weird wool wednesday: a handspun chill pill

it’s only one week until I have to address the court, I am stressing! That’s why I started a pair of new mitts for organic farmer Francis. Knitting with handspun seriously relaxes.Lillepoes approves 😻

(I may have bought some funny monkey fabric to sew myself a shirt.)


Weird Wool Wednesday: Sock Madness

I wasn’t going to participate. And then this happened and now I am a cheerleader in the official 12th Sock Madness:

Sock Madness is way too much fun to let pass by. In the Dutch Sock Knitters Group there’s a lively and friendly bunch. We’re cheering on the people who knit in teams, who are racing. Cheerleaders get the patterns and can knit along.

Fee Dragee by Caoua Coffee

64 stitches, dutifully knit according to pattern. No mistakes left that I’m aware of.

This photo shows the true colour: good contrast.
It also shows some purl-mistakes in the last round of the colour work. These were fixed by laddering down to them. This in turn causes those few purl bumps to appear like they are a row too late in the top photo but they are not. I have very loose gauge. Blocking will visually fix this.

I cast on too loose on first sock and didn’t go a needle size up on the bumps even though the pattern suggested it.
Remedied in second sock (the one with the markers). Trust the pattern. The motto of the SockMadness.

SM is the only time I knit a pattern exactly as written. It’s nice to not be a smarty pants for once but just follow the lead of the designer. I might learn new things or at least do things I wouldn’t incline to.

This is a good pattern! Well written and do-able for wide range of people. And fast! Even for me who hates doing k1, p1.
I loved learning the purl bump fabric and the special ssk, which is neater than the standard one. You slip the first stitch knitwise, slip the second one purlwise and then knit them both through the back loop. It produces a flatter ssk than the regular one and it mirrors the standard k2tog.

Now I’m a cheerleader. Not racing which is good. Looking forward to waving virtual pompoms around and perhaps even draw a doodle or two to make people laugh.



the wrong kind of Norovirus but it was free so hey

I caught a bug. It was the Noro-virus. Which I thought would look like:

Norovirus by Astrid Colding Sivertsen

But it was more like:

Amigumicrobe #2 T7 Bacteriophage and Amigumicrobe #1 Cold Virus by Krista Frank

Mr. Sniffles the Cold Virus by Wendy Smalley and Enterovirus D68 by Liz Perkins

I’m on the mend now. But I still have symptoms: I want to buy two skeins of Noro and knit that self proclaimed Bohus style stranded vest. It’s free! (it’s only the colour chart though, it doesn’t explain how to knit a vest)

The joy of colours!

Norovirus by Astrid Colding Sivertsen
(I don’t see purl stitches, doesn’t Bohus always have some purl stitches?)

UPDATE Knitting instructor Lieneke from Wolop has been in touch: yes, Bohus knitting always incorporates purl stitches.

I’ve already looked in my stash, I have some Noro, but in the “wrong” colour. All warm and reds. But that other vest in the “wrong” colour makes me very happy so why not enjoy where the colours take me?

No no, I have other things on the needle!
I’ve made my first Crazy Stripe the other day, before Noro struck:

It’s so enjoyable 🙂

And I have beautiful new yarn! Mushroom yarn, excellent for stranding!

And behind me on a chair is other excellent stranding yarn, which I brought here from the cabin because I couldn’t wait for the mushroom yarn to be ready. Looking for a green nature loving Swedish inspired cardi:

The yarn is Estonian, from RareWool, the former Evilla-mill. Akin to Kauni. Patterns are Hvitveis by Lene Tøsti and Wedding Belle by Mary Scott Huff. Lena8, the Swedish kofta queen from Talamodspasen, where I enjoyed a wonderful Advent KAL, made a beautiful Wedding Belle, here’s a link to her project page on Ravelry.

O my, scrolling through her site I want to knit a stranded project so bad!

Oh. I’ve already combined the two greens from RareWool, in 2014. In a hat I never wear because it’s too scratchy on my head. Good for a sweater though. And a good sample how hard the colours are together:

Yeah…. I’m going with the softer, natural dyed colours. As soon as I beat the virus and my WIPs.

Weird Wool Wednesday: taking down the x-mas tree

First week of March. I saw A BUTTERFLY yesterday!

Perhaps it’s time to take down the x-mas tree…..

But what to do with it?

link to Riihivilla: dyeing wool with fir needles

Trees Mitten Kit - backTrees Mitten Kit - palms pics by Andrea Williams
A naturally dyed mitten kit from Finnish dyer Riihivilla. I adore these kits, I’ve made three of them and have worn my own mittens only last week.

Never do a house hold chore, always make it a wool thing.

Weird Wool Wednesday: my head is spinning

It’s the last day of February and I have done so much spinning here, over the past three months:
Unfortunately it’s been mostly in my head, the spinning.

Now the months are changing and my eye for colour is already veering away from solely in-between-time whites. There’s light green seeping in. But I haven’t finished my spinning!

The washed Saxon Merino is all flicked and ready to spin. A delight! I only need to go sit and enjoy. There’s a box of organic sheep ready for flicking. Another joy! Just go sit.

More Saxon Merino, not yet washed. I was going to wash this, at the start of December:

I did set the twist in the few skeins that I did spun, somewhere before February:

They say that you do not need to produce art to be an artist, you can be an artist in your head. I wish this to be true for a yarn spinner too.
If only those boxes of fleece would conveniently be out of sight to facilitate this illusion…

Weird Wool Wednesday: knitting has my back and then some.

So I’ve been knitting on my February Sun on Snow pullover, to celebrate the crisp light of this time of the year. The pattern is crazy stripes tee by Alfa Knits, a top down pattern. I’ve been increasing for the fronts, back and sleeve like forever because it’s knit in fingering weight on needles 2,25 mm. Rows are currently 430 stitches and rising.

I have another 28 rows to go before the stitch count of the front matches that of the back and I can close the front and start the colour stripes. I need the length too, the yoke is nowhere near long enough to close for the sleeves yet.

Just for funsies I put it on a spare needle and compared it to a comfortable wide fitting shirt:

Aargh! Way too wide! Checking the pattern: I should have 270 stitches plus some for my altered gauge. Probably around 320.


I’m not ripping back. Not with 400+ stitches in each row.

I found this out late yesterday evening and I’ve had a sleep on it and asked some people for advice. If I knit on but stop increasing in the back I will get an awkward vertical part in the armhole.

So I’m thinking to stop increases at the marker points but spread them more evenly, like a round yoke. Just abandon those neat lines. Knit on for the length, increasing at the fronts and sleeves, but at variable places. Then when it’s time to separate for the sleeves just redistribute the stitches.

Or will that be weird? Will I end up with a line on my sleeves? Knitting stretches, right?

I’ll take the rest of the day to think about this. I still have another project to knit on in the mean time:

Curse all this Goldilocks knitting.

Weird Wool Wednesday: fancy shoes

The other day I decided to wear something more fancy than my sneakers and I dug up a pair of nice shoes from the closet:

All leather, rubber sole, comfortable heel. A bit of a Harry Potter feel.

Only problem is: these shoes are my size.

Hence no room for handknit socks.

I had to wear commercial, thin socks.

Cold feet all day.

But look fancy:


Weird Wool Wednesday: Cat yarn inspections

Last weekend I brought the Wolbeest tortie cat yarn to Suus, the tortie cat from Spectre120, for approval:

She’s such an adorable, sweet cat! She likes the tortoise cat yarn.

Of course Boef, their young marmelade cat, needed to be involved too:

This is right before he claimed the yarn and tried to take it from me.

Boef, meaning “little rascal” is a young male cat. He’s about six months old, soft as kittens and such a mild mannered, well behaved youngster:

Or is he??

Here I want to photograph tortie cat yarn and Cat Ear Bag with Suus and her cat fabric cushion:

Young timid Boef just happens to be walking over…

Lalala, just an innocent coincidinky:

Oh, fancy seeing you here.

Let’s “shake hands” old girl!

Suus stands her ground.
Boef saves face by pretending to have never seen a felted fleece before.
All ends in much disapproving of today’s youth:

A bit later Boef is on time out in his room -he has a room of his own!- and Suus gets some peace and quiet on her nice pillow. Her tail is still a bit bushy and is softly tapping.

Boop! from Boef: