Monday, April 25, 2011

... and done!

And then all of a sudden, I'm on a roll and two WIPs are quickly turned into FOs...
I am very proud of my Blushes... The heart pattern comes out beautifully, especially on wide feet like mine ;) I sort of didn't check the pattern at all apart from using the heart chart, so no idea if there were any weirdities in the pattern...
I used Jenny's incredibly stretchy bind-off to bind off. And guess what, incredibly stretchy... I only made one difference in not making a difference between the yo for the knit and purl stitches. It just looked nicer to me this way. And they fit around by Frisian calves!
Pattern: Blush, by Aliyya Behles
Yarn: Brown Sugar, by Dutch Wool Diva
Needles: Addi 2.5 mm circulars

And the silk mittens are done!
The second one knit up way easier than the first one, mostly because I drew the silk more evenly, and you do get used to knitting with silk. Beware of garden hands though!!! Silk manages to find any hook or loose piece of skin anywhere, and also likes to stick to clothing, passing children and wet lips (pffffieuw). These will be my 'I'm typing and it's cold' mittens, now stored away until the next cold spell...
Note to self: if you know gardens and silk don't go together, don't put silk mittens on a plant to photograph them (duh)... ;)
Pattern: started out with the small Mawata silk mitten pattern, but made them fingerless. Big enough for my wide hands!
Yarn: silk hankies, Dutch Wool Diva, used about 2, still plenty over for a nice something...
Needles: Addi 2.5 mm (I think...) circular needles

And despite having several WIPs still in my knitting basket, I started on a new thing...
Yes, a Citron... More to come on this soon! And also more to come on this little secret project..

Thursday, April 21, 2011

In progress...

Nothing finished to show yet, as I'm suffering from severe startitis, gardenitis and workoverloaditis, but I am still plodding along at a few things...
The hankies are being torn apart and turned into fingerless mittens, to wear while working on the computer (not necessary now, as the weather is glo-ri-ous, and the garden office season has already been officially opened and celebrated with its first office barbecue).
The merino and silk blend has been spun up and partially plied. The 2-ply and singles will be knitted up into a Citron, probably...
And my Blush socks are now at their final pattern repeat. Cuff, here I come...
But first, I'm going to retire to my office again...
Note the arty piece of driftwood we found last weekend on the beach. Apparently, it's a Star Wars gun. ;)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Breidag

London has I Knit, New York (State) has Rhinebeck, and now Nieuwegein has Breidag. This two-day festival celebrating yarn and fiber crafting - held today and tomorrow - is new, funky and cool! I went today and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I did have quite a strict schedule, and was still on a yarn diet, but that didn't mean I couldn't have some fun!
The fun started a few days ago on Ravelry, when a certain Mrs. Merina Zwartehamel sent e-mails to people who were going to attend today, promising them a try of her Black Angora Gold, if they would bleat at her as a secret message. Immediately, the talk started on the forum: who was this mystery woman? What was this magic Black Gold she was talking about? Today it all came out: this was our Mrs. Zwartehamel, alias Snorrepot, alias Anna, who was handing out black liquorice (goat's) drop(ping)s for everyone to enjoy. Great fun! (Remember what date it is today?)
Then it was time for me to act as SnB rep and pattern doctor. I got presented with a few knitting and crochet challenges, but was able to help out everyone to their satisfaction, and we even convinced a few very conservative women from Spakenburg to check out Ravelry!
After my shift, I had an hour for lunch and purchases. All I really needed were some circular sock needles, and I was going to trade a mixer for some silk hankies with Dutch Wool Diva (shop back online after the fair). I also fell for a black/dark blue/shimmery batt for spinning I had already seen in Zwolle.
After lunch it was time for my workshop. I went brioche knitting with Nancy Marchant, the Goddess of Brioche! I had tried the stitch way, way, way, way, long ago, but she has opened up my eyes to several cool techniques, which I will definitely use for some nice scarfs, hats and mittens for the hubby for next winter! It does take a bit of time to get your head around terms like brkyobrk, brLinc and brRinc ;)
To the right is the lovely Mrs. Marchant. She was wearing a lovely bicolour brioche shawl, so delicate! I always identify brioche with dense, wintery knitting, but it is also great for other things.
My attempt at brioche, with homespun yarn (yes, I'm a show-off..).
As we finished early, I got a second chance to browse around the fair. I also got to check up on the lovely shawls - or actually, works of art - by Monique from Kantwerk, and meet more Ravelrists. This shawl is absolutely stunning, STUNNING! It is huge, and the detail and designs are amazing. I feel beyond jealous! More proud actually, because she's a good friend too :D

I also 'splashed out'  on two hangers to identify myself as a knitter and spinner. If people don't know what my hobby is now, I don't know what to do anymore...
I had a GREAT Day, and hope that there will be more Breidagen to come in the future!