Days are getting longer, the autumnal equinox was last week. And I can’t get enough of grey wool.

Lace cowl
Lace cowl

Pattern: Spetskrage (Lace cowl) from Varmt & stickat
Design: Erika Åberg
Yarn: 1-ply lace weight grey wool from the Jakobsdal woolen mill
Yarn source: Sätergläntan
Needles: 4,5 mm
Started: 11 July 2015
Finished: 6 August 2015
Modifications: I made it slightly shorter, only about 30 cm instead of 50 cm.

The designer is my talented friend Erika, who is an expert at finding the beauty in simple things.

The pattern is a simple and easy lace pattern repeat that is very easy to remember. After the first row you don’t need to look at the description, it’s pure knitting joy.

Lace cowl
Lace cowl

I’m working on a shawl in the same pattern and yarn. I need to wrap myself in grey wool.

I picked up the yarn at Sätergläntan many years ago. It’s a 1-ply lace weight yarn from the Jakobsdal spinning mill. I bought a huge cone without a plan. It’s now coming to good use. It has quite a lot of lanolin in it, and it smells like sheep. I love it. And I have lots of it. I don’t think the spinning mill is running any more.

Winter is coming (sorry – couldn’t help it)

I’m not one for knitting with cotton or other plant based materials. I see their benefits, but I find it hard to come to terms with how they feel in my hands.

I like wool. So I knit with wool. All year round. Since I am of the opinion that one can never have too many mittens, scarfs or hats, I’ve knit a knew hat. And a pair of mittens. I wanted something plain and useful (sounds boring, I know) that lets the fabric and the wool speak for itself. So even though the patterns are simple enough, I think the finished garments turned out quite pretty.


Pattern: Luva from Sticka mössor, vantar, sockor!
Design: Ann-Marie Nilsson
Yarn: Ullcentrum 2-trådigt. I think the coulourway is called “Gråmelerad”
Yarn source: I think it was a gift from mum
Needles: 2,75 mm
Started: 11 April 2015
Finished: 26 April 2015 (although I blocked it only a few weeks ago)
Modifications: Since the yarn I used is a bit thicker than the one recommended, I made it slightly smaller to fit my head. It is still fairly loose, but I hope that won’t be a problem in winter. My ears hurt when exposed to wind and cold air, so I really need hats that fit snugly around the ears.



After I finished this I wanted a pair of matching mittens.

Enkla herrvantar


As you can see from this photo, the colour of the yarn changes slightly so the mittens are not the exact same shade of grey.

Enkla herrvantar

Pattern: Enkla herrvantar from Varmt och stickat
Design: Eva Trotzig
Yarn: Ullcentrum 2-trådigt. I think the coulourway is called “Gråmelerad”
Yarn source: I think it was a gift from mum
Needles: 3 mm dpns
Started: 12 May 2015
Finished: 30 July 2015
Modifications: I didn’t care for the decreases in the pattern, so I just altered them to suit my taste. I also made them slightly smaller to accomodate my hands, since the pattern is written up to fit a man’s hands. Unfortunately, the pattern is not very well written, and even the easiest instructions are made confusing. I really can’t recommend it. I do like the detail around the wrists, though. There are many other well written patterns in the book, and I can whole-heartedly recommend the book as a whole.

So! New grey wolly things – I am prepared for winter…

Do I knit? You bet!

I read once that it’s bad netiquette to apologize for one’s blogging hiatus. So I won’t apologize, I will only assure you that I’m still here and I’m knitting with more fervour than I have in years. So much so, that I haven’t really given myself time to blog about it.

I have finished three things since you last heard from me, but I’ll tell you more about those in individual blog posts. Soon!

But I also have quite a few things on the needles right now, projects both new and old. I’m working on a lovely lace shawl that I hope to finish in time for me to wear at a party in June. I’m also working on a pair of mittens to accompany a recently finished hat (more about that in an upcoming post). I’ve practically fished the red cardigan I’ve been working on since 2012, all the knitting and blocking is done, all I have left to do is to put the pieces together. I’ve also finished one sock. Don’t worry, I will complete the pair, but so many other things (and yarns!) have caught my attention recently.

Here are some pictures:

Ene's scarf

Gråa vantar


I seem to be finding inspiration in so many things right now. I’m constantly finding new and inspiring knitters online that can’t stop myself from following on Instagram and Ravelry. I’ve bought some new knitting books that make me want to create, create! I’m also attending a sewing class and I’m currently working on a summer dress. Sewing! I want to sew dresses! A whole bunch of them! Even though I am an Autumn/Winter person, I’m absolutely in love with spring right now. I don’t want it to end, I’m not yet ready for summer! But in that same moment I long for summer, walking barefoot in the grass, cotton dresses, neverending daylight and misty mornings.

One of my favourite knitters and designers right now is Viffla. She has knit an amazing number of lovely cardigans, and designed a few as well. She has such a natural style and confidence in everything she does and it inspires me tremendously.

I also find great inspiration in one of my dear friends, Erika, whom you can find at her blog and her web page (both in Swedish). Her creations, photos and stories about her life on the island Gotland always inspires me in so many ways.

I hope that you also feel inspired and that you have the time create all those things you long for.

Fisherman’s mittens

Some things take a long time to complete. Perhaps the satisfaction of finishing them is greater that the quick projects? Or is it a feeling of relief? A little of both, I suppose.

Janna wearing the Fisherman's mittens

This pair of mittens have been on the needles since November 2008. I really like them, but they turned out too narrow for my hands, so I gave them to my dear friend J. I managed to convince her to pose with them for me!

Janna and the Fisherman's mittens

Pattern: Fisherman’s mittens from Knitting Fair Isle Mittens and Gloves
Design: Unknown
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Alpaca. Used double through out.
Needles: 2,5 mm dpns
Started: 3 November 2008
Finished: 22 January 2015
Modifications: I think that my decreases are a bit different from the pattern, I tried to duplicate the first mitten when completing the second.

Fisherman's mittens

Fisherman's Mittens

Fisherman's Mittens

The photos above were taken on January 28th, when we still had snow. Spring is on the way, and the snow has melted, but it’s been quite cold so far and I still use mittens everyday.

Probably stupid

When I was new to knitting and discovered the internet knitting community, back in 2004-2005, I loved the idea of knitting challenges. Knit-a-longs, sock challenges, knitting-in-particular-colour-challenges, thematic blogging regarding knitting and whatnot. I gradually discovered that I was totally rubbish at it. Whenever I set myself to one of these, I got bored with it rather quickly and just dropped the whole thing. Just to pick up another challenge.

Keeping this character trait in mind, I’ve always loved the idea of presenting my family and friends with thoughtful and lovely knitted gifts for Christmas. I only ever did it once, and not even for everyone, and that was back in 2005, I think. I still think it’s a wonderful idea, but with a little sadness, because I will never accomplish it. Or will I?

Me and my husband spent last Christmas (2014) in New York City with a bunch of friends and had an abolutely lovely time! When I came home, though, I felt a bit robbed of Christmas. Despite all the Christmas decorations, wonderful food and even the Christmas Spectacular at the Radio City Music Hall, I lacked the Christmas feeling. So, what? You might ask. How old are you? Do you really need that Christmas feeling? The thing is, I do.

I’ve always loved Christmas. Not because of the origins of it, I’m not a christian, but because what it has come to mean for me. For as long as I can remember, Christmas has meant not just gifts and decorations and certain types of food, but that time and space itself was altered. Transformed. Become otherworldly. It’s difficult to describe. It’s a feeling. Something I perceive. And it’s impossible for me to experience that when I’m not at home.

So. No more going away during Christmas. We’ve done it a few times now, but I’ve finally realised that I don’t want to do it anymore. I need to stay at home and prepare. And be there when it happens.

Now that I’ve realised this, I want to do everything I can to make the most of it. One thing might be to finally give my family and loved ones the things I want to give them.

This will of course take up a lot of my time and require a lot of dedication and determination. I know I have dedication and determination, but only when it comes to things that I find meaningful. Knitting a ton of things to meet a deadline might not be one of them, but I’m going to give it a try. In fact, I’ve alreday started! A simple, but elegant shawl in a very nice wool yarn I bought in Estonia a few years ago. And it’s almost finished, even…

Trekantssjal med spetskant

To be continued…


I’ve been afflicted with a string of bad colds this winter. It started in November and I think this is the fifth installment of The Cold That Will Not Give In. I visited my GP yesterday and there was blood drawn and snot sampled, which  hopefully will tell me if I need antibiotics or if my body is lacking in any other way (iron, or what have you).

Anyway, I felt better today, and the spring-like weather encouraged me to venture outdoors. I went for a short walk to Vasaparken, a nearby park, where children were frollicing on the ice (with skates on) and riding toboggans down the small slope. I was not just a little bit envious…


The miniature golf course was still covered with snow.

Snowcovered miniature golf course

When I got back, I treated myself to a snack. Finncrisp (one of my favourite crisp breads) with cheese from Väddö farm dairy (this particular cheese is called Fogdö is flavoured with fenugreek) and my favourite ginger beer.

Afternoon snack

I think the fresh air did me good, I feel a lot better now (probably in combination with medications and vitamins) and I’ll probably go back to work tomorrow.

Trekantssjal med spetskant

But for now, I’ll get back to my knitting, which I will tell you more about next time…

Sheep heid

I’m very happy with this lovely fair isle tam. The design is by Kate Davies, one of my favourite knitwear designers. This is the first project by her design I have completed, but I love her stuff and I want to knit almost everything by her!

Sheep heid

Pattern: Sheep Heid from Kate Davies Design
Design: Kate Davies
Yarn: Jamieson & Smith Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight
Yarn source: Jamieson & Smith (Shetland Wool Brokers)
Needles: 2,75 mm and 3 mm, circular and dpns
Started: 22 September 2014
Finished: 18 January 2015
Modifications: None

Sheep heid

I’ve had the yarn in my stash for quite some time. Emmy and I bought a kit from Jamieson & Smith together and split the yarn between us, since one skein of each shade is more than enough for two tams. Emmy finished hers a long time ago! I’m a bit slower…

I think it turned out quite well, and I really do enjoy fair isle knitting. The pattern was easy to follow and the instructions clear.

Sheep heid

The yarn is a little scratchier than I expected, even after washing and blocking. But it doesn’t bother me that much, I’m not very sensitive. What I really love about the Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight is that none of the shades are dyed. They’re all the natural shades of the fleeces of the shetland sheep. And there are nine different shades in this tam. Beautiful.

The snow is all but gone now, very sad indeed. I hope winter will return before it’s time for spring.

Happy knitting!

Warm hands

Right after I posted yesterday’s blog post, I spent some time on Ravelry (which I haven’t done in a while). I will always find inspiration there. It didn’t take long for me to find something new to knit.

Even though I’m already working on two pairs of mittens (one of which I begun in 2008…) I decided to cast on for another pair. I already had the pattern, and after some searching through the stash, I found the right yarn. I can’t help but feel a bit satisfied when I can begin a whole new project without spending any money. Naturally I bought the pattern book at one time, and the yarn, but I’ve already used the book several times before and all the different yarns came from my box of left over odds and ends (with one exception), so it really feels like this pair of mittens are practically free. And I like the idea of “make do” instead of always buying new things.

So right now I’m working on three pairs of mittens.


I cast on last night, and I’ve been knitting all morning. The pattern is “Cross & Crown” from Knitting Fair Isle Mittens and Gloves by Carol Rasmussen Noble. They’re actually fingerless gloves. Normally, I always add a thumb wedge if there isn’t one, but in this case I didn’t think it would look right, so I’m sticking with the pattern. Although I will place my thumb higher up, since the original placement wouldn’t fit me.

Vantar stickas

Here they are together with the other mittens I’m working on. The striped ones are only missing one thumb, so I’ll probably finish those pretty soon. The pattern is from the same book as above. They’re the ones I begun in 2008.

The one with the lozenge pattern is from a very nice book called Varmt & Stickat. It’s only available in Swedish and Finnish, as far as I know.

I wonder which pair I’ll finish first?

That is all.


Well, Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve had a lovely holiday! I’m still on vacation and won’t be back at work until next week, so I’m hoping that these last days of the yuletide holidays will include a lot of knitting.

Although you wouldn’t know from reading this blog, I do knit quite a lot. But I don’t finish quite as much. Here’s one thing though: a scarf for Stefan! He had asked me to finish it before we left for New York to spend Christmas there, and I finished it on time. Here he is with his new scarf on the High Line!

Pavement 9

Pattern: Pavement from Brooklyn Tweed
Design: Jared Flood
Yarn: Pure Shetland Wool from Wiltshire
Yarn source: Wool in Bath
Needles: 4,5 mm
Started: 1 October 2014
Finished: 14 December 2014
Modifications: No mods, but it turned out a lot longer than I had intended, since it grew a lot during blocking.

It’s the same yarn as in my Linnae Pullover and I really enjoy knitting with it. It’s soft (but not too soft) and springy. I bought it in Bath a couple of years ago and I still have two or three hanks left.

Pavement 4

I didn’t manage to take any decent photos when I finished it, and now it’s been worn a lot and is a bit crumpled up. Perhaps the only bad thing about this yarn is that does have a tendency to form bobbles.

Pavement 3

I really like the stitch pattern although it was a bit dull to knit in the end. Not much variation. But it was worth it!

Right now I’m working on a few old projects that I would like to finish. Haven’t started anyhting new, but I’m really eager to. I don’t know what yet. Something to keep me warm through the rest of the winter.

It’s snowing.


Finishing the Coraline gloves was very encouraging, so I wanted another quick fix. I browsed my old Rowan magazines and decided upon a simple hat with stripes and a bobble.

I went through my stash and found some Rowan DK Soft I once found in the the sale bin at a LYS. Not the type of yarn I would go for these days, but nice enough. I had some left over Rowan Kidsilk Haze in a lovely petrol blue shade that went really well with the DK Soft, et voilá! A hat!

Bobble hat

Bobble hat

Pattern: Bobble from Rowan no 34
Design: Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: Rowan DK Soft & Rowan Kidsilk Haze (used double)
Yarn source: Wincent
Needles: 3 mm & 3,75 mm circulars
Started: 17 August 2014
Finished: 26 Augusti 2014
Modifications: Knitted circular instead of flat

Bobble hat

I feel like knitting more hats now, we’ll see what’s up next.