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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finally, The blue Alatus sweater. on: July 15, 2008 10:55:38 AM
Finally I have the internet connection and time to post my most recent finished knit.  My first project shown on craftster. Grin

Pattern used: Free pattern from Canary Sanctuary's blog http://canaryknits.blogspot.com/2007/09/alatus.html
Yarn: An unknown, dark blue wool, really itchy
Needle size: 3 (metric)
Mods: The chart is not hundred percent accurate, as the original was a bit hard to read on my monitor (Probably best to print it out, I didn't have a printer). And I started the neckline two rounds late, because as usual, I wasnt paying attention to the pattern. The gauge is a bit tight, as I didnt bother to swatch, but that is all right, as I am a bit smaller than the measures in the pattern.

This is the first sweater I've ever knit, and it worked out more than okay, I really recommend others to try the pattern. I would really like to see more versions of it. Smiley

(taing pics of your back, on your own is not very easy.  Wink )

I was hoping to be able to get better pictures of this before posting it here, but summery weather has been quite absent. Maybe later. Sorry for the messy mirror. It looked clean when I too the pics.  Huh

This project can also be found on my blog ( http://emmaknits.blogspot.com/2008/05/alatus.html ) and on ravelry ( http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Fnugg/alatus ).
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / My first attempt on dying. Merino tops and food colour! on: February 20, 2008 03:24:43 PM
So, now i have had my first attempt on dying wool. I used food colouring and vinegar, mostly because it is cheap, I don't need a respiratory mask, and my mom lets me use the saucepans in the kitchen. (She doesn't have any old ones that I can use for the more heavy dye types.)

So, first a pink bit that was only a test. I actually liked the pink, so I wish I had more of it. And I am not the type that likes pink at all.  Roll Eyes

Second attempt:

Third attempt. I am not so pleased with this, I was trying to get yellow green and brown, and got yellow, green and some strange red blue green and purple mixture. But the finished yarn does look all right.

Last attempt. I was aiming for sea green and blue, but then I ran out out of blue.

ETA: The wool felted a bit, but with a session of proper predrafting, that wasn't really a problem.  Smiley
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Wheel dilemma on: January 16, 2008 11:32:49 AM
Yes, the ever returning question of what wheel to choose.  Grin
My apologizes to those who gets annoyed.
I am ordering from Norway (where I live, mainly just to cut down the costs) and that narrows my choices a lot. I have only found one dealer, and he only sells a few chosen models from Lout, Majacraft, Kromski, Babe, Roberta, and only one Ashford-model.
So, the point is, I have to make up my mind about choosing the Lout S10 (DT) or the Kromski Sonata. At the moment I am slightly favouring the Sonata. I have absolutely no wheel experience, but has spun quite a lot with spindles (started in 1999). The plan is to spin bulky yarn, normal yarn, and also some thin yarn (probably not the thinnest type, though). And one important thing is portability, since I probably won't settle down for at least four years. And of course I don't live near any place where I could try the wheels.  Undecided

So, if anyone has something to say about either Kromski or Lout, or both, I would be really happy!  Smiley
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