A lovely block!



knitted on 2 mm needles, with sock yarn weight held double.
The spotted yarn I dyed myself, long ago:

On dry yarn so the colours wouldn’t soak into the wool. I used vinegar water to make the dye, so the dye would set. Then I put it onto the yarn, first with an old tooth brush later with a spraying device.

It took a lot of effort because only the outer side of the skein would get sprayed. I had to open up the skein all the time and add more dye. This was very tiresome because back than my blood pressure was too low to be doing things like this.

It was then steamed for 45 minutes.

Earlier this year I knitted a pair of Skew socks from it. Flax Skews that I love very much. This colourway makes me smile!

The heart is made in 100% pure silk, handdyed by a local indie dyer Dutch Knitting Design, who’s also a personal friend.
I love silk yarn!

The design itself is Block Week 5, by Corien, from the Karma Knus Blanket. In 2013 I made the whole blanket for myself.
This sweet little block is for someone else. I put a lot of love into it and I’m confident she will know this every time she touches this block. 🙂

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Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Today is a day for rest. I’m making soup. And I’m going to design the feature for my Deco Cardigan.

But somehow all kinds of other wool things happen today. Unplanned wool things.

It started with two skeins Wollmeise that came up for adoption yesterday and I willingly took home with me. They make such a great combination!

They are Wollmeise Twin Spinaci and Twin Zarte Knopse. Pictures are from the Wollmeise website because these colours are non-fotographable.
(If I had to describe them I’d say it in -rude- Dutch: “doodgekookte diepvriesspinazie” en “aspergepis” 😉 ) A marvellous combination!

Last evening, last night and this morning was spend looking at multicoloured shawls and thinking up elements I certainly want in mine.

Here are the shawls that each have an element I want to incorporate:

Catkin Shawl by Carina Spencer, with those great catkins, is the main inspiration. Have a (link) look at how they are used in this sweater by Pattepoilue!

Cindy Garland did all kinds of clever design things in her Summer Travels shawl. There’s the shape of the slipped stitches and how they travel into the solid coloured areas. The use of solid coloured areas. With beads. Ooh and Aah! Well done. If I didn’t insisted on some sort of “buds” or “leave” shape in my shawl I would have knitted Summer Travels. Oh, and I want a cowl or high neck of some sort, for warmth. But otherwise I would have knitted this pattern.

Cypri by Amanda Scheuzger also has traveling stitches and uses solid coloured blocks with striped sections. And shawl Family Tree by Fiddle Knits sits high in the neck and uses colour blocks and different directions. And has a fun stitch to enliven a coloured stripe.

Then there’s Corrina Ferguson who does something great with stripes and elongated stitches in her blue and green shawl Belliese. (I call this stitch butterflies but that’s not the right name)

The cable goodness from Golden Dreams Scarf by Katya Wilsher has been a favourite of mine for a long time now. Perhaps combined with corrugated ribbing? Such as shown in Nightshade in Amber shawl by Lynette Meek. Or it could be brioche! There’s still Frost on Leaves, by Midori Hirose on my mind…

and then Sprig sweater by Alana Dakos, the sweater I’m currently spinning the green eco-sheep for but which sideswept leaf-detail would be marvellous in stripes and slipped stitches.

So there we are. Me pouring over shawls, petting yarn. Not designing that thing for Deco Cardigan. Mainly because I cannot find checkered paper in this house, you see.

I also unexpectedly spun 50 grams of this freshly coloured BFL and would love to spin the other half too. Preferably now so that I can ply it right after and soak it in the hot water that will be left from cooling the chicken soup later this evening (but I might just wash some socks in it. Spinning and plying takes hours):

And then, when I had my noon rest on the couch, I found myself weaving in ends. We’re all shocked!

A year after finishing the Karma blanket it seemed like a good time to do so. The blanket has “matured” enough, I say.

Or maybe not:

Well. I’ll go and have a second look for checkered paper.

Weird Wool Wednesday: loose ends

about a million of them…
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You know me, I know me. This will never get done.

My alternative solution is: give this a backing of fleece, hiding all those loose ends. Good plan!

But I need to convince my inner critic first. She says it’s ludicrous to have a knitted fabric, with all its characteristics of being stretchy, only to back it with non-stretchy cloth. That’s not right.

So it will probably look like this for a good while to come.
But the front is pretty!
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Blanket progress and two new blocks

I put together two of the strips:

(sorry for the evening photo’s)

There’re also two last blocks I haven’t shown you in close up yet:

THis one used up the last of the red handspun and Noro, right at a spot where I needed a dash of red in the blanket. On it is a flower in handspun silk in a technique I got from an old book by Mary Thomas from 1899. Mary Thomas’s Book of Knitting Patterns.

It’s called Picot Point Knitting.
Basically it’s crocheting with your knitting needles.

This other block used up the last of my orange handspun and I’m really glad I got to use it on this blanket. Handspun, either by oneself or a friend, adds a special value to anything that you’re going to wrap yourself in:

I stitched on my name and the year. This truly is the blanket for 2013, each week one block.

The block, or the blanket, needs one last addition. A little squirrel in handspun from a batt called Happy Squirrel.

I used this pattern by Frankie Brown, she is a gem in the knitting designer world. Very sympathetic.

I didn’t have enough yarn, I still need something for the tail. But I keep losing this little friend. And refinding him in unexpected places.

Weird Wool Wednesday: defending knitting

While seaming the blocks on my blanket together it was Very Important that the blocks kept their order. After all, I had put much thought in arranging them.

Which is why I made them into piles, one for each row. Put the piles on the table. Sat in front of the piles, on the couch, knitting them one by one.
NOBODY TOUCH THEM!

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When I looked up after seaming the first blocks…. the pile on the left looked… suspiciously…cuddled?

WHO DARES TO CUDDLE MY KNITTING?!

We all know who….
GRRRR!

Luckily knitters have weapons:

This is a 30 cm long, size 3,5 mm knitting needle. Birch. Very good for fending off knit cuddling cats.

I poked a bit at her, making very clearly that I meant business. This is a clever cat, she understands.
So I put away the needle and went back to work.

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But when I looked up to get the next square:

QUICK! QUICK! GET THE NEEDLE!

OOPS!

BOINK!

GRR!

POKE!

Snif?

unimpressed beam…

Putting the Blanket together, some pics

Here are some photo’s of the work in progress. I’m now working on the one before last strip.

Some blocks I chose to pick up stitches from the right side, so a nice row of stitches would show, in both orange and the colour of the block.

It’s not always neat…. but it fits the overall feel of the blanket. And the brainfog with which this has been made at times.

These buttons I put finally on a block that I finished 6 months ago, aren’t they darling? They are ceramic.
I once got them in a swap that was all about bumblebees. I adore bumblebees. I try to provide them with a place to live. They love messy gardens so we are a good match!
We’ve got all kinds.

This block has neater ridges (in yellow):

This red one looks alright at the bottom but the top is… “characteristic” 😉

This is the one block that was missing in action:

Ran out of yarn. Typical.
This is handspun, from the Berry Cowl.

I used the two Noro yarns that lie there to finish it. Of course I ran out of the dark red yarn on the right. I used a bit of the purple that’s inside the green ball. I first did two rows of green. Although this looked fun it would distract from the figure I plan to stitch onto this block once it’s finished.

All in a row:

The view from my “working station”:

It’s important to keep them in order. To know which block goes where and which strip goes next to which one.

Somehow the choice for my Raveoly hippo snuck into the picture. It will be a green hippo with white flowers with yellow hearts.

I LOVE daisies and Ox-eye daisies. I do! I do!