23 March, 2015

No - Buddy dog sweater

So our daughters mixed breed dog,
is moving far north,
heading for a life 
with long winter months.

He is a bundle of energy and joy,
and gets into trouble about every 5 minutes, 
so his name more often sounds like 

Since we were lucky
to get to babysit him 
for a few months,
(They blame me for spoiling him,
but how could I not! 
Look at him, he is so cute!)
the opportunity was there
to make him one,
so he is well prepared.

I would try it on
and he would basically freeze 
in position,
feeling a bit uncomfortable
I assume...

But moving from Texas
to the most northern US state,
leaves no room for
sweater hesitation,
sorry Buddy! 

22 February, 2015

Sweater from Sandnes Garn

This sweater pattern is from Sandnes Garn,
found in one of their discontinued catalogs.

As far as I know
it is only written in Norwegian,
but I might be wrong.

The catalog can be found on their web-page.
Look for it a bit down
in the middle of the page.
Name of catalog: Til Fjells #0411
Pattern number 23

I struggled just a little bit
with the sleeve stitch amount.
The pattern suggested a huge increase
following the ribbing.

I assume that since the pattern is dated,
wider sleeves was the style back then.
 I increased 14 more stitches instead of 32.

Running out of yarn
My second issue was
- running out of the main dark grey color.
Body was done,
and only one sleeve was done.
Several cm left on the second sleeve...

No skeins left in the LYS,
and I was heading out of the country 
the next day.
One of two options,
give up or be creative!

I unraveled down 
past the stranded pattern on top,
devided the last yards of grey 
between the 2 sleeves,
and added some pattern rows
to the top of the sleeves.
It worked for me....

Attaching the sleeves

Sleeves was attached
with invisible horizontal seam,
from the right side.

Following the instructions on this
might be helpful.

On the sleeve side of the seam,
- stitch as on the video above,
and on the sweater side of the seam,
(in a straight vertical line)
grab the bar between the stitches.

Neck shaping
 Many patterns suggest working
back and forth a given numbers of rows,
as you approch the very top
of the sweater, to form either
a front or a neck shape.

In this case the sweater was worked
straight to the top,
no neck bind-off or decreases.
The neck shape was formed
using contrast color yarn and 
a tapetsry needle.
Then steeked and cut as for 
the front closure and sleeve openings.

The increase method
 at the front part of the collar
was also changed.
 The pattern suggested a 1 stitch increase
on each side every 2 cm.
As the color is worked back and forth
in k2, p2, these increase stitches
were to be worked 
in a continuation of the k2, p2,
ribbing pattern.

It would in my mind be very visible 
right at the front of the sweater,
So I decided to increase
in the purl stitch columns
closest to each side of the collar,
 from 2 to 3 purl stitches for the first increase.

Next increase was done the same way,
but in the next purl stitch column
in from each side.
Third increase in the third column,
and so on.

Last little detail,
was hiding the steek stitches.

Some patterns include how to
work a knit lining of the raw, cut edges.
This pattern did not.

Since low on extra yarn was an issue,
I basically handstitched
a strip of fabric for protection,
and visibility of, the other wise,
quite ugly edges.

Hope this was helpful...
Have a nice day!

19 January, 2015


Getting the pattern done 
traveling to my home away from home,
during Christmas time,
with decorations being put up and taken down,
having house guests,
 doing larger house repairs,
running between doctor appointments.....
has been a challenge.
But at last,

The sweater is knitted top down. 
This way it makes it easier to control the length 
of body and sleeves. 
It has a loose fit,
 and works great over a long sleeved T-shirt, 
and under a wind breaker for colder days.

It can be worked in 3 sizes, 
(3 - 4) 5 - 6 and (7 - 8) years

Sleeves (long, because kids grow fast) = (12)14 (15)”
Chest width = (13) 14.5 (16)“
Full length (collar not included) = (16) 18 (20)”
Collar = (3.5) 4 (4)“

Yarn suggestions: 
Cascade 220 Heather (worsted), Malabrigo Rios, 
Smart from Sandnes Ull or similar 

Sometimes I wish my days had more hours.....
The list of "should have's and could have's"
is way to long,
and it do not seam to get shorter.

Working from home works best for me,
everything within reach, yarn needles, pen and paper,
computer.... or whatever I should need.

Traveling a lot, as I more and less live on two continents,
 I find myself very often on airports, or in the air.
Patterns gets scribbled down on scraps of paper.
My suitcases filled with yarn,
finished and unfinished projects......

But that's also the charm of it all, 
my treasures, my always within reach,
time consuming joy.

Between the battles
 over getting my own patterns ready,
 I enjoy some smaller quick projects,
like these socks from Drops.

Knee high, great for little feet!
Have a nice day!

04 December, 2014

Do you like colors?

Vibrant colors

Happy colors

Colors from the Khan,

in and around Cairo.

Maybe the colors here are more visible,

due to all the Sahara sand

that tend to put a blanket 
of fine dust on everything?

Just a small swatch of red
will catch my attention,

and the camera will have to focus

often from the window of the car.

Other times

the colors are right in front of my nose...

Have a nice weekend!

29 October, 2014

Wissa Wassef again

Having guests 

gives me a reason to re-visit 
some of my favorite places, 
is high on my list.
It is located in the Harrania district,
near the Giza pyramids.

You can read more 
about the center here.

The buildings are surrounded by 
green fields and beautiful gardens,
much different from the life on the outside.
The architect and founder
 Ramses Wissa Wassef wrote:

"I had this vague conviction 
that every human being 
was born an artist, 
but that his or her gifts 
could be brought out only if 
artistic activity was encouraged
 from early childhood 
by way of practicing a craft..."

 Children from the village
was invited to learn the basic technique
of weaving:

"these young artists 
have only their own conception 
of their work,
 drawn from their own experience...
They know nothing of 
the hesitation of sophisticated artists... 
who are continually tempted 
to express themselves 
in the style of some other artist."

These artisans creates their tapestries

with no patterns involved,

every tapestry is one of a kind,

showing rural scenes

and telling stories of life in the village. 

The fingers works fast,
and seams to me
 with no hesitation.
A lot of experience involved
after years of practice.

Fabulous colors.

Very impressive,
and outstanding beautiful pieces 
of art!
Worth a visit!