Archive for May, 2008

anything and everything can inspire creativity. i happened to visit linköping the other day and took some time to visit hemslöjden i östergötland and garnverket (they have a shop in stockholm, too). a new aquaintance from ravelry, ulrika, who lives in linköping was kind enough to giude me to these lovely nests of inspiration. i bought six hanks of yarn at hemslöjden. the yarn is visjö from östergötlands ullspinneri. it’s 100% wool, 2-ply (and i really mean that it’s plied with two strands of yarn!) and it is soft beyond belief.

visjö från östergötlands ullspinneri
visjö yarn from östergötlands ullspinneri

if i didn’t know better, i would say it feels as a mix of angora and the softest lambs wool. östergötlands ullspinneri only uses wool from swedish sheep and i would love to visit their mill sometime.

i didn’t just buy this yarn at random, i have a plan. one of my favoutite tv programmes is the british channel 4 production time team (if you don’t know it, follow the link to their official website). i studied archaeology in the middle of the 90’s and i have worked as an antiquarian at the national museum of antiquities in stockholm as well as at the national heritage board, also in stockholm. but i never got the opportunity to work as a field archaeologist. i regret this very much. i suppose that one of the reasons for my undying love for time team is that i, in a very unrealistic way, get to experience field archaeology. unrealistic because a normal excavation isn’t executed over a three day period and the resources they have for the program isn’t always available on a normal excavation. the other reason i love the show is the people that are in it. mick aston, who in general is in charge of the excavations on time team, almost always sports very colourfully striped handknitted jumpers. so, inspired by mick’s jumpers and as a hommage to time team, i will knit a striped jumper using my newly purchased yarn.

mick aston in stripey jumper no 1

Mick Aston
mick aston in stripey jumper no 2

music has always been important to me, and i like going to concerts and gigs. a few weeks back i saw alison krauss and robert plant at hovet in stockholm. they were touring with the music from their album raising sand.

alison krauss & robert plant på hovet
alison krauss and robert plant in stockholm

yesterday i experienced some zydeco madness with evil emil & the king kongo cobras on a joint gig with the old timey band rockridge brothers at stampen in stockholm.

evil emil & the king kongo kobras på stampen
evil emil & the king kongo cobras

rockridge brothers på stampen
rockridge brothers

i cannot say that either experience will result in a hand knitted garment, but i find it very inspirational to listen to people who love what they’re doing and doing what they love. it means that we can all do it if we put our minds to it and that we can find inspiration in anything and everything.

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yesterday i went to a vernissage at hv-skolan where my dear friend erika‘s degree project was on display. she has made a knitting kit consisting of a mitten pattern along with hand dyed yarn from a small spinning mill on the west coast of sweden. their production is small scale and ecological. erika had made the mitten design, of course (and i think she had dyed the yarn herself, too). there were many lovely things to see, everyone is so talented. i wish i had the time and means to take more craft courses. i would love to learn how to weave and do embroidery. anyway, here are some photos from yesterday:

outside hv-skolan
outiside hv-skolan

erika's degree project
erika’s degree project

erika's degree project
erika’s degree project

embroidered hoodie
hoodie with traditional embroidery

knickers with emboidery
knickers with embroidery

i went home very much inspired by everyone’s creativity. as soon as i got home i started working on the hemingway jumper again. stefan had to try it on and we decided that i should add a few centimetres to the length before starting on the sleeve steeks. i hope i’ll have the energy and inspiration to finish it soon, it has certaintly been a painstaking projects since i’ve had to rip it out so many times. but this time i think it will turn out just fine.

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