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Denne uge byder på en helt fantastisk luksus for mig. Jeg holder nemlig en uge fri fra mit fuldtidsarbejde… for at arbejde for mig selv og min virksomhed som strikdesigner. Jeg har længe gerne ville give mere tid til strikdesign og de andre ting, som det fører med, men det er svært at få det hele til at gå op med de 24 timer, som nogen har bestemt, at der kun er i et døgn.

Jeg kom en smule skævt fra start, da min computer valgte at gøre oprør og være tæt på at blive skrottet på stedet gav mig helvede på jord lidt problemer, som krævede en temmelig lang samtale med en supportmedarbejder (som nu er tæt på at være min favorit person på hele planeten, da jeg igen har adgang til alle filer). Problemet er heldigvis løst nu, og så må vi se, om jeg kan holde dampen oppe og gang i pindene hele ugen. Men mon ikke, der er nok at tage fat på, når nu der fx ligger en kæmpe bunke Pernilla fra Filcolana og venter på at komme på pindene. Jeg glæder mig til at se, hvad der kommer ud af ugen (hvilket forhåbentlig også involverer flere blogposter).

I have been looking forward to this week with an excitement that is hard to convey. I have given myself a huge luxury, which is to take a weeks vacation from my fulltime job … to work for myself and my firm as a knitwear designer. For the longest time, I have wanted to give myself some more time to focus on designing, and all the other things that follow, but it is a hard task balancing that wish with the rest of my commitments in the measly 24 hours someone has decided is a day.

I didn’t get the perfect start on the week, as my computer chose to rebel and deny all access to any and all files gave me hell on earth a couple of problems. Fixing this took a couple of hours and a rather long call to a support person (who is now my favorite person on this planet, as I now have glorious access to all files again). Problem solved, so now the only question is whether I can keep myself busy all week long. But I rather suspect the answer is yes, as there is a lot of knitting that needs doing, and a lot of yarn that’s tempting me – for example a rather glorious pile of Pernilla from Filcolana. I am looking forward to seeing, what I can get done this week (and that hopefully includes a couple of blog posts).

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Hvert år tager min mor og jeg på en lille forlænget weekend, hvor vi nyder hinandens selskab og finder noget god klassisk musik at opleve. I år var vi i Stockholm. Jeg har været der et par gange i forbindelse med arbejde, men rettelig har jeg ikke set byen ordenligt siden jeg var der som 10-årig, så det var en stor fornøjelse at vandre rundt i sneen og opleve og ose og hygge og snakke og alt det, som man nu gør, når man ikke har de store planer og al tid i verden.

Every year my mother and I go on an extended weekend trip. Our mission is always the same – enjoy each other’s company and listen to some good classic music live. This year we went to Stockholm. I have been there a couple of times recently, but always for work, so I haven’t actually seen the city properly since I was 10. Thus it was a great pleasure wandering around in the snow and experience it once more, talking and laughing and meandering as you do, when you don’t have many plans and all the time in the world.

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Vi hørte Sveriges Radiosymfoniorkester (og kor) spille gallakoncert i anledning af Hellig Trekonger, og vi havde en sjov oplevelse, da vi dagen efter fangede den sidste del af fjernsynsudsendelsen – det var overhovedet ikke nær så fantastisk på tv, som det havde været i virkeligheden. Jeg fik straks tanken, at det kunne være fantastisk at se nogle af de andre gallakoncerter, som jeg ellers har nydt på tv, hvis det er den samme faktor, man skal gange på, som det var denne gang. For live-oplevelsen havde været helt og aldeles forrygende.

We heard the Swedish Radio Symphonic (and choir) play the Epiphany galla concert, and we had a fun extra experience, as we the next day caught the last bit of the concert on television – it wasn’t even close to how fantastic it had sounded and felt in real life. I immediately thought of how utterly amazing some of the great concerts – which I have actually enjoyed on tv – would sound if I was there. That is, if I can apply the same factor to multiply the experience with. In other words, the live experience of that galla concert was breathtaking and mind blowing fantastic.

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Ingen rejse uden et besøg i en garnbutik. Min mor lod sig trække med til “Litet Nystan“, som var en virkelig skøn butik i et dejligt kvarter. Der var smukke garner fra store dele af verden, men også et rigtig godt udvalg af svensk producerede garner. Jeg har en slags princip (ikke at jeg altid står fuldstændig fast på det) om at købe lokale garner, når jeg er ude at rejse. Mine garnkøb er i høj grad souvenirs mere end egentlig projektrelaterede indkøb, og så er det sjovere med noget, som man ikke nødvendigvis kan få andre steder. Jeg købte også den fine sokkebog #tantulltussockor af Anna Bergman, som jeg har set en del om på de sociale medier – og den er ligeså fantastisk, som jeg havde håbet på.

No travels without a visit to a local yarn store. My mother let herself be dragged to “Litet Nystan“, which was a really cool and pretty shop in a lovely neighbourhood. There were pretty yarns from all over the world, but also a great selection of Swedish yarns. I have a kind of principle (not that I always keep it, mind) to buy “local” yarns when travelling. My yarn purchases is mostly souvenirs, more than project related. And with souvenirs it’s a lot more fun, if it’s yarn you can’t just get everywhere. I also bought the quirky and pretty sock book #tantulltusssockor by Anna Bergman, which I have seen doing the rounds on social media – and it’s just as good, as I had hoped.

Alt i alt, var den (som sædvanlig) en fantastisk tur. Jeg føler mig utrolig heldig, at jeg har en mor, der gider rejse med mig på den måde (og at jeg har en mand, der også bakker turene op). Vi kunne have det godt hvor som helst, men Stockholm var nu faktisk lidt magisk. Det gider jeg godt igen en anden gang.

All in all it was a wonderful trip (as per usual). I feel incredibly lucky that I have a mother, who likes travelling with me like this (and that I have a husband, who supports this). We could have a blast anywhere, but Stockholm was actually a little bit magical. I wouldn’t mind a revisit some time in the future.

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Sikke en fest! Eller rettere, Festival. Jeg tilbragte et par skønne dage af weekenden med at være på Oslo Strikkefestival sammen med Signe.

What a way to spend a weekend. This last weekend, I went to Oslo with Signe to join the multitude of knitters gathering for Oslo Knitting Festival.

Vi landede i sæsonens første sne, hvilket ikke gjorde oplevelsen ringere (elsker sne!) og havde god tid til at traske lidt rundt inden festivallen åbnede dørene i Oslos Hovedbibliotek – Deichmanske. Men så blev der også tid til lidt sight seeing, bl.a. en tur forbi Pickles Oslos butik og et stop på en fin cafe.

We arrived just as the first snow of the season had begun to fall, which didn’t dampen my enthusiasm one bit (I love, love snow!) and had plenty of time to walk a bit about before the festival opened the doors at Oslo main library – Deichmanske. So we enjoyed a wee visit to Pickles Oslo and a walk through the snow in the streets.

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Deichmanske er et ret vildt sted til en strikkefestival. Store rum fyldt med strikkere og bøger. Markedspladsen var også en fantastisk oplevelse – skønt jeg tænker, at det må have været lidt af en udfordring for udstillerne at få sat en god bod op. Det mærkede man nu ikke meget til som strikker, for der var spændende sager nok til at kigge på og blive distraheret af. Jeg købte ikke meget, blot “Sticka Svenska Mönster” af Maja Karlsson (fra Majas Manufaktur), som også holdt et rigtig godt foredrag om tilblivelsen af bogen. Jeg faldt også for et kit til Gokstad sjalet designet af Julie Dubreux (jeg kunne ikke modstå kombinationen af vikingeskibsinspiration og garn farvet, så det symboliserede de norske fjordvande) og et sæt finurlige kort med strik-inspirerede illustrationer.

Deichmanske is a pretty incredible place to hold a knitting festival. Great big rooms filled with knitters (and their incredible sweaters) and books. The market place was also quite an experience – though I thought that maybe the vendors had their challenges fitting in the room. You didn’t notice that much as a browsing knitter, as there was plenty of good stuff to look at (i.e. be distracted by). I didn’t buy much, just “Sticka Svenska Mönster” by Maja Karlsson (of Majas Manufaktur), who also did a great talk about the journey of the book. I also fell hard for the kit for the Gokstad Shawl by Julie Dubreux with yarn from Norne (I just couldn’t resist the combined lure of a viking ship inspiration, cables, and yarn dyed to match the Norwegian seas).

Men det bedste ved festivallen var nu alle de mange strikkere, som jeg mødte og fik en god snak med. Det var fantastisk hyggeligt at møde så mange ansigt til ansigt, som Merete Monstermønster i hendes fabelagtige hvepsejakke, Marion, Ann og mange flere. Det var så utrolig hyggeligt at møde dem og mange flere til.

Jeg håber, at der kommer en festival igen næste år – jeg er i hvert fald klar på at tage derop igen.

But the very best about the festival was meeting all the great people, and getting to chat with them – Merete Monstermønster and her gorgeous wasp cardigan, Marion, Ann, and many, many more. It was so incredibly nice meeting them all.

I really hope the festival will be back next year (this was only the second year) – I for one am ready to head north again.

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Det var ikke kun de fine museer og landskaber, der var attraktionen i Edinburgh. Det lykkedes mig nemlig at finde og nyde en af byens gode garnbutikker. Jeg havde læst om nogle af butikkerne på Karies blog og var fast besluttet på at finde mindst en og få kigget (læs: gramset) på noget skotsk garn.

I wasn’t only interested in the interesting museums and the beautiful landscapes on our recent visit to Edinburgh. I had a mission, and succeeded, in finding and enjoying one of the city’s yarn shops. I had read about some of them on Karie’s blog, and was determined to find at least one and get a chance to look at (i.e. pet) some Scottish yarn.

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Jeg valgte at gå efter Kathy’s Knits, der lå i en behagelig afstand fra, hvor vi boede, og jeg fortrød ikke valget. Butikken har et ret fantastisk udvalg af forskellige britiske garnmærker og rigtig mange spændende bøger. Jeg faldt lidt i snak med den søde kvinde, der stod i butikken den dag, og det viste sig, at det var Lucy Hague, som har lavet en ganske vidunderlig bog med de mest fantastiske sjaler med snoninger inspireret af keltiske mønstre. Hendes bog var jeg selvfølgelig nødt til at købe, og Lucy var sød nok til ikke blot at signere den for mig, men også stille op til et foto til bloggen.

I chose to aim for Kathy’s Knits, which was situated reasonably close to where we were staying, and I didn’t regret my choice. The shop has a fantastic selection of British yarns, and a multitude of interesting books. I chatted quite a bit with the lovely lady, who took care of the shop on that day, and it turned out that she was no other than Lucy Hague, who has written and absolutely wonderful book with the most amazing shawls with cables inspired by traditional celtic patterns. I absolutely had to buy the book, and Lucy was kind enough to not only sign it for me, but to pose for a photo for the blog as well. Thank you, Lucy, it was a pleasure speaking with you.

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Jeg brugte temmelig lang tid på at beslutte mig for, hvilket garn jeg skulle have med hjem (løsningen med en af hver var fristende, men alligevel en smule for dyr). Men valget faldt på 6 fed af Dovestone fra baa ram ewe, forhåbentlig nok til en cardigan til mig selv. Jeg måtte også have en enkelt bog mere, nemlig “Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook” af Felicity Ford. Jeg følger Felicity på flere sociale medier og er meget inspireret af hende, så en metodebog om flerfarvestrik var helt perfekt.

I ended up spending a rather long time in the shop dithering between this yarn and that and trying to decide what to buy (the solution of picking “one of each” was tempting, but unfortunately not an option). The choice ended up being 6 hanks of Dovestone from baa ram ewe, hopefully they will be enough for a cardigan for myself. I also had to have another book, the “Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook” by Felicity Ford. I am quite inspired by Felicity’s work, so a sourcebook on picking colours for stranded knitting was just perfect.

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Det var en stor fornøjelse at besøge Kathy’s Knits, og oplevelsen kan absolut anbefales.

It was a huge pleasure to visit Kathy’s Knits, and the experience is highly recommendable.

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Det har været en skøn dag at have fødselsdag i dag. Jeg har nydt gode gaver (strikkeposen med glimmer-Lykkefanten har jeg fået af Signe) og nyt strikketøj. Jeg er nu 33 år gammel (jeg har altid elsket palindromtal) og er blevet fejret og hygget om grundigt i løbet af dagen. Men faktisk tog jeg hul på fejringerne allerede i weekenden, hvor jeg havde budt mine gode veninder på gilde med indlagt aktivitet.

It has been a wonderful day today – especially since it’s my birthday. I have enjoyed my beautiful presents (the knitting bag with the shiny Lykkefant is a present from wonderful Signe) and the joy of casting on a new project. I am now the grand total of 33 years old (I’ve always had a fondness for palindrome numbers) and my family and workplace have been wonderful and celebrated me during the day. But I actually cheated a bit, and started the celebration last weekend, where I had asked my friends to come celebrate with me.

Jeg havde nemlig besluttet mig for at fejre min fødselsdag med en mini-workshop med indigofarvning. Så jeg havde hyret Anne fra [g]uld til at komme og lege med gruekedel og garn sammen med os. Det blev et par virkelig skønne timer med mange grin, virkelig høj garn-nørde-faktor, masser af garn i gryden, smukke blå nuancer på tørrestativet og mange diskussioner om garnet mon skulle trække farve et par minutter mere.

I had decided that I wanted to celebrate my birthday with a mini-workshop on natural dyeing with indigo. So I hired Anne from [g]uld to come and teach us a bit about natural dyeing and let us play a lot with the indigo vat and yarn. We had a blast and the hours flew by with laughter, amazingly high yarn-nerd-factor, a lot of yarn in the vat, beautiful blue nuances drying in the wind, and several discussions about whether to let the yarn remain in the vat a couple of minutes more.

De fleste gik hjem med et fed garn eller to (eller flere) i skønne blå farver. Vi fik besked på, at garnet skulle skylles op dagen efter, hvor farven havde sat sig. Det betød så, at jeg stod og plaskede med vand udenfor i regnvejret (lidt mere vand fra eller til gjorde nok ikke noget) i søndags, mens jeg gang på gang sukkede over, hvor smukt garnet er blevet. I dag var garnet så endelig tørt (meget passende), så jeg vandt et hurtigt nøgle op i morges og havde fornøjelsen af at slå op på en lille Muscardinus til en venindes datter.

Most of my guests went home with a skein of yarn, or two (or possibly more) in beautiful blue shades. We were told to rinse the yarn the next day, after the colour had had a chance to set. So I spent some time Sunday outside with a couple of buckets and a lot of water (some of it from above, but a little rain probably didn’t hurt the rinsing), and once again was amazed at how pretty the yarn had become. Today the yarn was finally dry (perfect timing), so I wound a little ball and enjoyed a birthday cast on for a Muscardinus for a friends little daughter.

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Det er den bedste fødselsdagsfejring jeg længe har haft, og jeg kan kun anbefale at holde en fest med indlagt garn-nørderi (og jeg kan også kun anbefale [g]uld pigerne – de er begge to skønne og fantastiske formidlere). Nu er spørgsmålet så, hvornår jeg kan finde en anden lejlighed til at lege med nogle af de mange andre smukke farver i plantefarvepaletten?

It has been the best birthday celebration in a long time, and I can only recommend to hold a party which includes yarn, dye and nerds (and I can also fully recommend the ladies from [g]uld, they are wonderful people and good at what they do). Now I only have one more question… when can I find another opportunity (excuse?) to play with some of the other wonderful shades of natural dyeing?

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Jeg har forøget strikkebiblioteket med to nye bøger i løbet af den sidste uge. Det er hhv. “Detaljer med sting og masker”, som den vidunderlige trio Annette Danielsen, Karen Marie Dehn og Rachel Søgaard har stået for, og “Urban” som er endnu en skøn lille sag fra Susie Haumanns hånd.

My knitting library has seen the addition of two new books during this last week. They are “Detaljer med sting og masker”, which the wonderful trio Annette Danielsen, Karen Marie Dehn, and Rachel Søgaard has created, and “Urban” which is another gem from the hand and mind of Susie Haumann.

Urban” er et hæfte med 10 tørklæder og sjaler. Skønne, fine, rene modeller, som jeg sagtens kunne se mig selv gå med i løbet af den grå vinter, og som ser ud til at være fantastisk dejlige projekter at strikke. Det er svært at vælge en enkelt favorit, så det må blive et par stykker eller tre i stedet for. Århus vil være perfekt til de rester, der gemmer sig i Lageret (og så taler vi ikke om, at jeg burde kunne strikke 100 tørklæder med de mængder “rester” der er tale om), mens jeg kunne forestille mig Ribe i en smuk blå eller grøn som tilbehør til en stilfuld og enkel damefrakke (som jeg så ikke har, men pyt). Jeg er også vild med effekten på Kerteminde, så fint og enkelt kan det gøres.

Urban” is a booklet with 10 shawls and scarves. Beautiful, clean, stylish models, which I could perfectly imagine myself wearing during the long grey winter, and which also looks to be quite interesting knits to boot. It is hard to choose a favorite, so I’ll have to pick a few or three. Århus would be perfect for some of all the left-overs that are hiding out in the Stash (and lets not talk about how I could knit 100 versions with the multitudes of “left-overs” in there). Meanwhile I can imagine myself wearing a blue or green version of Ribe with a classic ladies coat (which I don’t actually own, but never mind). I’m also rather taken with the effect of the stitch pattern on Kerteminde – that’s how you use a stitch to perfection.

“Detaljer med sting og masker” er en genistreg. Jeg elsker kombinationen af strik, hækling og broderiprojekter, som der er i bogen. Men det er netop detaljerne, der virkelig fanger mit blik. Små detaljer, som striberne på ærmerne af “Først med farver”, eller det fine insekt i nakken af den skønne og enkle cardigan “Sværmeri”, eller hvordan lag på lag af små sting viser at helheden er større end summen af delene i “Tusind sting”. Det er en flot bog, hvor alle tre designeres bidrag står klart frem, men hvor helheden stadig er stærk (og smuk). Jeg er dybt imponeret.

“Detaljer med sting og masker” (Details with stitches) is pure genius. I love the combination of knitting, crochet, sewing and embroidery, which are represented in this book. But first and foremost it is the details that capture me, when I look through it. Like the stripes on the sleeves of “Først med farver”, or the beautiful little insect at the neck of the elegant cardigan “Sværmeri”, or how layer upon layer of tiny stitches show that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts in “Tusind sting”. It is a beautiful book, where all three designers contributions can be clearly seen and felt, yet the book stands as a strong and wonderful whole collection. I’m utterly impressed.

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Det er faktisk ikke så tit, at jeg køber garn mere (lageret er sådan set også velvoksent nok uden min hjælp – tror stadig nogle gange, at det yngler inde bagerst i skabet). Men så er der nogle gange, hvor det er helt umuligt at modstå fristelsen. En sådan gang var i mandags, hvor jeg var inde og besøge [g]uld’s pop-up butik på Fredericiagade i København.

It not often I buy yarn anymore (one of the reasons is that the Stash is rather well grown as it is – I still think it breeds new skeins at the back of the closet). But sometimes, it’s just impossible to resist. One of those impossible times was Monday, where I went to visit [g]uld’s pop-up store in Copenhagen.

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[g]uld er et foretagende, som jeg synes er helt fantastisk. Passionen for plantefarvning og de variationer, det giver – at man aldrig kan vide sig sikker på, præcis hvilken farve man får op af gryden – det er da spændende, næsten magisk. Anne og Louise er så også nogle ualmindelig søde mennesker, der synes at trives bedst med at øse af deres erfaring og tips og tricks. Jeg glæder mig rigtig meget til, at jeg til efteråret får mulighed for at lege med indigo under kyndig vejledning fra en af dem.

[g]uld is a wonderful enterprise. They show and share the passion for natural dyes and the variations that yields – you never know precisely what colour you’ll get from the dye pot – that is exciting, almost magical. Anne and Louise are also utterly sweet people, who seems to thrive on sharing their love for the craft and the tips and tricks of their trade. I am really looking forward to having the opportunity for playing with indigo with one of them this fall.

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Noget af det jeg holder allermest af ved plantefarvet garn er, at farverne på en eller anden måde alle passer sammen. Jeg brugte (næsten) urimelig lang tid på at finde ud af hvilke farver jeg skulle have i alpacaen og havde egentlig mest lyst til et par stykker af hver. Det lykkedes mig dog at begrænse mig, så jeg “nøjedes” med at købe fire smukke fed alpaca og 2 skønne i New Zealand lammeuld. Nu skal jeg så bare lige finde ud af præcis, hvad de skal bruges til – men det bliver helt sikkert fantastisk.

One of the things I love the most with plant dyed yarns is that the colours all seem to fit one another. I spent an (almost) unreasonable time figuring out what colours to get in the alpaca, and honestly I’d have loved to just get two of each. Somehow I managed to temper myself and only buy four beautiful skeins of alpaca and two utterly gorgeous in New Zealand lambs wool. Now I just need to figure out exactly what to use the for – but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be great.

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Jeg havde besøg af Charlotte Kaae for nogle uger siden, og på et tidspunkt faldt snakken på at spinde garn (jeg har en rok stående i stuen, så emnet er ikke helt unaturligt). Vi gravede mit lille lager af håndspundet garn frem og kiggede på det. Det viste sig at være en ganske farlig ting at gøre, for håndspundet garn er nu engang ufattelig lækkert på sin egen særegne måde.

Charlotte Kaae came for a visit a couple of weeks ago, and during that visit we fell to talking about spinning yarn (I have a wheel standing in my living room, so the subject isn’t too far fetched). We dug out my little stash of handspun yarn to look at and pet. That turned out to be highly tempting, as handspun yarn is a most glorious thing in its own wicked way.

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Jeg kunne ikke modstå fristelsen og fandt et par fed garn frem af bunken. Ved hjælp af lidt søgning i min Ravelry (hurra for de informationer, man får gemt derinde) kan jeg se, at det var et garn, jeg har spundet tilbage i 2012. Det er to-trådet, hvor den ene tråd er alpaca-merino, og den anden er blue faced leicester.

I couldn’t resist the temptation and chose a couple of skeins from the pile. After a bit of a search in my handspun section on Ravelry (hurray for the information in there), I can see that it is a yarn, I spun back in 2012. It is a 2-ply, where one thread is a mix of alpaca and merino, and the other is a pure blue faced leicester.

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Jeg søgte lidt efter, hvad jeg mon skulle strikke, men på en eller anden måde synes jeg, at det var passende at strikke mit eget design i mit eget garn, så valget faldt på Cymatics. Der er mere end rigeligt garn til sådan et par halvhandsker, men jeg håber lidt på, at der er nok til en hue også. Måske burde jeg være startet med huen, men det var nemmere at starte med noget, hvor opskriften allerede fandtes (nogle gange vil man bare i gang med at strikke)

I looked around a bit for what to knit, but somehow I found that it was appropriate to knit one of my own designs in my own yarn, so I chose to make a pair of Cymatics fingerless gloves. There is more than enough yarn for such a pair, and I am hoping that there is enough for a hat as well. Possibly, I should have started with the hat, but it was less work to start with something, where the pattern already existed (sometimes you just want to get knitting).

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Nu er halvhandskerne næsten færdige (er nået længere end billedet antyder), og jeg er blevet mindet om, hvor lækkert det er at strikke med håndspundet garn – ren luksus. Jeg har frygtelig lyst til at strikke noget mere fra det lille lager, men ved ikke helt hvad det skal være endnu. Måske et farve skiftende sjal med dette garn?

Now the fingerless gloves are almost done (I’m somewhat further than the picture suggests), and I’ve been reminded how wonderful it is to knit with handspun yarn – pure luxury. I feel very tempted to knit something more from the little stash of handspun, but I don’t quite know what it should be. Perhaps a colour gradient shawl with this yarn?

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Jeg har fået det fineste møbel. Et smukt, lille, lækkert sybord, fuld af kvalitet og historie. Det er et arvestykke, der blev givet specifikt til mig, hvis jeg lovede at bruge det.

I have been given a fantastic piece of furniture. A beautiful, little sewing table of lovely quality and filled with history. It is an inheritance given specifically to me, if I promised to use it.

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Den oprindelige ejer hed også Karen, og hun var en skøn dame, der holdt meget af håndarbejde. Jeg tænkte meget på hende, da jeg i weekenden gjorde bordet rent og sorterede i de ting, hun havde haft liggende i bordet. Der var mange fine og nogle sære ting. Mange strikkepinde (de fleste røg ud – de var helt slidt i stykker), lynlåse, sysæt fra hoteller og mange, mange knapper.

The original owner was also named Karen, and she was a wonderful lady, who loved sewing and knitting. I thought a lot about her, when I cleaned the table and sorted the stuff that filled it. There were many pretty and some weird stuff in there. A lifetime collection of knitting needles (most of them so used that they were beyond salvaging), zippers, sewing kits from random hotels, and many, many buttons.sybord3

Nogle af knapperne sad stadig på de papstykker, de var købt på. Andre lå hulter til bulter – dem har jeg nu grovsorteret i tre størrelser og blandet sammen med min egen knapsamling. Og så var der de helt særlige, hvor Karen ganske sirligt havde noteret på en lille konvolut, hvilken jakke knapperne passede til. “2 knapper til ternet frakke” – de fik så lov til at blive i kuverten og blive gemt som et lille stykke historie i mit nye, gamle bord.

Some of the buttons were still on the cardboard from shops that no longer exist. Others were mixed together – I’ve sorted those in three sizes and mixed them with my own button collection. And then there were some few special ones, where Karen had noted in her neat hand, which piece of clothing they were a match for. “2 buttons for checkered coat” – they got to stay in their little envelope and were saved as a piece of history in my new, old table.

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Så er det andet af mine designs til Filcolanas forårskollektion gået live. Det er cardiganen Aniwaniwa. Du kan finde opskriften gratis på Filcolanas hjemmeside.

The second and final design for the spring collection for Filcolana has just gone live. It is the cardigan Aniwaniwa. You can find the pattern free (so far in English and Danish, but a German version will follow soon) on Filcolana’s homepage.

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Jeg har vist jer en lille teaser før – jeg har nemlig strikket denne cardigan to gange. En gang til mig selv, og en gang til Filcolana (de skarpsynede kan sikkert også se en lille forskel i regnbuerne på hhv. mine og Nannas billeder). Det er mit allerførste trøjedesign til voksne, og jeg er vældig glad for resultatet. Jeg bor i hvert fald i min version for tiden, hvor det er så koldt. Den er nemlig helt perfekt til at tage på som et yderste lag – gråt, men med et godt pift af farver.

I have shown you a little teaser before – I have knit this cardigan twice. The first one for myself, and the second as a sample for Filcolana (perhaps some of you can spot the difference in the rainbow in my pictures as opposed to Nanna’s pictures). This design is my very first sweater design for adults, and I am utterly happy with it. I actually live in my own version at the moment (it is cold here in Denmark). It is a perfect cozy final layer – grey, but with a hefty dash of colour.

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Aniwaniwa betyder regnbue på Maori – og jeg har tænkt trøjen som en klassisk grå efterårs- eller vintertrøje med et heftigt stænk regnbue. Trøjen er strikket i Peruvian Highland Wool holdt sammen med Tilia, hvilket giver et fantastisk blødt og lækkert resultat. Regnbueryggen er strikket i resterne fra Spectra (der var nok til begge trøjerne – bare til info), men man behøver jo ikke at bruge helt så mange farver, hvis man nu bare vil have en lidt mere simpel regnbue i sin egen version.

Aniwaniwa is one of the Maori words for rainbow – and I wanted to combine the classic grey autumn or winter cardigan with a splash of rainbow. The cardigan is knit in with Peruvian Highland Wool and Tilia held together, which gives a fantastic soft and lovely finished fabric. The rainbow back is knit from the leftovers from Spectra (there were enough for both samples – just so you know), but you don’t necessarily need to use as many colours if you want a more simple rainbow in your version.

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