onsdag 19 december 2012
- Old Norwegian cast-on. It was years since I used this - WHY??? It is a very good and flexible cast-on that I will remember to use more frequently in my knitting.
- A Moss Rib stitch for the cuff. By habit I always do knit2, purl2 cuffs, have to stop that.
- I used Heel Flap stitches (she has three variations in the book)
- A new way of picking up stitches along the edge of the heel flap (she has three variations in the book)
- I carried the pattern from the cuff along the upper part of the sock
lördag 8 december 2012
|Samplers after fulling|
|Mittens before fulling|
söndag 2 december 2012
onsdag 28 november 2012
söndag 25 november 2012
Where did I find them? At Knitting Notions.
"Nostepinnes are tools used for hand winding yarn in a center pull ball. Some times they are referred to as winding sticks. The smooth end is for winding the yarn onto which will leave a soft center when the yarn is removed from the nostepinne; which prevents the ball from having too much tension in it. We turn our nostepinnes from domestic and exotic hardwoods. They are sanded to a fine, smooth finish and linseed oil is then applied followed by a final coat of wax. This creates a very smooth and lasting finish which shows off the beauty of the wood's natural grain and color." (from Knitting Notions)
lördag 17 november 2012
I chose to knit the swatch in brown and white to get good contrasts. I am not sure that I will use this colour combination in coming projects.
It is nice to do some twined knitting again after shawl and socks.
fredag 2 november 2012
dyeing yarn with Jeaba. I dyed my yarn blue and decided that I would knit a shawl with it.
söndag 28 oktober 2012
fredag 19 oktober 2012
"Warme Handen - Estlandse wanten en polswarmers" (Warm hands - Estonian mittens and wrist warmers) by Carla Meijsen and Hilly van der Sluis is a book on Estonian mittens containing instructions, techniques and designs for thirteen mittens and wrist warmers in the Estonian tradition. This is also a very good book.
One more post about books on Estonian knitting:
Books on Estonian knitting and textile traditions
söndag 14 oktober 2012
Today is a rainy, cold October Sunday. I was knitting a shawl, made a mistake and had to do some frogging. When I was winding the yarn back into a ball I noticed that my "nystpinne" needed some attention.
lördag 6 oktober 2012
torsdag 27 september 2012
Last Sunday I dyed yarn by using Jeaba. Under the guidance of Liisa the group had a very nice time and produced lots and lots of colourful yarns.
It is quite messy (in a rather nice way) and I do not know if I would do it at home. You pour the dye liquid on to the yarn (the yarn is not soaked first) and there can be a bit of a problem getting the dye evenly distributed. I think that this method is far better when you want to give the yarn many colours letting your artistic side free.
It was interesting to try out a new method for dyeing yarn. It was very "hands on", and since it is a cold water dye method there is no risk of burning yourself.
I stuck to blue for all my yarn. I am planning to use it for a shawl, and too many colours can distract from the lacy pattern.
After dyeing the yarn you squeeze as much of the fluid as possible out and wrap it in a plastic bag. Leave it for 24 hours. Rinse thoroughly 5-6 times and hang it to dry.