Twelve months of Knitting (2015)

I started the blog a year ago aiming at finishing more projects by having a monthly focus; my “Almanac”. I never expected blogging to be such an inspiration! My biggest reward has been the comments and interest from all of you who has stumbled over the blog and spent time visiting my posts. Thank you all so much!!! Here…

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The last project of 2015

  I am always surprised how fast December passes by. This, combined with neglecting the last years promises of starting preparations for Christmas in due time, resulted in a stressful month… But now the Christmas cakes are eaten, the presents opened and the family gatherings done. And in-between there have been some time for knitting and…

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More Mittens…

This month I have been quite true to my “theme”, and this is the result: four pairs of mittens. Well…I only show three of them as I have experimented with a nice structure pattern and different types of yarn… and Mohair yarn does NOT work at all! My wrists hurt after having knitted one, so it…

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Mittens in November

Winter is still not here, but it is time for preparations! I wanted to dedicate November for knitting mittens, and this is my first pair; almost done! I wanted to use a lifted stitches technique (trellis type) but ran into some difficulties… Increasing for the thumb is not easy to do when you want to…

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My first pattern for sale!

As mentioned I had finished my first pattern that I wanted to prepare for publishing on Ravelry; now  the hat called “Norwegian Summer” has been through test knitting and revised and is for sale! First I had one version in bulky yarn (showed here), this pattern is written for a thinner yarn of sports type…

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An update on my Kofte!

One of my daughters have commented that I really do not dress very colourful… And I have to admit that she is right. But when I knit I really prefer to knit colourful garments. Then it is really great to have kids to knit for, as they (so far…) have wanted lots of colours (such as…

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A Norwegian Kofte

Kofte is the name for a knitted jacket with stranded work. Originally it meant just a garment made from thick wool, both woven and knitted sweaters and jackets, but now it is mainly used for jackets. I found a wikipedia page about it (in Norwegian…), but I add here some photos of the kofte my mother made…

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Knitted eggs for Claire’s friend!

In July I could not resist a post Claire wrote on her blog where she asked if anyone would help a friend of hers by knitting a few easter eggs. So now…two months later…I finished two for her! I wanted to make a “Norwegian” touch and with small needles, thin yarn and too few rows…

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Thick and thin yarn

This is a hat I made a year ago; it was a very trendy hat that you could buy for a small fortune or you could make one much cheaper yourself. I went for the last alternative and my local yarn store provided me with a free, pattern (a photocopy of a handwritten instruction) and yarn.…

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August sweater; Ocean Waves

August is probably the most busy month in the year for me; realising that vacation is over and getting everyday life back in order is always more demanding than I can remember from the previous year… And knitting was unfortunately not on the top-ten-things-to-be-done on my priority list. Only one project finished; a sweater with…

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Kaffe Fassett exhibition – in Norway

Yesterday I finally convinced the family to go to Hadeland Glassverk, an old glass work funded in 1762 and still operative. It is run as a combined glasswork and a visitor center which this summer also housed an exhibition of works by Kaffee Fassett;” Kaffe Fassett 50 Years in Colour Exhibition”. I have knitted long enough (and…

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Summerhat – on demand…

One of my girls was in want of a summer hat, and it is always good to have a stash project. A summer hat in cotton yarn is always fun; it is easy to improvise and adjust size and patterns as you go. The green yarn is PT Petunia from Rauma yarn, the white one…

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The Tussilago Hat

The yellow yarn I bought in Paris from Madelinetosh has a remarkable colour and when I started to knit a beret with cables/lace pattern, it reminded me of one of my favourite flowers; the Tussilago (although the colour is called Daffodil!). Tussilago farfara (commonly know as Hestehov in Norwegian, coltsfoot in English) is one of the first flowers…

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Dot-a-Dot jacket

Still finishing up old projects… The Dot-a-Dot jacket was planned to be like the Jente Jakke, but as I realised I probably would run out of yarn (bought on sale; a beautiful blend of mohair and alpaca from Sandnes) I had to supply with some yarn I got in Paris (Sweetgeorgia Superwash Chunky). And the daughter who…

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Yarn shopping in Paris…

I did not plan to look for yarn stores when we were going for a weekend trip to Paris, but last week I stumbled over a nice piece  written by Miss Agnes (Paris, Saint-Germain des Pres) about the district we were to stay in. And I could not resist asking her if she knew about any nearby…

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The Everyday Jacket

This is a must-have-jacket my pre-teen daughter has begged me to make… She wants sweaters and jackets that are soft, airy and preferably without any buttons or zippers. So when I made the (smaller) Jente Jakke for one of her sisters some weeks back, she convinced me that now it was her turn … The yarn is…

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A more than 20 years old Rowan sweater…

In my early twenties I discovered (through my knitting sister!) the fabulous world of Rowan yarn and designs. The designs were indeed different and much more diverse than most Norwegian designs at that time. In addition, the huge variation in yarn types and the colour palettes was amazing, although the Norwegian yarn was in my opinion of…

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Travelling with Needles

Follow my blog with Bloglovin As part of my job I frequently have to travel, mostly by plane. For longer trips I work on my computer, but It gives me lots of small slots which is not suited for writing; like train/bus to and from airports, waiting at the gate and the first and last…

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Warm Leaves for a cowl

This cowl is knitted with the same technique I have used for the blanket (my side project that is slowly growing in size…). This time I have used Kauni 8/2, a yarn that shifts from off white through beige to rose/lilac. As I have knitted the leaves as strands, just adjoining them into the previous…

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