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LinksPosted by Ann Helen Sat, April 11, 2009 11:04:57

Again, when searching for a pattern, I came across a useful link from one of the big manufacturers:

You do need to registrer as a member to be able to use the free patterns, but I think it's worth it.


KnittingPosted by Ann Helen Fri, April 10, 2009 19:42:22

I've seen and heard about tube, heal-less or spiralling socks for ages... but never tried knitting any. When I bought this skein of Fyberspates Self Striping Sock yarn in the colorway Tiger at Garnkorgen, I thought this yarn will be perfect!

Through Ravelry, I found a suitable pattern here:

Besides giving a good lession on how to do it, it also provide great information for adjusting the number of stitches to the yarn, gauge and size - perfect!

I started 11th of April, CO 64 stitches on DPN 3 mm. Afther finishing one sock, I realized I could either have CO less stitches, like 56, and / or used smaller needles like 2,5 mm. Anyway, I do like the way the yarn stripes... almost like a tiger...
Here is how they turned out when they finished after two days:

It was a very fast and easy knit! The striping doesn't "match" properly, but that's how it is with handpainted yarn sometimes. I think they look great and thought for a long while to keep them for myself, but... they were intended as a gift, so I hope the recipient liked them enough to use them smiley

Soap in socks

InspirationPosted by Ann Helen Fri, April 10, 2009 19:21:42

When searching for a pattern in Ravelry to do some spiralling socks for my Tigertubes, I saw this photo, and thereby came across this website:

I think it's a fun and brilliant idea and will try knitting them of some leftover yarn. Although I mainly use liquid soap; these are soooooo cute they will look good in any bathroom - especially with matching colors smiley


LinksPosted by Ann Helen Tue, March 31, 2009 10:50:04

When visiting another blog a while ago, I came across something called "Ravelry"... and I noticed others referring to this website. When checking it out, I was disappointed that one has to sign up and queue to become a member.... Anyhow, I signed up, and after a short while I was a member - finding a website that is a significant help for anyone being interested in knitting and crocheting! So if you are serious about your precious handwork, a good hint is: become a member!

This is cut and pasted from their website regarding membership, quoting:
"We are inviting people in bits and pieces- not because we want it to be exclusive but because we only have one Casey code monkey to keep up with updates and bugs! We are still building the site and do not want it to blow up on you guys. So if you do post about Ravelry on your blog, please let everyone know we are adding new folks as quickly as we can from the invitation waitinglist... we want to include everyone! Once you are signed up, you can check how we are progressing with your invite here. Everyone really is welcome on Ravelry!"

And the link is: - ENJOY!smiley

Cat Bordhi

InspirationPosted by Ann Helen Sun, March 29, 2009 13:52:00

May I introduce Cat Bordhi's website: since I think she's the Queen of Moebius (apparently) and other techniques.

Tutorial on getting a grip and start on the Moebius techinque:

She's also using other techniques that are not so common in Scandinavia, I think? She introduces the technique of knitting socks and similar items on two circular needles. Tutorial part1 is found here:
Tutorial part 2 is found here:

More information and books can be obtained from her website.

Knitting links

LinksPosted by Ann Helen Sun, March 29, 2009 13:44:31

Need inspiration and tutorials for various techniques - here's a link you might enjoy and find useful:

Another good one with lots of yarn, patterns, books and a lot more at

Yarn, patters and a lot more can be found at


For salePosted by Ann Helen Sun, March 29, 2009 12:28:11

This yarn is sold and on their way to the new owner from Ravelry, going all the way to the United Arab Emirates. I didn't want to delete this post, as it shows how hobbies connect people.


PREVIOUSLY FOR SALE - Viking pure MILK fiber
More information on the producer’s website:
Color: 109 (color 924 on the chart / link above).

Showing off...

YarnPosted by Ann Helen Sun, March 29, 2009 00:28:30

Just want to show you these two skeins bought from

Fleece Artist and Hand Maiden are both hand dyed yarn from Canada. They dye the most gorgeous yarn that deserves pretty projects! My plans are lace shawls; something I've never done before, but there's a first time for everything!

The first photos are my own, and the second photos are borrowed from

Let me introduce you to Fleece Artist Suri Blue - pure alpaca - in the colorway peacock.
My photo seems to show off my skein in a more accurate color, but as you can imagine, due to the hand-dying, colors can vary a lot.

And the other increadibly soft and gorgeous yarn is Hand Maiden Mini Maiden - 50% wool and 50% silk - colorway aurora.

Again: no photo can show off the structure, quality and color of these yarns!

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