Saturday, May 19, 2018

Humulus, Bird Boxes & Narwhal

Humulus sweater

So when Rauma decided to join the two yarns pt2 and Finullgarn into one brand, Finull pt2, my local yarn store put all their pt2 yarn on sale. And I just couldn't buy some of it ;) So this beautiful dark blue came home with me along with some various shades of pink which will be knitted into another sweater or kofte later. It's the first time I have knitted a garment out of pt2, I have just used it for mittens earlier. But after a wash and a soak with some hair conditioner it turned out soft and squishy!

Humulus sweater

The pattern is Humulus which "everyone" seems to be knitting (along with Zweig, which I am going to cast on this summer). The pattern on the yoke is inspired from the Humulus plant. A plant I really want to get for my garden, it's so pretty when it grows upwards on the walls or on a trellis.

Humulus sweater

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Humulus by Isabell Kraemer
Yarn: pt2 dark blue #37 and Finull white #400
Needles: 3 mm / US 2.5 and 3,5 mm / US 4
Size: large



Bird and owl boxes

And as you could see on one of the photos we have been making bird and owl boxes from old wood planks. We have already put them up in trees around our house and hopefully some birds will move in. We usually get European pied flycatchers in our boxes, which is great because they eat a lot of insects. But we also have other small birds from the Tit family.
We made owl boxes because we have had a little Boreal owl here this winter. It's not afraid of us and have been sitting and singing next to the house. So maybe it will find a mate and move in in one of the boxes :)

Narwhal sweater Test knit

When I had finished the Humulus sweater I saw that Sari Nordlund was looking for test knitters for her beautiful Narwhal sweater. I first saw the sweater on her Instagram account a while ago and just knew I had to knit it if see wrote up the pattern! I sent her a message telling her that I would love to test knit and I could. I am using the same yarn as in the pattern - Safran by Drops, and it's going to be a perfect summer sweater!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Reusable Cotton Pads

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After seeing how much plastic that ends up in the ocean as micro plastic, I (or we) are trying to reduce our use of plastic and other things we only use onetime. One of those things are cotton pads for removing make up. I have used cotton yarn, but the pattern said that by using yarn with a cotton and bamboo blend they would be softer to use. I am not using cotton pads a lot, so we'll see what the teenager in the house thinks about these...

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This pattern is from a Norwegian book with dishcloth patterns - Kluter by Bitta Mikkelborg. And as you can see they have a leaf motif that was easy to memorize.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Rensebladet
Yarn: Various cotton yarn
Needles: 3,25 mm / US 3

The other one is just knitted the same way, but without the leaf motif.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Prism Socks

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It's been almost a month since I posted here and we are finally starting to get some spring feeling here in the arctic! The snow is smelting, the birds are chirping and I have been able to knit outside in the warmth of the sun :) And most importantly the water well is filled up again and I have never been so happy to do laundry again ;)
I have been knitting quite a bit this last month and the Prism pattern was so addictive that I made three pairs using leftovers from socks I have made earlier. It's almost like knitting a vanilla sock, but with a little bit extra every third row to keep it interesting. I'm sure these won't be my last using this pattern :)

Pattern: Prism (free pattern)
Yarn: The white is Sisu and Silja and the others are leftovers of OnLine and Opal yarn
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5

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