My Icelandic sweater - Dyed with Rhubarb root
There are fashions in these sweaters as in everything else and today they are usually knitted with a pattern only around the shoulders rather than at the front of the arms and the bottom of the sweater as well. The fit is also tighter. Although I have to say that some of the older patterns are beginning to look quite good to me. I used a pattern called Héla that available free on the internet, but I adapted it to suit my needs. I made the sweater longer and changed the rib to a proper rib and I added a steek. That was new to me. I found really good instructions for that at the excellent See Eunny knit website.
I made the pattern myself. It's just flowers and hearts and something. I wanted to make it girly because I thought it suited the colours. The sweaters are usually made from naturally coloured wool, so this is a nice change. I really enjoyed dying from Rhubarb root. I got very nice colours and there is something really soft and gentle about the colours that is completely different from synthetics. I also loved to be able to knit with colours that I made myself.
I know my husband wants a sweater so I may start to knit him one soon. His will not be girly at all and I don't think I'll use my natural dyed wool for his sweater. It'll be quite traditional with natural sheep colours. I know that he wants a light background colour and probably brown tones rather than gray. Now I just need to find a nice pattern. Since his is going to be in the round it'll take much less time. I should we able to finish it in one week.
I like to have something to knit or crochet although I only do it sporadically. I have been crocheting a pattern for a hat from the 40's and am looking forward to putting that together. I love 40's hats. I bought one in a charity shop that I absolutely love. It's black and I use it when I go to funerals. I used to wear hats all the time in the early 90's, but I guess that went out of fashion. The one I'm crocheting now, I'm doing it in a shiny red yarn and it could look good. Or just terribly silly.