Socks! Huh! Yeah! What are they good for..?

absolutely nothing! (when they’re blocking that is…)

Skewed dandelion

Hello again world :) Back from being away with some nice things to show hehe. So this is the first half of my ‘pair’ of socks named “Skew”. I’m still loving the pattern and I actually managed to appreciate the yarns weirdness. After all.. it’s handspun and I can’t really blame anyone but myself :P

I’ve been rather busy the last few weeks and haven’t been able to really make any progress with the knitting.. It’s not only that either, I feel like I’ve gotten a bit tired of knitting. I know I can knit while reading but that’s pretty much it.. I can’t knit while drawing maps, or typing summaries, or working on my thesis paper…. So basically there’s not much posting because there’s not much knitting going on.

I felt like a quick something. Like starting something and having it finished by the end of the weekend kind of thing, and then it hit me… SEWING! I’ve been following her blog for a while now and she’s awesome! At one point she said: you know what, I want to sew and I want a great deal of my wardrobe to be handmade. And that was a while back, now she’s posting pictures everyday of the month september of outfits she made herself.

I started thinking why I didn’t sew more often… I like sewing in the living room because of the space (I NEED space when sewing). There are also more windows in the living room, which is an added bonus. Then there’s the whole mess I create when sewing. I cannot sew and keep things tidy. There’s a serious need for vacuming like a mad woman once I’m done sewing.. also I hate how the insides start to look after a few washes… :P But then I remembered my parents bought me an overlock machine for my birthday and decided it was seriously time to sew me something again!

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I needed something for the fall, something that would be warm enough to last untill winter, and it turned out to be this here jacket :) I won’t say too much about it, and sorry you’ll have to wait for the in-action FO post for just a little bit, because I really want to have some nice pictures :) (and not some blurry selfmade picture in front of a dirty  mirror that’s too small :P)

I can’t even begin to explain how good it feels to just have something this size finished in two days (two days because I’m slow and wanted to do everything exactly right).  This (bad picture) doesn’t show how much better this one turned out compared to all the other ones (not that I blame the poor picture). Obviously it’s also becasue of the added experience. I haven’t even sewn 10 things for myself so how can I expect to be perfect right?

Besides knitting I feel a severe case of startitis kicking in.. or at least queueitis… (LOL). I just started the (small) Aeolian shawl for myself and I’m using this handspun alpaca yarn for it. Now I know the yarns a bit ‘rustic’ and the beads a bit small, and the pattern for the shawl.. but that’s exactly what I’m looking for right now. It’s not cold enough for a really thick shawl, but we’re getting there. So I want to make sure I have something small before it’s really too cold :P

I’ve really started to appreciate the raw-ness of the yarn, but my only fear is that it won’t work out because of the delicacy of the pattern.. but I guess we’ll have to see once we get there :)

Aeolian

The beads you see are from this post. I realized I had too many beads for the edging, and I didn’t want to use both colors anyway, so if I need some more I’ll go and buy some :) The yarn isn’t that great and the fiber prep wasn’t that great either (since it was my first one ever..) and so there’s some vm stuck in there and at some points it’s really really thick.. but overall it’s about the same weight so I guess it’s acceptable (for me anyway).

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The pictures make the yarn look reallly dirty but the color is much smoother than this! I think I’ll have to play with the contrast settings some more because seriously this picture looks really bad :P

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Here’s an experimental part of the brown alpaca I have lying around… unfortunately there’s a lot (like a whole bunch) of coarse hairs and overshear… the quality of this fleece is much less than the white alpaca it came with but I guess you can’t have it all right. I spun a bit but got frustrated :P I need to knit this up first and see how my skin reacts to rough alpaca.. :P I’m not that picky so if it doesn’t really itch I can still knit something nice out of it :)

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the wensleydale is a whole different story…. the fiber prep takes forever (and even longer than that), and handcarding really sucks.. sorry people I really don’t like handcarding fleece… argh… I love spinning and knitting it up, but the whole washing and combing and carding… not really for me… :P It’s a good experience tho… and I really want to be able to make something nice out of this, but the same goes for the wensleydale as for the brown alpaca… it’s not as soft as  I thought it’d be…. My guess is that I messed it up somewhere with the wensleydale because the locks are absolutely gorgeous….. :|

ahh well.. we’ll see what happens :)

French view

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Not bad eh? Like the view? Here’s where I’m blogging from right now :)

I spent a week with the in-laws in France and had the luxury of great weather :D (while it was pouring back home :P) So I didn’t spend much time behind my laptop but decided to enjoy the view :)

skew

It took us a while to get here so I spent some quality time with my handspun skew in the car :) The picture is a bit blurry but I’m hoping to master the art one day ;) Unfortunately for me I don’t have any 2.0mm dpns so I won’t be able to finish this sock on the way back, which also means I will nt be able to start the other one either..

skew

I really had my doubts about the yandspun yarn, because (you may remember this post), but it turned out a bit overspun and at some points a bit too thick or too thin. I’m still unsure about the durability of the yarn/ sock, mostly because it’s my first handspun sock ever and I have no idea what would be best. Also I believe BFL is rather soft and I’m not sure if it’s a good choice for socks :P

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I’m happy with the way it’s turning out, even if it means I have to wait a bit longer for this one to be finished :)

I started my Haruni a few days before we left and managed to work on it in between sunbathing and restaurant hopping (lol)

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It’s Jaggerspun Zephyr in bottle green and the more I work on it the more I fall in love with the colors :) I do have to say I find the leaf pattern so far rather boring so I can’t keep knitting it like I can work on the sock, but it’s still a good mindless knit :)

haruni wip

I find the yarn a little too airy for an unbeaded shawl so I decided to add some beads I bought at Lazuli: a very nice beadshop in Delft. I bought two bags (1,50 a bag… how cheap!) from each color because I’m not sure how many I’ll need :) But I can’t wait to get to the beading part :D

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Not quite visible on this last little picture is the charming village of Domme :) (somewhere behind the clouds). I’m hoping to have a better picture when I’m at home :)

FO: Neckwarmers!

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I finished me a neckwarmer :) The pattern is from Garnstudio and was supposed to be knit with kid-silk, but I didn’t have any :P. This little neckwarmer was knit during the cold september mornings in southern France :) I had so much to pack I completely forgot to pack me something nice and warm for the early mornings and the evenings in restaurant terraces, so the first morning I was freezing. And then it hit me: I’m a knitter dammit! So I knit this and had happy warm mornings :)

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Here’s a picture of me wearing it :) I just needed something temprarily but I actualy like it so I might knit some more in different colors :D

A few days before we left I finished Glenn’s scarf which I turned into a neckwarmer as well. I didn’t have enough yarn and I ran out of time to buy two other balls so I decided it was long enough anyway :)

glenn's neckwarmer

It’s quite wide for a scarf because I used a heavier weight yarn than called for, but I thought the scarf should be functional in Dutch weather as well :)