Sock and lace scrap sweater for Polly

February 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

A few skeins of unwanted sock yarn held together with some lace. It was straight ahead, using a simple top-down pattern I’ve used so many times. I had a few issues with the stripes as the amount of yarn in each color pretty much directed the arrangement … Basic and comfy sweater that will be used a lot, but not a big deal really …

Pattern: Raglan Stripes by Britta Wilfert · Yarn: Various sock yarn + Madil kid seta + Rowan fine lace · Needles: 4.5 mm

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Harvesting Rowan Tweed

February 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

… and a single merino/silk from DesignClub.

My local yarn store is selling out as they are moving their business online. Sad, as we need those stores, to physically touch and smell the fibers. There was a discount of 50% on selected yarns, which brought me back home with a beautiful collection of Rowan fine tweed and felted tweed DK. I’ve always had a soft spot for the colors and feel of Rowan’s tweed. It’s beautiful, don’t you think?

Rowan felted tweed DK, color way: Bilberry

Fine tweed, colorway: Settle

Fine tweed, colorway: Hubberholme

Fine tweed, colorway: Murker

Fine tweed, colorway: Nidd

550 g. in total for DKr.331/$58 :)

Oh … and a single skein of light-fingering merino and silk for summer:

… and three pink palm tree buttons:

That was it! :)

SOCKS !

January 16, 2012 § 1 Comment

I’ve kind of obsessed with making perfectly fitted socks (!)
I always do them toe-up, two-at-a-time on a Magic loop with gusset and a heel flap.

Yarn: Regia Hand-dye Effect

Yarn: Mayflower Strømpegarn

Yarn: Hjertegarn Ragg-strømpegarn

As my sock experience progresses I start to picture my own socks and I have this thing with knee-highs generously topped with a textured band to fold. My first attempt turned out quite successful and in time I will make a pattern for it.

Yarn: Hjertegarn Ragg-strømpegarn

Now I’m trying to make a pair in a sport weight-yarn with a striped top made from leftovers.

Yarn: Zwerger Garn, Opal Regenwald 6-ply + scrap

First toe-ups on a magic loop

September 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

It makes sense to knit socks from the toe-up. You can try them on along as you go, and you can knit until you run out of yarn. Doing them on a magic loop will eliminate the ladders/loose stitches you get from dpn’s and you won’t have a hard time doing number two. I wanted to try all of that :)

I grabbed a ball of Crazy Zuberball from my Stash and went along. In order to control the selfstriping colors I decided to mix it with some brown Arwetta. 4 skeins of yarn was too much for my magic loop – they got really tangled very quickly! so I made one at a time, saving the 2-at-the-same-time practise for later.

From now on I will prefer to knit socks this way. Way easier :)


Pattern: Streets and Yo’s by Diana Parrington – download for free · Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball, Colorway: Schokoladenseite and Filcolana Arwetta Classic, colorway: Brown · Needles: 2.0+2.5 mm

Black & blue

September 20, 2011 § Leave a comment


Pattern: En Blekksprut Beret  by Kate Gagnon Osborn · Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Alpaca + BabyAlpaca Silk · Colors: Black and blue · Needles: 2.0 + 2.5 mm. Deathflake chart  by Art Fiend – download for free.

X-ray Cats

September 19, 2011 § Leave a comment


From Kate Davies – one of my favorite designers … Unfortunately it turned out too tight for me, so I gave it to Polly …

Pattern: Paper Dolls by Kate Davies · Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Alpaca · Colors: Black, Deep pink, Eco off white · Needles: 3.5 mm

Affordable Drops

August 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have a love and hate relationship to Garnstudio Drops Design. Maybe I’m a snob, but basically, I find Garnstudio very common – despite the fact that the quality of their yarn actually is quite good, and not to forget … payable(!) This is why I find myself buying their products again and again …

Drops has just reduced the prices for the whole range of their yarn, so now, you can get 50 grams of very soft fingering Baby Alpaca and Silk for only 36 DKR, not even 7 USD or one skein of worsted weight Wool and Alpaca for 4 USD. Yet another incentive to pick a skein of Drops.

My biggest problem when buying their yarn though, is the lack of inspiration when I have to choose between the colors! The Alpaca is allright, but for most of the other products the color range is rather dull and very predictable.

The blue in the picture is nice though …

Drops BabyAlpaca Silk, Navy Blue: 6.85 USD

Click on the picture to view the colors

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