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Nogle gange er en af udfordringerne som designer, at man skal aflevere de ting man designer til garnfirmaerne og ikke kan få lov til at beholde kollektionsprøven selv. Sådan havde jeg det, da jeg var færdig med Springline, et halstørklæde/minisjal, som jeg har designet for BC Garn. Den kloge designer, der har et øje på tidsforbrug osv., ville nok have sukket en ekstra gang og så ladet det glide af sinde, men jeg kunne ikke lade være med at grave lidt i Lageret og finde noget tilpas lækkert garn til endnu en version.

Sometimes the difficulty in being a designer lies in the fact that you often have to hand over your design to the yarn company, even (or especially) when you’ve fallen in love with a sample. I felt like that, when I had finished Springline, a design for a scarf/shawlette which I did for BC Garn. The wise designer, who knows her own time restraints etc., would probably sigh and let it go, but I couldn’t help myself and had to dig a bit around in The Stash to find that perfect yarn for yet another version.

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Valget faldt på et lille nøgle håndspundet garn, der var blevet tilovers fra da jeg spandt og strikkede min mors store sjal. Der var ikke så meget tilbage, kun 74 gram, men det gode ved dette sjal er netop, at det strikkes sidelæns fra spids til spids, så jeg kunne strikke med sindsro, indtil jeg havde brugt halvdelen og så bare strikke anden halvdel af sjalet. Der var blot halvanden meter tilbage af garnet, da jeg lukkede af, så det passede perfekt. Til alt held kunne jeg også finde en model i lokalområdet, der havde tid til at stå stille på trods af bidende kulde og vind. Statuer er nu så praktiske!

The choice was easy, I found the single ball of yarn, which was left from when I spun and knitted my mothers’ birthday shawl. There wasn’t much left, only 74 grams, but the good thing about this shawl is that it’s knit sideways from point to point, so I could camly knit on until my scale told me that I had used up half of the yarn, and then I just went on to knit the other half. There was only 1½ meters left, when I bound off, so it was the perfect story. Luckily I also found a model in my local area to help me with the photographing. She stood silently and patiently despite the snow and bitter cold. Statues are really handy!

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Tørklædet er blevet præcis som jeg ønskede, og selvom min Ravelry projektside fortæller mig, at jeg begyndte det d. 1. november 2012, så har det faktisk ikke taget så lang tid at strikke. Her på matriklen er der bare ofte så mange igangværende projekter, at marineringstiden i wip-posen mellem perioder med strikkeaktivitet kan være temmelig lang. Men meget godt kommer som bekendt til den der venter, og i dette tilfælde er det altså blevet til et fint lille sjal/tørklæde. Nu skal jeg så bare lige beslutte, om jeg kan få det over hjertet at aflevere det som gave…

The scarf or shawlette has turned out precisesly as I wished for, and even though my Ravelry project page tells me, that I began it on November 1st 2012, it actually didn’t take that long to knit. This house hold just happens to be so riddled with wips that the incubation time from cast on to finished project can be rather long – there are often long time outs in between sessions of knitting. But all is well that ends well as you say, and I’ve ended up with a lovely little lacey scarf. Now I just have to decide if I can manage to give it away or if I end up keeping it for myself…

Jeg er blevet færdig med et af mine nye designs til BC Garn, som skal vises frem på messen til januar. Jeg er i usædvanelig god tid, men garnet inspirerede mig, og mønsteret var nemt at strikke. Det tog mig kun en god uge at strikke prøven op, inkl. et par fejlslagne opstarter.

I’ve finished a new design, which I’m making for BC Garn. It will be shown properly at the trade show in January. I’m in unusually good time with the finished sample, but the yarn inspired me, and the pattern was easy and rather addictive to knit. It only took me about a week to knit the sample, and that’s including a couple of mistaken starts.

Garnet er BC Garns Yorkshire, et lækkert uldgarn til at begynde med. Men når det så bliver farvet af Garngalleriets Birte P, så bliver det kun endnu mere lækkert. Jeg gav mig selv den udfordring, at strikket et sjal/tørklæde, hvor der kun gik et fed garn til hele projektet, og jeg synes egentlig, det er blevet meget godt. Tørklædet er omkring 2 m langt og  40cm dybt på midten. Lige perfekt til et par gode gange om halsen.

The yarn is BC Garn Yorkshire, a very lovely woollen yarn to begin with. However, after Birte P of Garngalleriet has hand dyed it in lovely colours, it is nothing short of gorgeous. I challenged myself to knit a shawlette/scarf, which only needed one skein of yarn for the whole project, and I think I succeeded. The shawlette is about 2 m on the long edge and 40 cm wide at the middle. Just perfect for wrapping a couple of times around the neck.

Jeg havde også to nye designs hos BC Garn på TEX-Stil messen i Vejle. Læsere af bloggen vil nu nok kunne genkende dem, for jeg har vist lidt af processen herinde. Sjalerne hedder Salva og Salvie og er nærmest søstersjaler, i hvert fald er det to sjaler, der har den samme grundidé. Salva er det firkantede, mens Salvie er trekantet.

I also had two new designs at BC Garn’s stand at the TEX-Stil Trade Show in Vejle. Readers of the blog will be able to recognize them, since I’ve blogged a bit about the design process in here. The shawls are called Salva and Salvie and are closely related, possibly sisters. It is at least easy to see that both shawls share a common design concept. Salva is the square shawl and Salvie is the triangular shawl.

              

Sjalerne kommer i BC Garns KNIT-TO-GO, som er deres nye kit koncept med opskrift og garn i en god og solid pose med træklukning. Den kan man nemt bruge som strikkepose, først til kittet og siden til andre gode sager. Jeg var så heldig at få en pose (dog uden garn) med hjem fra messen og den blev øjeblikkelig taget i brug til LBs Ravellenic sweater.

The shawls will be available as KNIT-TO-GO, which is BC Garn’s new kit koncept, where pattern and yarn is presented in a sturdy but good bag, which is easy to use as a project bag, first for the kit and since for other projects. I was lucky enough to get one as a sample (though without yarn) at the show and I immediately transferred LB’s Ravellenic sweater to it.

Salvie og Salva hedder også de mere anonyme BC navne 3081BC og 3082BC og kan snart findes på deres hjemmeside og på Ravelry. Opskrifterne er ikke til salg uden garn. Salvie er strikket i Silkbloom Extra Fino, og Salva er strikket i Tussah Silke, begge er skønne garner. Garner og opskrifter kan fås hos BC Garns forhandlere, der kan findes via dette link.

Salvie and Salva has the more common BC names  3081BC and 3082BC and can soon be found both at the company home page and at Ravelry. The patterns are not for sale without yarn. Salvie is knitted in Silkbloom Extra Fino and Salva is knitted in Tussah Silk, both which are absolutely wonderful yarns. Yarns and patterns can be purchased at retailers of BC Garn, all of whom can be found via this link.

Jeg er allerede gået i gang med de næste par sjaler, som BC Garn har bestilt til januarmessen. Det er sjovt som ideerne straks kommer myldrende, så snart man giver dem en chance.

I’ve already started working on some ideas for the next two shawls that BC Garn has ordered for the show in January. Ideas are already vying for room in my head.

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