Knitting Peace

The acrobats in the circus group Cirkus Cirkör perform acrobatics combined with knitting in their show Knitting Peace, a show I went to see last Saturday night. They want to know if it’s possible to knit peace and ask people to send in knitted stuff to them. They want to see if they can knit themselves around the world with our help and collect knitted stuff from every corner of the earth. After the tour they want to give all the knits to a greater cause.

Obviously I want to join. But what to knit?

The only rule is that the knitting have to be in white. I am a little tired of white since last spring when I knit a humongous blanket as a wedding present for a dear friend.

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This is a blanket from Domino stickning by Vivian Hoxbro. The yarn is Drops Nepal from Garnstudio. The color is 0100, white.

I haven’t given much thought to it but I realize that I have knit exactly two items in white since: a pair of white writswarmers (I made up the pattern, the yarn is Drops Kid-silk, no ball band),
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and a white baby bonnet. That’s Sandy Davis’ Feather and Fan Baby Bonnet in Drops Muskat from Garnstudio, ball band long lost.
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I might be done with the white for quite some time.

When I think of giving knitwear to someone in need I’m picturing someone who is freezing and don’t have roof over their head. There is possibly a lot of mud in my picture too. White knitting and mud aren’t really best friends and isn’t it sort of demoralizing to get a new item to keep the cold out only to realize that this will either warm you and get dirty within five minutes or you will still be as cold as you were before and have a white knit garment hidden somewhere? Or, worst of all, you don’t wear it because you are afraid it will get dirty and instead you accidentally drop it on the ground and it still got muddy.

My first thought was a baby blanket. This would be practical and can come to use in a variaty of situations. You can either wrap your baby in it or you can wrap parts of yourself. Excellent! Then the wedding blanket from last year sprang to mind again and I abandoned the idea of a baby blanket.

It is easy to start thinking of something practical, something robust that will never brake, not even if you attach the garment to a moving car and drag yourself after it, holding on only to the garment. (Again, this would not work well with white and mud.) But, just because you are cold or don’t have a roof, does that mean that you’ve stopped liking pretty things? How about something that is both practical and pretty at the same time?

What would you think is the perfect knit here? I have my ideas, we’ll se what happens.

Even less to knit

Nope, I didn’t cast on a baby sweater just to be sure, last night. Instead I finished two projects, one that had been blocking over the weekend. Pictures will come when I can find a wee one to fit in the clothes. I know the projects will enter a photo studio tonight but I’m not sure how that will turn out since I won’t be there to see what happens to my darlings.

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I mean, just because you take great photos doesn’t mean you can arrange knitting, right? What if they get dropped on the floor? What if…

I don’t really care what happens to things I knit after I’ve given it away even though I strongly prefer it when I see that things come to good use. A randomly sent picture of your loved ones wearing (“oh, I didn’t think of that, s/he’s wearing it all the time”) that hat I sent or those socks I knit, can make me happy for days just thinking about it (and yes, I will show it to everybody I know). And it really flatters a knitter’s heart (well, at least this knitter’s heart) when a picture of you wearing my handknits shows up on the Internet or elsewhere where I just happen to see it. Perhaps with a note saying something about how much you like that sweater or hat or scarf, ah, I melt! (Yes, I’m looking at you, Emelie, you totally made my day, thank you! I might have shown half of my office that picture too…)

These are the good scenarios. If you don’t appreciate my handknit, that’s fine too (but don’t expect to get more until I’ve forgotten how you treated it the last time). If you put it in the drawer, well, too bad for the great wool I used but ok. (As you can see I’m not at all ok with this but let me at least pretend I am.) If you’re a baby and you through up on my handknits, that’s totally fine, I don’t take it personally, you throw up on your parents too and they give you food.

But I can’t stand the thought of someone not handling my handknits with respect before I’ve given it away. So yes, I’m going to be a little nervous until all garments are back home safe with me.

So, in order to cast on another baby sweater I need to bring out my ball winder. That’s fine, it’s even great fun, but today I don’t have the time so for now it’s just me and the green shawl, which will hopefully eventually turn out to be a very pretty looking Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. We’ll just have to wait and see.

I have nothing to knit!

Right now I have two big projects going on, both have a deadline before Midsummer. Next to that there’s that huge shawl I’ve barely just started, with yarn in colors that make me really happy. Sweet, green colors, very springy at the same time as it’s super warm, which is so good since is freezing here. This year spring is a state of mind rather than a season. I should really finish this shawl soon.

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That’s wool from Ullcentrum that I bought last summer on Öland. It came without a label so I don’t know much more about it.

Last night I cast on a Cupcake Cutie Cap by Doreen L. Marquart. This is the third one I’m knitting in a month. The other two really need to be getting in the mail, by the way.

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This is my first Cupcake Cutie Cap, kindly modelled by Schrimpie.

Then there is that sweater in the lovely color but with the yarn that makes me grumpy just to think about it. All the parts are done, I just need to sew the parts together and weave in the ends.
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Tonight I’m going to theatre rehearsal and I usually knit between scenes. And it feels like I have nothing to knit! Maybe I should cast on a baby sweater, just to be sure…

Where have all the knitters gone?

Yesterday me and my mum were at a performance by the excellent performance and circus group Cirkus Cirkör.Their show last night, Knitting Peace, asks the question whether it’s possible to knit peace. Is everything you get just a tangled skein or is it a straight piece of string that you can use?

I went there and thought this would be an occasion to wear your Sunday knits, to show you knew what was going on, that you knew what knitters all over the world knows: of course it’s possible to knit peace.

Knitting is pure love. For every stitch you put in a garment you add a little bit more love. Can there be more love than to warm someone? To make sure they’re comfortable and warm wherever they go. To put in stitch after stitch, hour after hour to make sure someone’s feet are warm, a neck doesn’t get cold and ears doesn’t freeze when going outside.

I thought I was going to meet hundreds of knitters showing up, taking out their knitting and adding a few stitches before the show started. I was wrong. Aparentely people came to see some acrobatic action, the knitting part was only something fun. Someone even commented on my knitting before the show in an air of it being a little bit funny and a little bit weird to knit in a theatre.

Well, to bad for them, because me and mum, who among all her other skills is also an excellent knitter, truly understood what happened on stage. Not just the acrobatics but also the knitting. We saw what type of cast on was made and how they managed to use yarn to enclose themselves into a knitted cocoon.

Here you can see some of the things that happened.

I really enjoy the song, “I want more yarn”.

The best of all? They actually knit on stage!

Take-off!

Welcome to my blog!

We’re finally ready for take-off. I’ve been thinking about starting this blog for a few years now but there has never been enough time or I’ve never been in the right place in life. Now, finally, here we are. This blog will mostly be about knitting but there will be some other stuff too, like books and baking and tea and perhaps even more than that.

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The blog is called Fina Ina. Ina – that’s me. It rhymes with Fina which means sweet, nice, fine in Swedish. I spend most of my spare time knitting or doing some other handcraft like making lace or cross-stitch. I live in a small apartment in a city in Sweden with my books, recipes, and, most important, my yarn stash.

English is not my native language, Swedish is. So why is this blog in English? Well, I have a lot of English speaking friends and a big part of the knitting community is English speaking. Whereas my Swedish friends understand English, my American friends only knows the words for Happy Easter (“Glad påsk”) and Oat stands for health (“Havre står för hälsa”, read from a cereal box) and I want everyone to be able to read.

I’m interested in languages and I really enjoy direct translation of idioms and expressions so you’ll probably see a lot of Swedish expressions translated to English here. I will explain what they mean though.

With all this being said, I know my English is sometimes incomprehensible and I know I make mistakes so please condone my language butchering and we’ll all have a good time.

So, take-off!