Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My very own mittens

I was planning to ask someone to take pictures for me, with me modelling the mittens but as the light is gone very early in the day now and I have been at home with a sick 2 year old that wasn't an option for the impatient knitter.
They fit perfectly, the mittens were a bit wide, but I made them almost to short and then stretched them during wash and let them dry on the radiator and they came out perfectly. 

Pattern: "Vettlingar með skeljaprjóni" from  the book "vettlingabókin"
Yarn: Kambgarn (Istex)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Yarn in norway?? SOS

I have a endless list of questions regarding yarn in norway ;)My sister in law voluntered to buy some yarn for me, she lives in Drammen, any nice yarn stores there?  Or any nice websites that I can buy yarn that have fast shipping?   How long time does it take when ordering from Pickles? Do they have nice yarns?  Any knitting books that are must have,  it seems that I must buy strik til nøstebarn so many lovely patterns. But it is carried in one yarn store here, but always seems to be sold out. I do read norwegian and no problem with knitting patterns (another matter with writing, I just seem to write danish).
Any suggestions are welcome ;)

this post was a bit naked without a picture, so here is one of my knitting enthusiast (technically she´s holding a crochet needle, but she was knitting ;)

Monday, October 22, 2012


I´ve made some progress on the mittens from the book "Vettlingabókin"

They are though a little wide, liking them none the less....

Sunday, October 21, 2012


I´ve finished the test knit for tincanknits

I knitted the 0-6months size, but since my gauge was a bit off, I ended up by increasing the length of arms and boyd a bit so I ended up with 6-12 months size.  Can´t wait to use it next summer/fall, fortunately we do need wool clothes during the sommer/fall here in Iceland.

yarn: Mitu (Rauma)
pattern:  to be released, will let you know when it has been published, and my project page on Ravelry will be updated with a link to the pattern.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Traditional mittens

I bought the book "vettlingabókin" today, and I have already started on the mittens on the cover (on the left site).  The book includes patterns that are worked from old mittens in museums in Iceland (book is only in Icelandic)

The mitten pattern which I´m knitting,  was made by a women who lived in 1883-1966.  Many of the patterns in this book remind me of my great-grandmother, many look similar to the ones she knitted. I want to knit almost all of the mittens in this book.
 A few years ago it wouldn´t have bothered me either that there is no gauge mentioned in the pattern (Gauge seems not be that important to many icelandic knitters myself included ) The mittens I´m making seem to be a little wide for me, but I will finish them and then just see for future mittens how I can change the pattern... as it would then mean to decrase about 10 stitches witch is a lot don´t want to make to tight mittens.  It is not really an option for me to go to a smaller needle size... I´m already knitting on 2mm needles which are the smallest I own , I would at least need to buy smaller needels, not sure I want to do that... but that might be the choice in the end.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sock Virgin

I decided to challenge my self and knit my first pair of socks ever.  I knitted for my 2 year old, in Icelandic wool (léttlopi) and used the following pattern (in Icelandic) :

It is a big step for me, I conquered my fear of sock-knitting, if I had only known how simple it is!

The Icelandic wool is extremely warm, but it is a bit scratchy, my daughter doesn't mind so this will bring her warmt this winter. Suddenly all socks are to small for her... no wonder maybe since she used 19-20 last winter, but this fall she's wearing 23-24.

I will surely be more adventurous in my sock-knitting future, but for now I'm pleased to master this particular pattern.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Snowflake Test knit

I´m test knitting a lovely sweater in size 0-6 months (well... I was off gauge so the width is more like 6-12 months... need to be more thorough when swatching).

I'm really loving how it is taking shape, I´m using the Mitu (50% alpaca, 50% wool) for the first time. The deadline for this is in beginning of november.

I also made another misstake, should have blocked the lace before joining in the round.  I ordered buttons on ebay for another project that I have been planning, hoping that i can use it for this since buttons are so expensive here in Iceland. But I´m really loving the red on the gray.. thinking that red buttons would be lovely.

It´s a very quick knit when making such a small size.  I think I will have to do a matching sweater for my 2 year old.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bring her home baby blanket

Finally finished the never ending baby blanket... (ok only been 10 days since I bought the yarn.. but it felt like eternity)

Yarn: Istex Kambgarn
needles: 6mm