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gotland

the island of gotland, in the middle of the baltic sea, has a rich heritage of knitting patterns and traditions. it’s also an island that has special meaning to me having spent many summers there. my great grandfather came from gotland i still have distant relatives there. the island’s main town and municipal seat, visby, is often referred to as the city of roses and if you visit her in late spring and early summer you will understand why.

Gotland mittens
roses red

pattern: gotland from 100 landskapsvantar
design: birgit lindholm (the pattern, however, is very similar to a collected pattern from the rone parish on gotland)
yarn: wool, yarn and pattern was purchased as a kit
yarn source: ringmurens hemslöjd, visby, gotland (called gotlandsros in their web shop)
needles:
modifications: the cuffs are different from the original pattern
started: september 2011
finished: october 2011

Gotland mittens
red for roses, gren for ivy and grey for stone

Gotland mittens
wool on wool

Gotland mittens
grey on grey

happy knitting!

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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

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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!

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