knitters’ party: petting cats and wool

Yesterday I attended a knitters’ party where we were invited to pet Abyssinian cats:

How active this breed is! They want to know everything and they want to cuddle all the time. Lovely!

We had a lot of wool and a lot of chocolate and a lot of laughs:

One of the friends there loves to knit shawls but finds she only has one neck on which to wear them. This one was in need of a new neck and I offered mine. It’s made out of several quality yarns in fingering weight and the colours are amazingly fitting for me.
I’ve been wearing it constantly since the moment I tried it on.


The pattern is Follow your Arrow 2 by Ysolda Teague.

Everybody was wearing such great clothes and knitting with such great colours! It was a delight to sit amongst.


That was a real excellent thing about this knitters’ party I only realized on the way back: everybody had dressed up for this fun meet and everybody celebrated each others efforts. We noticed across the room how well a shawl coordinated with a pullover. We saw how well shaped and constructed a cardigan is. We commented on how a colour suits a knitter. We noticed how happy someone was with her glasses, her tunic or her hair.

It was such a relief not to be judged for bodyshape or fragile health or poor hair or weird fit of a dress you’ve just made. I’m sure these things do get noticed amongst attentive people but it doesn’t seem to linger in the minds of quality people.
Compliments do.
Linger. 🙂

Have a look at this comic: Lunarbaboon on superpowers.
People who compliment others wield superpowers!

Abyssinian cats have superpowers of their own. This one’s a real sweetheart!

Here’s another shawl that I adopted from a friend . This one is handspun Polwarth, a very soft breed of sheep. Great colours! She found she doesn’t wear it and I know I will.
These darker colours suit me so fine. I have contrast in the colours of my face and these bring them out.

Having so much thoughts about contrast and colours yesterday and surrounded by so many quality yarns I may have offered to adopt some other woollies too …

This is a skein of Wollmeise Lace Garn in colour Arlene that went home with me. 1591 m of light fingering weight, enough for a cardigan (with either long sleeves or cabling, not both)

The colour is Arlene. A blueish purple going to dark brown. A bit more contrast than the green handspun shawl but how marvellous will this be in a cardigan with a lighter accent near my face?! (either a shirt or a shawl. It can be in a mid-tone colour or in a pearl light white for maximum contrast. I’ll look so beautiful!)

Contrast near the face:

Let me show you some photo’s of the colour analysis I did two years ago (with knitter friends!).
The first picture shows how hard contrast (black/white) brings out more tones in my face such as bags under my eyes, blotchy cheeks and a green greyish upper lip (?!).

In the second picture I expertly photoshopped in some less contrasting colours and my face looks more evenly coloured. You probably rest your eyes now more on my eyes instead of your eyes darting from my eyes to my nose to my upper lip to my eye brow to my eyes. My cheeks look less blotchy. (However, we still now how I’d look with a moustache…)

This second series shows me again with good contrast in the second picture and too harsh a contrast in the first. Is the same thing happening again? I’m not sure. My eyes pop nicely in the first picture, I thought. But perhaps the right one is more harmonious? I don’t know, I’m now too distracted by the career I could’ve had as a cowboy in a western movie, sporting a droopy moustache.


Anyway. I’ve learned about contrast during that colour analysis and that it does something for me. So this is what I aim for in all my clothes now: some sort of contrast between the big plane and the detail around the face. Not too harsh a contrast. Not too mild either, I’ve seen how dull my face looks in those. One of my friends has less contrast in her face (and eyes and hair) and looks marvellous is subdued contrasts. Except for small gleamy dark buttons. She should wear them because she has a small dark edge in her brown iris and a little speck of dark in her garment makes that edge sparkle.
As I grow older my hair will become more grey and thusly present less contrast. I will probably lessen the contrast in my garments then. However, my grandmother had dark eye brows with grey hair and could still sport good contrast. And my eyes will always be bright blue. We’ll see.
For now I’m a type in between Winter Type and Summer Type. With grey hair I’ll go more to the Summer type.

So a contrast that is the same as the contrast that occurs naturally in my face is best. That means a combination of a dark colour with a bright one. Or a dark colour with a light one. Or an intense colour with a light one.

Which narrows the options I have for the cardigan I’ll be knitting with this colour:

This is Wollmeise Twin in colour Mäuseschwänzchen. 3 skeins of 150 grams each will give 1400 m of fingering yarn. That’s enough for another cardi without long sleeves ànd button band.
But this one will always want a very light accent near my face.

A good reason to knit some lacy shawl in pearly white silk. With beads perhaps?
(A dark or intense shawl on top of this cardigan would reverse the contrast sequence and would make me look slightly odd. It would be: light (cardi), dark (shawl), light (face), dark (hair). You won’t know what’s the reason but I will just look ok-ish. Where I to wear a very light shawl you’d know I look better! It’s because then the cardi and my hair would frame my face (and shawl).)

The last cardigan yarn I took home is some “pimpelpaars”:

3 skeins of Wollmeise DK in colour Fliederbusch.
Again enough for a cardigan, this time with long sleeves and cables and button bands, if I so please.

This is an amazing colour!
I’ve had it before but I didn’t dare to knit with it. It’s so bright!
But this year I feel confident enough that this will suit me. That I’m vibrant enough myself to be happy wearing this.
I’ve already been wetting my appetite by using this colour in my Rockefeller shawl. And we match!

Another addition to the stash:

Malabrigo Sock Yarn in the colour Archangel. Named for a Dutch shop owner of a yarnshop in Groningen called Wolhemel. They’ve retired now but this colour way has always made my heart flutter.
When my friend Meilindis made a lovely shawl out of it the deal was sealed: I needed to get a skein of this myself. Just for collector purposes, you understand.
It proved to be a bit of a search because the dye baths vary very much on this one. Some skeins have bright orange or even bright yellow. But this seller showed the skein online and understood what I wanted and chose the best one to fit my desires. And boy does it!
It’s so soft… and so many colours. The photo’s do not do it justice.

My skein does have some orange and yellow in it. But also lovely fading purple and reds.

The last thing I talked into my bag yesterday is this spinning fibre:

Hedgehog Corriedale fibre in a moody dark colourway.
I don’t particularly like spinning dark wool, just as I don’t like to spin monocoloured wool, but I’ve been wanting to try out Hedgehog fibres for ages now. It’s an Ireland based company and I’ve been too scared to order over the internet because it’s one of those companies where you have to decide quickly and based on photo’s alone. With high end prices. Very much like Posh Yarn and Wollmeise.
I’m no good with that kind of thing. I need to see the fibre or wool myself. See the colours. Touch the wool.

Corriedale is not very soft, for example. I wouldn’t want to wear this around my neck. Which is ok because it’s too dark anyway 😉
But a set of leg warmers, to wear with my new Wollmeise Arlene brownpurple cardigan? yes please 🙂
Or wristwarmers. I can always do with more wristwarmers.

Well. This gives some idea of my wonderful day yesterday. This party was the one thing on my calendar this season that was set in stone and I did well. I haven’t cried from too much impulses, I didn’t need to lie down and my stomach hasn’t ached. I’ve only been happy and content and covered in cat hair.

This Abyssinian cat thinks: “I’m happy and covered in cat hair too!“:

And then he realizes this is just the way things should be and everything is beauty again:


A big thank you to all the lovely ladies and the three cat-gentlemen that were there yesterday.


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