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November 04, 2006

'You better move on'

... and visit my new blog, where I'll continue my knitting story:

 

http://hyldemorknits.wordpress.com/

 

Thanks for all your visits and comments here - it has been a pleasure :)

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October 31, 2006

Had to try this one :)

I visited Cathy's blog, and I had to try this one.
If I move 'over there' I'll make a difference. Worth to reflect on :) 

HowManyOfMe.com
Logo There are:
0
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

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October 30, 2006

'Knitting Around'

'Knitting Around' by Elizabeth Zimmermann - that book stole most of my beauty sleep last night, and now I'm half the way. It is really a good read.

 

It is half story of her life and half knitting instructions.

 

Her lifestory, and all the fine photos in the book made me wonder when and how I started to knit. I've digged in my memory and I've looked in old photo albums, but I can't find the answer. All the women in my family were knitters, but I can't remember any 'lessons'. They are all gone now - no one can tell me when and how I started my knitting carrier.

 

I scanned some of the old photos:

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My little sister and me - handknitted sweaters - mother's design

 

 

 

 

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4 years old on my way to carneval - the Minnie Mouse dress was mother's design too

 

 

 

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... and one of my uncles was always good for a little danger

 

 

 

 

Ahhh - how can my old photos interest anyone out there? I better stop now and go back to my book :)

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October 29, 2006

Worth waiting for

I've been waiting for almost 100 years for this book - okay, for 1 month to be precise. Yesterday was my lucky day. 

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Looks like a good read and a lot of inspiration at the same time. Just what I expected, and just what I need right now. I think it was worth waiting for.

 

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Hillswick - I'm not as fast a FI-knitter as I want to be, but here I am right now - first sleeve almost half  done. I'm looking forward to my next FI-project finish and wear it.

 

October 24, 2006

When I'm feeling blue

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Maby I'm touchy, but I don't like to use that blue yarn I got from the 'plant-dyeing-yarn-spinning' woman. It makes me feel blue in more than one way.

 

My hands and my needles turns blue, and everything I touch turns blue. 

 

All my dyeing books tells me, to rinse the yarn in several changes of water until the rinsing water is clear. It takes a lot of time, but "things worth doing is worth doing well"!

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October 21, 2006

Home again - fit for fight

I'll try to make it a long story short :)

 

First I got sick. Was laying in bed with an unfriendly virus for almost a week. Fortunately I was able to get up a day before we left for a little holiday on a small danish island - Samsø.

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I love these islands. Boarding a small ferry makes my shoulders relax. No worry - no hurry - just enjoy life.

 

 

 

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Our car broke down, when we arrived, but that couldn't take my smile away. Nice people helped us to fix it, and we were on the road again.

 

 

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This was our home for a week, just a few steps from the sea.

 

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We had an unexpected guest, and when he started to eat the house, we killed him.

 

 

 

 

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A short walk around a charming village pond ...

 

 

 

 

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... and a long walk in the hills up north.

 

 

 

 

 

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I made progress on the Hillswick Lumber ...

 

 

 

 

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... read a couple of good books, and worked on my color wheel.

 

 

 

 

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Okay, I finished it - pretty hot I think :)

 

 

 

 

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I bought some nice, handmade buttons - but I didn't buy the yarn. It was an exchange (don't know if it's the right word) for the design of the color wheel.

 

 

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We visited a 'plant-dyeing-yarn-spinning' woman, and she couldn't live without a color wheel in her collection - so we made a deal. 

 

Here is some of the yarn she has made - very special I think.

 

End of a short story - have a nice week-end :)

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October 08, 2006

Talking in circles

FI-projects are not very handy, and I always need a project or two, that I can bring along everywhere. 

 

A lot of you knit socks maby because you need handy projects too- very nice socks, but I don't know if you've noticed: you never find socks on my needles. I have this little eccentricity: I hate to knit the same thing more than once - well - and socks are best in pairs :)

 

I've dyed a lot of yarn using plants lately, but in my stash you can also find yarn, that I dyed with acid colors. When I play with acid colors I use a color wheel for inspiration and help.

 

The other evening - when I was looking for some yarn and inspiration for a small, handy project - I found some of the multicolored Kauni yarn, that I used for the Rainbow Shawl. I never thought of it before, but WOW - the yarn is colored just like a color wheel, and I got an idea: I'll knit a Color Wheel - a nice, little, handy project.

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And you know me - I started immediately. I think it'll be nice :)

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October 05, 2006

All that inspiration

A freind asked me, if I've ever read any of Elizabeth Zimmermann's books. 'No' was the answer.

 

Alice Starmore is also on my 'to read list'.  

 

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For all the money I'm saving now, that I'm not buying any yarn, I've ordered some nice books.

 

I recieved one of them today - so good to come home from work and find this in the mailbox.

 

WOW - so much inspiration, so many beautiful models.

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October 02, 2006

Small talk

I've been busy. Not much time for knitting. Hillswick status - here I am right now:

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I enjoy knitting it, and I look forward to wear it one day.

 

My dyeing project is stalled. I'll try walnuts for brown one day - thanks for the comments Vanessa and Lorraine. In future I'll take notes and be more accurate - until now I've just been playing (love playing with colors and wool)

 

Don't know if anyone has noticed, that my blog has been invated by spam. I can't se the fun or the purpose of it - don't think I'm bothering anyone. Maby I'll have to moderate all comments - or stop blogging - or find another host with a better spamfilter (have no idea what that is, but it sounds clever). I'll do something, if it continues.

 

No more small talk - I'll go knitting. Take care :)

September 26, 2006

Sometimes you loose

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The photo doesn't show the colors quit right, but pretty close. It's the three left hanks I'm talking about.

 

My book says, that pine cones makes brown - just what I wanted next.

 

Took a walk, filled my basket, and I almost destroyed my kitchen, when I broke the cones to pieces (I used knifes, a hammer, different pairs of scissors, a saw and said lots of angry words).

 

Then I cooked a pine cone soup, and my 14-year old told me, that he wouldn't eat home, if it was the dinner, that smelled so mysterious.

 

I dyed the yarn and what a disappointment. The right hank isn't brown in my opinion. Maby I did something wrong, but I'll never give it another try with pine cones - it's to much trouble. 

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