Jente Jakke

The last day of April was sunny but a bit cold; perfect for the “premier” of the jacket I finished last night! It is in a warm but light yarn (cashmere and alpaca blend), deep blue and with semi-long sleeves. I have used garter stitch for the lower part, but the upper part is in…

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Magnificent mending

One of my daughters favourite sweaters got a hole on one of the elbows. It is actually a handed-down garment from her cousin, 100% wool, soft and good quality, so it was not an garment to be easily replaced! I had some stash yarn (Rowan, Donegal Lambswool) and knitted two pieces with matched sizes for the elbows, sewed…

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Jente Jakker

  I actually started on my first April project in March… It was too tempting when I brought home the very nice Alpaca/Cashmere yarn that one of the girl chose herself. The picture of the baby jacket is from a magazine from the 50’s (“Alt for Damene, Babystrikk). As my girls are too big for such a…

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Vintage Jumper finished!

So it took two months to finished it…. but finally as we just entered into April I managed to finish my Vintage Jumper! It do not resemble the original much any more but I think it turned out pretty nice. I have made a description of the puff sleeves here: puff sleeves and for the shoulders here:…

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Shaping sleeves and shoulders; “seamless shoulders”

As mentioned before; I am not very fond of too much sewing so if I can knit together seams I prefer that (thus the name “seamless”…)! This is the first time I have done it for shoulder seams, and it turned out pretty nice. It was quite easy but it is important to always keep an…

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Shaping sleeves and shoulders; puff sleeves

In February I started on my Vintage Winter project, and now I am almost done. The jumper needed more concentration as soon as I started on the sleeves, so the number of times per week I were able to work on it decreased remarkable. Good for all other projects (such as my Leaves Throw, Trellis…

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Joyful Trellis Hat

The trellis pattern is excellent to use for warm garments like this winter hat. Here I have made the trellis pattern by knitting one stitch, lifting three stitches (with yarn in front), knitting one. Next row is knit, then the third row is the same pattern but shifted two stitches. The most important part is…

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Trellis pattern

This is a pattern which is easy to knit and can be used in different ways. It uses lifted stitches with the yarn in front which create regular strands of yarn. You can either keep them as horizontal strands and shift the stitches making a “ladder-like” pattern or you can include the strand in a stitch at…

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Learning new techniques

To me, learning a new knitting technique requires good instructions and a calm atmosphere. I get easily annoyed when I do not figure out what the description indicate, especially if I have to try (and retry!) several times. Good photos are always helpful as is detailed descriptions. I have lately worked with old patterns and they…

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St.John’s Wort

This is a very nice lace pattern called St. John’s wort. This is also a name of a flower (not the one in my post but one called Hypericum Perforatum or Johannesurt in Norwegian). Johannesurt has yellow flowers and if you rub a flower between your fingers it will give of a red colour. It…

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The Persian Carpet 2

As I mentioned before about the Little Miss Summer socks where I got the lace pattern wrong several times (and did not undo all of them…), I think knitted garments still are beautiful with small errors. Can you spot the error in the Selbu pattern…? (Answer: look at the diamond square at the top of…

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The best gift

The best gift is homemade, and I got these lovely Selbu mittens from my mother for my last birthday. A knitted gift is really something I appreciate to give away but also to get! I think most people “tailor” a knitted gift to the person who will get it; what sort of item, yarn type,…

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Structure!

March came today with even more snow! So I decided to have a theme for the month that is still “warm&wooly”. I am very fascinated by different techniques that generate either the impression of a more complex pattern although you only knit with one colour at the time (like lifted stitches) or techniques that result…

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Vintage Jumper

Jumper is a word we do not use much, but from what I can see it means a neat sweater, often combined with a cardigan. I have decided to modify a jumper/cardigan set from the pattern book from 1951, and have selected some quite pricy yarn as I think this project deserve it! The yarn is from…

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Vintage Winter

I had originally decided a different theme for February, but February the 2. I stopped by my nearest yarn store and knew I wanted to realise a project I have had in mind for a while. My mother-in-law found some old knitting magazines from the 1950’s. I really like the style from that period, and several…

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Stash projects

I have sorted most of my stash yarns. Some of them are from the earliest knitting product back in my teens! But many of them are high quality yarns I could not leave when visiting knitting stores… I saw that my favourite wool type is probably merino wool, followed by angora/wool/silk mixes. And I have…

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The persian carpet

Patterns and colors in persian type carpets are a great inspiration. But one thing I find “inspiring” is the small flaws you can find in the patterns when you look closely. I have been told that this is the hallmark of handcraft; a small fingerprint from the maker of the item. I have embraced this, and…

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Little Miss Summer

I went to the library with my kids in the weekend and stopped by the shelves with knitting books and what popped out: the book: “Sokker hele året” by Bitta Mikkelsborg (the title would be something like: A year with socks). I discovered that she has a very nice blog (http://bittamisdesign.blogspot.no) and Ravelry page with…

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January Grey

January is one of my favourite months; in Norway the minutes with daylight increase day by day and we know that the worst part of the winter is over. Or it is to be said that often face a couple of cold months before we can welcome the spring. So I feel the January must…

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