Monday, June 19, 2006

One long day

This one long magical summer day (the sun sets here next time about July 7th!) has produced this Fina Hyrnan. Fina Hyrnan is from the book "Three cornered and Long Shawls" by Sigridur Halldorsdottir - I have knit three scarves/shawls from that book and I still have few there that I will knit some day - so the book is one of my favorites. I think this scarf was a very quick knit. I highly recommend it to anyone with a little bit of experience looking for a small but beautiful lace project. I knit her with 3,5 mm needles and the yarn was handspun Merino (2 ply).
While knitting this I somehow discovered the color green. Green has always been a very difficult color to know and now it fascinates me. I might have to knit more green. This light olive green has a lovely warm feel when the sun rays hit it.
There is light, there are the Kulleros (Trollius europaeus) by the lake blooming, the temperature is nice (about 20 C), the water is warming and there is this one long day to knit... I really could not ask for more.

52 comments:

  1. This shawl is stunning Lene! It is on my to-do list one day when I have finished Halfskak...

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  2. A very beautiful shawl. And it sounds like it already has worked as a dream catcher, keeping the good dreams and letting the bads go with the sun.
    Also, your different green colours are beautifully pictured!

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  3. beautiful shawl in a beautiful colour. i love that book; i have several planned projects from it.

    enjoy your endless summer days! isn't it great when the weather behaves as well ...

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  4. A stunning piece of lace knitting. Lovely photos too.
    July 7th ! Crikey !

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  5. this shawl is wonderfull

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  6. Gorgeous shawl! I have that book too, so I will have to pull it out and look for that pattern.

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  7. Absolutely beautiful -- and so nice that you have re-discovered green!

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  8. Lovely shawl! It's on my one day to-do list. The green is a gorgeous color too. Enjoy your long days!

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  9. Ellen in Conn14:10

    I have never been one to wear green, but it is my favorite color because it is the color of my world. But I dyed a bit of wool green the other day, and maybe I need to do more, also. A green shawl would definitely be a nice change to my wardrobe!

    The idea of an endless summer day - !! I spent a week with no clock once, and thinking of combining that with no dark, or conversely, no sun, well, it would be an adventure for this temperate girl, that's for sure!

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  10. Nätti huivi, erityisesti nuo reunan lehtikuviot!

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  11. Beautiful post and beautiful shawl.

    Long days...I've had days that seem that long (usually not good ones). And right now it seems that I could use a day that long to get everything done. However, time being what it is, is temporal....and my energy is insufficient.

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  12. Beautiful Lene..green is not my usual choice but why when so many lovely things in nature are green ?I will have to try using it more.

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  13. The border on that shawl is fabulous. I really like how the leaves change direction.

    One long summer day...does that mean you only have to 1 days worth of chores and the rest is knitting time?

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  14. The shawl is just gorgeous! I too struggle with green - so many beautiful shades in nature - and usually settle on olive when I do wear it.

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  15. Your knitting and your photography are so beautiful. I love to read your blog with my coffee in the morning. The lace is so intricate. With my only lace experience being dishcloths, I'll admire from afar for a while.

    The yellow Kulleros are so vibrant. I enjoy the way you write about color and the way it influences you. If you like to try more things with green, what about incorporating some into another project.

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  16. Just beautiful, and I think the color is wonderful too. I will have to check out this book!

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  17. That shawl is beautiful! It pushes me further and further into wanting to make one. :-)

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  18. This is such a pretty and unique shawl with those clusters of 3 leaves. Lovely green shade too.

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  19. Stunning work. That is a beautiful shawl!

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  20. I'm quite taken with that shawl. I also love the color green. I'm going to find that book and give it a try. I think I may have posted before about how much I love your nature photographs. Have you ever considered publishing a book of your beautiful knitting displays? It would appeal to photography buffs, naturalists, and knitters alike. I would certainly purchase a copy. Think about it. Enjoy those long days!

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  21. This is really a beautiful shawl, sorry I am not very original by saying that but you know it's true! Happy day!

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  22. Lene, you are truely gifted. That shawl is just lovely and your handspun is just perfect. I also loved your previous post about lace being a dream catcher. My life is in chaos right now and I think I will heed your call.

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  23. Absolutely beautiful--the shawl AND the yarn!

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  24. That is a grogeous shawl and I really enjoy your eloquent writing.

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  25. I am still busy with my compulsion for twined knitting. I did not get satisfaction from the Gibson book but I found a fabulous book in the library, Traditional Scandinavian Sweaters by Sheila McGregor. I happen to have her British Traditional Sweaters book (I bought it in Belfast so that's not the title on my copy) so I respect her method. McGregor's book gives the detailed information I need and short projects to try out - and by the looks of how well worn the book is, others have enjoyed it as well. But then I also have been preparing for a class at Stitches Midwest by Galina Khmeleva which will be a short variation (I hope!) on Orenburg lace so I have also been poring over her lace book. Your shawl is another inspiration!

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  26. lovely scarf and great photos to show it. my only lace experience so far ended in a frogging, but I will try it again, since I see the results are so worth it.
    I would love to visit so far up north when the sun does not set in summer. must be hard on the body clock.

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  27. Wow - does that long day make up for that long night in the winter?

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  28. Gorgeous shawl and photos!

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  29. What a lovely shawl!

    I cannot imagine the magic of this long day. Amazing.

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  30. oh, that is just the epitome of lovliness! i must look into getting a copy of that book!

    and i am jealous of your long, long day!

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  31. Your post today made me wonder just how many shades of green there are in the world. Thank you for showing both views of your beautiful shawl, close up and far away. From a distance, you see the mass of loveliness,and up close, the intricacy of the pattern and stitches.

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  32. Lyn In Melbourne, Australia01:53

    A beautiful shawl, with inspiring photos of the details. I can picture the relaxed state you would be in when wearing it. I also thoroughly enjoy the wonderful images, envisioned both in words and pictures you give of living in your part of the world, which is vastly different to mine.
    Thank you once again for inviting us in.

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  33. Beautiful shawl! I must look into the book of shawls you mention. I, too, love shawls and they are great for anyone - size does not matter!

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  34. What a BEAUTIFUL patterned shawl. I love the delicate design.

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  35. sonja poor03:10

    As usual, I have a warm smile after reading your blog. The shawl is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  36. Diane E.03:57

    What a beautiful shawl/scarf. Great Job! I 've heard alot of good things about this book, I'll have to look into getting it!

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  37. Lene your shawl is absolutely stunning. You not only have a gift for knitting but writing and photography as well.

    With the many shades of green found in nature your have so much to choose from. Enjoy.

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  38. i don't know how i missed your blog to date...since so many of my favourite knit bloggers seem to have found you before me.

    i just wanted to compliment you on your beautiful shawl...it is truely stunning. and also to compliment you on your wonderful writing. your world and mine are so very different - i have enjoyed going back and reading your past entries. thank you

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  39. I keep checking back to admire your shawl! This time it struck me that the delicate green is like the color of some lichens. For some reason I've always found lichens attractive too.

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  40. Some days I feel that I am drowning in all the potential projects. Some projects beg to be knit, and others you have to fight every step.

    Enjoy your very long day.

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  41. Ah, So lovely... thank you for sharing.

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  42. Hi Lene

    wow one long day, like that is over 2weesk of daylight, do you sleep at normal times etc, do people still work normal hours?
    I find that fasinating that you would have such a long day.
    You are saying it is nice and warm at 20degrees, boy I think it is cold at anything below that during the day.

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  43. It's the summer solstice! Not quite as long down here as up there, but I will enjoy it.

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  44. Oh, that shawl just took my breath away. I'm a new reader of your blog and look forward to doing some serious catching up...

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  45. A bit off-topic, but would you describe how you do your embroidery on those socks and mittens? What kind of yarn/floss do you use? What stitches do you use? Do you follow patterns or make up as you go along? It's just so nice looking and I would like to try some.

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  46. Aivan ihana huivi! Nautinnollista juhannusta ja keskikesää.

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  47. Very beautiful ! I think I must have this one too...Is the pattern from a book ?
    Karin

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  48. Upea! Wonderful! Merveilleuse!
    Wunderbar jne. etc.

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  49. Herkänkaunis. Kuin Lapin luonto. Ja kulleroaikakin on jo...

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  50. Toni K.19:21

    I think this is a thank you - your shawl is so gorgeous I've now ordered the book (with translation)! I have plenty of shawl yarn but I need the inspiration to start - sounds like this book will have plenty of inspiration. But I have a sneaky feeling that the yarn in my stash won't be quite right and I'll probably end up buying more. Oh well, thanks for the wonderful blog and I hope you enjoy your long summer day!

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  51. Lene, that shawl is so beautiful! Actually, the pattern is one of the ones I'm considering for my next shawl project. I already have the yarn for it -green, of course! :)

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  52. I love the shawl!

    We have those white flowers growing up by my family's cabin, and I had those yellow flowers in the garden until my mom accidentally weeded them. (Oops!)

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