Or how I went from this…
… to this
One of my friends knitted a sweater in lots of Sirri colours, where especially the Light Blue C7 and the Coral C18 looked great together. Since then I have wanted to knit something with those two colours in it. So when I started out with the Icelandic Aftur pattern I thought now I had my chance. I started out with Light Brown and knitted the body and the sleeves. The colours don’t start until you have joined body and sleeves for the yoke.
I started out with my darkest colour, Purple C10, but when I had come as far as in this next photo I didn’t like it, and found it was a big mistake with the Light Brown for main colour. Light Grey would have been so much better.
I mixed the same colours a bit different, and this was the next try.
No, no, even worse!
Maybe Dark Blue was better than Purple? And now I was tired of knitting just to unravel again, so remebered this clever method to try out colours.
This is what I ended up with: Light Brown, Dark Brown, Purple C10, Lavender C9 and White. So only 5 different colours since I switched one of the colours in the yoke with my main colour Light Brown.
Finished sweater is a bit lose but very nice in the thin 2-ply Sirri.
I had 15 sts for 10 cm when I knitted in the round, the pattern requires 18 sts, so I had to do a bit of math to adjust the pattern. I started out with 150 stitches instead of 180, very easy math this time ;-).
And 34 sts for the sleeve.
And here is my work in progress, the Mathematix Shawl. Almost through the 8th and last repeat of the slip stitch pattern. There are one or two mistakes in the edging, but not severe enough for me to unravel it. Actually I am so happy with this pattern that I am planning one more shawl in grey colours – maybe.
The shawl is knitted in 2-ply Snældan and it will be very soft and light when it is finished.
Not much room left on the needle here.
I have a whole week off work so I am now trying out the Mathematix Shawl.
Then there was the transition between section 1 and 2. I had to reknit it a few times before i got it right.
And now I have started on the real challenge, the slip stitch pattern. It doesn’t look that hard, but I have started over for the third time now, counted back and forth and placed markers for every 24 stitches as the designer recommend. I should have done this from the start but thought I was way too clever.
I am using 2-ply Snældan Yarn in light and dark brown natural colours and needles size 4 mm. I think I will shop for a longer circular needle today. Always nice to have an excuse to buy new gear.
And here is my little helper jumping into the photo and stealing my yarn. It is easier to knit when he sleeps.
Did you know that you can buy Snældan 5-ply in Red, Dark Blue and Pink? The Dark Blue is very dark – almost black. Find them here.
A little yarn give away for the followers of my blog.
The winner will be picked at random between those of you who answer the following question in the comment section below:
What am I knitting here?
Also tell me which colour from Sirri you choose should you be the lucky one. See the colours further down in this post or find better photos on Flickr.
There are no wrong answers, so everybody has a chance. The giveaway is open until I have finished the project, and let me just tell you it has been unravelled more than once.
The winner will get two skeins of Sirri 2-ply as well as the pattern for this set. Two skeins are just how much you need to knit the hat and scarf.
The colour in the photo is C16.
Snældan 5-ply Charcoal colour 9 is back in stock.
Sirri 3-ply Dark Blue C2 is back in stock. So now you can order the yarn for your blue sweater with light gray stars :)
There are 8 natural colours:
(2) Silver Gray.
(3) Light Gray.
(5) Dark Gray.
(6) Light Brown.
(7) Dark Brown.
Autumn Green C22
Burnt Orange C25