finished: Impossible Girl Socks and Cuffs

Impossible Girl Socks by Madeline Gannon. Deliberate ankle socks for Summer. Knit on a tight gauge (72 stitches over the foot) so they still took 65 grams of yarn. I love this speckled yarn, it’s so Raku ceramics.

Knit to celebrate 10 years of Dutch Sock Knitters Group on Ravelry.

I added some cuffs, for Winter. They used up 20 grams.
How can there have bloomed three roses over the weekend, it’s November?!

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Done with cuffs! Or am I?

I’m done knitting cuffs! This is the lot:

Nine pairs.

And one lonesome Dutch Knitting Design silver Krokus cuff hiding behind my cup of tea. It’s solo because I haven’t run into one of the many balls I know I have of this yarn. They must all be at the cabin.

These are the “spikkelcuffs”, from the miniskeins from indydyer Wol met Verve:

Such nice, round yarn. It’s 100% Merino, no nylon addition and not suitable for socks.

Each has one knitted top down (on the left) and one bottom up (the ones on the right). Done because I was afraid I’d run out of yarn. The difference shows in the top edging. I prefer the look of the ones that go top down.

There’s one handspun pair. That’s also knitted bottom up, because I wasn’t sure about the gauge:

It’s from Dutch Wool Diva sockfibre, left over from my nice handspun socks:

These ones are from one of the newly arrived Fabel sockyarn:

Which I chose for its colours. They are not so nice…. the yarn is scratchy. Not like the yarn I know as Fabel. The thread is not as round nor plied as it used to be. This yarn is more scratchy, more hairy and more loose. Fabel must have changed supplier or something. I don’t think I’ll wear these much…

Now these are a delight to wear:

Wol met Verve sock yarn. A nice, round, well plied and soft yarn. Even though it has 20% polyamide it’s still so soft you could knit a shawl from this and wear it next to your skin. Many people do.

The handdyed yarn from Chasing Clouds. The one I was failing to knit with dark brown into stranded cuffs. I frogged them and let the yarn shine on its own:

It’s out of my colour palette but it will be a nice pair or when I feel treehugging natur-y in the end of Summer/ begin of Autumn. They’re also a bit sturdy, being a sock yarn. But not scratchy, luckily.

I’ve changed the pattern slightly: in most of my cuffs I have knitted all knit stitches untwisted and have substituted all purl stitched for a slipped stitch column. For faster knitting.  In the top parts I’ve added a few rows so “the fan” runs a little higher.

In some variegated yarn I’ve knitted the wrist part in plain stockinette.

Then there’s this one:

Glittery grey purple yarn!

From Het Wolbeest. The skein I brought home from Kerkrade and shook at angry football supporters. Again nice soft yarn, a delight to knit with. Suitable for socks and next to skin wear.

It’s mate is having a bath:

Just finished. Ready for blocking. I love this colour. (It’s just warm water, not actually tea.)

And the Wollmeise cuffs that started this all, in colour Mauseschwanzchen, knitted per original pattern:

The ones that were on hiatus for so long because I was so bothered by the puzzle of one column of purl stitches being wider than the other:

Pattern picture from Narcissus pseudo-narcissus Cuff by Hunter Hammersen.

A puzzle that turned out to be:

  1. just one of those things when a twisted stitch is next to purl stitch and twists one way but not the other.
  2. just part of the pattern.
  3. something all projects have and nobody else is bothered by.
  4. not important. At all. Go live your life mrs. M.

I haven’t noticed the different sized columns at all while wearing my Wollmeise cuffs. Nor do I notice it when I see someone else wearing them.

Ha! The goats one can chose to burden oneself with…

What I DO notice when I see other people wearing this pattern is that a quality yarn shows. Posh. Wollmeise. The cuffs look simply splendid in quality yarns!

I’m a fool knitting this in scratchy sockyarn such as Regia or Fabel. I should toss those.
The three speckled pairs are not the right colours and are just for fun, as is the Dutch Wool Diva handspun pair.

That leaves me with these:

The sparkly greypurple Wolbeest; the seafoam Wol met Verve; the silvery Dutch Knitting Design -once I’ve found more yarn and knit its partner- and the greypurple Wollmeise.
That’s four (3,5) pair of cuffs to wear this Summer.

That’s not enough.
Not enough at all. I need more cuffs! In quality yarns. In (semi)solid colours.
These (semi)solid colours:

palette textures

Ohoo, I should like some charcoal cuffs! I wish I could grab that charred coal from the screen and wrap it around my wrist.
And lavender ones.
And steel blue ones. Light sky blue ones too?
At least one pair in a greenish grey for sure!
And how gorgeous is that soft lilac of cherish blossom?? With the Fabel gone I have no rose tones…
And more silver greys, definitely more silver greys.

I was pondering pearl white ones and had actually cast on with an offwhite silk I’ve had for years. But I think white cuffs won’t be wise. Not practical for actual living which is what I do. My hands will grabbing at fresh shorn fleece or strawberries this Summer. If the past (week) is anything to go by I’ll be dragging my sleeves through curry and cat hair. White cuffs are a mistake.

Not done knitting cuffs!
But done with cuffs in unpleasant yarn.

From now on I’ll be on the lookout for 20 gram remnants of quality yarns.
Perhaps I can swap some with friends. Even offer to knit us both a pair if they give me 45 grams of yarn? Now that’s a deal to explore over a nice cup of wool tea:

Wolspektakel Kerkrade

Yesterday I took a train and went to the south of the country and visit a new wool fest: Wolspektakel in the town of Kerkrade.

The weather was glorious, I took a first class upgrade and brought a cuff (or two) on the needles. Pleasant travels!

First I passed the city of Eindhoven just as I cast off the first of my cuffs, made in Drops Fabel:
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Then I passed Weert and was working on my second cuff:
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As the train travelled through the province of Limburg strange things appeared in the landscape:
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“A hill.”

The landscape in Limburg is remarkable! Lots of things happening at a small scale: small fields, small patches of wood, unregulated nature. So much to see!
Lots of history too such as Catholic cloisters, mine worker buildings and beautiful old farm houses, with brick fences.
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The fair was held in Kerkrade town square:
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Mr. Vossen was clipping his Limburg landbreed; Oost Mergelland Schaap:
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Mergel is the calcium rich soil for which the region is known, I think it’s called “Marl” in English. It hosts all kinds of unique flora. And the unique fauna that follows:
 two pics from the Breeding Mergelland Sheep Association
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Mr. Vossen loved explaining everything. He was so friendly! He clipped these sheep by hand, with clippers. A low impact, relatively stress free and silent way of shearing.

Atelier Het Wolbeest had a booth:
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Kerkrade is very close to their headquarters. (Headquarters which involve an Italian Icecream parlour!!)
In June there’s a workshop to learn and felt one of these handpuppets in one day. Icecream included.

I brought my hat which I had given appropriate decoration:
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It looks like handspun but it’s actually a commercial yarn, a souvenir from Argentina, from my parents.

Having read yesterday’s post my friend gave me a lovely stitchmarker which came in handy right away:
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Accessory for the Knitting Cat Lady!

After such lovely day of leisure I went back en route to Brabant.
I worked on my cuff and petted a skein of yarn that Het Wolbeest had custom dyed for me:
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Greyish purple. With glitter! I had given her a ball of Wollmeise Mauzenschwanzen as inspiration and she did a wonderful job!

Passing Weert again, showing it how far I got with the new wrist cuff that I cast on in Kerkrade:
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Then passing Eindhoven showing it my new skein:
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While I was in Limburg the Eindhoven football team PSV -Philips Sport Association, the same Philips you know from electrical appliances and light elements- won the national championship in the final minutes of the game.


Somehow this was tied to another game that was played by the proposed champion Ajax, the Amsterdam football club. They were supposed to win but then they didn’t and PSV won.

PSV hometown Eindhoven went mad with celebrations:

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So then supporters from the Amsterdam football club Ajax travelled to Eindhoven, by train, to go yell at them and stir things up.

But authorities noticed them in the 75 minutes it takes to travel from Amsterdam to Eindhoven. Arriving at the station they then were contained at the train platform, with a cordon of police between them and the city. You can see all the yellow police bobble heads in the distance:

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Yeah, that’s how we rebel over here: travel by train to another city to yell at people who are celebrating far away in the town centre.

I shook my new yarn at them.

 

A different kind of weaving: ends.

How good am I? Weaving in all the ends.

Yes I’m still doing cuffs…. They are the mindless knits I need when I take my breaks from learning to sew dress shirts and planning weaving projects and all the thousand things I think I need to do now that I have a bit more energy in my life.

I did the partner cuffs from the miniskeins top down, like I planned, and it worked out beautiful. I can make one pair of cuffs from just one miniskein: 20 grams of fingering weight, 80 m in length maximum.

The light green ones did cut it a bit short….

… but the blackberry coloured ones had two meters spare.

These cuffs are off to a warm bath and I’ll be rummaging through the fingering weight stash for another 20 grams of yarn. I may even take a bit of a brand new skein of sock yarn since I seldom take more than 75 grams for a pair of socks.

PS

today is going to be a chocolate free day for me… to test out some theory about insomnia and gut motility governing neurotransmitters that may not like chocolate as much as I do…

I already feel quite bizarre and it’s not even noon.

Not knitting cuffs this weekend?

I’m knitting the partner cuffs but I’m now learning about miniskeins: they differ.

The second cuff has specks of caramel and none of the blue tones that the first one has. The one that I love particularly. I have no use for caramel unless covered in salt and chocolate.

The second green cuff has way more brown and muddy colours in it. It’s not as crisp and Spring like as the first one, which I adore:

These would not look pretty when worn together.

I’m going to have to knit new partner cuffs, top down, with the remainders of the first mini skeins. That way they will look the same when I wear them, peeping from under my sleeve cuffs.

When I run out of yarn I can use the mini skeins I’m knitting with in the pictures to finish the bottom parts of the wrist part.

The thing is: the remainder skeins of the first cuffs are in the city. As you can see from the table cloth I’m at the cabin for the weekend…
What will I dooooo this weekend??

Guess I’ll have to look and see if I’ve got some fingering weight here for another set of cuffs…

I still need steele-ish blue ones. And some wool white ones. And a set in gleaming silk would be lovely! Could also do with lavender ones for sure.

I made a colour board of all the cuff colours I’m thinking about:

Shortly I’ll be gearing up to go hunting in the stash room for one of these colours. Because I need to knit cuffs this weekend!

Or I could knit my sock.
I brought it with me of course. Would be great if I finish that today and its partner too because tomorrow a new KAL starts that I want to participate in.

My spinning wheel is also here with the project on it that I enjoyed so much last weekend. It will be raining this weekend but it will be lovely sitting in front of the glass doors, with the green outside just there, and spinning. I could not knit cuffs but spin instead.

By the way, we’re only talking yarn needs for today anyway because tomorrow I’m spending the day getting reacquainted with my weaving loom. No time to knit cuffs.

No, I’m taking no chances, I’m heading off into the stash room to look for cuff yarn. Have a great Saturday!

Weird Wool Wednesday: Atchoo! Atchiee! Cuffcuff!

Atchoo!

Atchee-hee-hee!

Cuffcuff!

I seem to be sneezing out cuffs.

(The dark grey one was a mistake. I wanted to knit it out of the light grey luxury yarn from the bottom picture. The whole cuff I was thinking that this yarn isn’t as luxureous as I remembered.

Then I bound off.

Then I found the light grey yarn.

I had knitted the dark grey cuff out of regular sock yarn!

So I have one dark grey cuff that probably won’t get a partner and I cast on with the light grey yarn yesterday afternoon and it’s already nearly finished! Luxury yarn knits so fast and pleasant.

(I’ve given up on stranded cuffs for the moment. I’m knitting what wants to get knit.)

Weird Wool Wednesday: hiding from cuffs…. by knitting cuffs

This is today’s remnant of yesterday’s battlefield, when I took a moment away from the sewing and did some knitting:
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These cuffs are on the floor. Their yarn got caught on my foot or something as I was trying to get a piece of dark thread to embroider the cat eyes with on the blue cuffs.
I thought I had two balls of the brown but it’s only the one. And it’s attached to this border of this cuff. Of which I still have no idea how to proceed.
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I’m stuck because I want this to be a double layer of knitting. But I’m already scared I’ll run out of the brown yarn. And somehow that impairs my ability to think.

I’m currently focussing on finding some other coloured yarn to give these kitties their eyes:
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Here’s the third cuff in progress, on the couch next to my chair:
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It’s the purple-white combination. These cuffs are (still) too wide.
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I’ve now taken their needles from them. That’s progress I guess: the decision has been made that I won’t be knitting them as is.

Then yesterday I found out that that white wool I’m using fort hem is too soft and squishy for wristwarmers. It pills. It’s BC Garn Semilla. Lovely yarn. But too soft for cuffs. My own fair isle cuffs look ratty already:
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So that sends me on a whole other detour before I can knit a new pair of stranded cuffs with purples…

But what’s that?

There.
Stuck in the corner of my seat:

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Ah. That would be the thing I knitted on last night.

It’s a cuff.

The Narcissus cuff in Wollmeise Mauseschwanzchen. And one of the pair got finished yesterday evening:
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These are the cuffs I put into hibernation 6 weeks ago because its left column of purl stitches wasn’t in symmetry with it’s right column of purl stitches and it bothered me to no end.

Funnily how that changes when you’ve got other cuff problems to hide from.

Skilled artisans…

The second wristwarmer just didn’t want to play. I had the stranded part finished except for a row or two. And it was too big…way too big. And the stitches were ugly. I kept knitting on it hoping it would pan out and I could avoid having to think about it a little longer. But alas.

Then I met up with a knitter friend and she fed me tea, chocolate and some good advise. The first cuff, which I feared was too tight, will work just fine. Yes it requires a little effort to put it on but after that it wears very fine, being a little fitted as it is. So that’s one fine cuff I have.

This makes the second cuff, which is way bigger, a dead end.
Dead ends need frogging. Which I did then and there:
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Back to the ribbing it went. I was sighing a bit because now I would be starting this stranded cuff mitten for the fourth time … I had quite enough of the pattern.
Then my friend said the smartest thing: why not make two different cuffs? Yes! Brilliant! I shifted into gear instantly. The friend for whom the cuffs are intended is funny and creative and she loves odd things. I’ll make a solid one and embroider something “cat” on it.

After that the cuff practically knit itself. All that remains is to embellish it. But first we need to take a nap:
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In the mean time I’ve visited a small enterprise building we have here in the city which houses artisans. It’s a collection of working spaces where each artisan has his/her machines, in an repurposed industrial building that has beautiful high ceilings. It’s lovely! There are carpenters, an inflatable designer, a felt works woman, a leather and hide expert, a framing guy and many more.

Here’s the link to the homepage of BAC Den Bosch here

We saw some felted chairtops illustrating how rich a texture felt can give:
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And a non-hipster black smith:

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There’s not much knitting going on these days. I’m still binding off Temptress Shawl. I’m sewing. And tomorrow I’m at the hospital again for yet another base line to build my HRT upon. (Hormone Replacement Therapy).

I need to sew faster because I’m bursting all the seams in my canvas skirts and people are starting to notice!

And that shirt I’m making is still not finished.
Because cat:

But when I ask nicely she moves over. Lillepoes and her beautiful blue eyes:
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And her left foot which is malformed and is called “hooray-toes” in my language.

Finished: stranded cuffs

I was so happy with the yarn that after I finished the socks on Friday I used the remnants to make some wristwarmers:

I’ve just finished them, casting off the brioche top as we were driving from the cabin back to the city on Monday morning.

Four days for a chique pair of wristwarmers!
Considering this weekend had lovely Spring weather and I spend hours puttering about in the garden that’s a good result.

I made them with the same pattern as my green/white Fair Isle Cuffs that I wear a lot: Fair Isle Cuffs by Julie Williams.


It’s different when you use variegated yarn instead of a different colour for each row like the green ones. I think I prefer the latter. But the former knits faster.

With the green cuffs I did a beautiful photoshoot when they were finished. In the snow, with magical morning sunlight:

I should do one with these too, now with this beautiful Spring weather and the first trees in full bloom. There are some closeby. 30 minutes ago:

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Even in my back garden, Magnolia, Ribes and Rosemary, 30 seconds ago:

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But then I ought to block them first. And also get up from the sofa where I’m doing my photographing and writing at the moment:

That’s a cat on my blanket on my legs. I think we’ll all stay here for a while and enjoy the sunny spots:

UPDATE

3 minutes later. Complicating factors.
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now where do I keep my knitting? and my laptop?