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

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Handledsvärmare

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.

Like something out of a TOAST catalogue

Never let me go is a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro that came out in 2005. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. I keep coming back to it, thinking about it.

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From the film Never Let Me Go

Mark Romanek turned it into a film in 2010 but I never got around to watching it back then. I bought the dvd a few months ago and finally watched it. Romanek’s adaptation of the book is beautiful and haunting and captured the mood and the essence of the novel very well, I think.

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From the film Never Let Me Go

On ravelry there’s a group dedicated to knit spotting in films, As Seen in the Movies, and since NLMG features a lot of knitwear it naturally recieved some attention. Someone commented on it and said that it was as if a TOAST catalogue had come to life. I agree!

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Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan in the film Never Let Me Go

I love the earthy tones and simple style.

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Kiera Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan

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From the film Never Let Me Go

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From the film Never Let Me Go

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From the film Never Let Me Go

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From the film Never Let Me Go

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From the film Never Let Me Go

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Carey Mulligan in the film Never Let Me Go

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From the film Never Let Me Go

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From the film Never Let Me Go

The fingerless wool mittens I’m knitting right now, Twig, are actually directly inspired by the film. Not that anyone in it wears anything similar, but my choice of colour and style is inspired by it.

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First mittens finished, need to weave in ends.

Coraline

I might have mentioned it before, but Coraline really is a brilliant film. I love stop-motion animation in general, but this movie really is special. It has such wonderful and inspiring characters and scenography. I want to live in that house! With a jumping mice circus upstairs! And I also want those groovy stripey gloves and that cosy blue jumper with stars on. The best part is that one can actually knit those things! No, I don’t mean the miniture ones, I mean real sized garments. There’s a girl in California who has actually made a pattern of the striped gloves! How cool is that?! Here’s a link.


Official movie trailer

The official Coraline website provids fans with an actaul knitting pattern for that adorable starry jumper, talk about knowing one’s fan base! I must knit this. Eventually.

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Coraline and the starry jumper. Photo credits: Focus Features

There are a lot of knitting patterns and projects inspired by this movie on ravelry, for instance the Coraline cardigan by Ysolda (perhaps the most well-known), but also a pair of lovely mittens with the cat, the key and one of the jumping mice. There’s also a crocheted doll that looks like one of the ghost children.

I simply love these kinds of projects! Inspiration can be found anywhere. Well, I’m off searching my yarn stash for some suitable yarn for those stripey gloves…

Oh, I just want to mention that the intro to the movie may be my favourite part, where the beldam creates the Coraline doll. Unfortunately I can’t find it on Youtube.

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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Fashion of the 1910’s

Right now I’m very much into the fashion from almost 100 years ago. Perhaps I’ve been watching too much Downton Abbey lately.

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Downton Abbey

There’s a wonderful online shop that sells reproductions of vintage knitting and crochet patterns, Iva Rose, and I’ve had my eye on quite a few of them for some time but haven’t yet bought any. Soon, though… Here are the pattern booklets from 1916-1920. This is an interesting one from 1917.