It is cold out side!

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.

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.

 

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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

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

A winter day on the outskirt of Oslo.
Photo: Eline Oftedal

Oslo harbour.

Oslo harbour.

 

Fall = Fair Isle

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.Fair

 

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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). My Fair Isle collectionSome 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.

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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.

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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!

IMG_3888I 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!

 

 

 

Twig + Knife = crochet hook.

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…

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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 …IMG_3773

and kept on going!

IMG_3783So 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.

The worlds best airport – for knitters!

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!

TherIMG_2866e 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. IMG_2872

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.

 

 

 

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I love the wooly sheep and the hand knit bow tie!

 

 

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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!

 

What to do this weekend? Bake Knit Sew!

BakeKnitSew1I love books that cover more than one craft, and I guess most of us do. We love to create! You can only imagine how pleased I was to find Bake Knit Sew in my inbox. Evin O´Keeffe has collected all you need for a cosy weekend in this book. So here is my recommendation for a weekend styled by Evin:

Bake the Mugwamp Oatmeal Pie (not just for the great name), it taste great. It is the only recipe form the book I have had time to try since I just got back for the US. That is another aspect I love about the book Bake Knit Sew – the recipes have that lovely American richness about them.

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The Mugwamp Oatmeal Pie

Next step, make a cup of tea and cast on for the Sugar Maple Vest. The book explains absolutely everything you need to know to make this beautiful vest.  Sit back and enjoy some knitting, tea and flick trough Bake Knit Sew on your tablet.

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Sugar Maple Vest

 

 

 

 

You will find a lot of good recipes and wonderful things you can make at home. I will make the bunting for Christmas and One of the great thing abut the book is that all projects either in the kitchen, by the sewing machine or  in your favourite craft nook, seems to be easy and achievable within a weekend or so. When the weekend comes along I want to sit dow and relax, but also be creative. I do not want to start something complicated that is half finished on Sunday evening. I want to feel a sense of achievement and that is where Bake Knit Sew will come in very handy!

The photos in the book are great and transported me into a calm and creative corner of the world where I love to be! Thank you Evin.

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Bake Knit Sew eBook edition is available exclusively through Ravelry, while the paperback edition can be purchased by Anchor and Bee directly! Enter the passcode BLOGTOUR for 10% your entire purchase!

If you like me love the simple and personal style of Evin you will enjoy the book as well as her award winning blog EvinOK. You can also find her here: Evin on Ravelry, Evin on Facebook, Evin on Twitter.