Sunday, December 21, 2008

Three and a Half Weeks

Eesh. Well, I certainly did not mean to take almost an entire month off from blogging. A lack of time (finals week plus some ill-timed work travel just about finished me off) has made it difficult to sit down at the computer for anything but work, and all of a sudden three and a half weeks has slipped by like nothing. I hate when that happens.

Though even if I had posted in the past four weeks, the only thing I'd have been able to show would have been a lot of black stockinette stitch. This has been my knitting view for not four weeks, but two months, actually:



What makes it all worth it is the brilliant yoke:



Yep, I have just finished knitting a Bohus sweater. With practically laceweight yarn, size 0 and 1 needles, colorwork, plus the fact that the yarn was handspun and dyed in the motherland of my ancestors, this may be my biggest and most meaningful knitting feat to date.

Now I had planned to go on and on about how I've always been proud of my Swedish roots and knitting this sweater has made me feel connected with my heritage, and every stitch I took made me think of the Swedish women making the original Bohus sweaters as well as my amazing great-grandparents who took such big risks in moving to the United States....but what I really want to do is show the project I started the minute I finished my Bohus. Because, truth be told, I've become completely and embarrassingly engrossed in the Twilight series and all the black stockinette with laceweight yarn and size 0 and 1 needles got a wee bit tedious at the end, so I promised myself that if I finished before Christmas, I could start Bella's mittens from the movie...



And I did, so I have.

I'll end with another bit of Swedishness. Every year I look forward to pulling out these, my favorite of all Christmas decorations. My mom has set one of these in each window of the house I grew up in for as long as I can remember, and now that I have my own home, I am continuing the tradition.

12 comments:

barefoot rooster said...

oh_my_goodness. that bohus sweater is STUNNING. do we get to see some modeled pictures? yes, i'm demanding. love that mitten, too. i want some. back to my holiday knitting...

peaknits said...

That sweater is breathtaking - what a feat indeed! And those mitts...I'm rather embarrased to admit I am also a Twilight lover - thanks for the tip on the bella pattern! Happy holidays!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Your knitting is truly beautiful! The sweater is a piece of art ~ just stunning.

The gloves are pretty fab too :)

Um, err, I'm glad this wasn't a post about 9 1/2 Weeks.

Lydia said...

The sweater and the mitts are lovely.

Sophy said...

so when are we going to see the Twilight movie AGAIN? ;D

i can't wait to see more of the sweater, and the mittens look awesome!

Philigry said...

everything is so beautiful. ilove that sweater, and those mittens! happy holidays!

Thea said...

the bohus is gorgeous - sometime take a whole pic on you, I want to see the rest of it! Don't know how you slogged through on those needles... And I love the old Swedish traditional candles - they're lovely.

knitthehellout said...

Wow. You must have incredible patience to do a sweater on size 0 and size 1 needles. I too love Twilight. Saw the movie twice. No shame.

jenna said...

The sweater is incredible---I hope it was worth any blood, sweat, and tears that were shed!

a friend to knit with said...

absolutely gorgeous sweater with a very impressive yoke!!
and the mittens! ahhh LOVE!

merry Chirstmas, hillary!

Lolita Blahnik said...

Bella's Mittens are also in my "to do" list!!! love them.

Stacey said...

Wow...that sweater is gorgeous. I don't know if I will ever have the patience to make a sweater on size 0's. There's no shame in loving the Twilight...there is a reason they are such a hit. Widely appealing, even if it isn't the best writing. And I totally want to make those mittens.