Grey Finnsheep = Luxury knitting

by Svipser27. December 2013 21:04

Some weeks ago, I stumbled upon Woolgrey on etsy, I am so glad I did! Shortly thereafter I received 2 beautiful skeins of Lahja, which means gift in Finnish. And a gift it sure is. This yarn is amazing, soft, sturdy, delightful to the touch and an absolute DREAM to knit! When they say "Finnish luxury for knitters and spinners" it is nothing short of the truth.

 

I knew I had to knit a shawl with this yarn, and chose Peppernut by Bonnie Sennott, I was drawn to the mix of texture and lace (and a little by the name, which refers to a Christmas cookie :)

 

 

 

 

 

I love the finished shawl...and I absolutely hated knitting the nupps...I don't think I will ever knit nupps again! The patterns is perfect though, clear and with good charts, I highly recommend it.

 

Go now, visit Woolgrey and help preserve this special and wonderful breed of the Grey Finnsheep - I'll be back for more, I can only imagine knitting a sweater or cardigan with this yarn - Uhh joy!

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From June to November, a test knitting story

by Svipser9. November 2013 15:02

 

Wow, no posts since August – It’s not that I haven’t knitted anything, on the contrary, I have done a heap of knitting!

 

One of the things that have taken a lot of my knitting time, has been lending my services as a test knitter. For those of you who don’t have a clue about what that is – let me explain. When brilliant clever people (= designers) come up with a new pattern, they often ask the help of test knitters (= just a tad bit less brilliant and clever people, like yours truly)

 

We then get the pattern before it is published, knit the pattern, giving our two senses along the way, weeding out typos, sometimes giving suggestions for different wording, checking instructions, yardage etc. are correct. When we are done, the designer takes all our feedback, and adjusts any errors etc.

 

Nifty isn’t it J

 

Now, this is a free service, and we get only the honor, appreciation and experience out of it – it’s fun, rewarding and interesting. We see the designs before everyone else and give something back to the wonderful world of knitting – so what more could you want really?

 

I have recently  test knitted 2 patterns for Gabrielle aka Danskknit on Ravelry

Lacy & The Leaves

 

 

And Aquazzone 

 

Both blankets, both lovely!

 

The first still lives with me, as I can’t seem to part with it, the second how ever has gone to a little girl named Marie for her dolls :)

 

Then came the Stripes Button Top Pullover for Amy Grace aka twogirls on Ravelry. I already had Bertram in mind as a receiver when I signed up for this test – and he looks SO cute in it!

 

 I adore this pattern, so much so that when asked, I actually agreed to knit another one for Marie.

 

Listen people, I don’t knit patterns twice, ever, but I did with this one – and I might even do it again! If you are looking for a cute baby/toddler pattern, let me recommend this one.  And you can use scraps for stripes,  who doesn’t have loads and loads of scraps that need a purpose?

Last of the test knits, for now,  is Flax by tincanknits – and this is really cool, because it’s a free pattern, perfect for the first time sweater knitter! It’s packed with tutorials, so even a new knitter will be able to knit this, with patience and perseverance. Another awesome thing about this pattern is that the sizes run from newborn to 4XL, this will fit absolutely anyone you choose to knit for!

 

 

I won’t sign up for any more test knitting this year, I have to many things I want to knit for me and mine – but next year J

 

 

 

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Katie

by Svipser26. August 2013 16:17

 

One technic that I don’t master yet is fair isle knitting. I want too, SO BADLY, because I adore all the fair isle patterns out there and I am amazed at my fellow knitters ability to make them look even more amazing when putting there own spin on them.

If you want to master something, you will most likely have to practice, a lot. So I decided to knit a sweater with a little color work on it – Katie is her name

 

Turned out pretty good! Only the yarn grows a lot, so it’s almost a size bigger than it was supposed to be after blocking... Still, I’m gonna wear it with pride, and have the ultimate layering sweater for Fall, which is rapidly approaching!

 

 

 

 

 

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I knit a hat in June

by Svipser14. June 2013 21:44

Who knits a worsted weight hat in June? Well me I guess! I couldn't help myself, I had to knit this hat, had to.

Gosh, he is so gorgeous, I can't believe he is my child! Theodor loves his warrior hat, David wants an adult version..

And the serous warrior look

The pattern is called Tvebak, and is from the fantastic book The Little Nordic Collection by Amimono - they where inspired by Astrid Lingren and her beautiful stories. I remember the one with Tvebak in it "Mio min Mio" I wept while reading it as a child.

Uhh! Someone took a picture of me for a change, look!

 Me, June 2013

 

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Rødt spisebord?

by Svipser28. March 2013 15:49

Jeg hader vores sorte spisebord. Eller, jeg hader faktisk ikke bordet i sig selv, det er stort, praktisk, enkelt og kan samle hele den udvidede familie omkring sig uden problemer. Men jeg hader i den grad den sorte farve.  Sort passer ikke ind i vores hus og det faktum at man k o n t i n u e r l i g t skal tørre det af er belastende.

Så nu bliver det rødt. Jeg tænkte i første omgang hvidt (hvor kedeligt!) men så er det jo godt man har en modig mand som sagde ”hvorfor ikke rødt?”

 

Dag 1 er altid den kedelige, der skal man slibe

Vaske af med grundrens og rigeligt vand... og grunde

Også er man nået her til

(selvfølgelig er Rita med hvor det sker...)

 Glæder mig til dag 2 – dag 2 bliver i den grad spændende!!

 

 

 

 

 

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About Svipser

 

Wife of David. Mother of Mathias, Andreas and Theodor. Owner of pure bread Labrador Retriever Otto and co-owner of Rita the cat, that no one else wanted (thank God, cause we can’t live without her!).

 

I don’t just love to knit, I need to knit. Every. Single. Day. Sometimes other people benefit from my addiction, but usually what I knit is meant for me.

 

I’m waiting for my chance to make my own River Cottage, that’ll be the day. Until that happens, I will try to  make the best of my vegetable patch in the suburbs of Copenhagen.

 

 

 

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