Woollen Wilderness http://woollenwilderness.com Knitting blog Sat, 10 Feb 2018 16:20:59 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 69237514 FO: Invincible Summer shawl http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-invincible-summer-shawl/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-invincible-summer-shawl/#comments Sat, 10 Feb 2018 16:20:59 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=2045   Hello dear little blog space of mine, it’s been so long since I’ve visited and even longer since I last had an FO to share. Luckily, I have finally finished and handed in my PhD thesis, so this is all about to change! Now I can proudly share my first FO of 2018. Pattern: […]

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Hello dear little blog space of mine, it’s been so long since I’ve visited and even longer since I last had an FO to share. Luckily, I have finally finished and handed in my PhD thesis, so this is all about to change! Now I can proudly share my first FO of 2018.

Pattern: Invincible Summer shawl by Susanne Sommer (published in issue 2 of Laine magazine)
Yarn: Spingodin sock yarn in the colours veenhout, hunebed, sneeuwuil & mos

This was such a perfect winter knit for me. Firstly, because I loved working with all the muted grey colours and then getting to finish it up with a pop of bright green. Secondly, because this is a truly massive shawl that I can fully wrap myself in during these still very cold winter days.

The shawl is triangular and looks like a whole bunch of garter stitch (which is obviously true), but is very interesting to knit nonetheless. Along the spine of the shawl, as well as the border, you get to work lots of brioche stitch, alternating between one and two colour brioche. Susanne Sommer has published tons of shawl designs which incorporate brioche, all equally stunning. After already finishing the Cosmic Wonder brioche shawl last year I am completely sold on the idea and will hopefully make tons more.

I pretty much followed the muted colour palette as it is published in the magazine, but this could easily be the perfect shawl to work up all those single skeins of bright speckled yarn you have lying around. I’m happy I got to use a Dutch dyer for this shawl, it’s always nice to see what amazing yarns fellow-dutchies can create. I truly love all four of these colours and could easily imagine myself using them again to make a sweater (which is secretly my 2018 knitting goal, year of the sweater anyone?).

What knits are you working on this winter?

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Last FOs of 2017 http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/last-fos-2017/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/last-fos-2017/#comments Sun, 31 Dec 2017 12:37:39 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=2031 Hello lovely knitterly people. It’s been almost 2 months since I last reported here, which is unheard of! I swear my absence was with good reason. I have been non-stop writing and as a result my PhD thesis is now almost ready to be submitted. Besides writing I have also been on a job hunt, […]

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Hello lovely knitterly people. It’s been almost 2 months since I last reported here, which is unheard of! I swear my absence was with good reason. I have been non-stop writing and as a result my PhD thesis is now almost ready to be submitted. Besides writing I have also been on a job hunt, and I’m glad to say with success. As of May next year I will be working and living in Paris! It’s a bit stressful at the moment with all the thesis work and thinking I have to move country in mere months, but at the same time I AM SO EXCITED!

On the knitting front things have obviously been a lot slower. Which is not to say I haven’t been knitting at all, and I have two final FOs to show off for this year. The first is the Netherton Pullover, which was featured in the reissued version of the very first Pom Pom quarterly. With all the stress going on I was looking for a simple project with lots of stockinette and for once I didn’t feel like knitting socks (shocker!). This sweater was perfect for this purpose. As a bonus I knit this beauty up in only 2 weeks. So if you are looking for a quick gratification project, I can highly recommend this one. The yarn I used is from Debonnaire yarns (the Sprite DK base) in the pacific colourway.

And then there’s one more FO. I started this hat last February intending it as a gift. After finishing and washing it I realised it was way way too big and it was frogged, but never reknit. We had such a cold spell a couple of weeks ago that I was craving this hat badly, so the yarn got a second chance and was made into a pretty cable hat after all. The pattern is called Bough and I used Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Long Johns colourway.

Now I know I have been MIA for awhile, but I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas period and better yet will have a wonderful NYE tonight. What are you looking forward to in 2018?

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FO: Wilderflower sockblank socks http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-wilderflower-sockblank-socks/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-wilderflower-sockblank-socks/#comments Sun, 05 Nov 2017 20:53:43 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=2014 Pattern: Vanilla sock pattern Yarn: The Mermaird yarnery sockblank in the Wildflowers colourway Last week my second ever pair of socks made out of sockblanks came off the needles (the first pair were these super fun pineapple socks), and I still believe the concept is a lot of fun. Over the years I have definitely […]

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Pattern: Vanilla sock pattern
Yarn: The Mermaird yarnery sockblank in the Wildflowers colourway

Last week my second ever pair of socks made out of sockblanks came off the needles (the first pair were these super fun pineapple socks), and I still believe the concept is a lot of fun. Over the years I have definitely developed a knack for imagining what yarns will knit up like, but with sockblanks I am a complete novice. I imagined these particular socks to be a 100 times more busy than they actually are. In hindsight they could have easily been combined with a simple lace pattern.

I don’t regret knitting these into vanilla socks though, especially because it highlights how the two socks have a different colour emphasis. The colour in one sock reminds me of tropical sunrise sort of scenes, whereas the blue sock feels a bit more wintery.

I think last year I’ve been sticking fish lips kiss heels into basically all of my vanilla socks (mostly because I have the pattern memorised), but I decided to go with a good ole heel flap in this pair.

And as a rule, I always have a pair of simple socks on the needles, so a new cast on has already happened.

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FO: Cosmic Wonder shawl http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-cosmic-wonder-shawl/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-cosmic-wonder-shawl/#comments Sun, 29 Oct 2017 12:16:51 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=2000 It’s been AGES since my last FO post (end of August to be exact), but mentally prepare yourself for an FO parade this month (with medium expectations please, it’ll just be a couple), starting today with the cosmic wonder shawl!! Pattern: Cosmic Wonder shawl by Jenn Emerson Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in Blue Rinse, Ice […]

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It’s been AGES since my last FO post (end of August to be exact), but mentally prepare yourself for an FO parade this month (with medium expectations please, it’ll just be a couple), starting today with the cosmic wonder shawl!!

Pattern: Cosmic Wonder shawl by Jenn Emerson
Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in Blue Rinse, Ice Skating Party and Naive Watercolour

This is my first time working with Brioche stitch and I’m really sold. I’m guessing especially because this is a shawl, but it is so wonderfully squishy, which is a pleasure to wrap around your neck. In the pictures above you can see a side by side to see how the ‘dark’ and ‘light’ side look. I had no idea how blocking would affect the brioche sections, but it opened them right open like it would with lace knitting. This also meant that an already sizeable shawl turned truly massive.

If one of the colours is looking familiar, I actually made a pair of socks out of Naive Watercolour in the beginning of the year, and it was pretty interesting how differently it knits up with long repeats. I’m particularly loving it in the I-cord bind off.

The saddest part of this shawl is that it is a sample knit for Amy of Stranded Dyeworks, which means next week this will be on its way to the UK and I won’t get to snuggle up in it this winter. There’s only one solution I’m afraid, which is keeping the shawl for myself.. Ok that’s not the solution, that would be horribly mean. I’ll just have to make another one to keep for myself. The good thing is that this shawl eats yarn (almost 3 full skeins!) and will work in 100 different combinations. Which mean I can go on an epic stash dive and come up with new combinations of colours!

How are you progressing with your knitting this season?

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Stitching on http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/stitching-on/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/stitching-on/#comments Sun, 08 Oct 2017 11:07:11 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=1991 Hello lovely people, I hope you are all doing well. I’ve been going through an exceptionally busy period, followed last week with a miserable week in which I was pretty sick. Altogether this left me with a feeling of having neglected my knitting, so I decided to take stock of where my projects are at. […]

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Hello lovely people, I hope you are all doing well. I’ve been going through an exceptionally busy period, followed last week with a miserable week in which I was pretty sick. Altogether this left me with a feeling of having neglected my knitting, so I decided to take stock of where my projects are at.

Since my last blog post I actually cast on a new shawl. This is a sample knit for Amy, who is the mastermind behind Stranded Dyeworks. The pattern is called Cosmic Wonder, and it’s actually my first time working brioche stitch. And I totally get the hype now! It’s so simple, yet more interesting than stockinette or garter stitch. And the fabric it creates is. so. freaking. squishy!! Especially combined with the intermingled garter sections, this is making for one squishy, soft, and lovely shawl. It’s also very fun to have two different sides to the shawl. I’m now working (and nearly finishing) section 5 out of 6, so I guess I’ve been making more progress than I thought after all.

I’m also still working on my Ondawa sweater, for which I nearly finished the back panel. Meaning, I’ll be entering sleeve-land in the near future, which is getting me very excited. Because it actually means I’ll have a finished sweater soon! Yay!! I also received my copy of Woods – making stories in the mail last week, which is giving me inspiration for at least 3 new sweater cast ons. If you have not pre-ordered this book yet, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Not only are the patterns stunning, but the photography and print of the book is gorgeous as well.

My least progress has been on my sock WIPs, but I did finish one vanilla sock that I’m making out of a Mermaid yarnery sockblank, and sock number 2 is already well under way.

How is your knitting going this season?

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Autumn WIPs http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/autumn-wips/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/autumn-wips/#comments Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:48:57 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=1983 I am LOVING the rainy & windy weather right now, and am indulging in all of the knitting. So far my amount of WIPs is still somewhat under control, but I’m also aware of the great effort I’m putting into not casting on 10 more projects. I’m still happily working on my Ondawa sweater, wanting […]

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I am LOVING the rainy & windy weather right now, and am indulging in all of the knitting. So far my amount of WIPs is still somewhat under control, but I’m also aware of the great effort I’m putting into not casting on 10 more projects.

I’m still happily working on my Ondawa sweater, wanting to finish it before winter truly arrives. By now I have finished the front panel and have cast on for the back. When I started this sweater I worried a bit about the many different cable charts involved and that this would be incredibly time consuming. But by the end of this panel I practically memorised the cable pattern, so it is a very relaxing project.

In an effort to knit more from all the knitting magazines I’ve been hoarding, I’ve cast on a pair of Elske socks from issue 12 of Pom Pom Quartely. It’s been years since I last knit a colourwork sock, and it’s taking me a little time to get used to it again. I’m using Onion nettle sock yarn, which is new to me, but so far I’m loving the colours and softness of the yarn.

Last week I received a delicious sock blank in the mail from the mermaid yarnery and couldn’t resist an immediate cast on. Aren’t the colours dreamy?

Lastly, another pair of socks (of course) that is also from a magazine. This is the Blomst pattern that was featured in issue 2 of Laine magazine. The yarn is a skein I picked up in Vienna earlier this year (I believe it was a handdyed skein from the Wollewien store), which is knitting up a bit more stripey than I was expecting. Still love it together with the pattern though!

How is your autumn knitting going? Did you go mad with new cast ons or did you manage to restrain yourself?

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FO: Dreamweaver socks http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-dreamweaver-socks/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-dreamweaver-socks/#comments Sun, 27 Aug 2017 12:09:07 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=1971 It feels like these socks flew off my needles, and with a ‘construction time’ of less than 2 weeks, for me this is indeed pretty fast. Pattern: Dreamweaver socks by Ana Campos Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in the Balloon colourway This pattern was so easy to remember, but requires some computational power, so I enjoyed […]

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It feels like these socks flew off my needles, and with a ‘construction time’ of less than 2 weeks, for me this is indeed pretty fast.

Pattern: Dreamweaver socks by Ana Campos
Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in the Balloon colourway

This pattern was so easy to remember, but requires some computational power, so I enjoyed knitting this a great deal. The heel is definitely different than anything I’ve done before, but to my surprise gives a great fit. However, once again I’ve knit a rather tight sock (the same issue I ran into with my mash potato socks). I think the issue lies partly in that these specific patterns aren’t particularly stretchy, and partly in that I am in the want of knitting my socks on a smaller needle size (I like the stitch definition and the fabric better) and am still finetuning what I need exactly to make this result in a nicely fitting sock. I’ve always knit my socks on 2.5mm and am now switching more and more to 2.25mm. On 2.5mm I can knit a great pair of socks blindly, on 2.25mm I’m still finding my way. Nonetheless, the socks do fit, even if they need a little bit of encouragement to fit over my heel.

Stranded Dyeworks might sound familiar, as it’s already my second time using it for socks this year. At the beginning of the year I knit the Home Grown socks out of the same yarn. I think there’s something about subtle variegated yarn that is really speaking to my soul at the moment. And I just happen to find all of the patterns that will match fantastically with it, so who am I to fight this urge.

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Sweater weather http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/sweater-weather/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/sweater-weather/#comments Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:37:13 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=1960 Ok ok, I am aware of the fact that it is the middle of August, and it couldn’t be possible further from actual sweater weather. However, two weeks ago I was struck by an idea of pure genius (I swear), and sometimes immediate cast-ons are necessary. I’m guessing I’m not the only one in this, […]

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Ok ok, I am aware of the fact that it is the middle of August, and it couldn’t be possible further from actual sweater weather. However, two weeks ago I was struck by an idea of pure genius (I swear), and sometimes immediate cast-ons are necessary.

I’m guessing I’m not the only one in this, but when I first started knitting I wanted to knit all the things, and with it came buying all the yarn to knit all the things. Actually, not much has changed in that respect, but the learning curve when you start knitting is incredibly steep. This means that I outgrew many of those projects within no time. This has left me with odd quantities of yarn, some of dubious quality.

One of these projects was a pair of leg warmers in a simple spiral rib pattern, that I grew bored with even before finishing the first leg warmer. The yarn I was using was a dark grey Cascade yarn 220, and I had precisely two skeins. What to do with two skeins of dark grey yarn? The leg warmers were frogged, and the yarn was forgotten.

Lately I’ve been feeling the urge however to dig up these forgotten about yarns and try to use them. The genius idea for me was the moment that I realised that I could increase the amount of skeins. Really, this is a perfectly fine yarn for a nice and durable sweater, why not make one? Plus, I had just come across the most perfect pattern for it. I purchased a couple of additional skeins, which doesn’t even count as stash enhancement, because it’s using up my very old stash (right???).

And from this the beginning of the Ondawa sweater was born. I think what I used to see as bland and boring grey is actually perfect for such a busy cable pattern. Also, for some reason I had forgotten about these adorable stitch markers, so despite it being August I am immensely enjoying this project. And who knows, maybe it’s done once the cold weather arrives.

And of course I always have a pair of socks on the needles, in fact I already finished half of a new pair! This pair is made from Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in a new colourway (balloon) and the pattern I’m using is Dreamweaver. This is the perfect pair project to the sweater, which is knit over 6 separate cable charts, because the sock pattern is super easy to memorise.

And as a bonus to this weeks post I wanted to share some pictures of why all of my knitting always has an extra insulation layer of cat hair. Actually, everything in my house is covered in a layer of cat hair.. But despite that, whenever I get the camera out for knitting pics, Iva comes running and will try to sit on my knitting. One day I’ll publish a photo book that is just pictures of Iva photo-bombing all my knitting photography..

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Double FO post! Mash Potato & Pineapple socks http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/double-fo-post-mash-potato-pineapple-socks/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/double-fo-post-mash-potato-pineapple-socks/#comments Sun, 13 Aug 2017 16:46:17 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=1947 Somehow this year I’m not being particularly productive when it comes to my knitting, but whenever I do finish things it comes in batches. Currently I seem to have the perfect balance between monogamous and non-monogamous (do we call that polygamous?) knitting; I have around three WIPs at the same time, but I do not […]

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Somehow this year I’m not being particularly productive when it comes to my knitting, but whenever I do finish things it comes in batches. Currently I seem to have the perfect balance between monogamous and non-monogamous (do we call that polygamous?) knitting; I have around three WIPs at the same time, but I do not start new projects until all three are actually finished. Last week I finished my Powdersnow shawl, and this week the sock front is strongly represented once again.

Pattern: Mash Potato socks by Verena Cohrs
Yarn: Spectrum Fibre sock yarn in the Club Tropicana colourway

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had to make some changes to the pattern to get this sock to fit. According to the pattern you’re supposed to knit the twisted stitches all round the leg, but for me this meant a sock that I couldn’t get passed my heel. I considered several solutions (going up a needles size for the leg or going up a pattern size altogether), but in the end opted for making the back of the leg in stockinette. I still think this is the solution that works best for me, although I can understand if someone else might prefer to have the pattern worked all around the leg. In any case, these are fitting socks now, although there is still some tension on the instep (as you can see in the pictures the middle stitches get a bit stretched). Luckily it’s not to an extent that it affects the fit of the sock, so I can live with this.

This is already the second time this year I’ve made a pair of socks out of Spectrum Fibre yarn (you might remember my Flying North socks), which in itself is probably enough testimony of how much I like the yarn. The colours are SO vibrant and happy, I’ll certainly be ordering from this dyer again. Plus I have relatively small feet, so I actually have substantial leftovers from both of these pairs, I’m certain I’ll find something fun to do with those.

Pattern: Plain vanilla socks with a fish lips kiss heel
Yarn: Pineapple sockblank by Joyance fibrearts

This was my first ever time knitting from a sock blank, and it was loads of fun! I definitely understand the exciting part about not completely knowing what your socks will look like, and it is highly addictive to keep on knitting to watch the colours unfold. One thing though that I beforehand was already a bit hesitant about still irks me; the crinkly-ness of the yarn is not super nice. I knew this beforehand, and it did not bother me as much as I thought it would, but I still prefer my yarn nice and straight. I’ve seen some people online that go through the trouble of undoing their sockblank completely and first giving it a wash, then reskeining them. I would never go that far though, and despite this minor complaint I will be knitting from sockblanks again! Especially if they have pineapples on them of course!

These socks are pairs #9 and #10 of 2017. Audry already suggested on one of my previous posts to put all socks together in one picture at some point, which I’ll certainly be doing! Maybe 17 pairs of socks in 2017 will be my new goal, the idea pleases my inner perfectionist. In the meantime I have cast on two new projects, but more on that next week 🙂

 

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FO: Powdersnow shawl http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-powdersnow-shawl/ http://woollenwilderness.com/projects/fo-powdersnow-shawl/#comments Thu, 03 Aug 2017 17:04:19 +0000 http://woollenwilderness.com/?p=1934 Pattern: Powdersnow by Lisa Hannes Yarn: Zazu yarns in Morocon Mint colourway Hurrah, my powdersnow shawl is all done! This turned out to be a very light (both texture and colour-wise) shawl that I think is perfect for Dutch summer (or as other countries would call it: autumn), but will also transition fantastically into colder […]

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Pattern: Powdersnow by Lisa Hannes
Yarn: Zazu yarns in Morocon Mint colourway

Hurrah, my powdersnow shawl is all done! This turned out to be a very light (both texture and colour-wise) shawl that I think is perfect for Dutch summer (or as other countries would call it: autumn), but will also transition fantastically into colder weather.

Although the cable section obviously stands out the most, I think my favourite section of the shawl is actually the first textured part. It makes for such a bouncy and squishy fabric, I could’ve easily made an entire shawl this way (except that it would’ve been a tad boring to knit). Any eagle-eyed knitters might notice that I made one tiny mod to the pattern. As I was knitting I noticed I would end up using a lot less yarn than the pattern calls for, so I added 1 repeat of the cable pattern to lengthen that section a bit.

Despite that mod, I actually still have enough of this yarn left for a short pair of socks. Which I don’t mind at all! I have such a weak spot for mint green, which is why I have a mint green coloured wall in my bedroom.

Overall happiness with the project is pretty high, although I’m a bit bugged with how wonky my cable knitting is currently. Guess I’ll have to practice a bit more regularly. Also, this shawl got me into a shawl knitting mood.. Only I have no other shawl patterns in my queue at the moment (say whaaat!!). So, does anyone have any brilliant suggestions?

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