My blogging policy

My blog has been linked to Facebook – again. Obviously by someone who disregarded the friendly letters on the top right of my blog.

If you’re coming from over there – I do not wish any linking to and from Facebook, Twitter or any other so-called ‘social’ platforms because of their data policy.

Please respect this. Otherwise I’ll have to make this blog a private one.

 

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Sockyarn Destash – Pt. 2

More work for my handmade cardboard model foot. 🙂

At first I was a little reluctant about wearing hand-knit socks as I didn’t like the touch of sockyarn. But this has changed and I can’t get enough of the wonderful colours they sell nowadays.

As I can’t wear them all I’m going to put some away for my sister to choose from in case she needs a new pair or maybe, just maybe, to sell the odd pair. I’m not sure about that yet.

There’s also been a new Socks page added to the Gallery in the sidebar.

Another half dozen from the Spring 2018 destash – as usual, I’ve given brand, yarn and colour number, although it’s quite unlikely you’ll find them to make your own pair, most of them were bargains.

Working on the Summer 2018 collection already with more beautiful colours to come.

Bougainvillea
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 201.192 (ivory)
Gründl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 007 (emerald/magenta)

Soap Bubbles
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 201.192 (ivory)
Gründl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 001 (rainbow)

Any Colour
Pro Lana Meine Wolle, # 401 (white)
Gründl, Hot Socks Fresco, # 05 (multi)

I’m in a very berry mood
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.111 (mustard)
Regia Mood Color, # 04992 (purple)

Spring Forest
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.111 (charcoal)
Gründl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 002 (green multi)

Granite & Lava
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.118 (rust)
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle color, # 1117b.06 (granite)
Lang, Super Soxx Jubilee Denim, # 630.0424 (lava)

Sockyarn Destash – Pt. 1

After knitting three pairs of socks for my sister I made two pairs for myself. I didn’t know it at that time, but I was already hooked. There were a couple of sockyarn balls left over from my Hexie blanket project and some irresistible bargains – how could I not buy a couple more at half the price? At some point I had no choice – start using the stuff or get buried under a collapsing pile of wool. So I got industrious.

And I learned to knit another two types of heels, one of them with a diagonal seam which has become my new favorite – easy and quick to knit. The second type is knit after you have completed the sock, to fiddly for me as you have to remove a provisional piece of yarn and pick up the stitches again. I only used this method with the Granite socks.

Here are the first six designs. I’m currently working on pair #12 and have got a dozen more drafts in my Ye Olde Sock Designer sketchbook.

Lava
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.118 (rust)
Lang, Super Soxx Jubilee Denim, # 630.0424 (lava)

Granite
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.118 (rust)
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle color, # 1117b.06 (granite)

Cubist 1
unknown found yarn, (beige)
Gründl, Hot Socks Cubist, # 46 (multi/red)

Cubist 2
unknown found yarn, (beige)
Gründl, Hot Socks Cubist, # 45 (multi/blue)

November Forest
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.128 (kiwi)
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle color, # 217.05 (gray/green)

Brass
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.111 (mustard)
unknown maker, Marathon 100, # 3196 (multi)

 

Clueless through time and space

It’s been a little quiet around here for a while. Real life has been so demanding that I was hardly able to stand upright most of the days, let alone to do some blogging. Lots of trouble with my new phone and internet provider led to more trouble with the old one. My freezer broke, the new one didn’t work properly and had to be replaced again. A couple of repairs in my flat followed. Healthwise, there were a lot of pit stops and I still have got no concrete results yet. I contacted  every local authority I could think of for help and assistance, without much success either. Maybe I’ll get the first appointments in a few weeks. Add to that weekly appointments to help me with finding a new job as well as stress management at the ergo therapist (believe it or not, I’m currently in a state that I’m getting stressed by the relaxation exercises). You may also have noticed I closed this blog temporarily – someone had put my stuff onto Twitter, I couldn’t deal with that for sheer exhaustion.

Of course I wasn’t able to do much crafting, just some brainless knitting – a few pairs of socks got finished. I’ve added a litte gallery to the sidebar (scroll down) and will post about them properly in the future.

To cheer me up a little, I got myself a new flatmate – meet Nils, the Merry Master of Slothy Slowness.

Stitch sample cushion cover – UL 26

And another one off the list – a new cushion cover made from a machine embroidery sample.

Made to match the Lines & Dots cushion cover. The unbleached denim was a lucky find, I was cutting some base fabrics for another project and it appeared in the pile of fabrics I was going to use. For the machine embroidery I used a piece of decorator’s fabric from a sample book.

‘Thea’ jumper

Another finish yesterday. 🙂

Thea (unblocked yet)

About two years ago I bought four sets of this yarn to make the jumper for myself but now I decided it would be a perfect gift for my sister. I made a couple of pattern samples and asked her about her opinion. She liked it but went for narrower pattern repeats and only one yarn over for the dropstitches instead of two. No extra sleeves were added, I increased a couple of stitches like I did with the winter sweater.

Yarn is Thea (colour GR06 – landscape) by Zettl, needles 6 mm, total amount used: 500 grams

 

 

Winter sweater – UL 25

Another finish from the UFO Lottery – the turquoise winter sweater.

Years ago I found  a pattern by Magdalena Neuner in a magazine. Later at a closing down sale I bought their whole amount of Gedifra’s Arica yarn (colour #2483) – twenty balls (70 % New Wool, 20 % Nylon microfiber, 10 % Acrylic), a real bargain, with this project in mind. I used a total of eleven balls (550 grams).

I followed the pattern only loosely, just referring to the size and the way the sweater was knit – front and back in one piece with the arms attached later.

The yarn called for the heavy artillery. Knitting in rows, I used 9 mm circulars. With the first part done it was almost like sitting under a warm blanket. 🙂

After knitting the front up to where the increase for the arms should be, I put the project aside for a while. I wanted to continue later but couldn’t find the pattern again which I had always put into the yarn bag. Much later it reappered in the knitting pattern folder. Don’t ask me how it got there.

If I had to make this again I certainly would use less stitches per row. When wearing it, I’m looking a little like a cookie monster. 😉 But it’s soft and cozy and perfect for an evening in front of the tv.

Dennis – UL 24

It was a little hard to get a good shot of my next UFO Lottery finish, he wouldn’t hold still –

Whoosh!

You may have noticed I’ve skipped projects #22 and #23 from the UFO Lottery. Those two were abandoned – a knitted doll and a textile art panel. I didn’t take any pictures before I frogged and un-sewed them.

So here’s #24 – Dennis. Another Günni doll finished at last.

And off he rides again, testing every surface in the place –

Activities in January

In January I didn’t have as much time for my craft projects as I had wished for but still managed to squeeze in a couple of things. I’m still busy, trying to untangle my life which will at least take me into March.

Alas only space for fifteen projects but I’ve been working on more which I listed below this tracker. So it’s not only one but two stars for finished projects, more later.

In late December I found a pretty 2018 planner, a bargain at the local TKMaxx. Only two days before that I had made a draft for a project tracker – exactly like the one in the book (they call it goal tracker). Now I don’t have to use various journals anymore but got everything in one place (well, almost). Besides a bucket list and a to-do list it has also got a not-to-do list (love the idea) and a lot of stickers to use. As each month has got a different header colour I’m using a corresponding colour pencil to mark off the things I’ve accomplished (yes, I know – but it looks cool).

The A4 size planner is from the Orange Circle Studio, the design is called Midnight desert.

Expanding universe

collage from original artwork by F. Ibañez

Sorry for the radio silence, my life has been exploding around me somehow. Regular services will be resumed after cleaning up.