A few experiments with the new mink yarn I found in China. I expect a lot from. It is 100% mink (水貂 绒) and soft and delicious. It seems like a good alternative to angora, that many knitters are allergic too, me inclusive. I have no problems with knitting in this mink yarn, so it should certainly explored further.
I have made a few swatches, and now there is a hat on the needles – is this hat weather a hat worth? I use the mink yarn together with some very soft merino wool to get a little more volume, and it seems like a perfect combination. Soft, soft, and warm. The hat is almost done.
Who should have thought Beijing is a Knitter’s El Dorado? It is, I can tell you. Just have a look at these three wonderful women, knitting in the sun on a beautiful but freezing cold day in Beijing’s artist neighborhood - 798艺术区. A visit to Beijing as well as to 798 is highly recommendable!
The pattern for the mohair sweater I have previously written about the name (Bear blouse) is now available in English. I got it back from tech edit just before Christmas and now is it on Ravelry. It a simple and flattering design, worked in one piece from top-down. Stitched for the fitted sleeves are picked up and knit, so no sewing is necessary!
“How to knit?” is no. 9 on the list of most Googled terms in Denmark within the “Howto” category, followed by “How to crochet?”. The Top 10 includes searches for help with very fundamental challenges of life. For example, how to kiss, how do contractions feel, how to get your retirement pension paid and how to divide and multiply. And yes, also how to knit and crochet. If you carefully try to conclude something about “searchers”, it looks like all ages search the Internet for information.
This morning we woke up to a pear tree full of silk tails (Bombycilla garrulus) . A little later, as I sat in the office, I heard a tremendous noise from the back yard – silk tails had brought their friends! There were more than 100 of them. And then the party was on in the orchard. I have read that silk tails do not become intoxicated by the fermented fruit, they have large livers! However, I thought I sensed a slightly animated atmosphere.
Well, the party did not end there, a little later, there was a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) outside the office window. Unfortunately it escaped before I could get the camera, but instead I got a picture of a small Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes). There was also a Blue Tit ( Cyanistes caeruleus), which is a regularl visitor together with Great Tits (Parus major). So only our little Robin (Erithacus rubecula), who lives on the patio, remains to be seen today.
PS - Luckily Wilma (the cat) spends most of the day, very decorative, in her new favorite chair in the living room. She really must not know of the superb hunting options we have in the back yard!
We all need a pixie backpack, don’t we, especially when we approach the month of December? I’ve been using the backpack here to test various techniques that I have not been too familiar with. The lower drawstring hem is knitted in double knit, which is then worked together to form – yes, a drawstring. Then I continued in double knit, split the work, and started to knit in the round on a circular needle. Next time I will use a thinner needle for double knitting, there is quite a difference in gauge between the circular knit and double knit. The flap is also worked in double knit. I had a little trouble getting the edges of the flap neat when decreasing, and they should also preferably look the same on both sides. I will have to look more into that.
I am in the search of a number of test knitters for my latest patterns, a short sleeved mohair sweater, the Hooded Brioche Scarf , a Baby/Toddler Jacket (FULL). I would like to have the patterns test knit, partly for clarity, readability and errors, partly to boost the number of projects on Ravelry. Test knitters are expected to knit the items, and to upload pictures of the finished project to Ravelry. It would be great with photo updates along the way too. I am not able to offer any compensation to test knitters, I’m afraid, except that the pattern is free of course. Click the images below to sign up!
Mohair sweater. Test starts November 5, 2012. Deadline December 1, 2012
Hooded Brioche Scarf. Test starts November 5, 2012. Deadline November 20, 2012
Baby Jacket. Test starts November 15, 2012. Deadline December 1, 2012
A quick hooded scarf in brioche. I love to work brioche, there is a good rhythm to it and it eliminates the purl stitches. The scarf is knitted in Fritidsgarn from Sandnes on thick needles (7 mm). The thick needles are in fact far outside my comfort zone, but Fritidsgarn is very loosely spun, so it still is nice to knit with, also using thick sticks. So all in all, a nice project with one of my favorite yarns, my favorite knitting technique, and above all, quick, so DD can keep warm in this cold weather.
Hooded Brioche Scarf. Test starts November 5, 2012. Deadline December 1st, 2012
My mother knit a lot, but I think she never really enjoied it. She knit socks for the whole family and brioche scarves. Brioche was therefore one of the first knitting techniques I learned, and I do think the technique is well suited for beginners. However, I found it difficult to figure out how increases and decreases are done nicely in brioche, but, ah well, it’s really just until you know how. In my course of Haandarbejdets Fremme with Louise Klindt, we have also had brioche as a theme. So now I have among other things decoded how to make brioche cables, a must for my next scarf project.
The Bear Blouse is done! I love the way a very simple sweater construction can give such an elegant result. It is worked top down, which can be advantageous from a design point of view. The fit was perfect, and it is wonderful to be able to try on the sweater along the way, so the length can be customized. I had made all estimations in advance. That’s probably how I work best. In this case, the simple mohair sweater, which is notoriously difficult to unravel, it has certainly been an advantage. On the other hand, I am not sure that the top-down knitting will candidate as my favorite way to knit sweaters in the long run. Nice to have method in the repertoire, and fantastic that the project is finished when the knitting is done, but I don’t feel that the advantage of not having to sew together the sweater completely outweigh the hassle of having to sit with a large project along the way. But to be honest, I don’t mind mounting anyway.
The sweater has the retro look that I love so much, and I can’t wait to wear the sweater with my new blue silk scarf when I go out for dinner tonight with my DH.
(I’ll just have to get used to my new camera, I’m not completely satisfied with the quality of the photos – but I think my beautiful model compensates for the photographer’s lack of skill.)
I have now finished knitting the sport outfit for Kiboko Bondo: a jersey, a pair of running shorts, with plenty or ease, and a helmet. Kiboko looks just like the Red Baron with his helmet, and it’s probably not such a bad thing. I have had the great pleasure of the tips and tricks I’ve learned at the classes by
Louise Klint I took at Haandarbejdets Fremme in the process – the anatomy of ahippo can be quite a challenge when designing. I’ll write more about the design of the outfit later.
The embroidery hasn’t been finished yet, but now I decoded it, I just need to get it done.