Swedish Knitblogger who loves spinning, knitting, dyeing and yarn. I will do some other roundabouts about life too.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Televinken - my childhood idol

This is a picture that I begged my brother to paint for me. Everyone that was a kid in the 60s in Sweden, and heard Televinken and Anita, wow, My brother actually kept a recording when he was playing in the flourbag... and her stern voice "but what have you done"... I also found some on the Swedish TV: But do I wish to see and hear him again. A cd of all Televinken. All my knits are fighting me. One way or the other. So, blogging.. It is so much taxes, research papers due, sailboat and garden clean-up... But, tomorrow is better. I finished a quicky project, a scarf, but, Im not happy. So, rip it or add on? Add on!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

So, How do you buy your yarn?

I got to think about that at the latest knitting caf'e' and who are you?

  1. 1. I just go for colour - has to be exact - and then I think about what yarn it is and what to use it for
  2. Quality first, I check out the yarn, and then I try to find my favourite colour, then I try to figure out what to use it for
  3. 3. I see something in a magasin or what someone else have done, and think that I can do that in this yarn and colour instead
  4. A plan ahead, buy one ball or two, and swatch it first - It is so expensive so I must be certain
  5. I always know what I want to do, then I go for yarn hunting
  6. Hey, just fondle and caress the yarn, if the prize is right, I buy it.. Ohh, yeah I will figure something out...
  7. Magazines, that is the answer to my yarn buy
  8. Internet. Found Jeanettes yarn on ebay, and a lot of nice prices... But also, I can find yarn noone else has (those picures suck you in)
  9. A listen to my friends and see what they recommend
  10. I'm on the lookout for new yarn, I do not want to have yarn everyone else has.
  11. I just stroll, and listen to what the yarn-shop owner recommend.
  12. Choice? Why not buy it all! I'm too fat anyway..

So who are you? I think I go for all, THAT is the reason this blogs name is yarnvolture! Missing a category? Comments on my blog!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

FBK the best! More Latvian mitten discussion

OK, another fuzzy Latvian mitten picture! (I take about 10 to get one ok picture!) Thanks for the comments! Anyway, Visjö, from Östergötlands Ullspinneri is best knitted on needles 3mm-3.5, this is 2mm (I wanted them tight to honour the latvian knitting). Actually the typical frill-brim (hmm my english) was the hardest (=timeconsuming) to knit. Then it was straight forward. A bit dissappointed with the turquoise between the yellows, that should have a bit stringer contrast.
Otherwise, not until I reached the thumb, I suddenly saw the front -page of the book, understood that this was the pattern I was knitting - and realizing, that the pattern was "wrong". But I try to make it a bit "swedish" witht the colours. Well, now I really MUST go to Östergötland and find the yarn, so I can do the second mitten. Otherwise I will do it the "american style", have unmatched mittens. I'm not too sure I like it. Yarn-chasing goes first (Hey, it is a SPORT!) Now I always will have a reason to visit them! Forgot to tell that the Swedish Icehockey championships goes to my favorite team - FBK! 4-1 one period still to go.. Looks GREAT!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Easter sweater done? and the first Latvian Mitten

My Visjö Latvian mitten. I'm ok. A bit tired, still.
All apple-trees (6 of them) are pruned. Some plants in the ground (but the bought dirt was still frozen!) The boat is uncovered, and the sprayhood on. The stress is back on again. Whatever happened to Easter? I think it went in a blink. But finally spring at least passed. Easter ending with rain!
But good food and good wine - and lots of time to knit! The problem is, I have not found this colour (the backdrop blue) yet. It is Östergötlands Ullspinneri. So on the right is my Easter sweater. Great It is in Italian yarn Lana Grossa, Pep Print. Started last easter. And has been an ufo until now.
I still have a ball, so I'm thinking, should I make it longer? The sleeves longer? Or knit a hood? or a shawl-collar? I have not decided. It might be done!!