Sunday, 27 May 2012

Hello Heilo

Time to catch up with the blog posts :) Being a great fan of Arne & Carlos' knits especially their Norwegian Julekuler I decided that if something you really enjoy doing is worth doing it well. For that reason I decided to look for some true Norwegian yarn for my knitted Christmas balls. Just imagine - Norwegian woolly balls made from 100% true Norwegian yarn - that is something a real knitter would look forward to! Heilo of Dale Garn is a standard Norwegian wool, 100% natural, 4 ply and recommended in the book by Arne and Carlos.
Generally Heilo is virtually impossible to buy in the UK and I was forced to look in some other web places outside the British Isles. Good, old America has come to help. Not so long ago I ordered my first batch of Heilo wool from Kidsknits and when the parcel had arrived I was delighted with the quality of that wool so now I can finally say "Hello Heilo" :)



By the look it doesn't really look that much different from an acrylic yarn (acrylic yarn is mandmade) however you do feel the difference in the smootheness and quality once you get that wool on your knitting needles. It must be those natural oils preserved in Heilo wool that make knitting so smooth. Making stitches has become a pleasure now :) The texture, the gauge, the weave is so nice and pleasant to work that I have a feeling that from now on I'm gonna be a big Dale Garn fan.


No point in wasting time! Let's get down to knitting with some Heilo! :) Tricoloured balls this time. Madness with all that yarn tangling!



Some new julekuler "skins" have started to show up :) In some I've also used a metalic yarn from Anchor :) it's a bit fiddly job but manageable.





Been working intesively on a bunch of triple coloured woolly balls. The results to be revealed soon!
Time to head over to Hand-made Monday. Check it out guys!

14 comments:

  1. I admire anyone who knits with 1 ball of wool, let alone 3!! It's lovely to see your passion for the yarn, makes the end result even more rewarding. They look great, well done.

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  2. The triple coloured woolly balls sound great - look forward to seeing them. The Heilonwool looks really rich. Hope you have a good week

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  3. They look amazing. Is the lion wool wire? Where did you source it? I got tangled using one ball today so can only imagine what a mess I would get into with 3!

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  4. Your knitting never fails to amaze me - so gorgeous. How do you knit in hot weather though? Phew, makes me warm just thinking about it!

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  5. Gosh that wool is so lovely looking. I think that pattern would look great in a jumper as well!

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  6. So pretty, the green is such a lovely colour. I can't wait to see all of them all together!

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  7. Very pretty! I would love to try making these. x

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  8. Gosh, they look brilliant, very intricate. I love the colours and the anchor yarn fits in perfectly.

    Jan x

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  9. I love the colours and the patterns :-) x

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  10. Reading this post has really made me want to continue learning to knit! I should really get back to doing it :)

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  11. Ohhhhh I so wish I could knit....they looks sooooo good!! xx

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  12. Wow - that looks like proper knitting! I can only work with pure wool - I hate the feel of acrylic yarn. Have you heard of Drops wools from Norway? We have a local shop that stocks them - DK and 4-ply - they're very reasonable at £2 a ball. I think the Drops site does mail order through a UK supplier too.

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  13. Thanks for that. I want to knit the balls too and can't find the wool here.

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