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

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

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.

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)

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)

 

Any colour will do

My sister recently mentioned that she wouldn’t mind me to make another pair of bed socks for her, any colour would do. Luckily, the craft shop had ‘any colour’, so I bought two different balls and knit two pairs for her. I also made a custom label which I need to have printed yet.

Congratulations! It’s A …

… pair of socks.

My sister asked me recently if I could knit her a pair of socks if I had any sock yarn left after finishing the Ten Stitch Twist. She didn’t mind if it was any odd colour, the socks just had to warm her ever cold feet in bed at night.

I decided not to wait until the Twist got finished because that might be a while. The last in my new colour scheme would be a blue and grey yarn of which I had four balls. They came from two kits I bought as a special offer. Although they were of the same colour number and dye lot according to the labels, one set was darker than the other. I chose this darker one to make the socks, following the instructions that came with the kit as it was my first pair. They looked a bit odd after finishing, but I think that will change after they have been washed for the first time. At least they fit perfectly when worn. Finally I created a little fun label to hold them together.