I bought it last year at Nysta. It´s my favourite cotton yarn and I have quite a lot of it in my stash.
Enough to last me at least another summer. And maybe a summer after that.
To tell you the truth – when I left the shop there wasn´t much Eco cotton left on the shelves.
And this is my fifth knit project in pink lately. I´ve counted. The only exception is the Dragon sweater that I´m making for Ludvig. Though to be honest, if I could be sure the other boys wouldn´t pick on him at school I would probably have made the dragon pink, too.
Way back in the old days I didn´t always knit in pink. In 2005, for instance I started Elizabeth I in white cotton-viscose. The choice of yarn was a bad one. Not because it wasn´t pink, but because it split easily while knitting with it. And now it makes the sweater sag.
It´s taken me ages to finish poor Elizabeth. I had to rip and re-knit the whole upper part, including the sleeves, because it was miles to big. But now it´s finally finished.
The fit still isn´t great, but acceptable.
It might not look so bad in this picture. But the minute I relax my posture...
I don´t always walk around pretending that I´ve swallowed an iron rod – it´s far too strenuous.
When I´ve recovered from this rather traumatic knitting experience I might give Elizabeth I another chance. I´m convinced it would be a beautiful sweater made in a more suitable wool yarn.
Yes, I´ve learnt my lesson – never mess with Starmore!
Believe it or not, but I also used to knit in blue.
And after Alice Starmore, my favourite designer is Solveig Hisdal.
I´ve made quite a lot from her book Poetry in Stitches.
Like this Camisole with Gussets:
Those of you with good eyesight might be able to see the row of beads on the bottom edge.
I´m known to never miss an opportunity to add beads.
But why, you might ask, am I showing you all this boring old stuff when it´s not even pink?
The answer is simple: the camera is still on holiday – while I´m back in town working for a couple of weeks.
Despite being on holiday for a couple of weeks, I´ve been working hard. "Kay´s Diamonds and Purls Shawl" is finished. I testknitted this for my friend Wendy and I´m happy to report that there was nothing wrong with the pattern. I´m also pleased with my choice of yarn: pink Koigu with a white border in Cherry Tree Hill merino.
I did think it would be a rather small shawl, especially as I ran out of yarn before the last full repeat was completed. But after blocking it I could see that it was just the perfect size, though I can´t take any credit for that – it was pure luck!
Another thing left to chance was whether I would finish in time.
I had an important deadline: it was to be a bridesmaid shawl for my daughter Elise.
The last few days before the wedding I was working on it around the clock. But I´m proud to say that when I darned in the ends I even had a few hours to spare...
And here it is on the day:
The wedding took place in a old wooden church on an island called Ljusterö,
in the archepelago of Stockholm.
And this is the bridesmaid standind outside the church next to the blushing bride.
The bride is wearing her lovely beaded Icarus shawl in powder pink Kidsilk Haze.
Want to see the view from the back?
After sixteen years and two children together it was about time I was made an honest woman, don´t you think?
And for those of you hoping to tie the knot one day – CATCH!
The bridal bouquet of wild flowers picked in the morning of the big day.