This is totally a sweater

Whenever I knit in public, people often ask me if I’m knitting a sweater. Yes. Well. Here is my new “sweater.”


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I took Tott to town today and at the bookstore we discovered “The Sheep that Jumped over the Fence.”


In other news, the stash is being knit down, new patterns are being dreamed up, a novel is being written, and many other things besides are happening in the passive voice.

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Norway’s mostly renowned, I think, for its fjords and mountains, but I’m determined to share the charms of the Eastfold with anyone who will spare a glance!


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Izzy wizzy, let’s get busy

Did you know that there’s a secret manuscript of the Odyssey wherein Circe enchants her wine with the following spell? Izzy wizzy, let’s get busy. Make this wine sweet and fizzy! Most of the past 3 weeks have been spent adapting the aforementioned Homeric epic to Knoll and Tott’s tastes — hence the detailed descriptions of the comestible aspects; spells similar to Strega Nona‘s; and multiple digressions that begin “in the olden days in Greece…”

Anyway, unlike Penelope, I don’t slave away all day at my loom, viz. knitting needles, only to unravel my work after everyone else has gone to bed. And here’s what I have to show for my diligence:

Westfold Wheat! This rectangular shawl in the Estonian style calls for 800 m of laceweight yarn and works up very quickly once you get past the nupp border. I knitted the orange version for Mum while she and Dad were here for a 3-week visit — it busted more stash (in this case, Slink by Easyknits in the colourway Marmalade), which left me feeling more productive than usual, as if knitting from the stash is somehow of great worth from a moral perspective. (It is, as I can personally attest, naturally of great worth from the financial perspective of an unemployed person.)


Then some finished objects that had been malingering as they waited for better photographs — a new Troldhaugen in Blacker BFL Lace (I will spare you the rhapsodizing about this yarn); St Martin, finished some years ago and tossed in the freezer to avoid both moths and blocking till now, in handspun merino/silk; and a simple garter stitch shawl in handspun Shetland, which everyone but me thinks is itchy, thereby ensuring that it won’t be poached.

And just as I thought that I’d cast on a fresh new project, I discovered some half-finished socks and shawls without edgings in my WIP bin. Hmph!

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A rainy day at the Palace and Park

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The Woods at Alby

Maybe it’s easier to take blocking pics because there’s no expectation of awesomeness in said pics. Anyway, as usual there is nothing to recommend either my blocking or photography skills but I did love the repetitiveness and simplicity of this pattern.

The shawl takes less than 800 m, which was the intention, but which also made for some stressful and extremely fast knitting — because for some reason I harbour the irrational belief that the speedier the knitting the less yarn will be needed.

With Soft ‘n’ Lacy in the Windflower colourway from Lamington Lass! The yarn is very plump and makes great nupps. It also survived at least 4 trips to the frog pond in quite decent condition.

Here’s a rather dry article from the New York Times about the flower called wood anemone in English (as opposed to the rather more poetic hvitveis in Norwegian) that inspired this shawl.

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