WIP – Hansel Half Hap

I’ve always admired knitting bloggers for the sheer speed at which they must knit to maintain a regular posting schedule. I am not that quick a knitter, so today I’m sharing a WIP (work in progress) with you.

A woman stands in the countryside, wearing a handknit triangular shawl with coloured wave pattern on oatmeal background.
Hansel by Gudrun Johnston

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How to choose colours for fair isle (when you know nothing about colour theory)

When I shared my Pyukkleen cowl with you last week, I mentioned I’d do a separate post on choosing colours cos it was a PROCESS. So here I am, about to give you terrible advice for choosing colours when I have zero understanding of colour theory.

A woman stands in front of a garage door. She wears a handknitted, fair isle cowl and handknitted brown jumper.

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Pyukkleen

It’s winter here, which means I have a shit ton of hand knits to share with you. My latest creation is the Pyukkleen cowl, from Ysolda Teague’s Knitworthy. I’ve knitted so many garments from Knitworthy now that it has its own tag, and Ysolda patterns make up the bulk of my knitted projects. What can I say, I know what I like. Continue reading “Pyukkleen”

New Strokkur

It was only a few weeks ago that I shared my Strokkur jumper with you….and now I have another one! You might recall that although I loved the fit and design of the Strokkur jumper, the Lopi yarn I knitted it with was just too scratchy for my liking. So I sold that one, and promptly knitted another.

A woman stands in front of a garden fence. She wears a yellow and grey colourwork yoke Icelandic jumper, blue jeans and brown suede boots.

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Winter knitting plans

Now that winter has well and truly arrived, I’m enjoying being snuggled up inside with my knitting. I’ve already shared some garments I knitted last year (Bronwyn and Strokkur), so here are my knitting plans for this winter.

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Strokkur

After starting with fair isle hats, the next progression in my colourwork knitting was a yoked jumper. The classic style of a colourwork yoke knit in the round above a plain knit body seems to have been around forever, but it is in fact a fairly recent invention – Bohus-style jumpers appeared in Sweden c. 1940, followed by Icelandic lopi yokes (or lopapeysa) in the 1950s.* They really took off in the 60s and 70s, then as now contributing to Iceland’s national identity and tourist trade.

Icelandic girls wearing traditionally patterned lopapeysa sweaters
Icelandic girls wearing traditionally patterned lopapeysa sweaters. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Ljós Hat, and woollen vs worsted spun yarns

You’d be right in thinking I spent most of this summer knitting hats. I tend to knit all year round, and hats are so much easier to manage when a full jumper swelters in your lap and even the thought of wearing wool makes you feel overheated.

Woman's head in front of weatherboard house. She wears a handknit, colourwork hat in natural shades of brown and white.

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