I have a new… thing?

I’be been wanting of one of these things for a long time. I unravel my knitting quite often if I’m not happy with it, and it’s really difficult to make good hanks without one.

Härvel
This is a “härvel” in Swedish

Luckily for me, one of my friends, Maria, happened to have one she no longer needed (well, she had at least three), so I bought it!

I have no idea what this contraption is called in English. A coiling machine, perhaps? If you know the correct term for it, please let me know!

Härvel
Well worn

It’s so pretty! And blue!

Härvel
I wonder who made it and who used it

And it’s from 1865.

Make Do and Mend, part 1

When I was little I loved watching old news reel footage on the TV (they were edited into programs, often with a theme), especially the ones from the early forties which were sometimes about how to care for one’s things and clothes in order for them to last longer. This was of course during World War II, and even though Sweden wasn’t actually in the war, rationing was severe and buying new things was often not possible.

My interest in how to get by in times of austerity has increased over the years. Most people in the western world live in relative luxuary today, and we do not need to be moderate in our consumer habits, but at the same time most of us are aware of that this is not a sustainable way of life.

Sustainability and quality is someting we all need to consider and how we can contribute to a more sustainable world.

One way is of course by consuming less. Taking care of one’s things and clothes in order for them to last longer. Mending what can be mended. Questioning whether you actually need that thing that you want.

I try to think about these things and I want to contribute to a more sustainable society to the best of my ability. It’s not easy, of course. One way is by mending what you already have.

I have a pair of woolen gloves I knitted in 2007. I have mended these several times before, but last week they neeeded some TLC again.

worn
Stitches worn thin

I reinforced the stitches:

mending 2
Mended finger

I reinforced some other stitches that weren’t as badly off to prevent them from getting worse.

mending 1
Preventing new holes

They looked much worse a few years ago:

hole!
Almost worn out

The tips of the fingers were so badly worn, I simply cut them off:

unravelled yarn
Unravelled yarn and cut off fingertips

And then knit new ones:

new finger on mitten
Knitting new fingertips

Result:

mended mitten and cat
Almost brand new!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on making do and mending. Do you mend your knits? If not, why?

Brenda, who produces my favourite knitting pod cast, Cast On, dedicated a whole series to the Make Do and Mend concept back in 2009. I recommend that you check out her audio archive and download series 8 if you haven’t listened to it already.

Happy knitting!

Colour or AMOCP#6

A Month of Craft Photos, Day 6. Colour.

(No, you didn’t miss day 5, I was simply too tired to arrange any photos yesterday, so I decided to skip it.)

Sock yarn
Soft ock yarn

Gray is not a colour, I hear you say and technically you are correct, I suppose. But to me, gray is one of the best colours.

Sock yarn
More soft sock yarn

Blue is also a very nice colour, and it has been one of favourite colours for as long as I can remember. When I was little and many of my friends loved pink, I preferred blue.

Sock yarn
More sock yarn!

All of these lovely skeins of yarn were gifted to me by my very sweet friend Carin! Thank you dear! Here’s a link to her blog.

Inspiration Outdoors or AMOCP#4

A Month of Craft Photos, Day 4. Inspiration Outdoors.

Snow
A snowy and sunny day

I was incredibly busy on Saturday since we had the family and some friends over. The weather was glorious and I was a bit miffed about not having the time to go outside. I did shoot the above photo through our bedroom window, though.

I find a lot of inspiration from nature, plants and trees and birds. But most of all from the weather. Especially rain and snow. I have lots of ideas inspired by the weather, but they’re still on the drawing board. Perhaps they’ll materialise, perhaps not.

Frosty night
Same view, with frost

I don’t know if you can see it, but on this photo the tree and the bushes are covered with frost. It’s the same view as above, as you can see, but this photo was taked at about 0:30 in the morning on the 5th.

An Old FO or AMOCP#3

For my non-knitting friends: FO = Finished Object.

An Old FO, amocp#3
And old scarf

This particular pattern was very popular a few years ago, I knitted this is 2006. It’s called “My So Called Scarf” and is designed by Allison Isaacs. There are over 5800 projects on Ravelry!

I really don’t wear it much anymore. The yarn is very nice, it’s a single ply from a spinning mill on Gotland called Ihregård. However, it’s become very fuzzy and the stitch pattern have become slightly obscured. It’s still is a nice scarf, though, perhaps I should wear it more.

my so called scarf
This is what it looked like when it was new

Today is my birthday and I’ve received the best birthday present. Snow.

Snow
Stockholm covered in snow

Craft Tools or AMOCP#2

A Month of Craft Photos, Day 2. Craft Tools.

Craft Tools, amocp#2
Needle case

This lovely needle case was a birthday present from dear friend, Maria. She has made it herself. Stig Lindberg fabric.

This is where I keep many of my craft tools, but not all of them. They simply wouldn’t fit. My favourite knitting needles are, by far, my Knit Pro (Knit Picks) wooden needles. They’re smooth and light and very easy to work with. They’re also very beautiful.

Me In Action or AMOCP#1

A Month of Craft Photos, Day 1. Me in Action!

Me in action
Knitting in the snow

One of my fabulous collegues, Janna, assisted me today with the first photo on day 1. I started out a bit higher up on that little knoll you see behind me. In my indoor shoes. Naturally, I slipped and ended up on my behind. Twice. While Janna was helping me up (after the first butt tumble) one of the museum’s photographers happened by and was not only amused but also very nice and shot the above photo! Many thanks to Per-Åke!

This is where I fell
I don’t know if you can see it, but this is where I slided downwards

Read more about A Month of Craft Photos HERE. There’s also a Flickr Group.

A challenge!

I normally never join in on any KIPs anymore, those are usually the total death of creativity to me, but this is a challenge I think I can go for! Andi over at Untangling Knots has created the “A Month of Craft Photos” challenge! The idea is to challenge one self to be more creative about ones craft photos and to take a photo for every day accordning to the theme of the day. Read more about it on her blog. I think it sounds really interesting! I’m gonna give it a go, anyone else up for it?