FO: Francie socks and handspun cowl

How I love me some good FO posts πŸ˜€ Tho I’m still waiting for a good FO picture for my last sewn jacket (and nice pants fresh from the sewing machine)

But first there be socks! tadaaa!!

FO Francie socks

kitty: IS PICTURE TIME??!Β πŸ˜€

*pushes kitty out of the way*

FO Francie socks

so here’s the Francie socks πŸ™‚ I love how they turned out πŸ™‚

It ook me a while to finish this sock because I’ve been so busy reading books and this pattern needed some attention (and row counting), so while working on the second pair I messed up horribly.. obviously, because the universe likes a good troll, I found out when I was done picking up stitches only to find out the pattern didn’t come out right…

Now it’s just a sock, so it’s not that horrible to frog and redo, it’s just a bit annoying because of the limited amout of time I have to spend freely on fun projects. The other part (the really big part) was that the BF was getting interested in getting a handknit sock and I was afraid it’d wear off after a while..

I’m happy to say it hasn’t worn off and the BF is wearing the socks to work right now, giving me the need to text him about the socks constantly…. argh πŸ˜› I’m excited about the BF wearing my handknit loveΒ socks, is that weird? Anyway, there’s going to be a lot more socks coming up on this blog.. I just hope I get faster at it πŸ˜›

FO: my kind of town cowl

Second FO: My kind of Town handspun cowl. The previous posts show the dyeing and spinning. The pattern showed a number of ways the cowl could be used, and I have to say I agree with all of them πŸ™‚ The pattern called for a heavier weight yarn and 12mm needles, but since I don’t own 12mm needles (9mm is my biggest size), and wasn’t planning on buying anything (either yarn or neeldes) I spun the yarn a bit lighter so I could knit with a different gauge with the needles I had.

I’ve said a lot about the colors working out the way I had hoped, but the picture above shows the exact thing I had in mind when dyeing the fiber. It’s autumn on a very sunny day with clear skies, brown, yellow and red leaves all over the place… ahhh πŸ™‚

FO: my kind of town cowl

So anyway, it can be worn like this to keep you warm while knitting πŸ˜€

FO: my kind of town cowl

You can wear it over your leather jacket in the early fall when the weather’s still quite nice, but the evenings and early mornings can be chilly and uncomfortable without wool.

FO: my kind of town cowl

Or like this when it’s windy out and you’re too stubborn to wear a thicker coat and want to stick to your leather jacket even tho it’s not really a good idea.

FO: my kind of town cowl

Or like this, when the thin leather jacket is really not keeping you warm anymore, and you’re trying to keep your shoulders warm and hope it’s enough whaha πŸ˜› cold.. who cares about cold… as long as you look good right πŸ˜‰

haha no obviously I’m just kidding, I really love the pattern even tho it’s just a simple garter piece grafted together.. it’s perfect πŸ™‚

FO: my kind of town cowl

Have I ever mentioned how much I loathe straight needles? This thing took forever to make because I can’t hold the weight without hurting my (way too tiny) wrists…

speaking of tiny wrists btw: I’m working on a new pattern: knotty gloves.

wip knotty gloves

I’m working the first 6cms of 2×2 rib, and with the same gauge and needles the thing is getting quite big.. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be this loose, but I’ll have to do a test knit with my 2,25mm needles to see if it’ll look better.

wip knotty gloves

It’s nice and soft tho (malabrigo sock).. hmmm… gloovesss

Autumn leaves

Autumn

200 grams and 186 meters of ‘schotlandwool’ handdyed with food coloring. This post shows the result after the dyeing process. Β I wanted to do some practice heavy weight spinning. I’m still relatively new to spinning and I think it’s important to learn how to spin different weights and learn different techniques.

So far I’ve been trying to spin thin yarns like I mentioned in the previous posts I wanted to be able to spin like Malabrigo Sock, and in the end I believe I achieved my goal and posted about it here and here. So far I’ve knit one sock (part of the pair) with my own handspun with 2.25mm needles so I’m pleased with the result.

Now that I’ve managed to knit thin (enough) yarns, I want to practice spinning heavier weight Β yarns. I’m not going for a particular weight yet, i just want it to be consistent (mainly), no matter what the weight is. Right now it’s anything but consistent… (as you can see in the picture).

Not that I really mind tho because of the pattern I’ll be using for this particular yarn (you’ll see that in the next post πŸ˜‰ )

Autumn

This is quite a heavy weight imho. Thankfully it’s not too soft and silky and so spinning singles was quite easy. I thought about plying the whole thing but decided against it.. I really love how the colors turned out and I’d be really bummed out if the colors got mixed up and I ended up with clown vomit…… (yes there’s green in it)

Beside the color point my largest needle size is a 9.0mm straight set which would be good enough for this size of yarn but would be much too small for a 2 or a 3 ply of this weight….

Autumn

The colors are exactly what I need to see right now, with all the rain we’ve been having these past few weeks. I’m working on a simple garter stitch cowl right now and I’m hoping to have it finished soon enough πŸ™‚

cowl

ooohhhhhh πŸ™‚ (I’m almost nearing half now… I’m really excited about this nice and simple pattern).. I love garter stitch πŸ˜€

Midwinter Sunrise (redo)

I decided to edit (read: redo) this post because.. well.. if you read it.. it was a but chaotic and dumb πŸ˜› Last night I was so excited I decided to just snap some shots and dump them online.. So the pix were kinda bad, and there was no story πŸ˜› so here’s a redo.. πŸ˜›

Winter Sunrise handspun

I wanted to experiment with some colors while dyeing and got exactly what I wanted, and not quite at the same time. I wanted to eliminate the stripes I tend to get, because my dyeing isn’t ‘messy’ enough. I tend to make clean areas where dyes don’t even overlap, so that’s exactly what I get.. clean alternating colors… stripes..

I don’t want stripes… but I did get them.. πŸ˜› sorta..

I was going for a seasonal look.. colors of fall and maybe a little winter.. I love how the sky turns pink and light blue in the cold midwinter mornings. So what I did was try to do a ‘messy’ sort of coloring, and succeeded with the yellow parts, but again messed up in the blue area, so I have what I wanted, and what I didn’t really want… I see it as a success (since I like this accident anyway), but it means I’m on the right track.. next time I’ll have it right πŸ˜€

I also went for some heavier weight spinning.. Tho it’s very cool to be able to knit your own handspun socks with 2.25mm needles, it’s a pain in the butt and it takes forever to spin up.. πŸ˜›

However, this fleece is awesome.. it’s about 30-35 microns, so for me it’s still nice and soft (enough for winter stuff anyway) and it works out wonderfully as singles… The stuff won’t felt.. but it doesn’t fall apart either.. the singles just sorta ‘stick’ together… πŸ™‚ How I love this stuff πŸ˜€

midwinter sunrise singles

This is the best picture for the colors… I love how deep and saturated they turned out this time. πŸ˜€ My own winterwonderland πŸ™‚

midwinter sunrise singles

I was planning to make a 2/ 3 ply but that didn’t turn out too great. In the end it would be either stripes again or a yarn that would spell ‘clownvomit’ all over.. so I went for the single ply stripes instead πŸ™‚

The yarn looks rather thick n thin but it’s really not that horrible.. at some places it’s the tension, when you pull it goes back into shape.. (maybe I did something wrong here haha)

midwinter sunrise singles

I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I’m thinking of something wintery.. obviously it won’t be a big project because of the colors and the stripes (tho it might become a winter triangle shawl), but I was thinking of something nice and warm, like a pair of gloves? I’m not sure tho… 725 meters is quite a lot… maybe a triangle would be the best idea πŸ™‚

autumn roving

This is the ‘good’ dye part. The colors are mixed up exactly the way I wanted them to be. There’s specks of color all over and there’s a slight overal gradient, but no stripes. I’m planning to make a very heavy weight yarn out of this one. I’m going for the my kind of town cowl, but we’ll have to see how well this goes πŸ˜›

autumn roving

I need to finish this spin/ knit project before all the trees are leafless πŸ˜›

Back to the dyeing board :)

schotlandwol 400gr

LOOK! It’s color where there was none! The pictures don’t do the colors justice tho.. It was a rather amazing process this time.. Where before it would take a very long time for me to set things up and to even get started, this time it was over and done before I could even start making a mess πŸ˜›

This is 400 grams Schotlandwol (uh english?) and an itty-bitty piece of tencel (to the far left) bought from the ever-lovely Bep from Wol-Uniek. Since the last dyeing process (Dandelion) came out a bit too explosive I decided to use a bit more mixed and complementary colors rathar than go for maximum contrast πŸ˜› What I also learned was that the food coloring I use looks very very dark but should not be dilluted with water. The color simply won’t be strong enough and it’ll look faded.

So I used two sachets of the safflower powder I had and boiled it with one cup of water to get a nice dye. I also used a whole bottle of blue and red, and I really think the colors look great πŸ™‚

The only thing I didn’t remember was that tencel, obviously because of the type of fiber it is, has a different way of taking dyes…. I remembered after I realized all the dye was coming out during the rinse πŸ˜› ahh well.. better now than when I’m trying to dye a huge pile of tencel right πŸ™‚

schotlandwol 400gr

I really love how the colors turned out. The little dots of green that came out of nowhere (blue and yellow were kept separate…. :P) Maybe I accidentally trickled some blue on the yellow, I do like it tho πŸ˜€

schotlandwol 400gr

Again the pictures don’t do the colors any justice, but it’s all I have right now so no complaining πŸ™‚ I’m not quite sure what this little baby wants to become yet, but I do know I’ll probably be spinning this a little thicker than the last time. I’m going for a heavier weight, I’m also going to try to spin (and knit) this before winter comes, and in these busy busy times that’s a real challenge.

I really didn’t want to buy any more fleece until I had spun up some more from the fleece my BF bought me, but it was getting a bit frustrating for me to work through the unwashed and uncarded fleece. I like to learn, and I still like to (hand) card some wool some times, but I also like to keep spinning as well. So hope to get less frustrated with the process now and start to appreciate it again.

Francie wip

In the mean time I finished and blocked one part of the Francie socks, and started working on the second one. I’m not posting the other one yet because I’m saving it for the FO post (plus action shot). I do have to say that this pattern does require some thinking, and knitting while reading will result in missed pattern notes…… πŸ˜› I’ve already frogged this little part 2 times and I’m trying to focus on the sock now, hence the slow progression of the sock, because I really have a lot of reading to do…

ppRotterdam view

The past few days it’s been gray and rainy but last week when we had some sun my BF and I went to our fave chill spot. It’s at the harbor where you can see the skyline of the city of Rotterdam (which in my opinion is really pretty).

Rotterdam view

We sat there, watched the ships roll in, and watched them roll away again… but most of all.. we wasted a lot of time πŸ˜‰

burda october

I’m waiting for a little more sunshine before I post the final FO post, but I just had to post a little action shot…. after all.. I’ve been wearing it ever since… (and loving it.. did I mention loving it???)

O WTF!?

I cried...

yea… so this is how October is working out for me… πŸ˜› Haha just kidding.. I found this (6th) 2.5mm dpn lying around in my knitting box (where at some point during the day/ night a mean kitty might come to lie down because of the soft yarn) and I cried. πŸ˜›

After the crying I realized this was my extra needle and I could still be knitting with 5 needles… in case of a real emergency I would’ve knit with 4 (which is easier anyway), but I think for this pattern it’s best for me to stick to 5 for now:

Francie socks for BF wip

*surpplies!*

Here’s my Francie sock wip! Once I had finished the socks for my MIL and the lone skew I still have to finish my BF expressed his love for handknitted socks and let me know he’d love a pair for the winter (for at home at least lol). So I kept my cool and decided not to show him how happy that had made me.. (because well you know I was so happy it would’ve freaked him out for sure) and kept my cool. I told him I had actually found a nice pattern (not mentioning the fact I had been searching rather obsessively for a nice and manly sock pattern already), and showed him the picture.

He was happy with the pattern and thought it was going to turn out to be a very nice sock πŸ™‚ (once he was gone I did my happy dance with the yarn I had already bought before he even said something……)

Francie socks for BF wip

So to share my obvious idiotic amount of joy with you I’m spamming this post with Francie pictures and my (weird looking) toes. I knit this sock with 2,5mm dpn’s because I was afraid it would turn out too big.. but to be honest I’m freaking out about it turning out too small (for him). It fits him so far but I might have to stretch the toes a bit… I’m also hoping a good wash and blocking will fix that a bit.. The yarn is from Zettl (the other sockyarn I had) and it’s a mix of wool and polyamid, so I know it will stretch a bit but not sure how much. πŸ˜›

Francie socks for BF wip

It’s my first time knitting a sock from cuff to toe and I must say I’m happy with this method as well. I’m not sure if I think it’s better than knitting a sock toe up because I feel you have more power over the process when knitting toe up. Also you have more space to experiment with sock length. If you want you can make it longer or shorter as you go and you still have time to think about it (and to see how much yarn you have left), but when you start with the cuff you have to already know how long you want it…

Francie socks for BF wip

So far it looks a little shriveled and not so appealing so I’m hoping the blocking will at least fix that πŸ˜›

Aeolian wip

This fall/ winter is going to be very busy and filled with a lot more uni stuff than the previous years, so there’s going to be a lot less knitting content anyway, but the reason I havent much progress to show is that I got a bit frustrated with the projects I’m working on right now.. Especially the Aeolian. The dark yarn is the Valbella sockyarn I’m using for Francie, the white yarn is the alpaca yarn I spun. Now I know this is a part of the lovely (lol) character of handspun yarn, and I do think it adds an extra dimension to the project, there’s something about it that bugs me to no end:

Aeolian wip

This bead you see here is stuck. It won’t go anywhere… and the worst thing is that it’s not the first time.. this happens all the time.. I’ve already had to cheat and skip a bead at two places.. πŸ˜› I really don’t mind doing that because well really when I’m wearing it as a scarf underneath my jacket and winterclothing no one will see the one missing bead anyway. I do want the beads in there tho, because without the beads it’s a bit dead, and the beads give it a nice touch. But really.. it’s very annoying.. I think I’ll have to break the bead now or something.. πŸ˜›

Aeolian wip

I also find it annoying that I can’t capture the color… The pictures make the yarn look so dirty and grimy… but it’s a very nice color πŸ™