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

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cast On Mania - COM for entire September!

A beautiful sail boat we met on the sea when we were out. Suffering from electrical problems on our dear boat, we decided after a days sailing to call it quits and head home. And - Why not - the wonderful knitting COM is still going strong ;-) It is a bit chilly in the air. I have of course been busy as always. Now the apple-trees are giving fruit - as the pear-trees, the latter also need pruning (now), the 6 apple-trees could also do with some, but it is easier to wait with them...(but now in September - it is really a much nicer climate now to do it). So - I am in the "sweater-swamp" meaning - I'm still very focused in doing sweaters, cardigans or tops - things wearable. But I also got scarfs, socks, mittens and some gifts. This COM is a surprisingly creative and rewarding spree. Nothing seems to difficult to cast on - and all seems possible. I have really re-arranged the entire yarn-room and stash, but I feel this has touch some deep satsifaction in me. Ok- Top left, an Angora Top, designed by me top-down, and the yarn is Anny Blatt SuperAngora. Bought in France a few years back, so it is great to do a souvenir yarn use, and a warm angora top. Mild and proper. To the left is a Noro Silk Garden Light doing the Aleita shell. Also yarn bought in US, and the pattern was wrong, but not hard to figure out. Anyhow, I love the ease and progress of this wonderful yarn that changes. The one on the right - the pink, red black - is a cardigan for mom. She has no internet now, so it is safe ;-) It is in the most luxury yarn I have, 96 SEK for 50 gran and 60 meters of 50% wool 30% silk, 10% alpaca and 10% cashmere. It is Noro Kabuto, a yarn to love. I love its softness, and this thickness made me knit side-ways very inspired by the Solveig Hisdal camisole/cardi, but I just measure and do short-rows so I get the right A-line for my dear A-type mom. She sure deserves a beautiful warm cardi. Ok on the left bottom it is a scarf - it is called "pimpeliese" and is a free pattern... a nice scarf and a wonderful yarn. That will be so great. To the right is the wonderful New Zealand yarn from Naturally - It contains Merino wool and POSSUM. I love the colors. It is so Australia (where I bought it) but it is also Sweden in the fall. I am knitting a rather "new" pattern called "Leitmotif" from a magazine (it was Interweave Knits I think). I will cool this very busy colour and cable pattern with some one colour edges. But - the problem is of course to leave it, and cast on something else the next day. I have of course also casted on a present for dear Hubby, from Fishermans sweaters - Stornoway from Starmore, but he does sneak-read my blog so sorry.. No pictures. Finally I attempted a reall tough one, it is of course a Norweigan master-piece called "Insvinget jacke". The problem here is that the it is nearly to impossible to make larger than the large that the pattern has, and I could definitely have some ease in it, but I have (I think) figured it out. Anyhow - to be on the safe side, I am starting with the sleeves. Anyhow - it is not enough with this (yes, one might think I am totally insane, but no It is great!) I have also casted on a Kaffe Fasset pattern called Flowers. Another rather interesting cardi in fair-isle. Hmm I do not have the "other" fair-ilse "Pebbles" in a picture yet. But next week. Let us enjoy - the wonderful Cast on Mania. Hugs out there!