weird wool wednesday: my green thumb

dit my green dumb:

(dat my woolly pincushion)

Dis my green dyed yarn:

Dat my cat saying time for sewing is over:

Time to pet!

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Snowdrops in Summer? Stranded 🍄🍄🍄!

This is were I’ve been sitting the past couple of days, designing the stranded Art Nouveau snowdrop vest for my mushroom dyed yarns:

I’ve divided the yarns in lightest and darkest yarns. The vest will have a light background with a vertical design in dark. It will not be like fair isle where you have horizontal stripes and sequences, it will be more Art Nouveau Jugendstil:
 my chart sketch in Stitchfiddle

I’ve been designing both on Stitch Fiddle.com, the free charting site for knitting and embroidery, and in Photoshop and on paper:

Here you see some sketches for the vertical design. Under the cat’s chin is a stylised design that will break up the strands of three free flowing guirlandes with snow drop flowers:
 sketch in Photoshop for easy cut, transform and paste.

The stylised collomns will be at Centre Front, Centre Back and the sideseams. At the sideseams I can incorporate the waist and bust shaping.

For the past hour I’ve been casting on 236 stitches, for 2 x 2 ribbing. The body will be knitted over 260 stitches. My gauge will be somewhere between 26 and 30 stitches per 10 cm (=4″), depending on how relaxed I am.

I cast on using German Twisted Cast On. After each 50 stitches casted on I’d like to put in a marker so I don’t have to recount them countless times. Cat inspection is necessary:

I can’t believe this is the only crab hand marker I could find!

All others are in WIPs. I have tons of markers with a ring or loop and now all I want is crab hands and I don’t have any. Except the green nature loving queens’ crown. Typical.

Weird Wool Wednesday: the little things (aka Girl Fortification Floofs)

I did it! I baked a far breton that was edible:
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I put it on one of my nice, vintage cake platters. Just to please myself 🙂

Lillepoes was very pleased with herself today. She managed to express her wish to me to go on safari in the little shed. And I complied! A story in pictures:
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cat gets human to do her bidding. Birmancat gets human to do her bidding. Birman

I closed the door and left her there for about ten minutes. In the dark. She likes to explore and climb on top of things in the dark. But today there were not enough mystery boxes and high things. Just a couple of cushions. When I opened the door again I got complaints:
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cat gets human to do her bidding. Birmancat gets human to do her bidding. Birman

We end the story with a cleanly finished off bowl full of Fancy Old Cat Fortification Food and a back paw stretch that predicts a wash and a nice long nap:
cat gets human to do her bidding. Birman

While Lillepoes snored on the couch I did a little more sewing. This is my sewing corner in the cabin. It’s surrounded by friendliness and loveliness:
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This is where I put my waste threads and such:
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It’s a sheepy magnet.

I wore these pins today, just to make myself giggle:
cat gets human to do her bidding. Birman

And these handspun socks:
cat gets human to do her bidding. Birman
Fancy Old Girl Fortification Floofs.

In the afternoon we were to drive back to the city. Before that I had a little walk around the property. Just say hello/goodbye to all the trees and animals. In the back, in the little patch of forest, I filled the little pond with some extra water. It has been extraordinarily dry the past couple of weeks and the water level was getting too low for all the tadpoles that live there:
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A little walk in our meadow. No horseflies, no mosquitoes.
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Now I’m back in the city. Lillepoes complained all the way here.
Now she’s sleeping on my husbands lap (he’s always so warm, the cats love him).

I just had a little bike ride into the centre and got some buttons for my monkey blouse:
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Now I’ll go set up my sewing corner here and maybe do a little sewing. I’ll see about arranging some nice and lovely things around my sewing spot here too. At the cabin it was more important to me than I had imagined so I’d like some here too.

Weird Wool Wednesday: throw cookies at dragons when they misbehave.

I met a dragon yesterday!
dragon castle Heeswijk the Netherlands

I was on a solo outing to enjoy the Summer weather. I had some tea and cookies at Castle Heeswijk:
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I also met a bit of timber:
kasteel Heeswijk paaltje
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Aiie!
The drivers door got jammed, I had to crawl in through the passenger’s door. Have I mentioned I have bursitis in both hips? These antics are not welcome.

At home the dragon on my sock got all huffy and messed up its stitch count. Lillepoes roared in disapproval.

And then lead by example: always ignore tantrum dragons.


(Does anybody else’s cat show affection and communication by stretching a hind leg? Lillepoes does.)

Today I brought the car to a garage run by and for women. It was a pleasant experience.
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My cat fabric WIP bag matched the decor. There was tea and cookies! They fixed the door and the paint while I waited for a very reasonable price. Vakgarage The Ladies of Hurkmans

I haven’t looked at the sock today. But I did sew a shirt at sewing lessons in cat fabric with a fish shaped pocket:
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Ofcourse. Cat-help needed when taking pictures.

A fun pocket on my cat shirt:
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I also thought of sewing a little fish and attach it to the sleeve. A little snack/ companion:
cat help catfabric fabric sewing I will redo it in handsewing, this is not neat enough.

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Yes, thank you. Buzz off.

Omg, where there’s one there’s bound to be another:
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More inspection needed ofcourse. Sigh.
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They don’t like each other much, can you tell? Lillepoes is intimidated by Poekie and Poekie is annoyed because Lillepoes does not speak proper cat. And tortitude, obviously.

Well that’s all the time I have for photo’s today.  There’s half an hour left in the day before bed, I’ll go wrangle that sock dragon. I’m ready to frog 6 rounds and I have something to sweeten that pain:
cat help catfabric fabric sewing

For purling sake!
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LATER:

Well, this is where we ended up this last half hour of Weird Wool Wednesday. Shedding on my fabric, making my hips hurt, not knitting a dragon. But what a sweet face she has:
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So happy. 🙂 We hadn’t seen each other properly all day. And now we have .

Sleep well!

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:

Weird Wool Wednesday: knitter cat lady lap

This my lap today:

That hat is coming along great! I don’t understand the magic shaping that’s involved but the pattern is so well written and the self striping yarn looks great:

It’s hat Langfield by Martina Behm and yarn Het Wolbeest January Cat Sock Month colourway Otto and Floki’s Collar. I’m having a blast! Great pattern, great yarn, great company:

sorry your highness.

Advent Wool Bliss

This is how my daily 30 minutes of Advent spinning looks like:
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Prepping and spinning beautiful Saxon Merino for example. I’ve spun two skeins now:

Sigh…:

First snow on the roofs today!

Remember how I always call our new car the red bauble? Oh, I’m not sure you know actually…. Well my husband got himself a new car a couple of years back. A NEW one, instead of the used ones we usually have. It’s shiny, it’s red and he still smiles every time he drives it.
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(Also he hacked it. Inserted a camera in the back and adjusted the dashboard graphics and swapped the CDplayer for a USB thingie and got a 3Dprinted front for it.)
Anyway, I call it the x-mas bauble.

For Sinterklaas I got a bauble of my own:
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I don’t have the energy to decorate the tree this year. But it decorates itself! Wolbeest Advent Calendar and gifts from Wolop:
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Under the tree, next to my knitting chair, is my little table for tea and knitting. On it: Wolop’s Plant Dyed Advent Calendar!

Such gorgeous shades.

Look who are getting a bit older these days:
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Both still cuddly:
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