My sister’s wedding

The past year has been as busy as ever, and my website has not been my main priority. Fortunately, I’ve been more productive on the knitting side and I’ve now added my new patterns to the store.

This past August, my little sister Erika and her Simon got married. Not only was I their wedding photographer, I also provided them with their ride – my ponies! It was a beautiful wedding, with lots of laughter and love.

Here is a selection of the wedding photos.

Annonser

Instructions

Here are some useful techniques in case you need to look them up when knitting my patterns.

Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off

Right-leaning invisible increase (rlinc)/högerlutande ökning (hlök): http://kh.to/Ln

Left-leaning invisible increase (llinc)/vänsterlutande ökning (vlök): http://kh.to/AV

Knit 2 together (k2tog):

Slip slip knit (ssk)/Lyft lyft sticka (LLS):

Yarn over (yo)/Omslag (omsl):

Knit 3 together (k3tog)/3 tillsammans (3tills):

Centered double decrease (sl2k1psso)/Centrerad dubbelminskning (cdm):

Knit through back loop (ktbl)/Rät maska genom bakre maskbågen:

Slip 1 with yarn in front (sl1wyif)/Lyft 1 med garnet framför (l1gf):

Knitted cast-on (casting on stitches in the middle of the work)

I-cord bind-off

German twisted cast-on

German short-rows/German wrap

Invisible provisional cast-on

Lace obsession – Carmellia pattern available

I’m officially obsessed with shawls. However unlikely it seems, considering I don’t really wear shawls and that I’m left-handed and had a proper hassle before I figured out how to deal with charts, I now can’t think about anything else knitwise right now. I knit my first lace shawl in May, and now I’ve created my first own lace shawl pattern. :)

Here’s Carmellia, a triangular (but slightly crescent shaped) lace shawl inspired by the leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). It’s available in two different sizes, the large one (the green version) and a slightly smaller one (the white version). It’s knit on 4 mm needles and in Ullcentrum‘s 2-ply. The large version uses <300 g (212 g in my shawl, up to 280 g in other yarns have been reported by the test knitters), the smaller <200g (130 g in my shawl).

The pattern is available on Ravelry and Etsy.

Yarn buttons

When I made my Oh-land pattern and knit the sample sweaters, I couldn’t decide on any suitable buttons. I ended up trying a couple of different yarn button/covered button techniques, but I wasn’t really happy with any of them.

Here are some examples of different techniques:
Covered buttons
Dorset buttons/Blandford cartwheel (the first half is how I make my foundation)
Crochet buttons
Checkerboard buttons (these are the second part of how I make mine)

On the next sweater, I decided to morph of couple of different buttons into one. I was and am pretty happy with how they’ve turned out, and I’ve had requests on how I make them so I’ll try to give you some instructions.

Here is what they look like when they’re done, first of all. I recently made a mini version of Oh-land, as a gift for my previous supervisor at work who just had a baby, and used these buttons on it.

Here’s a previous version.

The base of the buttons is a ring, covered by blanket stitch (the same base as for the Dorset button). The ring is a plain small curtain ring of about 18 mm across – if you’re in Sweden or some other European countries, it’s available at Panduro, direct link to the Swedish rings here.

1. Cut off a piece of yarn, about 2 m/2 yds or so. Use a reasonably thin tapestry needle and cover the ring with blanket stitch like this:

2. When you’ve covered about 2/3 of the ring, place your short tail along the ring and continue with blanket stitch over the tail so that you fasten it. Push/slide back the stitches a few times so that the ring is covered tightly.

3. When the ring is completely covered, cut off the short tail close to the ring (leave the long thread!) and push the outer seam to the back/middle of the ring.

4. Wrap the long thread around the ring an even number of times. The wraps tend to slide off the ring if you make too many, so it might be worth wrapping it only 6 times and then ”fill up” the wraps later. Fasten slightly at the back.

5. Turn the ring 90° and start weaving the thread through the wraps – first 3 times over the first 3 wraps and under the remaining 3, and then the other way around to make a checkerboard.

6. Fasten the thread at the back between the weaving rounds if you want, to avoid the thread sliding off the ring. The back doesn’t have to look good!

7. Continue weaving in both directions until you have 10 wraps (or more if it’s a large button and a thin yarn) across the ring in either directions.

8. Fasten the thread well on the backside and make sure the wraps can’t slide off the ring too easily. Then sew it onto the garment and make more buttons!

Thingvellir – new pattern!

A while ago, I asked people in my knitting group if anyone would like to test knit patterns for me. Several people kindly offered, and I provided them with Icelandic lopi yarn of different weights. One of the girls in the group, Maria, who was first to jump on the train, recently finished her sweater and I released the pattern last weekend.

The sweater is called Thingvellir, or rather Þingvellir, and is named after the Icelandic national park with the same name where the American and the Eurasian tectonic plates meet and you can walk literally between two continents. The sweater features a celtic-ish eternal spiral and other spirals. It is knit from létt-lopi, the 2-ply Icelandic yarn and the suggested colorway is in beige and brown sort of earthy colors.

The pattern is available on Ravelry.

Stockholm Night Knitters

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A while back, I was looking around for some good knitting groups in Stockholm, but all I could find seemed to have mostly 70+ ladies or were not active at all. Then I stumbled across a post by Sweaterspotter/Anna Malz on Instagram, she had just been visiting Stockholm and had spent a night with Stockholm Night Knitters. I was beyond excitement when I realised there was a group that met after work hours and seemed to not just consist of old ladies. Unfortunately the group only met every 3 weeks at that point (now every 2 weeks) so I anxiously had to wait for 3 weeks until I could join them. But it was worth the wait, because this is a group of such amazing and sweet people that I’m really grateful to have met.

The group is rather young for a knitting group, the age range is between 19 and probably 55+ with the occasional lady above that (ok, I suck at determining people’s age), but with an average age of about 35. It’s a very mixed group as well, and that’s what’s so great with knitting in general – all kinds of people showing up to knit together without prejudice and everyone includes each other. I’ve had a rough period for a while, and this group has been a waterhole for me when I didn’t feel like getting out the door at all.

Some people in the group are more or less knitting pros or designers, some have just started out with their knitting life and have a crazy learning curve where you can see them develop from week to week. Some only knit shawls, others make intricate Shetland/Fair Isle colorwork or anything in between. Some do the occasional crochet or needle binding. A few times it’s turned out that half of the group have been knitting from the same pattern – one mitten pattern in particular where the group showcased about 6-7 different versions in all different colors.

The group has been in place for about a year and a half, and sometimes there are only a few people. But the past few months since the rumour has been spreading, there have been so many people that we didn’t even fit around our regular table (which means about 30ish people over the course of the night).

The group meets every second Thursday (odd weeks) at Espresso House in the basement of Konserthuset by Hötorget, and although the official time is 7pm/19.00 there are pretty much always someone there from 5pm/17.00. Usually there are people there until 9.30ish/21.30 but people come and go and some just stay for an hour or so.

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.