knitting and spinning

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

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.

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!

Thursday, 7. July 2011

TdF Day 5

Tour de Fleece day 5

Got the second ply done, one to go.

Wednesday, 6. July 2011

TDF day 4

My creation

1. day4 beginning, 2. spinning in progress, 3. day 4 result, 4. fleur du jour


Tuesday, 5. July 2011

tour de fleece day 3

TDF day 3

The weather wasn't better today, still raining, still grey skies..

I got some more of the BFL/Nylon blend done and now there are 40g on my spindle, one of 3 plies for the sockyarn is finished!

Monday, 4. July 2011

Tour de Fleece Day 2

Tour de Fleece day 2

Spindle spinning for sock yarn!

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