White arms after months of winter
My daughter was having a good laugh at me today - showing off my white skin for the first time in months. Somehow they look even whiter in that strong and "cruel" first sunrays of spring. Never mind; the weather has gone from cold, grey and damp to promising sun and even a bit of warmth in just a few days. And my Escala top has been finished for some while already. I didn't want to wait any longer to present it!
Escala is knitted TOP-DOWN and SEAMLESSLY - with no finishing work at all! The lovely lace-pattern in the back is repetetive and easy to memorize after a couple of repeats. It contains one uncommon stich, which I call k3togm2 - easy to learn and nothing to fear.
I will be wearing this A LOT! Maybe with long sleeves to start with.....
Enamorada - In love
I must have been truly in love with my new cardigan to take photos under todays conditions!
Maybe you think I look warm and wrapped up in the lovely pictures taken by my sweet daughter? I promise you, it would have taken at least 5 cardigans to feel the least warm! The ice had started to break a few Days ago - and with the wind from east sweeping over the cold, frosty surface - the chill went straight to the bones.
We had big problems keeping the collar down - the wind blew it straigt into my face. My hairdo wasn't that important - as it never is:) I have never been so happy to end the shooting as today!
And afterwards I was rewarded by tea and curling up in my new cardi!
I would call my Enamorada cardigan both Classic and Classy. It has all the attributes of a Classic cardigan that could be worn for ages; long, slimming sleeves, buttoned all the way, gorgeous collar, Classic Cables and patterns. The length of the cardigan and the composition of the cables add a classy touch.
It is a simple cardigan to knit - and the cables make it so rewarding to work! The body is worked bottom up and flat to armpits, sleeves are worked in the round to armpits - pieces are assembled for the raglan-shaping. The button-bands and collar is integrating in the knitting. No need to pick up stiches! And no seaming!
Finsihing work is very limited; working the armpits together either by a short seem or knitted together.
I didn't even block my cardigan - I found it just perfect as it was!
Ready to wear in short time!
Rosa Mundi is one of my favorite roses; a very old Gallica rose in vibrant colors - always achieving lots of attention due to the variegated crimson coloring. Each flower is unique - just like us:) Still I Think that we have lots of things in common; one of them being the desire to glow a bit during all those grey winter-months! Not always easy when you want to combine a feminine and romantic touch with something soft and warm.
My Rosamundi ensemble could be the answer!
The Rosamundi 2-piece set consist of a lovely, soft camisole featuring a soft waistline and a deep scoopneck.
Flattering and feminine!
The lace-top has just enough see-through to be a tiny bit seductive, without revealing too much.
Wear it over the matching camisole, a nice top, a dress....
The Kid Silk from Austermann is feather-light and soft to next to the skin.
I enjoyed so much working this set! It fitted my knitting-personality very well: I could work on the tank in front of the television or travelling, wheras the lace-pullover needed more concentration.
And now when the pieces are finished I look forward to going out one evening showing them off:)
A Fresh Start!
First of all: a Happy Year to all of you! A happy and healthy year, full of nice knitting, fun projects, lots of creativity!
And I do hope that you have spent a good time around Christmas.
At Christmas Eve I got the inspiration to make a new shawl! It was very good in many ways; as I often dream about making a shawl to present. On the other hand it was not the best of days to get a new knitting-idea! I had to wait to get started until the next day; and I can tell you that the needles went at high speed:)
Some of the great advantages about this shawl:
- The border was worked first, then the pattern over the mid-stiches,
meaning NO picking up of stiches for the edge in the end!
- The shawl has all the advantages of a triangular shawl and is even easier to
wear due to the straight bottom. Not so much fabric to tuck away under coats!
- I was amazed to see how fast the work was growing! Think that it is probably due
to the fact that colors are changed; it makes you want to see more and more...
- The femininity! That's what I always look for in a pattern; a feminine touch!
Born in Amsterdam
My Cloudy Bay cardigan was born in Amsterdam! I had the wonderful opportunity to go to this beautiful and special city earlier this autumn. And I cannot go anywhere without finding a LYS to visit!
To my surprise there seemed to be several yarnstores in the center of Amsterdam, and as time was limited I had to pick one out: de Afstap at Oude Leliestraat 12, close to Anne Franks House, and situated amongst channels and lovely houses. It was certainly worth a visit! Very well presented wool and a very nice person working in the shop.
My eyes fell on the Fine Tweed from Rowan: fantastic shades of blue made my heart beat faster.
Oooh - I would really love to come back one day:)
Here is how the Cloudy Bay turned out:
As often when I make a new design I find inspiration from the nature close-by. "Cloudy Bay" is the closest beach from my home; I walk here as often as possible. Colors of the sea and sky never cease to appeal and intrigue; with its constant change of shades.....
The Cloudy Bay cardigan offers very basic knitting with a great fit. The body is worked in one piece to underarms, from where it is split and worked in seperate pieces. Sleeves are worked in the round - sleeve-cap back and forth. Sleeves are set in and stiches are picked up for edging and shawl-collar.
I LOVE the invention of short-row shaping! In this particular case it gives the oppertunity to shape the collar.
If you haven't tried the short-row shaping I can really reccomend it! In my instructions I explain very clearly how to work them, and it is not difficult in any way.
Last week visiting the lovely knitting-group taking place at Garnhörnan (Worth a visit, too! Mona is always eager to help, and very good at knitting!) in Vellinge. We came to talk about short-rows. Some of the girls had encountered problems working it - finding that the shaping made a big bump in the knitting.
It should not be that way! There are many methods working the short-rows; some giving excellent and invisible results. And you have all the advantages of shaping a garment. Give it a try!
I didn't have to look far to find inspiration for this pattern. The autumn forest is full of beautiful leaves, in all shapes and colors possible. I think autumn is the season of the year when leaves are most remarkable - not only for the fabulous coloring - more for the fact that they are EVERYWHERE! Still in the trees, on the ground, in the air, on the car/the shoes/the dog..... In a month or two they will all be covered by snow - isn't it just fascinating?
I used the leaves-pattern to work matching gloves and a cowl - beautiful accesoires to match your autumn-outfit.
The Hoya Bella fingerless gloves are so elegant!
I loved working these gloves! They fall into the category REWARDING KNITTING. In a few words they are:
a really FAST KNIT, true EYE-CATCHERS, something to be REALLY PROUD of having made!
The Hoya Bella cowl is both Beautiful and versatile. It makes a gorgeous set together with the fingerless gloves - but could ofcourse be worn all by itself. The leave-pattern is that kind of pattern that look intricate. In fact it is a very rewarding and easy-to-memorize pattern. You could work it in the same wool as the gloves to make an elegant cowl - or choose thicker wool to change the expression of the cowl.
The cowl as well as the gloves are made in-the-round, with no wrong-side rounds.
You will find the patterns for the Hoya Bella gloves and cowl in my Ravelry Store. I give the pattern for free for a limited time; maybe until the first heavy snowfall here in southern Sweden, or until I have a new free pattern to present. Please enjoy!
Am I a lazy blogger?
The answer to this question is probably a big YES! If I blogged more I would knit less - so this is more or less the way it's going to be! I knit every day, but I do not even think about blogging every day.....
Today two great things happened at the same time: the grey morning sky split up and opened up for the most glorious autumn sun exactly
at the same instant that my very busy
daughter had time to spend on her mother! We went off to a favourite place nearby to take some shots of my new design; the Paniculata
The Beautiful, gorgeously soft Alpaca DK from Artesana Yarns lends itself excellently to rich Cables!
And since I am a lazy blogger I have to add a photo of The Pineforest Booties made ages ago:
When I start dreaming about making a new blanket for the sofa I know that autumn is just around the corner! Since a couple of weeks I haven't even been thinking about making anything in cotton or linen; my head is full of cosy, warming and hugging garments and accesoires.
At the moment I have started working some booties for women in the number 1 wool at Ravelry: Cascade 200! I understand in many ways the immense popularity - the value for money is great and so is the wool. Never a disturbing knot anywhere (my experience) and a smooth, dryish wool with just the right apperance to make great outdoor pieces.
The booties are a future thing; here is the news of today:
MarieMarie Cross-over cardi, knitted in the gorgeously soft alpaca wool from Ilóyarn. The color is so vibrant - reminding of the first yellow-colored leaves of the birches. Autumn gives lots of new inspiration; nature shows off the most beautiful colorcombinations before winter can arrive.
Until the 31st of October the Kalamata Knee Highs can be found in my Ravelry store as a free download. I'm working out 3 more sizes which will be available in the beginning of November. So until then; please take the opportunity to download a free, easy and charming pattern:)
I must admit that knitting, although it is always on my top-list, isn't that fast in summer as in winter. I bring out my wool and needles in the garden, and all of a sudden lots of other things blow my interest in other directions; some beautiful butterflies evading the lavender, a rose to be admired, some weed to attac! My knitting-needles speeded up again when I had found the most gorgeous blend of baby lama and mulberry silk; the Kings Llama and Silk from Aslan Trends. Here's the result::
And here is the photographer:
Finally summer is here! Today it was a pure joy going to the small harbour nearby to take photos of my new scarf, the Salty Waves. I didn't even miss the sight of stormy waves rolling in from the ocean! From now I want shallow waters for months to go - maybe with an occasional sea-breeze to permit me to use my new scarf!
The garter stich scarf is as beautiful at the right side as at the "wrong" - cool enough for summerevenings and warm enough to protect my neck during winter!
Time for cotton - for big girls as well as for tiny ones! Cotton often comes in huge varieties of color - from soft to bright, from earth to ethereal. Cotton is an understated fibre for knitting; it's cheap and the quality is normally high. For the big girls I present "Ombre Parfaite" - with pelum and bustline to give plenty of room for rounded shapes, and a tailored waistline to flatter your figure. The cutest top to wear with almost anything!
Today I present the very sweet and girly "Selma Lace Top"
to make a great addition to a small girl's summer wardrobe. Fast, fun and easy to make! If you make one you might just take advantage of all those lovely colors and make one or several more!
Lot's of girly attributes; lace peplum, ribbed body, eyelets around neck and armholes, henley - neck for easy dressing. Everything in place to be this summer's favorite!
When we were on the plane from Athens some weeks ago we had the great opportunity to meet a wonderful Persian girl, Bahar, who kept us company to Copenhagen. She told us lots of things about her native country, about the food, the culture, the life of women. Her name, Bahar, meaning spring or feather in Persian - isn't it a beautiful, soft and poetic name?
My newest design is a dedication to her, to spring, to life!
I love the swirl this pullover gives - every step I make I feel like dancing!
Afterwards we detected some true signs of spring:
I have been just TOO busy for a while! I'm catching up today - with a cold on it's way speed is going down...
Outside sun is shining bright - conditions are not the best for photo-shooting neither indoors nor outdoors.
My Ego Pullover was shot a couple of weeks ago. One of my Ravelry-friends sent me a nice PM to complement on my GREY pullover, which in fact is a true black! For you to judge:
The pullover is so cosy to wear this spring! Sunbeams are there - but they don't give any warmth yet......
A few days later we had a fantastic day at the beach with a photo-team organized by Cecilia, the owner of
Ilóyarn. We are waiting for the photos taken of Cissi's shawlette, in the meantime these shots will have to do:
My latest design is made of wool from Filatura di Crosa, which I purchased in a very nice yarnstore in Athens. I was a little carried away - both by the low prices and the beautiful electric blue - and I didn't check the yarn label too closely. Normally I only work with natural fibres - and this alpaca/wool blend even has 25% nylon mixed in. Not too happy about that - but you could easily substitute it for a pure fibre:
You find all my patterns in my Ravelry store. My Feuilles Bleues has been inspired from my beloved beautiful blue and white breakfast china.
It took my breath away!
I had known for a while that I would have the opportunity of going to Athens, and I knew that I wouldn't miss the chance to take photos of a new design. Inspired by the pillars of Acropolys I made my "Not just grey". Earlier this week we had a fabulous, sunny day at the top of Acropolys. I had never dreamt of it being this magnificent! You have the spectacular wiew 360degrees around; to the mountains surrounding Athens, to the sea....The eastethic beauty of the temples, the pillars, the site; I suddenly felt my little sweater was a mere little nothing.
I kept thinking that what one person could do alone really isn't much - together we can do amazing things.
For some time now I have wanted to find a way to show all Ravelers how grateful I am for all the attention I have had during my months as a designer. I have had so much pleasure receiving comments, getting to know new people, all the hearts, the people working my pattern! During the last few weeks I have knitted on a scarf from scraps and pieces found in my stash - and I have decided to give it away as a free pattern during February - the month of Valentine, the month that we urge for more light, more color. I hope you like it!
You might use any color-combination you like! I look forward to see amazing and beautiful Happy Waves Scarfs at Ravelry!