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.
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.
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.
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…
This is my time of year. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love autumn. I’ll show you some photos I took today during my lunch break. I work in a truly beautiful part of Stockholm.
Leaves are turning
The grass is still very green
This is what I’m working on right now; a pair of striped mittens. I haven’t finished the aran jumper yet, but inspiration took over when I watched Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland a few weeks ago and I had to cast on for a new project. Alice was wearing a pair of sheer striped half-mitts and I just had to make something that reminded me of those. Mine will turn in to much more solid wooly mittens instead, I have very little use for half-mitts and I prefer wool to gauzy fabric. And these mittens will remind me of other Tim Burton movies as well, stripes are a common feature in his world as you probably know.
I picked out some yarn I already had in my stash, I’m quite certain I used both these shades of grey when I knit these gloves many years ago.
The view from my window at work
I have an almost pathological urge to pick up chestnuts when I find them. I try to refrain myself, but it’s difficult.
I hope for a long autumn filled with woolly mittens, hats and scarves.
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.