Quote of the day

In the rhythm of the needles

there is music for the soul.

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vrijdag 9 januari 2015

Franklin Habit - a funny story he wrote explaining why he never knits for anybody.

 habit-lb-cartoon-01-15(visit his blog for more knitting fun.)

Chances are I am never going to knit anything for you.
It’s not that I don’t like you. Of course I like you. You’re interested in yarn and you’ve come all this way to read something I’ve written; how could I not think well of such a person?
No, it’s not about you. It’s about time, and having too little of it. There is but one of me, and there are many of you. Even if I should promise to knit each of you a single mitten I couldn’t keep that promise before I drop dead.
And what kind of off-kilter gift is one mitten, anyhow?
You make things, so you know how it goes. You learn to make things and are so excited at having learned to make things that you want to make things for everyone. But you are a novice, and it shows. Your work is earnest, but uneven. The things you make are not much in demand.
“Is that…a hat?” says the person in the next cubicle when she spots you merrily stitching away during your afternoon break.
“Yes!” you cry. “Yes, it’s a hat. I’m making a hat. Would you like a hat? I’ll be happy to make you a hat. What color hat do you want?”
“Uh…” says the person in the next cubicle.
With practice your work grows not only even, but accomplished–and possibly splendid. The person in the next cubicle changes her tune.
“Would you make me a hat?” she says. “I would totally pay you. Ten bucks!”

However, you have come to know well what decent materials cost, why it’s important to use them, and how much time (there’s that word again) it takes to finish a hat. Ten bucks falls shy of the target. You explain this to the first, second, and third persons who ask for a hat. While explaining this to the fourth person, you notice his eyes have gone glassy even before you’ve reached the end of the bullet points on the slide headed “Wool: Nature’s Miracle Fiber.”
You cease to explain yourself, and simply say no.
You evolve criteria which determine who will or will not receive a hand-made gift. This may be as simple as one question (“Are you my mother?”) or may involve spreadsheets, algorithms, and a Magic Eight Ball. Either way, you make selectively and for the chosen few.
That’s where I’m at. Suffice it to say, these days it’s easier to smuggle a Fabergé egg out of the Kremlin Museum than it is to get a knitted gift out of me.
And yet.
Every fortress, every citadel, every heavily-guarded subterranean bulletproof vault has a weak spot. Mine is babies.
If you’re a baby and I am in a certain mood, you are not leaving the room until I have measured you for a sweater. Doesn’t matter if you’re no relation to me, or I’ve just met you, or your father was my secret high school crush who went on to marry the prissy organist at the First Methodist Church who will never, ever make him as happy as I could. Come here and get your sweater, baby.
One such was born about two years ago to a good-friend-of-a-good-friend and ended up (somewhat to the mother’s bewilderment) with a tiny red cardigan I knocked out in five hours. My good friend’s good friend sent me photographs of the wee recipient wearing it and grinning madly. Most gratifying.
Just last week, my good friend’s good friend sent me more photos–of a new baby, aged two months, wearing the sweater. They’d not only used it, they’d saved it, and used it again. Profoundly gratifying.
Of course you can’t have the poor thing sitting around in just hand-me-downs, so I’ve cast on for a new tiny (green) cardigan. It won’t take much time. You don’t mind waiting a little longer for that mitten, do you?
Thank you. I knew you’d understand.
Writer, illustrator, and photographer Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008–now in its third printing) and proprietor of The Panopticon (the-panopticon.blogspot.com), one of the most popular knitting blogs on Internet. On an average day, upwards of 2,500 readers worldwide drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the continuing adventures of Dolores the Sheep. Franklin’s other publishing experience in the fiber world includes contributions to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Cast On: A Podcast for Knitters, Twist Collective, and a regular column on historic knitting patterns for Knitty.com.
These days, Franklin knits and spins in Chicago, Illinois, sharing a small city apartment with an Ashford spinning wheel and colony of sock yarn that multiplies alarmingly whenever his back is turned.

dinsdag 6 januari 2015

fair isle fingerless mitts - my texting mitts....

winter flowers blooming !

When we went on a daytrip to the UK, (just across the north sea for me), we went into a yarn / fabric shop in Canterbury : C & H fabrics in the main shopping street.  There I bought the book ‘Fair isle knitting’ by Lynne Watterson, and fell in love with the fingerless mitts pattern.

In the same shop they sold the Ramsdale wool, and the colours are ‘heathery’ just what I like.

I bought the dark purple, light brownish off white and burgundy red. Love to work with that yarn, it is marked on the label : born, bred and made in Yorkshire. Local products should be treasured, and this wool is made from the sheep that graze the Yorkshire Dales, and spun in the Yorkshire mills. it is a bit tweedy, and ever so soft - ideal for fair isle knitting.
These little mitts knit up real fast, in just a couple of hours I had my new mitts. They are not knit in the round, just flat on 2 needles, and then sewn together, leaving just a little spot free for the thumb. also, all other fingers are free.  Ideal for a mobile phone addict….. or for those who work in the garden....  

woensdag 10 december 2014

crochet cats workshop

I was invited by a group of Femma-ladies for a workshop amigurumi's.
I suggested they'd make the crochet cat - and this is the gorgeous result !
It was a nice evening, thank you ladies !

Free pattern and photo tutorial are available on my blog.

maandag 8 december 2014

retro beanie

I am knitting a cardigan for myself, in fair isle.  A work of patience, all those small stiches in a row.
Therefore, I need some distraction.  A small project, quick to finish.
And when something like this comes along on facebook, it was love at first sight.

I bought the pattern, and the babywool from Bergère de France and set out to knit intarsia.
Who remembers the little plastic fish - dangling on your needle ?  I has been ages since I used them. Probably from since the boys were little and I knitted them sweaters with footballs on, or Zorro.

Well, this is the result.  I love the combination of light blue / red.  It reminds me of something my mother knit for my doll, Mireille.  Those were exact the same colours. I am speaking of the 1960ies....

Now for a little girl who can wear this. The pattern included little mitts too....  aren't they cute ?


maandag 1 december 2014

a warm hat for the cold days

In winter time, it's all about keeping the young ones warm.  This Ladybug hat is too cute, and I think it can be worn by a boy as well as a girl.

A lovely pattern I found in this book

It was knit up very quickly, and had some fun parts, like the flap is knit with Wrap&Turn technique, and the antenna's are Icords.  And I made the pompons with this plastic device I recently got in the knitting shop, and Lo and Behold, it actually works !

another little project I finished is this baby hat & socks.  It is knit in super soft baby merino, I got at the Knitting exhibition in Zwolle.  I love it....

Greetings to you all and keep warm !

woensdag 5 november 2014

een eenvoudige kantsjaal breien - a very easy lace scarf

I found this great free pattern on Pinterest, for a lace scarf.  It's actually called a 'true lace' - that means you knit the pattern on both sides, in stead of knitting a pattern on the right side and purling the stiches on the reverse side.
But don't let that scare you off - this is such an easy pattern you will memorize it quickly and knit it whilst watching you favourite tv show.
Here's how it goes :
choose your yarn carefully.  I have seen this pattern knit in bulky yarn, very nice for a guy ! In sports it's rather dull, but in mohair it is the most lovely scarf ever ! Choose your needles according to the effect you want to get; like needles 6 mm with a fine kid mohair gives a fluffy result : a very soft and light scarf.
I choose this kid mohair with little sequins in, in a light taupe.  this colour goes well with everything I wear.

just a little bling bling

It's a great scarf !

Cast on a multiple of 4   (like 16, or 24 or even 80 stitches)  I cast on 44.  Knit 2 rows.
Always start with 4 knit stiches.  then follow the pattern :  (YO, K2tog, K2) repeat until there are 4 stiches left on the needle.  knit 4 stiches.
Turn.  Do this every needle.  End with 2 knit rows.  Cast off very loosely. (check Youtube for loose cast of) I like this method : knit 2 stiches together, put that loop back on the left needle.  knit 2 stiches together, put that loop back on the left needle.  and so on until all stiches are cast of.

Wouldn't that be a nice xmas present for a loved one ?

happy knitting !

In het Nederlands : 
Zet een veelvoud van 4 op (ik zette 44 steken op)
Brei 2 naalden rechts
Brei patroon als volgt :
4 steken rechts * 1 omslag, 2 st rechts samenbreien, 2 steken rechts*  herhaal wat tussen de * staat tot er nog 4 steken op je naald staan.  Brei de laatste 4 steken rechts.  Herhaal deze naald tot je sjaal lang genoeg is. (brei je bolletje maar op :-)  
Brei op het eind nog 2 naalden rechts en kant erg los af. 

donderdag 14 augustus 2014

een jaaroverzicht dan maar...

De tijd vliegt.... het is bijna een jaar geleden dat ik nog eens iets postte op mijn breiblog....  Hoe het komt ?  Het is niet dat ik gestopt ben met breien - gelukkig.  Maar Facebook en Ravelry nemen een behoorlijk deel van mijn tijd in, om maar te zwijgen van Pinterest....
Deze on-line communities werken vlotter, zijn beknopter en het gaat een stuk sneller om een berichtje op te zetten.  Maar geen nood. Hier ben ik terug !
Het lijkt me onmogelijk om àlles te vertellen in 1 post, ik ga hier gewoon een paar foto's zetten. Met een beetje commentaar onder.  Veel leesplezier !

sokken breien, lekker warme voetjes

een kerst pakketje uit de Action...

Beertjescursus van Pilou & Pilouette

een sjaal voor mijn zoon (Tungata van Steven West)

workshop vilten bij Mieke Recour

kleine snoepzakjes voor een verjaardagsfeestje

een heerlijke knit-along met Faina Goberstein

veel genaaid ook, deze tas was leuk, al mn breiwerk kan erin

muts en mitts design Riet Andreas

amigurumi uiltje

Wereldbreidag in Oostende

Schitterend weer dit jaar !

mijn grote entrelac sjaal is klaar

sokjes van de teen beginnen, best wel leuk

het 'inktvisjes voor couveusekinderen' project is super

Een cadeautje van een spinster, zo lief

nog maar eens een muts uit 'allemaal mutsen'

meer amigurumi...

beertjes maken doe ik ook nog
sokken breien van boven naar beneden

een leuk werkje met pareltjes
dikke muts in Noro

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