Saturday, February 4, 2017

What I have been doing for the whole year I did not post! Sorry for the lapse!

 I can't believe I haven't posted for a year. I think it is
because I use Facebook so much. I do realize I have
friends that are not posting there. I have also been
corresponding on Ravelry with knitters. Right now
there is a KAL (knitalong) under "Stranded" on my
pattern "Stars of the Rising Sun". Any readers are very
welcome to join in. It is very simple and free to join
Ravelry @  This was a new construction
for a cardigan with a yoke for my patterns and under
Ravelry I can give you all the tutelage
you might want with pictures.

Completed pieces ready to join

 As you can see, you make the body and each arm separately to the bottom of
the yoke and then. holding a few stitches under the arms, join all the pieces
at once... lots of stitches! But the decreases come quickly and it is all
downhill from there!  Maybe the best part is there is very little stitching
to complete.
New Feb 2017  Thor's Star

Kauni EN in new swatch

4 day old Thor!
 This is my current adventure in knitting. I stole the idea from a blog on
Norwegian culture! From Thor himself with permission of course.     He has a fabulous wall paper! After some
research, I found one mitten pattern from Selbu with this same star
(more filled in in the center)  in my new glorious book on Selbu mittens
and gloves.  "Selbuvotter" by Anne Bårdsgård. It is on page 102 the
Sjennros variant.
You will not care at all the the book is i norsk, with nearly 300 pages
of charts!  I just weighed it... 3.03 lbs!!! No wonder it costs so much
to mail it from Norway! it is available in the US from
Schoolhouse Press.  In my pattern I tell how I get the
kauni to match the body. It is a very long color repeat yarn, from
Denmark and perfectly matches my Norwegian Rauma Finullgarn. I do not
sell the Kauni, but it can be purchased easily at Lucy Neatby
It takes 2 150gm balls for either of my sweaters. My patterns may be
purchased at  Norsk Needlework  or on Ravelry.
I started obtaining the Rauma yarns wholesale because I use it
pretty much exclusively. I have been having 2 shows a year locally.
For this and teaching I am obtaining a stock of Finull. If any of
you want to purchase this yarn directly from me send me an e-mail: and I will let you know what is
in stock or what I can easily order.
Now I am immersed in learning some Estonian knitting techniques:

This is the "Pisqu" stocking pattern available for Free on Ravelry and shows
the KihnuTroi cast on and the Vikkle braid. Both are fully described in the
pattern. I have also ordered a huge new book on Estonian Knitting directly
from Estonia.  Estonian Knitting 1
Here you will have to use Google translate unless you know Estonian,
but the big book is in English. I have not seen it yet but checking my
mailbox daily! They are planning more books too. I am an unqualified
book addict!!! Many of the techniques, patterns and pictures are from a
museum: The Estonian National museum.  Check the pattern, also free,
from Anu Pink: Old Runo Gloves. This is what got me started.

I have also been embroidering:
Jerusalem by Thea Gouverneur 

Close up of Mary Magdalene Church

complete picture in kit
 I have been working on this (132 colors!) for a long time
but it is progressing and I have even ordered the Amsterdam kit.
There is a great group on Facebook for Thea Gouverneur designs.
Yes... I am an addict! At least the results are really cool.