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Thursday, 26. January 2012

yarn dyeing


On the Wollwechsel event in Berlin I traded some old yarn for this old new yarn - Seidana. It's made from 50% Nylon, and the other two contents are wool and silk. It feels great and smooth on the skin! I want to make a pullover, the pattern is "Plain and Simple" by Veera Välimäki.


Swatched - and noticed that the gauge is really okay, but I need to use 2mm metal needles. the pattern recommends 3mm and I have no idea how that would work, but I'm a loose knitter. I also realized that the yarn color is too similar to my skin color and would look like an old pair of nylons on me.


So I skeined up all the yarn to overdye it.


Finished winding the skeins. There are six of them.




Kettle dyeing. I made a mixture of blue, teal and a little bit of yellow and hope I get some kind of greenish or blueish dark grey. I also threw in a bit of white sock yarn that I had been wanting to dye for a while now.


I really love the result! The dark blue-grey-brown is perfect and because it came out semi solid and slightly shaded I hope the knitting won't be as boring as with a true solid yarn.

Friday, 29. July 2011

Knitting socks

Facing my craftroom windows, there is a schoolyard. Now it is summer vacation time, and they are doing some rebuilding. They took down all the plaster from the buildings facade, and now putting on a new layer. There is one construction worker who sings most beautiful in arabic while he works. I love the harmonies of arabic music, although I'm not used to them and I could not improvise on them without a lot of practice.

Here's a pair of socks I finished yesterday:


TDF finals

TDF final

This doesn't look like much, but because of the 3 skeins that are laceweight 2ply, laceweight (crappers, I was aiming for a fingering weight) 3ply, and fingering weight 2ply, it is still a lot of yardage. The bobbin of white singles has got a large amount of yardage on it too, I estimated a minimum of 1500 metres, but it's most likely more. the cowl was knit from yarn I spun during the tour.

I have done 6162 metres, (which is 6738 yards) including plying the spun singles.
So if I have a 500 metres 3ply, I would count 1500 metres for the 3 singles plus 500 metres for the plying.
I have done 3710m on spindles and 2450 m on my wheel, mostly because spindles are more portable and for me it's more fun to spindle spin. Interesting to see how that makes me more productive on the spindle than on my wheel.

Saturday, 23. July 2011


Finally some patchwork again! I made a bag/case for my knitting tools.


DPN's, circs, scissors, stitchmarkers, extra cables, crochet hooks, darning needles, needle gauge, all fits in there.


the only bad thing is that the DPN's are falling out if you're not careful. I should have included some kind of flap above them.


And then, I felt I had to leave a discussion group in ravelry. Even though I know that common sense in the USA is a bit different from here, and that many north Americans are considering our european welfare and medical care systems socialism, I was once more astonished and super uncomfortable reading discussions about this topic. And there's a particular group where such topics keep coming up frequently.
What makes me uncomfortable is the fact that people seem to
- blame the poor for being poor and suggesting that supporting them is not up to society but a service the poor should be grateful for;
- bringing up the taxpayer and his/her pocket when others talk about poor ppl having to go to the ER, talking about how unfair it is if the poor have the wealthier ppl support them.
..and the lack of solidarity in general.
I'm aware that a lot of ppl here in europe are repeating the same phrases, and that makes me uncomfortable just as well, but it's just my impression, (without being able to make a direct comparison), that the majority here believes in the necessity of social welfare programs and that everyone has the right to get medical treatment and a minimum of financial support.

Now, the taxpayer can not even begin to think about paying for the state's expenses, I mean, the state is so deeply in debt that everyone would have to rise millions of Euros to pay all the money back - so I don't get how there is money for warfare and saving big multinational companies and banks from going bankrupt, and because of that there is no more money for supporting the weaker and poorer members of the community. Oh yeah, of course I do get it. It's important to fight wars and pumping money into the companies to stabilize and keep up the economic system while it does not matter that much if the poor have toothaches and low vitamin levels. *sarcasm*
No, really, I hate capitalism. And I thought that said ravelry group was dedicated to developping alternative ways of life which enable ppl to live more autonomously from capitalism, if that's at all possible. Well.
I've been told to be an impulsive person, and as such I should sometimes keep my mouth shut - but some topics really make me "go off". So I guess it's better to stay away from some groups as I don't think I want or could convince anybody.. and heck yeah, I am a socialist compared to some other ppl I guess, and I don't have a problem with that.

Anyway.. have a nice weekend everyone.

Thursday, 14. July 2011

TDF Day 12

tdf day 12

Yesterday's work in today's pictures. I started spinning the fleece I had washed. It is Pommersches Landschaf, an old breed that is found a lot near the baltic sea here in Germany. Though it is an endangered breed today.
I also continued spinning thicker singles of merino/soy silk on the spindles. The top is really compacted and not fun to spin, I have really done a bad job dying it.

Sunday, 10. July 2011

TDF Day 8

tdf day 8


I thought that a thunderstorm was coming, and the weather report had put out a warning as well. But except for some wind there was nothing. Late at night, there was a soft rain outside. Good for the plants!

Saturday, 9. July 2011

TDF day 7

tdf day 7

the colors are not true, because all of the photos are taken at night. spinning singles done, made a plying ball of 120 grams.

Friday, 8. July 2011

spinning and cooking

Today's Tour de Fleece brought a ride on my bicycle, bike maintainance tasks, spinning in public and 25 grams of singles on the third and last spindle I am going to spin the superwash BFL with.

TDF day 6

After returning home, I made a super yummy yogurt curry with couscous.


cutting stuff up


grilled aubergines


the frying pan was one found on a heap of trash at the side of the road. it's from iron and there can be nothing as nice as this pan for frying stuff until it gets a nice crust. which brings me to the story of an attempt to buy such a pan in a german hm... department store. They had all kinds of pans, with teflon coatings and all kinds of coatings to make a non-stick surface, but no plain iron ones. When I asked if they had them, the clerk looked me up and down and said, with a disgusted undertone: "Well, if you don't wish to cook low-fat food... otherwise, you should really get one with a non-stick surface." I am really not fat. And I am really fed up with non-stick frying pans and their destroyed surface coats, and I don't know about you, but I manage to ruin the teflon coating within 2 years, for sure.


yogurt added!

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