Tuesday, March 04, 2014
March is going to be a busy month, and my knitting time is reduced to a minimum.
I have three projects in my basket. Two that are hibernating while the latest one is this left over yarn striped sweater. It’s the same pattern as here and here, but with a difference in how the stripes are distributed. Knitting the same pattern several times makes it easier to be spontaneous when it comes to how the colour changes should be. I like that.
I am a typical follow-the-pattern-exactly- knitter, so this is a much needed exercise. Trusting my instincts and taking a chance. That goes for other parts of my life as well, but perhaps more so when knitting because I am less experienced.
Besides knitting, the never-ending cloudy weather is beginning to affect our energy levels. I am beginning to wonder if the sun will ever appear again. I mean ever.
Have a nice week everyone!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
And while you drumroll in front of your screen I’ll tell you how I did the draw… I made a list where everyone’s comment were given a number, and then depending on how many tickets each of you opted for you received an additional number(s). I used the random number generator to make the draw.
The first number I drew was actually one that belonged to my own comment, so I had to push the “Generate” button again, and viola, number 48 turned up.
The lucky winner is Kirsti over at «Lykkeplagg», who sews and knits the most beautiful baby garments (in case you are still drum rolling; you can let your fingers rest now).
I also want to give an extra thank you to all of you who signed up for three Valentine-tickets, Thank you for the link love! Please send me your contact information (slow mail) so I can send you two leather tags in your chosen colour and font (and you can choose more than one colour if you like).
Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to participate in the giveaway!
Pst pst… don’t miss Spits bright, yellow and beautiful yarn giveaway
Friday, February 21, 2014
Look at the beautiful yarn I received in my mailbox a couple of days ago! In the end of January, Anne over at “Frøken Fargerik” (Mrs. Colourful) celebrated one year of blogging and had a secret surprise giveaway. I didn’t win the first price, but I won the consolation price.
I received three skeins of Iris Alpakka from Rauma and one skein of Abuelita Three Ply merino wool (*love*). Aren’t they beautiful! She must know me because I absolutely love the colours of the yarn she sent me. I also received lovely tea. Some I have already taken with me to work and a few tea bags I kept at home for knitting moments like now.
The Iris alpaca is different from other alpaca yarns I have knitted with before; it reminds me of mohair yarn in texture. I haven’t knitted with flurry yarn in a while, but I have seen other knitters combine flurry yarn with non-flurry wool. Perhaps I could combine it with grey merino wool. What do you think? If you have any experience with this or suggestions, I would be very grateful.
Talking about give away; If you liked the leather tag hat, don’t miss the giveaway I have that lasts until Sunday! :-)
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
This weekend we went to Bergen to attend the christening of my nephew C. N. Which means that I can show you photos of the last minute knitted christening gift.
I haven’t done a lot of stranded colour-work knitting before (to be honest it intimidates me), and it is noticeable. My floats – the gaps between the sections of pattern – are not loose enough to keep the work from puckering. As a result, it looks uneven. So on my next stranded knitting project I need to make the floats looser to prevent this.
All though the pattern is not intricate, it is not the easiest. On certain places, the floats strand across 15 stitches. Knitting guru’s usually recommend to not strand floats across more than seven stitches, but I think that five stitches are within my skill & comfort zone.
If you have to strand floats for more than seven stitches you should catch the floats in the centre of the span. I did this, what I didn’t know is that if you catch up your floats on the very same place on succeeding rows this can lead to banding on the front work. If you look closely, you can see some of those bands (looks like vertical stripes/gaps) in the photos.
On the more sunny side of matters (by the way, out of 47 days in 2014 we - Oslo inhabitants - have only had three days of sun) I love the colours I used. If I knit the sweater again, I think I would choose the same colours… Actually, I ought to knit it again soon to practice long and loose floats. For more details, visit my project page on Ravelry
Have a nice week!
Oh, and don’t miss the giveaway that lasts until February the 23rd!
Friday, February 14, 2014
Happy Valentine’s Day dear blog friends! And thank you for being blog friends, readers and contributors to my creative space. Thank you for opening my creative mind by sharing your knitting, sewing, stitching, crocheting, drawing or photography projects. On this day of hearts, I want to give something back. That is why today is Valentine giveaway!
One winner will get six leather tags with their chosen initials. The winner can choose between four different leather colours - dusty pink, red, blue or yellow ochre. To enter the giveaway you need to get a Valentine ticket. You can boost your chances to win the leather tags by getting more than one ticket. Here is how:
Valentine ticket 1: Leave a comment and tell us what project you have in mind for one of the leather tags and which font you would like for your initials.
Valentine ticket 2: Follow this blog and come back to tell how you do so (Bloglovin, Google friends, e-mail etc.). If you already are a follower, tell us how and what you enjoy most about Life in Yonder.
Valentine ticket 3: Share the love and mention the giveaway on your blog with a link to this post. Come back and let me know you did.
Remember to tell me how many tickets you want. I will draw a winner on
Sunday the 23rd of February
Happy Valentine's day & good luck!