Sunday, January 10, 2010

Finished Object Friday on Sunday

This week, I have a legitimate, from-stash, UFO rescued item to brag about, and I'm very excited.  Introducing my Kimmett Croft Bohus Kit, purchased at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival many, many years ago. It might actually be 10 years ago. At the time, I was so excited to see Kimmett Croft for the first time. My fascination with Bohus knitting dated from from long before I'd ever heard of Poems of Color or Kimmett Croft. It went back to an article that I read in Threads Magazine, probably in the late eighties or early nineties, not too long after I really got serious about my knitting. Seeing the beautiful patterns and yarns in person was absolutely intoxicating. I must have really been broke, otherwise I'm sure I would have broken down and bought a whole Blue Shimmer sweater kit. Anyway, I started the hat immediately after purchase and with great excitement, loving the feel of the yarns and the intricacy of the pattern, then I just stalled-a classic case of other things getting in the way. 

Since then, my love of Bohus knitting has grown to a bit of an obsession. As far as I have been able to find out, Kimmett Croft is out of business, but a real live Swedish woman named Solveig Gustafsson dyes incredible reproduction yarns and works with the Bohuslans Museum as well as the venerable teacher Susanna Hansson to make kits available worldwide. So, a couple of years ago, I bought a kit for a full sweater-the Forest Darkness, (scroll down about 3/4 of the way) and I decided I had to get the hat done before I'd let myself start on the sweater. Now of course, it is my absolute favorite hat. The yarn, a lovely combo of Ramboulliet and Angora is so perfectly soft and light. I love wearing it and often leave it on even while I'm in the house because I forget I have it on.  I began winding the yarn for the sweater and it feels WONDERFUL. I can't wait to get started on the knitting.  A Bohus reproduction was the winner at MD Sheep and Wool last year and it so deserved it.  It was exquisite. I only hope mine can be made to the same amazing level of perfection. 

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