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we’ve passed the solstice and the nights are getting shorter. vacation started at midwinter for me and we’ve spent the christmas out of town. the serious lack of snow in stockholm was depressing, but unfortunately the weather was mild in tällberg also. there was still some snow when we arrived though.

Gyllene Hornet i Tällberg
snow

and yarn!

ullcentrum yarn
wool from ullcentrum

these will turn into a pair of socks for me eventually. purchased at ängsdesign.

i received many lovely christmas presents, for instance a knitting book on sock knitting. the one with fair isle patterns was a pre-christmas present! both from stefan, of course.

new knitting books
new knitting books

we found a lovely shop and café called tällbergs leva & bobutik.

Leva & Bo i Tällberg
they served home made cakes

after a relaxing vacation with a lot of reading and knitting, we were supposed to take the train home, but the recent storm, dagmar, put a stop to that. we managed to get bus tickets instead. we had some spare time before departure from rättvik. naturally, i found a yarn shop!

Garncentrum in Rättvik
garncentrum in rättvik

i bought some more yarn from ullcentrum…

ullcentrum yarn
lace weight in black, gray and white

it’s new year’s eve tomorrow, i hope you all will have a lovely night and make sure that you do drink too much champagne – that’s what the new year celebration is all about isn’t it? i won’t though, champagne always make me really, really sick. just a glass or two will do. or perhaps three.

Happy New Year and Happy Knitting in 2012!

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bulky wristwarmers

i decided to knit one christmas gift this year. it was a quick and easy knit. quite satisfying!

Wristwarmers & Vincent
wristwarmers and vincent

pattern: my own
design: me!
yarn: 100 % wool, nanok from love garn
yarn source: gift from dear friend catrin
needles: 8 mm dpns
started: december 9 2011
finished: december 11 2011

Nanok yarn
beautiful colours

Vincent likes yarn
vincent is not exactly helpful when it comes to knitting

Wristwarmers
wooly warmers

happy knitting!

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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!

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mad about yarn

no it’s not just me, lots of creative people gathered at nordiska museet (the nordic museum) yesterday for a whole day dedicated to yarn, mad about yarn. there were knitting, i-cording, spinning, embroidery and bobbin lacing. the museum’s new textile curator, anna-karin jobs arnberg,  gave a tour of the textile gallery.

mushroom dyed yarn
mushroom dyed yarn

flax
flax

traditional embroidery
traditional embroidery from skåne

spinning
spinning flax

bobbin lace making
lace making

cording
hélène is demonstrating how to make an i-cord

hjälpskickan
ulrica from hjälpstickan was there

i was very impressed by all the knitted goodies people had donated to hjälpstickan, who organizes volunteer knitters who want to donate knitted tings to homeless people all over sweden. ulrica is the brains and the organizer behind the whole thing and also my class mate at hv-skolan!

nordiska museet also has a really nice café where i relaxed with my knitting and good company; marika and carin.

carin knitting
carin working those needles

happy knitting!

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on an impulse, i decided to try to finish this old thing instead of buying new yarn for a summer project. i started this cardigan in june 2005, so if i finish it soon, it will only have taken me six years! and i’m really looking forward to wearing it! does this mean that i am totally unaware of current fashion or that the design is timeless? i’m going with timeless design.

there was even a kal for this wrap/cardigan way back when that i joined with great enthusiasm. experience has since taught me not to join knit-a-longs since they are the kiss of death for my knitting projects. join a kal and loose all enthusiasm! don’t misunderstand me  – they’re great – but they don’t work for me.

anyway, i found a finished back, a finished right front and the beginnings of a left front in an old knitting bag and decided to give it another go. luckily, i’d scribbled all my project notes into the book, so it was easy just to pick it up where i’d left off. the tricky thing is always gauge of course, my gauge tend to change from day to day, but so far it looks ok.

lucky clover lace wrap
the colour is a bit off in this photo

i only have a few cm left on the second sleeve and a veeeery long neckband to knit and after that it’s time to block! my goal is to finish the whole thing by the end of the week. i have no idea if it will actually fit in the end. i guess we’ll see!

lucky clover lace wrap
i have more finished pieces that these now

i actually have a bunch of fo’s that i haven’t blogged, i’ll try to remedy that soon.

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saturday

the cats normally wake me up at around 8 o’clock on saturday mornings. after feeding them, i usually have a few hours to myself during which i knit and watch a movie. fritz likes to lie next to me on the sofa. this morning he used my ball of yarn as a pillow.

fritz och huvudkudden
fritz is resting his head on some visjö

after breakfast, we went to an antiques shop and bought a new (well, old, but new to us) lamp for the living room. after that we went to a neighbourhood café and had some coffe and toasted sandwiches. i brought my knitting, of course.

kaffe och stickning
coffee and knitting

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knitting for nephews

i’ve begun knitting for my nephews and i’m really excited about this! i’ve already finished a hat (bobble is still missing, but it will be completed shortly) and begun a pair of mittens. yesterday i realised that the mitten cuff was too narrow and had to rip it out, but i’ve started anew with larger needles.

mössa till hampus
cabled hat in visjö

more to come…

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