How could I not see it?

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I know there is a lot about this sweater here on the blog right now (which is weird because it is after all beige in March) but I just wanted to show that I did indeed finish it before Tuesday evening. In fact, I had it finished with the ends woven in yesterday and today I put it to block. I have also just realized that Easter is coming up which means four days of knitting time! Four! I hadn’t thought about it. Instead I have tried to clear up my knitting schedule so that I can start a new MKAL April 1st and now that the sweater and the purple and a pair of wristwarmers are blocking I was just going to do some small things while waiting for the MKAL to start. But, I forgot about Easter. There is so much I can knit during those four days! I don’t know where to start, I need to go through the stash! And search for patterns! Oh my, this is going to be so much fun!

Yarn, yarn, yarn, everywhere is yarn

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My friend Sharelle came back from a visit in the States this weekend and since she’s a darling, she had let me order yarn to her address in the States and she brought it back with her in her suitcase. Today I got my hands on the yarn. It is delicious! I love it and it’s a bummer it goes in the freezer for a week  (I put all my yarn purchases in the frezer for a week) because I want to cast on immediately. I have gotten yarn for three shawls and they will all be amazing. Ah, yarn!

One sleeve down

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I did not finish the sweater today. But I did finish the first sleeve which was worth it because now it feels like a sweater. The sleeve really added something to it, this is a sweater and does not work as well as a vest with this pattern in my opinion. I’m about halfway through the second sleeve and I think it’s actually good that I didn’t finish it because it would have been late and I don’t have time nor energy to cast on something new at this hour. Instead I will do that on Tuesday when hopefully sleeve number two also will be done. I will be disappointed if it’s not, I can tell you that, but for now things are good as they are.

I thought we agreed on spring?

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So,winter came back. Huge snow flakes came falling down in the afternoon just as I was weaving in the ends of the mittens (yep, the mittens are finished, yay!). I just had to take a picture together with some flakes that fell in the window boxes (yes, we have not yet thrown out last year’s dahlias but that doesn’t really matter in March).

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So aside from last year’s dahlias, the mittens are done. They are white and they are blue and they were pretty much a trial and error. I used a stitch pattern from a book that a co-worker gave me and Jenny. I felt that she obviously needed a pair of mittens inspired by that book after being so kind to us.

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It was an easier pattern than the boat and lighthouse since there weren’t many long floats in this pattern. It was fairly quick but it was mittens when all you want is spring so therefore they were hard to finish. Next time I make mittens like this I will chart them on some graph paper first to make sure the decreases work with the pattern. This time the, well, the pattern calls them roses, the roses weren’t centered but I think the mittens are pretty anyway and the best part? The best part is they’re finished.

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Pattern: Rose Pattern by Inger and Ingrid Gottfridsson. Yarn: Rauma finullgarn, colors 400 and 451. I borrowed some design elements, like the folded edge, from Moonlit Coast Mittens by Erica Mount.

Weekend wishes

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Fridays are lovely in so many ways and one of them is that the weekend is an empty knitting page. I feel like I have oceans of knitting time ahead of me and I make plans on how much I’m going to knit. Not always realistic plans either. All week I think about the wonders of the weekend knitting and then on Sunday evening I make a summary to see how much actally got done. This weekend I hope to have the mittens finished, the ends just need to be woven in. I also want this sweater to be finished and a pair of wristwarmers. The wristwarmers are blocking and I have only the sleeves left of this sweater but Friday is almost over which is my only whole knitting night this weekened, so we’ll see what happens. If nothing else, it looks like a great vest.

Spring ball

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I had some time to kill before my workout today and I went to the yarn store. I looked around and in one far corner I saw this. It’s the perfect spring color. It’s pink! And a little green for S:t Patrick’s Day (Agnieszka also lend me a shawl to wear in case anyone at the Irish bar would be offendedt hat I wasn’t sporting green. I knit the shawl in 2010, it was my first meeting with Malabrigo Lace. I didn’t understand the wonders of Malabrigo till 2012 though. I was a little slow there). It said on the label that it was a limited edition so obviously I had to buy both of the balls I saw because, you know, there might not be any other yarn ever that I like. Now, what to make? It would be good for socks but a shawl might not be so bad either. I have lots of shawls. One can never have enough shawls. Especially if they are knit in such a delicious yarn as this.

And we move on to 2015

Before we can leave this historic flashback I will show you the projects I made in 2015, first the gifts and then the ones for me. Since I made my huge white lace I couldn’t get much else done in 2015 but due to small projects I still managed a respectable number.

Amount of projects finished: 45 – due to many wristwarmers and other accessories. I would never have come up with these many projects otherwise, considering I only finished two things (for me) during the period February – April.
Amount of knitted gifts: 31
Most used needle size (gifts): 4 mm without a doubt, 12 projects used 4 mm needles.
Biggest needles used: 7 mm, for slippers
Smallest needles used: 2,5 mm, mostly for socks
Most common garment (gifts): Wristwarmers with 11 projects, followed by socks, 5 projects. It was truly the year of accessories.
Most used yarn weight: DK with 10 projects, which surprises me but on the other hand, I know I’ve been moving towards heavier yarn recently, followed by fingering with 8 projects. I also have 7 projects divided between worsted weight, aran, bulky and super bulky.
Most common recipient: Agnieszka, with 3 projects (mainly because I made both her birthday gifts for 2015 and 2016 in 2015), followed by my mum, Lyndsey, Genevieve and Terese on 2 projects each.
Amount of projects for me: a surprising 14, including a few crocheted flowers.

January

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First project in January was Agnieszka’s wristwarmers, made in one day using some leftover merino. I used part of the pattern Mock Cable Wrist Warmers by Anita Grahn in  Malabrigo sock, color Tiziano Red.

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My own pattern that I’ve been thinking of actually writing up let others enjoy as well but so far I haven’t gotten around to it. I call it June Afternoon and the yarn is BFL fingering from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, color PDX Rose City.

February, March, April – nothing got finished. Nothing.

May

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In May I made a pair of socks that Agnieszka wanted to give to a baby. Pattern is Dolce Socks by Sheryl Greenfield in Cascade Yarns Heritage, color Primavera.

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I also finished the cardigan that I cast on in August 2014 and that was meant for a baby but it turned out too big so niece got it for her third birthday instead. Baby’s Classic Cardigan by Stefanie Japel in Drops Muskat from Garnstudio, colors Beige and Peach.

June – I was way too busy with my lace to be able to concentrate on anything else.

July

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July was the month of slippers. Our American friends were staying in our apartment and I wanted to give them some slippers to wear, since in Sweden we don’t really wear our shoes Indoors (I guess it comes from having a lot of snow, floors get incredibly dirty if you bring in snow and gravel). So, I made slippers. 147-18 Sandra by Drops Design in Drops Big Delight from Garnstudio, color jeans blue/teal. This was also the first time I’ve ever felted anything (for real, and not by accident). I’m not sure how I feel about it though.

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It looks weird, I know, but it turned out, well, if not great then at least acceptable. 161-37 Dolphin Toes from Drops Design in Drops Eskimo from Garnstudio, colors Rust and Dark Brown. After going in the washer, one were supposed to wear the slippers and let them form around one’s foot. So we all walked around in wet slippers for a few evenings to let them dry and form around our feet. It was quite bizarre.

August

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All in all I made fours pairs of slippers. 147-18 Sandra by Drops Design in Drops Big Delight from Garnstudio, color Mint Chocolate.

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161-37 Dolphin Toes by Drops Design in Drops Eskimo from Garnstudio, colors Green Yellow and Dark Brown. I’m not sure how pretty they are but they are at least warm.

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In May Sara had her baby but I didn’t have time to knit for her until August. It turned out pretty though, if a little late. Silverfox by Lisa Chemery in Drops Muskat from Garnstudio, color Khaki.

September

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From September on I got giddy with all the knitting ideas, to knit something that wasn’t white lace, can you imagine? So instead I knit blue lace to thank the lovely designer who made my wedding dress. It was pure beauty from start to finish. Aliseda by Susanna IC in Malabrigo sock, color Azules.

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My friend Rachel came visiting and I wanted her to have a special souvenir to bring back to the States. Moonshine by Klara Norberg in Drops Karisma from Garnstudio, color Dark Purple.

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Then I was invited to meet a baby and wanted to bring something. Dolce socks by Sheryl Greenfield in Smashing Sock from Stunning String Studio, color Summer Gardens.

October

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In late September I heard that a childhood friend of mine had had a baby and since I’m pretty sure he is not knitting himself, I wanted to make something for the baby. Maile Sweater by Nikki Van De Car in Fin from Du Store Alpakka in color 205 Lys turkis.

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Moonshine by Klara Norberg became one of my favorite patterns during fall. Knit in Drops Karisma from Garnstudio, color Navy Blue. This was the third project in a row that had to be a quick knit.

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My co-worker Terese wanted two pairs of wristwarmers to keep warm and who am I to deny her? Both are Mixed Wave Mitts by Sybil R in Drops Baby Merino from Garnstudio, colors turquoise, light beige and brown.

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Another one who deserved the biggest thank for all her work with our wedding, was the event manager at the mansion. She was on maternity leave while we were planning everything and she still managed to always be there for us. I made her baby a cardigan. It was the least I could do. B21-11 Buttercup Jacket from Drops Design in Drops Baby Merino from Garnstudio, color Dark Purple.

November

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The name of the yarn just screamed Agnieszka’s name and that’s what she got for Christmas, Business Casual by Tanis Lavallee in Shepherd Sock Multi from Lorna’s Laces, color Zombie BBQ.

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Socks and owls were a theme in late fall, early Winter. These owls were for nephew. Wowligan by Kate Davies in Drops Baby Merino from Garnstudio, color Brown.

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And these owls were for niece. Owlet by Kate Davies in Alpaca Superfine from Viking of Norway in color 233 Verde

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And these owls were for Lyndsey. Owls by Kate Davies in Ecological wool from Cascade Yarns  in color 8285 Mocha.

December – was really the month of accessories.

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A pair of elegant wristwarmers for a friend who earned her PhD. Moonshine by Klara Norberg in Drops Karisma from Garnstudio, color Wine Red.

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A capelet with a special dress in mind. The Galaxy Capelet by Cathy Briscoe in Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK in color 108.

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Everybody got socks. These are for Julle. Business Casual by Tanis Lavallee in Austermann hand painted color Morning fog.

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This was my go-to pattern of the year and my co-worker Sharelle was in need of some beads – at least in my opinion. Moonshine by Klara Norberg in Drops Karisma from Garnstudio, color Wine Red.

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As I was saying. Many socks. These were for Julle’s father. Same pattern, Business Casual by Tanis Lavallee, this time in Zwerger Garn Opal Sweet & Spicy, color 6755 Spice.

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Emma has a birthday really early in the year, even earlier than Agnieszka, and she also got a pair of Moonshine by Klara Norberg in Drops Karisma from Garnstudio, color Light Olive.

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The yarn kit for the last MKAL of the year took forever too come and I had to settle for some other yarn and was almost done with the MKAL when I finally could cast on with the yarn kit yarn. I decided my mum would get it for Christmas since it was a fairly quick knit and I didn’t mind making two. Stranded in Toronto by Cindy Garland in Single DK from Stunning String Studio, colors Snow Cloud, Red Canoe and Little Black Dress.

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Mum also got a pair of matching wristwarmers to go with her hat. Again (this was the last pair for a long time, I promise) Moonshine by Klara Norberg in Drops Karisma from Garnstudio, color Medium Grey.

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After six pairs I decided it was time for a new pattern and when Karin mentioned she was cold I took the opportunity to try out Winter Wrist Warmers by Kim Sanborn (my new go-to pattern when it comes to wristwarmers) in Cascade 220, color Purple.

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I was all about matching last December and the year’s last knit was, as the first knit of the year, a pair of wristwarmers for Agnieszka’s birthday. I had yarn left from her Christmas socks, Shepherd Sock Multi from Lorna’s Laces, color Zombie BBQ, and decided to make her a pair of matching cuffs. I used the leg pattern of the Business Casual by Tanis Lavallee.

Together with two Projects for myself in December I finished 12 things during that month. 12! That’s insane. It was all about the accessories.

I got my colors

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In the light of the day, after a good night’s sleep, things don’t look so bad. I decided while I was having breakfast that I would take the time to wind yarn right there and then, and then I cast on my new project on my first coffee break at work. It was a good decision. It has colors which is the most important. I’m still thinking the yarn might be better suited for a pair of socks instead but a sock requires a mate and that would be tough since apparently I have problems making two thumbs right now, not to mention socks. Also, I mostly knit socks in October. There are a lot of new projects right now but the purple is finished and the thumbs are blocking and the beige will just have to wait. I should also make a pair of pink wristwarmers on a pressing deadline, and there is an MKAL coming up. But I don’t worry about that, I have a yarn ball with delicious colors and I will continue with that. For now at least.

It was only a matter of time

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Ok, so maybe it wasn’t that smart to cast on something beige when everything outside is beige, brown and grey – that’s early March for you. I want some color and I know how to get it but it’s late and I don’t have time to wind yarn because for some reason it wasn’t enough to run out of yarn ten rows before the end of the second sleeve. No. Since I couldn’t get yarn in the same dye lot I had to alternate yarn balls for a few rows, which meant ripping out two rows to and then I overestimated how much I had left till it was time for the finish lace and I of course had to knit more than the 20 cm the pattern stated and then ripped out three rows only to discover that there was a knot in the yarn when I had about one and a half row left. This meant spending much more time on the last ten rows (I’m not even sure it was ten rows, perhaps with all the ripping and re-knitting) which means I don’t have time tonight to wind yarn and cast on my colors. Instead I’m stuck with the beige for all of tomorrow too.

This has not been my best knitting evening so far, I must say. But, I do have a finished purple cardigan waiting for a block and that’s at least something. I’m going to go to bed and I hope there is some sun tomorrow so my beige won’t feel as beige. It will become a pretty toddler sweater in the end though, of that I’m sure even though the colors are a little off for my mood right now.

I might start on some pink wristwarmers in the meantime.

Weekend summary

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So, the end of the weekend and time to do a little kitting summary. It’s been a quiet weekend but still not just knitting time on the couch: errands, social events, working out, those kinds of things. I have been able to squeeze in quite a lot of knitting though. The mittens have gotten thumbs and are now blocking. Ends and the sewing of an edge and we are done with them once and for all. They are not bad, not bad at all, in fact, they are pretty, but just, I don’t know, wrong, right now. Also, they’ve been going on for almost a month and they are winter and I’m not winter anymore. They’ve been draging out which is mostly because I got a little tired of them which made me putting them on hold which only took longer time, of course. But now they are blocking.

Then we have the purple that I cast on a week ago. It had a hem and two sleeves left on Friday afternoon and it would have been finished by now had I not run out of yarn. About ten rows from the end of the second sleeve. So annoying. Hopefully there will be more yarn present after tomorrow.

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I looked into knitting some green. In fact, I went through the entire green fingering shelf in my stash before I realized I do have a green UFO and this is the year of finishing things after all. I took out my UFO, removed the yarn in the wrong color – yes, the second combination I tried out was wrong too – and made two rows with a new contrasting color but I didn’t feel it. I will finish it but it felt too complicated right now. Charts and stuff. I want “knit in the round for 20 cm” without having to think too much. I’m constantly on the run these days and I don’t have time for complicated. So I cast on the beige. It might not be the best and lovliest of colors but the intended garment is in the round and will allow me to have my mind somewhere else while I knit. It’s not a UFO but both this and the purple are made from stash yarn (if yarn can be considered stash yarn if they’ve only been in the stash since September and was always intended for something like this) which was also a criteria for this year. (You see, the mittens didn’t meet either criteria and look what happened there.) I did buy some yarn too but it was way too delicious to resist. I’m only human after all.