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

Monday, January 26, 2015

Adventures in Fair-Isle land- Bergen Cardigan

Fair Isle knitting has long fascinated me, but usually I get stuck with smaller pieces, like hats... 
I did foray into the land of stranded knitting a few years ago with my red nordic cardi or the black hearts sweater, even gave a go to steeking with the harvest crdigan... This fall I decided I will venture even deeper and try to learn more about this strange, lovely and addictive thing.
 The DROPS Alpaca Party gave me the perfect opportunity to collect enough yarn for the a yoked cardigan,
 The stockinett parts would have tunred me wanting to poke my eyes out with the needles, if not for my university teachers, who, after three years of my training doesn't bat a eye when I take out my knitting... and then the fun part began...
 I can't explain how exciting to put one stitch after the other and see the pattern emerge...
To be honest, after finishing the sweater, I had it lying around in my living room, and I just had to pick it up time to time, and wonder, it I really made this...
 Pattern: Bergen Cardigan from DROPS
Yarn: DROPS Alpaca
Photos: Christopher Laurent Deli

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Forget me Knot V.2

When I crocheted the Forget Me Knot shawl last year I knew that the tree of us (pattern, yarn, and me) will see each other again soon...
For myself, however I choose this pinkish, purplish color, who knows why...
There isn't anything new I can say about the pattern, it is straightforward, easy to follow, fast, looks good in unicolor and Delight makes it extra special.
Of course, being me, without beads it wouldn't be the same.
It also goes well with the Crochet hat, I showed you earlier.
Pattern is Forget me knot from Drops.
Yarn is Drops Delight.
Photoes: Chrostopher Laurent Deli