Christmas Music

In the event that you can’t bear to listen one more over-jolly rendition of Frosty the Snowman, let me present you with an alternate Christmas playlist.

 

Or if you prefer a classical Christmas:

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Selfish sweater

In order to make myself feel better about buying yarn (i.e. expanding the stash) I’ve developed the rule that it isn’t actually stash if it’s cast on right away. Therefore, Black Friday’s bounty doesn’t really count, since it’s well on its way to becoming another Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan, Viking style, for meeeee!

The yarn is Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikken’s Sølje, a fingering weight spun from Norwegian pelssau (double-coated sheep). It’s very silky but not entirely soft/smooth, and reminds me in various ways of lopi, Shetland, and Gotland. I’m also counting on it being extremely warm, which is probably why I’m rushing to finish it. As its sleeves are intended to finish above the elbow, I might even be able to wear the finished object by the end of the week!

 

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Red, white, and PURPLE!

New patterns!

Purple cowl: Brisingamen

Purple shawl: Margit Hjuxe

White Faroese shawl: Shawl for the 17th of May

White baby blanket: Jurriaan

Red & White shawl: A Wandering Canadian – seeking testers here!

Red shawl: Raven-Wine

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Socks and Spain

Is it too soon to say that I love Spain? I’ve only been there a total of 2 times, but it already holds a special place in my heart. Here are some typically touristy views of Palma de Mallorca…

My attempts at speaking Catalan were a failure (just as they were in Barcelona 2 years ago) as I don’t think anyone quite expects tourists (especially of the Norwegian variety) to speak Catalan, so once the natives heard my hesitant or should I say cringeworthy efforts they almost always replied in either Spanish or English.

To the inevitable question of ‘why Catalan’ rather than the more useful and usual Spanish: with my knowledge of French and half-remembered bits of university Latin, Catalan is much easier for me than Spanish. Also, how can one not love a language with a preponderance of the letter X — gaudeix, cotxe, això, coneixer…

The holiday afforded me time to finish a pair of socks in West Yorkshire Spinners’ Aire Valley DK! 3 mm needles and 48 stitches — a very quick knit in comparison to my usual socky slog of fingering weight on 2 mm needles.

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Res nova

No, it’s not really a revolution. But I did make some new discoveries on YouTube that have revolutionized my playlists for the past week!

 

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Shades of Grey

Stormy weather…keeps raining all the time!

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The annual post about winter knitting

Here’s the first of the winter knitting: felted lopi slippers.

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They busted some stash that was about 10 years old (or maybe “only” 7) and they fulfil their intended purpose, so I am inclined to like them despite their lack of fashionability. Also, the felting has muffled all my mistakes and crappy crochet technique so despite the fact that I made up the pattern as I went along — though these boots started life as the Minni Slippers, only the toe remained the same.

Anyway, the usual winter knitting is about to begin. I’ve stashed some Easyknits.co.uk Big Boy for both Knoll and Tott, and look forward to the latest top-down concoctions (although having measured Knoll, who is now 9, I did start to wonder at the wisdom of having chosen a fingering weight yarn for his sweater).

In addition I’m also busting through the stash with baby knits! Not for us (thank goodness) but for friends and family, and all those random single skeins are being eaten by Christine’s Baby Booties and Wee Lima sweater and of course my standard “barselsgave” (that’s the Norwegian word for the gift/s that new parents get), EZ’s Tomten.

 

Well, more later…new patterns are coming too!!!

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