Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Aquarius



Two ply merino-silk mix. Tvåtrådig merino-silke-mix.

Spinning: Hand dyed sock yarn

THIS IS WHAT I do the most right now. Spinning. This is a blend of 80 percent merino and 20 percent nylon - a sock fiber. It's really easy to spin. The coloring is my own as I dyed in a microwave at Blå Stället two days ago.




DET HÄR ÄR vad jag gör mest nu för tiden. Spinner. Det här är en blandning av 80 procent merino och 20 procent nylon - en sockblandning. Det är riktigt lättspunnet! Jag färgade fibrena i tisdags på Slå stället. Min absolut första färgkombination av fibrer färgade i microvågsugn.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Can you see the moth?

THE OLD LAYD which I am about to by yarn from, tells me about the divorce thirty years earlier, about fiancés and late children while she shows me her stash. It's old yarns from manufactures long gone. But age doesn't matter much as long the strings cope with some pressure. I'm specially interested in a couple of wool skeins when I hear the old lady shouting from the hallway
- I saw a moth, there's a moth here somewhere. Where is it, I just saw it here. Where can it be - do you see it?
I'm standing in the room next to the hallway, looking at the yarns. I take a closer look at the bags where she have stored the yarn. I now see the shells from the moths. I gently put the wool skeins aside and by some pure cotton and acrylic, most because of that I feel sorry for the lonely women. As soon as I got home, I placed the yarn on the balcony to freeze overnight. Tomorrow I will bath it in hot water. I'm wonder if that's enough. Maybe I'll just throw it away? In case of...



DEN GAMLA DAMEN jag besöker för att köpa garn av, berättar om den 30 år gamla skilsmässan, om förlovningar och om avlidna söner medan hon visar mig garnerna. Det är gammalt garn från tillverkare som lagt ner för länge sedan. Fast åldern brukar inte spela så stor roll så länge hållfastheten är okej. Jag är speciellt förtjust i hennes ullgarn när jag hör henne ropa från hallen

- Jag såg en mal, det är en mal här någonstans. Var är den, jag såg den ju precis. Var kan den vara - kan du se den?
Jag står i rummet bredvid hallen och tittar på garnerna. Jag tar en närmare titt i påsarna som garnet legat i. Jag ser skal från malarnas ömsning i botten på en av påsarna. Försiktigt lägger jag undan ullen och köper några nystan ren bomull och ren akryl, mest för att jag tycker synd om den gamla ensamma kvinnan.Så snart jag kommit hem slänger jag ut garnerna på balkongen så att de kan bli riktigt genomfrusna i natt. I morgon kommer jag lägga dem i varmt vatten. Undrar om det är okej. Kanske är det bäst att slänga alltihop? För säkerhets skull...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dye-playing


WHAT A DAY!

It started with the last stitches of my Sunset toe-up socks. Then I made a raid at my yarn stash in the attic which I brought to Blå Stället where Lilian and I had a long day in the sign of fibers and colouring. And that's not all as our package from World of Wool finally arrived.


VILKEN DAG!

Den började med att jag stickade de sista varven på mina Sunset tå-upp-sockor. Sedan gjorde jag en räd i garnförådet på vinden för att sedan ta med mig fångsten till Blå stället där Lilian och jag lekte med garn och färger resten av dagen. Och som om inte det vore roligt nog, damp paketet från World of Wool ner.



Fiber delivery / Fiberleverans

A package for The Kniting Aid (Stickhjälpen)

A PART OF my latest contribution to The Knitting Aid. (Stickhjälpen - Swedish link) The blog to which the link goes are really inspirering even if you don't read Swedish. The organisation takes photos of everything they recive and publish it on their blog. Take a look!

EN DEL AV mitt senaste bidrag till Stickhjälpen. Stickhjälpens blogg (följ länken) är verkligen inspirerande. De fotar alla bidrag och lägger upp den på bloggen. Ta en titt!

Picture taken from / Bilden är hämtad från www.stickhjalpen.blogspot.com

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Deadly boring kintting

THE OS-KNITTING are deadly boring right now. I've finished the sweater, the hat and one sock. But I don't want to continue knitting for the set anymore. To be smart I would have started with the boring stuff. The panties, the baby blanket and the teddy bear. But I'm not smart and suddenly I'm not even having fun while being stupid. Sigh. I think I quit. At least I have done something good for a baby somewhere else.


FY ATTANS VAD tråkig OS-stickningen känns! Hade jag varit lite smart hade jag börjat med byxorna, för de verkar riktigt jäkla tråkiga. Och så hade jag fortsatt med babyfilten, för den verkar också vrålseg. Och så nallen. Medan man fortfarande hade orken liksom. Funderar seriöst på att lägga ner. Har tappat lusten helt. Urk.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Charity Curling going slow

I JUST HIT the wall in my Olympic knitting yesterday. I had finished my first object - a baby sweater knitted in simply garter stitches. My plan was to make the whole set just by using garter stitches, but that single sweater almost killed me. Honor to the simplicity of garther stitches, but I need something more challenging.


I started to knit toe up socks for myself instead. And than I made a pair kids socks. (Picture)

And now, finally - after three days or so, I feel ready to start off with a new item for my Charity Curling project. I'll guess I have Sussry (Swedish link) to thank for that. A stranger from Ravelry that gave me some great advices and cheer ups. Thanks!

JAG GICK IN i väggen med min OS-stickning häromdagen. Jag hade gjort klart mitt första plagg - en rätstickad babytröja. Planen var från början att göra hela babypaketet i plagg stickade i rätstickning, men bara den där första tröjan höll på att ta kol på mig. All ära till slätstickning, men jag behöver något lite mer utmanande.

Jag började sticka "tå upp"-sockor till mig själv i stället. Och sedan gjorde jag ett par barnsockar. (Bilden) Nu äntligen - efter tre dagar eller så, är jag redo att ta tag i curlingstickandet  igen. Tack vare Sussry. En främling från Ravelry som gav mig några goda råd och lite uppmuntran. Tack!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

More yarn making

TUESDAY EVENING I went to a hobby-come-toghether at a place called Blå Stället. It was there I took the course that made me start spinning a couple of weeks ago. This time I didn't have a spinning teacher, but I was showed how to carding the wool and later on I spun it. I was thinking of a thin-bulky yarn that's really popular for hats here in Sweden. The result isn't something I will wear proudly, but I got an idea of how to make those "bumps" in the yarn. I will work on it later.

I TORSDAGS KVÄLL tog jag vagnen ut till Blå Stället i Angered. De har "hobbykvällar" där på tisdagar och torsdagar. Jag lärde mig karda ull. Och sedan spann jag lite på en hemmagjord slända. Experimenterade lite med tjockleken. Ville ha det som Milanogarnet folk stickar Åremössan av. Resultatet blev inte strålande, men jag har i alla fall fått en aning om hur man gör de tjockare delarna av garnet. I framtiden ska det utforskas mer, men då med ett farn som är lite mjukare och lite mer följsamt.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

My first home spun yarn

I've just finished my first skein of home spun yarn. I've been using a spindle and a 100 percent merino wool fiber. It looks like this.



Jag har precis tillverkat min första härva hemspunnet garn, spunnet av 100 procent merinoull på topptyngd slända. Så här blev det.

Ravelympics is started

I HAVE BEEN working with a larger project latley. A boat necked sweater with loose fit. But as the Olympic Games in Vancover started today, the Ravelympics also started. I'm running in Charity Curling with a goal of knitting a baby set of baby clothes including

1 par of socks
1 baby hat
1 baby sweater
1 pair of baby throuses (or a -dress or a -skirt)
1 teddy bear
1 babt blanket

You can follow my competing at Ravelry. I plan to update the page quite often as the work goes on. (Feel free to leave a comment!) When finished, the package will be send to a Swedish charity organisation for further transportation to a maternity hospital in Riga.


JAG HAR JOBBAT på ett större projekt det sista: en båtringad tröja med lös passform. Men nu när Olympiska spelen i Vancover har börjat innebär det att även Ravelympics tagit sin början. Jag ställer upp i Charity Curling (Välgörenhetscurling) och ska sticka ett babyset bestående av
1 par sockar
1 babymössa
1 babytröja
1 par babybyxor (eller en -kjol eller -klänning)
1 nallebjörn
1 babyfilt
Du kan följa mitt tävlande på Ravelry. Jag ska försöka uppdatera ofta i takt med att arbetet går framåt. Paketet ska skickas till Stickhjälpen för vidare leverans till Rigas BB.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Rosens skihat

I got an order for a skiing hat from a friend. He said that it had to be warm and that it had to "breathe" good. I knitted him a baggy one in thick alpaca yarn from Be Sweet on needles 7 mm. It might be a bit chilly if it blows a lot as the gauge is wide, but the yarn are warm and extremly soft while using it in "normal" conditions. I would loved to have a sweater in the same yarn. If it wasent for the fat needles, as I prefer thinner ones. (There's might be a cost issue as well...)

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Fick en beställning på en skidmössa av en kompis. Den skulle vara varm men samidigt andas. Jag stickade en hängig sak i tjock babyalpacka från Be Sweet med 7 mm stickor. Det kan hända att den blir lite kylig om det blåser på fjället, men garnet är väldigt mjukt och skönt. Hade gärna stickat en tröja i det. Om det inte vore för de grova stickorna, då. (Jag gillar inte att sticka med gova stickor.) Och så har vi






Saturday, February 6, 2010

My first Moebius shawl

This is the result of the Moebius knitting. The rounds felt really long sometimes, but I'm already thinking of making a new one. One with ribbons allover. Or at least in the ends.

Large socks

I finished a pair of socks yesterday. As they're to large for me, I gave them to my boyfriend. I don't know why the socks always gets to big. I have gauge recommended and this time I even knitted them in one size smaller than usually. Still they're to big. Frustrating!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Spinning

"My" camera flew to London together with my boyfriend yesterday. That's why I haven't showed you my FO:s and that's why I cant share the thrilling sight of fibers and spindle on my living room table.



I've been spinning for a hour or so by now. Both my back and my right hand is acing. I have to find out how to sit and move without pain... Or, I can use the same method I did when I started to knit. Shortly: No pain, no gain.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tumb up for Tummelisa

I've been thinking of this yarn store for some time, and today I finally made it. I defied the snow chaos, caught a tram and went through half the town to visit Tummelisa (Thumbelina) yarn store.

The owner definitely showed me one of the best services I ever had. I'll be coming back, that's for sure.

However, I bought a skein of Colinette Jitterbug in a Wasabi green color and a brown ball of Regina sock wool. The Colinette yarn is for stickameras February sock Saviano and the Regina yarn for the January Kristina (Swedish pattern) sock which I haven't made yet. I also bought a set of 3 mm sock needles. Knit Pro needles. Everyone is talking about them and I couldn't resist. After using them for a hour or so, I guess I know why they're talking. The needles definitely have a "it" feeling.


Something's wrong

The birds are singing songs of spring, yet we have twenty centimetres of snow in Gothenburg. Something's very wrong.

(Yes, and the largest error is the snow. It  do snow sometimes in Gothenburg, but as the city is one of the most wet places in this country, the snow often turns to rain before it hits ground. This winter there's no rain but loads of snow. That's wrong. )

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

An expensive piece of wood

I ordered a 35 gram spindle and 100 grams of merino topsband from Spinspiration today. I've been putting the same objects into the cart for three days, never pressed the "buy"-button. But now it's done. At the same time, I ordered eight skeins of a black and blue colored topsband from Marita Rolin. She have a 50 percent discount on HP yarns. And I won't tell my boyfriend that I just spend 300 SEK (€ 30) on a piece of wood. Sometimes it feels really good not to have a shared economy.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Spin spindle, spin

I woke up late Saturday morning with no time for coffee or breakfast. I considered to stay in bed, but decided to give it a go. I arrived 20 minutes late. Then, I had the best two hours of curses - and laughters. Spinning with spindle is inconceivably fun! It was a tryout course, but I'm sure of that it won't end there. We all got some wool to bring home, but as I finished it the very same day I recived it, my problem right now is to find more wool. I have been drooling over the World of Wool homepage and I literary see my money getting wings while browsing the pages.

I think I'm about to be a fiber addict.