February Sweater: my colours and an ewe called Stientje

February: the light outside is bright and crisp. Colours are bright and contrasts are sharp. In the skin-colour-analysis -to find out what colours make your skin look healthy- these are the colours that suit me best. I’m a February-type. A Clear Winter or Bright Winter or whatever the current name is.

Cool colours. Saturated colours. Not warm colours, no pastels, no tans.

I got a present a while ago, it was a batt in just these colours. Blues, greens, purples, pinks. From Dutch indie dyer Passe-Partout. She knows a lot about colours.

I spun it, first into one long single which I then navajo-plied into a 3-ply.

that’s 97 meters of aran-weight. Good for needles 4mm (I standard have to knit on half a mm smaller than ‘normal’ people because I am a loose knitter when it comes to gauge)

and now I’m going to knit with it. Since I still cannot do fine motorskilled work where I have to look closely upon my hands such as colourwork or fine lace I’ve opted for a simple top-down sweater, with lots of ease. A working sweater that I can just put on and wear it without thinking too much about sitting upright and presenting myself in an orderly fashion. It’ll be more the kind of sweater that invites to think about snowball fights and tree houses. Yes, the yarn will do all the talking, both with colour and with texture.

The batt had lots of texture potential since it contained silk, various wools and glitter. Using it as an eye catcher for the yoke I combine it with a white yarn that is very rustic. This yarn I spun in one of my early days as a spinner. In fact, this is the first single yarn I ever made. A finished yarn that is not plied. At the time I was very worried because unplied yarn will surely fall apart.


It doesn’t. Especially not when you use Veluws Heideschaap which is a landbreed from the Netherlands with typical long sturdy locks. These fleeces are sought after by people who like to felt rugs. They let the locks flow freely and it looks stunning.

My fleece comes from an ewe called Stientje. In fact, all ewes from the flock in Loenen are called Stientje, that makes it easier for the herder. “Come on, Stientje, walk ón!” and they all listen


SInce Stientje’s fleece is way too coarse to wear next to the skin, i.e. the part above the coloured yoke, close to my neck, I have chosen another handspun to make the border with. It is a Nordic landbreed and quite soft. It was spun by Vonneke and given to me in a swap we regularly have at the Dutch Karma Swap Group on Ravelry I mention often. Vonneke knows about my love for Norway, a country that prides itself in its native sheep breeds and does not advocate breeding of non-native sheep.

notice the lovely sheen?

about 183 m of DK weight.

Well, I’ve made the skeins into balls, time to cast on!

here’s a little update on my eyes: I am wearing new glasses now, with a cylinder in it. I am seeing sharp which is an improvement but I’m still seeing double. Tilting my head all the time trying to avoid the cylinder…

I am patiently waiting for my brain to reroute its habits of interpreting my sight signals. The eye doctor said to call in two weeks if the two pictures have not merged into one. That means my right eye has not relaxed and has not given up it’s tendency to want to control everything (do eyes resemble their owners like pets do?). She said next phase will be to just add a prism to the glass. That will give much rest, I notice I’m looking ‘surprised’ most of the time now and it’s tiring.

here’s another picture from Passe-Partout. We shared a booth at the annual national spinners convention back in October 2012. It was very hard to be close to so much fibre candy!

fibre candy by Passe-Partout

she uses two bases: Merino-silk mix or BFL-mix. Both not-superwash which is a pre in my book (superwash makes the fibre very slick and not very fun to spin. Also it is a filthy process, to make fibre superwash. Lots of chemicals. However, colours are bright on superwash wool…)


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