Leftover stripes

Well, my annual Christmas cold has arrived. As if on cue. I do hope I’ll be well enough for the Christmas party we’re invited to on Saturday.

The cats are of course happy I’m at home with them. They’re both asleep next to me on the sofa.

Luckily, I don’t have much of a fever, just a sore throat and a pretty bad cough, which means I can stay out of bed and knit!

I’m working on the striped collar/cowl “Söderängskrage” designed by my dear friend Erika Åberg. You can find the pattern in Varmt & Stickat, which was published earlier this autumn.

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I’m mostly using leftover yarn from Stefan’s Argyll Vest and some other odds and ends.

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Striped mittens, Christmas markets and baking

Just in time for winter, I finished a pair of soft woolly mittens.

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My Alice mittens

Pattern: Alice
Design: Me
Yarn: Kampes 2-ply 100% wool in grey and charcoal
Yarn source: Marias garn
Needles: 2,75 mm and 3,0 mm dpns
Started: 15 september 2013
Finished: 8 November 2013

I’ve used them quite a lot, it hasn’t been very cold yet, so one layer of wool is quite enough.

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Me and my mittens

Striped mittens Alice
Naturally, they have thumb wedges

I love winter almost as much as I love autumn, and the weeks before Christmas are sometimes more exciting than Christmas itself. I love the planning and preparing.

And Christmas markets. I’ve visited three so far. Here are some photos from the market at the Royal Stable:

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Lovely wool yarn and handknits

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There were horses there as well, of course

The market at Skansen is probably my favourite. I return to it every year.

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Wolves

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A wolverine

I saw a robin in the wolverine’s pen, which made me more exciting that the wolverine itself! Robin’s are my favorite birds, but they’re very rare where I live.

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Darling sheep

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And very cute pigs!

I’ve found myself in a baking mood lately. I’ve made some plain white bread:

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…christmas bread…

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…and saffron buns!

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But don’t worry, I haven’t been neglecting my knitting! I’ve started another pair of mittens:

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…and a cowl:

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It’s almost finished now, but I have no current photos of it

Happy knitting!