Expecto Draconum sock finished!

finished!

err…well, not quite yet…

I dropped a stitch. I thought I only did that in jumpers and cardigans?

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finished: Lente wristwarmers

22 grams of Wolop plant dyed yarn. Red onion skins solar dyed. I’ve been wearing them all day, otherwise I would have blocked them and they would have looked even prettier.

sparkly snow stitch markers

I just worked until I ran out of beads and thread. Now I have 38 markers and won’t need any more of these till I’m 120 years of age!

Some unused earrings were sacrificed for these, hee hee. So smart. Moonstone, vintage Chech glass.

These are simple, beginner stitchmarkers. I was taught how to make them by pattern designer and beading artist Marleen from Dutch Knitting Design. She works in a professional league when it comes to markers:




all these pictures are by DutchKnittingDesign

finished: pooling cat hat

using just 40 grams of that delicious sock yarn in colourway Loesje, handdyed by Het Wolbeest.

Blocked vigourisly. Sewes the sides together and it fit my head.

Sewed the tops closed after I put in some fleece and hey presto, cat ears.

I’ll get some better photos on Saturday, as I will be taking both my cat yarn hats to a knitters’ party at Het Wolbeest.

finished: Ravenclaw knee socks!


Everything from the one Wolop skein! 100 grams of self striping yarn and a 20 grams mini for toes, heels and cuffs. There’s about 9 grams left of the mini. Done on needles 2 mm.


On the left shin you see where I casted on with Tillybuddy’s cast on. I knit the sock downwards and then picked up stitches to knit upwards. It’s not very neat. Lesson learned. Better have a real provisional cast on if you work with smooth, round plied yarn such as this quality sock yarn.

On the right sock I undid the cuff of the regular length sock I had knit, basically I knitted upwards from live stitches. Much prettier.

This was a delight to knit. And I say this as someone who does not like to knit stripes nor knit with blue yarn! This is such nice yarn and balled up in such a pleasant way:

with a colour change for every direction.

Wolop is into all kinds of Harry Potter! She just released installment two of her monthly Harry Potter sock club.

This will be next month:

I you feel brave you can send her an email at info@wolop.nl

Finished: glitter cuffs


Handdyed soft fingering yarn with silver angelina. Each pair takes about 20 grams of yarn.

The colour is magnificent! Handdyed by Wolop and given to me for Sinterklaas. They were x-mas baubles. They’ve hung in the Wolop Advent Garland and now I’ve knitted them into cuffs.

This time of year the sun regains its strength and the air can be so crisp and clear. No longer appropriate are the dark greens and reds and golds of December. This is the time of clear skies and sun glittering on snow. I also think of mountains and quarts and I wear my rings to celebrate:

These feelings are combined with the wish to celebrate wintergreen trees. So my x-mas tree is still up, converted to the colours of quarts and snow and mountain streams. I’m spinning white under it whenever I can. It smells so nice! Celebrating wood creatures too.

ALERT: life philosophy ahead!
Not particular funny either but perhaps of interest? It’s something that is part of my daily life at the moment.

(I do feel burdened because while I celebrate trees I’m watching this tree dying in my house. It’s such a ridiculous industry anyway, the x-mas tree industry. So wasteful, so phoney. Also, woodland creatures are quickly disappearing in my country due to overpopulation with humans and their narrow minded ideas of economic progress.

I counter these feelings by living in the moment. By noticing and celebrating the small things. By resigning myself to what life actually is and by resigning myself to the era I’ve been born in, with its characteristics that I cannot alter. We are in the process of overpopulation and we can see how our future living environment will look like by looking at dense populated areas in Asia. These people live, these people laugh. It’s not a drama.

Yes, things will disappear from our lives. Things, habits, knowledge, experience, animals. It has always been happening. Who now knows the once common knowledge and skills of making fire with the tinder box? How part of common life it was to travel by moon light? How everybody knew the classics like Greek drama’s and opera’s and they were the memes and cultural vessels of the day? All these things have gone. The only difference is that now we are with many, many humans and we are devouring our surroundings. But it’s not that different, really.
The loss will happen slowly. It is a shame. But it is not a drama. I should not perceive it as a drama. Perception is faulty anyway. Always biased.

Besides, I can live in my head. I can travel to the mountains, wade through the snow, be a mountain spirit, in my mind. A little thing like a ring or glittery cuffs is a reminder of this freedom.)

finished: tuxedo cat hat!

Amazing pattern! For all weights and gauges.

I used 60 grams of sock yarn and, because I like a double brim over my ears, knitted until part 1 of the pattern was very long.

The hat is far more sophisticated than I can show you here, on these “charming cabin” pictures. Even my husband said it’s a chique city hat.

Now I want to use the same technique for a pair of matching self striping wrist warmers. Quickly, before the next installment comes from Wolbeest January Cat Sock Yarn Club.

Finished: bouclé yoke sweater


A nice sweater!

Warm, not too heavy. Only weighs 400 grams. Sympathetic yarn, both the Irish Donegal yarn and the handspun bouclé, with the nice memories of the Tour de Fleece and the Dutch Wool Diva batts that I used.

And it wears so comfortable!

But when I’m reaaaaaally comfortabel….. strange things start to happen:

This is me, in my sweat pants. I don’t think I’ve had sweatpants before…. this is my first time wearing them this century anyway, I’m sure.
Man they are comfortable!

The sweater is comfortable too.
Only strange things happen here too. It rides up.  And when that happens….the handspun yoke…. it bulges.

I look ridiculous. Comfortable and ridiculous. And sparkly.
Please don’t ring my doorbell, I won’t be coming to the door like this.

Comfortable and sparkly! Snug too. Me and the cat, in our knitting chair. Cup of tea. Batch of brownies (still can’t make them properly. First they were too cakey, now they are too eggy. Third time a charm?)

It’s a good thing this project is finished. Now I am ready for the Wolbeest cat sock yarn that is due to arrive tomorrow! And I got to do some drawing:

“I sparkle on the inside!”

(in this sketch I was exploring the inking style of illustrator Scottie Young. Amazing artist.)