Distant Projects

To put you in the mood for my next project – you need to read this absolutely hilarious segment contributed by the Yarnarian’s DH.  Or, in a Celtic Mood – listen to Woad Warrior in honor of the dye stuff likely used by both communities.

Viking Sweater

Viking Ship Sweater

After finishing up five projects in the last few days (one of the them dating from 1996) I feel free to start something new.

The Viking Ship sweater (pattern and yarn) has only been marinating in my stash since 1998 when I purchased them from a lovely yarn store in Oslo while visiting friend for New Years.

It gets dark enough in Germany at this time of year. I was amazed at living in a location where there was no sun until after 1000 and sunset had sped by before 1430. And this is southern Norway. My hat is off to those of you who live out side the cities and farther north where it is really dark this time of year. In Oslo the sky was an extremely dark pearl grey from the city lights, and not completely black.

But back to the sweater – The pattern is Triplex TR 5212 from Sandes Uldvarefabrik. One of those nice little leaflets that has the inside – one column of instructions and the chart. And the back page which has the arms, the finishing instructions and the sleeve chart. Not for the faint of heart I guess.

For anyone who is on Ravelry – I also place the picture of the pattern front and put it here – since I can’t find any picture anywhere on the web to link to.

The yarn is Peer Gynt and I am using an almost white along with a really dark charcoal. The gauge specified is 22/10cm. Since I don’t want anything quite that big around. By going to 24/10 I can drop the size to 110 cm from 121. And that is about it without major pattern alternations. To make up for the row gauge change, I am going to add an additional row of blocks at the bottom and extend the pattern between the ships heads and the shoulder. I would be happier with a smaller sweater – but I am not sure that I have enough yarn, and matching dyelots 9 years later would be impossible.

I am sure that this is more than any of you ever wanted to know, but Vikings, ships, Fjordes and mountains – what more could I want?


Oh – the recertification module? Knocked that puppy off late this morning. I had problems with the software, resulting in me finally saying ^%$%^#% and hitting the end simulation button with the thought of doing it again. Imagine my surprise when the screen flashed up satisfactory and I was released.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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One Response to Distant Projects

  1. ruth says:

    Ooh, I like that pattern. I used to do tons and tons of color knitting, but my hands hurt now when I do it. But now you’ve really tempted me.

    Ask me sometime about Schwinkelberries, a truly lunatic series of stories first invented by Hubbo, and then carried on by me.

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