Knitting Norwegian- Neuloen norjalaisneuletta

I have admired Norwegian knitting patterns for a long time and planning to invest in nice authentic wool jumper. A bit over month ago one of my favourite bloggers ”Fisherman’s Wife” (Kalastajan Vaimo) added instructions of a Norwegian knit. I fell in love with the pattern so much that I ran to the store on the same day and started to knit my own.

It is finally ready. After finishing my own jumper I also knitted one for my dear daughter, she got grey and pink coloured one.  I feel knitting has this amazing calming impact. It energises me. I love it.

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I also love the feeling of finishing something pretty that I have done with my own hands. This is my Norwegian knit, perfect with tights or skinny jeans and so warm too.

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The pattern.

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Two different knits.

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You need round sticks that are size 7 (European), 140 stitches to start with and knit close round. The pattern is below. You need 500g light colour, 400g dark colour. Knit with double yarn to get a thicker yarn. Combine the colours as you like, I loved this blue and light ivory combination. Knit the pattern four times with round sticks, end the knitting.  The sleeves I started from the wrist end (this instruction is from my head by the way..), I created 25 stitches and I added a stitch in the begin and end of every fourth layer approximately until I got 50 stitches. I repeated the pattern four times. I closed the sleeves by using crochet and attached half of the sleeve to the jumper by using crochet. In the end I took all the stitches around the neck and from both half of the sleeves and knitted ”knit one, purl one” for 5cm with round stitches as closed round. My size is UK 8, EU 34-36 so if you are a bigger size just add more stitches.

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The pattern above is for 12 stitches. It is from Fisherman’s Wife blog. 

I bought Finnish ”Seven Brother’s Wool” (Seitemän Veljeksen lanka, Novita Oy) that is for 4mm sticks. It is 100% wool but quite soft and nice and feels lovely against the skin. As Finnish products usual this yarn is extremely high quality wool and meets the standard of colour proof or how you call it which means that you can wash it in the machine and the colours stay even when light and dark in the same knit.

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I hope you liked this post! Something different for change!

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DIY storage tins and pots – Tee se itse säilytysastiat

I am not only a big fan of cooking magazines and shows but I also love interior design and home magazines. One of the best quality ones are Ideal Homes, Country Homes and Good Homes. I find Good Homes is the best value. It is not only about interior design but has lots of arts&kraft tips. In November 2013 issue I found this great tip to recycle and do your own storage tins. As my baby girl is now on formula we have a huge number of empty metallic tins, perfect for storing pens or kitchen utensils etc. By using these metallic tins (or any other old metallic tins) you can create your own design storage tins, super easy and quick but you get exactly the print you like on them.

Ruoanlaittolehtien ja ohjelmien lisäksi rakastan sisustus ja design lehtiä. Parhaita täällä Britanniassa ovat Ideal Homes, Country Homes ja Good Homes. Good Homes on mielestäni paras hintalaatusuhteeltaan, sillä se ei ainoastaan sisällä sisustusvinkkejä vaan myös askartelutippejä kodin koristamiseksi. Marraskuun numerossa oli artikkeli ”tee se itse säilytysastioista”. Koska pikkytyttäreni on nyt korvikkeella, meillä on runsaasti ylijäämä metallipurkkeja, jotka ovat kerrassaan täydellisiä kynien tai keittiötarvikkeiden säilytykseen. Käyttämällä mitä tahansa vanhoja metallipurkkeja voit luoda ihanan pikkusäväyksen kotiisi ja juuri haluamillasi printeillä.

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Formula pots. Korvikepurkkeja.

Just buy the wrapping paper you want or use old piano play books if you want note prints or old maps or whatever you like. I love Orla Kiely’s prints so I bought her wrapping paper to use for my tins. It is double sided so you can have different prints for different size tins -great!

Käytä vaikka lahjapaperia, vanhoja pianonuotteja tai karttasivuja riippuen siitä mitä printtejä suosit.  Itse rakastan Orla Kielyn design printtejä, joten ostin hänen suunnittelemaasa käärepaperia.

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It is very simple. You just measure the height and cut the amount of paper required and you glue it on tins. This takes for 10 minutes but the result looks like nice design piece bought from the interior design store!

Hyvin yksinkertaista, mittaat purkin korkeuden, leikkaat sopivan määrän paperia ja liimaat purkin ympäri.lle  Tähän menee ehkä 10 minuuttia , mutta lopputulos on tyylikäs ja purkit näyttävät kuin ne olisi ostettu tyylikkäästä deisgn liikkeestä. Kierraystä parhaalla mahdollisella tavalla!

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Make your own tins!