fredag 23 januari 2015

Ormsta Hat - in twined knitting

We have had snow the last days and I am glad to have a new hat. This hat is in twined knitting and inspired by the stitch pattern on my Ormsta wrist-warmers. (You can download the pattern for the Ormsta wrist-warmers for free from my blog and Ravelry)
I do not often add a tassel to a hat, but something made me do just that with this one. I am rather pleased that I did.
As always (almost) the yarn is from Wålstedts. I used 145 grams. The knitting was done on steel dbpns 2½ mm.

lördag 10 januari 2015

63 360 stitches

I was very satisfied with my first Söderängskrage so I decided to knit one more. They do require a lot of knitting time. That is why I have counted the stitches - there are 63 360 stitches in this project!
The pooling blue yarn is 100 % wool from Evilla, the yellow is a 100 % Blue Faced Leicester yarn called "Tumble Scum" from BMFA. The cast-on is 80 stitches on needles 3.00 mm.
These "scarfs" are so warm and can be worn in so many ways that they are worth the time and effort of knitting tens of thousands of stitches.

måndag 5 januari 2015

A new project book, 2015 -

New  project book
I am starting this year with a new project book. My old project book spanning 2006-2014 is full. In 2006 when I started keeping a project book I was a little bit hesitant whether it would be worth the effort or not. But I soon discovered huge advantages. Not only can I easily see when I knitted a project (time does fly) and to whom I gave it, but I can also find information about the time it took to knit, which yarn and needles I used, how many stitches I cast on and which alterations (if any) I made to the pattern used.
Old project book
I also add a photo of the project. It makes it so much easier to remember the project. I have great use of the book, e.g. when I am to knit another pair of socks to someone who wants them to be "the same" as the previous ones. It also helps me to keep order of sizes for mittens and socks for persons that I don´t have in my vicinity.
In later years I also have started adding charts for my own designs or for alterations made in other designs. 

So why keep a book and not just a digital file with text and pictures ... ? Hard to answer that - I guess such a file would be equally useful, but it just does not appeal to me. OK - I have my charts in Excel-format, but for the rest I like keeping my book.

If you are considering starting a project book (which I recommend) - buy one of good quality, because it will have to stand a lot of use through the years.