Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

Aug
10

Heimwee naar de zomer – of niet?

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

Twee jaar geleden rond deze tijd zaten we in het zonovergoten Spanje. We genoten van het verse stokbrood s-ochtends enĀ  zwempartijen in de middag.

We waren dankbaar voor de airco op het heetste moment van de dag en s-avonds zaten we urenlang buiten op het terrasje voor de bungalow te genieten met sangria (en bier voor manlief).

Vorig jaar was ik nog zo druk met het opbouwen van mijn bedrijf dat ik de hele zomer gemist heb. Serieus..ik kan me er niets van herinneren. En zelfs op dit blog vind ik er niets van terug. De maanden juli en augustus bestaan gewoon niet =-O

Deze zomer? Die wil ik, qua weer, het liefst snel vergeten. Het zwembad is welgeteld 2 keer gebruikt en is inmiddels zo groen van de algen dat je er niet eens meer in zou willen, laat staan vrijwillig.

Toch is deze zomer helemaal niet slecht geweest, en zeker wat betreft Dutch Wool Diva niet :-D. Om me heen zie ik steeds vaker mensen naar de breinaalden of haaknaalden grijpen. “Handgemaakt” is het nieuwe “zwart” lijkt het wel. Maar ik heb niet het gevoel dat het een “rage” is die ieder moment kan verdwijnen.

Volgens mij is het meer dat men er nu zonder schaamte voor uit komt dat handwerken leuk is. We durven eindelijk kleur te bekennen zonder bang te zijn als ‘mutsig’ of ‘raar’ bestempeld te worden.

Dus mijn zomer dit jaar? TOP!

En de zon? Als die voorbij komt pak ik hem mee als het kan. Bij voorkeur met een breiwerkje in mijn handen ;-)

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Aug
05

Unexpected helper

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

I confess. There is something I don’t like about my work.

Knitting? No problem. Spinning yarn? No problem either. Blocking however…is a whole other story.

I don’t have the patience for it. The pulling, tugging, pushing, aligning…rearranging the pins for the umptiest time. Blegh..

But sometimes you find help where you least expect it.

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May
26

Help! What to do?

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

We had a few warm summery days already and there’s nothing more I’d like to do on those day then sit and spin to my hearts content. A little top here, a litte batt there, slowly but surely I produce some beautiful yarns.

But then…what do I do with them? The yarns are piling up and nothing gets knitted up. It’s not that I don’t like to knit with my handspun, I most certainly do (I mean look at them! Who wouldn’t love to knit these?). It’s just that the yardage varies between 80 – 90 yards and there’s only so much you can do with that yardage. I love playing around with wool when I’m behind the wheel. Sometimes the yarn I spin is thick and plump, sometimes it’s thin and sometimes it’s crazy. Spinning it is easy, but finding a project that will show it off seems impossible sometimes!

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The gorgeous blue one is about 160 yards but everything else is around 80 – 90 yards (Aran/bulky weight)

So, what do I do?

Nov
17

Knitting is Art

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

Everytime I’m amazed by how beautiful knitting kan be. My friends on Twitter and Facebook often surprise me with linkies to stunning knitted creations.

Usually it’s clothes (like these) or accessories (here). But knitters are even more artistic then people give them credit for.

How about a little movie:

How cool is that?! Hmm, maybe I need to do a little shopping later….

Oct
04

Promises promises…

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

Yes..I know, I know. For days you’ve been waiting patiently, needles in hand, for the tutorial I promised you and all you see are those darn leaves :mrgreen:

Bare with me just a little bit longer! It’s coming…promise!

In the mean time, to keep you from dying from boredom or killing me, sit back and enjoy this short movie ;-)

Sep
17

And then fall came!

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

And you find this at your front door…

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Darnit. I’m cold and I want a hot coco now.

A little over 3 weeks I was here…

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See the orange beach towel? I would bask in the sun there until I was hot enough to cool down here…

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It’s not FAIR!

Oh well…that’s not what this post is about anyway. It’s time for:

Dyeing!

Over the last few weeks I was playing happily with wool and dye. It’s amazing how your mood affects you in the way you use colours. From March up untill August it was all happy and bright colours. The more the merrier.

And now I’m totally mesmerized by warm and darker colours in different shades. Real autumny colours.

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Top to bottom: Cabernet – Brown Sugar – Ivy. All (2 of each colour) are up in the shop.

The first two are 75% BFL/25% Nylon, strong but soft. Ideal for socks, and we NEED socks! The third is a 80% Merino/20% Bamboo mix. Also usable for socks but a little less sturdy. I like to use this mix for lacy shawls. It blocks beautifully but you still keep a bit of bouncyness (some people refer to it as “sproing”).

Ivy sold almost immediately so I made another batch. Obviously more people than me like greens ;-)

Next time, I’ll try to remember to make some “action” pics during the dyeing process.

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