#74 and more

The last pair so far, although I’ve got some great balls of sockyarn left. Maybe they’ll become a sweater as intended in the first place.

While I was trying to reduce my scraps collection by sewing random blocks, I came across this basket with precut batting pieces meant for textile postcards. Playtime!

The Boudoir in January

I’m still struggling with anything concerning writing and getting ideas into written form. And still no idea why I have these difficulties. The psychotherapist recommend to see a neurologist, the neurologist recommended a psychotherapy. I’m glad I saw some real professionals… 😛

Therefore, I’ve decided upon monthly updates about what’s going on at The Boudoir, hoping I’ll be able to scratch together at least some words.

So, January –

‘Experiment’ was the word for 2020. And then a strange thing happened – I rediscovered my love for English paper piecing.

Fiona’s Fall top is finished (from 8 strips)

Batik pentagons two new projects coming up, all batik scraps large enough made into pentagons, plus a deconstructed panel as well as a strip (both from and off the UFO list)

I’ll use the dark blue and brown ones for the first project, the light ones will go into the second one, 29 blocks laid out so far

P4-43 patches joined into strips – to be continued

Socks – two new pairs

And finally, some experimenting with improv piecing – a couple of shopping totes cut up and reassembled with some scraps left over from older pieces, a hand painted panel (by me) and some fabric with hand lettering in copper paint (by someone else), I need more bags and am waiting for supplies from my sister

More finishes in 2019

I was so busy making things that posting my finished projects got a little delayed. Here they come, with not too much words.

Starting with Electric Blue (finished size 62 x 93 cms)

Corner solution, front

machine quilting with decorative stitches

 

This is called Satsuma (finished size 43 x 61 cms)

hand quilting

The next one is a Disappearing Nine Patch thingy – feel free to call it whatever you like – a placemat, a table mat, a doll un-quilt … (finished size 35 x 50 cms)

Made from a set of fabric samples I bought years ago (one project bag emptied)

A book cover, fits an A5 size journal. Made from a freestyle panel I made a couple of months ago from left over strips. I thought one of the embroidered squares from Afghanistan might be a good addition.

back and inside

Two more panels made into cushion covers, finished size 50 x 50 cms approx. Ammonites were crocheted and appliquéd onto samples of decorator’s fabric with an added strip of neutral cotton fabric. And that’s another two projects off the UFO Lottery list. 🙂

George had a bit of trouble dealing with the new Zickzackloop (zigzag loop scarf) 😉

And last but not least my new planner/journal/diary for 2020, made from an A4 journal my sister gave me – orange cover with company logo, so I wrapped it in some decorative gift paper. Again, it’s completely handdrawn and decorated (you can spot this year’s model in the background).

Oh, wait, there’s one more … No title yet, but it looks like this (finished size 38 x 43 cms)

Squares (size 9 cms) were laid out, sewn together, cut vertically, rearranged and sewn back together, then the same vertically (sorry for the poor lighting conditions). And another project bag emptied.

For sale

In August I joined a new (and only short lived, alas) group of creative people, meeting once a week. This was the spark that lit up my creativity again.

The people running the project not only provided a free room but also supplied various material – knitting yarns and needles, among others. The things we were to make from the material were expected to be donated for a future sale.

This is what I donated –


My first project was a pair of socks. Yarn is Regia Design Line in the Kaffe Fassett colourway.

The second project is a Wingspan scarf. Yarn is Regia 4-fädig (4-ply), colour # 04463.
Pattern source: Wingspan

Zigzag Loop Scarf

Another appearance by George, my faithful scarf model. 🙂

This time he’s wearing my version of Beate Zäch’s Zickzackloop (zigzag loop scarf). I was given the pattern by a friend. Unfortunately, I can’t link to Ms Zäch’s pattern (in German) as her site is currently unavailable.

I loved making this so much – a second version is on its way, with a little twist. More about that when it’s finished.

Rainbow socks

My latest set of socks, simply named after the sockyarns I’ve used. I’m now taking a break from knitting socks except for the odd pair or two I’m going to donate. A couple of weeks ago I’ve joined a group of creative people and apart from individual projects, we’re making things for an upcoming market.

Jackpot 1, Jackpot 2, Jackpot 3

Etude 1, Etude 2, Etude 3, Etude 4

Sorbet, Viva 1, Viva 2, Rico, Digipix

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.

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)

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

Sargasso
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)