Weird Wool Wednesday: a knitter’s calendar

This is my Autumn Calendar, ticking off the days till Winter. I’ve put some appropriate baubles into it: candy stitchmarkers from TheWoollyDodo!

They are her spekkie and her Bossche Bol-markers. It so happens that I have an appointment with a Bossche Bol today. I will honour this knitter calendar!

(yes that’s a WIPbag in the back ground, it’s from ShopByLinda)


Weird Wool Wednesday: “no sweaters for you!”

That nice handspun Shetland was going to be a big comfy boxy winter sweater, with a thick cowl. Lots of wearing ease and promises of hot chocolate and hiding a cat underneath. That’s why I brought the wool with me to the cabin last week and knitted on it for hours and hours. I knitted up one big ball, attached the second one. Couldn’t find the third one.

Searched everywhere. No yarn. Must have left it in the city? My husband couldn’t find it there and he looked everywhere. O no! Did I lose it somewhere?? It could have been in the car which I took to the market and it might have tumbled out!

Can’t make more yarn… Hush hush, it’s very improbable that you lost it. Just knit on. You have enough yarn as it is anyway. Probably…

Turns out my knitting was more worried about yarn shortage than I was:

Too tight for comfort.

We returned home and straight away I saw the missing ball of yarn, on display in the middle of the room. If only my husband had grown a pair of functional eyes!

I couldn’t bring myself to frogging the sweater, undoing all those hours of knitting. And the happy memories of my time at the cabin. Perhaps I could salvage it, cut it open and knit additional pieces onto it?

My friend scoffed. “Anna! That will be at least as much work as reknitting it. Just frog it!”
Ah, the famous Dutch directness. Where well meant advice is said only once and it is up to you to take it or not.
I’m taking it. She’s right.

I’ve been getting ready to frog the past week. In that time I tried to knit on other sweaters. I wasn’t up to continuing with the purple Flower Cardigan because I still don’t know how to make a second puff sleeve. Didn’t work on Old Town cardigan because IDon’tKnowWhy. Denied all knowledge of other sweaters that may or may not live in my closet.

I worked on the mushroom dyed vest. This was happy knitting! I even had some little friends to keep me company:

And then the knitting wasn’t happy anymore:

There’s more diamonds on the left front panel than on the right front panel.

The steek in the middle is off centre?!? After all the spaghetti-wrangling I did earlier this year?!


That’s why, yesterday, I casted on for something I’ve been looking forward to for months now. A sweater that mimics the sun on snow in February:
Pattern crazy stripes tee by atelier alfa

I knitted on it all day yesterday. Trying to see the Wintersun in the colours (instead of clown confetti…. does this look like clown confetti…. I’m afraid this is clown confetti…. please don’t be clown confetti)

Will be marvelous, right?


That shoulder width is way too small. My gauge is 26 st/10 cm instead of pattern gauge of 24 st/10 cm and even though I’m knitting a size L (because it was going to be a Winter garment, to be worn over something) this doesn’t fit me, not even as a Spring garment with only underwear beneath it.

This time I’m not knitting on in the hopes it will turn out allright. I will cut the yarn and start anew. (clown confetti)(clown confetti)

I may have to have a little think about it first. Nudge the colourwork more towards the sun on sparkling snow (instead of clown confetti, clown confetti).

Which is why I cast on a sock that doesn’t require thinking:

Free Impossible Girl Socks by Madeline Gannon in Sticks & Cups Sockstravagance in a liquorice colourway.

(clown spaghetti)


Weird Wool Wednesday: bad notes, bad memory

I needed to make a decision about the end of the sleeve.
Same as the border at the bottom of the bodice?
Lace like the back panel?

While I was thinking I thought I’d get a new ball and start at the second sleeve:

Only…. I don’t remember how much stitches I picked up. I didn’t write it down! There’s nothing sensible on my Ravelry project page! I fact there’s gibberish on my page.

I made notes. I must have done. I always do. I know it’s important. Somewhere there must be a sleazy piece of paper lying around with my notes on it.

And I remember I talked about puff sleeves…. there’s a bit of puff sleeve going on here. But how?? I probably did my usual 3 stitches for every 4 rows. But what then?

I’m still not alright, I cannot concentrate and I cannot read my knitting:

oh bother!

Imma start a new sweater:

Boxy, easy, Wintery.

Out of this freshly spun, nearly half a kilo Shetland, 1065 m, worsted/aran weight. Without too much demands on my cognitive skills.

Weird Wool Wednesday: Late for Summer

skirt with pockets and godets, handdyed indigo linen. sewing

Summer’s gone and I finished my skirt from Wolop indigo dyed shibori linen today!
skirt with pockets and godets, handdyed indigo linen. sewingskirt with pockets and godets, handdyed indigo linen. sewing

It has godets for walking ease and the yoke made of that nice piece of Wokume Shibori (wood grain):
skirt with pockets and godets, handdyed indigo linen. sewing
Nice pockets too:
skirt with pockets and godets, handdyed indigo linen. sewing
I’m wearing it today, Summer linen in the rain, with knee high knitted tights. And a woolen jumper.

This one I finished yesterday:

So conveniently!

I drafted the pattern myself. Somewhere in May…
Perhaps I can tweak it to a thicker Winter fabric for a nice Winter dress?
Which will likely be finished somewhere next Spring…

Which is when my Lilac Summer Cardi will have its two sleeves finished:

The same for my Buttercup Summer top:

I’m not late, I’m planning early. Summer 2018 is looking good.

Weird Wool Wednesday: a little Karma Dragon in the house.

Joris by ZijMaaktHet gebreide knuffel draakjeJoris knitted stuffy pattern by ZijMaaktHet dragon gargoyleJoris knitted stuffy pattern by ZijMaaktHet dragon gargoyle
Pattern Joris by Annita Wilschut.

Knit by a member of the Dutch Karma Swap Group, Daphiedaph, out of what looks to be Arne & Carlos selfstriping sock yarn. She gave it to me and now it keeps me company every day. Mostly in the attic, where he oversees my efforts to draw cats on paper. Which is impossible. Cats cannot be drawn.

Sometimes Joris comes downstairs to say hi to Lillepoes:
Joris knitted stuffy pattern by ZijMaaktHet dragon gargoyleJoris knitted stuffy pattern by ZijMaaktHet dragon gargoyle

Weird Wool Wednesday: friendly pill cosy

This morning: I have a day long workshop and these pills need to be kept cool:
bottle cosy

bottle cosy

These are my favourite wristwarmers and I love the colour, it goes so well with the colour of the salted lemon-water. They will be a friendly encouragement as I go to this workshop where I don’t know anybody and we’ll be eco dyeing all day long and I’ll be weird and self conscious and if I just keep my cool and just relax and enjoy and there will even be dinner which I won’t eat and people will wonder and I will smile and wave my little bottle with the friendly pill cosy around it.

The pills are Florinef, which bolster blood pressure, and I will certainly need one extra today as it will be a hot day today and I won’t bring my day bed to have a little lie down. (I will bring my car and lie down if I have to.)

Weird Wool Wednesday: overdyeing a vest

Overdyeing those socks made me feel good! I’m good at dyeing! I’m the bestest!

So let me just go ahead and overdye that handspun vest!
From rust orange to dark steel blue:

It’s really difficult to dye an existing fabric consistently.

Those dark spots are not shadows, they are stains of darker dye.

(don’t know what to do with it yet. Overdye with an aggressive commercial dye? The vest cannot be put through the washer like is custom for those dye jobs.)

Weird Wool Wednesday: thrums

Today I celebrate my birthday and the lovely Sokkenmuis gave me this pattern as a birthday gift:

It’s I Heart Earmuffs by Faye Kennington. You’ve heard me talking about it before, enamoured as I am by the beautiful increasing and the idea of covered ears (= safety and security. Dutch word “geborgenheid” which associates to being held, physically, in a safe enclosure. “Borg” = “burcht” = castle.)

It is first time thrums for me. I may have gotten too enthousiastic about thrums…

More so at the second ear muff:

Knitting with thrums is a bit of a challenge but the pattern explains it well:


The yarn is the handspun that I made a Rikke hat from which was too tight and then I was deflated or at least my motivation was deflated. But getting this lovely pattern from Sokkenmuis made me rip out the hat right then and there and re use the yarn right away. On needles 2,75 mm.

Hmmm, knitting with handspun. HMMMM, CAKE!

Love thrums all: