For years I have enjoyed The Knitter magazine. To me it is a magazine that has a feel for what the knitters want to make and read. Even though I might not cast on for one of the many beautiful projects right away, I will plough through the pages and enjoy the articles about interesting people in the knitting world. I have learned so much about the history of the wool industry, knitting traditions and also where the hand knitting world stands today. Editor Juliet Bernard has made this magazine loved by knitters all over the world. A cup of tea and feet up is the standard when the The Knitter arrives in the post.
The other day I got hold of the Lace Collection form the magazine. I think it is marvelous that the lace gems from the magazine are made available. 24 beautiful patterns can be found in the collection. You will find shawls and stole, and there are many not so obvious projects. I love the laptop case “Elsa” by Ann Kingstone. Other favourites are AmandaJones “Dulcie Tunice”, an elegant top. It is hard not to be smitten by Melody Griffiths’ “Clarissa Cardigan” too. There are patterns for hats, a bag, sweaters and cardigans and a stunning blanket. Some of the projects are at beginners level and others require more experience.
Photo: Future Publishing
In addition to the patterns there is a great deal of good reading in the Lace Collection. I enjoyed the presentation of lace knitters form around the world. A lace knitting master class is very easy to follow and helpful, as master class articles always are in The Knitter.
With my next cup of tea and feet up session I will read about the lace knitting traditions in the Shetland Islands. The Lace Collection is a keeper!
It’s for sale online and makes a great gift too!
To many people this time of the year is knitting season. It certainly is for me! I have deadlines to meet and my head and note pads are brimming with new ideas for knitting patterns. This does not leave me with much time to sit down and enjoy our craft. However, I managed to sneak in half an hour and knit a cosy for a jam jar. Why would I do that? Come Sunday and dinner time I could sport a new vase for the beautiful flowers form the garden!
All you need to make a cosy for a jam jar is some scrap yarn, sock needles and an idea of how many stitches you need to make the cosy fit the jar. A good way to judge that is to see if the jar is the size of your ankle of lower arm and think how many stitches you would cast on for a sock or a sleeve. I used 40 sts and doubble pointed needles size 5.5mm (US size 9) for this jar that is 31 cm (12″) in circumferance.
My next little knit is another jar cosy to cover my pencils box in the office.
Knitting patterns are not just flying off knitting neeldes these days, it’s printed on all sorts of home decor items.
Inspired by classical Norwegian patterns you can decorate you bedroom and bathroom in ski sweater style!
Coffee mugs, t-shirts and towels are found printed with traditional motifs from the Setesdal sweater and what later was delveloped into the icon sport sweater called Marius.
Setesdal was originally knitted in natural colours, like black and white and grey and white. Later on, when dyed yarn became readily available, it was knitted in other colours. Blue, red and white were the colours used for the Marius variety, and the pattern combination and the colours are still making fashion.
|You can make your own cool accessories in no time at all. The sweater patterns lend themself to all sorts of fun things.
You don’t have to have a granny that knits, or knit yourself to be able to wear the iconic patterns. T-shirts and One Piece can be yours without tears and tangled yarn.
You can get snow boards and even a bean bag printed with the knitting pattern. I love the bean bag from Tjukkas!
The traditional black/grey and white patterns are seen in printed versions too. SeeMe reflection strips can be bought in a veriety of knitting patterns.
D&G are clearly inspired by the Norwegian knitting traditions this winter season, and I think is is fun to see how their knitwear designers interpret our patterns.
Traditions live on trough new way of seeing them!