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.
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 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.
It´s more than a year since I have posted anything and I feel ashamed! It´s been a busy year juggling a lot for projects in my payed line of work (space industry), knitting and some volunteer work I do. I have also travelled and had the pleasure of spending four weeks in Japan. That was a real treat and food for my creativity!
I have missed sitting down and blogging about my creative projects, I have missed my creative projects!
I will write a few post on my trip to Japan in the following weeks, but for now I will share some highlights!
This beautiful castle is in Matsumoto, in Nagano Prefecture. We arrived just as all the cherry blooms open! It was spectacular!
What to have for lunch today..? In Japan I found this to be a huge problem! A luxurious problem though. When your options looks like this – and and the variety is out of this world – it takes time!
Osaka! What a lovely, vibrant and packed city!
I will soon share more of my adventures in Japan with you. You can look forward to seeing som wonderful craft, beautiful scenery and strange tings! I fell in love with Japan.
Am I the only one who feel an irrational urge to knit chickens at this time of the year?! It must be the sun shining on Norway and Easter approaching that create this strange urge. There are so many fun knitting patterns for chickens too. I want to share some of my favourites – in case there are more knitters out there feeling the need to pick yellow scrap yarn out form the basket and turn it into chickens!
Here are some cool knitted feathers friends (click on the image for pattern).
Chick & Egg by Alan Dart. Free knitting pattern.
Lovely reversible chicken that goes back into the egg at your will!
Tiny little Easter friends.
Jean Greenhowe’s Easter Egg Treats. Perfect to look after your chocolate egg until you want it.
Lovely little spring chickens by Barbara Prime.
Give in to your urge and knit a chicken or a whole farm!
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!