Monday, 25 February 2013

Finished Project: There and Back Again


I knitted this one over the weekend...actually it was last weekend but I'm having a biggish backlog of finished projects. This one is the most recently finished of those projects. It was a fun pattern to knit as it combines different techniques, colourwork knitting and cables. As I mentioned before it has a peculiar construction, one I had not seen in a hat pattern before, but it works so I'm fine with it. Just beware that if you plan on making this hat it does involve quite some picking up of stitches and sewing.


Pattern: Kvosin
Designer: Stephen west
Collection: Westy's Besties
Soundtrack for this pattern:
Song of the Lonely Mountain - Neil Finn (is anyone else just mad that they didn't turn the dwarves version into a full song? ) 
I used mostly Holst Garn 100% Uld for the hat instead of Brooklyn Tweed. Because I love Holst, and also because Brooklyn Tweed just simply is not available in mainland Europe. You might be able to order it from the Brooklyn Tweed website, but I'm not sure if it works. For the green band in the middle I used malabrigo sock.


The pattern comes from the Westy's Besties collection. I love the collection! I think it might be his best work as of yet!The next project of the collection I want to start is TĂșngata I just love the colourwork on that one! It won't be for a while though as I have some different projects planned for now.

Since I finished knitting the slouchy hat gift I find myself to be on a hat roll. I think the enduring cold has something to do with that. I don't really mind as I oddly have a lack of hand-knitted hats. I have recently bought yarn for this hat, when I was on yarn trip with a friend of mine whose just getting into the wonderful world of yarn, hooks and needles. 

So hum, the hat falls a bit weird but that's because I have all my hair under there.
 Would you believe that it's already almost March? Turns out all that reading was not just for fun...oh no, Jane Eyre, the Great Gatsby and so forth have to be turned over to the dark domain of literary analysis. Ah well, it's a hard job, but someone has got to do it, right? ;)

What are you making right now? Is anyone of you participating in the Westy's besties knit along? 
I hope to be back later this week, but I've an essay due on Friday, so I can't be sure. 

Nisse

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Reading a bookshelve


When visiting new friends' homes for the first time, I have the theory that you can tell a lot about someone by sneaking a peak at their bookshelves. Starting with the simple fact if there is or isn't a bookshelve - I allways get slightly distressed when I see that someone has no books in their home -, and then on to the content, topics, writers, the way the books are organised and wether or not the books are dusty, new or well used. If my theory is true, I must have become a wholly different person over the weekend. Or, at least, a person with a wholly new bookshelve.



I was in desperate need of a new bookshelve. Books piles were emerging all over the place, and didn't fit into my old one anymore. So over the weekend I finally got this problems solved by adding a bookshelve. Most of my books are in the old one, but this one houses a fair amount of books too.
And ofcourse lots of empty spots...just in case I get more books... ;)

So what does the bookshelve say about me?

I'm a reader of fantasy, from time to time
These are books from the bf, his fantasy is a bit more violent (and monochrome, apperantly)
I'm currently reading this series.

Just like yarn and shawls, you can never have to many teapots!
Speaking of yarn and shawls, I need to keep that in a place the cat can't reach

The shelves are mainly filled with two themes: knitting books, and Norton-or-Heath-Anthologies-of-British-and-American-Literature
At the moment, with all the squares to fill up like my own personal museum, it almost feels like a shame to fill it up with new books. Although somehow I think I won't be said when I eventually do fill up the space...


 That's it. Now I'm going to continue another recently purchased book: The Great Gatsby. Can't believe I haven't read it before, but well, here it goes!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

WIP: There and back again


 I started a new WIP this weekend. It's named 'There and back again', because I was watching the Hobbit for the second time when I started knitting it. I do think that the colours and pattern are quite Middle Earth/ Hobbit suited.

I can't help it, ever since I saw the movie again I've been in a very Tolkien-ish world (yes that is a word). Despite all my reading load for the uni I really want to start reading the series again and a Lord of the Rings movie marathon will happen...as soon as I find people who are willing to watch it with me!  

Picture by Jared Flood for Stephen West
The pattern is Kvosin by Stephen West. The construction is peculiar, but it does work. I love working on it!

The pattern is part of the Westy's Besties collection, and there is currently a knit-a-long going group for this collection. Every week on friday Stephen West will relace 2 or 3 patterns which belong to this collection. In the group there is lots of talk going on, colour advice, general cheer etc. You can find the group here if you want to join.

I still need to decide what colour to use for the brim and the top. I'm torn between 'donkey' grey and 'goldcrest' yellow. Perhaps one of you can help me decide?
Back to front: Donkey Grey, Main colour, Goldcrest yellow
Well, I'm very much enjoying the knitting now, so I'll turn off my computer now, and I'll see you later!


Ps.: Thanks for all the reactions to my last post on the blog, twitter or in person. I really appreciate it. :)

Friday, 8 February 2013

Why I blog

I sometimes wonder why I blog. Especially lately, a lot of the bloggers I used to really like have stopped blogging regulary, or even stopped their blogs all together. Sometimes, especially when I'm really busy, or not feeling to colourful in my head or inspired, I tend to question myself. Do I write nice enough that people actually would want to read what I have to say? Why do I do this? Why do I blog? While instead I could knit or read...or, which is often true as well... while could make assigments for college?;)

Why do it?


Why do I spend time on formulating my thoughts on a certain topic and put them online? Why?
Why do I spend time on editing text and making nice photo's? Why should I spend time writing long pieces and then filtering out the stuff I don't want to share in public? Why? While at the same time I write a fair enough share of thoughts in private diaries as it is...?

All these thoughts are sometimes in my head...they visit me once in a while, together with seeds of other doubts or insecure points I have about myself.

 Why do I blog then? I'll tell you why.

Sharing. Giving something back to a community that gives me so, so much.
Other blogs inspired me to be try my hand at crafts, and I feel I need to give something back by spreading 'the story of crafts' on through the line.

Belonging. In connection with first point. Blogging gives me a sense of belonging. Belonging to an endless creative community. And I am part of that. And proud of it too!

Documenting. Documenting my own journey. So that the future me can be amazed about myself, the things I learned and the things I did. Because sometimes, being amazed at yourzelf is exactly what you need.

Inproving. Blogging makes me better. Better at writing, formulating my thoughts. Better at photography. It makes me a better creater. I do all these things better because of the blog, in some cases one could even say that without the blog I might not have learnt those skills all. 

Courage. Blogging gives me courage. Putting my thoughts out here...writing about stuff I make, making my words and actions therefore important enough that they matter...matter enough to be read by someone else. Posting pictures about stuff I make, write about stuff I make...basically shouting "Look, I made this... isn't it pretty?!"

Posting pictures of myself. A few years ago I never would have tought I would do it...but here we are. Sometimes I stop and think about it...I think it's really insane...
But I do it...and will continue to do so. Because what the comments, the love, the inspiration the community and the craft give me are endless. It gives me courage, courage to feel confident about myself and about the things that I think, it matters.

You...connecting. The feeling of connecting, sharing interest and ideas with people all over the world.
Being a sort of blog family in a way. Sometimes I get a lot of responses, most of the time I get an average amount and occasionally there is a silence. But that's okay. I don't always have someting to say either. I'm thankfull for the feedback and comments I get from you all.

My blog is not read as often as some of the super-popular blogs out there..but that's okay. I'm also not the most organized person, or a regular blogger and, am in many ways still finding my writing 'voice'.... this blog serves as a journal of finding that, of finding myself, of my journey through life. The point is that I love writing, I love sharing, I love creating and it matters...I matter...you matter. What you...I...we say matters. And that's all there is to it.

Thank you for reading,
Xx