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we’re still waiting for snow and the temperature is annoyingly high, but december is just around the corner and it really is time to wear those woolies now. i’ve been knitting quite a lot, but i haven’t finished anything since my last pair of mittens. stefan is in desperate need for a new pair of mittens too, since the fair isle gloves i knitted for him five years ago (was it really five years ago? that’s crazy!) are very worn. not beyond repair, but i’ve mended them so many times by now i’m actually rather sick of them. more fun to knit a new pair. the sauage mittens are for him. he loves sausages, so i find these very suitable! the pattern is by spillyjane (ravelry link) and i bought it at her ravelry store. i’m using a lovely, tweedy yarn called shetland 4-ply from a company called harris tweed textiles, but it’s made by carloway mills on the isle of lewis. a bit confusing but it’s still a very nice yarn. i bought many years ago from my friend tove, who in turn had bought it online, i don’t know from where.

i’m making some modifications, adding thumb gusset, making them fingerless gloves with a top flap. for easy access to the display on stefans iphone, of course.

wurst mitten
mittens with thumb gusset and the beginning of fingers

i’ve also begun a new hart for myself. this project was initiated at my class at hv-skolan where we last time explored the knitting traditions from halland. the colours are very intense and i would never wear any of them seperately in any garment, but combining them like this i rather like it.

binge hat
traditional pattern from halland

the yarn is huldra, from hifa, a yarn from norway. it’s incredibly soft and nice to work with. but not soft in a “bad” way, not like merino, it still feels very wooly. just not as scratchy as the yarns i tend to use normally. i know i’ll use this yarn for many other projects. socks, perhaps? if one reinforces the heels and toes, it might work just fine. it certainly is fine enough.

i’ve also made some progress on my manu cardigan, i actually enjoy plain stocking stitch a lot. especially when working on other patterned projects at the same time, it’s good to have different things to alternate between. i can knit on my cardigan on the bus without having to check the pattern.

manu cardigan
manu cardigan

instead if the provisional cast on, i made a crocheted cast on. the garter stitch egde is very floppy and loose, and i wonder if i should have used a smaller size needle. i love the yarn, this was also bought from a friend, karin, who had purchased it from a yarn shop in stockholm which is now closed, gunga din. it’s a rather scratchy, plied wool yarn in a colour that is almost impossible to catch on camera. it looks different all the time, mainly depending on the light. it’s actually a warm heathery purple-pink, but it mostly looks like ground meat when photographed. or a much deeper and colder purple as in the photo above. anyway, i’ve heard that the yarn sold at gunga din was in fact from morjärv woolen mill (sadly closed now) but that the shop proprietor changed the labels on the yarn she sold… i don’t know if it’s true, but i’ve compared it with other morjäv yarns and similarity is striking.

i’m at home today, not because i’m ill or anything, but because i have a two-day vacation! what’s the occasion? we have a new family member! meet vincent!

Vincent!
vincent, our new family member

this wonderful little kitten moved in with us two days ago, and now i’m staying at home for two days (stefan will be at home the rest of the week) to make sure that he gets on alright and espacially to see how he and laban are getting on. there was some tension and hissing at first, but now they’re mostly curious. they haven’t played together yet, but i think they’re getting there.

he is of course named after tim burton’s stop motion animated character, vincent, who wants to be like vincent price.


tim burton’s vincent (1982)

by the way, if any of you haven’t noticed that november is wovember, i suggest you get informed right now! more about it here.

happy knitting!

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goodbye, old friend

you were born at midwinter 1995.

fritz
fritz keeping me company

you used to sleep on my pillow. when you were younger you draped yourself around my head lika a halo, when you got older you had your own pillow next to mine.

"never a moments peace"
fritz on one of his favourite spots

you always loved food and ate almost anything. the thing you loved best was smoked ham. but you did also like tuna, olives, avocado, kale and dry spaghetti.

hello
peeking

when you were younger i always had to carry you around for ten minutes whenever arrived home.

fritz & laban
two very good friends

you hated being by yourself and when you were five, laban moved in with us, and you two became really good friends.

my cuties
fritz and laban

apart from eating, you loved to sleep.

fritz sleeping
fritz sleeps in mysterious ways

you could be quite a hunter, though, once you caught a sparrow that had accidentally flewn into the apartment.

fritz
keeping lookout

you always kept us company, and liked to follow us around the apartment.

friend or foe?
fritz met totoro and the cat bus in the living room

you were an expert at sneaking onto my lap without me noticing, you were just there all of a sudden.

fritz resting on my knitting
this is the last photo i have of fritz

in the end, your kidneys gave up.

fritz
fritz on the living room table

you died on september 23 2011.

pondering
fritz on the kitchen table

we will always miss you, old friend.

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