Posts categorized "Swedish Heartwarmer Shawl"

The Nicest Thing I've Ever Knit

I have so much to talk about, but all of it is overshadowed by my glorious, finished, awesome, warm, lovely, soft, glowing Swedish Heartwarmer Shawl.


Doctor Steph

Thanks to Emily for taking the photos at Rhinebeck (I will post about that this weekend).

Doctor Steph

I felt like a knitting rock star while at Rhinebeck. And the ladies at Sanguine Gryphon took a few minutes to ogle my work (thanks for that!). This is truely the nicest thing I've ever knit. It's perfect. And while it was a bit of a slog to get it done before the trip, it was an absolute pleasure to knit. The pattern was clear, the yarn fantastic, the rows were long, but I got into a groove. Even the icord just sorta happened.

Doctor Steph

In the end the hardest part was the knitting monogamy. I really now want to get all slutty with my knitting and cast on 100 things.  That is what I think of knitting monogamy (and modeling).

Final details:

Pattern: Swedish Heartwarmer Shawl from Handknit Holidays

Yarn: Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in Forester Moth (dark teal), Longhorn Beetle (Red), Bronze Moth (Gold) and Southern Green Stinkbug (Light teal green).

Started: May

Finished: October (with the summer off because it was too big to knit without making me all sweaty)

Technique: Knit flat using two-handed fair isle. The wrong side rows were knit backwards, also in two-handed fair isle.

Rhinebeck Project

When I'm not training for my run, I'm working on my Swedish Heartwarmer Shawl.  Hundreds of stitches of pretty colourwork knit in super lovely Bugga yarn.

I got the crazy idea a few weeks ago that this would be my Rhinebeck project.  I started in May, but didn't do much of it over the summer (it's not a portable project).


Now I'm on a strict regimine of at least 4 rows a day to get this done with enough time to block it and crochet the edging.  The i-cord ties may get knit in the car or not completed until I'm back from Rhinebeck, but I will be sporting this shawl as I frolic with friends and buy fibre.

I'm on the penultimate motif and it's a bit of a slog.  When I say 4 rows a day, I should say that each row is over 500 sts long.  I'm doing colourwork and I'm knitting the purl-side rows "backwards" or left handed--something I'm getting better at, but slow. 

Not sure how to knit left handed?  I made a little video

It's not so hard once you get used to it (being left handed doesn't hurt either!)

I just need to get past this part and it's smoother sailing (those blocks of 3 single coloured rows are heaven).

Here's where I'm at:


Pretty eh?

Not-so-summer knitting

I know a lot of people switch to knitting different things in the summer--tanks, lace, socks--things that are small (so they won't be on your lap) and lightweight and maybe in non-wool fibres.  So far, even though the weather has been warm, I haven't made the switch, but I also haven't finished knitting.

I recently finished this tiny little knit for a special friend:


The yarn is Socks that Rock Twist merino and I used a Debbie Bliss pattern.  I'll warn you the yarn amounts are way way off.  I could have made 2 of these with the yarn stated in the pattern.  And easy and styling sweater for a baby on the way.

I also made some progress on my Swedish Heartwarmer Shawl--something as far away from summer wear as you can get. 



I've started the slow colourwork parts.  I have about 400 sts on the needles and I need to work in two colours and weave the floats so they look nice.  I'm developing my skills knitting backwards for the "purl" rows and well it's taking forever, but in a nice way.  The Bugga yarn is lovely to work with and I love how the patterns emerge; it's all just gonna take a while is all.

And I've started my Soccer Mom knit--something easy to have with me during the myriad of kids' soccer stuff.  I've wanted to knit Tempest for a long while and I now have the perfect confluence of empty easy knitting dance card and the right yarn to work with.



I'm using Indigodragonfly 4ply Organic Merino in Chickadee and Seasky.  It's a departure from my usual colour combinations, and that's a good thing.  I sorta into blues at the moment and this will be a nice sweater for spring and fall and for my extra freezing office (we have a/c issues).  Knitting fingering weight yarn at 5sts to the inch is also nice--it's like lace without all that pattern following!


Colours. Pretty Colours

I've been getting in a lot more knitting these past few weeks.  I'm playing with some pretty colours.

Surprise thing colours


 (since it's a surprise I can't say more)

Presents for gestating wee ones colours


Socks that Rock Twisted in Carbon for a little baby sweater. 

Heartwarming colours



Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in Forester Moth.  This is beautiful yarn.  Gorgeousness.  I'm using it (and 3 other colours) to make a Swedish Heartwarmer Shawl.  Fair isle, 8 sts to the inch, knitting backwards, I must be crazy.  But I tried on a friend's also made in Bugga (you can see me modeling here) and I fell in love with it. I have almost 300 sts on the needles already and I haven't started the colourwork.  It is a thing of beauty.

Here's the other colours I'm using:

Bugga Heartwarmer

Bronze Moth, Southern Green Stinkbug (I love that name), Forester Moth and Longhorned Beetle.  Mmmmm Bugga.  If I'm going to knit crazy, it might as well be with something soft and beautiful.