Saturday, May 23, 2015

Crunchy stuff



Every spring there is in Malmö a “Symässan” ( a kind of crafts expo) and some years I go and in some I don’t. It is basically focused on sewing and quilting and while I do sew and have made quilts, it is not like knitting for me. But the last years, knitting has become more and more popular, the local yarnshops do carry more yarns, there are Swedish knitting magazines (I do not like them very much, but they are there at least) so there have been more yarn people at the mässan as well. This year I didn’t really want to go, busy at work, and then a weekend just pottering around the house can be quite OK. But S, who is sewing more and more to make costumes for cos-play, asked if we could go, so in that case….. So I went with S and M and this year, there was so much more yarn….. Lovely really!

I came home with too much, Kalinka linen and a linen/wool blend and then a cotton yarn which I just could not not buy. It was Isager Strik Japansk Bomuld , a cotton tape yarn that really feels papery. It is made in Japan and probably quite like some Habu yarns. It is a fine fingering cotton and it just looked to be tested (the price is nice as well). S choose the colour, an apricot-pink to match with a skirt bought in Japan. I wasn’t completely sure what to knit with it, but for sure a summer top, so after a good browse at Revelry, we decided that Jan might fit the bill. This is a kind of experiment, as Jan is knitted with a fine wool and a cotton is of course drastically different. The yarn knits up more like linen than cotton, it gives a bit uneven effect but very pleasing nevertheless. And it is featherlight. So far I do like this one, with the back (or front as they are the same) finished. It is a pretty easy pattern, hardly any shaping (except for the set-in sleeves) and a very easy lace. 

I do think this will be an experiment that works, a blousy small pullover for summer days….


Friday, May 15, 2015

Back to normal



Back to normal with a summer project for me. Pomegranate in Hempathy, nice yarn, sturdy and crisp, and a nice lace decorated pullover to go with it. Just right for Swedish summers….. (I can now start to complain, but May until now hasn’t been great).

My gauge was off, so I had to tweek a bit, not a lot but just making a XS to get an S. I also had to figure out where the neckline should be and thus where the sleeves had to start and I made it a bit longer. I also did one more increase round in the shaping. In the end I actually like this length better, I find it easier to wear so that is good too.



I am wearing it with no ease at the bust, which I think works really well for this kind of pattern where you want to show of that delicious lace…. The sweater i skin in the round, with short row set-in sleeves . The pattern was easy to follow and apart from issues created by myself, no problems whatsoever.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

And now for something different


M is quickly becoming our pastry sous-chef. She loves to browse through my dessert cook-books and every now and then I buy her a Swedish baking magazine as she loves them. She also loves it in a practical sense, baking, whipping cream and all that. So during the weekend she made a batch of vanilla ice-cream mixed with Macademia nuts and toffee sauce (yes I have to start to watch my weight) and there were quite some egg-whites left over. No avail, egg-whites,  are needed for meringue or a pavlova… so next project a pavlova it was. Also that left-over toffee sauce (home-made) can be used on a pavlova…. So as it is the start of a long weekend here, a bit of summer feeling with a pavlova with bananas, passionfruit, cream and toffee-sauce…. like I said, I better watch my weight…...


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Summer knitting



Every year sometimes during the spring I switch from animal fibres to plan ones. Sometimes it is late, end of May, sometimes it is early, beginning of April. This year was an early one, I went to cotton for my latest project. The last years have given us warm springs, so there is that, and I also saw this yarn at a shop and just thought, I have to test this one. So I did, maybe not the best pattern to really test a yarn (a lot of knit togethers, purl ones as well!), but I do have to say, I really liked this yarn. Soft, with some give, maybe unusual in a 100% cotton. Nice colour variation and the pattern was fine too. The yarn is called Rowan Tetra cotton and the pattern is Lapsang. 

Also today is Valborg, the day to celebrate that spring is really here, with fires, songs and (in some places, especially if there are lots of young people around and uhm universitiy dominated, basically Lund or Uppsala) copious amounts of alcohol. Not that we do any of that, a bit of a chilly day today and the 15-yo old is just too well adjusted to go for that…. ( bit of sarcasm here, but on the whole she has her head screwed on in the right way, so I really can’t complain….).  But spring is here and that is of course a thing to be happy about!

Only misgiving, the sleeves are too long (well at least I would be slightly annoyed by them), but for a teenager they are apparently perfectly fine…. which is a good thing then!



Sunday, April 12, 2015




One peculiar thing about the Dutch language is that any word can get deformed into a diminutive form. Like huis (house) can become huisje (little house), or spook (ghost), spookje (little ghost). So you can have little giants (reusjes) or even small skyscrapers (wolkenkrabbertjes). 

Anyway spookje was a very nice project. M wanted to have a pullover in KidSilk Haze for the longest time. Her big sister has two sweaters in it and she just loves the fussiness and softness. So it was about time and I wanted to knit Spook ever since the booklet came out…  One of the nicer aspects of KSH is that it is very light and thus feels good for spring-time, but it is also surprisingly warm and very comfortable. It is also much sturdier than it kind of looks like. Like I said, big sister has sweaters in it and they are keeping up so very very well.

This was not a difficult project, but it took a bit of time, I have been a bit under the weather lately.Not enough to not go to work, enough to not do a lot of things at home. I think it is just an end of winter thing and surely it will pass…..



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Just because



I like this photo….quick project just when winter is making a small return, skate, skate….

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Big projects



Just finished my Alouette and looking back on it, this was a big project and quite an enjoyable one too. I am happy I made it with the longer sleeves, as a cardigan and that due to the yarn I had, I had to change the striping pattern. Now it is a lightweight cardigan good to wear in the spring and autumn, but woollen short-sleeved sweaters are a bit more awkward to wear, I find. When it is warm enough to be short-sleeved, I don’t want to wear woo, when it is cold enough to wear wool, I want longer sleeves…. 

One thing with this type of lace is that it isn’t that easy to “read” and quite prone to making mistakes. I did “tink" an awful lot on this one, just a YO too much or a knit/purl wrongly placed, and tink again, which is probably why it took me longer than usual to knit this cardigan. In itself it is not difficult to knit feather and fan lace, but it is certainly not mindless, watch a good TV-series (The Americans anyone?) series type of knitting…and yes that series is compelling and the cause for many a mis-knitted stitch.

Anyway, after this big project, some smaller will follow, a pair of socks and after that….