Slynggaffeln har sedan många år legat i den brudkista jag ärvde efter morfar, den tillhörde från början Malin Larsdotter som fick den 1849 när hon gifte sig med Anders Hansson. Det var Malins och Anders son Niklas som gifte sig med Olivia.
Slynggaffeln har legat i kistan tillsammans med en lapp min morfar skrivit om den:
Min morfar, som var spårvägare i Göteborg, hade ingen närmare koll på hur man använde den.
Idag, oktober 2012, har jag lärt mig att den heter slynga, eller slynggaffel. På engelska heter det lucet. Jag hittade en bloggpost på 365slöjd och därifrån en film som visa hur den ska användas:
The problem with that one is that;
a) I am bigger than the largest version of the pattern.
b) my yarn is the wrong weight for the pattern.
I swatched, with several needle sizes, the smallest needle I could practically use with this yarn was 4 mm needles and with that I am 4 cm's off gauge.
I tried to work out the maths for how many stitches would be needed to fit my size, but in the end, I thought, Screw this, and cast on for the smallest (!) size of the sweater. I'll knit a bit and then measure and see if it works or is completely impossible.
There was frost on my neighbours roof this morning and only +1 degrees. And I forgot my knitting so can't knit on the tube. Oh well, time for my lovely warm spats and my granny square cowl!
|The Lakenvelder cardigan, photo © Berroco Inc.|
Ravelry: Lakenvelder pattern by Cirilia Rose
Bf does not want the pockets, but otherwise he liked it.
So, now, to pick a yarn.
SwatchingI imagined this in one of my favourite yarns, the Donegal Aran, or the Istex Létt-Lopi, but the pattern calls for worsted yarn.
I never was one fot swatching but this time I figured it was worth the time to make some swatches.
I made them in pattern stitch, a nice slip-stitch that looks very promising for a cardigan:
Row 1: (RS) *Kn1, sl1 wyib, kn1, p1*, rep until last 3: kn1, sl1, kn1.
Row 2: *p3, kn1* until last 3, p3.
The Donegal was way to heavy, even tried to go down to 4mm needles but it was still way off. Pity, because I really like that yarn and think it's tweediness would suit the pattern, but there you go.
Next, the Létt-Lopi. It was also too heavy on 4.5mm needles but might just cut it if I go down to 4mm.
Then I made a swatch in Svarta Fårets raggsocksgarn, because this single skein was lying around in my stash, and work was slow... and lo and behold, that swarch was perfect in size, on 4.5 needles, as the pattern was made for. Now it is up to the bf what yarn he wants.
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I'll be in Greece for a week, have had some problems with what to bring as knitting project, in the end I'm bringing some Drops Delight and have just knitted the first few rounds of a Revontuli.
När jag skulle planera vad jag skulle göra med garnet tänkte på en kvinna på mitt jobb, som hade gillat bilden på det spunna garnet när det hängde på tork. Färgerna i garnet passar henne utmärkt, men eftersom det var så lite garn var jag tvungen att hitta något litet projekt.
Jag hade idéer, provade dem, repade upp för de blev för korta, eller för vida. Om och om igen. Jag kom fram till att mosstickning passade för att ge garnet struktur samtidigt som färgerna fick komma till rätta.
Till slut kom jag fram till att 10 maskor var bäst, vilket gav en bredd på 11-12 cm. Garnet var, särskilt på en del ställen, väldigt tjockt.
Sedan blev det en del experimenterande med var knapphålen skulle sitta, men till slut kunde Annika få sin försenade födelsedagspresent. Lagom till sommaren. :-)
Efter att ha klurat en stund på vad jag skulle göra med det (har ju stickat halsdukar och scarves en masse redan) kom jag fram till att en lätt och luftig sommartröja får det bli. en som är skön att ta på sig när solen går ner men det fortfarande är ganska mysigt ute om kvällen. Om inte annat känns det skönt att drömma sig till sommaren så här års när termomtern rasslar kring tio minus.
Tröjan ska bli lös och ledig, med ganska stor halsringing, men jag har egentligen inte hittat något mönster som jag följer, har tittat lite på en modell på garnstudio, http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/se/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=95&d_id=30&lang=se, men eftersom jag inte har samma garn blir det en del omräkningar, men det ska nog inte vara helt oöverkomligt.
Än så länge har jag en bit kvar på bakstycket så vi får se hur lång tid det tar...
Den lilla väskan, egentligen en mobilväska, kommer från Studio Cat B's shop på Etsy.
In the beginning, there was the yarn. I found this at Ullcentrum's stand at the Syfestivalen fair in february 2011. It had my friend K's name all over it. I wasn't sure what I was going to make from it, but I was certain it would be something for K.
Round about August, she told me she needed a woolly hat for the coming winter.
Great, I said, I got just the yarn for it, and started to look for a pattern. I wanted something that was knitted with cables, and also was a bit slouchy, so went crawling through Ravelry for berets and tams and suchlike.
I found the Flavia. It was just what I wanted, with its little serpentine cables weaving in and out, enough slouch but not really a beret.
I cast on for the first time and immediately got it wrong, there is a lot of counting to do with the pattern from the beginning, if you forget to use markers, like I did. Knitted the whole of the brim and was just about to start on the cabling when I realised my mistakes.
Rip it up, start again.
This time I used markers for each section of the pattern to simplify counting each stitch to match up with the cabling in the body of the hat. All went well, it is a fun knit with all the little cables swirling around, in and out of eachother.
About half way I started getting suspicious that the hat was getting to big. I knitted on in the belief it would be alright on the night. Until I was almost 3/4 done, then it was becoming quite obvious that the hat was going to fall down around my ears and neck if I tried it on. And it did.
Rip it up, start again.
I gave up the yarn. By now there had been another Syfestival fair, and I had found some more delicious yarns, this time from Islandsgarn.
It is called Léttlopi, and is a wonderfully squishy aran-weight Icelandish wool yarn that was sold really cheap at the fair. I bought red, blue, a heathery pink and a lilac purple, completely without projects in mind.
Since this yarn was thicker, I needed a new pattern. I had previously favved The Druidess Beret when I was looking for patterns and decided to give it a try. This time I used markers from the beginning, even if this one wasn't quite so dependent on counting in the rim. I also bought new needles to fit gauge. I thought.
The thicker yarn, and slightly simpler pattern made this hat a really fast and fun knit. About half way into the body of the hat I realised I hade made a serious mis-thinking in needle size and had knit with the wrong size needles all the way.
Rip it up, start again.
Started again with the right size needles ( 4 & 5mm). Knitted all the way to the end. Blocked. Too big.
Rip it up, start again.
Getting desperate, and time starting to be a factor since it was now November, I decided to simply cut one section of the repeating pattern. Knit 5 sections instead of 6. And that finally did the trick! It felt better even as I was knitting, and was even able to try the hat on K before I finished it to make sure. Then I was able to finish it, block it and wrap it up for K for Christmas. Luckily we have had a quite mild winter so far so she hasn't been freezing her ears off in waiting.
I believe she was really happy with it, but last I saw, her daughter has hi-jacked it for herself.
Me in the finished hat, but before blocking. Awful pic but there you go.
What I learned from this hat: The Importance Of Knitting Swatches. Gauge may not be vitally important in every thing I ever knit, but, in things that should fit something specific, like a head, it really is important to take the time to knit that little square up before you start on the project itself.
Got to learn how to make these!
beautifully handled in potholders by Crochet with Raymond http://crochethealingandraymond.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/ornamental-pot-holders/