Kambur is my first lopapeysa, or Icelandic sweater. I picked up a copy of Védís Jónsdóttir’s Knitting with Icelandic Wool / Prjónað úr íslenskri ull at the Álafoss Wool Store last summer. I highly recommend the book if you’re a fan of Icelandic knits, as many knitters are!

I knit my Kambur in various colours of Diamond Galway and Galway Highland Heathers. It’s a size two, which turned out to be just the right size for my one-year-old nephew, Stellan.

I’ll close with an inside-out WIP shot of this sweet little pullover. For those new to stranded knitting, I have always found it helpful to knit on the wrong side. That way, I don’t have issues with puckering and my tension is much more even. If you’re a tight knitter by nature, as I am, give it a go!



Stash-busting Projects

Last week’s post got me to thinking about more stash-busting projects. Patterns that would make great holiday knitting with the added bonus of using up small amounts of yarn. I took a trip through ravelry and came back with these great patterns.  Some of them old favourites, some of them new (at least to me!):

Fetching and Emerald Fingerless Mittens
Fetching (L, courtesy of Knitty) and Emerald Fingerless Mittens

Fingerless Mitts

CanCans by Erica Lomax

Upp by Védís Jónsdóttir (from Einband, available from Schoolhouse Press)

Emerald Fingerless Mittens by Lucy Sweetland

Fetching and Dashing by Cheryl Niamath

Purl Beret (L, courtesy of the purl bee) and #24 Lace Beret (courtesy of Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2009)
Purl Beret (L, courtesy of the purl bee) and #24 Lace Beret (courtesy of Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2009)


#24 Lace Beret by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Purl Beret by The Purl Bee

Ripley by Ysolda Teague

Herringbone Cowl (courtesy of Lauren Osborne, Hungry Knitter)
Herringbone Cowl (courtesy of Lauren Osborne, Hungry Knitter)


Herringbone Cowl by Lauren Osborne

sev[en]circle by Kirsten Johnstone (free ravelry download, login required)

Cabled Cowl by by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

Mara (courtesy of madelinetosh)
mara (courtesy of madelinetosh)

Shawls and Other Shoulder Warmers

DROPS 108-53 by DROPS design

shadow[]box by Alison Brookbanks

mara by Madelinetosh

Otto (actually, I like to call her Churchill)
Otto (actually, I like to call her Churchill)


Otto by Ysolda Teague (or any of Ysolda’s toy patterns, really)

Pile-able Pups by Anna Hrachovec

Rotary Dial Telephone by Katie Park

My bear knit for the Mother Bear Project
My bear knit for the Mother Bear Project

Charity Knitting

Good for stash-busting anytime of year, but especially now in colder climates like mine

afghans for Afghans sends handknit and crocheted blankets, sweaters, vests, hats, mittens and socks to the people of Afghanistan.

Blankets for Canada creates blankets for Canadians in need.

Mother Bear Project sends handknit or crocheted bears to children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Sweetheart Dress

Another sweet, seamless pattern by Tora Frøseth! My first Tora knit was the Magda Tunic and I fell in love with the top-down construction. I used the same yarn in this Sweetheart Dress for Anaya – Cadenza by Estelle. Merino and tussah silk! Not too warm for an L.A. baby I hope.

The heart detail around the yoke is too cute. The body of the dress is worked in stockinette stitch, with rows of garter stitch at the bottom to stop it from curling. This project had me thinking about a me-sized knit dress, and then I remembered this lace dress from Védis Jónsdottir’s book Einband. Hmmm.

You can just make out this handsome Pottageville horse in the background of the top photo. As you can see, we were more interested in him than he was in us!

Strik – FO

Strik is finished, and just in time for Christmas! I really love the way this turned out. Such a delicate lace pattern. It’s a fairly short scarf but long enough to wrap once around the neck. Since the lace work is so open I was worried about making it too long. More chance of it getting snagged! Classic Elite’s Silky Alpaca Lace is beautiful to work with – I’m glad I picked up an extra skein!