my throw is growing!

I´m working on my granny square throw, I´ve bought yarn for another two squares, and hope to buy some more in teh end of the week. I´m almost half way done with the squares, and then it´s just a matter of crocheting a border around the whole thing. I hope it will turn out really nice, with all of the hours I´ve put into it... Not no mention quite a lot of yarn money. And I just realized, I haven´t written a word about it before, so here´s about it: I´m making a throw with big, white granny squares, and here´s what it looked like a while back:


knitting present

I´ve started working on my stepmother´s 50th birthday present - only 2 months late. I was so fortunate to find the yarn I ment to buy at half price, so I´m saving some dollars, which is really welcome. I´m doing a lace shawl in moss green silk yarn, she´s the type of person that never spends a lot of money on herself and her clothes, so she would never buy anything silk for herself (not to mention cashmere!), so I really wanted to get something with a feeling of luxery for her. I hope she likes it, and appreciate it!


early christmas

Believe it or not, but I´ve started on my Christmas knitting! I´ve got quite a lot of Debbie Bliss Aran Merino in a petrol blue, and it will becom hats for my parents, and socks if it is yarn enough. They live up north, the winters tends to get rather cold, so anything to keep warm is usually welcome.

vegan knitting

I haven´t told you, but I am a vegan, something that´s quite difficult when you´re into yarn - the best ones involve wool, merino, silk and alpaca. A safe bet is to avoid wool and merino from Australia, the mulesing they use to keep the sheep free from parasites (which they got due to the breeding) is so cruel and involves cutting big parts of skin from their butts. Alpacas is usually (at least if it´s from countries like the US and Canada) treated very well, and you can buy yarn where you even know which animal it came from (I´ve got a couple of hanks from Stevie Wonder!). Silk is unfortunately a disgrace, and involves lots of dead silk worms, but there are alternatives. Tussah silk comes from the wild silk worms, and is gathered after the moth emerges, and thus is worm friendly. Soy silk is made from tofu manufacturing waste, soy beans that is, and entirely vegetable (SWTC has lots of soy silk yarns). And the you could always venture into the un-known, and try fibres like bamboo, hemp, ingeo, just to name a few. And of course cotton and linen. You´ll find vegan yarns at Vegan Yarn, or if you google, or even in your LYS, even if you don´t know it´s vegan.

image60 image59 image58 Tussah silk
image61 image62 image63 Soy silk
image64 image65 image66 Bamboo
image69 image70 image71 Hemp
image72 image73 image74 Ingeo
Click on the pics, and you come to the sellers!

This post is written as much for me, as it is for you - I need to get out of my fibre comfort zone, and dare to go where few has gone before. I do have an exuse, though - non-woolen fibres here amost all the time means horrible acrylics, or quite boring cotton (I´m not friends with cotton yet, I´m afraid, I need to work on that). But our LYS has sockyarn with cotton, that´s a must try and a start. And I need to go online for yarn shopping - the world´s my oyster!

swap with Iris in the UK

The yarn in my previous post, came in this lovely package. I especially wished for a Rowan magazine (so expensive in Sweden), some sockyarn and some fabric, and the rest she put together - nice, isn´t it? There were some chocolates as well, but well, they somehow disappeared yesterday, in front of the TV...


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