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cecily

this is actually my first 2011 fo, but i haven’t gotten around to taking some decent photos of it until now. it’s a very simple scarf in a knit and purl pattern in grey wool that i traded with a ravelry friend from riga. the pattern is inspired by a film from 1985, the shooting party, starring, amongst others, james mason and john gielgud. the story takes place in the english countryside in 1913 and one of the main characters, cecily, has a long grey knitted scarf that inspired me to knit a similar one.

cecily scarf
cecily scarf in grey wool

pattern: inspired by a scarf in the film the shooting party
design: me
yarn: sia limbažu tīne, used some left over hifa 2 ullgarn for the fringe
yarn source: traded with a ravelry friend in riga
needles: 3 mm
started: august 2010
finished: january 2011

cecily scarf
another grey scarf

happy knitting!

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the darkness

winter in sweden means few hours of daylight. i really don’t mind it at all, except that this makes me a poor blogger. there are simply not enought opportunities for me to take photographs of knitting related things. and i don’t like posting without pictures. i’ve actually already finished cecily but haven’t been able to properly document it the way i want to. i did manage to take one photo last week after i blocked it, but it’s just a photo to show you the stitch details:

cecily halsduk detalj
detail of the cecily scarf

i have also cast on for a new hat, selbu modern by kate gagnon osborn, in two lovely colours, dark red and turqoise, but i don’t have any photos to show you. yet. two of my sweet nephews have put in an order for some hand knitting goods; two pairs of mittens and one hat! I feel really excited about this. and honoured! i mean, they’re 15 years old and they want their aunt to knit for them! i will of course cast aside all other knitting projects and begin theirs immediately!  i already have most of the yarn for their projects, but i did need to make one addition:

visjö från östergötlands ullspinneri
red visjö wool

i went to anntorps väv during my lunch break to buy some red visjö. i also managed to take a photo of it at the same time. in daylight!

well, that’s all i have for you right now. happy knitting!

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lately my mind has been occupied by thoughs on aran, guernsey and fair isle knitting. i came to the conclusion that i don’t have enough knitting books on the subject. but that was easy to remedy and now i have enhanced my knitting library with these lovely tomes:

new knitting books
newest additions

you remember what i said about finishing one project and how that can lead to starting new ones? well, i did start one new, but i wasn’t very happy with the preliminary result (below)…

an attempt
lovely yarn…

decreases
…but the decreases are ugly!

…so i frogged it. being careful not to repeat a previous mistake, i washed and stretched the yarn after ripping and now it’s as good as new!

i’ve left it alone for now, i need to ponder for a bit before i decide what to do with it next. try the same pattern, but differently? try another pattern? we’ll see, i’ll get back to you on that. what i have done, though, is revived two old projects! the first is the gosford park slipover. i’m knitting it in the round, with steeks, and i’ve actually made quite a lot of progress on it! i hope it will turn out nice, the yarn is lovely to knit with and i’m growing more and more fond of that beautiful heathery colour.

slipover
gosford park slipover

the other project is a pair of socks that i begun ages ago. it’s the gentleman’s lozenge socks by nancy bush published in knitting vintage socks. i’d used 2 mm needles and although the yarn is lovely at the tension that gives, the socks actually turnes out to be too tight. so i frogged the one i had started and re-cast on with 2,5 mm dpns instead. i didn’t wash and stretch the yarn, but i’m fairly confident it will be alright, it’s only socks anyway.

sock
starting over on the lozenge socks

my cecily scarf is also coming along, i bring it with me wherever i go and whenever i have a few minutes to spare, i work a few rows.

happy knitting!

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wooly comfort

first, i want to say thank you for all the nice comments about my argyll vest and the striped scarf! you are all so sweet! thank you, thank you, ever so much!

after completing two wooly (and alpaca-y?) and warm projects, i really felt like starting… another one! autumn is indeed the season of grey scarves, and as if i don’t have enough of them (is that even possible?), i’ve cast on for another one.

my cecily scarf
grey wool, is there anything more wonderful?

the inspiration for this one is a scarf worn by the character cecily in the shooting party (1985).

grey scarf
cecily on the left

this is a very simple knit and purl pattern and i’m using a hank of lovely, lovely, yarn that i’ve traded with a fellow knitter at ravelry (how could i possibly live without ravelry?) i had an odd ball of rowan felted tweed left over from my helga jumper that a girl from riga was interested in, so i suggested we’d do a swap! i sent her my ball of felted tweed and she sent me a hank of lovely latvian wool. i really, really like this yarn so i might end up needing more of it… i hope there will be enough for the scarf, though, since it’s fairly narrow and there’s about 350 metres on the hank.

some more screen shots:

grey scarf
another screen shot of the scarf

grey scarf
and here’s another one

grey scarf
it’s a fairly long scarf

i must always have an easy project with me wherever i go if the opportunity to knit arrives. the other day i had some lunch on a bench in the park and afterwards i knitted for a bit whilst listening to the pillars of the earth (downloaded from audible to my ipod).

dumplings
dumplings for lunch

grey scarf
and then some knitting in the sun

happy knitting!

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