Monday, August 13, 2007

the last norwegian sweater.





here is the last norwegian sweater based on ez's raglan with my modifications inspired by the norwegian 'fanatrøje' but in a not very norwegian colour combo. the sleevetops are 40 % of K and neck opening would have been way too small if i'd 'eaten up' all the sleeve stitches. i made a 1-1 rib neck a i have sewn it down (live stitches right off the needles). i have used meg's technique to minimize the jogs. you knit one row with the new stripe colour on the next row you lift up the stitch (in the other colour) and knit the two stitches together. i have never heard of this technique before enterering blogging world and i thing it is a great thing to know since it really makes the stripe work look so much better. and maybe that is the motor in knitting. you always find something new to experiment with in order to make the finished product look nicer than the last thing you knit.
i tried hard to get a group portrait of the three little recipients. but either one of them slept or the three year old didn't want to try his sweater on. that is typical 3 year olds. i remember a discussion about the topic at zimmermania.
but the mother of the little boys was very pleased with the sweater and some of her family members (in laws) want me to knit for them now.

i am afraid that there may not be much time for knitting. i started on the new job today and i feel completely knackered after meeting all my new colleagues. the room where they teach crafts looked very attractive. hopefully the kids get inspired to make crafts even when they are grown up. not that i was ever inspired by any teacher of mine.....

6 comments:

Peggy said...

Oh no, I'm sure Madame Zimmermann has never inspired you. Never. HA!
They sweaters all came out fantastic. 3 year old little boys can be quite persnickety about those things! But I'm sure you'll get a picture someday.
Hope you get some good rest and knitting rejuvenation as the job picks up!
Beautiful work!

tiennie said...

Way to go out with a bang! The last one is beautiful. Congrats on the new job. Hope everything settles quite nicely!

Carla said...

These are the best sweaters! How often does a 1 year old get to wear a classic like this? I think the grey/blue combination is my favorite.

Lydia said...

Those are the best-dressed toddlers I've ever seen :-) The sweaters are beautiful. What yarn did you use (or did I miss that?)? I am starting my first year as an eighth-grade English teacher on Sept 4 -- am I doomed to a year with no knitting? That would be sad... And I think that knitting - and that process you refer to of making the next thing better than the last, and that being the "motor" has taught me some good things about how (and why) people learn anything. Good luck to you this week! -- Lydia

Inca said...

Skønne sweatre :D Er helt vild med dem. Især den nederste - hvid/mørkeblå er bare skøn!

Rani said...

How in the world do you get so much done! Gorgeous!