Friday, March 23, 2007
the girl from sevierville
I normally try to keep this blog and it's contents strictly about knitting and crafting, but sometimes I have to make an exception.
A week ago, Friday march 16th, I went to the much expected Dolly Parton concert here in Stockholm. She is currently doing a European tour, and this is the first time she's toured Sweden since the late 70's.
I've been a Dolly fan for quite a few years now, I have a couple of "best of" type of albums with her classics like "Jolene", "9 to 5", "Coat of Many Colors" and others. And I also have her brilliant bluegrass albums from 1999-2002; "The Grass Is Blue", "Little Sparrow" and "Halos & Horns", of course. I will readily admit that I didn't listen a lot to Dolly during the 90's, it wasn't really my cup of tea at the time, although I did sectretly love her old hits "Islands in the Stream" and "Jolene".
One of my earliest Dolly memories is when I was standing in front of the big mirror in my mum's bedroom and miming to "Islands in the Stream" (I must have been about seven or eight, it was released in 1982 as far as I know) and my eight year older sister saw me and started laughing at me. I felt awfully embarresed to be caught pretending to be Dolly in front of a mirror, but I've loved the song ever since (even though it's not written by Dolly). Another strong memory is when SVT (Swedish national Television) showed a Christmas special with Dolly and Kenny Rogers that I thought was wonderful, being a complete Christmas fanatic and totally fascinated by Dolly. I don't know what year this was, but I think the programme I remember is "A Christmas to Remember
" which was shown in 1984 originally in the US.
Anyway, last Friday I saw her live and I was completely blown away. She is so cool and such a wonderful singer and musician. When she sung "Little Sparrow" a cappella I almost cried. I'm so impressed by her professionalism and her humour and her spirit. I haven't been able to listen to anything but Dolly since the concert and I'm prepared to go to the US to catch one of her performances there. I've heard a rumour that she sometimes lip-sync some songs during her concerts, I don't know if that's true about her concert here, but if she did it, I couldn't notice it.
I brought my camera to the concert, and I shot a lot of photos, but they mostly turned out really crappy. Anyway, here are the best ones:
Click on the images if you want to see larger versions.
I also made these short clips, take a look, the quality is really bad and they're not complete, but i glad I have them anyway:
Here are some great Dolly links:
Official:DollywoodDollywood's Splash CountryDolly's Imagination LibraryDixie StampedeDolly Parton's Official On-Line StoreSugar Hill Records
Fan sites:Dolly Parton On-LineDollymaniaRare Dolly
Posted at 3/23/2007 11:43:52 am by katarinawiberg
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I've amost finished the first sleeve (take two) of the Colchique jumper, but it's annoying me because the pattern has given me so much trouble. I don't like the fact that I have to count and calculate so much. I normally don't have a problem with doing that, but this time it's really getting to me.
Instead of letting Colchique slip out into the cold again, I decided that we just needed a small time off. I wanted something quick and easy. I rumbled through my yarn stash and came across about 400 grams of ice blue mohair that once had been an awful tube type top that turned out waaaaayyy to big (I didn't even dignify it with photo) and hence frogged. The yarn is a bit knotty from frogging, but I don't care, I just wanted to use it somehow. After seeing Satoko
's lovely Feather and Fan shawl (Satoko, you haven't posted any photo's of it!), I decided that I wanted one too. And talk about quick and easy! It is so gratifying with a lace pattern that looks kind of complicated but in reality is very, very easy.
Anyway, here it is so far:
Feather and Fan pattern. Or "påfågelmönster" in Swedish.
I have hopes for this project. I might actually be able to finish it sometime in the near future! ;-)
And now for some praising: I recently bought "Handknit Holidays
" by Melanie Falick and I'm in love. There are so many nice and wonderful patterns by brilliant designers, it makes me want to knit everything and have it ready by Christmas! I'm serious! I want a knitted Santa Claus hat! I want the cabled knitted Christmas tree mat! I want the knitted Lucia crown! I want knitted Christmas tree ornaments (they're cat safe, too)! And, oh, how I want those Log Cabin Socks... Just look at the ones Brooklyntweed knitted
... *very, very deep sigh*... Oh, about the knitted Christmas tree mat; my boyfriend says it's out of the question, so I guess I'll have to make it a present if I manage to knit one. And I also love how the title of the book is: "...Knitting Year Round for Christmas, Hannukah and Winter Solstice". How comforting to find a seasonal knitting book for an old pagan, too! ;-)
Posted at 2/21/2007 9:08:23 am by katarinawiberg
Monday, February 12, 2007
Well, the Colchique sleeve is behaving better now on my second attempt, I've knit all the way up to the raglan decreases, so there's hope for the old jumper yet!
The spring term has started at Stockholm University, so I won't have so much knitting time (again) because I have loads of homework to do. But it's fun! Chinese is really difficult, but fun!
Haven't got any new photos to show you except the birthday present my boyfriend gave me last weekend:
Swift and yarn winder
Isn't it wonderful??!! I have a swift! I have a yarn winder! No more ugly balls of yarn in my stash! ;-)
Posted at 2/12/2007 9:18:05 pm by katarinawiberg
Friday, February 02, 2007
Another preview is up! The spring/summer 2007 issue of Rowan magazine can be viewed here
. Some nice things, it feels like the people at Rowan have shaped up after the dip into the world of stange knits we saw in issues 38 and 39. Last issue, 40, was really nice too, although I haven't gotten around to buying it yet. But now both 40 and 41 are on my wishlist.
The Colchique sleeve is coming along, but I'm not gonna bother with a new photo as this stage, hopefully I'll have one for you soon with two sleeves!
I am feeling a bit better today and will be back at work on Monday. And yes, Kristen, I probably owe it all to Johnny... ;-)
Posted at 2/2/2007 11:10:32 am by katarinawiberg
Thursday, February 01, 2007
The urge to start new knitting projects is always terrible, but sometimes the wish to see them completed is stronger. I have really wanted to finish the Colchique
jumper for ages, but the pattern itself have posed a big problem from time to time. Not only that it's in french, but even when I there is a translation (mostly thanks so the Colchique knit-a-long
, but I do know a little french too) one cannot be sure to understand it anyway. Well, the best way is to get back in the saddle. If I'm ever going to finish it! From what I've read, many others have had problems with the sizes, which I took into account when I started the project (on my second attempt, I started out with size 3 but then switched to size 2). Front and back seems fine so far. But the sleeve... nope, after knitting about 75% of the sleeve I tried it on and it both too long and too wide! And it's given me loads of trouble, that wonky little thumb thingie to start with was a nightmare to figure out (which I wouldn't have done without Mia
) and the decreases and the button band is giving me a headache. So I decided to frog the stinking thing. But, I haven't given up! I cast on for a new sleeve, without said thumb thingie and in a smaller size, and I've knitted about 20 cm of it. I AM going to finish it now! Linster
has promised to help me out, too, thank you dearie!
This is basically what it looks like now, but the sleeve to the left is no more, as it were.
Well, well, there's no reason to mope! I have, of course, started a new pair of socks (socks are fun to knit! Really!). This time from "Knitting Vintage Socks" by Nancy Bush, pictures below:
Gentleman's Sock with Lozenge pattern
And here are some other progress shots, I started this slipover a long time ago, but it's also been laying around for a while. I'm so in love with the yarn, 2-ply 100% wool from Morjärv
that I traded with Erika
on the yarnswap day
last summer, and the pattern has such a lovely simplicity to it. I'm doing some modifications: a v-neck instead of a round one, and some waist shaping. My gauge isn't the same as the orgiginal pattern either. However, I only have 200 grams of this yarn, so I'm a bit worried I won't have enough. And since I have a tendancy to make things too big when i try to "design" something by myself, I might have to frog it and start over. I might do that anyway, because I think I should have knitted it in the round instead of on straight needles. We'll see what happens. Here are the photos:
The original pattern is from 1946. Picture on the right is a bit overexposed, but I didn't bother about shooting a new one.
And speaking about frogging, I started a striped jumper in August, I think, in a lovely light blue and dark brown with Garnstudio's Alpaca
. It's also just been lying around and I took a look at it the other day, thinking I should finish it. I wasn't happy with neither the decreases or increases, so I thought I'd frog just a little bit and then give it another go. But then i tried it on and... it was about three decimetres too wide!! I really shouldn't try to design my own things, they ALWAYS turn out too big! Very, VERY annoying!
Here's a pre-frogging photo saved for eternity, since the jumper is an... ex-jumper (in the style of Monty Python...)
It was nice to know you, but I had to let you go...
That's all for today, folks! I'm going back to my knitting and Pirates of the Caribbean (I'm home with a cold, so that's pretty much all I can do.) Oh! I almost forgot! Today is the start of Project Spectrum 2.0
! Why don't you join in? Read all about it over at hostess Lolly's blog
Posted at 2/1/2007 11:50:16 am by katarinawiberg
Sunday, January 28, 2007
I want to start by thanking everyone for all your nice comments about my beret! You are all so sweet and you really warm my heart
. And to Mandy
: I think I know what plastic thingies you are referring to, I remember when I was little and in day nursery, we had something like that to make pom poms with. I could probably find them here in hobby stores, perhaps I should look for them, it would certainly make it more fun to make pom poms! And if I can't find them, perhaps you could send me one!
Anyway, I've actually managed to cram out another FO! I hope I can keep this pace up for the rest of the year. Not very likely, though... I finished the "raggsockor", thick socks, (thanks to Kristen
for giving some tips about sock terminology
!) and have been wearing them all day around the apartment.
Grey socks on grey fleece
Pattern: oh, some old Swedish knitting book i can't remember the name of. Same book where I found the beret pattern below.
Yarn: HP Raggsocksgarn 70% superwash wool, 30 % nylon
Yarn Source: Nysta
Needles: 3,5 mm rosewood dpns
Modifications: The yarn calls for needles size 5 mm and the pattern for 4 mm. I used 3,5 but used the pattern for the largest size socks. They turned out really well for my wide feet. I normally wear size 38 (UK 5).
If you want to see larger versions of the photos, just click on the images, as usual. These socks really turned out nice, they're warm and cosy. I'll probably mostly wear them around the apartment. Although it's been quite cold outside lately and they might just come in handy outdoors, too.
I really like knitting socks. I've already decided on which ones I will knit next. But I won't let you in on it just yet, I'm swatching...
BTW, I really need to check my spelling before posting, I noticed just today how awfully bad my spelling is sometimes. Really sorry about that, I'll try to shape up!
Posted at 1/28/2007 10:27:02 pm by katarinawiberg
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
It's.... a beret!
Pattern: some old Swedish knitting book I've forgotten the name of
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk
(beret) and Kampes 2-ply 100% wool
Yarn source: A birthday gift from my dear friend Catrin
(the Alpaca Silk) and Marias Garn
(Kampes, actually left overs from the fair isle gloves
Needles: I have no idea, I've completely forgotten. 5 mm perhaps?
Unbelievable, I have two FO's and it's only January! This didn't even make it to the WIP list, not beacue it was a quick knit, but because it was more of a pattern test that turned out really nice. I actually finished knitting this project in... probably October, but I didn't seam it up until the beginning of January (because seaming is boring) and then it took me a couple of weeks to finish the pom pom, because pom poms are also obviously boring to make. But it turned out lovely! However, in my enthusiasm over finishing the pom pom, I was trimming it and did such a thorough job that I trimmed off the strands of yarn I was supposed to use for attaching the bloody thing thing to the bloody hat! D'oh!
Anyway, I'm a calm person and was accepting the fact that it could turn into a sucessful cat toy, but after about 2 minutes of playing with it, my cats were bored with it. Then I realized that I could probably attach a new strand of yarn if I just dug into the pom pom and located the yarn that holds the whole package together. D'uh? To my defence I have to say that it only took me about 10 minutes to come to this conclusion and therefore solve the problem...
About pom poms in general: It's bloody hard to get one's scissors in between the pieces of cardboard, and if I didn't have that cute little knife I bought for my class in chinese vegetable sculpting
I would probably have tossed the stinking pom pom in the bin. But never mind about that, I finished it, but will probably not make any more pom poms in the near future.
About the beret: It's very soft and warm, however, since both alpaca and silk are rather... unelastic (is that a word?), it's sits a bit too loose on my already small head. I've decided to do like Grumperina
, and sew a thin elastic cord on the inside of the opening to make it stay on my head a bit better.
Oh, and sorry about some of the photos being so crappy in quality, this is what happens when I am too lazy to go outside on my lunch break and resign to taking photos in my office.
Posted at 1/24/2007 9:47:28 pm by katarinawiberg
The preview of Interweave Knits Spring 2007
is up! Looking good, I must say! But what's up with the knitted thong? No thanks to butt floss. Please.Eunny
's Entrelac Socks looks beautiful, Kate Gilberts Keyhole top is smashing, too, even though it's not for me. The Slanted Neck Pullover, though, (also by Gilbert) has a lovely grace to it, wouldn't mind knitting that. Grumperina's socks (or Roza's socks, rather) are really pretty too. If you want a more detailed shot, take a look at Grumperina's blog
. Many nice projects in general.
And looking at the pictures gave me a whiff of spring that wasn't at all unpleasant...
Posted at 1/24/2007 1:07:42 pm by katarinawiberg
Sunday, January 21, 2007
At the knitting class at HV-skolan today, we learned to knit with beads. It was actually lots of fun, I didn't expect to like it, because I'm not so fond of adding beads to knitting in general. I probably won't knit anything for myself with beads, but I think it would make great gifts.
Here is my first and so far only attempt:
Very concentraded knitters focusing on placing those beads correctly:
And we've finally had snow!! I can't express my happiness!
EDIT: Bente, I used about 2 skeins of Eskimo. Thanks everyone for your nice comments about my fair isle gloves and the capelet!!
Posted at 1/21/2007 6:01:54 pm by katarinawiberg
Saturday, January 20, 2007
This is actually a project I finished in 2006, in May as a matter of fact, but its just been laying there in the closet for ages.
Myra wearing the Anthropology Inspired Capelet
Pattern: "Anthropology Inspired Capelet
" by Julsey at Peony Knits
Yarn: Drops Garnstudio's Eskimo
Yarn Source: Marias Garn
Needles: Circular and dpns 8 mm
I really wanted to try knitting from the top down, and found this lovely pattern on the internet. I didn't bother to swatch or anything, it was mostly just a trial project. Anyway, I am very happy with the result, but it's way to small for me so I gave it to Myra
instead, and it fits her perfectly. The condition was that she'd allow me to take pictures of it with her wearing it, and she didn't mind that at all. For some reason I've forgotten to give it to her, but I remembered today. Doesn't she look absolutely lovely? You can click on the smaller images if you want to see a larger size photo. Thanks to Peony Knits for the fab pattern!
Posted at 1/20/2007 5:44:57 pm by katarinawiberg