måndag 25 oktober 2010

Reykjavik grey

In Iceland, I started to knit the grey shawl. Hence, the name Reykjavik. Smoke bay.
The yarn is thin, grey 100% wool. And the small frill at the bottom.

This is a thin and light shawl, but the wool makes it very warm and nice. Suitable for a chilly October's day. Or November's day, for that matter.


söndag 24 oktober 2010

The blogs I like: C Sathal

This French design blogger that my daughter told me about is just delicious! I look at this humonguous half granny square shawl and I just want to copy it. But with shredded fabric. Thin shreds. I think I'll go for it.

Ce blogueuse Française, que ma fille m'a montrée,  est complètement super bon! J'admire ce châle half granny square énorme et je voudrais le copier. Peut-être avec tissu râpé, je pense. Des lambeaux très minces. Je crois que je vais le tenter. (Pardonnez-moi mon Français.)

Winter white

One large but very light and soft winter white knitted shawl, with a frill at the bottom.
Close-up on the lace pattern and the frill ending. I came up with the pattern myself, and I call it Reykjavik, after the first shawl with this pattern that you will get to see here tomorrow.

It is large. But thin enough to wrap around your neck, if you like.


PS. The shawl was not this thin and nice at first when I knitted it, see the picture here where it looks more like a sweater. But by washing it and ironing it the lace pattern emerged.

fredag 22 oktober 2010


Tomorrow. The sun'll come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom collar that tomorrow there'll be sun!

And if not, there will at least be more shawls here tomorrow. Maybe the grey one, Reykjavik, the winter white one, the large pinapple shawl. We will see.


torsdag 21 oktober 2010


In English the word correct may be interpreted both as a verb (to correct something) and an adjective (that's correct). I have been redoing the edge of this shawl over and over again. I want it to be just right. Correct.

But it is not until I actually see how a new edge looks like with the body of the shawl that I realise that it is not the optimal one. So I have to redo it. Correct. Again.


tisdag 19 oktober 2010

Two more shawls for the girls

As I've said before, I will be selling scarves to sponsor the girls F98/99 football team at Kållered's Sports Club (KSK). The Red gooseberry and the Red currants scarves will also be sold. Keep reading the blog. More information about the sale later.


Apple cozy

DD Julia asked for an apple cozy inspired by this one at Pyssel. So, I made one yesterday. Ad lib.

The pencil button makes it a little more like the apple you give to the teacher, doesn't it?

And the pencil button is also fixed so that you don't lose the upper part.


måndag 18 oktober 2010

Hélène de Troie

Helen of Troy. The beautiful.

It was actually a really beautiful woman named Helena that inspired me to crochet this sideways pineapple shawl. At a parent's meeting, she saw one of my big crocheted pineapple shawls and talked about not being able to make one for herself. Well, I said, I can make one for the class bazaar in December.

And here it is. Hélène de Troie. I made it in some heavy Egyptian cotton that I had in my stash and it came out just nice for a little wrap.

This little shawl will be the price of a lottery at the Montessori Bazaar in December at Brattåsskolan, Kållered. Isn't it lovely?

Update 2010-11-25: And – believe it or not – it was indeed Helena who won the shawl. Amazing!


Knitting with un-spun yarn

I just realised that the yarn I bought in Iceland is un-spun.  It is called plötulopi and breaks very easily. Nevertheless it is this yarn that you use for the traditional Icelandic lopi sweater. You may knit the yarn with one, two or three ply at the time. My plan was to make shawls (Who's surprised?) and use one ply, at least when I thought it was ordinary yarn. But last night I actually dreamt that I was making felted mittens and slippers. I don't know. Suggestions?

The fragility of the yarn makes me think that there is need for some strengthening if I want to make a shawl. Like when I added a thin cotton to the Rosa yarn from Denmark.

I'm just thinking...


söndag 17 oktober 2010


This autumn a dear friend sent me to a store that sold Odd Molly to buy a dress for her DD. She lives in another town and the DD had got her eyes on a beautiful dress that was 70% off. I went there, bought it for her, and on my way from the store I just happened to find some really cheap organic cotton. 

I think Odd Molly is fun. It is really odd, even though I don't think I'll ever buy something there myself. But in some ways the Minnie scarf I crocheted from the cotton is inspired from seeing all that happy-go-lucky clothes.

Also this scarf will be for sale. And the money will go to KSK F98/99. Stay tuned! I will be announcing where and when and for how much you can buy the scarf.


lördag 16 oktober 2010

Hup, hup Oransje!

The Swedish football (soccer) team did not do well against the Netherlands in the qualification to the European cup – or whatever – this Wednesday, but as the Netherlands did a very good game I'd like to present the Oransje scarf.

The scarf is in a soft mohair wool that I bought a long, long time ago, so this is part of my stash project. The lace ending is from another quality of wool, and a bit flimsy, but suits well with the softness of the mohair.
My model, A, would never ever wear one of these scarves for real, because she seems to be allergic to any kind of wool. She even gets rash from the woollen neck strap that she has got for her alto saxophone. She had to cut out a small cotton patch to protect the skin while she is playing!

Now, this scarf is going to be on the market! I am going to sell it and give the money to the girl's 90/99 football (soccer) team of Kållered's Sports Club (KSK). Stay posted!


torsdag 14 oktober 2010


I've been to Iceland. Due to the terrible economic crisis it is today actually quite affordable. Go there and spend your money on beautiful


Warm, warm red.



PS I have so many new scarves and shawls to show you. I just haven't been able to get the DDs to model yet!

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