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2015 – Finishes

Like every year, I like to start the new year with looking back over my stitching/knitting/crochet and make a list of the things I have completed over the year. So here we go! All the links go to my flickr page and open in a new tab/window.

Knitting projects
Exploration Station by Stephen West
Ashburn by Melaine Berg
Girasole by Jared Flood
– Hat and Stay on Baby booties
– Camilla babe and Garter Ear Flap Hat
–  Baby cardigan and  Crochet Peter Pan Collar
– A Little “Lopapeysa”
– Follow Your Arrow 2 by Ysolda Teague
– Parisian Twist Headband Ear Warmer by Elisa McLaughlin
Kertalogi by G. Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for Sumarrós
Kertalogi by G.Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for me
Quicksilver by Melaine Berg
Kertalogi by G.Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for Karítas
Drangey by Stephen West
– Moon Shadows by Rosemary (Romi) Hill
– Windschief by Stephen West
– Iceland vs. Japan lopapeysa
Wavelike by Stephen West
Verur lopapeysa
Clara dress
– Trillidium – Test knit
Quill by Jared Flood
Baby Kylie
Camomille by Helga Isager
– Dream Stripes by Cailliau Berangere
Exploration Station by Stephen West
Einar for Einar
The Doodler by Stephen West
Kertalogi by G.Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for Árveig
– Kertalogi by G.Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for Markéta (no photo yet)
– Kertalogi by G.Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for Helga Soffía (no photo yet)
– Kertalogi by G.Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for Steinunn Lóa (no photo yet)
Kertalogi by G.Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for Fanney
Rye socks for Adrían
Rye socks for Karítas Rye socks for Kristinn
– Rye socks for Árveig
– TTL Mystery Shawl 2015 (no photo yet)
– Vertices Unite by Stephen West (no photo yet)
– Morfar Bukser (no photo yet)

Total:  41 projects completed

Crochet projects

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Long time – some knitting!

It’s been a long time since the last update. Summer was crazy, busy and wonderful. We did some changes in the house and put down new flooring on all the bedrooms, the girls switched rooms and everyone is very happy with the changes.

I am going to share with you the finished knitting items I have done since I last updated and keep it at that. Things are good, busy and routine has kicked in again with fall and school starting.

Rye #socks for my nephew
Rye Socks for my cousin Adrían, pattern is free on Ravelry.
Yarn: Novita 7 Veljestä
Needles: 3.5 for cuff 4 for the rest

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Pattern: Clara by Karin Vestergaard Mathiesen
Yarn: madelinetosh tosh merino light in Esoteric
Needles: 3.0 mm

Trillidium - Test knit
Trillidium by Dieuwke van Mulligen (I was a test knitter for this pattern)
Yarn: Anzula Breeze in Poppy and Black – Evilla Wool/Linen 8/2
Needles: 3.75 mm

Pattern: Quill by Jared Flood
Yarn: Yaku
Needles: 3.75 mm

Pattern: Baby Kylie by Ann Klimpert
Yarn: Yaku
Needles: 3.5 mm

I made this one for my daughters new baby brother. I made Drangey by Stephen West for her dad earlier this year, and I really wanted to make a matching sweater for the little boy. They look so cute wearing their matching sweaters!



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Wavelike and Verur

A long overdue update. I have been super busy. Both my girls have finished school and summer is upon us. I have 17 workdays to go until I start my summer vacation. I can not wait. It was a long and hard winter, both because of the weather and mentally due to personal stuff. We are now really enjoying the sun and longer days even though the summer seems to be a cold one, like last year. At least it is bright. We were all getting very sick of the grey, gloomy days.

I finished Wavelike last Friday. When I saw this pattern as a part of Stephen West’s Westknits Spring Scarf KAL I was immediately interested. Then my friend Rósa made one and when I saw her version, I knew that I wanted to make one in one colour but different shades of it. So I went through my stash and came up with enough yarn to make it, short of one skein of colour B as the pattern calls for so much of it. I got another skein of it and started.

New start. Wavelike by @westknits #westknitsssk

Wavelike by Stephen West

Wavelike by Stephen WestPattern: Wavelike by Stephen West
Yarn: Colour A: Madelinetosh Coquette
Colour B: EngleUld 14/32078
Colour C: EngleUld 16/32082
Colour D: EngleUld 17/32083
Colour E: Koigu 1155 Malibu
Needles: 4mm

The play and texture between the Madelinetosh and EngleUld is so fun and beautiful. It has become one of my favorite yarn combo. The subtle changes in Tosh play so well with the solids in EngleUld. I just adore it. And I think the neon pink Koigu really ties it all together with the i-cord bind-off. I am super happy with it!

I also got an order for a Lopapeysa for a friends son. He has red hair and his favorite colour is lime green so I picked two shades of green, one grey and one brown. I love the outcome.

2015-06-20 12.01.38-2Pattern: Verur by Védís Jónsdóttir
Yarn: Lamauld
Needles: 4.5 and 5mm

I went to Brighton for a long weekend in May. It was a suprise trip, thanks to my wonderful friends who surprised me with giving me a ticket back and forth. It was exactly what I needed and I enjoyed it so much! While there I relaxed, walked a lot, had great food and hung out with friends. I also visited YAK, and picked up some yarn.

My new #yarn friends 😍Walk Collection, The Uncommon Thread, Julie Asselin and Yorkshire Spinners.

We love colouring books

So relaxing and fun

I got some adult colouring books through Amazon (and bought one in Brighton) and me and my girls really enjoy sitting down and relaxing while colouring. I used to do a lot of colouring as a kid, and these are just perfect, they feel like visiting an old friend.

Sweet sixteen today 🎉❤️💋👍
Sumarrós turned 16 on June 14th. I can’t believe how grown up she is!


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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.

Romi Hill MKAL 2015

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!

2015-04-21 17.43.49Pattern: Romi Hill MKAL 2015
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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Yarn: LamaUld from
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: 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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