Sheep heid

I’m very happy with this lovely fair isle tam. The design is by Kate Davies, one of my favourite knitwear designers. This is the first project by her design I have completed, but I love her stuff and I want to knit almost everything by her!

Sheep heid

Pattern: Sheep Heid from Kate Davies Design
Design: Kate Davies
Yarn: Jamieson & Smith Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight
Yarn source: Jamieson & Smith (Shetland Wool Brokers)
Needles: 2,75 mm and 3 mm, circular and dpns
Started: 22 September 2014
Finished: 18 January 2015
Modifications: None

Sheep heid

I’ve had the yarn in my stash for quite some time. Emmy and I bought a kit from Jamieson & Smith together and split the yarn between us, since one skein of each shade is more than enough for two tams. Emmy finished hers a long time ago! I’m a bit slower…

I think it turned out quite well, and I really do enjoy fair isle knitting. The pattern was easy to follow and the instructions clear.

Sheep heid

The yarn is a little scratchier than I expected, even after washing and blocking. But it doesn’t bother me that much, I’m not very sensitive. What I really love about the Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight is that none of the shades are dyed. They’re all the natural shades of the fleeces of the shetland sheep. And there are nine different shades in this tam. Beautiful.

The snow is all but gone now, very sad indeed. I hope winter will return before it’s time for spring.

Happy knitting!

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Pavement

Well, Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve had a lovely holiday! I’m still on vacation and won’t be back at work until next week, so I’m hoping that these last days of the yuletide holidays will include a lot of knitting.

Although you wouldn’t know from reading this blog, I do knit quite a lot. But I don’t finish quite as much. Here’s one thing though: a scarf for Stefan! He had asked me to finish it before we left for New York to spend Christmas there, and I finished it on time. Here he is with his new scarf on the High Line!

Pavement 9

Pattern: Pavement from Brooklyn Tweed
Design: Jared Flood
Yarn: Pure Shetland Wool from Wiltshire
Yarn source: Wool in Bath
Needles: 4,5 mm
Started: 1 October 2014
Finished: 14 December 2014
Modifications: No mods, but it turned out a lot longer than I had intended, since it grew a lot during blocking.

It’s the same yarn as in my Linnae Pullover and I really enjoy knitting with it. It’s soft (but not too soft) and springy. I bought it in Bath a couple of years ago and I still have two or three hanks left.

Pavement 4

I didn’t manage to take any decent photos when I finished it, and now it’s been worn a lot and is a bit crumpled up. Perhaps the only bad thing about this yarn is that does have a tendency to form bobbles.

Pavement 3

I really like the stitch pattern although it was a bit dull to knit in the end. Not much variation. But it was worth it!

Right now I’m working on a few old projects that I would like to finish. Haven’t started anyhting new, but I’m really eager to. I don’t know what yet. Something to keep me warm through the rest of the winter.

It’s snowing.

Söderängskrage

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.

Söderängskrage
Söderängskrage

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

Söderängskrage
My left arm really looks abnormally long in this photo. I assure you, it’s the angle!

Söderängskrage
I think it fits best when twisted twice

Söderängskrage
Here’s a detail

Söderängskrage
Looks great with my coat, I think

Söderängskrage
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.

In the meantime, happy knitting!

Jamieson & Smith

Believe it or not, but I still haven’t knit anything with Jamieson & Smith wool. I admit it’s a bit strange since I’m a such a wool snob. I have some J&S yarn in my stash, intended for a Sheep heid hat, but I haven’t actually tried it yet. I’m the kind of person who likes to fondle the yarn in a yarn shop before I buy it. But they have an incredible colour range and I really like the feel of the yarn that I have even though I haven’t actually knit with it.

Well, I’ve finally gotten around to ordering myself all of their shade cards! This will make it a lot easier to choose colours. I won’t have rely on the images on their website.

Jamieson & Smith shade cards
Jamieson & Smith shade cards

I probably won’t order any yarn just yet. I still have quite a lot of shashed yarn that I want to use before I buy more. This might sound a bit boring, but really, it’s not. I really look forward to starting the projects in my queue, but I don’t want to have too many half-finished projects lying around, I know I’ll just end up being bored with them. I need to get better at figuring out what I actually want and/or need and then focus on that. Which means that I probably won’t buy the yarn before I’ve decimated my stash somewhat.

I’m working on two cardigans and one pair of mittens right now, and I really want to finish them before starting anything new. I’ll always have two things going at the same time, one always needs a small portable project to accompany one’s larger projects; a pair of mittens, a hat, a scarf or a pair of socks, that one can whip out at any time when there are a few minutes to spare on the bus or the tube. But I don’t want to have bags and bags of unfinished things. I’m still unravelling old WIP’s (I don’t want to do them all at once, it takes up too much space and time) and putting away the yarn for later use. It’s actually quite satisfying.

Of course my fingers are itching to try something new, but one can handle this by making swatches. Swatches are allowed. That’s just preparing and planning, not actually knitting. 🙂

Well, time to knit!