tisdag 19 augusti 2008

"Baby Cables and Big Ones Too"

Oh, I have found the pattern for my autumn sweater project! Ravelry link here. It's Villapeikkoa from FInland who has made this awsome pattern. I really like the cable pattern combined with simple garter stitches. Genious!
I think it reminds me a little of the supernice Cobblestone sweater that the talanted Brooklyntweed has designed, but with a more female touch.
I'm thinking of knitting it it in Rowan Scottish Tweed DK.
Oh, jag har hittat det ultimata mönstret för mitt hösttröjeprojekt! Finns bara som Ravelrylänk än så länge. Det är Villapeikkoa från Finland som har gjort detta underbara mönster. Jag gillar verkligen flätmönstret kombinerat med enkel rätstickning. Genialt!
Jag tycker faktiskt att den påminner lite om den superfina Cobblestonetröjan som den begåvade Brooklyntweed har designat, fast med en lite mer feminin touch.
Tror att jag ska göra den i Rowans Scottish Tweed DK.

onsdag 6 augusti 2008

This was fun!

Remember my Mix&Match Swap package I received from my canadian friend Mo? She sent me some Kool-Aid so I could trying dying myself. Wow, what a great fun I had that day!
I started up with stiring the Kool-Aid powder into some hot water. The colors are quite strong and I couldn't help wondering if people really dare to drink this poisonlike beverages?

Earlier this summer I bought some swedish plain wool so I decided to begin my dyeinglession no. 1 with theese skeins. I had two white and two light grey skeins and I started up with the white ones.
Please don't laugh no when looking at my pictures. I must admit it looks rather unprepared with different kind of too small jars and jugs to dye in. But with some effort and a little bit of violence I managed to soak the entired skein into a color.
I don't know if this method is to prefer or if I was doing everything the wrong way but I had to move hot yarn back and forth between the jars in order to avoid any white leftovers.
After some cooling and rinsing I could hang my first homedyed skein for drying on a chair.
I was quite satisfied with the result and it was so fun so I immediately started up a new batch to dye!

As you understand I have jumped a few or more steps in the process here but I had no time to take more pictures, I was a busy dyeing, remember! Ha! I couldn't imagine how fun it would be.
So, after some troble with making a nice looking skein I came up with this:

During the rest of the day I found myself thinking constantly of new ways to improve the process. Maybe I should try to dye on a wooden board instead or in a pan in my oven in order to get the colors at exactly the places. I must try this the next time!
Then I had to find suitable names for the my creations! Almost every dyer who sells yarn out there have ispiring names for their skeins so.... may I introduce you to
"Peach Melba"
"S:t Anton 1986"

tisdag 5 augusti 2008

A scarf is born

And the knitting then? Well I have knitted a lot during te summer but have no pictures yet.
This is my version of My so called scarf a great herringbone pattern I found at Sheep in the City some time ago.
I have used different skeins of Noro Silk Garden (can't remember the color-code) and knitted alterned two rows each. I think it looks great.

Och stickningen då? Jo jag har stickat massor i sommar men jag har inte hunnit fota allt så här kommer ett smakprov. My so called scarf ett superbt mönster jag hittade hos Sheep in the City för ett tag sedan. Jag har använt två olika nystan av Noros Silk Garden (kommer inte ihåg färgkoderna) och stickat 2 varv av vardera färgen omväxlat. Jag tycker att det blir snyggt.

Long time no see

I'm back after three weeks summer vacation and we had a great time, me and my family. A lot of rain but also a car ride Stockholm-Luleå back and forth, a total of 1860 km i 30 degrees Celsius and a non-functioning aircondition! Hot :-P

Nu är jag tillbaka efter tre veckors semester med familjen och vi har haft det jättebra. Massor av regn har vi fått men även en bilresa Stockholm-Luleå t o r, totalt 186 mil i 30 graders värme utan fungerande luftkonditionering. Hett :-P