31 January 2008

Two lopapeusur ready at the same time plus one scarf

Yes now it was long time ago since I wrote something. I have had my hands full. I started a new job last week and me and Johan bought a car (Suzuki Grand Vitara), a jeep, just in time before I started my new job. Now we are going to work together in the morning and are going home in the evening. And almost every day after work we have been going somewhere to do some errends. For example did we go to differnt bed stores to look at beds and finally we found one bed, which we bought. Now we can finally throw out the bad bad IKEA bed. They are really bad, the worst thing IKEA have. Absolutely too stiff for me and too small for us. It's like lying on a ballon. You can't sleep two in it because it behaves like a bouncing mat. We just roll into the middle and sleep crooked, slanted, sloped grr. Sorry, I got a bit angry.

And to knitting.. I had time to knit of course since last time. I started a lopapeysa (sweater) including the bright red colour, but I could not decide how I was going to do with the pattern, if I should go with 3 or 4 colours. So I just started two sweaters at the same time, one in white, red, dark brown and one in white, red, dark brown and light brown.
Yesterday I sewed on the zipper in one of them. Wow, that took time, the whole evening. But that is just how it is. There are a few steps involved, both with sewing machine and by hand. And in the end you always have to complete it by hand sewing.
The result was really good actually. They turned out to be really nice. I really like the red colour. This is how the first one looks like. I'm wearing it today

I was thinking about writing down what needles and how many stitches I use for my sweaters in a small book plus here at my blog. I really have to do that because it has taken me until now to find the right size for me. I can't remember the measures right now. Well, I will just put them in later.

And by the way, in the middle of my work with the sweater Johan told me that he would really need a scarf. The weater in Iceland suddenly changes. We have a lot of snow now and it's quite cold. At least when the wind is blowing. Well, I said to him that I will immediately start a scarf. I made it in 3 evening. OOh it is quite boring to do scarfs. It is just the same all the time. In the beginning it is ok but after half the scarf is done you are kind of bored. The scarf resembles the one I made as a Christmas gift for Jonas.

Today I plan to sew in the other zipper. I have also started another project. A small baby pullover. But so far I haven't done so much. It takes time when you use needles 2,5 mm. It feels so thin and small compared to the thick lopi yarn.

07 January 2008

Forgot to mention a hat I also made before Christmas!

I forgot to put in picture of a hat I also made before Christmas. It was a Christmas gift for Emma (Johans' sister). It turned out to be really soft and confortable. I mixed one thread of mohair with one thread of wool.

And at this very moment I have just started to knit on my lopa sweater with red colour in it. The main colour will be white and then I'll use one or two different brown colours. I haven't knitted that much yet. I have had a lot of other things to do lately. After Christmas I almost felt tired of knitting. I did not do anything since we came home until today. But now it's coming back again. That's how it is. When you finally sit down and start something exciting you just want to continue.

We will see when it will be done. At the moment I'm also knitting on a hat. However, it is not turning out so good. Really weird. I'm just trying something out.

02 January 2008

The visit to Sweden is over - I managed to do a lot of knitting.

Me and my boyfriend Johan has just come back to Iceland. We went to Sweden over Christmas and New Years Ewe of course. Johan was prepared for a hectic period with travelling all over. But I did not feel like that. I thought it was really nice. Just ok, not hectic. I felt relaxed. It was maybe because I had my knitting to relax with during the trips (train, airplane). We celebrated Christmas in Stockholm with my dad plus family. After that we went to visit my mum and my sister with family (my niece) in Svenljunga (south Sweden). After that we took the night train up to north Sweden to visit Johans’ family. They live in Strömsund, a small town with about 4000 habitants. So you can say that we almost travelled through whole Sweden.

In Stockholm I even had time for some small shopping. I bought some pair of shoes, some clothes and the rest of the Christmas gifts of course. And I also had the opportunity to meet some friends down town. We also went over to Johans’ brother with family to eat dinner. They live in a suburb of Stockholm.

Wow, all this we did in 10 days. That it actually a lot.
And then I also had time for some knitting. Of course I knitted some of the Christmas gifts.
The scarf for Jonas (my sisters spouse) was finished first. I like the colour. I actually finished it on the airplane from Iceland.
After that I immediately started on a collar for Linneas’ (dad’s wife) mother. I knitted a bit in the evening, the day we arrived, and then also the next two evening before Christmas Ewe. I finished it just in time. It is actually nice looking. It’s made in léttlopi so there is not a need for a lot of yarn. You can actually just take some leftovers.

After that I started to knit a cute little dress for my niece. We went there the 26:th of December. But sadly I did not finish it before we arrived. I finished the last part the 27:th and it turned out really good actually. A perfect fit. A nice little Christmas dress or just for New Years Ewe.

And this is how it look like on:

After that there was time for some gloves. I promised my sister do make her gloves that matched her hat.

After that I made another thing in the series for Jonas. A hat that would fit the scarf.

Then I actually did one more thing, a pair of socks for my mum. I used the rest of the yarn from Jonas’ hat.
They turned out like this:

..and now I guess I’m going to start with the the lopapeysa using the bright red lopi yarn I bought. It will be interesting to see the result. I have to start that tomorrow when we have knitting club.

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