Last year we were invited to knit at a charity shop ( I am a member of a S&B group ). I went there with my spinningwheel…..It is the beginning before knitting isn’t 🙂 ‘There’ I found yarn I couldn’t resist. My colour and fluffy! At home I knitted a sample and I thought it too green. So I blended it with my indigo dyed chenille. That softened the colour. Lovely! I had enough yarn and decided to knit a long cardigan!

garendetailNowadays I frequently use this book for knitting: It makes me more creatief!
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vestIt is a warm and cosy one!

I frequently take a look at the website of Ineke Elsinga. Visiting I noticed a pattern called ”walking waffle’ (literally translated from Dutch language’).  Wow this…I wanted to have. I like optic illusions in weaving. Buying the pattern was easy done.
The warp is as straight as it always is (we can’t change that :-)), but every weft changes 70 times and then you start with the first weft again. The waffle really walks 🙂
When I took it of my loom and washed the cloth, I was so happy. It was beautiful.

wandelende wafelI almost regretted it was woven for lining a bag from the grocery store.
Then I had to use my pair of scissors 🙁  I warn you!!! Sewing was a hell of a job!!

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Some time ago I knitted a sweater from my handspun yarn. After undoing and changing I finally was happy with the result. What about the leftover yarn? Normally you never use it.
However look….. a bag is a nice solution.  I often wear jeans and this way it became a nice combination.

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I’m sorry I neglected my website for so long. The photo below explains it all.
We were so busy taking care of mother Sophy and her pups. When you click on her photo it will guide you to their website.

Sophy en pupsWe kept one pup. Her name is Jytka.
Jytka en Sophy
and then life took over….. but I won’t bother you with that!
I am back again…..

On the Annual Spinning Day I attended a workshop felting. It was given by Adrian Salomé,
who hand dyed the tops herself. There were very nice colour combinations…..it was not easy to choose!!
We seperated the combed wool in thin layers and made a circle. Beginning in the middle and then going round and round. During felting we tried to keep the circle intact and I managed quite well, I think….well it is a little oval maybe….

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toolMy husband was needed to make holes. I hadn’t enough strength.
img_1138This little basket is a success while knitting on the couch. The ball stays in 🙂

mosaic1This one is my favorite.
I used the sequence of the warp colours in the weft. However I mixed the colours to the new colour. Like this…pink bloc! alternating pink/yellow bloc! yellow bloc! alternating yellow/light green bloc! light green bloc! and so on…and so on.

mosaic2For the weft I used light green. The long floats are very vulnerable.

mosaïc3I used light blue for the weft.
All three look good, but next time I will use 14 threads per cm.
Of course one weaves alternating purple floats too.
In the meantime two of them have moved to a new owner.

My daughter got a present from a friend. It was an owl to crochet.
Amigurumi this technique is called as I am well informed???
Well she never did crochet and together they tried…and tried…looked on youtube for the stitches and came to the conclusion, that they would never succeed and above all, they didn’t like to crochet.
And here I came in.
I can crochet and like to do it, all though I have to confess, I am not a great fan of Amigurumi.
uiltjeIt is nice isn’t it!?

iris nieuw1Shawl number two from my ‘iridiscent colours’ project. During weaving something went wrong.
Do you want to read about it? Click on page and scroll down.

Once I participated in a ‘spinning longwool’ workshop of the OLG.
Amanda was our tutor.
During that time we were on holiday in England and being in Wensleydale I bought a fleece.

Beauties! The photo isn’t mine.
I got permission to use it from the owner of this website …..use the link to admire her felting.
A couple of years the wool stayed in my stash!
Not that I forgot it….oh no….time was the real reason.
Until now…..

imageIt will keep me busy for a long time!

imageAll fibers long and short are combed with a Flickr. The short ones are going on my drum carder, the long ones not. Otherwise they will be trapped on the carder.

CloudsIt feels so soft!

Once upon a time the postman brought me a parcel with beautiful tops!
They came from the UK from Amanda. My favorite colours!Thank you!!
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Merino-Cashmere 70/30.
After spinning:
The weight is 104 gram and the length is 471 meter.

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These tops are BFL (BlueFaced Lester)-Tussah silk 70/30.
After spinning:
The weight is 147 and 57 gram. The  length  is 905 and 267 meter.

The ‘single’ yarn was steamed to ‘set’ the twist.
steamNow how shall I use it….’Lace’ knitting or weaving?!

In the same parcel was this luxurious Tussah silk too….still silently waiting…..
Tussah silk

……and a happy and healthy 2016
keep on spinning and knitting and weaving and crochet and so on, and so on!!!

 WEAVING WITH VERY THIN THREADS!

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This mosaic weaving was on my ‘todo’ list for several years.

It was about time to get started……
Thin threads are my favorite and I like bright colours.

The length of the warp is for three shawls.
It was a joy to use my warping wheel again.
(Winding and beaming the warp)
Twelve threads per cm…..enough or to few….time will tell.

My Rose is very vulnerable. The timber can easily be damaged.
When you have to lift it for a long time, you get the feeling your arm is growing for at least one meter 😉
My friend Greet (together with her husband) designed a pattern to make a cover for her Rose.
When I saw her walking with her spinning wheel on top of a trolley and me sighing and sweating, carrying mine for a ten minute walk, it was easy to decide…….

She lended me her pattern! HURRAH! The sewing etc. etc.took approximately a fortnight, but now I can walk for miles with my spinning wheel save and sound’.
THANK YOU GREET 😉

My second top-down sweater. I chose a raglan sleeve and a v-neck.
I had to adjust a little, but knitting from the top that’s easy.
There is still some leftover yarn. I’m knitting a bag now.

I can wear it both sides!

The yarn is homespun

However when I wore the sweater the roll-collar flattened at the front and that irritated me!
It felt like a bib. I decided to undo the knitting and choose for the V-neck band.
From the leftover yarn I knitted a circle shawl.
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frontV-neckOn the photo it looks a little strange, but it really is a big improvement (for me).

…here is my cardigan without sleaves. Ann Budd’s book is an eye opener.
At first it felt like thinking upside down.
When I didn’t quite understand  how to continue, I visited her group on Raverlry and asked for help.

I had to finish the borders and it took me a long time to decide what colour.
Finally I choose brick-red and dyed my home spun yarn (I am not sure, but I think it was Bleu du Maine).

I made two hues, light and dark and used them both.
However when it was finished, I thought, what a pity I can’t wear it on both sides! There is no seam…
…but the edges weren’t that nice on the purl side.
After deep thinking I undid one armhole and crochetted the first row, then I started knitting.

During the Annual Spinning Day in 2013 all members got a small bag with tops.
Four different combinations of colours, called: summer-autumn-winter and spring.

I spun it in a special rhythm.
After each part of a season I added dark alpaca. I plied the single with grey cria alpaca

……and I bought this book:

 

The design with the different brown hues and white, is choosen by intuition.
It’s a plain weave. I like shawls to complete my outfit.
This one is for spring.

When finished my bobbin lace, I strenghtend it with hairspray, folded the result and attached it to cardboard. It makes me smile 😉

After several years I started again with bobbin lace.
The reason…well I found a special ‘cushion’, when I was on a ‘car boot sale’ in Denmark.
My teacher is Mariet Visser.

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