Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Stockholm Yarn

Today, on our last day in Sweden, I finally found a yarn shop that was open. I had already seen a couple of them but they were always closed. Actually I found two open shops today. I even bought some yarn.

I bought a hank of red hand dyed wool that should be enough for a good sized shawl. Pictures will have to wait until I get home. I also bought two Scandinavian pattern books. That patterns are in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish but the sweaters are super cute. I'm looking forward to trying a couple of the sweater vests.

The second shop looked as if they dyed there own yarn, on site. There were three purple hanks drying on the sign outside (pictures next week). I went in but the women in the shop was busy with another customer. I didn't have time to ask her about the yarn. None of the yarn that looked hand dyed was labeled. I'm not good enough with yarn to be able to tell by site how much is in a skein.

In knitting news, I finished Jaywalker #1 and cast on #2. And I haven't lost any more needles!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Jaywalker #1

I'm about four and half inches into my first Jaywalker Sock. That's pretty good progress for one day of knitting. It helps that I had a ferry ride and three train rides to work on it.

Today we've been touring Århus, Norway. They have a great open air museum that we spent most of the day at. There were three different women dressed in period costume knitting. One women was knitting wrist warmers to sell to the soldiers. It was interesting because she was using unwashed wool so that the warmers would be water proof. The other two women were both knitting socks (without any pattern).

Although several of the exhibits featured yarn and spinning, there was no yarn shop in this museum. The folk museum in Olso sold yarn but I didn't get any. Århus has a yarn shop but it was closed this morning when we went by.

Tomorrow we are off to Copenhagen. It's a three hour train ride so I should be able to get some knitting done.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Yarn Shop in Bergen, Norway

On Wednesday I found my first (and last) yarn shop in Norway. I lost a double pointed needle and so had an excuse to go to find a yarn shop. This one was located in the basement of a sweater shop on the harbor in Bergen.

I didn't have time to take a good look around. I just found my needles and bought them. I would've like to have had more time to look around. Maybe I'll find a shop in Denmark.

Today on the train to Kristiansand I finally finished my Diagonal Rib Socks. I got a photo of them on in the train window. Tonight I'm thinking of casting on for Jaywalkers. The pattern calls for size 2 US needles. I'm a little worried though because I'm loosing needles at an alarming rate. I may not be able to finish the socks at this rate. I guess I could always try to buy another set of needles.

Tomorrow we are off to Denmark!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

What to take?

Can I really knit four pairs of socks during three weeks of travel?

Probably not. I need to be more realistic here. That’s a lot of yarn, patterns and needles to take and carry on my back. I need to lighten the load a little.

Much better. Three pairs of sock in three weeks seems so much more realistic. :)

Friday, August 04, 2006

Slow but…

No, just slow. I’ve been working away at the Diagonal Ribbed socks. As you can see from the photo, I haven’t gotten very far.

Check out the last time I posted about it . Yep. Not much work done on this sock. I don’t think I’ll be finishing this before we leave on our honeymoon next week.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Just married!

Well, Greg and I have been married for a little over a week now and things are finally getting back to normal. The wedding was wonderful even with the 90 degree weather and the 90% humidity. We had fun, the guests had fun and no one went to the hospital with heat stroke. What more could we ask for?

And now I can finally show you the knitting project I’ve been working on.

All I can say is thank god for safety pins. Wouldn’t you know it; the top was a bit too big. I think I stretched it a little too much when I blocked it. My mom embroidered the beautiful skirt that I’m wearing.

Now that things are slowly returning to normal I’m getting back into the swing of knitting. I’m working on my mom’s sweater (from years ago) and my green socks. I will post pictures of both soon.

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