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Catching up

Pattern: Stora Dimun (Ravelry link) from Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberlee

Yarn: Dale of Norway Lerke, colour 5063,  maybe 8  skeins. Or 9?

Needles: not sure, might have been 3.5 mm??

See? Without blogging I completely loose track of what I’m doing. There is a lot of catching up to do, although it won’t be a significant loss to mankind if some projects slip under the blog radar, accidentally or not. Don’t let the greeneries fool you, the shots have been in my camera since July or so. Feels like a different world.

I’m glad to report I finished the shawl from two posts ago, and that it is a nice pattern even if the start (cast on for the outer edge, you have to ba able to count to fivehundredandsomething) is rather intimidating. Once the lace pattern is established it is a straight forward knit. And a Big Knit! The shawl is huge and blocked even bigger but drapes wonderfully. It wasn’t until  the 7th skein or so that the rows actually felt shorter.

I really like the style of the Faroese shawls and would love one for myself as I often throw a shawl over my shoulders when the office is chilly. I have my eyes on the Faroese Shawl from a Gathering of Lace. One day..

The shawl was a gift to a friend when she had her first child. A shawl for mama, a blanket for baby.

My standard stripey baby blanket in 150 g 2ply merino, cast on 150-170 sts on 6 mm needles and knit until the yarn is out. I had a little accident with this ine, I wanted to full it just a bit. I should know from previous experience that fulling in the washing machine is no exact science, and it came out uneven and sticking to itself in soe areas. Luckily this was one of the rare cases where a good soak in conditioner and a severe block fixed most of it, and the recipient clearly didn’t have to worry about putting a handknit through wash and use!

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Exit 2008

Holidays were good, relaxing, lots of food, family and good times. I taught a cousin to knit cables and picked up some yarn from my mom’s stash. I also scored a new ballwinder when I mentioned that the old one that was already old when I got it, was broken. She happened to have another old one lying around. That stash is a goldmine.

Time to close up the old year. Some things turned out well, others not, both in knitting and in life. My first year with a permanent job, and my first year as single, living alone. I met some wonderful new friends and have lots of old ones. Some things weren’t resolved this year, and there are unfinished projects (again, both in knitting and in life) that will colour 2009. I’m excitedand a wee bit .

I’ll close up 2008 by showing the knitted presents that made it under the tree. For Mom:

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Pattern: Mitered mittens from Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann with Kathryn Ivy’s thumb modification

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden 230 knit together with one thread thin 2-ply Askeladen merino

Needles: Uhm..4 mm??

They came a bit uneven and big in size, but Mom said she’d felt them to fit. Om the picture they are laying on an old washing/felting board used by her family. Actially it is probably not that old. Those things wore out from felting all the socks, mittens and warm felted woollen winter footwear. I like that this one is still in use.

I decided she needed some handwear for porfessional use as well. She is a kindergarden teacher. Enter the Pinch Me! glove.

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Pattern: My own

Yarn: Smart for the glove, sock/baby yarn scraps for the embroidery

Needles: 3 mm

When wearing this, it is impossible not letting the hand crawl along some edge, poking someone..!

pinch-me-glove

A few years ago I made a collection of whimsy handwear for friends. It was a lot of trial and error involved and I never wrote up any patterns, but this little fellow decided it was time to do a comeback. Since I’m righthanded it is by far easier to embroider the left glove than the right one. So I decided to give him a fishie friend for the right hand:

fiber-fish

Pattern: Fiber Fish by Laurie Corrievau, modified to worsted yarn

Yarn: Peer Gynt in various colours

Needles: 3.5 mm bamboo

I’ve made a few of these earlier. The pattern makes a great, well fitting mitten, but until the ends are woven in and the eyes are on the thing on the needles look…well…it just really helps getting those eyes on. The only downside is that there is a LOT of ends to weave in. The body is entrelac, but the mitered squares for the tail…lots of ends. Still, I’m sure I’ll make even more of tese at some point, and it is a great way to use up leftover yarn. I modified it to worsted yarn by casting on fewer stitches for each element.

For Dad (requested by Mom, who gave me the yarn in colours matching the sofa)

diagonally-mitered-blanket

Pattern: My own

Yarn: Dale of Norway Tiur, colour 2722 natural, 9853 green (4 balls each) and 2343 brown (2 balls).

Needles: 4.5 mm circulars

I was actually asked to make this for his birthday, a loong time ago. He likes to have a little blanket over his belly when reading the paper or napping. I meant to take an “action” shot but you get the idea.. I wanted a blanket that looked ok on both sides, had some geometrical elements, didn’t involve a lot of ends to weave in, and that allowed me to knit until I was out of yarn. It took a long while and and many unenthusiastic attempts at various patterns before I found something that fit my requirements. I ended up doing a modification on the diagonally mitered squares from the Posey sock pattern and this has been my TV knitting all autumn. I’d like to do a baby version in some nice colours and write down what I did, if I can remember for that long..

There is yet another pair of mitered mittens on the way that didn’t make it under the tree in 2008. All I can say is that the old Romans gave New Year’s presents.

A very happy, warm  and wonderful New Year to all of you!

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