Finished Indigo socks. And it was a snowman!

I changed the direction of the leaves in the cuff:

There’s a neat little leaf in the cuff, adding to the decreases there:

It’s my own addition. Just like how I changed the heel flap:

I used 85 grams of Wolop Basis Sok plantaardig, handdyed indigo sock yarn. Mock cable. Only twisted stitches on the cuff because they are hard on my rsi. I’d prefer the look of twisted stitches on the leg but I prefer painfree shoulders more.

And these are the gifts that were hidden in the ball of yarn. I LOVE knitting up a magic yarn ball!
magic yarn ball knitter gifts
Buttons and stitch markers and a seam ripping tool for sewing (much appreciated) and a cat shaped pinch thingy annnnnd indeed a snowman! Thank you Lieneke!! 😘 You have given me Sinterklaas in the middle of Summer!

magic yarn ball knitter gifts
The packaging was neat too. Little bags with polkadots and owl tape 🙂

Look at the owls! They have opinions, I think:
magic yarn ball knitter gifts
And that mushroom stitchmarker haha! I gave these mushroom beads to Lieneke for our first Sinterklaas because she loves mushroom (just not for dinner thanks). And she has the skills to make these amazing stitchmarkers (that won’t snag on your knitting for example) but I didn’t know she had and now I have one!

I freed up the owl marker before the mushroom and it’s already been in use:

On my Old Town cardigan. Yes I am dutifully knitting on my WIPs now that SockMadness is over! Nice place holders make it all the more enjoyable 🙂


Happily knitting a blue sock.

You know I don’t like to knit with blue yarn.
But I make an exception for the hand dyed indigo yarn from Wolop. This is great to knit with!

I’ve already finished one sock.

The pattern is a pattern with leaves that I’ve used for plant dyed yarns from Wolop before and I LOVE those socks. They remain beautiful and wear so well.

Woad and Red onion:

The pattern used to be Blattwerk by Stephanie van der Linden but there’s an error in the charts and I’ve changed the mock cable and the heel and other things. Also this time I’m knitting it top down.

The back:

The toe:

(I still cannot kitchener toes without them getting pointy edges. Don’t know the solution. Do you? I tried pulling the yarn through the last three stitches but that didn’t work.)

This is where I am now, about to turn the heel on the second sock:

There’s an extra incentive to knit with blue: this yarn is wound into a Magic Ball!

As I knit little presents fall out:

As part of a swap Lieneke filled it with little gifts that are are freed when I knit up the yarn. This was freed already:


Now that makes me knit with blue yarn!

This is still waiting for me:

Poke poke to get a peek peek:

Hmm. Suspicious shape… I know this shape…

Could this be…. a snow man?…. as a cookie cutter?

What do you think, Lillepoes?


Yes, definitely a cookie cutter. Knit on and make me some salmon flavoured cookies!

Knit on, human!

Finished: WolMetVerve Blattwerk Socks.

Pattern Blattwerk by Stephanie van der Linden. Modified.
Yarn: Wol met Verve Super Sock Merino. I used 80 grams in the end.

I finished the first cuff a second time.
Then I went back to the toes, took them off, and reknitted them in the Wol met Verve yarn:

I picked up all the stitches in the last row of the right yarn. Then I snipped through every stitch of the wrong yarn to release the toe. I didn’t want to spend time unpicking every stitch and saving 30 cm of yarn. The snipping and grabbing the little pieces of yarn was cathartic 😉

With these sock I somehow forgot how to “heel”. They’re not the same, left and right. The left one had to get a couple of more shortrows at the very end before I could start the leg pattern (which later turned out I positioned wrongly).

The right one had to get a whole other shortrow heel worked into it because I hadn’t round the corner enough at all. A few short rows weren’t going to solve it. I unvented a tomato wedged heel, I think. Nobody’s impressed, especially not Lillepoes who has such funny toes herself. Like she dipped them in whipped cream:

On the left one you see “the hack” I implemented when I ripped out the leg because I had knitted it over 60 st instead of 70. When I ripped back to 70 st I just started knitting again, not decreasing the gusset any more, and I knitted the rhythm of the faux rib where it should be, not where I had started it after the heel.

It changes halfway, the faux rib goes into being a one K stitch column and the previous 1 st K column transforms in a 3 st faux rib.
This is how I ended up with the appropriate number of leafs on the cuff: 7 instead of 6.

Another pair of fine socks!
In quality yarn, in a good colour for this Summer and done with stitches that do not bother my rsi. Yay!
Also: I shouldn’t worry that I haven’t got enough yarn for a pair of wrist cuffs AND socks. There’s still 11 grams of the yarn left.

Which means I can cast on for another pair of fine socks with that other quality yarn that I used to knit cuffs with, the purple grey glitter I got from Wolbeest at that funny fair Wolspektakel Kerkrade:

Toe up. Just to make sure. And to practise more “heel”. Oh well, as long as I end up with a wearable item I don’t care if it’s construction is unconventional or made up as I go along. Knitting is flexible.

Finished: Logwood Blattwerk socks

They were finished 9 days ago but I didn’t get around to taking pictures.

95 grams of plantdyed sockyarn by Wolop. “Blauwhout” in Dutch, “blue-wood”. Logwood in English. Fascinating colour! Changes from anywhere between grey and purple depending on the light.
Needles 2 mm
A modified version of the pattern Blattwerk, by Stephanie van der Linden

I’ve lost my knitting chair to the cat.
The self-evidence of it is mind boggling. Humans have no say in it.

Weird Wool Wednesday: SSS=Stupid Sock Syndrome.

Oooh! Aaah! Finished!

With spare yarn to reknit the toes.
It’s such a nice leafy pattern, Blattwerk. And the WolMetVerve colour is so nice.


On the second sock I knitted the leg over 60 stitches instead of 72 and now the leafs do not fit my heel:

It’s only been two weeks since I did this the first time:

I’m seriously suffering from SSS: Stupid Sock Syndrome!


Off to the frog pond.

Hee, talk about froggy socks:

It’s the Miyuki Bead Frog Sock in progress.

No rippin’, just chillin’.

Socks in Progress

I’ve spend the last two days in bed and had plenty of time to knit on the socks:

One sock is finished and the other is nearing the cuff detail.

The first sock had a figure 8 cast on of 2 times 14. Increasings were made every third round, +4 per incr. round. This made the toe too pointy for me:

For the second sock I did a cast on of 2 times 18 and increased 4 stitches every other round until I reached 2 times 31 stitches:


My sock doesn’t fit

I finished the first plant dyed Blattwerk sock:

I adjusted the pattern to accomodate my high instep. I topped the leafs with a double decrease. And changed all the twisted stitches into regular ones to please my shoulder impingement. I did twist them on the cuff though, to make it different from the leg:

And then:

it didn’t fit.

The leg is too tight for my heel to pass.

I don’t understand. I had the yellow socks with me all the time, studying them and copying that.
Why won’t the leg fit?

It’s because I knitted it over 60 stitches. Like I do all my legs of all my socks.

I know this leg is patterned and this usually affects the stitch number. But I assumed that the faux rib would be a bit stretchy just like the faux rib called “koffieboontje” is but it isn’t. It actually doesn’t stretch at all. On top of that I thought the combination of knits and purls would give more give so I wasn’t worried at all. Just focusing on getting the leafs beautiful and carefully knitting all those twisted stitches in the cuff.

Mind you, the pattern does specify to knit the leg over 70 st. But because I had made modifications and knew the pattern by heart and had my example socks I didn’t reread the pattern.

As usual I fitted my sock many times during the knitting, right to the top of the heel flap. From then it was a home stretch, I thought. I have skinny ankles, I can get away with a leg and cuff of 54 st. 60 will be good.

Well, it isn’t. I’m ripping everything out and wil restart from the top of the heel flap and use 70 stitches. This yarn and these socks are too beautiful not to be made into a pair of fitting socks.

The colour, when I knit with it it’s a true grey but from the corner of your eye it’s a purple grey. And under artificial light it’s purple grey for sure, as all the photo’s show.

Plant dyed yarn is a marvel.


Knitting on the sock right now. We drove to the cabin earlier today, me and Lillepoes.

One of us was protesting all the way here:

And now she refuses to come outside even though she absolutely loves it here.

She’s beaming and meowing to me through the glass door:

Cats are weird. I better go in and pet her.

500th project: mauve socks with leaves.

This morning I cast on with the plant dyed sock yarn I purchased from Wolop last Wednesday. The pattern is my take on Blattwerk by Stephanie van der Linden.

I’ve given the base of the leafs a slip-over-stitch so it has a distinctive beginning. And I’m finishing the tops with a double decrease, for the same visual clarity.

The leafs won’t be sharing stitches and I do a cable crossing to avoid decreasing a stitch that I later need as a purl framing for the textured stitches.

I’m keeping a gusset for longer than the pattern states and also won’t be decreasing it right after I turn the heel. That’s way too tight for my highish instep.

The toe was finished on the card drive to the cabin and now we’re here, amidst the green.

I have a second lettre scale. So much more sympathetic than those electric scales that are always hungry for more batteries and take long seconds to make up their mind when you switch them on: “do I want to weigh something today? Or shall I just pretend the battery died already?”

Zarte Knopse induces Spring sillyness.

Not sure what plant this is but the colour is gorgeous!
zarte knospe

A colour that I decided to match today:
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zarte knospe
Yep, the onion dyed socks in pattern Blattwerk.

But wait! There’s more!

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I’m wearing the skirt I made from a ’70s bedsheet that was left in the cabin by the previous owners.
It has an awesome pocket with a knot in it, based on this tutorial, and it’s lined with silk:

But wait! There’s more!

zarte knospe
I have my Wollmeise Spring Brioche shawl around my shoulders. Zarte Knospe and Spinaci.
Shown here in a composition called “Zarte Knospe and Sensible Shoe“.

I’m also wearing my reed dyed shirt:
zarte knospe

All the colours coordinate (maybe not according to my phone but they do in reality)

Everything is so bright and so green!

I think I was told that “ladies of a certain age” shouldn’t colour coordinate so obviously. Just like one shouldn’t wear a matching set of jewellery. That last one I was definitely told, in Autumn 2014, when I wanted a Labradorite necklace to go with my new glasses and wanted an wristband too.

The same people probably don’t approve of my sensible shoes either.

But that’s the great thing with being over 40: you don’t give one cent about what “they” say you should or shouldn’t do.

Besides, I plan to outrun the fashion police on these shoes anyway. Wearing my flashing socks and my eye watering green Zarte Knospe shawl flying in the wind.
Mouth full of bonbons.

Everything together now:
zarte knospe
Ahh. Spring.

By the way, I still don’t know what a Zarte Knospe is. Is it a black oak bud? I love the mystery so I let it continue.

All I know is that when you google images for “Zarte Knospe” you get Wollmeise, beautiful Wollmeise. Happy making yarn and projects:
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Leaving you with a spring in your step and a hole in your wallet.

Holland: socks, pie and the sky

This is as far as I got on the Madness sock before I admitted that the cuff is too tight to put the sock on easily. I would avoid this sock just because it’s a bit of a hassle to put it on.

I ripped it out on Saturday evening and started a new toe. And what a nice toe this is!

The star shaped toe from SlipStripeSpiral socks by Mylene Pijpers.
It’s basically Cat Bordhi’s toe from Personal Footprints. Here’s a video where Cat shows it:

It’s so elegant! No long tail to cast on with, fast increases by using a double yarn and a beautiful knitted centre. I’m going to use this for circular projects too. No more “co 6 st, join in the round and wrestle that porcupine”.

Easter Sunday we build a blanket fort in the cabin and piled on cats and chocolate. We spend all day watching series and it was lovely.

I knit the foot of the sock. I’m just following Janneke’s Maat Sok Basis* pattern and throwing in a leaf here and there from Blattwerk socks.

The day after Easter we drove back to the city while a storm swept over the country. I knitted in the car.

The sock saw some action on the road: a burned out BMW causing back ups all the way to Germany. The burned out vehicle is on a trailer in the middle of the picture, amongst the trees.

Even on a grey and stormy day Holland is all about the skies:
The sky gives us a place to look at and feel free without the need to move one step.

Holland is basically a flat green pancake with enormous skies above it. Church towers point to heaven and provide orientation when travelling around the pancake.

This is so typically Dutch it could be anywhere in the Netherlands:Untitled
Except in the south of the Netherlands. There they have strange things called hills… To cope with them they invented a most magnificent pie called “vlaai“:

It’s pronounced ‘fly’ with a v. It rhymes with ‘pie’.” says Siv from A World in My Oven. She also has recipes.

This is my favourite flavour of vlaai: rice pudding vlaai with whipped cream on top. It’s the real deal too! Actually from the south, from a real bakery. Approved by sock knitters.

Hey, the weather is getting better:
Bits of blue poking through. But on the horizon to the right still rains. On the left an interesting dark bit with clear skies behind it.

We’re nearing the city and the sky is getting truly magnificent!

That dark belt in front is lying right across our historical city, it was like big skeins of Wollmeise 47 Ag were draped from church tower to cathedral tower.
By then I’d dropped my phone under my seat and couldn’t take a picture but it was magnificent! The sky was purple and green and lilac amongst the warm greys and it was so heavy and nearby you felt you hade to lower your head between your shoulders for protection.

I snapped this picture when we parked the car but the real magic had blown over.

At home we settled in. Lillepoes was trying to pierce my mind:
There’s a beast lying on my spot, on my blanket. Do something!

In the evening we watched some more gruesome murdery series and at the end of the day I had finished one sock.
Pictures this morning and another mind piercing attempt:

Human, open this door. I require a survey of the back territory.
under her breath: “you are so pathetic