zondag 30 september 2012
‘Het ambacht van Jan Taminiau’ exhibition in the Audax Textielmuseum in Tilburg. Jan Taminiau is a Dutch fashion designer, who has done a lot of experimenting with unusual ways of weaving garments, and with using unusual yarns such as reflective yarns and glow in the dark yarns. It was also possible to take workshops in specialized embroidery, which I didn’t end up doing, but I think it’s a great initiative to offer such workshops.
Then today I visited the Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, to attend the opening of the ‘Front to Back’ exhibition with work by Dutch textile artist Fransje Killaars. She likes to make colorful work, and as many of you may know, I love a bit of color myself.
In fact, I recently bought a lot of skeins of Cascade 220, in 12 different colors. I will use the yarn (well, part of it) to knit myself a scarf. I’m using a new pattern that I have been working on lately. I tried it out in acrylic yarn first, until I was satisfied with the result. And now I want to try it out ‘for real’, using my Cascade 220 yarn.
There will be both a rectangular version of the scarf and a spiral version, but I’ll do the rectangular version first. I’m hoping to be able to show you this first rectangular scarf soon.
By the way, I bought the Cascade 220 at Penelope Craft in Amsterdam. It’s a nice little shop that’s certainly worth a visit if you are in the neighbourhood.
dinsdag 18 september 2012
Cochem, along the river Mosel. When we are on vacation I always like to stay in a place that has a garden or a balcony (preferably both!). This time we stayed in an apartment that had a nice balcony, with (among many other nice objects to look at) a view on the castle on the other side of the river.
We enjoyed walking about in the old town center of Cochem, and on the hills around the town. In the old center you’d see a lot of tourists, but as soon as you went for a walk in the hills, you’d almost never see another person there.
I think my favorite walk was the one where we ended up visiting the Winneburg, which is the ruin of an old castle that was destroyed by the French in 1689. The Winneburg ruin is only accessible by foot (at least for the last part of the way), so not a lot of people come to visit it. When we were there, we were all by ourselves, so we spent at least an hour exploring the ruin, individually, sometimes running into each other. It was so much fun, and I just kept thinking of Catherine Morland (the heroine of Jane Austen’s ‘Northanger Abbey’), she definitely would have loved this!
Of course I also went to look for a yarn shop in Cochem, and I soon found out that they do indeed have one (Kappes, ‘Zeit für Handabeit!’). I bought a skein of sock yarn there, so that I can knit myself a pair of Cochem socks. I also bought a kit for a table cloth embroidery project, and I started working on it right away, on that wonderful apartment balcony of ours.
The other project that I worked on in Cochem was a sweater for myself, made out of greenish Lang Estio. It’s a cotton/acrylic blend, so perfect for a summer sweater. I only had 9 skeins, so I made a sweater with ¾ length sleeves, and it was finished by the end of our 2-week vacation. Once the sweater was finished, I started designing another shawlette pattern (but more about that some other time).
I also enjoyed reading the 2 ‘local’ crime novels that I bought in Cochem’s bookshop. One of the crime novels is situated in Cochem, the other one (a ‘Wein Krimi’) is situated along the river Mosel in general. They are quite different from ‘Northanger Abbey’ but also fun to read!
donderdag 6 september 2012
This is a shawlette pattern that I designed a couple of months ago. I wanted to design a shawlette that would be fun to knit but that wouldn’t require much attention, so I created this very simple garter stitch pattern. There are no short rows involved, all the shaping is done by just decreasing or increasing stitches.
- Schachenmayr/SMC Boston [70% acrylic, 30% wool; 55 m per 50 g skein]; color: Sisal; 2 skeins
- Lana Grossa Mille II [50% acrylic, 50% wool; 55 m per 50 g skein]; color: 046; 2 skeins
- 1 set 7 mm straight needles
- Noro Silk Garden Sock [40% wool. 25% silk, 25% nylon, 10% mohair; 300 m per 100 g skein]; color: 308; 1 skein
- Noro Silk Garden Sock [40% wool. 25% silk, 25% nylon, 10% mohair; 300 m per 100 g skein]; color: 289; 1 skein
- 1 set US #4/ 3.5 mm straight needles
- Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball 75% wool, 25% nylon; 420 m per 100 g skein]; color: 1153 1701; 1 skein
- Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Llight [100% wool; 384 m per 100 g skein]; color: winter wheat; 1 skein
- 1 set US #1.5/2.5 mm straight needles
Set-up: Cast on 3 stitches (or more, if you prefer a less pointy edge)
Row 6: Slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over, knit to last stitch, knit last stitch, knit same stitch again into back look, knit same stitch yet again into front loop.
Repeat rows 1-6 until you’ve reached the length and width that you like.