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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Welcome spring (and weeds)

by Svipser11. May 2013 18:08

Spring is finally here, and the heavens opened the gates and gave my garden some much needed rain! Everything is sprouting, flowering and turning green, including the weeds J

 

As I can finally start work in the garden, I expect the rate of finishing my knitting projects will slow down immensely. But I have managed to finish some things the past month.

 

First of Abate for Theodor. The last time I knit him something was last summer, so he was up for another hand knit garment from mom. This pattern is perfect for both girls and boys, the fit it great and the design is clever – I think this might fit him through the winter, fingers crossed!

The yarn is lovely for kids, Rasmilla Tykke Yndlingsgarn 50% cotton/50% wool, absolutely itch free!

 

Camomille is also done, and I have already been wearing this a lot. There will be more Camolilles in the future, it’s simple, but ohh so gorgeous and super customizable in size. I think a scarf size is next on the list, and maybe in a really hot pink...if I dare.

And Lauren, the lovely blue wonderful Lauren. I am so glad I gave this pattern a second chance, I love her!

The hanger says "I carry my burden with a smile"... 

 

Now I’m trying to finish some thick socks I started in January. Not that there is really any rush, since I wont need them until Fall :D Inglenook is their name, and they are slouchy, cabely, yummy house socks. I might buy some leather soles to stitch onto these when done, otherwise I think they will wear through quite quickly.

 

And last, I’m knitting a blanket. Ardor, couldn’t help but cast on for this when the pattern was published in the beginning of May. I have had this wool/cashmere yarn in my stash for quite a while, as I didn’t really like the texture of it, but I think it might work for this, we’ll see.

 

 

 

 

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I'll trade you snow for Spring

by Svipser24. March 2013 11:40

 

March is almost gone, I had a birthday, we were promised a snowstorm that never showed up (well, the snow did, but the wind didn’t) and I was I’ll for a whole bleeping week! I can’t wait for spring to arrive, soon please. I have a need to see the ground without snow on it, I need to see dirt.

 

The good thing about snow and living in a deep freezer is that it makes perfect sense to knit big woolly sweaters, HA!

 

First off, I finished my [big] Rubble. Ever since knitting the child version of this pattern

 

..I have wanted my own. Lucky for me, the designer Alison Brookbanks, also thought the world needed a grown up version! My version is knitted in the same yarn, and it looks like the small one was placed in a photocopier and someone pushed the upscale button.

 

I choose to knit the sleeves narrower and I now have the perfect layering piece for gardening. Not constrictive of motion, sleeves won’t get in the way and still warm and comfy. So Spring, get here.

 

Second sweater of March, Agnes. I have been wanting to knit this ever since the pattern came out, it just looks so comfy and cozy! And because of fellow Raveler and knitter Rachel, I was finally able to. She sent me the pattern as a gift, after taking some neglected Angora yarn of my hands. Such a sweet lovely gesture from a stranger on the other side of the globe. She might also be psychic, she sent this particular pattern as she thought I might be cold, way up here in the north. After receiving the pattern, they advertised more snow..

 

 

 

I LOVE this sweater, it is every bit as comfy and cozy as it looks, and it is definitely not the last time I knit this pattern. Rita loves it too, she guarded it while it was blocking, resting comfortably on top of the moist sweater for hours, silly cat.

 

What I’m working on now? More grey knitting, Camomille. I love grey, I love Danish design, and I love my Blackhill highland wool.

 

 

 

And Lauren – a pattern I abandoned in 2011, because I was seriously upset about the fact that I actually swatched (yes I did, good girl!) for this, and then ventured forth and chose the wrong bleeping size to knit! It turned out huge, so I took the pattern, buried it and put a “do not disturb” post-it on the pile. But after receiving this gorgeous blue Aran weight Blackhill Highland Wool, I decided that Lauren needed a revival – so there, I’m knitting blue, a new color for me, don’t think I have ever had a blue garment before?

 

 

 

 

 

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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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