New knit lamp and secret project

So among other lamps I decided to purchase a proper knit lamp (I suppose you could use it for reading too…). Today I tried it out with one of my secret projects. So this is as much a preview you will get until it’s finished and unpacked by the recipient.

Me and casting on. For some reason calculating how much tailing yarn you need for a long tail cast-on appears a challenge. So yesterday I had to rip 250 stitches and start over. Bummer.

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A little gift

I’m changing job and the sad part is that I won’t see Tove every day. She gave me a little good luck gift from her stash. She felt it would do better in mine and I think she might on to something. I got really nice cakes (Tove even baked some of them), tropical fruits, an orchid and a gift card for IKEA. I guess my colleagues know me really well.

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Northern country, doesn’t matter which continent

May I present my new arrival:

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I’m so chuffed! I was starting to wonder where the yarn was, because it usually takes about three days to ship from the UK to Sweden, not three weeks, but then I noticed the stamp on the package:

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Wtf?! My postal address looks NOTHING like Vancouver, and since when are Sweden and Canada interchangeable? Bizarre.

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More autumn colors

I ordered Madelinetosh Merino Light in Ginger for a secret project. It’s a wonderful mixture of autumn. Everything from harvested fields to sparkling orange leaves. I’m not (unlike the rest of the Swedish population) clinging to the last days of summer. In fact, I love autumn and long for it now. It’s coming. Slowly, slowly.

(Oh, and I got a new phone today. A real life-saver. I know I should be grateful I have something to eat and all that. I am too. But I really like my phone.)

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Yarns to fall for

(Pardon my terrible pun.)

I’m in a bit of a pickle at the moment, because while I’m working on several things, most of them are surprise knits for people who may actually ready this blog, sooooo I can’t really post about it. Bummer. Therefore, I thought I’d do a bit of an inspiration mini theme whilst on this secrecy kick.

Even though I’ve been in denial about it, autumn is on its way. While I’m a HUGE fan of summer, there is one thing I love about autumn: fashion. There is nothing better than cosy cardigans, coats, boots, hats, scarves, and, of course, handknits. There is no end to the amount of handknits you can pile on during autumn, and a later entry will cover my current autumn favourite patterns, but for now, here are some of the yarns that I’d like to wrap myself in this season.

Tosh Mo Light in Saffron. I am being SO restrained in not ordering one, because while Saffron is a retail colour, it looks prettier on Tosh Mo Light than on any of the retail bases and I really really reaaaaaaaally want it. Keeping my cursor firmly away from the order button. No, really.

Madelinetosh’s new grey Doctor Zhivago’s Sky. It reminds me of a grey autumn morning and just looks lovely. (I’m still amazed at how much I love Madelinetosh’s grey and brown shades, because I am NOT a neutrals kind of person.)

Malabrigo Worsted in Verde Adriana. I just today harvested my balcony lavender, and this shade looks EXACTLY like the stems and leaves.

Manos Del Uruguay Fino in Pocketwatch (what a Whovian colourway name!). Manos’s silk blends may be the most comfortable things EVER to wrap around your neck, and this is a lovely autumnal shade.

Fyberspates Scrumptious DK in Purple. Deep purples are very autumn-y to me, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want ALL the Scrumptious DK (Cherry! Olive! Teal! Above all, Jen’s Green! Oh, Jen’s Green….)

Malabrigo Lace in Paris Night. Looks like a cool, clear autumn night, Parisian or otherwise.

Madelinetosh Prairie in Firewood, to make a shawl with leafy motives. Lovely.

Are there any colours you find yourself extra attracted to as the nights start to get cooler? Share in the comments!

(Oh, and my birthday is exactly one month from today. Just gonna leave that here.)

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I’ve done my first sock!

Yesterday I finished my first sock! (Yeah!) Well, I see this first pair as a practice pair and I’m allowed to do all the mistakes, which I have been doing… It’s kind of nice with that relaxed approach sometimes. To not bother with ripping and correcting, just “oh, well, I’ll do better next time”.

Tove told me that there are two magical moments in knitting: Blocking lace and knitting heals. I agree. Heels are like you just do what you’re told and suddenly you have a heel!

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Time for a new challenge

I have a confession to make. I’ve never knitted socks. Going through some potential new projects I decided I needed a new challenge. Socks! So first out is a practice pair for me to wear this winter.

I found Virginia Rose-Jeanes Vanilla Latte Socks which is a nice make-your-socks-the-way-you-prefer-pattern with instructions for beginners and different options. And, important, it’s not all stockinette. The nice little garter rows makes all the difference. (Since I don’t like coffee I will think of cocoa and get knitting!)

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I’m using a Zauberball from Schoppel Wolle and after measuring my ankles I decided to make the bigger size. So I’ve cast on 72 sts on 2.5 mm going with the same gauge as in the pattern.

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Cables

I loooooove cables. Love love love. They do tend to look quite funny while in progress, though.

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Top part: fine; lower part: worms in a rainstorm.

Quite enjoying knitting this shawl! The actual pattern is annoying me a bit, but the knitting itself is good times.

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