Finished: Catfish

Something unexpected was waiting for me on the couch this morning:

It’s a catfish!
I made it in a day and a half, right after the rug rolled of the needles. I cannot explain why.

It’s pattern Catfish by Karen Null.
In 82 grams of handspun Falkland, on needles 6,5 mm. 74 meteres/80 yards used. I didn’t knit very tight although that’s preferred for toys.

I made the body a bit longer and stuffed it really tight. Because I wanted to use up all the handspun and I want to use this as a little head pillow when I take my horizontal rests on the couch. I tested it loading up this pictures and at one time I was looking around and thought: “Hang on, where did I put it?”
It is that good of a pillow!

I have no idea why I started this.
One moment I’m finishing up the rug and looking forward to starting a second one. The next moment I’m looking for yarn to knit a toy cat with. Maybe because today a Knit-A-Long (KAL) starts for a funny little cat: The Nursery Cat by Sara Elizabeth Kellner:

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I feel like joining a KAL, to participate and have fun in a group online. A good beginning of this new month, which has some stressors for me.

So I started looking for yarn and I found this handspun. It was still in the shape of half a hat but that hasn’t stopped me from knitting with it before and didn’t stop me this time either. Half knitted projects are just an alternative way of storing skeins. It’s the yarn’s way of telling you that it wouldn’t mind being something else.

Anyway. Found this handspun:


Falkland in a big round two ply.

but the Cat KAL doesn’t start till today. And the thickness/meterage is not good for the Nursery Cat, it would not use up much of this yarn. Nor will it work for its companion: the Parlour Cat. It won’t have enough meters and I didn’t feel like recalculating the pattern. I just wanted to knit on my day off.

Parlour Cat looks so nice and round that it did put the idea of a headpillow in my head:

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So I knitted Catfish. And have used him as a pillow already. And he doesn’t mind one bit.

Today the KAL starts. I have no yarn for Nursery Cat. Am thinking of spinning some. Although I’m also starting prepping and spinning for the rug for this couch in the cabin. But that’s ok, I’ve got more than one spinning wheel. **kucheucheseventobepreciseuche*
But what will I knit during my breaks from spinning?

Finished: Mixed Wave Rug

One day back in the cabin, two evenings of knitting and here it is:

Night photo, unblocked, with cat. But finished!

675 grams heavy!
2 m long (I think) and 40 cm wide before blocking.

Let’s see how the weather is tomorrow because I’m not blocking this thing if it can’t dry outside. This was fun! I like it a lot. I’m already looking forward to spinning and knitting it’s sister for the couch at the cabin.

Mixed Wave Rug

Inspired by my coffee table I started a Mixed Wave rug last week when I arrived in the city:

Pattern Mixed Wave Cowl by Sybil R. Needles 10 mm.
I’ve been knitting on it on and off about every evening.

Today I leave for the cabin again and it’s neeeearly finished:

Look at those small balls of yarn! It’s still a bit lumpy, before blocking. And is that an u nfinished squirrel cushion cover? It might be. Time in the city seems to flow by fast.

I still need to knit slow because my shoulder still hurts when I knit too much.
(I know, I know, I should go see a doctor about it. But I’ve been busy with other health stuff and frankly, it’s just not a priority.)

(Maybe next time I’m in the city.)

(Although I’ve got to confess: I’ve been wearing my Stranded Owls pullover in the city and it makes me want to knit all those stranded projects I’ve been planning. Badly!)

(Nonono. We’re making this rug first. We are going to finish it too! Then we’re making another rug for the cabin. In nice Autumn colours. Got the fleece washed and dyed and ready for prepping. That’s what we’re going to do when we get back to the cabin today. We’re finishing this rug and prepping fibre for the next one. That’s what we’re going to do.)

(It helps to speak in multiples of “me”, it makes me think I’ve got secret helpers helping me with the yarny things. Or maybe “we” = “me and the cat”? The cats support many yarny things.)

Here, have another look at the living room.
Squirrel! Lumpy! Small balls! Fun cat mug!

It looks like it’s coming together right?
That yellow crocheted blanket is in nice dirt repelling acrylic and it prevents the cat from clawing at the designer’s couch underneath. The blanket came with the cabin. It was sold with all its ’70s and ’80s furnishings and tidbits still in it. And a typical ’90s brainbarfed idea of fake grass carpet in the living room. Which was the first thing we threw out.

The cat mug is Simon’s cat, bought at Simon’s cat webshop

About that lump in the rug… it’s a cat approved:

Weird wool wednesday: dare to wear! Shop bought wools.

Today I got some shop bought wools: a knitted bolero and a woven scarf. The bolero is knitted cotton, the scarf is woven merino/silk, with a print printed on top it.

Gifts from a non-knitter who was very daring, picking these out and giving them to a knitter!

She chose very well. Both items are well within my colour palette. The blue is the kind of blue I cannot make myself knit. And the scarf has the kind of print I wouldn’t dare to buy for myself. But getting them as a gift works wonderful. I’ve been wearing them both all day. Thanks mum!

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Wearing shop bought knitting and a shop bought shawl doesn’t make me feel weird at all. I would have expected to feel betrayal or feel guilt because “I can make this myself”. But I can’t make this myself. And I wouldn’t if I could. It’s just too much work. And it’s grey blue! I don’t knit dull blue.

Oh how this grey blue works for me. I feel good wearing this.

Finished: Me and You shawl from Fiddleknits

At the party I received the two toned shawl a friend knit for me. The pattern is Me and You…and you and me from Fiddleknits. We’ve talked about it before on the blog. 

The shawl turned out marvelous!

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Such pretty details! Such excellent knitting!
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And look at how the colours work together:
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I’m amazed at how the two yarns work together. They’re both singles, one merino (that only broke once), the other silk. The silk is pretty IN YOUR EYES with the bright yellow and green. But combined with the blue merino and the small stripes in the pattern the eye watering colours resulted in a happy, not-shouty-at-all, shawl.

The diamond details show off so well against the small stripes.
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I’ve said before I don’t like small stripes. But in this shawl I love them! They form a well thought out backdrop for the slipped stitches. And again, they tone down the Bright Silk without dampening the freshness of the colour. Fresh colours suit my face, I’m told.

(We can’t verify in the pictures, I managed to look extremely derpy on the portraits with this shawl so… here’s the back:)

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I’m in love with this shawl! It’s very light, only about 82 grams for a size large. Still warm and happy colours, excellent for August! (And May, June, July and any indoor knitters’ party)

I’m so grateful my friend knit this for me!
This friend has a way of knitting that’s close to my heart: she only knits when she’s in a good mood. She’s convinced emotions get knit into the stitches and she won’t burden anybody with less then positive stitches. I think that’s great! And it sure elevates this shawl to a higher plane for me, me being a sensitive sap.

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Wool party yesterday was a ball

We had a lovely wool party!

It was a lovely location, in an old heritage setting. With lots of friendly animals. We only had to retreat once into the coffee shed when rain came. Otherwise it was glorious sunshine and lovely people. We had two tables full of cakes and cookies and berries and watermelon and we stuffed ourselves!

I forgot to take pictures. I’m not a big fan of posting pictures from other people on the internet anyway. I thought about drawing you some impressions but I’ve spend today drinking tea on the couch or surfing the internet while resting on the bed. And eating residual cake. If I’m going to draw anything today it will be cats, not knitters.

Then came these pictures in my mailbox. Sneakily taken by a darling knitter friend who has a great eye and great timing. It won’t show too many other people and it does give you an idea how much fun I had yesterday. It was grand!

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Finished: cushion cover.

This is how the foot cushion cover turned out. Diagonal stripes (but not too many) and surface crochet.

Inspiration was the colour palette picture I’ve been using all along and the shapes on our coffee table:

Our coffee table is made with heavily glazed tiles. I found it at some vintage shop a few years back and really liked the swirls. Tiled tabled were a big thing in the ’60s I think? Do you know of these types of tables outside Europe? I really like the individuality of it, how you can imagine the artists’ hand, drawing the lines. And I love heavy glazing!

Please note cushion on the floor, felted slippers on feet, foxy skirt and handspun sweater. I’m right at home!

The cushion cover does still need a canvas on the underside. But it’s already in function around my couch of perpetual Only-Needs-A-Little-Finishing-projects. There’s my Karma blanket. And my cross stitches cushion cover. (I should have brought my Peabody Sweater!)

All these woolies that are not finished but already in use: I’m right at home!

Oh, look, another glazed tiled table. This one I also found at the vintage shop some years back. I fell hard for the bold blues and big blobs of glazing. It has a name scribbled on it. At first I thought someone had written on it with permanent marker. I’ve actually spend some time trying to scrub it off… but then I googled the name and found the guy is not particularly known for his permanent marker tagging…

Or actually, it may be a gal: Juliette Belarti.

Or is it the pen name of Julien de Covemaeker? I might be. But miss Belarti using her own name seems a more likely reality.

Either way, Plastic Time Kitty gives me a well deserved look of disapproval for trying to destroy a piece of art. Luckily I like my art to be functional and made out of well wearing materials such as ceramics, silk, glass, wood, shell, metal and wool.

Weird Wool Wednesday: this is how we party

Next Saturday there will be another outdoor knitters’ party. A woolly picknick. You’re all invited!

We’ll meet up near the petting zoo in the gardens of Geldrop castle, anywhen between 11 and half past 4. Just bring a chair and something small to eat. And your wool occupation of choice.

I’m bringing my spinning wheel. And cake!

The location is very close to the station, I’m thinking of taking the train.

Might as well insert some hashtags into people’s lives:

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Modular cape

the POP-blanket circles weren’t working for me. First it took me a good while to actually make circles. Weirdly long. I did not understand the principle behind it and thusly had to follow the pattern exactly and that’s when things kept going wrong. Mainly because I cannot count.

Once I managed to make circles I noticed the original pattern yielded too small a circle. It was only 8 cm wide (3 inches) and it would take forever to make enough circles to knit through the 200 grams of yarn I have.

I spend a day and a night looking at other modular patterns.

Also, I looked at some of the projects of the POP-blanket and came to the conclusion I would not like circles with squares in all different colours. The strength of the pattern lies in a family of colours for the background. Or just one colour. Not all kinds of colours.

—— lost the rest of the post. I’m sorry, you’ll have to look at the pictures and write a story in your own head. I’ll be back to rewrite the original but not today, I’m beat.—–

Dying for colour

I’ve been dyeing fleeces for the last few days.

It all started with washing fleeces and once that wool is wet and you’re using your centrifuge… it’s a small step to add some colour.


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I’m purposely dyeing not full saturated colours. The blue is Landscape Dye Apollo Bay, on fine Shetland in various colours. The green is the same blue dye mixed with some Ashford (lemon) yellow. It’s on a not-so-fine Dutch breed, probably Texelaar.

The orange is Jacquard Dye, in a premixed colour from Stof tot verven. It’s on my spotted organic sheep. It’s also a non-felting fleece. Mix of Hollands Bont and Jacobsheep.

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