Purling & cursing

 

I learned to purl the way we learn to purl in Sweden. It’s not something I ever thought about, but I’ve always had a strong dislike for purling and I’ve avoided knitting flat to avoid having to purl too much.

Then I started noticing different purling techniques. First my friend Sara turned out to have her very own purl stitches. Nothing strange about that as long as it works for her.

The other week at my knitting group, Viffla/Linnéa showed me how she purls when she knits flat. I was very confused and this confusion stayed with me until I decided to look it up. It turns out I’ve been purling ”wrong” all the time! Who would have thought.

purling

Not that there’s actually a wrong and a right purling method, but some of them are certainly more convenient for knitting flat.

The method I’ve learned is the one called combined purling method by Knittinghelp.com. It works well with ribbing because the purl stitches on the right side gets twisted and you get a more stretchy fabric. However, it’s very inconvenient as the stitches are turned the opposite way when you try to knit back which means you have to knit through the back loop to avoid twisted stitches.

The easy way is instead to purl this way, which turns the purl stitches right from the beginning and knitting back is much quicker. Another one of the knitting group members, a famously fast knitter, discussed this on Instagram and didn’t think this would make her any faster, but for me who have been dreading purl stitches and avoiding knitting flat this might prove extremely useful!

Violets are blue…

Except this time they’re white on a purple base.

Just finished my most recent pattern for a yoke sweater. It’s called Sweet Violet and is knit in Ullcentrum‘s 2-ply yarn. The colorway is lavender on grey for the body and sleeves and the yoke is knit in a variegated purple yarn called ljung (ie. heather) plus a white pattern.

The variegated yarn is a little tricky, as the sweater is knit from double 2-ply. It means you need to find a skein where the color changes match reasonably well. If you’re not lucky to get one that’s perfect, you can always take off some yarn and/or ”move” some yarn.

The pattern is found here.

Easter egg hunt

Yesterday our club at the stable had its yearly Easter egg hunt. This is not just a regular Easter egg hunt, it’s a hunt with a story. It’s usually the Easter rabbit that’s done something mischievous to the stable tomte. Last year the rabbit stole the tomte’s mittens and this year it was a hat. This hat had, as it happens, been a bespoke hat ordered from me – the purple hat Purpur.

So the stable tomte sent a request to the kids in the stable to go look for the hat for him, and yesterday the Easter rabbit had given us a clue on where to look. So the kids went out.

Out in the forest there were several more clues, in the shape of little bunnies and chickens that also happened to have been made in my home.

After a nice walk in the sun and a proper search, one of the girls found a giant Easter egg under a tree! It contained the hat, which the stable tomte graciously let her keep! And as a reward, the Easter bunny sent us on another little search to find a second Easter egg.

One last clue: the second Easter egg is hidden somewhere in the forest. There’s no choice but to look for it.

Love brought home the bacon! Everyone got as much sweets as they could handle. :)

Here’s a closer look at one of the little bunnies. :)

Something new

Ok, so it was time for a change. My old website was getting increasingly annoying to update and I felt the need to start blogging a little again. So here’s my new combined web portfolio and blog!

I’ve been pretty productive with my knitting lately and produced several new patterns. I’ve added them all to the store with links to their Ravelry pages.

The photography part of my micro business is more inactive at the moment. I’ve had some requests but I haven’t had too much time for assignments the past year. I’m happy to use it as a tool for my textile business instead though.

Anyway, as I’ve now properly uploaded the main material needed for my website to run, I now officially have a new website! Feel free check out my patterns and to comment.