I've been a knitter since 2004. I was hooked from the first stitch. This is my blog on knitting and sewing. And any other craft I happen to take a liking to.

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agnes (rowan no 35)
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hawaii style summerdress (simplicity pattern from 1961)
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
what the...?

I am annoyed. I am more than annoyed. I am beyond annoyed! Here I am, back finished, front finished. I cast on on for a simple short sleeve. And end up with... a very odd looking and way too small sleeve! And before you say ANYTHING: I've triple checked that I've followed the pattern correctly. And, yes, I've checked Rowan's webpage and there is no errata. And not only that it's blooming small, it looks really, really weird. And yes, I DID follow the pattern correctly (you see my need to make it clear that this was not my fault?).

You get the picture?

When something like this normally happens when knitting, I just throw the knitting into a crumpled up ball and curse like a pirate, but this time I've decided that I. Am. Going. To. Finish. The. Damn. Thing. and not give up.

a... sleeve?
Strangely shaped sleeve. And what's up with that cast off edge?

So, I've cast on for another sleeve, using a larger size from the pattern (the first sleeve didn't even fit around my upper arm...) and I'm going to do some serious modifications to the shape of it this time.

I do want this horrible top to be finished now, because I'm fed up with it.

Posted at 6/27/2007 1:45:24 pm by katarinawiberg
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I spent Midsummer at some friends house on an island off the west coast of Sweden. We had a lovely time with lots of good food, sun, swimming and cycling. There was a small handicrafts shop on the island and I had a feeling I would find something to my liking in it. Which I did! I bought six hanks of 2-ply hand dyed wool yarn at a very reasonble price. I have some ideas of what I'm going to do with it, you'll see...


There were a lot of sheep on the island too (but I don't think they were the source of my yarn, however), and since Sheep Are Our Friends (and very cute) I couldn't help taking a lot of photos...



Posted at 6/26/2007 11:09:55 am by katarinawiberg
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Monday, June 18, 2007

I started this project sometime this spring. I like trying new things in general, and getting my hands on a new yarn is always exciting. I prefer natural fibres, and this one is really not an exception. Bamboo yarns are all of a sudden in abundance and I like the idea of a yarn that has many good qualities and that is also ecological. Interweave Knits had an article in the Spring 2007 edition about bamboo yarns which was really interesting.

The yarn I've chosen is Rowan's Bamboo Tape yarn and it introduced two new expriences to me at once. It's the first time I've knit with a bamboo yarn and also the first time I've knit with a tape yarn. I like the feel of the yarn, it's very soft and smooth and has a very nice sheen to it. A bit like silk, but not as dry by far. However, I really don't get what the thing is about tape yarns, I find it messy to knit with and sometimes even uncomfortable. The finished result is very nice though. It has a lovely texture and is very lustreous (is that a word?). On the downside; bamboo yarns obviously stretch quite a lot (I've heard this from other knitters as well), which made me rip out the first attempt and change my 5 mm needles to 4,5 mm instead. And the yarn I chose is very expensive. I'm sure not all bamboo yarns are this expensive, but I suppose Rowan isn't exactly famous for its inexpensive yarns, so it comes as no surprise, I suppose. The pattern I chose calls for nine balls of yarn (75 m/82 yds to a ball) and the balls were SEK 62 a piece (about EUR 6.50, GBP 4.50 and USD 9) so you do the math...

bamboo tape

But anyway, I think the result will be fine, I hope I'll get a chance to wear this little top a lot this summer. The back is finished and I'm about to complete the front as well, which leaves the sleeves and the right front piece. I will not use ribbons to close the opening with, I'll try to find some nice buttons instead.

Posted at 6/18/2007 6:33:40 pm by katarinawiberg
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Friday, June 08, 2007

Don't forget: tomorrow is World Wide Knit In Public Day!

If you happen to be in Stockholm, meet up with other knitters at Mariatorget from around noon.

Read more about it over at the STHLM knitters blog.

Posted at 6/8/2007 1:45:30 pm by katarinawiberg
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Monday, May 21, 2007

Something resembling a dress is actually coming together! I still have the sleeves and the hemline to do. When I tried it on yesterday I realized that there is a not so attractive crease on the back and the front is slouching a bit, so I'll have to take off probably an inch over the shoulders. Which means I have to modify the sleeves too, but I'm not too worried about that.

This is what it looks like now:

And this is what it hopefully will look like when I've altered it a bit:

Click on the images if you want to see larger versions.

I'm really excited about finishing this, I can't wait to go to a nice summer party sipping magaritas wearing this! ;-)

Posted at 5/21/2007 8:22:56 am by katarinawiberg
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Thursday, April 26, 2007
summer dresses

Spring has been unusually warm here in Stockholm, and today it's practically summer outside, at least if you look at the temperature. A horrible discovery at this time of the year is of course one's lack of a nice summer wardrobe. Sure there's the stuff you bought last year. Or was it ten years ago? Anyway I'm in serious need of a wardrobe makeover. Pimp my wardrobe, so to speak.

For several reasons I really don't have the means at the moment to go on an uncontrolled shopping spree, which means I have to be more creative than usual. But don't worry, folks, I have an idea! Not so original, though, but my plan is to do something with all those patterns I'm collecting and my humongous fabric stash and start whipping up some new and sazzy outfits!

To me summer speaks dresses, dresses, dresses and the odd skirt. And to make this plan work even better is the fact that hopefully by this weekend I'll have a brand new workplace in my apartment where I can permanetly keep my sewing machine ready. No more stowing it away! I'll take a photo when it's all set up.

Anyway, I'm planning my first sewing project in ages even as we speak (the last one was the dress for my sister's bridesmaid)! I borrowed a bunch of patterns from my friend Eva, and the one I'm planning is from one of those. I have the fabric to go with it, but no photo of it as yet. And don't forget my plans from last summer, hopefully I will se them realised soon too!

Here's the dress I'm gonne make. It's the one on the right with a short sleeve.

pattern from 1961
Simplicity pattern from 1961

And I found this lovely blog called "Sew Retro" which I'll definitely join! Summer, here I come!

But don't worry, this does not mean that I have abandoned my knitting, oh, no, I'm still working on those cute knee-high socks and I've started a nice cool summer top for those hot summer days. Pictures to come.

Posted at 4/26/2007 12:55:26 pm by katarinawiberg
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Monday, April 23, 2007
Interweave Knits Summer 2007

The preview is up! And Swedish knitter and DoRedo guru Katarina Brieditis is one of the designers in this issue, way to go! Take a look HERE.

Posted at 4/23/2007 9:12:44 pm by katarinawiberg
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Friday, April 20, 2007

I didn't manage to tape it, but here's a photo of the event. Knitting on MTV.

knitting on MTV
Darin and me knitting. Surreal.

Posted at 4/20/2007 11:58:34 am by katarinawiberg
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Thursday, April 19, 2007
knitting, fashion, MTV and darin

If someone told me three years ago, when I first started knitting, that in 2007 I would be on MTV talkning about knitting, I wouldn't have stopped laughing. Well, I guess sometimes unexpected things happen. Anyway, the Stitch n' Bitch Stockholm co-ordinator, Tanja, was contacted my MTV Sweden last week because they wanted a couple of knitters to talk about the SnB group and knitting in general on their morning show "Mycket mer än müsli" (Much more than müsli). So Tanja asked me if I would do it, and I thought it would be fun, so why not?

The show will air on Friday the 20th, and on Fridays they always have like a fashion "theme" to the program so two thirds of the very stylish Swedish fashion designers at Dagmar were invited too. They do a lot of fabulous knitwear, it was great meeting them.

I've never been to a television studio before, and the whole thing is a bit surreal and I can confess I felt a bit out of place and old amongst all those young, hip people. But they were all very nice.

The funniest part of the whole thing was that Swedish pop star Darin (who, like so many other these days it seems, came to fame by participating in the talent show "Idol" here in Sweden) was also invited to the show. They programme hosts had set up a number of tasks he had to accomplish, one of which being KNITTING! So I had to teach Darin how to knit... Poor dear, he probably thought it was terribly boring, but I'll grant him that he did make an honest attempt!

Blogger and editor of new fashion magazine Modette, Eleonore, is the fashion commentator on the programme, and she has posted some photos on her blog from the recording, and to the left there is a photo of some of my knits and WIP's along with the lovely needle case Myra made for my birthday!

darin & dagmar
Darin and two thirds of Dagmar

So if you want to see me talk a bit about knitting and teach Darin how to knit, tune in:

Time: Friday April 20th 07:30-09:00 (rerun at 14:30) Swedish time, of course...
Channel: MTV Sweden

Posted at 4/19/2007 8:29:43 am by katarinawiberg
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Wednesday, April 04, 2007
lace up

I really like knitting socks, but a big problem with socks is that you don't really see them, they usually disappear in a pair of shoes or under a pair of trousers. And wearing short socks with skirts isn't all that attractive in my opinion. There are so many lovely patterns for knee-high socks out there that I've been ogling for a long time and I've finally decided to knit a pair. I bought some Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4-ply last summer on sale but had no plan for it. I knitted the "Molly's Headband" with it, but I still have about five 1/2 balls left. Then I remembered the lovely sock pattern in Interweave Knits Winter 2004, and lo and behold, I needed four balls of... Yorkshire Tweed 4-ply to knit those!

knee-high socks from interwave knits winter 2004

 Well, now that's settled! I've been a good knitter and done my swatch, chosen needles and started knitting the openwork rib (much more pretty and interesting than an ordinairy rib).

tweedy sock

However, it's definitely turning out way to stretchy. And I've considered myself one of those people with ahem, shapely calves (a fairly common topic among sock knitters) and suspected that they would be too tight. Well, no real harm done, I'll just exchange my 3 mm dpns for 2,5 mm instead and start over.

waaaay too stretchy!

I could almost claim that I'm keeping with Project Spectrum, since there are some definite pink flecks in this heathery yarn, but my PS contribution today will be these lovely daffodils in my window (at home! I have Easter holiday and won't be back at work until next Tuesday!).

Perfect flowers for Easter

Posted at 4/4/2007 8:38:13 am by katarinawiberg
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