The Happy Swap Blues

Did you know that I don’t like to knit with blue yarns?
It’s true. I don’t like to knit with blue yarns and I can’t explain why. I find it boring. Tedious. It makes me moody and cross.
While blue is THE colour to compliment my face.

Luckily we have the “Achterstevorenswap” in the Dutch Karma Swap Group and I love to offer to forfill people’s wishes and as a result get to post my own wishes regularly.
Just recently I wished for a pair of blue socks and another time I wished that someone would knit me a shawl with my own blue yarn.

Both wishes were granted!

These are my new, blue socks:
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These are Ophidia socks, a design by Hypercycloid Designs. These were knitted by Helga, as part of Tour de Sock 2015. TdS is a different kind of international sock knitting competition than Sock Madness: “Ophidia is Stage 5 of the 2015 Tour de Sock, a six-stage speed knitting competition benefitting Doctors Without Borders.”

Beautiful blue socks! With cables and ribbing and *sparkly* red and pink accents. Things I could never make myself and now this pair is mine 🙂
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Helga also send me some little balls of yarn in nice colours for stranded knitting:blue handknits
Marvelous!

Having forfilled my wish Helga got to post her own wishes and I offered to fulfill one of them and she chose my offer! So with the socks and the balls of yarn came a pair of knee high socks that needs to be overdyed. A bold adventure since the yarn is half wool half acrylic and acrylic does not take up dye. Also: it’s very difficult to dye an existing knit in an even way. For even dyeing you need to stir the pot and you can’t stir knitwear because it will felt.

It’s pretty daunting wanting to dye something this complicated for someone else but Helga is very gracious about it and about half of the time I feel like I know enough about dyeing to give it a try. I’ll make sure to start the dyeing project only when I feel like that!

My other swap wish was a shawl from my own blue yarn and I got it and I blocked it yesterday evening!
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This pattern is Liliaceae by Angelika Luidl, a free pattern. I used this pattern once before, in 2010, to knit my mother a shawl in a very high end yarn:


This yarn is The Old Piggery Merino/Tencel Sock in the colour Sweet pea, 50% soft merino 50% tencel. Beautiful yarn! So soft en with such gleam. I bought it specifically to knit a shawl for my mother with, when I was on holiday, by myself, to Devon, to a knitter’s retreat, in 2010. It was a long weekend and it took me about a week to travel there because I had to make all kinds of arrangements because back then I could only travel for one hour and then had to lie flat for an hour. It was a wonderful weekend 🙂

It’s where I learned proper darning (Swish darning) and also carding with colours, from the inspiring Wrigglefingers whom I since have met again at Midwinterwol where she gives workshops in this technique and also: her daughter sells handdyed wool and I bought this green yarn at the last Midwinterwol for a Spring vest and it has indeed been cast on 🙂


Welsh Mule yarn by Shepherd Cat.

Yeah. It was a special holiday for me back then, still being very ill, and it being all about knitting. I wasn’t carefree enough to buy myself quality yarns back then but I did for my mum.

Now, in 2017, I am better in buying luxury yarn for myself and I bought and dyed this:


The yarn is Chester Wool 4 ply Mulberry silk,  that I dyed myself just a few weeks ago.
This yarn is thinner than the pattern calls for and that’s why Anneke cast on for 19 pattern repeats instead of 17. She knitted with needles 3,5 mm and used 85 grams of the 100 grams skein. The shawl is plenty wide and high enough.

Now I have this lovely Summer shawl I would never have knitted for myself, in just the right colour. 🙂

“Just add a little green….”

I wanted to dye a skein of soft fingering yarn cornflower blue.

Because I’ve won the Make-A-Wish-Swap in the Dutch Karma Swap Group again and my wish was for someone to knit me a blue shawlette 🙂 because my eyes looks smashing when I wear blue next to my face but I myself don’t like to knit with blue (???).

Easy plan, easy dye. I went to the cabin yesterday, one day before my husband, and pulled the pots and pans from the wool room. Lillepoes was giving directions.

And I ended up with green instead of blue:

It won’t photograph properly. It’s a deeply saturated dark green with blue semi solid. It was a green variegated yarn to begin with and when adding blue it became VERY BLUEGREEN. The kind I don’t like at all.

Then, while trying to make it a proper green instead of a teal, I mixed too much green dye and then had to find extra things to dye green.

By then it was already getting really late. The cat kept nagging me, demanding food and attention and bed routine. But I knew I had to finish it all before bed (rinsing and spinning it all dry and putting it on the drying rack in the middle of the room) and clean everything up too because things had to be tidy for this morning or my husband and Poekie wouldn’t fit in the room.
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Oh man, why do I do this to myself? Again and again? (I must secretly love it, that’s the only explanation for it. Alright, alright, the only sane explanation for it.)

Dyeing on the evening of a busy day in which I drove all the way to the cabin, by myself, with Lillepoes loudly giving directions for the full 75 minutes it takes me to drive there and with all the mad people on the road, clearly all letting their blind cats hold the wheel.

Sigh. Stuck with a cup full of extra strong green dye I found myself digging through the stashroom, late at night, frantically looking for more stuff to dye.

Here I am chucking dry fleece and dry silk into the pot with the dark skein from the first pictures:
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The fleece is Swifter that I had dyed too “Autumny” and too blue-green back in the Autumn. It’s such great fleece! Great staple, nice touch, nice smell. When I rooted through the stash-room I had real difficulty not to dismiss all plans I have for the next few days and start carding it right away. Lovely fleece!
This:

became that:

Now card it in with the rest of the white and I’ll spin for a lovely jumper!

Make haste! make haste! I cannot wait to spin this! No. Wait. Noooo. We are knitting the Sock Madness sock while we are at the cabin. We are also casting on for a new vest if we need to do something on bigger needles. And we have the Music Maker sock with us for easy knitting. We have an all day birthday visit on Saturday and an all morning spinning group on Tuesday and we will be travelling back on Wednesday and there were a thousand things you wanted to paint while here. Also shower. So: no. No carding.

The silk skein I threw in is the lovely mulberry silk fingering yarn. But I kept it in short because I want my silk to be lightly coloured. Like willow wisps:

Yes, succes!

Silk soaks up colour like nobody’s business, I could actually use it as “a mop” to drain the dye from the water and dye the fleece evenly and not too dark. I was lucky though, the water had not had vinegar yet which makes dye soak into silk even faster. Too fast would have been a problem here because silk needs to be presoaked for quite a while to become thoroughly saturated. Only thoroughly saturated yarn will take up dye evenly.

Otherwise it will stay on the surface and only in the places that are wet. Which is a desirable effect on its own when dyeing speckles or for a sprayed look. But not for me, this night.

I was also lucky in not overdoing it and dye the silk too intense. It’s hard to gauge a shade when the yarn is wet and when you’re dyeing in the evening. The lamp over my dyepot is a daylight lamp but still… better to dye during the daytime.

I then started the pot again. This time dyeing with just Ashford blue, on an undyed base. But I had no sheep yarn left. I did have more silk though…. not sure my well-wisher wants to knit with it. Silk is slippery, especially this mulberry silk (my favourite!). But the colour is s*m*a*s*h*i*n*g*l*y blue:

I would LOVE to wear this colour near my face.

Again I had to take care to not leave the silk in too long. It is a bit more intense than I wanted. I remember thinking: “O yes, this is just right! Or maybe a little too light?…. I’ll just leave it in the water, the water is nearly clear anyway.”

And then the silk went and soaked every bit of dye it could find and became two or three shades darker than I had wanted. Still beautiful.

For a while I had the silk parked outside the pot and threw in two bits of sparkly sock  yarn to “mop up” the extra dye in the water. When they had done so (but apparently not to the maximum extend) I put the silk back in and heated everything to dyeing temperature and added vinegar

It’s happily blue glitter yarn now 🙂
The light one used to be light green, the dark one was a multicolour. They now go well together. Perhaps for a crocheted hat?

Aw, the sparkle doesn’t show one bit in the picture. It’s very pronounced in real life though and will look great in crocheted fabric. I have 25 grams of the dark, 45 grams of the light. Enough for a pair of knitted socks for me. Enough for a crocheted hat?

Mad about Socks: the swap I sent

So in the Dutch Karma Swap Group we’re doing the Mad about Socks swap at the moment and this is the swap I send.

I secretly stalked Anneke, who is very good in knitting socks and loves happy colours. I send her this skein of sock yarn:

Handdyed by Tibbe, who loves happy and intense colours.

I also made an aquarel of her dear dog Dunya:

Using the water colours I bought in Germany and thick, smooth paper. This is actually the first aquarel I ever made. Where I knew a bit what I was doing, I mean.

This is the photo I found online in one of Anneke’s posts and it iss clear she loves Dunya very much. And Dunya her!

Dunya is an elderly Scottish Border Collie. She wears shoes when she goed outside, because of joint pains. A sweet dog wearing socks, that’s how I tied it to the swap.

Her whole family loves dogs so I also made a drawing of her daughter’s dog, who was professionally photographed by Angelique van Doorn from AngeliquevanDoornfotografie.nl:

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Sketches on the right, send image on the left.
Anneke was happy with them! She went out and bought frames the same day. I’m glowing with happiness 🙂

This is the rest of the swap I send:
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Four solid miniskeins for stranded socks, a brightly coloured half cake I dyed myself when happy colours were very important to me, a mini cake in a yarn that knits up like tiger paws and a key chain of a sheep with adorable feet.

That tiger striping yarn I received myself in a swap but never knew what to do with. I used a bit to knit this pincushion:
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This is a good swap 🙂

Mine was well received.
I got to play with watercolours and I’m fortified in my hope that the joy I have when depicting a lovely animal is visible in the end result.
(If you want specifics: I used Schmincke Horadam water colours and a very smooth paper of 300 grams weight: Schut Terschelling Glad (my favourite!)).

The swap I received made me happy too 🙂
I’m looking forward to using the quality Dutch Wool Diva sock yarn. And the glass items are already in use. One holds stitch markers, the other the first flowers of Spring:
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The Mad About Socks Swap: received

The Dutch Karma Swap Group has a secret mail swap going on, Mad about Socks. Emphasize on Mad:

It runs coincidentally with the SockMadness but any madness is good: Mad Head Socks (aka hats), Mad Hans Socks (aka mittens).

Over the past few weeks we had some fun in the thread, answering silly questions. And now the parcels are reaching their destinations!

When I came home from the Women’s March on Saturday my swap was waiting for me:

That’s Dutch Wool Diva Sock Star in the colour Grey Hare!

The same colour I bought for myself last year, when Dutch Wool Diva opened her brick and mortar store. I then testknitted her design, Bines socks, from it:

I wear these socks a lot. Alot! (please pet you’re alot whenever you pass it)

The pattern ia Bines by Dutch Wool Diva, knitted on 2,25 mm, used 70 grams. The remainder of the skein I used in the Wolop Advent shawl.

Now I have a second skein! A wonderful choice by my swap partner, Yarncontaminated. I’d said that silvery greys are my favourite at the moment and she had a look at my inspirational board:

Wonderful colour.

Ahh, to think what to knit with it. I’m leaning towards another pair of socks, seeing as this is the Mad about Socks swap and I love wearing my existing pair in this colourway and stitches show up very nice in this yarn and pretty soon we’ll be getting the new pattern for the Sock Madness.

I do need to finish the qualification pair first though. Deadline is Thursday night (=3AM in America). I’m knitting like mad!

swap received: seasonal postage swap

For seasonal greetings we have a cheaper stamp in the month of December. In the Dutch Karma Swap Group we have a fun swap of trying to send the maximum that’s allowed with the cheap stamp. One stamp allows for 50 grams in a paper envelop not thicker than 3,2 mm and not wider than 30 x 24 cm.
This is what I got today!
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All favourite things of me: a small tin, stitchmarkers, darning needles and decorative band for the project bags I am sewing one of these days…. soon…
And a lavender wool wash soap. A lavender kind. And a no rinse kind, from the good brand Eucalan. I don’t know this no rinse-washes. I’ll sure give this a try next time I wash my socks or other handknits.

Here’s a close up of the stitch markers, they have an amethyst bead on them and they are well made: totally snag free.
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The stranded pouch is expertly knit. Even tension and all that. It’s a delight to look at and to handle.
I filled it up with some fiberfill and a bit of lavender I cut off our plants earlier this year.
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Using the darning needles that were in the envelope. And a piece of yarn my fellow raveler so thoughtfully send with.

It now smells so good here!
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stranded pincushion with lavendel in it. I love darning needles! kerstzegelswap NKS Ravelry
Beautifully knit.

A very thoughtful swap. Thank you.

Making plans for Sunday

The puzzle with the little squares was a bit hard to imagine with just the graph paper. So I put my engineer-degree to good use:
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I’ll just call it “a 2D prototype” shall I? Please don’t sigh too loud, this prototype is not yet corrected for metereologic variables.

I’ve got some possible compositions for my blanket now and I cannot wait to get home to the city later today and lay it all out, real scale, on my living room floor. Why didn’t I bring the squares with me?! Now I have to wait. In the mean time I need at least another 38 of the smallest squares.

In other news: sometime during the day yesterday I wanted to make an offer in a swap in the Dutch Karma Swap Group. It’s the Back To Front Swap where someone states three wishes and then various people offer to fulfill one of them and she chooses one of the offers. While exploring the stash in the cabin’s wool room for suitable laceweight I found this beautiful sock yarn:

It’s Gems from indy dyer Moonwise in the color Cassis. Moonwise no longer dyes for business but her yarns and designs are amazing:

This yarn I have won in the very same Dutch Karma Swap Group 🙂 It holds good memories. I’ve put it in my bag to take with me to the city, where I keep all my quality sock yarn. It’s a prefect colour for my winter palette, I want to knit with it asap.

Saturday I spend crocheting 38 little flowery blanket squares and in the evening I knit some on my sock in progress, the one from the sock blank. I’m just turning the heel on the first sock:

An hour before bed I realized I’ll be attending a lecture today and even though there will be only fibre people attending, it will be a bit strange when I take off my shoe every other minute to try on my sock to see how the heel is coming along. (Listening to a lecture = knitting time.)

If only I had a simple cuff to knit during that lecture…

This need for mindless knitting married my desire to knit with the Moonwise Gems and together they will have a cast-on baby this morning:
 pics by Christa Hartmann
The pattern is Butterblümchen by Christa Hartmann. It’s been in my favourites list on Ravelry.com for a long time now and it’s free!

Needles 2mm. I’ll borrow the ones that are currently making the heel in my socks. I will have a cuff and a bit of leg to knit during the lecture!

The lecture is about eco dyeing and making ink and paint from plants. It’s at Feltingstudio Odijk, (Viltwerkplaats Odijk) in the middle of the country. I will be driving there by myself and it’s the reason I drove to the cabin in my own car. Afterwards I’ll drive to the city. During the day my husband will bring his car and the two cats to the city. And my crocheted flowers. And the other yarn that stuck to me when I was visiting the wool room.

With the lecture comes this book that has been launched Saturday:

“Eco-verf” by Anja Schrik

I’m very interested and will tell you about it soon.
Now I will start my day by parking one sock and jotting down instructions for the next one. And baking pancakes. Pancakes for breakfast, for lunch and for travelling. It’s always pancake o’clock on my watch!

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A Short Sunday morning waffling about pancakes:

I’ve got this pancake thing down. I bought an RVS/stainless steel pan from IKEA. (I bought two: one for the city, one for the cabin.) Put in a lot of coconut oil (the size of a quarter of your fist), wait till it’s really hot (drop some drops of water in it, they should fizzle violently), pour in some batter (should be fairly liquid. I make it myself from flour, salt, 2 eggs and a lot of milk. Include some buckweed for the real taste.) First it’ll stick to the pan but in a few short minutes it will detach. They come out crunchy! It’s like crisp cookies (like Vegter rolletjes!). Best with ginger jam 🙂

I’ve got this little plant, it’s called a pancake-plant:

From a lovely shop, Werk aan de Winkel, who sell happy things and vintage plant species. They have recently started a program for the plants that are not good enough to sell. Because they grew skewed or failed to thrive for a while.

The shop owner cannot bear to throw these plants in the trash so people can now adopt these “kneusjes”

my overdyed gloves

I overdyed a beautiful pair of gloves I own. They are purple now:

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The pattern is Glacier by Julia Mueller.

They were knit by the same friend who send me the TdF prize “Birch Batts” last week. It’s a pattern with lots of traveling stitches at a fairly tight gauge. Two aspects of knitting I can not accomplish myself anymore because of the RSI (shoulder impingement) that still troubles me.

The original colour was Kent by Zitron Trekking Hand Art, a warm red yellow colour:

pic by Lauramate who’s willing to sell this skein (USA)

I’m more of a purple girl myself and dyed them last Sunday with acid dyes (food colouring plus Ashford Dyes):

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I got these gloves as part of a wonderful KARMA day we built together in January 2014 in the Dutch Karma Swap Group.

That particular day most of the group members were at a meet to celebrate one of the members. But a few of us could not attend, mostly because of health or family.

One of these members spontaneously proposed we could do a one day online swap for handmade things. Right there in the group. It grew into a wonderful online community hug, where everybody wanted to pamper the others. It was special!

The new colour turned out beautiful and it feels like I have a whole new pair of gloves again, with the sentiments of that KARMAday still in them:

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Tour de Fleece day 8: unexpected spinning

These are batts I spun back in April into a single. When plied it’s meant to be another little vest, just like the green Hilja I made from similar batts:

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The purple batts are all on the bobbin on the left. Today I’m spinning a gorgeous BFL/Mulberry silk mix on the right, to ply it with:

The fibre is a sliver: a meticulously prepped roving which has all fibres alined. No short fibres. It spins like a dream! It bypasses my reluctance to spin naturally coloured or evenly coloured fibres. So soft and it handles so well. Drafts like a dream.

After a while though I did feel like spinning something else and I found myself getting this old friend out of the wool-room:

On it is a spinning project I started during Tour de Fleece two years ago: half of this nunoco batt in colourway Whisper:

I had received it in a wonderful swap from Titaniaa in the Duch Karma Swap Group and I spun half of it back in 2014:

It was a dream to spin although I remember it was hot back then and the glitter fibres in the batt where flying everywhere and sticking to my clothes.

Somehow after I filled that first bobbin I was hesitant to fill the second one. I don’t know why. Maybe because it was too precious, too fine. The swap had really touched my heart, Titaniaa had made a mini-me:

For two years the project was parked in the wool room and sometimes I opened the box the batt was in and petted it… and then today came and it spun like a dream and I loved it!

Afterwards I rummaged around for more fibre of this quality because I couldn’t leave this wheel alone.

It’s my Finnish wheel, a Scandic wheel, a slanty, which are especially good for thin singles with lots of twist.
Once again I noticed how much difference fibre prep makes. Well prepped fibre makes the spinning a great past time.

I’ve filled the second bobbin and will be bringing them with me to the city. Let’s see if I can get sufficient twist from my handmade wheel -the one I use for Long Draw- to ply these. Otherwise I’ll have to bring them back to the cabin next week and ply them on the Finn.

I sure will be bringing some well prepped fibre back from the city to spin on the Finn. I’m thinking the wonderful fibre I got in another swap from the NKS group:

the Hilltop Cloud that RandomGwen chose for me.

Why do these well prepped fibres come in gradients? I don’t particular care for gradients, they kind of pre-determine the knitting. Great spinning though! Sometimes the spinning is the project.

swap received, cast on for Fair Isle Cuff

I’ve participated in another swap, de Decemberzegelswap.
In the Netherlands we have slightly discounted post stamps for the month of December, specially meant for x-mas cards:

Which the Dutch Karma Swap Group took as an invitation to send out cards with a little knitterly embellishment to a fellow swapper.
This this is the one I received yesterday evening (not that the post is delivered on Sundays but it was delivered to the neighbours while we were at the cabin and we didn’t see them until last night):

Miniskeins in a gorgeous colour palette! Misty, silvery greens!
In all new-to-me yarn brands, except for the Wollmeise. And a darling card with the squirrel Beatrix Potter drew 🙂
Collected and send by Little Wolf Yarns:

Who invented this swap last year! She’s brilliant.

The miniskeins and the card made me want to cast on for something stranded right then and there!
But it’s a good idea to wait for the morning light to see clearly how colours interact.

So I spend the evening browsing stranded patterns and I decided upon Fair Isle Cuffs by Julie Williams, a free pattern.
This morning:

Main colours on the left. To the left are colours for background and/or extra contrast.
On the screen one of the projects for the pattern that inspires me much, colourwise. There is another project that added extra colours to the centre of each pattern. These two projects will be helpful for mine.

Ah and there’s also my lovely little pincushion with the fox on the table. It always is near where I craft. I received in the Decemberzegelswap last year! From SylS who recently dazzled the internet with these crocheted owls:

the pattern started as Fat Little Owl African Flower by Heidi Bears and SylS has perfected it.

Back to stranded knitting: on my stranded Advent socks I noticed that where the round changes, a little jog emerges. The flow of the knitting is interrupted:
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Online I’ve found this tutorial to avoid the jog when you’re knitting stripes: after you’ve knitted one round with the new colour, knit the first stitch of that first row together with it’s mother-stitch.

I don’t have a solution yet for fair isle patterns that jog with row changes. Experienced knitters seems to just accept it as a part of stranded knitting. I’m cool with that. Casting on now.

By the way, the designer of the Fair Isle Cuffs pattern, Julie Williams, is the writer of Little Cotton Rabbits, one of the blogs I follow. What a coincidence, it’s such a heart warming blog, with tranquil colours. It’s about knitting and living with an autistic son, Toby, who in 2015 had a relatively stress free hair cut for the first time in many many years and who is very happy with his new look.

As a designer she specializes in patterns for cuddly knitted animals and their complete wardrobes:

two more thoughts on the stranded project: why does the pattern ask to cast on 66 stitches when the ribbing pattern repeat is 4 stitches and some of the patterns are too?
I don’t know yet. Perhaps 64 is not enough. Perhaps we shouldn’t aim for a perfect multiply of pattern repeats as it helps with the jog to have extra stitches.

And two: Stranded knitting using sock yarn is not “the right way” because sock yarn is a round yarn. Better to use a 2 ply woolen yarn, such as a Shetland yarn or an Estonian yarn. Then the stitches will merge a bit and this will aid the visual coherency, they won’t stand out as single v’s.

“The right way” would be to use these beautiful miniskeins for stranding in socks, where the sock yarn with its nylon content and washability has proper functionality. But I want these colours near my eyes, where I see them often. Ergo: on my wrists.
I promise I’ll use them often so I get full profit of the wearability and washability of sock yarns.

UPDATE Ravelry is unreachable, because our provider Ziggo is too skimpy to pay for a good connection across the Atlantic and its owner UPS is too hard headed to honour a preexisting free peer agreement. So I’m writing my project notes here, to be transferred to my project page on a later day:
– couldn’t do it, ribbing that wasn’t a neat repeat of 4. Fudged two extra stitches and am now working on 68 st. Will reduce to 66 when pattern repeats need it.
– errr….forgot the other thing…. Argh.
UPS and Ziggo are a bad lot!

UPDATE 2
ah. as soon as I pick up my knitting I remember what I wanted to note:
– I keep the yarn for the purl stitches over my left hand. Knit goes over right. Right hand flicks, left hand knits Continental Combined.

UPDATE 3
– my two colours for the ribbing are close together, Fabel sock yarn in white and Wolbeest Glittersok from my Midwintersokken. If there was to be a starker contrast I’d add one row of all knits (but 2 x 2 stranded) to the cast on before the currogated ribbing. To avoid the different coloured horizontal bit at the foot of the first purl row.

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UPDATE 4
– working hard. Would love to have the ribbing done before the natural light fades, I want to knit with the miniskeins.
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Spin a yarn, have a treat.


204 meters out of 100 grams.

It’s the BFL hand dyed by Passe-Partout that I received in the Elementary, My Dear swap:

It’s Fractal Spun:

The person who gave me this great roving is coming here today, for a lazy afternoon of knitting and sweets. No worries, just hanging out:

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I have the sweets, you bring your knitting.

I, being the perfect host, am having breakfast at the moment by sampling the pears with custard:

Approved.

(The pears were cooked with ginger and kardemom, in addition to the cinneamon (and two clovers if I had been able to find them). It adds a delicious flavour to it. The pears themselves are organic, they have more flavour than regular ones.
The custard I made myself: unwhipped cream, egg yokes, vanilla, salt and pepper. YUM!)