Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ready to wrestle?

Alligator scarf done! This was a great project. I want to make some more in other shades of green, brown or yellow. I certainly attracted much commentary while knitting on the bus...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The ribbed Setesdal sweater is done!
Pattern: SandnesGarn, pattern booklet "Til Fjells" (0611).

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Trip to the county fair

I went to the annual county fair and cattle show this morning, and just couldn't pass by the Estonian knitting stand without adopting some socks and gloves. They were splendid and screaming to be bought, even for someone who has kilos of sock yarn stashed up at home.

After I petted a baby alpacca and some mohair goats, I almost bought myself a pink glittery cowboy hat, and visited the crafts exhibition - mostly traditional norwegian crafts, like rosemaling, woodworking, knifemaking, weaving, lace-knitted doilies and wristwarmers, but there were also two very nice and original freeform crocheted handbags.

At the crafts exhibition they sold booklets about 'sprang', an old netting technique mostly used for making small lacy curtains. The book says that sprang is a simple technique and that you only need yarn, a simple frame and some long thin wooden sticks. There is an explanation on how to do it and lots of patterns. It looks really nice, maybe I'll try it someday...

Friday, September 14, 2007

I picked up my Alligator Scarf knitkit from the post office today. The pictures on Morehouse Merino's website look absolutely great and I couldn't resist ordering the pattern.
I ordered the light green kit, the 'Nile Croc' (the colours in my picture are not right).

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Sweater in progress

Autumn! My favourite season. Knitting warm sweaters (also for my mp3-player, in fact wearing a miniature beaded wristwarmer to protect the thing from scratches), a big pile of birch logs by the fireplace, apple pie, jazz records, curtains smelling of cigar smoke (nothing better!), badgers under the carpenting shed... No more neighbours knitting their brows over the length of the grass on our lawn and our dubious methods of gardening. Dying flowers are beautiful too.

Saturday, September 8, 2007


I'm quite tall and have long arms (in natural proportion to my length... I'm getting pictures of octopusses in my head now...), and most women's sweaters have sleeves that are too short for me. Solution: wristwarmers! Traditionally beaded wristwarmers are only used together with the national costume here in Norway, but why not use them as woollen jewellery during the not-so-festive cold bits of the year as well? I never have cold hands when I wear them, which is very useful for a musician. These are made from thin alpaca wool and seed beads.