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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Thursday, September 14, 2006
wee sock update

Thanks everyone for the comments about heels and their shaping! Laura, I will definitely try the short row shaping. Katie and Tina - perhaps I should be more like you and see the positive aspect of heels. What was it again about the glass being half full or half empty...? ;) Chihiro - I can't say that I found the heel on my Hedera's to be too big. But perhaps I have large heels? I really like the pattern, too!

Conclusion - I will try different ways to go about heel shaping, and if I have to do the "traditional" type, I'll be more zen about it and shut up.

I haven't taken any photos of my one finished Hedera, but here's a little detail of the lacey part on the leg. I've probably said it before, but I'll say it again: I'm sooooo in love with alpaca! It's so unbelievably soft! And warm, when I'd finished the first sock, I put it on my left foot and cast on for sock no 2. On my right foot I still wore my regular store bought cotton/some synthetic fibre-sock and I could immediately feel the difference! Left foot (with alpaca sock) felt nice and toasty, right foot (with store bought sock) felt cold and... cold. I must knit more alpaca socks. I hate having cold feet. The only concern I have is that I don't know how much wear they can take. Has anyone any experience regarding this?

Oh, I almost forgot! Here's the photo:

lace detail

By the way, last week I came across this great knitting blog (all of you have probably already seen it, I'm usually the last one to catch on), and I can really recommend it. It's called "Dances with Wool" and is written by Lene, a woman in the north of Finland. She knits beautiful socks for her long legged ballet dancing daughter (amongst other things), and she writes with great insight and thoughtfullness. A great edition to my must-read list.

Posted at 9/14/2006 4:17:50 pm by katarinawiberg
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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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