Sock stop

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I don’t know if you remember but in October I stated that I was going to knit a lot of socks. Well, in the end I only made three pairs but that was good work too. Since the Green Week last week the sun has been shining and spring is truly here so I figure I better show you the socks I made before it’s way too warm and sping-y to even think about hand knit socks.

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Don’t mind the size, these ones are too small for me but they weren’t intended for me either so that’s okay. I’m just pleased I managed to make to similar socks out of self striping yarn. That’s acually a bit tricky but it turned out nice and I only needed one ball of yarn instead of two. Total win!

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The only way you can tell these socks apart is the afterthought heel. One is yellow and the other is red. I thought that was a nice design element.

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I then made another pair but was a bit disappointed in the yarn. I thought it would have more of a mix of white and pink, not all white in one place and all pink in another.

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They were made the same way, with an afterthought heel, only used one ball of yarn and are too small for me but again, they are not intended for me so that’s okay.

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Now, what to do with the left overs?

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Pattern: I made it up as I went along.  Yarn: Järbo Garn mellanraggi, color 308 for the multicolored and 312 for the pink and white.

The Green End

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It’s Sunday and it’s the end of our Green Week. As it happens green is also the last color in my seven bead color scheme for my lace which means that today I finished the third round of the color scheme for a total of 6.3 meters and 60% of the planned lace. I think that’s not bad for a Sunday and a pretty good end of our Green Week. I think it helped too, today was the warmest day of the year so far. Let’s hope it continues like this.

Eluding winter

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Today’s Green Week Theme is a little sign of spring. I was in the Botanical garden yesterday and found some snowdrops,

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some eranthis hyemalis,

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and some crocus.

That’s pretty good work for mother nature so far, I think.

Dream in Color

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Let’s continue Green Week (I know it’s not Saint Patrick’s yet but it’s not really celebrated in Sweden and besides, I need green now. If you looked through my window today you would understand. It not green, it’s gray).

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A little while ago, before Christimas (and I must have really felt the Christmas spirits because, I mean, just look at the colors of this shawl!) I felt it was time I tried a new brand of yarn. I read all these North American knitting blogs and they use yarn in so many different brands with the most beautiful names and those yarns are often just impossible to find in Sweden. Instead you have to order them from the US or Canada (which is usually a little cheaper than if they were sold in Sweden but instead you have shipping and customs) but that’s not something you do everyday. Therefore I have some different brands of yarn that I’m interested in trying out but it’s not often I get a chance.

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So, before Christmas I decided it was time to try out Dream in Color. I had one project left in the 12-projects-for-me-each-year goal and I also had a pattern I had been looking forward to make for a while. That’s how this shawl came to life during the few days between Christmas and New Year’s. I finished on New Year’s Eve and I am very happy with the result. I also added beads. The yarn was nice, a little courser than expected but still very nice.

Patter: Afloat by Cindy Garland. Yarn: Smooshy from Dream in Color. Colors: Shiny Moss, Teaparty and Valentine. Mods: beads added to the lace.

I will not be waiting by the phone

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Since we’ve entered the first spring month, why not continue with the green theme from yesterday? This is a cape, a myster knit along that was made in November and December.

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I must say I rather like it, not to mention how easy it was to block. It’s green, it’s pretty and it looks good. If I ever happen to find myself in a fantasy novel and out on a quest I think this would be good to bring.

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Why? you ask. Well, not that I am any kind of wiz when it comes to fantasy novels, I’ve read about five of them depending where you draw the line of a fantasy novel, but it seems like you are often out a very long walk while in them. For weeks and weeks you just walk and walk and sleep under a tree or something (yes, this is why I would never be in a fantasy novel but should it happen, I have the cape for it).

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Also, it’s green and from what I understand these walks are usually in the woods and it’s extremely important that you are not seen. Well then, what could be better than a green cape? Also, it’s warm since it’s wool and that’s also very important if you are out in the forest at night, to keep warm. If nothing else, it’s hard to keep quiet when you’re teeth are rattling.

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When looking at it from the front it actaually look as if it has sleeves, which it doesn’t so it could also function as some sort of blanket or it could warm serveral of my felloq “questers” as long as they are smaller than me (which shouldn’t be a problem, these novels seem to be filled with small creatures).

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Also, the beads make you look very stylish at the same time which could be good because you can also use the cape as an accessory when you get invited to the banquet (there is always a banquet) and have nothing enchanting to wear. It’s almost as if I thought of the quest thing before I started knitting because the original beads were supposed to be a lime green-y color but I changed it to these brass colored ones, which are much less detectable while hiding in the forest.

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There were yarn left when I had finished so I made some additional rows, also stated in the pattern. However, it’s not possible to make to repeats on top of each other without changing the number of stitches between yarn overs in the second repeat to make them line up nicely.

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Then I also added more beads in the additional rows, as the pattern had no beads there.

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So yeah, I’ve made myself a perfect attire for going on a quest in the woods, I had a good time doing it and it turned out very pretty.

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Pattern: Aglow by Cindy Garland. Yarn: Stunning String Studio Luxury Fingering. Color: Mossy Green.

That’s just the way it goes

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It’s a funny thing, inspiration. Sometimes I like to just be presented with possibilities, like going to the yarn store and find a yarn I like and then work from there with what to make. Other times I have a clear vision on what I want and then I need to find the yarn that fits my vision. I find these two ways to get inspired are quite opposite each other, one is input from outside, to expose myself to inspiration and then pick and choose, the other comes from within and ends in searching for the right thing. Both have their pros and cons. To have an open mind can lead to totally new things and the material is right there when I’ve found my inspiration and made my choice but what if the exposure doesn’t lead to anything, what if I don’t find anything tempting? To have a vision is comfortable, I know where I’m heading and I have a clear idea but what if my vision is too precise and I never find anything that fits it? I don’t know which of these two I prefer, I’ve had good and bad experiences with both. Maybe the exposure one is a little simple, provided that it actaully works, but the vision one is better if it’s a big and important decision, do what you actually want and not just what’s available.

This weekend was a little crazy when it came to inspiration through vision. I had a vision for a card that I’m making in which I needed the perfect lime green to go with some pink paper that I already have. I had found a good paper online, the one to the left in the picture, but it was discontinud (just my luck, why does this always happen when it comes to visions?). Now, I am a little crazy, especially when it comes to color. I guess it’s the artist in me who is very decisive when it comes to matching colors. When the paper I found was not available I didn’t give up or settled for another color, no, I found myself a web page with a lot of papers (I actually didn’t realize at first exactly how many) and then I looked through the catalogue of all individual papers and put the ones that could work and seemed similar to “my” lime green paper in the cart. Then I looked at my lime green papers in the cart and started to really compare them to the ideal one and one by one I narrowed it down till I only had a hand full left. These I ordered, since I learned the hard way that you shouldn’t trust pictures on a screen. Now, all I have to do is hold my thumbs (as we do in Sweden, instead of keeping our fingers crossed) that one of these sheets of papers will work as well as I imagine with my pink paper.

In the end I realized that I looked at over 7500 papers yesterday, that was over 500 pages with 15 different sheets of paper on each page. Can you imagine how much inspiration through exposure I got from that?