lördag 28 maj 2016

Making project bags

Making project bags is a joint project since I am not "in sync" with our sewing machine. Last week when I spent some time in second-hand stores I bought some cloth that I thought could be used for project bags (I never seem to have enough project bags)
We don't have a "pattern" or specific instructions for these bags. We make them as simple as possible. This time I wanted bigger and "deeper" bags so that there would be enough room for a book or other instructions as well as the ongoing knitting. Beside buying the cloth I help by cutting and ironing, preparing for the different stages of sewing.
When the actual sewing takes place it is my husband who is in charge. I should learn how to do this .... French seams to make a strong bag.
Last stages. I think it took about an hour per bag. I am very pleased with the result.

lördag 21 maj 2016

Knitting needle case

I spent part of yesterday in second-hand stores and all of a sudden I saw this case for knitting needles.
It is made of wood and in very good condition. The case is actually in much better condition than the needles in it. 
The top screws on to the case perfectly.

onsdag 18 maj 2016

Hat in nalbinding

Writing the post about books on nalbinding made me realise that it was a long time since I did some nalbinding. I decided to make a hat. I had to practice a bit before starting on the hat, but I soon got the knack of it again.
I made it large since I had decided to full it when finished. The result is as intended, thick and warm but I will have to wait until winter before using it.

onsdag 11 maj 2016

Estonian Knitting 1 - Traditions and techniques

We finally have received a copy of the English version of this book. I read about the Estonian edition on Kristi Jõeste´s blog a long time ago and almost bought it despite my lack of knowledge of the Estonian language. I imagined it to be all I wanted to know about Estonian knitting. I was really frustrated. And then ... it was to be an English version of it. I was thrilled, and I waited ... and waited.

"Estonian Knitting 1 - Traditions and techniques" is the first part of a trilogy. The authors are Anu Pink, Siiri Reimann and Kristi Jõeste. The book arrived today, so of course I have not read it in depth but I am so very impressed with it. The first 80+ pages "From ancient times to the present" gives the history of Estonian knitting in a clear and logic presentation. It is followed by "Tools and materials" telling of knitting needles, knitting bags, yarns and traditional colours. Then comes "Techniques" which is the best part of the book, a very impressive compilation of techniques used in Estonian knitting. It starts with "Holding the yarn and needles" followed by a number of cast-ons, basics, rib patterns, knit and purl combinations, stranded colourwork, inlay, braids. I can't recite the entire contents but there are of course also sections about nupps, lace, entrelac, fringes and borders and edges. If this book doesn't turn into a classic I don't know anything about knitting.

I often show some photos from books that I write about, but this book is so crammed with knowledge and useful illustrations that I find it very difficult to take a photo that does not give away to much information. Instead I recommend that you buy it!

So this first book is all about traditions and techniques. The second is to be about Socks and Stockings. The third will be about Gloves and Mittens. There is so much to look forward to. Many, many thanks to the three authors for making all this knowledge available.

Estonian knitting 1 - Traditions and techniques 
by Anu Pink, Siiri Reimann and Kristi Jõeste
Saara Publishing House 2016, Türi Estonia

söndag 8 maj 2016

The annual knitting retreat

The annual knitting retreat has become kind of a tradition - and a very nice one indeed. This weekend we spent three days with other knitters. No courses, classes or other scheduled activities - just plain knitting!
Nice company, in-depth discussions, the "nerdier" the better. Lots of laughing! Nice food.
Surroundings made for slow walks and a fantastic "early summer" weather adding to the experience.
Long evenings with wine, cheese and knitting. What more could you wish for?