Selfish ... Moi?
This Christmas I am being selfish with respect to knitting for other people. I am not knitting any presents…. I let that sink in…. I am still knitting and I am making an Icelandic jumper for a work colleague, but not for Christmas.
I found knitting for Christmas was extremely stressful. People that received a knitted gift love it, but I found the 25th December deadline too stressful. The number of years of spending 2 am on the 25th December finishing a gift, was not relaxing.
This year I have been making presents for people, such as scarves, jumpers and baby hoodies; so I feel happy that I have given enough knitted gifts this year. Christmas is a stressful time of year. Spending time with family in a concentrated time, trying to sort out Christmas Shopping, making mince pies, attending Christmas Parties and visiting relatives before Christmas day. I do not be ratty on Christmas morning, since I had 3 hours sleep sewing together a cuddly toy or finishing a hat.
This has nothing to do with no one asking for a knitted item :-).
What am I knitting?
I am currently knitting an Icelandic Jumper. My Colleague Sven prior to going to Iceland, asked if I could knit a jumper for him. He was initially joking. I was not. Sven went to Iceland and bought enough wool for his jumper and a jumper for myself. Unfortunately, Sven did not buy or was not given a pattern. I found a wonderful site http://www.knittingpatterns.is/. This site you can design a custom Icelandic Jumper. You will need Silverlight and it may not work with Chrome.
I have designed the following jumper using knitting patterns.is. I have called it invaders of space. Feel free to look and use it, but you may want to design your own to your custom dimensions.
I had to rip back the pattern since I was working to the wrong dimensions. Oops. When you create your own jumper, please, please, please create a new project. I was working to the default pattern, which I think is either a child or woman’s dimensions.
I am working with the Icelandic wool lettlopi and it is a lot coarser than most of the wools. It is not as thick as aran wool, but slightly thicker than double knit. I think it is a worsted size. It is knitting up quite quickly.
The issue is with my design, the Hazel Heather and Moor colours are dark and are very subtly different; therefore, I think the space invaders pattern will not be obvious. I will have to wait until it is finished to make a full judgement.
This is the first Icelandic jumper that I have made and I am enjoying it, despite the rip-back.
Please have a look at the http://www.knittingpatterns.is/ and see what creations you can make.