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November 22, 2015

Out of my comfort zone

My latest finish is totally out of my comfort zone. I don't like to knit animals, or objects like food or vegetables. Fun to look at, but not my cup of tea.
But some time ago a friend asked for a knitted moon, and as it was her birthday, I couldn't refuse.
So I knitted and cursed the knitting LOL.
But I kept on knitting. And when I reached the hat, I finally got some fun too.
My friend is happy with it and it turned out to be a gift for her daughter, who is pregnant. When I heard that, I was happy I finished the job.
There is another start, The Doddler, a mystery Kal by Stephen West. All knitters have heard about it, I suppose. And I decided to jump in. Usually I am not that fond on mysteries. You don't know what your precious wool is going to be. Clue one was okay, but clue two is a complete surprise. Cabling sidewards and I love it!
Clue #1
Clue #2
Clue #3 asks for another colour, so I join some blue. Its going to look like this. Great fun!

November 01, 2015

Knitting weeks!

Again I have been absent, but with a good reason. Last weekends I have been  knitting at the Fries Museum and at the Breidagen.
The Fries Museum has an exposition about Knitting. And they asked for knitters to come and knit and, if possible, learn (young) visitors how to knit. Great fun!
A week later I went to Zwolle, to visit the Brei-en Haakdag. Two days with friends, wool, knitting and crochet. I was asked to coordinate a children's corner, where children could learn how to knit or crochet. Quite some young girls came to learn. Great fun too! (I am the woman wearing the salmon coloured shirt)
Even a man wanted to learn how to knit. Do you recognize my Sari Marais?
In between I finished my Dig Deep. A shawl, designed by Stephen West.
And a  quick knit, two Bunchoten mitaines. Written from an old pattern, I did this testknit for Evelien Verkerk.

October 11, 2015

Indian Summer

We really enjoy an Indian summer in The Netherlands. At night temperature is almost at freezing point, but in the afternoon we can enjoy the warmth of the sun.

That made me want to finish the yellow shawl, Tejun 手順, as a reminder of sunny days when I wear it next winter. In fact I have two finishes. Exploration Station is also finished, but still needs to be blocked. Pictures of it next time, I promise!

I want to tell something about how I chose the name of this shawl. It was knitted from a Dutch Palette, Red Kimono, by Loret Karman. So I was looking for a name that refers to a kimono or to Japan. The name of the original design is Steps.  
To combine those two things, Japan and Steps, I came to the Japanese word tejun 手順 consists of two Kanji, te 手 meaning “play” and jun 順 meaning “order”. In common parlance it is used for the steps of a procedure, and in both general usage and go usage is usually used for a well defined sequence of steps.

Here are some pictures of Tejun 手順.

September 20, 2015

Yellow cloud

My latest shawl is finished! It looks like a yellow cloud. Soft, fluffy, just gorgeous! Name: No Woman No Cry. It weighs 114 grams, is knitted from 1771 yards of ColourMart extra fine merino and it's a full circle, with a diameter of 160 centimeters.
And as you know I keep knitting, so a new design is on the needles already. This time a design by Stephen West, Exploration Station. Buying the yarn was great fun. I went to Deventer last weekend to visit a quilt show and I knew there was a lovely wool shop in Deventer. 
So my first steps were ahead this wool shop. And the owner wore a lovely shawl, so a few minutes later I found myself back at the counter, picking some lovely yarns to knit this shawl. 
This afternoon I had a good start.
After buying the yarn I went to the quilt show and it was great. Several Dear Jane Quilts were exposed in the synagogue.

There also was a show and tell of antique quilts. The owner, a very nice person whom I happen to know for a few years now, collects and repaires those quilts and tells about it in a lovely way.

September 06, 2015

Early autumn

It looks like summer left the country and we have an early autumn. In this season I tend to stay home when I don't have to go to work. That results in finishing my self spun wool, Running Mouse. About 130 grams, I don't know how much meters yet. But I love the colour and the next step will be to make a decision about what to knit with it.
As this yarn was a try out project, I am now confident enough to start spinning a batt, named Aladdin. I won it in  a contest and it was the reason for me to learn how to spin. So today I spun and spun and the result is halt the batt done!

August 15, 2015

Another schoolyear is about to begin ...

Next Monday duty calls again. Summer vacation is over. Another year of schoollibrarianship lies ahead and I have to confess, I wouldn't mind to stay home for some more weeks. 
We spent two weeks in Thüringen and as usual I will show some pictures. But first my thread related issues.
Now Is The Time is done. I am quite satisfied about it and I even think about knitting aanother one.
Another project is Whisper Poem, (Pattern: Westbourne). It is the first top down sweater I am knitting, but I already love this way of knitting a sweater.
Tejun (pattern name isSteps) is a very nice project to take with me during long car rides.
A big (and only) advantage of the fact we don't have children coming with us on vacation we have more space in the car. So I could bring my quilt frame and I spent many hours quilting on the terrace.
You might know the story of this quilt. Youngest DD and I spent a week in new York, two years ago. And after coming home I made two memory quilts. One for DD, one for me. DD got hers already, now mine is going to be finished.

I bet next week there will be less to show! For those of you who like to see some pictures of Thüringen: enjoy!