The beauty of time spent knitting

The lock-down has given a lot of people more time. We don’t travel to work and a lot of us don’t travel for leisure either. More time on our hands has for many resulted in more knitting needles and yarn in our hands!

There are so many beautiful things that comes with knitting;
1) you are not constantly on social media – and when you are you have something beautiful to share!
2) you make things to wear or to gift. You don’t contribute to fast consumption of the same items as you knit
3) you have time to think, digest and reflect on life
…I could go on and on and I am sure you have things to add too.

If you haven’t already a pile of finished lock-down knitting projects I have some suggestions for you. Particularly if you are new to knitting this might be useful.

First thing first:
Start with something easy that you can finish in a week or less. I suggest a scarf or a hat to start with.
I have made a pattern for a simple but fun scarf that gives you the opportunity to play with your favourite colours. The pattern is free to download form my Ravelry store. A great thing about this scarf is that there are no loose ends to weave in when you have finished. They make up the fringes!

Another great project for lock-down is this bedside rug. It’s fast and easy to knit up and lovely and squishy to set your feet on in the morning! This pattern is also free to download on my Ravelry page.

If you feel adventurous and want to try knitting in the round, this cup cosy is a great little project to start off with. The cosy fits most to-go cups and will keep your coffee nice and hot for you to enjoy. The pattern is available for free on Ravelry.

Keep your favourite brew pipping hot with this lovely cup cosy.

I hope you have found some inspiration here. Time spent knitting is time spent making beautiful and useful items! More than I can say about the time I spend browsing social media aimlessly.

Happy knitting and may the pandemic fade away quickly.

Designing for knitting magazines

Designing knitting patterns is great fun. What I like best is to design for magazines. The prosess starts with the magazine defining a topic for the specific issue of their magazine. When the editorial staff has decided on the topic they put together a mood board and describe textures and styles they are looking for. That whole package is what we designers get.


I really like to work within the framework drawn up by the staff at the magazines. It helps me focus and it challenges me to think in ways I don’t necessarily do when I can design what ever I fancy.
Having come up with a design in drawing, I swatch to test yarns, gauge and texture. The this is submitted to the magazine. The is the waiting! The staff goes trough all the incoming designs and work to put together designs that will work well together to make up a compelling issue of the magazine.
If I am so lucky to be chosen as one of the designers we discuss yarn, and sometimes colours, and I get started knitting.

Cool Weather, Knit Classics

With the weather warming up, I’ve been less inclined to break out my bulky yarns. You know I love my chunky sweaters and warm hats, but there’s a time and a place.I’m excited for lighter patterns that work for both chilly mornings and warm afternoons.

I’m always on the lookout for new seasonal patterns that are versatile, cute, and easy to knit up. That’s why I’m so happy to share that I’m a part of that I’ve been really excited about the past couple of weeks.

I contributed to the Ideal Me “Cool Classics” Knitting Pattern Bundle, along with several of my favorite Etsy designers and knitting bloggers.

We’ve contributed our favourite classic knitting patterns to create this awesome super bundle, and I can’t wait for you to see all of the amazing patterns!

These patterns are so unique and beautiful, and they’re the perfect addition to any pattern collection.

Get The “Cool Classics” Knit Pattern Super Bundle!

This bundle has over 40 hand selected patterns from Etsy designers and knitting bloggers.

The bundle features breezy, lightweight patterns that make perfect transitional pieces for the warmer weather.

The bundle has everything from breezy tops and light knit sweaters to baby booties, blankets, and accessories.

Now through May 4th, you can get all 40+ “Cool Classics” knitting patterns worth over $200 for over 90% off…but make sure to take advantage of this deal now because once the sale is over, it’s never coming back.

Take a look at some of the lovely patterns that comes in The Bundle:

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The “Cool Classics” Knitting Pattern Super Bundle has over $200 worth of resources and you get it all for 90% off retail because I never want you to over pay for patterns.

Plus, I’m just so excited to share this fun collaboration with you!

With this “Cool Classics” Super Bundle You’ll Be Able To:
— Create gorgeous, handmade knitting projects
— Kickstart your creative inspiration
— Learn new stitches
— Save time, money & energy
— Create lightweight, classic patterns

There are so many knitting goodies in this bundle, and I can’t wait for you to see them.

You’re going to want to grab your own copy of the bundle because it’s only available through May 4th.

Plus, there’s no reason not to check it out since it’s backed by a 30 day money back guarantee.

They take the risk, you get the reward. Isn’t that how business should be?

If you’re a knitting lover of any level, I know you’ll love this super bundle as much as I do, and I can’t wait to see all of your finished projects.

It has the power to transform your knitting arsenal with tons of cute, trendy, and original patterns that you can use over and over again.
What are you waiting for?

 

 

Repeat – sock knitting machine.

This week has been all about sock knitting machines. Not only that; all about Swedish sock knitting machines. I have never seen any sock knitting machines in Norway and in two days I see two for sale. Obviously they ended up with me. Bothe came in bits and pieces. I already blogged about the Favorit – a tower like construction.

Here is Perssons Omega – put together by yours truly.

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The machine has two yarn feeders and a tension control on each. Looks a bit like bees!

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As with the other Swedish knitting machine “Favorit” this one has the brushes. I think their function is to make sure the latches are open all the time.

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I love the little bell on the round counter!

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imageIf you can shed any light on this machine I love to hear form you. I love to hear from you anyway!

Who can resist an old sock knitting machine?!

Not me – for a starter.

The other day I came across an old strange looking knitting machine in a charity shop. I had never seen anything like it – and I am an enthusiast when it comes to sock knitting machine. I went home – without the machine – and did some research.

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What I had seen in that box in the shop was a contraption of great intriguing beauty!

What I was looking at will become a sock knitting machine looking like this:
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At the moment I am cleaning the machine up – a messy project. I have soaked all the parts in alcohol and rubbet off decades of grease and fibers. To my great surprise all the needles were there. As I tok the machine apart it is not a surplice as the needles are locked inn a chamber so to speak; the needle plate and the top are screwed together so the needles can´t fall out.

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A bit of facts about my new machine:

This modell is called “Favorit” and it was manufactured by Nässjö Sweden, from the late 1800’s to mid 1900’s. Mine was bought by a woman called Sanna on April 20, 1930. I can´t make out her surname.It comes with two different needle setting wheels. One for 96 needles and one for 72 needles. It has a row counter and a bell to indicate who target rows are knitted.

What´s not to love!

It’s later in the day now and I have cleaned all parts and put the machine back together.

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