Two favourite sweaters of mine: “Skagen” in two different colour schemes. Design by Sandnes Garn (TEMA 51 NORSKE IKONER) and yarn Sandnes SMART, 100% wool, gauge 22 st/10 cm.

I liked the pattern so much that I made two for my grandsons, too, who are 3 and 5 respectively. Pattern and design also by Sandnes Garn (TEMA 59 NORSKE IKONER TIL VOKSNE OG BARN) and this time I used Sandnes SISU as yarn, which is a lot thinner: gauge 26-28st/10 cm.

Vague plans to do a third one in the future in different colours: coal grey, light grey and bright red. We’ll see how that goes, there are so many other patterns I have in mind, as well. The one drawback with the pattern is that there are so many threads to weave in afterwards… And that’s the part of knitting I like the least!

Skagen fix und fertig Skagen Nr 2 Skagen x 2


Min modifierade version av Wiolakofta, design Kristin Wiola Ødegård. Stickad i endast tre färger, rätt neutral i grågrönblå/mellangrå/naturvit i motsats till originalets dubbelt så många färger.

100% merinoull.

Även nu, två år senare, känns koftan som en mitt-i-prick träff angående färgval och mönster.


Fair Isle – “Aspen”

Igår blev den då färdig, min “Aspen” – design Marie Wallin.

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Mönstret finns i boken “Autumn”:

och originalet ser ut så här: 

Modifierade mönstret eftersom jag inte är särskilt förtjust i insvängda tröjor och för att jag insett att koftor är betydligt mer användbara på jobb än heltröjor. Använde tre färger av Drops Alpaca: blå mix 6360 (250 g), vit 1101 (200 g) och dimma mix 9021 (150 g).

Hittills har jag mest stickat nordiskt i flerfärg, dvs. norskt traditionellt/modernt och några i svensk bohusstickning, men erfarenheten med den här tröjan gav mig definitivt mersmak. Riktigt nöjd är jag faktiskt!

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Har samlat på mig en hel del mönsterböcker om Fair Isle, så månne det inte ska bli fler tröjor och kanske mer färggranna dessutom…

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Alpaca – So Soft & So Warm…

One of my favourite materials to work in – Alpaca. Here a collage of some of my Alpaca sweaters and cardigans, all in Drops Alpaca.

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Drops Alpaca comes in lots of beautiful shades and if they’re not enough, it can easily be combined with Mini Alpakka from Sandnesgarn.no, which , however, is more expensive.

I tend to buy yarn in bulk when they’re on sale which happens about twice a year when we’re talking about Drops Alpaca: November-December -25% and May -35%. So even though my Alpaca stash looks like this at the moment…

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… I’m awaiting a new order of lots and lots of yarn as it is that favourite time of year for yarn shopping – May.

Here you can see the Alpaca garments individually:

  1. “Nancy” (Sandnes Garn)



3. “Rygja” (Sandnes Garn)


4. Seven sorts / Sju slag by Vanja Blix Langsrud


5. Free pattern in Norwegian from Gjestal.no




7. Elidakofta


8. – 9.

Number 8 is a modification of Ventetid by Kristin Wiola Ødegård


Now I’ve got to run down to the yarn store – just got the message that my yarn has arrived \o/.

Blue Anemone Girl – Blåveispiken – Flickan med blåsippor

One of the first cardigans for adults I made during this latest 2-year-long knitting craze was this spring inspired garment. It’s named after the beautiful pennywort that heralds spring and the returning light and life after the long Scandinavian winter. The ground is still brown and murky and few greens have had time to sprout their delicate greens at the time of its arrival. Even the plant’s own leaves are not yet there, only the beautiful bright blue-purple flowers pop up here and there and fill people’s hearts with joy and hope for the coming summer months.


The colours of the cardigan reflect these circumstances: The murky browns, the bright green of the leaves and the flower petals themselves against a very neutral background. I loved the cardigan as soon as I saw it on Ravelry and could not help myself but buy the pattern. The original yarn, Hifa Ask, however, was not available in Finland or in any EU country; in fact, I haven’t been able to find it outside Norway at all, and I had to come up with an alternative.

I ended up with Drops Merino Extrafine, not the perfect choice, but  close enough and, what’s more, it was affordable, something that cannot be ignored by a compulsive knitter ;). The result:


The cardi was finished in about eight days. However, it ended up a tad too big so I have never worn it even once, but I don’t regret knitting it for a minute. Lately, I’ve been playing with ideas of reusing parts of the pattern to compose a complete new design. For example, I absolutely love the pattern at the bottom of the bodice and the sleeves. The anemones could be used together with the leaf pattern in a yoke, and if one changes the colour scheme the end result could be pretty satisfactory, I would imagine.

Fair Isle knitting

My latest passion involves the British tradition of multi-colour stranded knitting and has resulted in my knitting book library growing by a number of new acquisitions.

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This is my knitting book library altogether so far, not counting pattern magazines. A lot of Norwegian style patterns actually with acclaimed designers like Kristin Wiola Ødegård, Vanja Blix Langsrud and others.



This is the Fair Isle project I’ve been working on today. Not quite happy, but I’ll get there :)


Knitting, knitting as if my life depended on it… Just kidding ;)

But there has been a lot of knitting involved in the last two years. Sweaters and cardigans in droves:


Baby garments as I’ve become both a maternal and a paternal grandma:

Baby Setesdal Oliver

Baby Telemark Oliver

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Even dozens of new handknitted socks have found their way into my drawers even though I actually hate knitting socks…