Saturday, June 03, 2017

At least it hasn't been a year!

The past few weeks have been very busy both at home and at work, so I just haven't had the time to update the blog! For four of the past six weeks I've had two biomedical scientist students that I've supervised at the lab, and even though they've both been exceptional, It's a little bit exhausting to always be on full alert as you are when you're keeping an eye on them. This weekend, however, Thomas has taken Ella to his mother in Borås, which means I have the house all to myself! 

On the 28th of April, me and Thomas and his brother Adam went to Stockholm to see Ghost, which was absolutely amazing. We left early on Friday morning and spent a good bit of the day shopping in Stockholm. We went to the Sci-fi bookstore and I got to visit Litet Nystan, which is an amazing yarn shop. They carry both Malabrigo, Madelinetosh and Cascade, plus the have also started selling Wollmeise! I bought some Cascade 220 that I think will become a cardigan for Ella, a skein of hand dyed sock yarn, and a skein of Malabrigo sock yarn. 

Then in the evening we went to dinner with some friends, and then on to the concert at Hovet. Ghost delivered a fabulous show as always, and now we're planning on seeing them again when they come to Gothenburg in September.

I've also had a birthday since last I wrote, and Thomas had actually gotten me yarn! He was on a work trip at an old textile mill/museum, and picked up a skein of hand dyes mystery wool yarn. It is a single ply and a little bit thick and thin, and gorgeous! I've actually already started a new project with it, which I'll tell you more about later.

I've actually acomplished a fair bit of knitting the past couple of weeks! Two weeks ago I also had the house to myself, and as the weather finally got warm, I spent a lot of Saturday outside on the deck, knitting and listening to podcasts. I started by finishing a pair of striped socks that my mother-in-law will get when next I see her.

They are just plain vanilla socks, and the Yarn is Friday Studios Monday yarn in the colourway Capitol Couture, that I got in a club shipment a couple of years ago. I'm not sure that I think the colours work together, but my mother-in-law has already seen them and likes them, so I'm pleased with them.

I also FINALLY finished the Fiore di Sole shawl a while ago! I actually ran out of beads, and it took me a while to find more in the same colour, but now it's finally done and I love it!

It's made with Malabrigo lace yarn in the Emerald colourway, and fully beaded. The size is perfect and I completely adore it.

I have also finished two more pairs of socks, one pair for me in OnLine supersocke Carnival yarn that I improvised a cable pattern on, and the other pair is the Tiberius socks that I've made for Thomas.

I am very pleased with oth these pairs, and even though Thomas probably won't use his until this coming winter, he really likes them. His are made with Marks & Kattens Fame yarn, in a jeans blue colourway. Now that Thomas' socks are done, I'm trying to focus my attention on my Tiber cardigan. It's going slowly, but I hope to make a dent in it today, and possibly tomorrow before Thomas and Ella get back. I haven't gotten any new photos of that one yet, but it still looks almost the same as it did last time.

I've started four new projects since last too! I'm designing a pair of toe-up, spiralling socks that I'm making with Mad Color Fiber Arts Shiny yarn in the colourway Medusa Cascade. I've had to rip them back once all the way to the toe, and I reknit the first heel two times as it didn't fit my foot properly, but now the first sock is finished and I'm just about to start the gusset increases on the second sock. I really, really like them, and they are currently my break knitting at work.

Next up I cast on with the wool birthday yarn that I got from Thomas. As I have only a very wide estimate of the meterage of the skein, I decided to stripe it with black, so I bought a skein of two-ply wool from Ullcentrum in black. I cast on for the Crossfire shawl, and it's going great! I only needed the pattern for the firstfew rows, so I think this might become my break knitting once the socks are done.

After that I started another sweater for myself, the Enchanted Mesa sweater by Stephen West. I'm using Sandnes Garn Mini Alpakka, in six different colours, and I'm going to make it more fitted. I've only just started making the cowl neck, so the photo isn't much to look at, but I'm enjoying it so far. This one doesn't get much attention, but I wanted to have it started!

Finally, I started another shawl, because two on the needles didn't seem like enough. I started the Pincha shawl, with at least one skein of Lana Grossa Mielenweit sock yarn, and this is the project that I most want to work on! It is so much fun and so pretty, but I'm trying to get the cardigan finished first.

 Other than that I think I've knit maybe two rows on the Evenstar shawl, and I haven't even looked at the Winchester Plaid mittens. But once I finish the cardigan I'll try to finish those two too, to get the oldest projects done! Also, Stash Dash has started, and I want to try for 5K this year. I don't really think I can finish that much before the end of August, but I'll try to get as much done as possible.

The other day I also got the second shipment from the Wollmeise yarn club, which contained two whole skeins of lace yarn! The colours are absolutely gorgeous, the dark green is Rosalie (which is also my mother's name), and the deep red is Margarete. I'm not over the moon for the pattern, but I think I'll try to hold them double and make a Downton Pullover out of it instead. I just need to finish off some of the older stuff first...

Okay, I think that's it for this time. I'll probably be back sooner next time, hopefully with more finished stuff!

/ Jenny

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Two new FO's in one week!

Lastweek I managed to finish two projects, both for Ella. The first was the Texture in Colors cardigan that I've been working on for a while, and it fits her perfectly!
It's made with a solid lilac Cascade Heritage yarn, and a self-striping Opal Surprise with silver effects yarn as a contrast, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. The original pattern has no sleeves, so I had to lessen the arm-hole a bit to make those, and I added two after-thought pockets, but other than that I made no modifications. I knit the largest size, and I think she'll be able to wear it for at least the spring and autumn.
As I had plenty of yarn left over, and Ella kind of needs a new spring hat, I immediately cast on for a simple stockinette beanie for her in the same yarns, and I finished it last weekend. The brim is 2x2 ribbing in the Heritage yarn, and the rest of the hat is in the Opal yarn.
I haven't had a chance to get a photo of Ella wearing it yet, as she is currently very much against being in photos. The yarn is very pretty, and I have a little bit left over that I'm maybe going to make a tassel of and attach to the hat. We'll see.
Once I finished the hat, I needed a simple project that I can bring to work, so I cast on for a new pair of socks, in Friday Studios Monday sock yarn that I got as a club shipment a couple of years ago.
The socks are just plain vanilla stockinette, and the colourway is called Capitol Couture, basd on the fashion that the Capitol dwellers wore in the Hunger Games books and movies. I'm not sure I really like the colour combination, so I'll give them away to my mother-in-law, who liked the colours.
Last weekend  my parents came to visit to help me and Thomas install our new shower and bathtub, and our bathroom looks so nice! Our old shower cabin has been falling to pieces for a while, and now we finally had enough and bought a new one, with a big bath tub. Then Ella went with my parents when they left, to spend the week with them and with Thomas' parents, leaving us to enjoy a couple of days alone. We missed her a lot, but I spent most of the evenings knitting on the Fiori di Sole shawl, trying to make a dent in it. I've finally passed chart E, which was repeated five times, but I've run out of beads. I've ordered some more, and they should arrive in the mail today or tomorrow, so maybe I can knit a little bit on it this weekend too.

Me and Thomas then went to Borås on Thursday evening, to spend Easter with our families, and it was very nice to see Ella again after four nights without her! We spent the weekend seeing family and friends, and eating a lot of good food. Then on Sunday we went back to Mantorp, and as Monday was also a holiday, we spent that day just lazing around at home as a family. I cast on for yet another pair of socks, with a self-striping skein of OnLine sock yarn.

I'm making a very simple, improvised cable pattern on the side of the sock, but other than that they are very simple stockinette with an after-thought heel. These will be for me, and I'm enjoying them very much!

Other than that, life mostly consists of working and hanging out with Ella. It's very nice to be back in a more regular routine in life, and not having to study every night at home! Yay for working!

/ Jenny

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sock progress

Hello all!
I really feel like I haven't really done much at all since last time I wrote, life is more or less trucking on in our daily routine. Me and Thomas are working, and Ella is at preschool, and in the evenings we cook, clean and hang out with Ella. Ella turned three years old on March 5th, so on the Saturday before that our families came to visit for a party. Ella got properly spoiled, with lots and lots of presents, and I had baked a cake that was more tasty than pretty :)
Thomas has had a lot of activities during the weekends lately too, so I haven't really gotten a lot of knitting done either. However, the Tiger socks that I made for my mother are done, and she got them this weekend.

They are made with Hjertegarn Safari sock yarn, and are just plain vanilla socks with a regular heel flap heel. She has worn out her last pair of socks and really needed a new pair, and she put them on as soon as she got them.
I also got the first shipment in the Wollmeise yarn club that Thomas gave me for Christmas (yes, he really is the best husband!), and I really, really love it. The colourway is called 88 Ra (for Radium), and it is very pretty with greys and greens. The theme was Marie Curie, and the pattern is a very pretty shawl based on Bohr's model of the atom. So much science-y fun!

Last weekend me and Ella went to visit my parents in Borås (Ella loves to go visit her grandparents and usually don't want to go home), and we went shopping a little bit on Saturday with my sister and niece. I got some Sandnes Mini Alpakka yarn that I will eventually turn into an Enchanted Mesa sweater. I don't knit a lot of Stephen West patterns, as most of them are a bit too far out there for me, but when I saw this project of that pattern I was completely hooked. I bought six different red/purple colourways that I will stripe, with a light beige to match, and I want to cast on NOW! But I need to finish some other stuff first. As there are six colours, I'll just direct you to my Ravelry stash page to see for yourselves :)
The project that has gotten the most love in the past couple of weeks is the Farmer McGregor socks, and I actually got to finish them on Saturday! I used the most boring sock blank in history, it's just green, and almost not even variegated, but the socks turned out very pretty. I think I have decided to keep them for myself.

I'm also knitting a lot on the Texture in colors cardigan I'm making for Ella, and this is my current work knitting, as I've just been slugging along on the stockinette body. I decided to add a pair of pockets, as Ella has just found out the practicality of pockets, so I just put in some waste yarn and I'll make them as afterthought pockets. I just picked up all of the stitches for the buttonband/collar/bottom (and broke a needle in the process!), and then there are just the sleeves left!

I actually picked up the Fiori de Sole shawl one of these past weekends, and I now only have a half repeat of chart E left before I move on to the next session. None of the following sections will be repeated more than once though, so once I start on chart F it will feel like it's almost done.
The Tiber Cardigan, the Winchester Plaid mittens, the Evenstar shawl and Thomas' Tiberius socks have not been touched at all. Once I finish the Farmer McGregor socks and Ellas's cardigan, I think I'll try and focus on Thomas' socks and the Tiber cardigan, as I would really like that one finished while it's still cold enough to wear it. Or I'll just have to wait for Autumn to wear it.
See you soon!
/ Jenny

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A shorter one this time

Hi, I'm back! And it's only been a little more than a week! Last weekend me, Thomas and Ella went to my niece's christening, and I got to be her Godmother. Her name is Molly (well, Eva Molly Maria), and she is super cute. She was completely fascinated by the whole event at the church, and spent most of it by blowing raspberries with her lips, which is a new trick for her. Ella got to pour the water into the fount, and spent the whole party afterwards playing with my cousin's daughter. I just thought I would show off the little gift I made for Molly:

It's the Veslekari Sett, and I made it from one skein of the Knitting Goddess 4-ply sock yarn in the colourway Knit Me, and one skein of Marks & Kattens Fame in a the colourway 631, which is a very bright fuchsia pink. The whole set turned out perfect, and I'm very proud of it, and the hat fits!
Last week was a very busy week at work, and then Thomas had his birthday on Friday. We didn't do much that day as I was coming down with a cold, but we're planning a dinner and hotel night sometime soon in the future, when we can arrange some babysitting. Ella and I also started toddler gymnastics this past Sunday, with an association called Knatteskutt. It's for 2-4 year olds, and basically just a bunch of kids running around with lots of balls and three leaders trying their very best to structure the whole thing up. When the kids are that small, one parent has to be there too, and it was so much fun to see Ella having the time of her life. We'll get to go every Sunday for the rest of the semester, and it's kind of her first steps into organized sports.
Other than that, not much knitting has been accomplished, as I just haven't had the time. I've knit a little bit on the Texture in colors cardigan for Ella, but not enough to take any new photos, and the first tiger sock is almost done too. The rest of the projects are patiently waiting for some attention!
So, I guess that's it. See you all soon!

Friday, February 03, 2017

Kind of Ironic...

Well, don't I feel like a chum! My last post, which was published little over a year (!) ago, stated that I would try to post more frequently in 2016. And look how that turned out! 2016 was a crazy year for me and my family, and I had so little free time that I just couldn't spend it on blogging. But now I'm back at work, and our lives are getting back to a more normal routine, so I hope I'll finally have some time to spend here. Let's just hope that I have a few readers left!
Last year, just after I wrote last, I went back to school. One year at Linköping University, to get my licence as a biomedical analysist (BMA). Usually it takes three years to become a BMA, but if you already have a degree in biomedical sciences (I have a masters degree in medical biology), you have the possibility of taking a one year course to get the extra credit needed. And let me tell you, this is a tough year! You still have to learn everything that the three year students do, it's just expected that you already have a lot of that knowledge from your previous education. For me, it's been almost ten years since I went to school, and I think I have forgotten almost everything I learned then, so basically last year was spent entirely studying! Poor Thomas has had to take care of almost everything domestic, and I've felt a little bit too absent from Ella too. Thank God it was only one year!

But now I'm back at work again, I've only been working for a week yet because both Ella and me got a stomach bug last week and had to stay at home. It feels great to be back in a normal life again, and have evenings and weekends free. As you can imagine, I haven't had a chance to knit very much last year either, but I did manage a few things during the summer when I was off school. I won't show you all of it in this post, but if you want to you can go to my 2016 knits page and see all of them. I thought I'd just show you a few of the things, those that are my favourites!.

First off I've finished two dresses for Ella. She's turning three years old this coming March, and she's growing so fast! The first one, the Orleans dress, is already too small and put away, but she got to wear it a few times at least.

It's knit with Sandnes Garn Alpakka/Silke yarn (70 % alpaca/30 % silk), in the 7741 colourway, and it turned out very cute! She last wore it about two months ago, when we had a small photo session with Ella and her brand new cousin Molly.

That's right, this year I've become an auntie! At the end of August my sister and her boyfriend had a little daughter, and her name is Molly. She is tiny and gorgeous, and it's so much fun to finally get a cousin for Ella. She's getting christened tomorrow, and I'm going to be her Godmother. I haven't knit a lot for her, as her parents aren't as knit crazy as I am, but she has inherited most of Ellas outgrown stuff. And I also knit her a sleep bag, that I'm very proud of as I did it without an actual pattern, just from looking at a crocheted model.


It's knit from KnitPicks Palette yarn (100 % wool), in lots of colours, and I think both Molly and her parents liked it.

I also knit Ella and Molly matching Elijah Elephant toys, out of a very cheap acrylic yarn. Me and Ella went grocery shopping one day, and Ella went right past all the toys and stuff in the store, but once she saw this skein of yarn she just had to have it. Funny kid! And of course I had to support her yarn love, so I bought it for her and made toys from it.

The second dress I made for Ella got finished right before Christmas, so she wore it on Christmas Eve.

It's loosely based on the Dress for Alma pattern, but I changed a lot of it so it's probably more my own pattern. It turned out a super cute balloon dress, and it's very warm since it's made of Nille Alpacka Soft yarn which is 60 % acrylic/40 % alpaca. Ella doesn't like it very much, I think she thinks it's a bit scratchy, but to my hands it's super soft. Oh well, She'll probably not have to wear it very much more, I won't force it on her if she doesn't want to.

I also knit two sweaters for myself this year, one that I finished right after new year last year, and one during the summer. The first one is the Alvi sweater, that I made from Wollmeise Blend yarn (70 % merino/20 % cashmere/10 % nylon), in the Krokodil and Ooomph colourways.

I am so very pleased with this one, it fits me perfectly and it's super soft. Blend might be my new favourite yarn. From the leftovers I made a sweater for Ella too, the Anders sweater, and it too turned out great. It still fits her, but one of the buttons have fallen out so I'll have to sew it back on. I'll get to it one day soon.

The second sweater for me is the February Fitted Pullover, and it's made from Tosh Vintage yarn (100 % merino) in the Copper Penny colourway, and other than it's a little bit tight around the arm holes, it's perfect too. I love the colour, and it's really soft and has a nice weight to it.

I haven't managed to get any photos of either of the sweaters on me, maybe I'll get to that too some day.

At the end of the year I also managed to knit socks for all of Thomas' four brothers, which they got for Christmas. I've just started a pair for Thomas too, but I have only gotten to the first cuff as I've focused on other stuff.

And I think that's it! I've also bought a lot, and I do mean a lot, of yarn this year, I think it's been a bit retail therapy, but if you want to see any of it I'll just direct you to my Ravelry stash page. I dare you!

So, then we'll just dive into this year. I have a lot of projects on the needles, and I'm almost embarrassed to admit that two of them are from 2015. I'm still slugging away on my Fiori di Sole shawl that I'm making with Malabrigo Lace yarn, and I don't think I've touched it since this summer. It is very concentration demanding, and with a three-year-old running around at home it's almost impossible. But I'll finish it some day! No new photos though, as I've made very little visible progress.

The second long time project is actually a pair of socks. I just haven't gotten around to them yet, mostly I think because the pattern is in a physical book and not on my iPad. It's the Farmer McGregor socks that I'm making out of a sock blank from Stäkets Hantverk, and I think I'll focus on these ones once I finish the socks I'm making for Thomas. And that pair, which I actually started this year, is the Tiberius socks by Cookie A, and I'm making them in a skein of jeans blue Marks & Kattens Fame sock yarn. as I said I haven't even finished the first cuff, so no photos of either of these socks either. Maybe next time?

Last year I also started a colourwork cardigan for myself, the Tiber Cardigan.

It's made in Kauni solid yarn in a very dark purple and white, and it's turning out very very pretty. I love it, and I really enjoy working on it, but somehow it's just not gotten very much attention. I guess lots of other, more important projects have taken up my time. I really want to wear this one though, so I'll have to get cracking!

Next up is yet another lace shawl, but this one is for a specific reason. A couple of years ago I made an Evenstar shawl out of Wollmeise Lace, that I've just loved to bits. Literally. About a year ago I had to wash it, and noticed four or five holes in it, that I mended in a very imperfect way. A couple of months ago I noticed yet another hole (I think I've just snagged the shawl on stuff like zippers, I don't think we have moths), and I decided to just call it quits. So I'm making another one, also in teal, but this time out of Madelinetosh Prairie, in the Norway Spruce colourway. I knit a lot on it when I had just cast on, but now it's been languishing in its bag for a long while. I want to finish it, but just like the Fiori di Sole shawl, this one is quite demanding attention-wise, so I rarely get a chance.

I have also worn holes in my Ramona mittens that I made back in 2012, so I really need a new pair of mittens. So the other day I cast on for a pair of Winchester Plaid mittens, in KnitPicks Palette yarn. I had actually gotten as far as the thumb on them, but I just wasn't pleased with how the stranded colourwork looked, so I ripped them out and started over. So right now I'm about as far as you can see in this old photo.

I think they will be a little bit big, but I plan on knitting a lining for them to make them double, so I think it will be all right. Go team Dean!

I'm also knitting on a pair of socks for my mother, a plain vanilla pair.

These are made with Hjertegarn Safari yarn, and are supposed to make tiger stripes, but mine are turning out mostly spotted. I still like them, and I think my mother will too. This is my mindless work project right now, that I knit on at my coffee breaks.

My final project I'm working on is a fingering weight cardigan for Ella, the Texture in Colors cardigan.

I'm making it out of Cascade Heritage sock yarn in the lilac colour, and a skein of Opal Happy mit Silbereffekt sock yarn that Ella just loves. She picked that one out of my huge bin, mainly because it has glitter in it, and she keeps asking me if it's for her when I knit on it. If I hunker down on it I think I could finish it quite fast, so I think she'll have a light weight cardigan for spring at least. As she is a little furnace all of her own, and never seems to feel cold (try to keep socks on her feet, I dare you!), she could probably wear it all year round!

Finally, I've also managed to finish three things this year too, but I can only tell you about two as one is a surprise. The first is a pair of socks for me, which I really, really love!

These are the Pomatomus socks, also by Cookie A, and they are made with Mad Color Fiber Arts Tasara yarn (80 % merino/20 % silk), in the Fruity Oaty Bar colourway. I have to admit that when I got this skein a couple of years ago (it was a club skein), I wasn't all that thrilled with the colours, as I thought they were a bit too bright for my taste. Now that I've knit it up I absolutely love it, I think they are the happiest socks I've knit in quite a while!

I also made a small dragon for Ella, out of some Järbo mini skeins I have had in stash for ages.

This is the Tarragon the Gentle Dragon Pattern, and I did mostly as the pattern said. I think he turned out super cute, and so does Ella. She kept wanting to steal him even before I had finished his arms and legs! I think he took me about three days to knit, as he is quite small, but that just makes him cuter. Ella has named him Draken (Swedish for dragon), as she hasn't quite grasped the concept of naming stuff yet :)

And that's it! As you can see, the main things last year was studying and becoming an aunt, but hopefully I'll get back here more frequently with more updates! Thomas is having his birthday next weekend, and at the beginning of March Ella will turn three, so I think there will be some party stuff going on here soon. See you soon!

/ Jenny

Friday, January 22, 2016

I'll try to do better in 2016!

Hello Everybody! I'm so sorry that I've neglected you all so much this past Autumn and Winter! It's been a looong Autumn, both me and Thomas started working again with Ella in pre-school, and right around mid-November my stomach just gave up. I've undergone a bunch of tests and examinations, and I'm just waiting for the results now. So I've been off work a lot, and spent most of that time on the couch or taking care of Ella.

But, hopefully the Spring will be better! Today I had my last day at work for a whole year, because I'm going back to school! I'm going to study at Linköpings University for a year to get a Biomedical Analysts degree and licence. I'm starting Monday, and even though it feels a bit weird to be back in school (I thought I was done with that!), it's going to be a lot of fun too.

I've also accomplished a lot of knitting this Autumn, so this might be a somewhat long post. But I think you're getting used to that, right? In my last post, the last FO I had was the Miffy toy. So today, I Think I'll just start with the next FO after Miffy, and work my way to the most recent one.

First, I finished the Zebra socks for my mother. Last time I had one finished, and the second one went pretty fast.

They turned out pretty cool, and my mom loved them. I don't remember if she got them for her birthday in October or before that, but she has used them a lot this Winter at least. They were made with Regia 4-ply sock yarn, in the Zebra colourway, on size 2 mm needles, and they are just plain vanilla socks.

Next up is a project that you have not seen before. I decided that I wanted to use up the rest of My Fibernymph Dye Works Nyan Cat yarn, so I knit up a plain stockinette hat with ribbing at the bottom for Ella.

She has used this one a lot this Autumn, before it got too cold for a fingering weight hat, but she looked very cute in it!

After the hat was done I still had a lot of the yarn left, so I used up everything but a very small bit of the dark blue skein for a pair of fingerless mitts for myself.

They are so very soft and nice, and I wore these a lot too, before it got too cold and I needed whole mittens or gloves. Both the hat and the mittens were made without patterns, just simple stockinette with a ribbed bottom for the hat, and stockinette and ribbing for the mitts with a small thumb gusset.

At the beginning of Autumn my best friend called to tell me she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which was devastating news to all of us. She has since undergone chemotherapy and has had surgery, and the tumour is completely gone! Still, I wanted to knit some stuff for her, so I started off with a pair of Mystik Spiral socks.

I made them in FiberNymph Dye Works Bounce yarn, in the Tardis colourway, as we're both Dr Who fans, and she loved them. Now I just need to buy an additional skein to make something for myself too...

I also finally finished the Firenze socks that I made from The FibroFibers Nightfall yarn. I loved the pattern, but I have to say I'm disappointed in the yarn. It was supposed to be divided into two identical skeins, but as you can see my socks are anything but identical.

I still wear them, but I don't like that they are so different. The yarn was a bit stiff to work with, and even though it has softened a bit with washing, I still didn't enjoy working with it, so I'll never buy from her again. Also, I've heard rumours that there's been some trouble with orders not being sent from the shop, so I'm just as glad.

As I wasn't very pleased with the Firenze socks, I wanted something happy for myself, so I balled up my skein of Mad Color Fiber Arts Slink yarn, in the The Last Centurion colourway, and made a pair of V-junkie socks for myself.

These I really love, both the pattern and the yarn. Since it has 10 % Tencel in it, the yarn was a bit stiff to work with too, but since the colours are so amazing I didn't mind, and they have softened a lot after washing too.

I need to take a break from the FO's here to tell you about some yarn purchases, as I used some of that yarn in some finished projects. At the end of September last year I got a weekend without Thomas and Ella, so me, my mother and sister went to Ullared, a huge outlet shopping centre in the south of Sweden, and bought lots and lots of stuff! I had planned to buy winter clothes for Ella, which I did, and we also got a lot of her Christmas presents in the toy department. I think we were there for almost seven hours! But it was a fun, although exhausting, day. And the very next day we three also went to the Sewing Festival in Borås. It was fun and all, but I feel like there is less and less yarn at this event, and more and more fabrics and beads. I'm not sure I'll go next year, maybe it's time to try the bigger one in Stockholm instead. we'll see. I did buy some yarn though, and I'll just show them all to you here:

Viking of Norway Sportsragg (60 % wool/20 % nylon/20 % acrylic), in a kit designed for socks. I'll use it to make a dress for Ella, I think.

Garnstudio Drops Karisma (100 % wool), in the colourway Purple 76. I'll use these for a Seamless Flower dress for Ella.

Viking of Norway Nordlys (75 % wool/25 % nylon), in the colourways Purples 969 and Green/Orange 934. I'm planning on making a colourwork hat for myself out of the green/orange one.

Garnstudio Drops Merino Cotton (52 % wool/48 % cotton), in the colourways Dark Green 22 and Light Green 10. I've already used up almost all of it in a hat for my friend Christine. I'll show it to you a bit further down.

John Arbon Textiles Knit By Numbers (100 % wool), in the colourways Purple and White. I've used up all of this too, in a sweater, hat, scarf and mittens for Ella, which I'll also show you further down.

Ok, now we'll get back to the FO parade. Next up I finished a Winter Hoodie for Ella. I used the Knit by Numbers yarn I bought at the sewing festival, and this yarn was so nice to work with!

I've been wanting to make this sweater since I first saw it, but at first it wasn't available in Europe due to the VAT changes. But then all of a sudden I could get it, and Ella has worn it a lot this winter as it is so warm: However, I knit it on the small side, so I actually put it away the other day as it is too small.

As this yarn was so soft and nice, I decided to use up the left-overs of it too, and made a really thick winter hat for Ella as well. I used the same colourwork pattern as for the sweater, knit a folded brim, and finally made an inner lining to prevent the strands from snagging.

When this was done, I made a matching striped scarf (as you can see in the photo above) and a pair of mittens to match as well. The mittens are also knit with a double hem and lined to prevent the fingers from snagging in the strands, but unfortunately I ran out of yarn so the thumbs are too short! Ella did NOT enjoy wearing them, so they have mostly been languishing in the drawer. But they are cute!

And as my friend Christine was undergoing chemo, she started to lose most of her hair, so I wanted to knit her a nice, soft hat. I used the Drops Cotton Merino I got at the sewing festival, and based the hat on the Tiima pattern. I could not get gauge though, so I ended up using the leaf pattern from the Spring Thaw shawl and just sort of fudged the decreases at the top. I then knit an inner lining in the paler green, to make it warmer, and it turned out very nice! Christine really loved it, and hopefully she's getting a lot of use out of it now that it has turned really cold here.

And as it turned colder here in Sweden I also needed to make Ella a pair of thicker socks, Raggsockar in Swedish. I got some cheap, thicker sock yarn, Järbo Mellanraggi, and just knit a pair of ribbed sock with a gusset heel for her.

She's worn them a lot these past few weeks too, and as I got another skein of yarn at the same time, Sandnes Alpakka Sock yarn, that is also a little bit thicker, I'll soon make another pair for her.

The final FO from last year is a pair of socks. I wanted to see if I could finish a final pair of self-striping socks before the year ran out, as that would make my twelfth self-striping project for the year for the Stockinette Zombies KAL. And I did! I finished them right before we went home for Christmas, and as they turned out a bit too big for me I decided to give them to my mom.

I knit the Getting Down version for both socks, from the Partying it Up and Getting Down socks, and I used a skein of Opal Happy with Silbereffekt 9090 Surprise yarn (Opal has self-striping with glitter. Just saying.) that I had to get as soon as I saw it. I also got a skein in another colourway, 9091.

In the middle of October my sister turned 30, so I went home to celebrate her. We went out for dinner with her boyfriend and our parents, and also went to a food festival in Borås that was conveniently taking place that very same weekend. It was a lot of fun, and we were so full afterwards! Me and my mom also went shopping a little bit that weekend, and I got some more yarn. Because you never have enough, right?

Hjertegarn Safari (75  % wool/25 % nylon), in the 7698 Tiger colourway. Mom claimed these as hers, so I'll probably make another pair of socks for her.

Online Supersocke Carneval colour yarn (75 % wool/25 % nylon), in the 1888 colourway. Destined to become socks, possibly for myself. We'll see.

Four skeins of Sandnes Alpakka Silke (70 % Alpaca/30 5 silk), that I've already used up in the first FO for this year. More on that further down.

Five Skeins of Garnstudio Drops Eskimo (100 % wool), in the colourway 54 Pale Purple. These will become an Owlet sweater for Ella.

And finally during January I finished two things. First up was the Orleans dress out of the Sandnes yarn I showed you, and it is just so cute!

It reaches her about midway down the calves, and she looks like a little medieval princess in it. I got her some purple buttons in the shape of snails, because right now she loves to sing the Swedish song Little Snail (Lilla snigel).

And two days ago I FINALLY finished the Alvi sweater!

This has been such an ordeal! I was almost done with it before Christmas, until I discovered that I had shifted the pattern on one of the sleeves. So I had to rip out almost all of the yoke, and half a sleeve, and then reknit it. When I had gotten almost back to where I was, I realized that I really didn't like my raglan decreases, so I ripped back the yoke one more time and re-knit it. Now that it is done I'm really glad that I did, as I LOVE the finished sweater. It is still drying upstairs, but I'll show you pictures of when I wear it when it's dry. It's made with Wollmeise Blend yarn (70 % merino/20 % cashmere/10 % nylon), in the colourways Ooohm and Krokodil. I love, love, love this yarn! It is incredibly soft, and with the Wollmeise colours it is just fabulous.

Ok, I still have some yarn purchases to show you, and there might be two more orders on their way (all the more reason to blog soon again!). I have decided that 2016 will be the year that I knit a steeked sweater, and I've decided on the Tiber Cardigan. So I got some Kauni solids yarn for that, and some other goodies might have fallen into the kart at the same time...

Kauni Solids (100 % wool), in the colourways Dark Purple LL7 and AA White.

Bumbo Strömpegarn Print (75 % wool/25 % nylon), in the colourway 146 Red and Purple.

Viking of Norway Aurora yarn (75 % wool/25 % nylon), in the 639 colourway.

Viking of Norway Nordlys yarn (75 % wool/25 % nylon), in the colourways black, white and Pinks.

Ok, now we've gotten through the FO's and all the yarns. But there's still the unfinished stuff to go! And as I think I have seven projects on the needles right now, this might take a while too, but unfortunately, most of the stuff that's still on the needles are things that I haven't really been working on. As I think about it, this section could go by pretty fast!

First up, the Fiori di Sole shawl out of Malabrigo Lace. I don't think I've even looked at it during all of the Fall, but I am going to finish it some day. I actually want to knit lace, but I very seldom have the time to sit uninterrupted and make it. As I've been so sick and tired the whole semester I usually go to bed at the same time as Ella does, which gives me about zero knitting time in the evenings. Anyway, as I haven't touched it you'll get no new photos.

Next is the February Fitted Pullover, that I'm making out of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage yarn, in the Copper Penny colourway. I've just finished the waist decreases, but I only picked this one up the other day after a long hiatus, so I have no new photos of this one either. This will be the project that I focus on the most for the moment though, as I really want to wear the sweater.

The Teatime with Teddy Bear Cardigan that I'm making for Ella in Dream in Color Smooshy, colourway Melon Bomb, is also resting, but I want to finish this one soon too, before Ella outgrows it! No new photos though.

The fourth project is the Spelunking lace cardigan that I'm making in Wollmeise Lacegarn, the Cassis colourway. I really want to finish this one too, and it will probably be the next focus-project after the February fitted pullover is done. I haven't touched it in ages, so no new photos there either.

I still have three things left to show you, and all of them are things you haven't seen (or heard of) before. First, I cast on the Farmer McGregor socks, in my sockblank yarn from Stäkets hantverk.

I'm really enjoying them so far, but other stuff has come between, so I haven't touched them either in a while. I'm not sure I love knitting with the kinked yarn, but it's not horrible either.

Next to last, a pair of leg warmers for my mom, out of some Lorna's Laces Shepherd sock yarn, in the Envy colourway. I'm using the pattern for the Sailor's Ribbing socks to give them a bit more interest than just plain ribbing.

My mom requested these over a year ago, and for a while they were my purse knitting, but once again, other socks got in the way and they've been hibernating for a while too. They might become purse knitting soon again though.

My purse knitting right now is my final project, and these are the Dalekanium socks that I'm making for my brother-in-law, Adam.

I'm using more of my Mad Color Fiber Arts yarn, this is also Slink, in the colourway She'll Fool Ya. The colours are really bright and happy, and I'm very pleased with them, but I'm afraid that they might be a bit big. I'm going to have Thomas try them on, I just have to remember to take them out of my purse! I had to change the pattern a bit to match my gauge, so I'm working on fewer stitches than the pattern tells you too, and they still might be a bit big. We'll see.

Phew! That was all the knitting for this time! I'm going to try and update here a bit more frequently during the Spring, and hopefully my new schedule will allow me to do so. Ella is turning two years old in March, and she's taking up most of our time right now. She's super fun, she runs around everywhere and talks a lot, and she's almost always happy. I think we are very lucky ta have such an easy going kid!

/ Jenny