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  • Downtown Yarns is a great store! I’ve only visited it once, nearly two years ago, but the service was excellent! Rita was very helpful.
    Your Norweigan haul looks wonderful too!

  • in case, no one has said it this week, i love mason-dixon knitting! you two always make me smile and often laugh out loud just enough so my children think i’m a lunatic sitting alone in the library. of course brandon would say blimey and y’all in the same sentence. 🙂 in your mind. 🙂 loved the barbie thread from the other day. loved that someone else had malibu barbie and ken, my daughters think i made up that name. malibu? why? well, they were tan. oh, that explains it. anyway, keep up the wonderful blogging and knitting. thanks.

  • Kay,
    Lesson in Norwegian: This is not a dirndl (that`s something Austrian I think), but a knitted version of the Hardanger bunad. Bunad is the traditional Norwegian festive costume appropiate at any occasion from a wedding to a ball at the royal palace (not that one ever gets invited there, but who knows). For the record, the skirt on the girl`s bunad has pleats, and the whole thing is knitted in a baby weight merino wool, 30 sts to 10 cm. You have to be REALLY dedicated to start something like this. Unfortunately I am not the patient type. Other than that it is only knit and purl stitches…
    ps: Baby Rose won`t be any less Norwegian if she skips the lessons in ‘jump in freezing water’ and ‘pickled herrings’. Be a good auntie and keep her away from that.

  • Wow!! I never thought of it as experiencing “Extreme Fiber Delight”! is it like a Karma Sumatra?? 🙂

  • What lovely Norwegian goodies.I love Sissel parcels too ! I suppose you’ll have to share your chocolate ?…
    Lovely 1st square too.I’m pleased to read that the garter border is not compulsory. ;-]

  • Oh, thank God, that garter stitch border requirement was driving me mad.
    I’ve finished five squares, but now I can branch out and have more fun as long as the things lie flat. I promise they won’t be too hard to sew together.

  • Marnie! Five squares? You’re a living doll. If you keep this up, you’ll have your very own afghan for an Afghan. Mille grazie!
    Kay, Sissel’s Norskpakage or whatever is so totally up your alley: all cotton all the time. What a skinsensitive pressie.
    Sissel, are you SURE those are Hardanger bunads? I woulda sworn they were dirndls, but what does my Alabama-born self know?
    I say we get some Hardanger bunads under way to wear at our festive sewing-up parties. Get a little knitting water going, open up the herring, toss on the bunads, and a good time will be had by all. We’ll be jumping into the icy Cumberland before we know it.
    And Lisa–thanks for putting up with us. As the immortal Donna Fargo* would say, “I’m the happiest girl, in the whoooooooole, U.S.A.”
    xoxoxo Ann
    *Who? Meet this Nashville songbird at donnafargo.com.

  • Not only are my afghan squares also coming along nicely, but they are proving to be a great opportunity to practise my fair-isle – all be it with a garter stitch border. Indeed my fair-isle is in some need of practice, but I promise not to send anything that doesn’t come up decently after full onslaught blocking and steaming.

  • I just started the log cabin afghan…I think it’going to be fun and obsessive…psst…I’m using a handpainted yarn..

  • Dear Ann and Kay, are effusions as well as comments allowed? I’m truly enjoying square making (five go in the mail tomorrow). But this is about my co-obsession: lopi felted bowls. Start with one skein; make a garter stitch square 20 st. by 20 ridges; pick up 20 stitches along each side; knit up until the skein’s almost done; decrease by 10% all the way around and bind off; put it through the hot wash four times. These make me unreasonably happy–I had to share. Regards, Cristina

  • Denise–Pulleeeeeeeeeeese show us a pic of the Handpaint Log Cabin! I started up a Noro Silk Garden Log Cabin, in wee size, for a baby stroller blanket (special baby with Japanese American mom so I was hell-bent to use Noro), then ripped it back. I’m used to log cabinning with cotton. With wool, the straight lines went a bit curvy; this problem is currently Under Analysis. I liked the way Noro’s subtle stripes go around and around the log cabin, and I loved not having to break the yarn and change colors as I went around. I got this idea from TESSA who has a Silk Garden Log Cabin throw all to herself. Now that I’m back at square one (literally), I’m thinking of doing this baby blanket in the entrelac pattern in one of Debbie Bliss’s Noro books. The color 88 is a bit un-babyish–purply grays, appley greens, and beigey tans, but I think it works as a stroller/carseat blanket and it’s so gorgeous I couldn’t resist it. It wouldn’t hurt me to do something new,as I’ve never entrelacked.
    Sissel….somehow I knew dirndl was not the right word. And now that I know how many stitches to the inch, and that we’re talking about pleats, I’m quite sure that Rosie’s Norwegianness would not be enhanced by having a handknit bunad. Back to Miss Bea’s lifestyle for Rosie.
    Emma–the chocolate did not survive until morning. The kids and I were not one bit daunted by its giant size, nor by the Norwegian writing all over it. Many teeth make light work.
    Marnie–5 squares! If this is what you can accomplish under the tyranny of the Garter Stitch Border Rule, the mind boggles at what is to come. Don’t peak too soon, and send those squares in for the March 1 drawing!!
    To all–sorry about that garter stitch rule. Just chalk it up to my inexperience at Afghanalong administration! Love, Kay

  • Cristina–Just out of curiosity, and NOT because I am knitting up one of these bowls TONIGHT or anything RIDICULOUS like that, how long is the thing when you are ‘almost’ done with the skein of Lopi? I’m trying this method out with Kureyon, which I think is finer-gauge than Lopi, but I am wondering how long it should be, pre-felting. I may just eyeball it and see how it comes out, perhaps more vase than bowl but we’ll see. I’ve been wanting to do a felted bowl ever since everybody was talking about one that was in Interweave’s Spin Off magazine a while back. Fine BBC News knitting for this evening. Thanks for effusing. Love, Kay

  • Kay,
    I’m knitting with Sumatra at the moment, bought from the same lovely Sissel last year!! Love it almost as much as ASC. I’m doing the Easy Jacket from the Debbie Bliss Denim book.
    I see Sissel already beat me to the Norwegian lesson. I’m actually the “proud” owner of a bunad myself, and would wear it if I was ever invited to a ball at the royal palace. My mum embroiidered mine for my confirmation… It took almost two years to finish.. yes I do let her borrow it from time to time.
    As for Rosies lessions in all things Norwegian, I’m with Sissel, no pickled herring or jumping in cold water required, but I think she should be introduced to Kaviar..red fish paste that comes in toothpaste tubes. We spread it on rye bread… I’ll bring some over in March. My mum brought a year’s supply over this weekend, as the Swedish one is not quite right…

  • Dear Kay, “almost” means wrapping the remaining yarn around the circumference of the bowl and having enough to get it to go around at least three times. Unfortunately, my latest bowl is already felted and happily drying upturned on a glass bowl in a sunny window (wish I could provide a visual aid because the sight of it is cheerful in a pleasantly poignant way). It’s just too densely felted to count rows. Gravity will pull the finished product into bowl shape and you can decrease more than 10% if you want the bowl more bowly.

  • Cristina–Right now it looks like an inordinately colorful little pork-pie hat. I’m going to felt it in the unreliable basement washing machine and see what the heck happens. The thrill of discovery!!! xox Kay