Days are getting longer, the autumnal equinox was last week. And I can’t get enough of grey wool.
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.
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.
My very first finished knit of 2014 was completed on January 1st. Winter this year is bleak and dreary indeed, and the snow we had in early December is long since gone. The need for warm woolens is still great, though.
This bright and lovely cowl was designed by my good friend Erika Åberg and is available from her and Eva Trotzig’s beautiful book Varmt och stickat. Please visit Erika’s blog Crafts by Wynja.
Pattern: Söderängskrage from Varmt och Stickat Design: Erika Åberg Yarn: I’ve mainly used BC garn Shetlandsuld, but there are some odds and ends of other leftover yarns in there Yarn source:Litet Nystan Needles: 3 mm Started: 19 October 2013 Finished: 1 January 2014
My left arm really looks abnormally long in this photo. I assure you, it’s the angle!
I think it fits best when twisted twice
Here’s a detail
Looks great with my coat, I think
Despite my wierd look, I am very happy with this cowl!
So, what’s next? Well, I’m still trying to knit from my stash, which is strangely pleasing. I have no cravings to buy more yarn, I love to look at and touch (and smell!) the yarn in my stash and let it inspire me.
I’ve decided to consider my needs more, and a really do need more cardigans knit from good quality wool, so I’ve decided to revisit the textured cardigan knit from estonian wool I begun in February of 2012, but never finished. Back and both fronts are finished, however, and about half of the first sleeve, which means that it shouldn’t take me too long to complete this project. I’ll let you know how it’s progressing.
Today has been a beautiful autumn day. Stefan I and walked over to Norra begravningsplatsen (The Northern Cemetary) which is one of the largest cemetaries in and around Stockholm. It opened in 1827 and about 30 000 people are buried there. My paternal grandparents are buried there along with some of my other relatives. It’s a very beautiful and quiet place. I love going there, especially in the autumn, to experience the atmosphere and to reflect upon memories of loved ones.
I took the opportunity to take pictures of my most recent FO in this beautiful spot.
Cable knit cowl
Pattern: 123-14 Neck warmer with cables and textured pattern from Drops Design 123 Design:Garnstudio Drops Design Yarn: 100 % Romney Cross Wool from Edge of Yonder Farms Yarn source: Saratoga Needle Arts, Saratoga Springs, NY Needles: 4 mm and 4,5 mm circular needles Started: 1 October 2012 Finished: 7 October 2012 Modifications: I wasn’t sure I had enough yarn, so I made the ribbing at the bottom a shorter.
A very loose cowl and a new coat
I think I blocked it a little too heavily, it’s very loose now. I’ll probably wash it again and just let it dry flat without pinning it.
Tossing leaves is not as easy as it may seem
Autumn at the cemetary
I’m completely in love with my new coat from nygårdsanna! I’m ready for winter. And. It’s made from Harris Tweed.
Harris Tweed coat from nygårdsanna
Many trees still have a lot of green leaves, which means that I can look forward to at least another month of autumn before winter arrives. I love winter, too, but autumn has always been my favourite season. The mood, the colours and the earthy smells.
I often feel like my knitting projects have no end. The red cardigan I started in FEBRUARY still isn’t finished (believe me, I have UFO’s much older than that, but none other that I’m actually working on now). Back and both fronts are done and I’ve begun the first sleeve, but I really believed I would be finished by now.
That’s why it’s so gratifying to actually finish something. I really wanted someting warm and cosy to celebrate the arrival of autumn and decided to use some left over yarn from my Hampton cardigan. The whole thing took one week. Now see, that’s nice. I finished something within a week!
Blocking my grey woolen cowl
It’s blocking now and is still quite damp, so you’ll have to wait a few days for a shot of me actually wearing it.