Well, my knitting has been going rather slowly in the past week. I have been busy working with Arnhild
and learning all about the Norwegian company that she works with and the Rauma yarns and patterns. Their yarns come in so many beautiful colors! Many of the yarns are in the lighter weights which are hard to find. But Rauma
has them! And Finullgarn comes in 100 colors!
I have been working on mitten #10, a child's mitten, from the Selbustrikk book that Arnhild translated from the Norwegian. I started it on size 0 needles in Gammelserie which is the traditional yarn for the Selbu mittens. I knit it just past the thumb but found that it was way too small. The mitten was so small that it didn't look like it would fit a one year old. It was supposed to fit 5-7 years. My 5yo couldn't get it on at all.
It was difficult to find time to knit this past week. The kids have so many lessons, practices and activities that I was only getting to knit a row at a time. By the time I would pull out the chart and get the yarn and needles arranged it would be time to go do something else!
I moved up to a size 2 needle though and tried it again. One row at a time I got back up to the thumb again and finally last night I was able to sit down and knit for a longer stretch of time. I was so excited about how this one was coming out. Now it fits the way it should!
At first the Gammelserie yarn seemed a little scratchy but I think that was mostly because of the tiny needles. It was really difficult to knit because it was so tight. With this yarn though, I think these will be very hard wearing mittens.
This is one of my favorite designs. I love the snowflake and I think it came out very nicely. I just need to knit a thumb for this one. The thumb will have a little person on the outside and the palm pattern will continue across the inside.
Be sure to ask your local yarn shop if they carry Rauma yarns. If they don't, tell them that they can easily order it from Arnhild's Knitting Studio
There is no minimum order for the shop to meet and she will even drop-ship it directly to the customer at no extra charge.
Labels: Arnhild's Knitting Studio, children's, mittens, Norwegian, Rauma