can come from many places, but one reliable source of inspiration are the blogs in my blogroll… I follow them on a more or less regular basis, and trust me when I say I treasure the time I spend visiting them. Beautiful work is creatively presented in each one of them, and it is almost certain that I’m inspired to do crafty things after a visit (if not, is it rather due to external restrictions in knitting time, like work, cleaning… you get the idea).
Beyond the blogroll there are the blogs I pass in my random seach for one thing or the other, somehow some of them have managed to capture my attention… and I have become a more or less regular guest in these places as well. Since these have become regular stops I actually ought to update the blogroll, however, until that happens enjoy the links here…
Beautiful work to be found here, and here and also a couple of Danish blogs always leave me inspired and in a good mood here and here… I’m sure there are plenty more out there, I like the thought of unlimited inspiration…
In between getting inspired and doing a little knitting there is yarntangler-time… When Zidane thinks it is time for some cozy yarntangler-time extraordinare he simply claims his place…
Oh yeah, and the knitting you see in the foreground of the picture is the Pudorosa Neckwarmer by Lia Moya in beige/sand cashmere (sooo soft!). I’m knitting this one for a gift so I really hope it will turn out nice, but more on that note in a later post.
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!
With only half a sleeve to go I’ve anticipated the blocking process. I decided to block both fronts and the back, since I have to seam the shoulders before I can work the neckband, which I figured I could do while the sleeves will be blocking… Is it obvious I’m looking very much forward to finish this cardigan? 😉
My previous worries concerning the blocking turned out to be unnecessary. It didn’t grow or felt excessively as I feared, and I have to say that I really like how it feels after blocking. Also I’m getting used to the dramatic color changes and I’m beginning to like the finished result I see in my imagination. Apart from finishing the last sleeve the next sub-project for Nevis is a zipper hunt… I need to make a decision whether to use a green, blue or brown zipper, or simply go with one with a brass look…? Did I mention how good it feels to be in the process of finishing Nevis?!!
Earlier this week we went for an evening walk along the Akerselva (a river in the city centre) along with a few ten-thousands of other people… To mark the autumnal equinox all electric light along the river was turned off, and replaced with varying light shows and torch lights. It was an absolutely beautiful walk… not to mention the special atmosphere created by so many people in the same place at the same time. Below a little glimpse from the walk.
Filed under Nevis, Oslo, WIP
Well… progress is made on the Nevis cardigan. Now both the back and both fronts are finished and I’m knitting away on the first sleeve. I’m really curious to find out how the finished result will be and I’m really looking forward to finishing this one. Honestly though, I’m a bit worried about the many many ends I’ll have to weave in, the unintended felting of the yarn, the rainbow color combo and that it turn’s out to grow extensively in the process of blocking. For the moment though I’m happily ignoring these thoughts and I just enjoy the knitting.
Since the pattern is not at all complicated this fits perfect for tv-knitting, my favorite for the moment is “Six feet under”, it’s brilliant. With only the sleeves and the collar to go, I’ve today begun to consider new projects. As preparation I had to order the Phildar magazine no. 480 from winter 2007/2008, it has several beautiful sweaters (with a lot of beautiful cables) in it, I would just love to 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…