A Sweater per Year

February 26, 2017

These days, my knitting endeavours seem to be limited to not even one finished project  per year; I was surprised, astonished even, to discover that almost fourteen months have passed since I finished my last sweater. But look – here is a new one:

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Pattern: Fall Sweater / Høstgenser by Anna & Heidi Pickles
Yarn: Rowan Cocoon [colour: 802 Alpine]
Needles: 4.5mm & 6mm
[More project details on Ravelry]

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Knitted in the round in one of my favourite yarns, it is the perfect woollen armour against cold and rain. And such armour is desperately needed these days, since I’ve moved to Glasgow, apparently one of the rainiest places on this island, at the beginning of the year.

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So far, the sweater has already done a great job in protecting me against icy winds and raindrops….

 

Linen in the museum

May 14, 2016

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Open Air Museum in Vorau, in eastern Styria. The museum presents old buildings and objects related to traditional rural life in the area – and as it turned out, quite a few of these objects had to do with textiles.

In the “old days”, the growing of flax and the production of linen played a significant role in the life and economy of the rural communities in this part of the country. Consequently, the museum’s collection is full of tools like looms and spinning wheels…

…and this amazing early-20th-century winding machine which looks suspiciously like some ancient instrument of torture:

So, if you happen to be in the area, don’t miss it!