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The world up here is green; the nature is so full of everything: leaves, flowers, seeds... that it somehow feels noisy. It is as if I have to go to the deck on the lake to hear my own thoughts. My thoughts need a vast open clear airy place to roam freely, they get stuck on the leaves and flowers.
The summer has been good in every way, there has been sun and warmth and the mosquito situation has not been that bad. After two cold and rainy summers this feels like a rare gift, a treasure even.
I thought that I would spend all my summer home but luckily I have two nice trips scheduled in August; first I'll go to Edinburgh with DH to enjoy Edinburgh Fringe again and then I will have some quality time with the dearest of friends in Stockholm.
This internet amazes me... I have one day in Edinburgh just to myself (DH is busy elsewhere) and of course I wondered how I would spend this quality-me time there. I'm not sure what word exactly in Google took me to TwistCollective site and to "Walking in the Steps of Jane Gaugain", an article written by Kate Davies. But there it is, my plan for the day. I love walking and yarn and the journey ends in the textile galleries of the National Museum of Scotland. (In case you feel that you have just recently heard the name but wonder where, look at Victorian Lace Today.)
Now I am thinking whether or not I should cast on for a scarf/shawl in her spirit while planning and dreaming of the trip. Thank you for Kate Davies for this unexpected tour! If you have never visited her blog, go there, it is called Needled and it is one of the very best ones.
You probably wonder what I have been knitting. Since then I have finished three items. Two of which I am very happy about and one that is just plain ordinary top in the series "wear thy knitting" and I will blog about it some time in the future. Then there is one beautiful scarf knitted of handspun but more of it later too. The Fan Cardigan is off the needles, blocked and pictured here and she deserves her very own post.
This is a design by Marianne Isager from Japanese Inspired Knits Collection, a book full of fantastic and interesting knitting patterns. Since I don't have access to her yarns (which I believe are beautiful) I will have to do what I have at hand and in some way that is part of the interesting process. I ended up using Black Water Abbey 2-ply fingering weight yarn together with Grignasco Merino Silk lace weight.
These two yarns combined look lovely but the feel is a bit scratchy. If I were to knit this again, I would use another combination, probably Drops Alpaca and this Merino Silk combined.
Following the pattern was enjoyable and interesting. The cardigan is knitted in pieces and seamed together later on, and this made the knitting part very light. It was a pleasure not to need to handle a big bundle of knitting on one's lap, but even with this delightful fact, I am most definitely a seamless-knitter.
The pattern was easy to follow and I don't think there was a single error there, at least I did not find any. When knitting something with ordinary construction, little mistake in a pattern does not bother me, but when knitting something with demanding construction, it is a blessing to be able to just knit away and not having to deal with pattern issues. I knitted the smaller size and again, if I were to knit this again, I probably would add just a few stitches to the sleeves.
I don't remember changing anything, except for a couple of little technique matters, I always slip the first and the last on the private side rows and knit them on the public side rows and I did my increases a bit differently than advised in the pattern. All in all this was most enjoyable and I am happy with the outcome.
Since buying "Japanese Inspired Collection", I have bought also "Classic Knits" and "Knitting Out of Africa", both by Marianne Isager. Again, these patterns are most intriguing. I am making swatches at the moment and today while making one for the pattern "Corsage" from "Classic Knits", I discovered something really fabulous.
She tells you exactly how you should knit the swatch plus it is pictured in the right scale on the book. You can knit the swatch and compare it to the one in the book. What a neat little feature!! So, at the moment, I have been knitting these small swatches but have not made up my mind, what sweater to knit next. And to be honest there are something on the needles that have been started and blogged here earlier on, like a pair of socks and a beautiful shawl, both of which are lovely but on hold for time being.
Finally now is the time to take Tina down to the lake, so she can have a good evening dip. That dog just loves swimming!
And then I'll knit for a while.
Knit away your week!