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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

From the Deepest, Darkest Corner of the Stash Closet...

...where wooly dreams wait for their day in the sun and naughty projects go to think about what they've done, comes something from Blog Past. The Bohus Gray Mist pullover!

I don't think I've done anything with this since we moved to Texas. According to the project page for this on Ravelry, I started it in January of 2007. I set it aside during the move, knowing that I'd mess it up, and then every time I thought about it, I remembered that I needed to weave in ends (the pattern specifically says to do them as you go) and stitch down the neckband facing. I got the ends woven in a couple of nights ago and yesterday I stitched down the neckband facing.
Now it's full speed ahead on the colorwork and I did get a little more done in the knitting department too. I'm more than halfway through the chart for the colorwork (though not by much), but I'm not quite to the halfway point visually in the colorwork - make sense? I've just started the lightest color and then I'll start fading back to the darker colors of gray and blue. I was sitting on the floor with Finn curled next to me, sleeping, looking at the way the colors work together, and thinking of the traditions behind this Swedish style of knitting, with the fine needles (US 1.5 - 2.5 mm), tiny wool and angora yarn making tiny stitches, the patterns of color and purl stitches growing beneath my hands and listening to Aerosmith scream about how "Dude Looks Like A Lady." Yes, just like they did it when the designs were fresh and new!

For those of you who are wondering, this was purchased as a kit from Solveig Gustafsson (click Bohus Stickning for the Bohus kits) . I just checked out the "newer" kits (they are all traditional Bohus designs, reproduced as kits for knitters now, the "new" ones are just new to the site - not new designs) and I can see I'll need to add the New Azalea to my stash - I love the pinks and reds against that black. I already have the Forest Darkness in Black and the Large Lace Collar Jacket kits stashed away. I'm playing with the insane idea of making one of these for the Olympics - we're supposed to push ourselves, right?

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Blogger Diana said...

I see a couple of things on the Solsilke site that I'd like to do, but no pricing or sizing. Am I overlooking something?

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Geri said...

Sigh! I just love these designs,but the size of the needle scares me when knitting a sweater! Definitely a challenge for Olympic knitting, but I'm confident you can do it!

11:01 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Ooh, very pretty! I may just have to knit a bohus myself... they look so nice, and seem to be easier colorwork than some of the other options.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I believe you have to email for pricing and sizing information. It's been a couple of years since I ordered, but if I remember correctly, you contact her through email. I know I paid through PayPal, so she did take that.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous rachel said...

wow....that's a knitting challenge. Looks really good!

9:51 PM  

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