I haven’t seen anything else where the colors of the Evilla artyarn and the pattern complement each other that well. This is approximately how far I’ve gotten, and it doesn’t exactly look like much, but till I finish you can see what I hope it will look like in the end over at Bloggsberg, it is named Swallowtail IV (and yes, she has made four beautiful Swallowtail shawls). Because this project is also wool, it is not much cooler to work with than the Nevis cardigan, but at least it offers a bit of variation. This weekend I hope for the nice weather to continue, and also some relaxing knitting time, hopefully outdoors.