Coaching my colleague and placing beads

Today I’ve been coaching my colleague. She is knitting my Amethyst Scarf and is doing it a bit differently. We compared:

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She doesn’t have as small a crochet hook for placing beads as do I (0.6 mm), so she invented her own way using angling line.

First you place the bead on the angling line and then you pull it through the live stitch where you will place the bead.

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Again pull the angling line through the bead thus forming a loop through the live stitch.

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Finally you pull the bead from the angling line loop and on to the live stitch:

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Blue…

I don’t suppose you can tell that I like blue…

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From left: Tosh Sock Stargaze, Tosh Merino Light Window Pane, TML Robin’s Egg, TML Waterlily and from Tove: Malabrigo Finito Mares

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And more patterns!

I know, I wasn’t supposed to start new projects… and honestly, I haven’t really started… I’ve just tried a little… I’ve decided what to make from my Tosh Teddy Bear!

So today I’m swatching and watching Doctor Who. With a little practice I think I’ll get the pattern right.

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Can you see what it is?

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Picking up the knitting again

I brought no knitting with me to Ireland, for several reasons: I don’t have any travel-appropriate projects on the needles right now, I thought I’d give my shoulder a rest (more on my shoulder later), I know from experience that city vacations don’t really lend themselves to knitting time, and apparently according to Irish law you can’t knit on planes. So. Knitting break!

Now that I’m back, I’m going to sit down with a cup of coffee, the latest episode of Supernatural, some Butlers chocolate, and the first second glove.

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Not a bad Sunday afternoon.

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Repeat business

I maaaay have gone back to This is Knit today. I maaaaay have bought more yarn.

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In my defense they were on sale for €7 each, I’ve never knit with Malabrigo Worsted, and I do have dyeing plans. There, three reasons! Totally justifiable!

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Estonian lace and Haapsalu shawls

Nordiska Museet in Stockholm arranges knitting cafés once a month.  I have attended one before and this time I went with my friend Nafiza. We were a handful brave younger knitters while the rest were quite a bit older than us. I would love to see more young people there!

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This time the presentation was held by Triinu Andreassen who explained the history of traditional Estonian lace and showed some patterns. She has worked for about ten years as an instructor.

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Afterwards we got a chance to pet and admire her work. Something Tove and I have in common with Triinu is the personal favourite: Merino yarns (weeeell, Malabrigo in her case, Tosh in ours…). But she admitted that the stiffer wool holds the shape much better after blocking.

I didn’t know anything about Estonian lace or the Haapsalu shawls before this evening. So, very interesting!

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Aran ganseys, yarn, and islands… kind of

Yesterday I took a trip to the west of Ireland and the city of Galway. While I did not get to visit the famous-for-knitters Aran islands, I did see them…

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… as well as shops selling the ganseys…

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… and I did some shopping!

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They came in 250 gram hanks (for €9.99 which I thought was a steal) and for some reason I thought I might need two for a traditional Irish scarf…

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… I may have gone slightly overboard.

I also found a sheet describing the meaning of the patterns used for the ganseys. Really interesting stuff!

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