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

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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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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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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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First finishes for 2015

Yes, finally I got the light and time to take some photos of my finishes. Sure, many of these were knitted mostly in 2014, but I never consider a project 100% finished until I wash and block it and take photos of it to update Ravelry and my blog. So last Saturday I went to my favorite knitting store and the light was perfect so I managed to take some photos.

First up, some baby stuff that I have done for my sisters little girl.

Hat and Stay on Baby bootiesPattern: Stay on baby booties and Kvenfélagshúfa
Yarn: Juno Fibre Arts Milly Singles
Needles: 3mm

Tiny little #lopapeysa for my new niece #yaku #litlaprjónabúðinPattern: From Prjónablaðið Ýr
Yarn: Yaku from Strikkebogen
Needles: 3mm

I participated in Stephen West’s Mystery KAL last year and finished the shawl before the new year but it was always dark or wet or snowing or I was busy so I never got the chance to take photos of it. I loved this project, especially the brioche in two colors!

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Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2014: Exploration Station

Exploration StationPattern: Exploration Station by Stephen West
Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Rusty Nail & madelinetosh tosh merino light in Ember, Kale and Charcoal
Needles: 4mm

And then I found a new designer that I really love! Melanie Berg is her name and she makes some wonderful things. Check her stuff out here on Ravelry. So off course I had to try knitting one of her patterns to see if I liked it. Because, as most knitters know, sometimes you find something wonderful that you want to knit, you purchase the pattern and it is so badly written that you end up tossing it or re-writing the whole thing yourself. Well, that is definitely not the case here. The patterns are very well written (I have 3 now in my Ravelry library, waiting for my attention) and I can’t wait to knit more from her. Next up is Quicksilver.

Ashburn

Ashburn

AshburnPattern: Ashburn by Melanie Berg
Yarn: Engleuld in bluegreen and orange and Fjara in yellow
Needles: 4mm

My Christmas project last year was a project I had been wanting to do for a long time. I had this wonderful discontinued color of Kambgarn that I absolutely love (and hate that Ístex stopped making it) that was just perfect for this project.

Girasole

Girasole

GirasolePattern: Girasole by Jared Flood
Yarn: Kambgarn
Needles: 4mm

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2014 – Finishes

It has become a tradition for me every year to look back and see what I have stitched/knitted/crocheted over the passing year. This has become something that I always look forward to. Sometimes I find things that I have almost forgotten that I did, and usually I get very inspired. In 2013 I did more crochet than knitting, but in 2014 I did way more knitting. No stitching at all to show off though.

Crochet Finishes

Solid Granny Square Blanket – for my friend Hildur
Crochet Jar Cover – for Karítas
Crochet Jar Cover – for a friend at school
Súld hat by Rósa Tom – a hat for a little friends birthday
Baby sweater by Tinna Þórudóttir Þorvaldar – for a friends new baby
Solid Granny Square Baby Blanket – for a co-workers new baby
A little doily by Elín Kristín – for me
Crochet Jar Cover – a housewarming gift for Rod&Gummi
V-stitch blanket – for a friends new baby
Finished crochet projects: 9

Knitting Finishes

Safety Scarf by Stephen West
Parisian Twist Headband Ear Warmer by Elisa McLaughlin
Follow your arrow mystery kal by Ysolda Teague
Happy Street by Veera Välimäki
Rye socks for Adrían by tincanknits
Rye socks for Karítas by tincanknits
Loki by Ragga Eiríks for Karítas
Ranga by Védís Jónsdóttir for Sumarrós
Red Rock Canyon by Rosemary (Romi) Hill for me
Coat with a twist by Anna & Heidi Pickles
Birta by Bára Þórarinsdóttir
Vertices Unite by Stephen West
Bella Baby by Lene Holme Samsøe
18 Var by Védís Jónsdóttir
Loki by Ragga Eiríks for Árveig
Red Rock Canyon by Rosemary (Romi) Hill for my MIL
Morganite by Corrina Ferguson
Samen by Stephen West
Sumarrós by Linda Björk Eiríksdóttir
Rye socks by tincanknits for Helgi
Gjöf by Gréta Björk Jóhannesdóttir
Exploration Station by Stephen West (it is finished, I just haven’t had the time to take it out for a photo shoot)
Finished knitting projects: 22

Yarn Graffiti
Denver
Vitatorg
Gay Pride

All in all, I think I did pretty good with juggling a full time job, school and the kids, the man, the house, traveling and everything else! There are a few more projects that are almost finished, but since they are not 100% finished, they will not be counted as finished until 2015.
This year I am going to try to keep a better track of how much yarn I use over the year and weigh my projects and yarns better. Also, working from stash, doing projects that I want to do and make more for my ever growing family.

Yesterday I became an auntie for the second time. This little girl stole my heart today when I got to see her ❤️❤️❤️ Congrats to my sister @fanneye87 and her man @raggi_njals
On the 27th of December, my youngest sister had her first baby. It’s a girl and she absolutely stole my heart. I am guessing I will be doing a lot of knitting for this little one in the near future!

Happy New Year, everyone. Hope you make it awesome!

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It’s time for an update

I passed my first exam! GO ME! We got the results last week and I was so super happy that I passed AND was above the average grade. Now, 2 more exams to go. One on the 8th and one on the 15th of December. Keep your fingers crossed for me, please.

Now, what have I been knitting? First up, my daughter Sumarrós asked me to make her a sweater for winter. She described what she wanted to me and after browsing Ravelry for a bit and not finding what she wanted, I decided to give it a go to just knit the sweater without the pattern. It is now finished and she uses it all the time.

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Peysa1

peysa4Pattern: Sumarrós – by Linda Björk
Yarn: Snaeldan Nappað tógv 5tr
Needles: 6mm

I wrote down the pattern and am now working on adding more sizes to it. The plan is to release it on Ravelry, hopefully soon next week if everything works out.

Off course I am taking part in Stephen West’s Mystery KAL this year! I am up to date, and the 3rd part was just released this morning. I can’t wait to finish my day at the office and go home and knit! Here is part one completed, I have yet to take a photo of part 2.

Think I have found my colors for the new @westknits #MKAL #madelinetosh @hedgehogfibres #knitting

Part 1 is completed #westknitsKAL2014 #knitting #madelinetosh @hedgehogfibresPattern: Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2014: Exploration Station
Yarn: madelinetosh tosh merino light & Hedgehog Fibres Sock
Needles: 4mm

I also finished another Stephen West design, Samen. It was a gift for my very dear friend Anna Sigga and a few weeks back I visited her and gave it to her. When I started this shawl I had no idea who it was for. As it grew and the colors came together, she was the only person who popped into my head so it just had to be for her.

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Visited my friend @anna_flamenca and gave her a birthday present, #samen by @westknitsPattern: Samen by Stephen West
Yarn: Design.club.dk Duo Merino, Isager Strik Tvinni (Wool 2) & Strikkebogen.dk Yaku
Needle: 4.5 mm

And last night I finished these socks for the man. I love this pattern, this is the 3rd (but not the last) pair that I have done from it. It comes in many sizes and is super easy. If you want to knit socks but have been afraid of trying, try this pattern!

Socks! #knitting #novita #socksPattern: Rye by tincanknits
Yarn: Novita 7 Veljestä
Needles: 3.5mm & 4mm

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