Monday, July 20, 2015

Cancelled meeting, and its consequences...

What a does a knitter do when a "knitworthy" (that is determined along very strict rules, but more about that in a later post) family member, or friend has a birthday 8or other presentgiving event) coming up... Of course, knit something, right? But what if that friend is a knitter herself... what is there what she can't make for herself??
If you are, beside being a knitter also a spinner the answe is of course, YARN, even if you have less time than it would think what color, not to mention actually spin the thing... But when said person cancells the meeting, you can say threateningly "well what can I do... But there will be consequences", but all the while happily grinning, because you know that insted of a table of chocolate there will be actual present next time...
Diving into the stash and coming up with something that suits the target person was not that difficult...
On the other hand spinning it thicker than the usual laceweight took more attention..
The result is a more or less fingering weight... I don't remember the exact length, but somewhere around 360-400 meters 2 ply, spun from 100 grams of south american wool, my own handdyed.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Oh, so... where was I???

Hellóóóó??? Anybody here???
So many times I wow-ed to myself, now I will be good and blog regurarly... But then something always happens.... and teh more time goes, the more difficult to get back to teh blogging routine... I think this time I lost it around the Day of Wool, where, however fantastic it was (or maybe because of that) I had only a handful of pictures made...Though I really wanted to write a heartfelt report on the event, which was as usual amazing, Now, mainly not to let it go unreported, let me show the few pictures I have from the day...
I packed my table full..
But this time it was not enough, I had to find some other way to display the rovings and yarns...
Honoring the event I had a special hairstyle made up..in teh name of who does not have hair should spin some for herself. Though the execution was not as great as the idea itself, it was a great succes... I am afraid this was not the only time I braided dreds in my hair
There were pupils, and many interest on spindle spinning...
And in almost every time there is one person who for some reason stands out of the crowd... This year it was Judit, teh little sister of my knitter friend.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

One more night...

And it will be here!!! The Day Of Wool will be on again in just one day...
I am prepared... I was dyeing up a storm..
Purples...
Greens...
Blues...
I even did a bunch of pinks...
Some more purples...
Of course reds...
And these are only some of teh yarns... you should all come and see the spinning fibers...

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

It is coming...

The Day of Wool, is coming again!!!


 Sorry, the invitation is in Hungarian, but if you happen to be in Hungary that day, contact me, and I tell you everything...
Here is a pic from last falls event.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Spinning...

Its not weekly spinning any longer, nor it is a weekly post... not even a monthly... Every time I decide to post more regurarly something happens... This time Chris broke his leg badly, and needed surgery... Those who are my FB friend could more or less follow the story, I think here it should be enough, that it caused a tremendous stress for me (and of course for my boy as well, but that is another story)
I say that knitting keeps me sane, and if I couldn't knit I would be surely the resident of a funnyhouse, still whenever real hard stress hits me, I freeze, and unable to knit. Let's not talk about the trainride from the university (where I got the phonecall) to Budapest (where my son was taken to a hospital and was waiting for surgery), or the hours I spent sittin on the hospital stairs waiting for the surgery to end. But all those hours sitting beside his hospital bed, or later in my bed where he would not let me out of the room...I tried, believe me, I tried knitting. I tried complicated stuff, I tried simple stuff, but even knit and purl needed more concntration than I could muster...
So what I did was dusting my darling Kate (the wheel) and taking out some fibers. I started with plying up some singles that were resting there for months now, then spinning up the almost 400 gramms of Falkland wool I dyed a couple of years ago... I wanted to knit a spring cardigan, so I spun it somewhat thicker than my usual stuff also a bit more rustic...
It is 900 meters, just the amount needed to knit the Leaflet cardigan it was originally intended for, but... but... My hair color is changing, as I decided to let my silver hair grow out (hmm a topic for another post) and what would have gone well with my red hair, really not sure it would suit my silvers now...
So I have no idea what will happen to it, maybe I will knit it after all, maybe I will sell it, maybe I will give it to someone... All I know spinning it tided me over tha I-can't-knit period (as spinning did not the first time).

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A promise is a promise

Some years ago my dad had a business in the city I grew up. My mom is buried there, so I just told him I would join hin, an we made a day out of it.  On the way he told me that my mom once knitted him a sweater, it was cabled, and green, a very special green... But when they were getting a divorce, ina fit of anger she just cut it up into shreds... He was so sorry for it, and he still remembers it, and if I ever want to knit him something, that would be the thing.
As things turned out we stopped at Muller in the city I grew up, and there is was, the yarn in just the green shade my dad wanted... I bought it right away, we spent some time at teh front of Ravelry, trying to find a pattern, but he found fault with each of them... More cables, wider cables, no diamond pattern, but it should have a high neck, and so on.
I started knitting it right away, did the ribbing, but then I would have made some decision as to how to continue, and then it was left at there... for years I did not put the yarn away, it was in the back, sometimes pit from this corner to that, me feeling totally guilty,
So when his wife called me that for his 70th bithday she wants to organize a family gathering, I just knew this is the time to finish this. I took it out of its bag, promtly decided to go to another route than I originally planned, frogged what I had, and started again. Looked at a cable pattern at DROPS, but did not liked it, so put the "strands" right and left until I was satisfied with the wide cable, and once again, made up the thing as I was knitting.

Knitted from the waist, in the round, the sleeves also in the round, joined under arms, and decrease the raglan. All the sewing needed was grafting the underarms. For some times I was worried it will be too small, but the yarn relaxed as much as I thought it would and the sizing is just fine.
Yarn: Lana Grossa Basics QUICK (50% wool, 50% acrylic... I know, I know... but ut will not be washed by me...)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Adventures in FairIsle land part two

It all started with this HandM cardigan.. I loved it in the store, it was pretty, it was comfy, and I just fell for it...but at the same time it was rather expensive and it was made from a yarn that is mostly manmade.. 
But it gave me an idea...I loved how the thin, but hairy mohair-y yarn worked with the fair isle patterning resulting in a light, but warm sweater. It was also about that time, when the thought of an all over patterned fairisle sweater made itself feel right at home in my mind...
And it was also the time, when DROPS had its annual Alpaca Party, where all of their alpaca yarn is on sale, including the brushed alpaca silk, which suited the idea I had perfectly.
I did not had a pattern, only used the chart of an older  DROPS sock pattern, the rest I made up as I went along... I loved knitting the fair isle, and even knitting it back and forth, and floowing the pattern on the purl side didn't bother me.I enjoyed knitting it, so much that I forgot to put an opening for the belt, but as a friend said, what is it for me to cut up a sweater...and this was only a stitch or two.
I knitted the body in one piece until teh sleeve, then in parts to make up the armhole. The shoulders were sewn together, then the sleeves knitted on the round until the armhole, then bavk-and forth, but set in and sewed in as a traditional set in sleeve. Picked up and knitted a small ribbed border at the front edges, and then picked up the neck edges and added acouple of hundred stitches for the tie. 
If I would start this again, there are some things I would change, but all in all, I think its not bad, especially without a pattern,
Yarn: DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk (6 balls of red, 4 balls of white)
Photoes: Christopher Laurent Deli