Winter is coming (sorry – couldn’t help it)

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.

Luva

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.

Luva

 

After I finished this I wanted a pair of matching mittens.

Enkla herrvantar

 

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.

Enkla herrvantar

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…

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Recovering

I’ve been afflicted with a string of bad colds this winter. It started in November and I think this is the fifth installment of The Cold That Will Not Give In. I visited my GP yesterday and there was blood drawn and snot sampled, which  hopefully will tell me if I need antibiotics or if my body is lacking in any other way (iron, or what have you).

Anyway, I felt better today, and the spring-like weather encouraged me to venture outdoors. I went for a short walk to Vasaparken, a nearby park, where children were frollicing on the ice (with skates on) and riding toboggans down the small slope. I was not just a little bit envious…

Vasaparken

The miniature golf course was still covered with snow.

Snowcovered miniature golf course

When I got back, I treated myself to a snack. Finncrisp (one of my favourite crisp breads) with cheese from Väddö farm dairy (this particular cheese is called Fogdö is flavoured with fenugreek) and my favourite ginger beer.

Afternoon snack

I think the fresh air did me good, I feel a lot better now (probably in combination with medications and vitamins) and I’ll probably go back to work tomorrow.

Trekantssjal med spetskant

But for now, I’ll get back to my knitting, which I will tell you more about next time…

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!

Winter wonderland

I went for a long walk on Friday. The weather was glorious.

Frost

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When I came home, I had a large mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream.

On Saturday, there was even more frost.

Frost i Röda bergen

Frost på träd och buskar

Later that evening it was almost -20 degrees celsius. I spent it in front of the fireplace with a glass of sherry, knitting. A perfect day.

My next post will be about knitting. I promise.

Winter is back!

Winter returned by the end of last week. Temperatures dropped and on Friday we had some snow.

Vincent
Snow on the balcony

It started snowing again last night and it’s been snowing since. When I arrived at work this morning I looked like a veritable snowman and had to dry my knits on the radiator.

På tork
Drying my knits

Skeppsholmen i snö
View from work

I think we’ve had at least two decimetres of snow today.

Gertrud i Kungsan
My friend and colleague Gertrud in Kungsträdgården on our way from work

Kungsträdgården
Kungsträdgården in Stockholm

snow on the tree
The Christmas tree at Vanadisplan in still in place

Well, time for tea and knitting!