January 19, 2015

Holiday shawl knitting #2

I was able to finish a 2nd shawl during the holidays. This is the pattern 
Roma shawl by Kirsten Kapur - finished at Christmas, as you can see.

I have made it once before. I love the contrast between the lace and the garter stitch stripes. 

I wrote in the last post that I don't knit shawls. Obviously, that is not entirely true, when I look at my Ravelry page, I find that I've actually make four of Kirsten Kapur's shawls before. Her patterns are very well written, and many (the ones I have chosen among others) do not have very complicated lace. 

January 7, 2015

Holiday shawl knitting

As you might have noticed, I don't knit many shawls. 
And I don't knit socks. But still I tend to buy sock yarn....

So, this Christmas holiday, since we've been travelling, 
I brought sock yarn, long circulars and three shawl patterns. 

I have been listening to her podcast for a while, 
almost since the beginning last year, I believe,
 but hadn't knit any of her patterns yet. 
It was about time. (Do check out her podcast, if you haven't already!)

The pattern was easy to follow, easy to memorize 
(I don't like complicatede lace) 
and I loved the percentage system, 
that told med how far I had come at every point 
(every 5%, to be exact).
Still, my visual brain would have liked a little chart too. 

When on holiday, you can block your shawl between two closet doors.

And you can knit everywhere!
Details on Ravelry. 

And I did finish in time for Christmas.

December 20, 2014

More mittens from the fairy forest

I suppose you remember Soria Moria, the mystery mittens?

We, the knitters in the Mitten Guild, test knitted mittens all the mittens, and here are the mittens I knitted, designed by some of the others

And here all the seven mittens from the e-book. 

A few days ago, we published the second e-book, "More mittens from the fairy forest", but as the first e-book, it is published first in Norwegian, and later in English. You can find all the patterns here.

December 17, 2014

Sleeping Beauty Mittens

These are my second pair in the Mitten Guild's e-book with mittens from the Fairy Forest.

Photo 1 and 2 by Ann Myhre

Again, you might have seen these before, but the pattern is now available in English, so I'm sharing the mitten fun on my English blog too. Ravelry page here.

December 13, 2014

Fairy Tale Flowers Mittens

You might have seen these on my Norwegian blog, or on Ravelry, but since we now have published the e-book in English, I thought I'd share my mittens in the book here too. You find the pattern page on Ravelry here.

December 9, 2014

Fairy tale Mittens in English

Vottelauget (The Mitten Guild) has now published the e-book Mittens from the fairy forest in English. You can read more here, and see all the patterns on Ravelry. A Christmas gift for you or a friend, maybe?

November 16, 2014

L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux

Dessine-moi un mouton - Draw me a sheep! Says the Little Prince, and that's the name of this cute sweater design by La Maison Rililie. So I called my sweater by another quote from the book, L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux - What is essential is invisible to the eye. 

The sweater is worked top down, with a modified raglan shape, which is cleverly explained in the pattern. The texture is achieved with a broken seed stitch, which worked in stripes creates a lovely pattern on the body.

I don't use much blues, but I fell in love with this blue in Shetland, two years ago. I bought a sweater's worth of yarn, determined to work a cardigan, with a fairisle patterned yoke. But alas, that was too much plain stockinette in a tight gauge for me.

Then I went for a lace cardigan, but after 10 cm of the body, I realized it was at least 30 cm too wide, so I lost my mojo. (When looking at tha pattern again, I see that I could fall in love with it again.) But all good things, etc, when I decided upon the Maison Rililie pattern, I was determined I would finish. I did not knit monogamously, not at all, but I knew I would finish. And I did. I entered with the sweater in the WIPCrackAwayKAL to help me finish - and I did.

I highly recommend the pattern. 

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