With all things we do there is a first time. It is a long time since I knitted my first stitch and millions of stitches later I am proud to have contributed to the book Knitting for Beginners.
I like the book since it contains everything you need to become a knitter! It has 36 patterns and covers several different techniques. If you take very easily to knitting the book is not too basic. It covers some of the fun things like lace, cable and stranded knitting, along with simple scarf and other basic projects.
My contributions are, not surprisingly, Fair Isle projects. I created a hat in classic Nordic style specially for the book. The pattern will be available in the patten shop here on my blog soon.
I also contributed a pair for Fair Isle boot cuffs. They are fun and fast to knit and can be used with wellies and ankle boots.
The pattern for the Fair Isle Boot cuffs is available in the pattern shop.
If you are looking for an introduction to knitting I think the Knitting for Beginners will be a good place to start. Not only a good place to start, it also have projects to help you develop your new craft to a very competent level.
The book have both photo tutorials and online video tutorials.
There are some fun projects in the book I would like to make myself like the little penguin!
At the end of the book there is a section with different stitch patterns that makes it easy for the knitter to desired texture to your projects.
All in all it is a book that can make you fall in love with knitting – even if you have no previous experience!
It´s really really cold outside today with temperatures at -15C. That makes it a good day for wearing my knitted sweaters – and I can wear several at the same time!
Here are some of my favourite cold wether knits.
Chunky knit t-shirt.
This chunky knit t-shirt is made of left over yarn held double. I used large needles so the sweater is loosely knitted. That makes it really warm and cosy top that can be worn over a blouse or a long sleeve t-shirt. I have knitted several versions of this sweater, and they are all adapted from a free pattern on Ravelry called Super Birthday Sweater by Jenifer Stark. My favourite version is a dress with 3/4 sleeve – I hope to take photos and share it with you soon.
This sweater is for sale on Etsy.
As most of my followers know I love to create things you can wear around your neck!
This loose fitting neck warmer has been in the office nearly every day so far this year. It is knitted in a hand spun yarn with little seed beads in it. I love the way it fits so nicely over a blouse. The pattern is available on Etsy and Ravelry.
Fari Isle boot cuffs
Another hand knit item that is in frequent use these days are my Fair Isle boot cuffs. They are fun to knit and I have made several different colour combinations to choose between before I head out of the door!
Pattern for these are also available on Etsy and Ravelry.
I have so many hand knit sweaters, hats, scarfs and neck warmers that I will never suffer out in the cold.
Many people in other parts of the world think it is unthinkable to go about your daily life in -15C, but I was born here and I like it! Something happens to the air when it is really cold and colours of the low sun becomes very beautiful.
A winter day on the outskirt of Oslo.
Photo: Eline Oftedal
Every autumn I just want to knit, wear and look at Fair Isle knitting. The intricate pattern, the endless possibilities for colour combinations make Fair Isle knitting ever interesting.
I just knitted some boot cuffs from my Fair Isle boot cuff pattern to play around with colours. I love the traditional colours too and have used them in my Skroo Sock pattern.
The other day I got my pullovers, cardigan and sweater out to admire them (it is still too hot to wear these lovely warm knits). Some are vintage finds and some are new treasures.
This lovely cardigan I had someone knit for me in the Shetland Islands. It is the pattern from the pullover the Prince of Wales wore in the 1920s when playing golf at St Andrews in Scotland.
I have two pullovers that I love to wear over a white blouse. It gives a great retro look. One is a vintage find and the other I bought in Lerwick in Shetland at Anderson´s years ago.
My latest pride is a brand new sweater from Oldfield Clothing in England. They specialise in British sport clothing inspired by the period form 1920s to 1940s – so we are not talking Lycra here!
I love summer and want it to last as long as possible, but when the crisp, cool air of autumn arrives I will be wearing my Fair Isle woolies and be happy!
The other day I was at my little summer house and needed a crochet hook. I could not find one in my basic craft supply box. What I did find was a knife… and we have lots of dry twigs outside to feed the wood-burner come winter. Hmmm…
So this is what happened:
The thing is that the hook was bigger than I need. Having already been through the craft boxI had found some chunky wool left over form a project. I had to try my new tool. Crochet hook in hand I started a granny square …
and kept on going!
So what was most fun to make? The hook or the square? Both.
My conclusion is that one craft leads to another! Maybe there will be more hand made crochet hooks in the future.
I always bring some knitting when I travel. Normally it is a small project like a neck warmer or some socks. If I´m on a long distance flight it is handy to have something to do when I have read the airline magazine, eaten and flicked trough the entertainment. It feels like home to watch a movie and do some knitting!
Sometimes when a flight is delayed it takes the irritation out of the situation to knit a bit. Even if you arrive at your destination too late you can at least have a new sock or two!
I find most airport knitter friendly. You can sit and knit everywhere. But some airports are more knitter friendly than other. My number one is Keflavik Airport in Iceland. You might ask what makes this airport better than other airports? Keep on reading!
There is lovely hand knit sweaters to admire in the shops. They are hand knit in Icelandic wool.
It is a small airport so you don´t get feel stressed out or bumped into when you walk around in your own world looking at the sweaters.
I love the Icelandic round yoke and Keflavik Airport is a place for inspiration!
There are many lovely things to look at and the shops stock hand made goods from Iceland along with what you expect to find at airports.
I love the wooly sheep and the hand knit bow tie!
As if this wasn’t enough they sell yarn! They sell knitting needles and they sell beautiful shawl kits!
I would love to hear from you about your favourite knitting friendly airport!