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i wasn’t convinced that intarsia knitting was my thing. the stitches became uneven on both sides of the colour change. i consulted several knitting books to try to remedy the ugly stitches, but none of them mentioned this problem. i resolved to just make sure all strands of yarn were very tight at the colour change, and now it actually looks pretty good. i might consider using this technique again, if i’m sufficiantly motivated by a good pattern, but all in all, i prefer fair isle colourwork to intarsia any day of the week.

argyl
argyll vest

but the vest is coming along, i’m about to start the under arm decreases on the front (back is already finished, plain stocking stitch with no colour work), but became distracted (how unusual!) while surfing ravelry. i was reading the ankh-morpork knitters guild forum and happened upon someone mentioning working on their bsj. now, bsj in the knitting universe usually refers to the baby surprise jacket by elizabeth zimmerman, but when you’re in a forum dedicated to the brilliant works of sir terry pratchett bsj obviously refers to bergholt stuttley johnson a.k.a. bloody stupid johnson and in this particular case; a pattern for a hat inspired by said person and published in the 2007 winter edition of knitty. being a longtime fan of sir terry, how could i resist knitting a hat inspired by one of his discworld charachters? and it’s a very nice hat too! i did have some problems interpreteing the pattern at first, but now i’ve gotten the hang of it, and it’s coming along just fine.

bloody stupid johnson hat
bloody stupid johnson hat

luckily i had a nice brown alpaca yarn in my stash already, which i bought a few years ago at la droguerie in paris, so was able to cast on as soon as i got home from work on friday. i’m using the yarn double throughout.

in just a few days, it’s once again time for the olympics! yes, there will be skiing, skating, bobsleighing and… knitting, of course! that’s right! it’s time for the knitting olympics! i’ve signed up for team sweden on ravelry, and i’ve decided to compete in the mittens moguls event which means that i will be knitting a pair of mittens! it’s been a while since a made any mittens, so i figured it’s about time i knit a new pair. i will cast on on february 12th and  need to finish before the vancouver olympics close on the 28th. i’ll let you know more about my mittens later this week.

well, that’s all for now! happy knitting!

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winter wonderland

i’ve had an almost computer-free holiday – lovely! but now work has started again, and i look forward to do some blogging again. i’ve had a wonderful christmas holiday, the best one in years. and we’ve had the most glorious winter weather, also the best in years! lots of snow and very cold, the temperature has been below freezing for weeks, here in stockholm we’ve had between -20 and -10 almost the whole of his period. absolutely glorious!

just in time for this cold weather finished a cowl, that i’ve been using daily since, it’s been very useful!

me at skansen
cosy cowl

patter: my own
design: me
yarn: erstorpsgarn (discontinued)
yarn source: craftshop at fjäderholmarna
needles: 7 mm circular

the photo above was taken at skansen during their annual christmas market on december 5th 2009. the snow hadn’t arrived yet then, but it did soon after. it’s been so cold lately that i’ve combined the new cown with my old birch shawl:

winter!
my knitting protects me from the cold

I’ve made quite a lot of progress on the argyll slipover, the back is finished, and i’ve knitted about 15 cm on the front. the intarsia part was a bit fiddly at first, and i wasn’t altogether pleased with how it came out. it looks much better now though. and any unevenness will probably be sorted out in the blocking process. i started out using plastic tool for my bobbins, but they just made it even more fiddly and they mad everyhting a tangly mess.

intarsia knitting is fiddly
total mess

so i chucked the bobbin thingies and just wound the yarn into bobbins instead. they still do get a bit tangled, but it’s not as bad as before.

i’ve started a new rather big project also, but i’ll tell you about that later. i’ll leave you with some photos of my christmas holiday:

frost
frost

stjärna
star

frozen apples
sugar frozen apples

happy new year!
happy new year!

happy knitting!

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