For my 6th birthday I wanted to learn how to knit.
My mom and her mom where very skilled when it came to craft, but my fathers new wife, Annelise, was the one who gave me the yarn and needles and showed me how to knit. Sometimes you have more patient with other relations than close family. You both make an extra effort to understand each other.
That is almost 40 years and a lot of stitch since.
What a gift!
I keep returning to the yarn and needles again and again.
I use knitting for:
*Meditiation – Creating – Teaching – Focusing*
and repeat from * to *
That was how I ended talking about knitting with the teacher, Nina and the tech mom, Mary, at the tech conference in Beijing!
I simply can’t help myself, when I talk of motor skills, education, stimulating learning, knitting always gets into the conversation.
This time I got to talk about the importance in stimulation children in many different ways, to help them developing their motor skills and as well as abstract thinking, and the experience of creating something three dimensional in your hands.
I was a strange experience picthing for investors and talk business talk, while my heart and mind had started a storm of pictures and ideas.
You know, the kind of storm where you almost don’t sense it – it’s just a flow of fragments pass through.
2 months later I was done with knitting and sure it wouldn’t come back to me.
To be continued….
I needed to travel to Beijing to attend a mobile internet conference, to learn something important about my passion.
All the most wonderful plans and ideas…. I bet you know it! You dream, you design, you make plans and everyday life comes and blows everything aside.
Last winter I designed a wonderful sweater for kids and last summer I made another size. Toke my notes and gave the sweaters to some dear boys. Perfect.
Well that was until I should write the pattern down; I missed a lot of measurements! Now it’s late spring and soon I’ll get the sweaters back so I can get the pattern down!
I promise myself that the pattern will be ready by the end of August!
But what really is on my mind is that its okay. I have so many plans and dreams for Scandinavian Knit, and I want it to be perfect. So perfect that I don’t get anything out! But you know what?
This is just me.
Just Thea and my ideas and love for knitting and Scandinavia, so this is what you’ll get.
Someday it will be great and full of stories, other days it will be just me and my life.
Feel free to comment.
It’s May – almost June. I miss knitting and blogging as Scandinavian Knit, but this morning I did something new.
I got up early, made a nice breakfast, let the chicken out, weeded some weed from the vegetable garden and went back inside to my coffee and my first sprung peony.
What a bless.
And then I realized: This is the perfect time for me and for Scandinavian Knit and for blogging.
I have so many stories I want to tell, so today this is a promise to you and to me; I’ll make time.
Make a wonderful day.
The Stars and Stripes Scarf.
A pattern made with love from Sweden
Needles: size 4 (or 3.5 mm) circular needles 16″
Yarn: 300 gr. light fingering yarn*
Color A: White
Color B: Red
Color C: Blue
Gauge: 30 sts 4″ (this is not that important for this pattern)
* I can recommend yarn from Ullcentrum.com, their wool is spun from pure Swedish wool from Öland or even better; find some yarn from a happy sheep near you.
Cast on 180 stitchs in color A.
Place a marker and join to work in the round.
Be careful not to twist the stitches
Knit 4 rows with color A, white
Row 5: knit with color B, red
Row 6: knit color A, white
Continue knitting one red and one white row until your work is aprox 30” or 75 cm.
Cut the red yarn (leave 4” or 10 cm to fasten the end)
Change to color C and knit 6 rows.
Start knitting the “mini-stars”, chart 1. (Ordinary lice pattern)
Knit 26” (or 65 cm)
Knit 2 rows without pattern.
3. row: start knitting chart 2, the stars.
Cont. knitting 1” (or 2,5 cm) with the blue yarn.
For the rest of the scarf:
Knit 10 rows white, 10 rows red. approx 30” or 75 cm or as long as you may like the scarf.
Fasten the ends and close the end by sewing it together. Now the scarf is flat and closed instead of open and round.
Block and enjoy.
Finally! This december is a bit crazy so time just flew away, but now…
The winner is Sunny
I’ll hurry to the post office and send the yarn and the towels
to US from Denmark.
And a big hug to all of you who left a comment and shared the post on the web.
A danish Christmas tradition a “jule-hjerte” (a christmas heart), made by Katja Gross
It has been an interesting fall with no time for blogging, but now it’s time for a
GIVE AWAY for you!
I found some lovely handwoven linen tea towels in Sweden this summer and some linen yarn to knit some towels myself. I knew right away that I would give it away, so now you have the opportunity to win:
2 vintage, handmade swedish tea towels
2 balls of linen yarn
just in case you get inspired to knit some yourself
Enter the Giveaway:
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- Share: You’ll make make me very happy if you would share this Giveaway on your social media. You’ll get an extra entry each time you share.
- Finally: Leave a comment on this post and let me know how many entrys you completed – Remember your comment is another entry. This step is the only step you need to complete to enter the drawing.
I will announce the WINNER December 1.th.
Claiming Your Prize: I’ll send you an email and give you 48 hours to respond with a confirmation of your mailing address.
The last blog post has been about vintage tea towel – not much to do with knitting, but I have used them to find inspiration to knit a towel.
I love to take knitting with me at all time. Something you just leave and pick up again without any doubt on where you have to start.
In other words; small and easy!
This summer I have been knitting dish clothes and small towels in cotton and linen yarn with inspiration from the vintage tea towels. I enjoy the coarse linen for my hands and in as dish cloths and I find great satisfaction in knitting them myself – just like my grandmother just to do.
I havn’t any knitting pattern – I just knit.
Some of them with red stribes and some with a checkerboard pattern.
Knitting Pattern – checkerboard
Knit 10 rows knit in the beginning and end of the towel
5 knit in the beginning and end of every row.
1. row: 5 knit, 5 purl, 5 knit, 5 purl…..
2. row: 5 purl, 5 knit, 5 purl, 5 knit….
6. row: 5 knit, 5 purl, 5 knit, 5 purl
7. row: 5 purl, 5 knit, 5 purl, 5 knit….
“How can you tell if a piece of textile is handmade?”
That is something I often hear. Well, I have seen a lot of textiles and I know a lot of textile technique, so by now I know what to look for:
The devil in the details
1. The selvedge or the selvage – the self-finished edge of fabric.
The selvage is generally the same thickness as the rest of the cloth.
Often a bit uneven.
On this tea towel you see the pattern continues in the selvage, but it’s uneven and you can even see a small loose tread.
The selvage is often made thicker with a binding thread and the selvage will be even.
2. Irregularities in the fabric
In this fabric you see the selvage and some vertical lines in the fabrics. It shows that the tensioning of the loom has been uneven.
You wouldn’t see this in an industrial fabric.
3. The finish
Here on the linen table cloth it’s by hand. Small and even stitches. Clearly sewn by hand.
Here it’s clearly hand sewn.
Sometimes the fibre helps me classify age and if the textile is handmade. Old and well preserved cotton and linen is often in a high quality – it’s just in my eyes by know.
To check if it’s linen or cotton you can test it with the back of you hand.
If it’s linen it will feel cold.
If it’s cotton it will feel cold at first but shortly it will feels warmer.
The nerdy detail:
Do you know you the towels for cleaning glass and crystal?
They are fine woven towels, made from smooth, hard-twisted cotton or linen yarns which leaves little or no lint.
What did I find when I visited Svend Johansson?
I was a bit unsure what to expect, when Svend told me that he had a lot of his moms vintage textiles, but I trusted it to be worth the drive. And so it was.
I always pay attention to the tiny details that might reveal a story. This time I didn’t hear any, but my hands noticed the detail:
The tea towels and the damask tablecloth where all made in from linen, which is normal, but it was a very coarse linen.
It’s not easy to show on pictures but this tea towel is made from very coarse linen
Svend never thought about this detail, but now it was much easier to spot her works.
I got some kind of feeling with the woman behind. It tells something about you which kind of material you prefer.
Normally the handmade tea towel is made from a softer linen. So this woman, Stine Johansson liked the coarse materials.
It reminded me of my materials science teacher, who loved being scrubbed when she used linen towl. No soft cotton for her!
Nerdy information: did you know that the word “lingerie” is related to the word linen?