Archive for September, 2008

Hannah

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

And here’s some more knitwork for you.

hannah mosaic

1. Hannah sweater, 2. Hannah, sleeve detail, 3. Hannah sweater, 4. Hannah, bottom detail

Click the picture or the legend for more and better pictures.

Airy sweater knit (by me) in Rowan Kidsilk Aura, a yarn made of 75% kid mohair and 25% silk. Very soft to the touch and a little shiny . I love the silhouette of this one and I am just a huge fan of the overall style. I am a sucker for hourglass-shaped, close-fitting garments and an even bigger sucker for stripes. Click the picture or the legend for more and better pictures.

I finished this in a week, in spite of the fact that the pattern had me lost for a while. In the end I adjusted the pattern to fit my own standards. It was nice to discover I was able to do so.

produce of NL: Sea scarf

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

A scarf made up of two types of yarn. One moss green, terribly soft, drapy and even (content: cashmere, merino wool and microfiber). The other sea blue, a different type of soft, structured, light and tweedy (content: alpaca, merino wool and viscose). These two yarns are knitted in blocks and stripes, each one contrasting with the previous because of its feel, color and texture. The tweedy parts have occasional garter stitch ridges in various patterns, the soft cashmere parts just flaunt their perfection in straight blocks of stockinette.

The whole thing is knitted with garter stitch edges (to prevent curling) and pressed to finally become a very long scarf, warm but light, in two colors that complement each other beautifully.

It fits around the neck two times easily and can also be worn double.

Seascarf

Seascarf close-up

This is my first original design. However terribly simple it may be, this simplicity gives it a classic style that I love. I am very happy with it.

I already finished another object this week that of course will make it’s appearance here, but this post is for my sea scarf alone.

Jacket

Friday, September 19th, 2008

I finished knitting Plissé, a jacket designed by the Danish designer Hanne Falkenberg. It is constructed very ingeniously, and the colour my mother picked is very deep and rich in it’s blue-and-green-and-blackness. I’m very proud of the result, and my mother accepted it very happily today.

Once again it was a labour of love, knitted on too skinny needles with too skinny yarn, taking too many hours, but draping wonderfully in the end and with awesome structures. Imagine the blues in these pictures a couple of shades more saturated and bright, because that’s the real colour.

Plisse jacket

Plisse jacket

Plisse jacket, back

results are in

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

There’s still lots more to chew on from the past weeks, but in the spirit of the zap-generation (which I am clearly a part of because when I zap/change channel to skip the commercial break and tune in to something else to fill the gap I can’t remember what show I was watching) I am breaking my posts down into smaller chunks with a higher information density. This way I hope to attract more readers who, like me, have only a very short attention span and need a picture every so many sentences, and can’t be bothered to stay on a blog for longer than, say five minutes.

Actually I would really be glad if people who find my site would stay on here for five full minutes. That’s like… for ever. Like.

So let’s get to the chunks. Here’s one:

Knitting needle holder

The conclusion of my sew-inn I talked about a while ago and was pretty determined to drip-feed you the pictures of, but in came the zap part of my mind, Knitting needle holderand out went the plan. Do you still remember what I’m talking about or have you already clicked the link to freshen up? Anyway, I was very happy with the result, and so are my knitting needles (I love to anthropomorphise them, can you imagine the knobs at the top being their little heads, the 8mm needles being the town elders and the skinny dpns being the naughty quadruplets always up to no good? This is how I used to play with my mother’s button collection… How convenient a child I must have been.) It has become a knitting needle holder, to be rolled up when not in use.

Knitting needle holder

Knitting needle holder

Always room for pictures in our working memory, so here’s the last one.

Knitting needle holder

And now, as a reward for your focus and discipline reading all the way to here, some new information! I officially became a Bachelor of Arts last week. I did my last exams in January, but I received the paper last Thursday. I got a nice little personal speech from the teacher who helped with my thesis, and I never expected this. It made the ceremony cooler than when I graduated from high school, when all the people who had taught me for six years could say was ‘I think you had a little trouble fitting in in the beginning.’

Am glad I had no trouble fitting in in the end.

Love Bloemenjansje B.A.