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Saturday, January 07, 2006 

Running women and reindeers

Inspired by the Norwegian stockings chez Fig and Plum, and considering my norwegian (a knitting grandmother from Oppdal) and laplandish (her and grandpa's cottage was in Tärnaby) heritage, I went through my pattern collection looking for something that required a bit more effort and also two colours at a time, and found something almost my age: A classical Swedish Tärnabymössa, as worn by the famous slalom skier Ingemar Stenmark (not the man in the picture) in the early 80's. I convinced my boyfriend that he wants and needs one (since I don't) and we went to my LYS and got the stuff. Now I'm this far:

As you can see I've finished the second set of reindeers and boy, do I hope I never have to knit a reindeer again in my life! I don't think it's anything personal, but this two-colour shit is too tricky! Despite my efforts not to stretch the yarn on the back it's still very tight. I hope I can squeeze it over the head of my squeeze. The colours are not as cool as the original, but I think my recipient can overlook it. I find this composition is slightly more contemporary.

I have also been drooling over the book "Norsk Strikkedesign" and the beautiful cardigan I waxed poetic about some time ago, but I must say that the object of my affection has changed since then, and since my new experience of two-colour knitting. Today it is this pretty piece I see myself in:

I love the yarn, although you can't get a closer look of it on the website, and I love the collar. I also really like her hairdo, so I'm saving so I too can wear braids around my head like an amish chick. The thing that today's title is referring to ("Running women") is that the other night, when the recipient of the reindeers and myself had been to Ikea, we also went to check out the sale at Stadium, a sports apparel store, and since the reindeer recipient is such a demanding customer he managed to get a pair of ladies' running shoes half off. It wasn't some kind of new year's resolution, but I guess I'm going to start running more, as soon as the ice melts. (In six months or so.) The title part of this was that the wall with the shoes had a "Running women" sign, and I found it remarkable not to find any running women in that corner of the store. Funny. My knitting problem in this is that my plan was that as soon as I have 400 SEK unspent, I will order this lovely book and start saving for the yarn. Now that I have spent those money in advance on a pair of running shoes, "Norsk Strikkedesign" has never been this far away. And neither has Christmas. I will try and rejoice in the new waist and great health that will come with using the shoes properly, but that is still not something you do in front of the TV, which still is my favourite spot.

Hi Linster
Found your blog when I was looking for a description of a Tärnabymössa. See that you have done one in other colors than the swedish colors. Really nice. I'm also interesting in knitting. Have 6 children and 6 grandchildren, så I have a lot to do by knitting to everybody. Now, my 20-years old daughter want a Tärnabymössa, but I cant find any descriptions. Do you have a description or maybe a copy? I want to buy it from you if it's possible. Pse answer on my e-mail instei@spray.se. Kind rgds Inger

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