Finished MKAL, Windschief and new Lopapeysa

First up is the finished Romi Hill MKAL. This was great fun, and as always I learned new tricks and knitting patterns that I absolutely love. I am particularly proud of this one since I used only leftover yarn for it. That is always a good feeling, and to get something as pretty as an end result is a total WIN in my books. I decided to bind off in the same blue that I used for the pattern details and I am so happy that I did, I think it really ties it all together and makes it pop.

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2015-05-03 13.00.42Pattern: Romi Hill MKAL 2015
Yarn: Hedgehog Fibers Sock, Fjara, Yaku and Madelinetosh in orange shades. EngleUld in blue for details and bind off.
Needles: 3.5mm

My project that I was working on in between clues is also finished. My friend Yuka from Japan gave me a great knitting book a couple of years ago where some Japanese designers are designing Icelandic sweaters using Lopi. The patterns are different from the Icelandic ones I have seen, and their use of colors is also quite different. I love this book and finally decided on a sweater to make. I wanted it to have colors that popped and had a dream about it that was very vivid, so I picked the colors that appeared in the dream and I love it.

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New #lopapeysa in time for a cold Icelandic summerPattern: From a Japanese knitting book
Yarn: Snældan 3tr.
Needles: 4.5 and 5mm

I always feel a bit lost and with a slight case of knitting-ADHD after they are done and find it very hard to pick my next project if I do not have anything lined up already. So I made a hat for the man. He needed a new one since the last one I knitted for him is worn out and a bit stretched out of shape as he has used it a lot. This was a super fun and fast project.

Windschief by Stephen WestPattern: Windschief by Stephen West
Yarn: LamaUld
Needles: 4 and 4.5mm

Thankfully, my knitting ADHD has a cure already. I am working on a lopapeysa for a friends son, I bought yarn for Blue Sand that I have been wanting to do for ages and Stephen West just announced his Spring Scarf KAL where I can pick from TEN new patterns!

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Christening gift and MKAL update

Yesterday the newest little person in my family got her name, Emma Rún. She is the daughter of my cousin Sigurjón and his GF, Elsa. When they were still pregnant, they asked me to knit the little girl a sweater and do a crochet collar to go with it. They sent me a photo of what they were thinking, and I did my best to grant their requests and this is what came of my needles and hook.

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2015-02-04 14.55.53-1Pattern: Sweater is totally made up, based on a photo. For the collar I used Crochet Peter Pan Collar by Emma Escott
Yarn: King Cole Baby Alpaca DK
Needles and hook: 4mm hook and needles

I really loved making this one. And I love this yarn also and will definitely use it again.

Clue nr.4 of the Romi Hill MKAL came on Friday, and I knitted it up and finished it on Saturday.

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I am continuing with my gradient plan. Now I have finished 3 different yarns and am up to my last one. First I used Hedgehog Fibers Sock, then Fjara and then Yaku. The last two rows are knitted with Madelinetosh Light and that is my final yarn. I am thinking I will definitely use the turquoise to bind off to tone with the details that came with clue 3.
The colour change for the Yaku looks pretty drastic in the photo, it is not this drastic IRL, the colours are just very hard to photograph propperly. I can’t wait to finish this baby and wash and block and take photos of it. Romi Hill is such an amazing designer, her patterns are incredible and I keep seeing new ones that I want to knit.

I feel like a tiny person #knitting with 10mm needles and this #novitatuubi #yarn

My inbetween clues projects are a new Lopapeysa for myself (I am working on the yoke now) and a cover for a foot stool that I got from my grandmother that is looking rather shabby. I am going to give it a make over and for the cover I am knitting on 10mm needles with Novita Tuubi in a very pretty retro yellow colour. I will post photos of it when I am finished, hopefully next weekend at the latest.

"Mom, can you teach me how to knit?" "YES I CAN!" #knitting #tinyknitter #daughtersofknitters #parentingwin

Karítas is now knitting! I am the proudest mom!

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Mystery shawl update and Drangey

Karítas’s dad had his birthday in the end of February. Since I had made a sweater for both his wife and their baby girl, I wanted to make him one also. When I saw the pattern for Drangey by Stephen West, I just knew it was the right sweater for him.
I then picked Snældan for the main colour and used double Yaku for the pattern colour in the yoke. Using two of my favourite yarns at the same time was a joy. They are very different, Snældan is rough wool that softens up when you wash it (it is like magic washing this wool!) and Yaku is a superwash wool that is perfect for baby items as it is so incredibly soft.

IMG_4091.JPGPattern: Drangey by Stephen West
Yarn: Snældan (3 theads) and Yaku, held double.
Needles: 4.5mm and 5mm
Knitted just as written, the pattern is a delight to follow.

My friend Sigga had a baby in November, a few weeks before he was due. I made in a blanket that I managed to take photos of the other day when they were visiting.

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2015-03-13 15.38.23-2Pattern: From my head. Just a basic v-stitch, changing colour every row.
Yarn: Geilsk 3 ply Bomuld og uld
Hook: 3.25mm

My MIL is crazy! Amazing, but crazy! Thank you @grannypoppins  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #kofteboken #knitting #knittstagram #knittersofinstagram #knittingbook
My latest obsession is this book. My MIL gave it to me the other day and I am still speechless!

And finally, an update on the Romi MKAL 2015.
For clue 3, there was a detail that I first thought I would use the darkest orange for. But I tried it, and it just did not show well at all. So, I decided to add a colour, at least for this particular detail. I hope that I can continue with my gradient plan, but I will have to see how the next clue turns out and if it works out. If it does, I am thinking I might use the turquoise for the bind-off or some extra details here and there. If I have to change colour completely, I do love this colour and would not be horribly upset, that is part of the mystery and the fun!

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Yarn: Hedgehog Fibers, Fjara and EngleUld
Needles: 4mm

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Quicksilver, Gjöf and other things

I have some finishes to brag about today. I will just get straight to it.
Karítas came home from Czech Republic where she spent Easter with her father and their family. She was there for almost three weeks, and even though I should be used to this by now, this time was hard. I missed her like crazy and even more than usually so it was even sweeter to get her home and get those warm and loving cuddles from her.

Kertalogi for Karítas

2015-04-13 15.01.22-2Pattern: Kertalogi
Yarn: Osprey by Quince & Co in Pomegranate
Needles: 3.5 & 4.5mm

She loves her new hat and I think it looks great on her.

Last year, I was asked by my aunt’s husband to make her an Icelandic sweater – Lopapeysa. They live in California, so we thought that making it a bit lighter would be ideal. He looked at some patterns and designs and ended up picking out this one (Ravelry link) called Gjöf (Gift). The original is knitted with Álafoss lopi, that is bulky in weight and very think and way to warm for California. The yarn I had in mind is LamaUld and is Aran weight.
So. I recalculated the whole thing, did some pretty dramatic changes on the yoke also, and completely switched the colors around. I love the outcome. A light and feminine Lopapeysa that goes with basically anything. I am still waiting for photos of my aunt wearing it, but until that happens, here are a couple of shots of me modeling it.

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2014-10-09_17.25.39_medium2Pattern: Gjöf – heavily modified
Yarn: LamaUld from Strikkebogen.dk
Needles: 4.5 and 5mm

And then there is my latest shawl. There is always a shawl, right?
I love this one. The design is easy and simple and the outcome stunning. I picked neutral grey tones and made them pop with some red for the wedges. Classic and elegant. I have already used this shawl a lot and it is fast becoming a favorite of mine. This is the second design that I knit from Melanie and have already purchased a few more that I am excited to get to.

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2015-04-04 11.04.36Pattern: Quicksilver by Melanie Berg
Yarn: Strikkebogen.dk Yaku
Needles: 4mm

Oh, and then there is Romi Hill’s MKAL 2015. I finished my clue yesterday and finished my first yarn. I am using up my orange colored leftover yarn and going for a gradient effect. The first yarn I finished was Hedgehog Fibers Sock in Rusty Nail, leftover from my Exploration Station shawl. The last three rows are knitted with Fjara from Handprjón, 100% Alpaca from Bolivia. You can’t really see the change yet, but I am super excited with how this is one is turning out.

Romi Hill MKAL 2015

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April showers?

April is so far pretty cold and winter like. I woke up to snow on the ground this morning, but it seems to be melting away as the day goes along. I am craving spring and warmer weather. They are saying that this summer will be just as bad as the summer we had last year. I really do hope that is wrong. I need my yellow friend in the sky to bring me some Vitamin D after this dreadful winter we have had.

So the winter themed knitting is still going strong. I have been making shawls and hats recently. I have made the same hat 3 times. The first one was for myself, then Sumarrós wanted one. And then when Karítas saw the one for Sumarrós, she wanted one also.

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I have had enough of snow. The understatement of the year.
Pattern: Kertalogi by G. Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir
Yarn: Snaeldan Nappað tógv 3tr (3-ply)
Needles: 3.5mm & 4mm

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Pattern: Kertalogi by G. Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir
Yarn: Snaeldan Nappað tógv 5tr (5-ply)
Needles: 4mm & 5mm

I still haven’t taken a photo of the one I knitted for Karítas, but I will when she gets back from her Easter holiday with her dad and their family.

Emilý Rósa wearing the hat and sweater I knitted for her ❤️ #knitting #camillababe #lark #quinceandco #litlaprjónabúðin
I visited my sister and her daughter the other day and we got a picture of her wearing the Camilla Babe sweater I knitted for her. So adorable!

Cousins being cute ❤️I love seeing my daughters interact with their cousins and siblings. Melts my heart.

I decided to participate in Romi Hill’s new Mystery Knit-A-Long. I loved the shawl last year and even ended up making two of them. One for myself and the other one for my MIL.
It seems like this years shawl will be different, it starts as a half circular one. I am excited, I have never done a shawl with that shape before. And off course, Romi’s designs are wonderful, her charts are perfect and the end results incredibly beautiful.

I decided to use up some stash for this project and found that I do have plenty of orange leftovers in different shades. Mixing and matching gave me a beautiful gradient, using 4 different types of yarns with enough yardage. I am super excited to see how it will turn out. I finished the first clue this weekend.

MjvkOPattern: Romi’s Mystery Shawl 2015
Yarn: for this clue I am using Hedgehog Fibers Sock
Needles: 3.5mm

Other yarns that will be used are: Yaku, Fjara and Madelinetosh Light. All are leftovers except for Fjara, that was meant for another project, but I ended up using another color for that in the end, so I still have that pretty burnt orange shade that will come to good use now. Win Win!

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Halfway through March already

And I have not been as good about blogging as I had hoped. I will do more of it, my goal is to do it 1-2 times a week as I want to keep a good track of my projects. Keeping this blog and photographing and updating the process of my projects has been one of my biggest motivations since I started it, so I want to keep that going.

My stitching group is finally meeting again. We are trying our best to have get togethers once a month, and every Tuesday is a WIP/UFO day where we all work on a project that we already have going and try to put a few strands in.
I decided to work on my stocking as I really want to get it done. Every year when I get out the stockings I did for my daughters, I almost feel ashamed at not having mine done already, there is so little left to do on it, just some backstitching and details. So hopefully, I will have my very own stocking to hang come Christmas this year.

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Here is my progress after last Tuesdays session.

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Pattern: Parisian Twist Headband Ear Warmer by Elisa McLaughlin
Yarn: Quince and Co. Osprey in Bird S Egg
Needles: 4mm

For Karítas. I made my headband quite some time ago, and Karítas has always loved it. When we were on winter break we went to our LYS and she picked out this beautiful ice blue Osprey by Quince & Co for her very own headband. She absolutely loves it.

We went to a cabin over a weekend in February. It was just what we all needed as a family.

Fun in the sun/snow/cold
We went out and had fun in the snow and went sledding down a hill.

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We relaxed.

#scrabble and cozy time at the cabin
We played Scrabble.

Hlemmur and a snow blizzard
We have had about 40 storms this year here in Iceland. I have just about had enough and am craving warmer weather, less wind, more sun. But I know better, it is only March and there are still a few more weeks to go. Next storm is supposed to hit us tonight.

My #bedinburghyarnfest at Litla Prjónabúðin with knitting friends on a stormy Saturday in #iceland
But, when the wind is going mad outside, what is better than meeting up with your friends at your LYS and knitting the day away, having coffee and chocolate? Nothing, if you ask me!

When you have too much #kambgarn, make a BIG #grannysquareblanket using all the #colours
Going through my stash, I noticed that I had A LOT of Kambgarn. The best way to use up a lot of yarn in the same brand and/or weight, is making blankets. One can never have too many blankets so I started another one. I have always wanted a classic Granny Square blanket with lots of colour and black as the colour that binds it all together. That is just what I had in this Kamgbarn stash of mine. So I started one.
I am doing 10 rounds of colour, picking the colours totally at random by drawing them from a bag and not looking and it is not allowed to exchange colours. Each colour only to be used once in each square. Then 2 rounds of black and using Lucy’s Join as you go method to tie it all together. So far I am absolutely loving it!

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Follow Your Arrow 2

The wonderful designer Ysolda Teague organised a mystery KAL last year that I participated in (my first one) and loved and got me hooked on doing MKAL’s. In January I saw that she was doing a Follow Your Arrow 2 MKAL so off course I signed up.

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Pattern: Follow Your Arrow 2 by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Loft in Plume (I used 2 skeins)
Needles: 3.5mm
Clues: B-B-A-B-B

I love how it turned out, and participating in the MKAL was loads of fun. Ysolda is a brilliant designer, to say the least. Each clue had an option A and an option B and each went with either so you could mix and match it any way you wanted. I wanted to have my shawl with texture and learn something new each week, and this is how it ended up. The only thing that I did not like was the yarn. What a disappointment. I had read so many great reviews about this yarn and had been excited about trying it, but I just did not connect with it at all and am safe to say that I will not be using it again. Thankfully, there is plenty of great yarn out there!

The baby knitting continues. There are so many babies being born this year around me. I love it, I love knitting baby clothes. My sisters baby girl got her name on February 8th.

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Emilý Rósa Snædahl Ragnarsdóttir

Off course she got a knitted gift from us.

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Pattern: Camilla Babe by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Yarn: Lark from Quince and Co in Pomegranate
Needles: 4.5mm

I loved making this little sweater. The hat is based on a free pattern from the Purl Soho website, but I did a lot of changes as the decreases were not adding up.

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