Friday, 26 September 2014

Favourite Fall Sweater


At the beginning of  this week Andi wrote a blogpost, and asked her readers to share their favourite fall sweater and why. I thought this is a great idea and I've already been inspired by the sweaters I saw on blogs and on Instagram. I had planned on going back to some old sweaters and show you how they've stand the test of regular wear. I picked two of my favourite garments for this blogpost.


First up is my version of Fair Isle Yoke, from A Stitch in Time vol 1.This is  a vintage pattern originally published in Woman's weekly in 1946. I'm amazed how versatile this sweater has turned out to be. The sweater is made in fingering wool and short sleeves, which is common for vintage sweaters. Most garments, even when the pattern calls for short sleeves, I make in a long-sleeved version, yet the short sleeves in this one make it very wearable. Especially in the beginning of fall it's not cold enough to take the think, Icelandic cardigans out of the closet. I often wear this sweater over a dress or skirt, and when it gets colder I wear a lightweight cardigan over it.


The second pattern is this blue cardigan. It's actually one of those garments that I wear throughout the year, but in fall it rarely spends any time on a clothes rack at all. Rather than black or white, navy is my go-to colour: it seemingly fits with everything I have in my wardrobe. It's made from Alpaca wool, a delightfully warm fiber: You don't need a heavy weight yarn if it's made of alpaca. As this is one of the first garments I ever made, the yarn is Drops. I used to love Drops yarns very much as it's one of the few affordable and easy accessible yarn brands over here. Especially as at that time I didn't dare to order yarn 'from over the pond' yet. It's kind of funny to look back at a time where Jamieson & Smith or Old Maiden Aunt were distant strangers to me (Lord knows, those yarns and I are very familiar these days!)

This cardigan is only the second sweater I've ever made. It's really quite old and has seen lot's of wear, especially at the cuffs it shows. Because I've worn it so much, this is a project I'm considering to reknit pretty much exactly as it was, but before that I will probably keep wearing it until it literally falls apart...


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Nay, this be art!



There was lots of hustle and bustle in the Treehouse. The Treehouse Gnomes had assembled themselves on one of the highest branches in the Treehouse, from which they had the perfect view on everything that was going on in the Treehouse. However, the Gnomes had not assembled in all their great masses just to enjoy the view. No. They were there to watch...and to come to a joint decision about something that had just arrived in the Treehouse.


Little voices filled the air. "Do you think she knows?" asked a Gnome with a red pointy cap. "Is this normal?" "Is this how they look like these days?" one of the oldest asked. "Has she finally gone truly barking mad? asked another. "Perhaps she is secretly colour blind?" suggested another. There was one Gnome, (sporting a beret, a painfully fluorescent tunic and a particularity neatly trimmed goaty) who saw his chance. Standing amidst his fellow Gnomes, he proclaimed: "Nay, this be ART".


As the fluorescent fellow was trying to explain the concepts of abstraction, impressionism, romanticism and most importantly, progressive rock, he lost most of the audience. The Gnome-civilisation of the time had not yet invented art, and the more conservative of them were of the opinion that it could wait until after they'd invented steam power, thank-you-very-much.

What had actually arrived in the Treehouse was a knitted cap. It's a Sheep heid hat knitted by my mother! Although she's been a knitter for a long time, she's only recently picked the craft up again. She finished this hat a while ago, and I wanted to share it with you because I really liked it! The pictures are quite summery...because...well...I took them in the mids of summer and in freakishly hight temperatures. The pattern is by Kate Davies, and the yarn is Shetland wool. It might be noticeable that my mum and I do share similar tastes! When my mum started the sheep in these colours, I was a bit sceptical (much like the gnomes) but I love the end result. I hope you like it too!


So I  have been back at university for about three weeks now. It's been reasonably okay, but when I wrote my previous blog post I had not anticipated quite how busy the first few weeks would be.  I had two presentations in the second week of being back at uni, one of which is hugely important towards my final grade for that specific course. Well...talking about getting off to a good start...

Nisse 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Summer's end





The end of summer is drawing nearer and nearer. The first signs of Autumn have already made their appearance. The first leaves are falling, the ground has been taken over by fungi (and more gnomes than ever, I suspect) and the forest grounds are littered with acorns. I love this time of the year for many reasons, and I think it's the best season to be out and about. Unfortunately saying goodbye to summer means saying goodbye to summer holidays as well.


Today the academic year started and I am back on the grid. I'm not going to pretend I'm glad about saying goodbye to all that knitting and sewing time, but I guess it had to end someday.  Summer holiday seems to have flown by faster than ever. Perhaps because this coming year has got a lot in store for the Treehouse. The good, the bad and the scary.  One of the things that will happen is me writing the most important thesis to date (you can place that in one of the categories yourself). It's always strange the start of a new year after the summer holidays. It seems so so far away until the actual day it all starts again, when everything swings back to normal again and it (almost) is as if summer holiday never even happened and you only laid down pens and papers yesterday.

Well.... Let's get busy.

Xx Nisse