Icelandic knitting

In my quest to better myself as a knitter, I attended two workshops by the awesome Ragga Eíriksdottír, organized by my favorite local yarn store. On Fridaynight I learned all sorts of techniques to make the perfect mitten (not yet finished, so no pictures for you there), and all Sunday I spent making a little hooded cardigan in the traditional Icelandic way.

Knited mini hoodie

And knitting the traditional Icelandic way means: knitting in the round and then cutting your garment. Yes. CUTTING. Also known as steeking. Very, very scary indeed, but awesome once done succesfully!

Knitted mini hoodieI’m a very happy girl now: I learned so much, challenged myself, and am dying to learn even more. Now I’ve made this cute little mini hoodie (which just fits one of The Little One’s stuffed toys), I want to make a grownup version so I can actually wear it myself!

 

The Spinning Virus

I’ve been doing a lot of woolspinning lately. I guess it’s a good way to relax from all the hard work I’m doing at the office, it’s just madness there!*

I’ve started knitting a little shrug from my first handspun wool. I just love the way it looks! So much more unique than any wool I’ve ever bought somewhere (and I’ve bought some pretty beautiful yarn in my life). I’m pretty sure I’ll wear this with much more pride than any other thing I’ve knitted before.

Knitted handspun woolEven though I love my spindle, I’m now contemplating getting myself a spinningwheel (I totally fell in love with this little beauty) so I can spin even more yarn faster. I just need to make sure it’s not just a phase I’m going through, but seeing what knitwear I can make with handspun wool, I doubt it’s just a fling…

*I’m sorry you’ll find a bit less of inspiring things, WIP’s, illustrations, things on design on this blog at the moment. I just don’t have time for that right now, but it’ll come soon again, I promise!

 

Spinning Wool

As a fan of good old craftsmanship, learning to spin wool had been on my wishlist for a long time. A spinning wheel in the house, however, was not (lack of space, lack of energy to dive into that world and figure out what to get and how it works, etcetera). So I was thrilled when someone told me about the drop spindle, and a good place nearby to learn how to spin wool with it!

Last Saturday I spent a whole afternoon in Karin’s garden and she taught me the basics of woolspinning with a drop spindle. I learned things about sheep, types of yarn, grease, fibers, and did a whole lot of practicing. She gave me a big bunch of wool (white wool mixed with some dyed yarn) to take home, which was so nice! Now I’ve spun all that wool I can’t wait to knit something with it. I think that’s truly the most amazing thing ever, to get the wool straight from a sheep (dirty and all, so you have to clean and wash it yourself too), spin it yourself, and then knit something you can wear with pride. I’m hooked!

Finished!

And now I’ll just have to wait a couple of months till it’s cold enough to wear this very, very warm scarf…

Knitted scarf from handspun wool(I used a 8mm needle, cast on 15 stitches and just did a knit-purl-knit-purl and so on, making sure that on the reverse side I did purl-knit-purl-knit and so on. Easy does it!)