Sunday, December 27, 2009

Røros Mittens

These are a replica I knitted of a pair of traditional mittens (made in ca. 1912) from Røros in Norway. The original pair was photographed on a museum exhibition, and this photo is now in the database of Norway’s “Digitalt museum”.

Here is a link to all mittens in the Norwegian digital museum database. Worth checking out if you’re interested in Selbu mittens! Click on “neste” (means “next”) to see more.

The alpaca yarn is neither warm nor water-resistant, but it was the only yarn available to me that gave the correct gauge. I’ll have to make another pair with another yarn some day… Sheep wool works much better with stranded colour knitting; it clings together and forms a denser and more even fabric. I really like the colours of this alpaca yarn though.

It’s strange how simple all my other stranded mittens look after this project!

Technical details on Ravelry...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Finished Shark Hat, Walk in the Mist and Cartoons





Some impressions from a quiet Sunday afternoon somewhere in Norway...
Shark Hat pattern by Allison MacAlister, the Knitting Ninja. Knit with Marks & Kattens Eco Ull.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Deer Mittens


Knitted with Hoelfeldt Lund Spelsau lamullgarn, about 50 grams of each colour, on 3.0 mm needles.
My own design!

From an article on spelsau yarn on Wikipedia:
“The wool is characterized through having two layers: An outer long haired, glossy undulating layer of wool protecting the underlying layer against wind and rain, and an underlying layer which keeps the sheep warm. The long, protective wool which is used for weaving is traditionally spun into two-strand, tightly-spun yarn, instead of the usual three-strand type, resulting in a beautiful lustre.
This spelsau yarn was used in the Norwegian old tapestries from the renaissance and baroque times. The Viking ship sails were made from spelsau yarn. The wool was also in the old days used in clothing because it was light, stable and absorbed little moisture.”

Monday, September 14, 2009

Autumn Rose Mittens




Knitted with Rauma Finull, colourway #402 (moss) and #417 (Cat's eye yellow), on 2.5 mm needles. The pattern is my own design.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wheel Patterned Mittens
















I saw a red and white version of these mittens on Ravelry and got the urge to make a pair like that for myself. In the Estonian knitting tradition this is called a wheel pattern, but I think the wheels look more like suns or flowers.

I took this project with me on a little hiking trip close to my home and will share the view I had while knitting:

The lady on the right was not interested in yarn crafts but in sandwiches.

Pattern: "Kristi's Mittens" from "Folk Knitting in Estonia" by Nancy Bush.
These are knitted on 2.0 mm needles with Dale of Norway/Dalegarn Baby Ull, colourway #0010 and #4018, one skein of each colour.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ready for winter


My private collection of mittens, gloves and stockings in stranded colourwork. These are the ones I've managed to keep for myself! But it will take some years before I can compete with Annemor Sundbø in the neighbouring valley of Setesdal and cover a whole wall...

Friday, August 7, 2009

Dangly Grungy Mess Shawl

Crocheted with two skeins of Noro Silk Garden Sock, colourway 245, and with 5 and 4 mm hooks.
Pattern: 'Crescent Moon Shawl' by Mayumi Kawai from the Japanese book 'Easy Crochet, Complete in Three Days!'. Used the smaller hook for the fringe.

I love this yarn, I really dig the gorgeous snot/rust/mould colours and the rough texture and gloss of the silk blend. I’m instantly going to order some more! (My eye has already fallen on some lovely skeins in subtle puke & garlic tones.)

Selbuvottesommer

It has been a wet, cold and productive summer... From left to right: NHM #9 from "Selbuvotter: Biography of a Knitting Tradition"; Selbuvotter à la Trudvang (my own design); Helgi's Mittens from "Folk Knitting in Estonia" and Magpie Mittens (also my own design, free charts available on Ravelry). All mittens knitted on 2.5 mm needles with Rauma Finullgarn or Sandnes Garn 'Tove'.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Shawl with clover edging



Made from 610 meters (3.2 skeins) of Sandnes Mandarin Petit cotton yarn, colourway 1002, using a 5.0 mm hook for the main part and a 4.0 mm hook for the edging.

A japanese pattern called "Crescent Moon Shawl" by Mayumi Kawai, from the book "Easy crochet, complete in 3 days!". It was a fun and quick project. Very soft!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cushion covers



.... from scraps of cotton yarn, for our summer house.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Trying not to lose my marbles...

... a pouch!
Crocheted from 30 gr of 100purewool Merino Lace and a 3.0 mm hook. The pattern is from a Japanese book (I don't know the title) and is called "23 - Porch".

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bamboo Shawl


Another Laminaria Shawl, knitted with about 80 gr of South West Trading Company's Xie bamboo yarn, colourway #476, on 3.5 mm needles. Very silky, smooth, soft and slippery.
I did four repeats of the star chart and eight repeats of the blossom chart- I could have done more star chart repeats considering the amount of yarn that was left over. But you never know in advance... And it didn't have to be so big.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Eliina Shawl



Knit with one skein (100 g/775 m) of lace wool from handpaintedyarn.com, colourway "Ninfas del Bosque", on 4.5 mm needles.
A free Ravelry download from Lankakomero.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Paris Night Shawl
















I love this pattern, and decided to crochet another shawl (my third one). I don't know the name of the pattern, but I know it is japanese. I just have a loose copy of the chart.

Hook: 3.5 mm; yarn: Kettle-dyed lace merino from Die Wolllust, colourway "Paris Night".

I had only one meter of yarn left when I finished the shawl. It was pretty uncomfortable crocheting the last row...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Two scarves from one skein of yarn

The top scarf is a japanese pattern; the knitted scarf is a free pattern by Wollerey.
I used one skein of kettle-dyed merino lace yarn from Die Wolllust, colourway Happy Winter.



Monday, April 27, 2009

Scrap Mat
















A japanese pattern from Seibido Mook - "Crochet Motif Item". The edging is from another book.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easy peasy



Sweet Pea Shawl by Amie Hirtes, NexStitch.com.
Hook: 6.0 mm, ca. 2.5 skeins of Sandnes Alpakka, colourway #4081.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Lark Mittens


Pattern: Lerka from "Votter og Vanter" by Bjelland/Dietrichson/Egge, Aschehoug, Oslo 1955.
Finnish wool from Riihivilla, one skein natural white and one dyed with alder buckthorn and madder.
Knitted on 3.0 mm needles.

Hats with big yarn


Crocheted with Dalegarn Hubro (the brown and the white one) and Sandnes Alfa (black) and a 7.0 mm hook.