After knitting lots of colour work lately I thought that it is time for some basics. Since I love blue, of course I ended up knitting two blue sweaters.
The darker blue is made with Jade Sapphire’s yarn called Sylph, a mixture of cashmere and linen. I was curious about the yarn and I think it is the softest sweater I have ever made and weighs only 167 grams!
The light blue one is made with Lang Silkmerino, also soft and does definately not itch. I did not have any pattern for both of the sweaters but with some calculations they turned out pretty well.This is my favorite outfit at the moment
Trying to get out of my comfort zone I knitted with green too. The cardigan is a pattern from Carrie Bostick Hoge called Barn sweater and I love to wear it. I knitted it with Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft
Yes, I have been knitting and once again loving to choose colors. For this shawl I had some nice fall colors in my stash and I could even finish the shawl for the colorful fall season. The pattern is from one of my favorite knit designers Hélène Magnusson.
This is a very special shawl for me because Marianne spun the yarn and I love the colors and the feel of the yarn. Thank you Marianne.
of course I have knitted garments for Ella. Here a crochet-dress
And the rest of it is more or less all blues…
Inspired by Shetland
Before I hit the ski slopes I have time to knit some more, at the moment on my needles a fisherman’s sweater for Daniel
It was a week full of color and beauty. Lots of workshops about knitting and meeting my friends. It was a wonderful week in beautiful Shetland
There was an official opening ceremony for the wool week where we had the fiddlers and which Claire presented wearing her christening stola knitted by her mother
A view from my room
I shared a house with Ruth from Rhode Island (not from New Jersey), Marianne from Holland, Jeanne from Chicago, Janis from Connecticut and Claire from England here toasting for Ella
we learned a lot from very experienced Shetland knitters and it was fun!I miss Shetland, and my knitting friends but I will meet some of them in Edinburgh next March so I am happily looking forward to next vacation together! Take care all of you
I wanted to knit something for really hot summer, so I ordered 100 % organic linen yarn . It is rather difficult to knit since there is no stretch to the yarn and it shows every mistake you make but I just love the feel of linen and it’s coolness when it is hot.
Unfortunately we have had very few warm days so far. Hot? None.
But us knitters won’t freeze! I finally finished my blue fair isle sweater. After two years planning, trying out different color (always blues) combinations, calculating stitches and ribbing out numerous times it is finally finished:
won’t freezy, no. Not me. I hope you neither, have a nice, warm summer
I think choosing the colors is the most fun part in knitting. I just love to play around with the different color combinations and try out whatever. I used to knit everything in blue or gray shades but I have learned to add more colors to my range.
Here the latest finished works. As you see, most of the time the inspiration comes from the nature around me.
The spring is not quite yet here but I am looking forward to the flowers on the fields and the richness of the colors.
I love color and I love to knit color work. Fair Isle knitting is just it, color work knitting. Last October I was able to go to Shetland and learned some more about Fair Isle knitting. So since then I have been knitting Daniel a sweater with Jamieson and Smith’s natural colors, not dyed, just straight from the sheep, so to say.
the real knitter’s tell, the back side of your knitting should look good as well, so here we go, not bad, ha
and then it was ready!
we had to go outside and test the warmth of it too, Daniel did not freeze 🙂chars salüds from one happy knitter
There has been many cold winter evenings spent wisely with knitting 🙂
very long time I just looked at this pattern and thought it is far too difficult to knit until I decided to have a go. And it was not difficult at all, it only looks bit complicated but was actually easy and fun to knit.
before I left to Finland I felt like knitting something really nordic. What is more nordic than reindeers? Although Daniel pointed out that some of my reindeers look more like hippopotamus…
then I wanted to make a cardigan I saw in Internet but obviously I picked wrong kind of yarn. It just fell apart and was twice the size I had wanted it to be. I was rather disappointed until my friend Taina asked me:” what is more important for you, to choose the colors, feel the wool and be excited about a new project or the end result?”
I felt good again immediately!
At the moment I have seven other projects going on and I am having lots of fun
The evenings are dark and cold now, perfect to stay inside and to do some crafts.
I had dyed the yarn for this shawl in Shetland and I finally finished the shawl, It is the first one I ever made and I have to say it was fun to do
So I knitted one more
A cardigan for Beatrice is finished as well and she told me it fits!
Something fluffy and easy for winter.
This is the best part: I have a new helper, Daniel is extremely supportive in my knitting habit and he has ordered me all sorts of gadgets for winding the wool and I think he is enjoying it as well with best results, as you can see
so I am planning as a thank you, a Fair Isle jumper for Daniel. Perhaps in these natural colors, what do you think?
First advent and I am only starting to make decorations! Quick, quick I gathered my stash of wool, picked the greens and reds and here we go: Lucky me, I had this book of how to crochet flowers and they even had the christmas star in itHave a nice advents time