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Bjørk i Skumring…

I´ve finished all 4 of my “Mostly Purled” projects from this summer! I´ve shown “Cashmere Summer Top” and “Fog&Whisper” on this blog earlier. Now I´m presenting “Bjørk i Skumring“!


Yarn: Mirasol, Sulky Legato, lace weight
Color: Birch Bark + Twilight (100 grams of each color)
Needles: 3,5 mm
Pattern: My own
Technique: Top-down, short-row shaped shoulders, Boxy, 3/4 sleeves, v-neck

It weighs 205 grams. The v-neck edging is done in i-cord using a small amount of Tynn Alpakka in col. coal, from Du Store Alpakka. The tight 3/4 sleeves are knit by picking up stitches from the body. The yarn is great! Love the colors!
Thanks to my lovely model H!

I´ve yet to present the last of my mostly purled projects: the baseball sweater… I´ve just got to wash it first, due to a LOT of wearing …always a good sign…


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Ringstind; a study…

My favorite wool is Corriedale. There´s not a lot of it around, and once I found some I had to knit a favorite sweater. So I drew up a stranded pattern to go with raglan decreases (…in this case; increases – being knitted top-down). And Store Ringstind was born!

Store Ringstind

Store Ringstind


I love this sweater, and have long wanted to develop the stranded pattern.
I´ve started playing with different types of wool, and different techniques, to see how the Ringstind pattern can be used in a design…
1. Ringstind Titus:
Ringstind Titus

Ringstind Titus


Yarn: Titus from BaaRamEwe
Color: Coal + Natural
Needles: 3,5 mm
Technique: Top-down raglan

2. Ringstind Pt5

Ringstind Pt5

Ringstind Pt5


Yarn: Pt5 Sport from Per Tryving
Color: Coal + Off-white
Needles: 3,5 mm
Technique: Top-down, short-row shaped shoulders, contiguous-method

3. Ringstind OMA Corriedale

Ringstind OMA Corriedale

Ringstind OMA Corriedale


Yarn: Corriedale from Old Maiden Aunt
Color: Greige + Famous Blue Raincoat
Needles: 3 mm
Technique: Top-down, saddle-shoulder, contiguous-method (same as my Gerda´s Cardigan)

To be continued…


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Selbu Mittens…

Long time! It´s been a busy summer, and the summer without knitting. And I mean NO knitting, whatsoever…
I´m currently teaching myself to “knit again”, and can proudly present a couple of pairs of mittens. They´re both from traditional Norwegian patterns I´ve found on “Eg sa strikk”´s blog.

The wool in both pairs are 100% Norwegian wool.


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Buttons…

IMG_5460My least favorite part of the knitting process is searching for the right buttons… I admit to being picky, and I quite often spend a lot of time and energy finding just the right buttons. These two projects have been finished for a time now, -just lacking the last important finish; buttons!

I bought the Butterfly-buttons for my Lipstick Cardigan a long time ago. The color is just perfect for this cardigan. I´m not really the Butterfly kind of person, but it was the best I could find. I visited some yarn shops on my resent mini-holiday, and bought a set of new buttons, but they were not really right either… So it was back to the Butterflies. They really work from a distance, but close up I just want to re-state that I´m not the Butterfly kind of person, and that these buttons are in support of the alarmingly decreasing population of certain types of Butterflies! (who´s going to pollinate our crops when there´s no bees, humble-bees or butterflies left…?)

I bought the metal-striped buttons (on the left in the picture) for my Gerda´s Cardigan IV, but found them to be a bit on the shiny side. I liked the fact that they were striped, -to go with the stripes in the cardigan, but upon searching through my extensive old stash of buttons from -not 3 decades, -but 3 centuries!! (see this post), I found these “worn-out” metal´ish buttons. They add just the right “look” to the cardigan, and they also pick up some of the blue color in the project. The fact that I could only find 6 of them when I was in need of 7, and had to complete with a different button in the same material, just adds to the “worn-out” look! Satisfied!

On my before mention mini-holiday I found this yarn: Norsk Pelsull from Hifa, one of the few yarn-producers in Norway that still uses Norwegian wool in their production. I´ve only seen this yarn online before, and finally got to see the different colors “live”. I bought 5 skeins, in the colors 1115 natural gray, 1112 coral and 1108 oker (yellow). With it I also bought these buttons. These are traditional “kofte”-buttons, used for generations. I remember having these buttons on one of my childhood´s “kofte”. I´m really looking forward to sew these buttons on a kofte made from Norsk Pelsull. The image on the button is from the famous Norwegian author Henrik Ibsen´s play “Peer Gynt” act 1, scene: “the Buckride”. The last picture shows some of the traditional buttons /buckles I found in my stash. The top ones are silver, and would traditionally be used for “Bunad“, but there´s no laws against using it for knitted pieces… if you can be bothered polishing the buttons on a regular basis:)

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