If you like to know what I’m talking about here you can see Bohus garments in Susanna’s pages, the Bohus pictures there are excellent (Susanna teaches Bohus classes and translates the patterns into English). Then visit Solveig’s pages, she dyes the beautiful yarn and rewrites the old patterns. To see the designs on Solveig’s pages you have to click on NYHETER (news) at the front page to get to the photos. And then the Bohuslän museum pages. If you’d like to see a Bohus design being knit, visit Wendy’s pages. She is knitting her second sweater now, the first one she did a year ago. And there you can read of all the challenges while knitting a Bohus sweater and get some good answers.
As I was so thrown out of my knitting balance and touched by Bohus swatches I had some mail later on. Susanna sent me a book written of Bohus named “Poems of Color” by Wendy Keele. I could not think of a better name for this colour work. The book tells the story of this knitting and has many designs in it.
I had also a tiny taste of Bohus, Blue Shimmer cuffs kit. (I down changed the needle size to 1,75 mm - my wrists are quite small - and knit with 72 stitches, and did the ribbing with twisted knit stitch.)
It did not take long to get these done. Apparently they are small, but the ever-changing colours make them very entertaining to knit and I had no symptoms of a second cuff syndrome. You can’t buy this design, they are a class project but here are other cuffs (Large Lace Collar) for sale from Solveig. Our beloved Yarn Harlot is having a fundraiser for Doctors without Borders. I know there are a lot of fundraising programs to choose from and you might have the one that you are always donating to, but since we are all coming together here as knitters without borders consider making a donation. And then you would also have a chance of winning a Bohus kit.
If you are not lucky but would like to knit some Bohus, the ordering information you can find in Susanna’s pages.
I’m very bad on keeping New Year’s resolutions so I really should not make any. But since the making of resolutions is so much fun I’ll make them anyway.
There are two - so far - knitting wise. I know you are thinking that I’m going to try to knit from my stash, that I really should do, but I know I probably can’t stick to that. I’ll try to do my best, but won’t make any resolutions there. But I wish luck to everyone who is participating!
My 2007 will be of colours. I don’t have much experience with colours and would like to take a leap into that direction. It could be stripes or fair isle or intarsia or beads or embroidery but there should be colours next year in my knitting. I would like to discover new colour combinations and find more favourites. I will try to read books of colour and maybe in a spirit of “copy the masters” knit something someone with a good colour eye has designed. I know there will be bad choices on the way but sometimes mistakes are the best way to learn. My little Bohus cuffs are a good starting point. I don't think I would have thought of adding beige to the blues but look how beautiful it is.
The other resolution is just a tiny personal way to sign all my knitting. I will sign everything with a bird motif. Again the bird can be made any way I prefer but I’ll try to include it in all my knits. Now that I have all this straightened up in my head I’m ready for my new year of knitting.