Dyed yarn for two cardi’s.

This kilo of sportsweight:

is now 5 skeins of steel blue:

and five skeins of happy Spring lilacs:

Wollmeise Mauseschwanzchen for comparison.

With the steelblue I want to reknit this cardigan:

Me, three years ago. Knitted in ordinary sock yarn that now has started to pill.

The pattern is Old Town cardigan by Carol Sunday. It has an interesting construction:

The pink purply one will become an adaption of Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zoppetti:

I do not own this pattern and I want a different shaped cardigan but love the atmosphere of this cardi. This is the pattern I’ll be using for my backpanel, The Little Flower Doily by Andrea Jurgrau:

A free pattern that I’ve used it before, in this hat in 2010:

I’ll need to figure out how to get to a rectangle or an oblong shape from this round starlike flower.

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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:

Finished: Weaving Manos Silk Blend

I finished the silk scarf:

But let me start from the beginning:

I warped the loom with Manos del Uruquay Silk Blend, colour Abalone or Europa. I’ll use one skein for the warp and one for the weft. Each skein has 150 yards on it, it’s a DK weight made of 80% Merino and 20% silk.

My skeins have knots!

It’s ok if it’s in the skein for the weft but in the warp it presents problems. The knot will not go through the heddle and it messes with tension:

Both skeins had knots in them. I’m not impressed at all, this yarn is expensive!

Anyway. All things tight in the appropriate ways to my rigid heddle loom, by Glimakra. Ready for weaving:

I had calculated how wide and how long it could be, given the yardage on the skeins. But reality is always different. In the end I just went with how wide I wanted my scarf to be: not wider than 25 cm. Not smaller than 20 m. And at least a m long.

Weaving now! Oh, it looks so pretty:

I’m trying to “make squares”. My warp/heddle has 4 threads per 1 cm. But when weaving I find I like to beat the threads a bit more closer together. 5 or even 6 threads per cm. I try to refrain from doing so, remembering that the warp here is still under tension. When it’s finished and has had a bath it will look different. It will stack the woven threads more together, I’m guessing.

So there I was, weaving, weaving. Enjoying the colours, the material. Trying not to scratch the tabletop with my loom (put a plastic coaster in between)

Then: “Oh! I’ve woven the whole skein in the weft already! I’m done?”

Haha, no I’m not! I’m being smart: there’s still quite a bit of warp left, why not cut some off and use the leftovers as weft?

Hahah! That’s right, use the luxury yarn baby! Just tie the warp that’s left at the back of the heddle and you’re good to go:

I’m brilliant in theory, once again. In reality not so much: with the warp knotted like this you cannot use the heddle to separate every other thread from its neighbour. Instead I have to guide the weft thread under and over every separate thread. Like weaving with a darning needel.

How smart am I? Well, about as smart as I am patient. “This scarf is long enough as is. I’m not knotting any more threads and certainly not weaving by hand and needle.”

Finishing now with a hem stitch, via tutorial from Purl Soho:

The only difference is that I go three downwards and three to the left instead of four (after I’ve wrapped around four strands). I poke the needle through the third and fourth wrapped warp thread instead of after the fourth and before the first from the new wrap. I like it that way.

Now it’s had a bath. Letting it dry in the sun as I write this:

Woosh! Wind! As shown by some frogged project yarn that’s also had a bath:

Silk scarf now intimately entangled with rose thorns from Austin rose Glamis Castle. Gotta love nature.

The fabric has filled up nicely with the bath and the release from the loom’s tension. It’s a beautiful fabric:

The silk gleams! The weaving has “squared up” nicely.

There is pooling going on and the shawl is way more variegated than the example I saw on Ravelry and love so much. This is in the shade:

But it’s a lovely, luxury item that will go well with all my new colours. I’m sure it has a place in my wardrobe. Wear it with a handmade silver coloured shawl pin…. beautiful!

Heehee! It already goes well with what I’m wearing at the moment: olive coloured linnen trousers and Wollmeise Mauseschwanzen:

Nice to know I can tone down the pooling or the contrast.

Weird Wool Wednesday: Mother of Purl

I’m knitting Narcissus pseudo-narcissus Cuff by Hunter Hammersen:

I’m using left over Wollmeise twin in Mauseschwanzchen because it’s a beautiful colour and Wollmeise gives great stitch definition.

My first cuff wasn’t that good. I had split the yarn a bit with my needle and Wollmeise didn’t forgive me so things look a bit ratty here and there. There’s some cat hair in my knitting. The cuff is a bit snug and “a bit snug” is enough reason in real life not to wear a handknit.

But mainly there’s a huge difference in width between the two columns of purl stitches:

In the middle, right between the columns of slipped stitches the knitting reads:

“k, k, k, purl, Ktbl, Ktbl, Ktbl, purl, k, k, k,”

The left column of stacked purls is way wayyyy wider than the left one, nearly twice as wide.

Obviously this is caused by a difference in tension.

So I cast on and solved for all my problems: used a slightly bigger needle; watched out not to upset the splitty yarn; kept away from shedding cats; and paid especially attention to every purl stitch and its neighbours:

Same problem?!?!

Of course I was checking nearly every row and the more I knit, the more I corrected for tension. The last 15 rows are knitted with tension so tight it really hurt my hands and nearly bend the tips of my needles. The column on the left was done as loosely as possible.

That’s right, the yarn-snapping tight stitches are the wide ones on the left, the loose flapping loose stitches are on the right of the middle.

???

It’s a puzzle. And it’s not caused by a difference in tension.

The only thing I can think of is that I’m knitting continental combined which leaves stitches in a certain way on the needles. Typically my k stitches have their right leg in front and the left leg at the back of the needle. Ktbl rotates a certain way: mine take the yarn from the previous stitch and drag it along the front to the left, leaving a looser previous stitch possible?

Just making the movement from k to p to ktbl must require more length of yarn than going from ktbl to p to k? Could be. When my Ktbl release their yarn for a new stitch, say a purl, they do so from the back, it has to peek out from under its collar and travel to the new stitch. This makes for a longer travel, especially towards a purl stitch which requires the yarn to be in the front?

??? Nah… this all should be corrected for when I tightened some stitches beyond reason and left other dangling in the wind.

I’m stumped. Which makes me dislike the cuffs. Dislike is a good enough reason in real life not to use a thing so I know better than to just soldier on. I’m very miffed at my cuffs!

Then, just I pasted the pattern picture in this post, I noticed something:

There’s some mighty difference between your purl ladders too, matey!

Looking at the various projects when people are wearing them I see them everywhere: two different purl ladders. Everyone has them and they’re never the same width. It must be the particular sequence of stitches.

I can’t unsee.

What to do….

  1. pretend I never wrote this post, knit cuffs blindly and only wear them under long sleeves
  2. see the assymmetry as a design feature and tell everyone about it when out in public
  3. fire up the brain cells and rewrite cuff part into a less offending stitch sequence

 pic by Svilen Milev

4. have a piece of pie