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you know that lovely hat by kate davies i mentioned a few weeks ago? well, i bought the pattern at once, but didn’t get around to buying the yarn. emmy, a blog and ravelry friend had also fallen for the pattern and had ordered the yarn almost immediately from jamieson & smith. she had a brilliant idea – since the pattern require all nine natural shades of shetland wool, and only very little of each, we could share the yarn! hooray for wonderful ravelry friends!

jamieson & smith delivered very quickly, and emmy wound off half of each ball and sent it to me – oh joy!

small parcel of goodies
a parcel of goodies

natural shades of shetland yarn
lovely, lovely natural wooly shades

happy knitting!

placed cable aran

this jumper is not only a jumper. it’s the essence of what i consider a cosy, warm and soft autumn jumper to be.

placed cable aran
autumn colours

pattern: placed cable aran from interweave knits, fall 2007
design: cathy payson
yarn: rittenhouse from manos del uruguay
yarn source: purl, new york
needles: i’ve forgotten to write it down, but i think i used 5,5 mm and 6 mm
modifications: lots! details below
started: september 2010
finished: march 2011

this was supposed to be my autumn 2010 jumper, but finished it this spring. didn’t feel right to blog it until now.

placed cable aran
cabled sleeves

about the mods: i knitted it in the round up to the sleeve openings, then back and forth, but using a smaller sized needle on wrong side rows to avoid a change in tension. then i picked up stitches aroung the sleeve openings and knit the sleeves top down. i didn’t like the sleeve ribbings, and added the same cables onto the sleeves as well. this wasn’t my idea originally, i’d seen someone doing it on ravelry (sorry, can’t rememeber who now – if it’s you, let me know!) and really liked the idea. i didn’t like the rolled edge at the bottom and made a folded edge instead. added the same edge to the sleeves.

placed cable aran
i need to cut my fringe

the yarn is very soft, but only a little wear creates a lot of little bobbles. it really is a house jumper, so it’s ok, but i normally don’t like yarn that behaves like this. i’m absolutely smitten with the colour, though! very autumnal. and we all know what i think about that, right?

placed cable aran
cables are the same on the back

despite the yarn bobbles, i’m very happy with this jumper and i wear it a lot. i should have made the top part of the sleeves slightly narrower, but other than that, it’s great!

happy knitting!

i caved

i’m also making little chirping bird noises now. here.

autumn

the very best season of all.

apples
a friend gave me a whole box of apples from her garden

peeled apples
peeled apples

making chutney
apples, onions, sultanas, ginger and spices

knitting mittens
i’m knitting mittens while everything…

chutney
…cooks for quite a long time

apple chutney
now i have a lot of apple chutney!

log fire
and the first log fire of the season

log cabin socks

some things take a long time to finish. like the green cotton cardigan i finished this summer, for instance. these socks weren’t on the needles quite as long as the cardi, but still, it took me about three and a half years to finish them. sometimes it takes me a while to blog stuff too. more than seven months, actually. anyway, here they are!

log cabin socks
log cabin socks

pattern: log cabin socks from handknit holidays
design: anne woodbury
yarn: ragsokgarn from løve garn
yarn source: nysta
needles: 3,75 mm dpns
modifications: none
started: october 2007
finished: march 2011

log cabin sock - no1
details

i kind of like them, the pattern is very beautiful. the yarn is ok, but not a favourite. all together acceptable indoor socks.

happy knitting!

kate has done it again!

i want to knit everything this woman designs! she has just released a brand new pattern, sheep heid, a hat with sheep on! what can be more wonderful for us sheep and wool enthusiasts? i have bought a few of her patterns, but i have yet to knit up any of them.

i really love her designs, and she also has a great blog and takes fab photos, if you haven’t encountered her yet, get over there right now!

you will, most likely, soon see me walking around town with sheep on my head. literally.

preparing

according to smhi (swedish meteorological and hydrological institute) autumn normally arrives in the stockholm area on october first (the meteorological definition of autumn is when the average temperature during one day and night is below 10 degrees celsius). this year, it was late and only arrived yesterday. a few weeks ago, i thought it a good idea to prepare.

Gotland mittens
new mittens in progress!

my dear husband bought me a yarn and pattern kit last spring when he visited visby on gotland.

what better way to celebrate the arrival of autumn than with a new pair of mittens! i’ve finished one so far, and i hope to complete the pair this upcoming week. i really will need them, there really has been quite a significant drop in temperature the last couple of days.

Knitting kit
mitten kit

happy knitting!