New Socks

Well, kind of new. Made in March and April, I finally got to weave in the ends. Lots of them, because I made the socks from leftovers. You may recognise the odd yarn.

From left to right: Vulcano and Tierra del Fuego, Cortina and Marathon, Sneaker Socks (6-ply), Cubist and Moss

From left to right: Lapland and Fresco, Blue Sargasso, Granite 2, Vulcano 4

Added to the Sockmania page where you can find them all. 🙂

And a bunch of new ones in rainbow colours are on their way – four done, eight to go. Maybe nine.

Finally the ones I made for Mum – they’ve found their way back to me.


A very special bargain

I mentioned a substantial addition to my stash – well, here it is –

A couple of weeks ago there was an ad in the local newspaper Рthe sewing caf̩ was going to move to another location and there was a fleamarket to be held at their old place. Yeah!

I was hoping for some embroidery floss, maybe the odd piece of fabric or some beads, buttons, trims – you name it. Although most of the things weren’t for me, this huge box of embroidery floss caught my eye. It was far more than I had hoped for and a label told me it was also possible to buy the complete box. Which I did. 🙂 Plus a small bag of square stone beads, some silk scraps and a large piece of turquoise cotton fabric.

The box contained a tangled mess of embroidery floss, mostly leftovers from different projects and presumably different brands. But there were also a bag of perle cotton, a hand dyed skein of silk cablé, two lengths of linen thread, cotton embroidery thread resembling Danish Blomstergarn, and some really ancient embroidery thread by DMC, still labelled Dollfus-Mieg & Cie., Mülhausen im Elsass (Mulhouse/Alsace).

Oh dear!

After two and a half weeks of untangling, sorting, comparing different shades of thread, trying to define colours, labelling, cutting cardboard ‘bobbins’ and winding the treads onto them, I now have three shoeboxes full of this –

That’s better!

Not everything fitted onto the bobbins, I was left with a little surplus –

But who am I to complain? 😉

I’ll explain more about my plans what to do with all this stuff in a future entry.

Aelfric of Sylvania

Commonly known as Bob the Faerie

From the forest continent of Sylvania on Aqua Marine, Aelfric aka Bob has found his way to The Boudoir, fluttering around from one space to another.

ECI code: H9, A15, F4; wings: A3 from round 9; button eyes (partly painted)

Endless space (almost)

The Boudoir has never been so tidy

The Boudoir now has even more space for storing things. I decided to take two of Mum’s bookshelves after a careful measuring. After my brother and SIL had brought them over to my place they talked me into taking the remaining two as well. While they were fetching them I did a quick emptying of the pink metal rack (back to the basement it went) and some panic cleaning of the corner.

A perfect fit. After all was complete I put the shelves in and began to fill them. If you had asked me beforehand, I wouldn’t have been taking a bet that everything fitted in there. But surprisingly there was even some space left (some of the baskets in the picture above act as placeholders). I have already made some changes, as there has been a substantial addition to the stash. More about that in a future entry.

The stuffies found a new home on top. I moved all the fabric boxes to the left side, as well as my design wall. (On the downside, my DT posters had to go, they got safely stowed.)

Can you spot the new guy?

Goodbye, Mum

Mum’s sewing box, made by my granddad

As things go, real life got in the way. Mum had been unwell for a while, nothing serious though, and passed away unexpectedly on May 1 at the age of 80.

So blogging had to step back for some time, as well as crafting. Slowly things are untangling again and I’m trying to find bits of time to introduce a couple of things that have been left on the list, in no particular order.

Mum’ sewing box, a basket of haberdashery and two button boxes found their way to The Boudoir, as well as her sewing machine and a lot of other things useful to me.

Paper beads – lots of them

Another long-term ‘keeping my hands busy while watching tv’ project was making paper beads. So far I have made 15,000 in white and 5,000 in various colours. My supply of cream strips lasted until I had 2,166 pieces.

A couple of ideas what to do with them but nothing special yet.

Socks galore

Between August 2018 and January 2019 knitting socks has become one of my ‘keeping my hands busy while watching tv’ projects. I ended up with 27 new pairs (I forgot to take a picture of # 27, they’re plain dark blue and were given to my mum).

With a total of 50 pairs to date, I’m still not fully through my stash – there were a few additional balls that fell into my shopping basket. Happens to me a lot. 😉 The next couple of designs from my booklet are on their way now.

Italia (from left to right: Cortina, Vulcano 1, Vulcano 2, Garda, Vulcano 3)

Trip around the world(s) (from left to right: Caribbean, Tierra del Fuego, Lapland, Discworld, Sahara)

Red & Grey (from left to right: Strawberry, Autumn Dreams, Autumn Sun, Agate, December)

From my design booklet (from left to right: Olivine 1, Olivine 2, Winter, Cubist 3, Petrol)

Tutti Frutti (from left to right: Papaya, Watermelon, Kiwi) (72 % cotton, 18 % polyamide, 10 % polyester)

Night & Day (from left to right: Night & Day 1, 2, and 3)

A sign of life

You may have noticed I haven’t published anything since July. In my last post I told you I’d make the Art Lab my main blog. Well, I changed that back after a few days. Too complicated for my old little brain to switch between two blogs.

For quite a while I have been experiencing increasing problems concerning writing and reading. To put down the words I have in mind in writing has become an awfully big challenge. No idea where this comes from – nobody seems to know what I’m talking about. The gp will get me another appointment at the neurologist’s as soon as possible. Apart from that I’m suffering from general exhaustion and lack of concentration. I’ll be seeing a specialist soon about that, hoping he can find out what’s causing this. Blood test results have all been within the normal ranges so far.

Also, I took more efforts on getting rid of things that I have collected during the last two or three decades. This is a very slow process, of course, but I’ve already made visible progress.

And what did I do craft-wise? When I felt like it, I worked on a couple of old things and tested new (for me) techniques. Some small projects got their finishing touches and because I couldn’t find what I needed, I spent about three and a half months researching and drawing my own 2019 planner/journal/diary thing. More socks and paper beads galore – I’ll try to post about everything soon, although with less words than usual, I’m afraid.


Sockyarn destash – Pt. 3

The Art Lab is now my new main blog, but the Boudoir will be your destination when you follow back my comments. Anyway, if you click my gravatar picture, both blogs appear there as well. Each of the blogs also has a link in the header menu that leads you to the other one.- That’s the plan, I hope it works.

The sockyarn destash continues with pairs 12 to 18. To make the Flower Power socks a little more interesting, I’ve purled every tenth row. And the yarn with the Traces of turquoise socks knit up to a different pattern than I expected.

I’ve got two sock knitting magazines with more demanding designs, but my poor old brain can’t deal with the complicated patterns. So it’s just eye candy or the odd inspiration. There are so many beautiful yarns out there, if only I had the time and money. (Reminder to myself: It says destash, not hoard more!) I’ll give knitting a little break now because of other things on my list, but a couple of new designs are already waiting in the wings.

Flower Power
Regia Flower Power Color, # 09388

A passion for purple
Gründl, Hot Socks Garda, # 2

H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.111 (mustard)
Lang, Super Soxx Color, # 901.0104 (aqua/multi)

Colours of the Baltic Sea
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 201.159 (blue gray)
Gründl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 008 (multi)

Traces of turquoise
Pro Lana, Meine Wolle, # 401 (white)
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle color, # 215.07 (white/multi)

Summer Garden
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 201.195 (charcoal)
Gründl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 005 (multi)