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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Tuesday, September 12, 2006
new knitty

The Autumn edition of Knitty is up! Oh, why do I have to work today, I'd rather induldge myself in the latest patterns and articles... Oh, well, no point in moaning about it. Patterns in this issue that I like are Ivy, Serano, Sherwood, Red Herring, Cable Net and Diamante.

Thanks, Katie, for explaining about british yarn standards! Now that you mentioned it, I remember reading about it. Actually, we don't have any equivalence to that in Sweden. At least not that I'm aware of, I've never read about it or heard anyone mention it. Here, a 4-ply really is a 4-ply and a 2-ply is a 2-ply, but the "thickness" of the yarn can vary.

I've finished one Hedera sock and have done about 10 pattern repeats on the second one. What I really loathe about socks is the heel. I almost don't want to finish the leg part, because I know that the dreaded heel is coming up. Not that it's particularily difficult, just mind numbingly boring. And it's not actually the heel itself, it's the picking up stiches part that I just... hate. Even though I've started picking up the stitches by knitting through the back loop, which makes it look a lot better, it's still boring, boring, boring! I need to teach myself how to make a different type of heel, I suppose. I've never tried knitting from the toe up, perhaps there's no picking up stitches then? There I go, moaning again! A part from the heel, I like the Hedera pattern, it's simple and pretty. I will shut up now.

Posted at 9/12/2006 8:39:01 am by katarinawiberg
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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Quick and easy knitting projects are always very gratifying. I don't know how much I'll actually use this, but it's awfully sweet and was very fun to knit.

molly's headband
"Molly's Headband" from Interweave Knits

Pattern: "Molly's Headband" by Pam Allen, Interweave Knits Summer 2006, Sweet Somethings
Yarn: Yorkshire Tweed 4-ply by Rowan
Yarn Source: Wincent, Stockholm, Sweden
Needles: 4 dpns, 3.5 mm, plastic

And a detail
I like how the course look of the tweed yarn goes so well with this pattern.

I wonder, though, why the yarn is called "4-ply" since it's actually a 2-ply yarn? Does anyone know? It's quite nice to knit with, but not one of my favourites. Being a 100% wool yarn, it's surprisingly "dry". Perhaps it's not such a bad thing Rowan is discontinuing it, after all? It's very soft, though, and probably not at all itchy to wear directly on the skin. The label doesn't say "superwashed", but I wonder...

Thanks Katie, Emma and Mia for nice comments! Cicci: you can find the pattern HERE. It's on the third and last page.

Posted at 9/5/2006 11:37:53 am by katarinawiberg
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Friday, September 01, 2006

September. Soon we'll all feel that calming, soothing period of the year: Autumn. I really felt like knitting something in autumnal colours, but as reds, yellows and oranges aren't my normal palette, I had to find something else. Heather is of course very much autumn for me and a good opportunity to use some of the Yorkshire Tweed I bought this summer.

"Molly's headband" from Interweave Knits "Sweet Somethings"
Rowan's Yorkshire Tweed 4-ply

Posted at 9/1/2006 1:05:02 pm by katarinawiberg
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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Socks really are fun to knit. And quick! So I've already started a new pair. I was inspired when I saw Emma's lovely Hederas, so I've decided to knit a pair too. I'm also using Drops/Garnstudio'a Alpaca. They have a whole new range of colours and I just fell in love with this slightly variegated blueish/greenish colour.

new sock
Hedera socks from Knitty

Posted at 8/24/2006 1:07:31 pm by katarinawiberg
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One pair of socks finished!

rib & cable

Pattern: Rib and Cable Socks by Nancy Bush, Interweave Knits Autumn 2005
Yarn: 2-ply wool from Ullcentrum
Yarn Source: Ullcentrum in Old Town, Stockholm
Needles: 4 dpns 3 mm, surina wood
Modifications: The toes are three rows shorter

These were fun and easy to knit, I especially like the toe decreases that create a wedge formed pattern with the purl stitches. I made a mistake with my gauge, though, I thought I had the right gauge with 3mm dpns, but I realized they would be too big for me. However, no greif, they made a nice present for Stefan instead! I thought the toes were a bit to long, so I skipped one row in the second to last patterns repeat and then two rows in the last repeat, and I think they turned out really nice. I wouldn't mind knitting another pair for myself one day. But for now: next sock project! I've already started...

Posted at 8/24/2006 9:48:16 am by katarinawiberg
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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I'm keeping myself busy with knitting. It's a very good way to spend my time when I'm at home with a cold. A typical day can then look like this:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and one finished sock

Feeling a bit better now though, and am back at work!

Posted at 8/23/2006 1:32:39 pm by katarinawiberg
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Monday, August 14, 2006
my 15 minutes

Oh dear, media has caught on to us again... Visit this link (Swedish).

Posted at 8/14/2006 4:12:29 pm by katarinawiberg
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Monday, August 07, 2006

Started a little something this weekend...

Drops Garnstudio's Alpaca

Posted at 8/7/2006 10:51:16 am by katarinawiberg
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Friday, August 04, 2006
needful things

After having a minor bicycle accident yesterday while on my way home from work I've decided to take the bus for a while. It's really a rotten excuse for acquiring more time to knit, actually. I realized I needed an appropiate bus knitting, and what can be more appropriate than socks? I was also in the mood for socks. That's not so strange is it? Very practical, I mean socks, you use them all the time, and they're easy to fit into the bag and well, you know the rest!

I already had a very nice wool yarn that my mum gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago, all I needed was a nice pattern. I swatched and looked for a pattern that would fit my gauge. Interweave Knits always publish nice sock patterns and I found a pattern in the 2005 autumn issue by Nancy Bush that was just right. They're called Rib and Cable socks and are based on a vintage pattern.

2-ply wool from Ullcentrum

I love wool
Detail of Rib and Cable socks. Pattern by Nancy Bush.

They will be nice and comfy when autumn comes!

Posted at 8/4/2006 11:08:43 am by katarinawiberg
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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Except for making progress on the lace leaf shawl I've also worked on my Colchique jumper. I had some problems with the sleeves, since they have a rather peculiar design. There's a little thumb thingie on them, which caused me some headache at first, but with help from the Colchique KAL, especially Mia, and Annika K who has a french boyfriend (hence speaks french rather well), I've dechiphered the pattern. It looks rather funny, but I'm sure it will be alright once I've seamed it all together.

left sleeve with thumb thingie
Left sleeve

detail of thumb thingie on colchique
Detail of thumb

left sleeve of colchique jumper
This is how far I've knitted on the first sleeve

Well, it worked out fine so far. But now I'm encountering another problem, on this sleeve there is a button band, which in itself isn't so complicated, but I must say I'm often confused by the way Phildar writes their patterns. I usually figure it out after a while and some trial and error, but it's a bit frustrating to spend sometimes a good hour just figuring out what they want me to do! Enough moaning, it will probably work out just fine.

Thank you for the nice comments on my lace leaf shawl! Unfortunately it's too late for my sister to wear it at the wedding, since that took place in September last year. I'm leaning towards keeping it for myself, and knit something else for my sister...

Posted at 8/3/2006 11:48:22 am by katarinawiberg
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