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Knit skirt

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My sister Just turned 7 and started first grade, so I wanted to make her something that is easy to care for and easy to use. I decided to knitted her a skirt. She have had a purple phase and hoping it will stay for a while, I made it purple. The pattern is from Sandnes hefte 1509 it’s in Norwegian (sorry folks) I used Cascade 220 superwash, It was the first time I used cascade yarns and it was great to work with, being superwash the yarn did have a bit of a plastic feeling about it but it was not more then expected from a superwash yarn. I’m really pleased with the result and think that the finished product is fun and suitable for a 7 year old.

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I expected this to be a vey quick knit and it did take a bit longer then I estimated and to be honest it wasn’t the most exciting thing to knit but well worth it, the best bit in my opinion is the colourwork section in the middle it really gives something to the design and was fun to knit. Both the hem and the waistband it folded over and sewn down, this gives a very crisp finish to the skirt, the waist band have an elastic inside to you won’t have to worry about it sliding down since the elastic gives that extra structure to allow play and running around climbing trees or monkey bars.

The cardigan in the first picture is latte baby coat.

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Say No to fast fashion

Say No to fast fashion

How is making everything myself any better then buying commercially in a sustainable aspect?

Well it’s not. It might even be worse, commercial production have optimised everything so that as much of the material as possible are used and to be efficient. The aspect you can compete with by making your own is to only make what you actually need and to do that well only you have the opportunity to make garments form your own measurements that fit your body. Think through exactly what you need and make it perfect, ensure that the fit is perfect for your shape, that the colour suites you and is something you will like for a long time. Think long term, don’t stock up a big stash, your taste will most likely change.

I’m not saying that I’m perfect and only make the perfect items, that I love and cherish for years and years, but I would like to be.

I think that the knitting and absolutely the sewing community have taken on the fast fashion trend. I hope that this can be a wake up call for someone more then me, just to stop and think. Choose one project and make it really well. Do that hand stitching and take your time with one project instead of making several in the same amount of time.

Making things is essential for me. It is what makes me happy, calm, excited and more, so to stop making things isn’t an option, but trying to be aware and take it slow to take my time when sourcing materials is.

I have planned a series of posts where I go through how to curate a wardrobe or rather how I attempt to curate my wardrobe.

Please share you toughs in the comments or a link, I’d love to here what you think.


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Cirkus Cardigan

Cirkus tent baby cardigan

It is finished and super cute. I’m so glad I finally made one. In the pattern, the other side was used as the outside and I did weave in the ends in a way that allowed both sides the be the outside and had planned on placing buttons on both sides, but in the end I just put them on this side. I think it’s the cutest and craziest.

The pattern is from Strikk till mamma go mini but there is a similar for free here in english. I made the 3 month size and the yarn is teetee alpakka dyed by me and the buttons are porcelain from tummelisa.

I’m really glad I didn’t do a larger size due to the hundred or more ends to weave in.

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Kaprifol Socks

Kaprifol Socks

Kaprifol socks are knitted from the cuff down and have a beautiful cable running organically along the side of the sock and merge at the toe. Kaprifol or Lonicera caprifolium is the flower of the province in Sweden I’m from. It climbs high in spirals and sprouts large flowers with a mild scent of summer.

Yarn: (320/360)meters of fingering weight sock yarn (400 meters/100 grams). The samples are made in yarn hand dyed by me. The yarn base is 75% wool, 25% polyamid.
Gauge: 27 stitches/10 cm and 36 rows/10 cm in stockinet stitch 

Price 45sek (about 5usd)  knapp buy now  knapp ravelry

Kaprifol Socks

I have finally managed to create the coordinating sock pattern to Kaprifol Mitts, the have an organically flowing cable along each side of the sock that merge in the toe, there was a lot of knitting and ripping back in the design process before everything got exactly as I had planned. Now that it is finished I really, really like looking at them and since it is the most recent, It is my favourite, if you ask me in 6 months I’ll probably have a new favourite but for the moment those orange/red socks made in my own hand dyed yarn and kaprifol sock pattern. I love them and they might just be my favourite project ever. One of my friends said that my style was simple with a small but spectacular detail and these sock definitely falls under that if I may say so myself. I have always thought that my signature style was colour work related, like in my vide pattern series, but after this summer with all the cabling I had made and with the last cabled hat pattern I think I’ll have to redefine what I think my knitting style is. Colour work still is my favourite kind of knitting but the structure and the fabric created with cables is so different and interesting. I’m planning and swathing for another pattern with cable and garter stitch, but it is still in very early stages and will probably take some time before you see it.

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This is a behind the scenes photo of the photoshoot for the pattern and for some coming ads, I didn’t have access to three models so I took three of our kitchen chairs, all my camera equipment and cable remote controller and photographed my self in all the three positions. Afterwards I edited them together to make it look like I had three models and a photographer. I love photoshop.

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Meet Elijah

Elijah toy ysolda

You probably know by now that I work in phases and for a period of time, all I want to do is knit sock, sew dresses, play piano… well this time it is make cute toys. This is Elijah by Ysolda and it is made in Sublime yarn’s Cashmere Merino Silk DK in the colour way Buttercream, a wonderful soft yarn and filled with wool and has embroidered eyes. I added a tiny tail since elephants have tails and it certainly makes him cuter. I bought the pattern at one of her birthday sales a long time ago but never got around to making it and I’m so glad I finally did. I made a lot of toys about 2 years back and gave all of them away, I have a tendency to say that I’m going to save them, but they somehow end up everywhere but here. Although they have been played with and that is the important thing, I felt like we should have some here as well so that we have something for our young visitors to play with. And I just like the look of a row with knitted or clothed toys in my “office” when I’m working.

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The pattern is easy to follow, you knit the head and then you pick up stitches and knit the other parts seamlessly, which require less finishing then knitting in pieces and then seam. I think that I prefer seaming and did in fact seam the ears instead of picking up stitches, there is no going back and re-seam it if you realise that the arms are crooked if you work seamlessly and the first few rows are tough when everything is straining. I can totally see why she choose this construction, but I prefer to seam. When I made my first toys however I loved the idea of not having to seam everything up. I thought that her very detailed instructions for where to pick up stitches was wonderful and made the toy much more accessible, and it is very clear now that preferences change when your skills grow. I also used to swear by bamboo needles and I can’t stand them nowadays. They are blunt, lack precision and the stitches don’t glide smoothly. Elijah toy ysolda

Perlemorsgenser

Perlemorsgenser mother of pearl

I made myself a new alpaca pullover. I used the kids pattern perlemorsgenser/mother of pearl pullover as inspiration and made myself some instructions. I used 12 skeins, 600 gram, 2004 meters of Drops Alpaca held double. My cria cardigan was knit in this yarn and it was my favorite until I ruined it in the wash, so I think this will be loved and well used, coming this autumn. I really like the decorative cable and bobbles making the raglan shape the sides. I think it gives interest without being fussy and I think it will blend well in with all my separates. This kind of pullover doesn’t really work with dresses, it makes me feel like a big walking blob and I don’t like to feel like a blob. It will however be perfect with those trousers I’m planning to make. The colour is a mix of undyed natural shades of tan alpaca wool which gives depth to the colour and it will look amazing with the navy blue trousers I’m planning to make.

I have been building up a lot of expectations about this sweater since I decided to make it 6 months ago, it took some time to decide on a colour and it doesn’t completely live up to my expectations, mostly because I see now that raglan isn’t very flattering on me. I see a lot of people wearing raglan, but how can I wear raglan well? I have broad shoulders and this is the result. My beloved has narrow shoulders and look just as misshaped in it?

Or is it the length that is the problem, maybe I should lengthen it a few cm.

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Lace bonnet

Kyse med hullmønster hat baby

I made this to go with a eggplant purple baby trousers is so pose to be the same size. I used my leftovers to make them so the colour is the same, I really like this pattern is the second time I used it and I think I will made another in the yarn as well just to be shore of having a matching set that fits as the same time that or something else that can fit in to this set.

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The pattern is Kyse med hullmønster from Strikk till mamma og mini and the pattern is by Siri Hoftun and the yarn Pickles extra fine merino in Deep aubergine.

Nancykofte

Nancykofte cardigan

I am unreasonably proud of this one, the pattern is Nancy kofte by Sandnes garn in hefte 43 kofter. It is knitted in Sandnes Peer Gynt. a 100% Norwegian wool yarn. I made a few modifications the two biggest being short row neck shaping and grading from a larger hip the bust size. It has my favorite wooden buttons and a cotton band covering the cut edges from the steek.

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The bets part is that it is finished now when a jacket can be swapped to a nice sweater.

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Eggplant purple

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I knitted this toddler romper/trousers in Pickles exrta fine merino it has he most amazing deep eggplant purple. The pattern is from Sandnes garn hefte Baby 1415, the design is by Liv Stangeland. I have something of an obsession with knitting baby clothes at the moment there is no reason behind it but there incredibly cute and you can choose and an allover pattern without being stuck with it for a lifetime.

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I wish it where possible to subscribe to Sandnes hefter, there pattern booklets and altho I don’t knit all the patterns I look at them for hours and hours for inspiration, wouldn’t it be nice to come home and find the new issue of amazing inspiration once a month. But they don’t come on a regular schedule nor have subscriptions since it not a magazine just pattern booklets from a yarn company.

Faunajakke

Faunajakke cardigan baby

Faunajakke from Paelas an other little cardigan made in Novena wool/alpaca blend yarn with porcelain buttons. I used 4 skeins for size 2 years. I really like this pattern but it’s a bitt of a pain to knit, I like to have a rest row in lace knitting but this pattern have alternating ribbing as a base to the lace which means that you have to keep track to the lace pattern on all rows however it is well worth the effort for this. the pattern does not have any neck shaping so I added a few short-rows at the neck just before the ribbing in order to make the front neck a little lower then the back. The Novena yarn is braided not spun which makes it light, fluffy and airy. This cardigan weighs 105 gram buttons included, very light which is nice and makes it a perfect layering pice not adding a lot of bulk underneath some outer wear.  Nice for small people that have a tendency to be immobilized of there outerwear in the winter.

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