Knitter by the sea


On Friday evening we packed up our car and set off to the coast. We were spending a romantic weekend in the lovely town of Öregrund. Let me tell you from the beginning, the sea suits me. I’ve never lived close to more water than a river but for some reason I felt strangely at home in Öregrund. The water, the cute little houses and the alleys just felt welcoming and embracing. A yarn store and I would move there in a second.


Our hotel room was decorated in flowers and pink and was just the cutest thing. Since it was a romantic weekend, we’ve only been married two months after all, we had some fruit and champagne brought up to our room and after a quick dinner we played yahtzee and drank champagne well into the night.


I must say it was quite a difference playing yahtzee with Julle than from what I remember playing with the neighbors’ grandchildren when I was a kid. None of us got yahtzee but it was fun anyway. We think very differently when it comes to tactics but that’s just making it more interesting.


On Satuday morning we had a great breakfast, the bread was delicious and I got an entire pot of tea all to myself. I’ve never seen that in a hotel before, that you can make yourself a pot of tea instead of just a cup. It was prefect, more hotels should follow.


After breakfast it was time to go check out the ocean. Now, as I said, the ocean suits me. I had no idea but I was almost as mesmerized by the ocean as I was by the locks two years ago. Almost. I’ve seen the ocean Before but it wasn’t until now that I fully understood it’s level of Entertainment.


Julle agreed with me.


I think the ocean suits him as well.


The ocean is a great place to play with your toys as long as you are responsible enough not to drop them in the water. I have many pictures of the ocean and even more pictures of Julle taking pictures of the ocean. As is often the case when we are on vacation. I think Julle toys with the idea of making an exhibition soon. I toy with the idea of making an exhibition with pictures of him taking pictures, a behind-the-scenes exhibition. To be fair he has a lot of pictures of me taking pictures of knitted stuff as well. None of us owns a selfie stick though, we rarely take pictures of ourself.


Speaking of knitting and of keeping your toys safe from water, Julle’s camera and my latest knitting played nicely together. To hobbies that worked wonderful by the ocean. That is probably why I think the ocean suits us.


After taking pictures of the ocean we strolled along the cutest little alleys you can imagine and the immeadiate urge to move here hit us both. It’s not realistic at the moment but you should have long term plans. We’ve also decided to come back in the winter to see what that is like.


There happened to be an Autumn Fair while we were there and yes, there were yarn… I got some. It felt good. I love how you always meet interesting people at fairs like this. You meet some you don’t agree with as well but that’s a different thing. I have strong opinions about my knitting but as long as you don’t try to force your opinions on me, I keep mine to myself (most of the time and usually as long as someone doesn’t ask me about it) but it’s interesting how often people don’t think I know what I’m talking about or try to convince me of stuff that I simply won’t agree with, not now and probably never unless something huge changes.


After a long day of taking pictures and Walking around we went to a café to rest for a while.


Their pastries were so good we had to go back on Sunday before going back home. We picked our favorite things from the day before – strolling along the ocean, dreaming of a life in one of the cute cottages and that incredibly delicious pastry you see in the Picture – so that’s what we did on Sunday.


Once back I understood why I loved Öregrund so much. I have often thought that it would be lovely to live inside a cross-stitch. It might sound crazy but there is something in some cross-stitch motives that just speaks to me. It’s calm, beautiful, pieceful and looks like a lovely way of life. That’s why I felt so at home in Öregrund, it was like stepping into a big cross-stitch motive from Dimensions. What’s not to love?

Good bye Öregrund, till we meet again!




Soon to be the new it-girl?


I’m usually not the person who first jumps on a new fashion trend. Most of the time I don’t even notice trends until I can’t seem to find any other clothing at the store. Sometimes I follow the trend and sometimes I don’t. It therefore wasn’t surprising that I didn’t know that apparently ponchos are in this fall but what did surprise was that I’m on this trend, before I even knew it was a trend. You see, I was surfing an online yarn store and found the best trigger word possible for a yarn purchase – discontinued. (I don’t think this yarn is actaully discontinued but this particular color is at that particular store.) Since I’m a little weak when it comes to yarn, I understood immeadiately that I needed this yarn and I started surfing for patterns. I was thinking of making a shawl but a nice ponchette turned up among the shawl patterns and I was intrigued. It was a pretty ponchette and I decided to make it. I ordered the yarn and started planning the knitting. It was during this that I found out ponchos are trending now. Yesteday I cast on and soon I might be just as trendy as any other poncho owner. Most of all though, I’m just excited about my new knitting, trendy or not.

By the sea


This day has been mostly spent by the sea and it’s been lovely. It also suited our interests well, both knitting and photography seem to thrive by the sea and so do we.


Now some more knitting before it’s time for bed. Good night!

Friday Heels #1


The other day Jenny and I talked about high heeled shoes that we own and that we might not use them as much as we’d like to. That’s when the idea of Friday Heels came up. Instead of casual Friday we would take Friday as an opportunity to wear our heels to work, or at least at work. Later on in the year we won’t be able to wear our heels outside (due to, you know, snow and ice and stuff like that) but we can always bring our heels and wear them indoors. Today is the first Friday Heels and I’m sporting a pair of red half boots. They are elegant and surprisingly warm and the heel is comfortable enough heightwise. I need to wear them a bit more though, I haven’t really broken them in yet. Luckily there are more Friday Heels to come.

Big enough


It’s taken me over a week to get around to block this but now it’s finally stretched out and pinned down. I’m not sure how much it might bounce back when it’s dry and I remove the pins, surely a few centimeters at least, but I’m still pretty confident it will be big enough to be used as a wrap rather than a scarf. Many people asked if I was making a scarf but I’m not much for scarfs, I want shawls or, in this case, wraps. It’s close to two meters long and about 65 centimeters wide which will be enough for a cozy wrap and a very elegant wrap too. It’s about time to look into ordering my next kit.

Another one off the needles


Ladies and Gentlemen, late last night a tiny baby sweater was finished. Now I’ve put it to block and I hope to get buttons tomorrow. It’s adorable, as any baby sweater, and I’m sure the baby in question will be very comfortable in it.

Now, what to knit next?

Not at all smallish


This weekend my friend told me that her nephew is five years old. That nephew was one of the first to receive a pair of baby socks from me which made me realize that it’s a little over five years ago that I knit my first baby sock. It sounds about right, I remember one of my own nephews getting a pair of socks as well and he must have been a few months old when he got them. He will be six in November. Five years is not a very long time and it’s amazing how much you can learn in just five years. Now a baby sock is nothing and often feels a little smallish but only as long as I compare it to other knitted gifts. A baby sock still takes about two to three hours to make and you have to make two so it’s not smallish when you actually thing about it. I still prefer making cardigans though but sometimes I don’t have the time.


I need a reminder that making socks isn’t as easy as I think it is, I’ve only been making them for five years and before that I didn’t know how to do it. Hand knit socks are still hand knit socks and I don’t think of a pair of adult socks as smallish. It’s a good way to prevent the speed blindness to think of the first pair of socks, or whatever it is, you made and compare them to what you make today. Not only does it take four to six hours to make a pair of baby socks, it’s also a skill I’ve honed for more than five years which would make me a pretty good sock knitter and these baby socks more valuable than the ones I first made. That is a very appealing thought. Not only that, I’m also very happy with the latest socks, the color, the lace, the yarn, it doesn’t get any better than that. Or at least not for now, ask me again in five years.


Pattern: Dolce Socks by Sheryl Greenfield. Yarn: Smashing Sock from Stunning String Studio, color Summer Gardens.



Since the wedding and since I didn’t have to knit white lace shawls anymore I think I’ve been a little speed-blinded. I cast on and cast on and decide on new projects with tight deadlines. I currently have a pair of wristwarmers, a baby sweater, a shawl and a pair of socks on the needles with another pair of wristwarmers, another baby sweater and another shawl in pipeline. I also have plans for two small sweaters, an adult sweater and a poncho. I have to sew together the purple baby sweater and I have some older unfinished objects I should get to as well. I really need to start finishing some things before I get completely lost in cast on. I actually did finish something yesterday though, the Vacillate shawl, which is very nice. A block and some ends to weave in and then it’s ready to use. I have elaborate plans for a new one, but first I need to finish some other things.

Quick, quick and not so slow


I am frantically knitting so I can actually finnish something and I’m ten rows away from being done with Vacillate. Also, last night I finished one wrist warmer and I will start the second one when the first litte baby sweater is done. Good plan.


In the mean time I actually do have something finished to show you. A couple of weeks ago my friend Rachel came to visit me on her trip around Scandinavia. She spent a couple of nights at our place and then went on to explore some more. This Wednesday she came back to spend the last night with us before going back home. In the mean time I decided to make something for her to bring with her when going home.


The choice fell on a pair of wrist warmers in purple, the color of this fall, which also happens to be a color that Rachel loves. The yarn is DK weight so the wrist warmers were a very quick knit, which was very good since I didn’t have much time.


What really took time were the beads. Apparently I bought beads that were uneven and therefore only a few would even go over the yarn. I went through two bags of beads to find enough for the two wrist warmers, that’s just way too much work. I’ll be careful with the beads I buy in the future. These ones will probably work on a fingering weight yarn though so it’s not completely wasted.


All in all I think the wrist warmers turned out very well, it was a quick and pretty knit and I will with all probability make another pair in the future.


Pattern: Moonshine by Klara Norberg. Yarn: Drops Karisma from Garnstudio, color 76 Dark Purple.

The obvious answer


I went to bed last night with all my pattern books containing baby sweaters but I couldn’t find anything tempting or suiting. I fell asleep a little miserable without any ideas what to do. This morning the answer was crystal clear. It was as obvious as it was simple – the Maile sweater. It’s cute, flattering and fun and quick to knit. The yarn is indeed blue and I’ve made a good start. I’ve started so many knittings lately I figure it’s time actually finished a few so that’s what I’m going to concentrate on this weekend.