Category Archives: Cardigan

Putting an end to chaos

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Early November I showed the chaos on my table, and now I’m very happy to say that most of those projects have now been finished. In the picture above you see three of them. Two scarves with roses and the black cardigan.

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This is how just one scarf looks. I really don’t know how many of these I’ve made by now, but they still give me so much joy.

The cardigan is finished too; making it was not that joyful, but wearing is!

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This is what it is; just a plain, black cardigan. I can’t make it any prettier than this. But it is just perfect for me. The pattern is Weekend Walk.

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And the last finish of the lot are these two scrabble pillow covers. Because English is not my mother tongue, it isn’t too easy to play scrabble. So I see it as a kind of exercise to make these, and besides that, it is just a lot of fun.

Well, that ‘s it for now. I’m finishing a pair of mittens, but that’s for next time. Leaves me to wish you very happy holidays!

Groetjes, Dorien

Ins Blaue Hinein

 

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Christmas Light on Regent Street, London. Last week we went just for one day to London. Unfortunately just one day. There is always too much to see and do, but this time we went especially for the Abstract Expression exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Work from American artists like Rothko, Pollock, and Still.  Huge canvases in the most incredible colors. This is art with an impact. No recognizable shapes or subjects, and yet, these works are really worth looking at for a long time. It wasn’t allowed to take pictures, so all I can do is talk about it. Check the link above for more info.
 

On our way to the boat to England, we passed Wassenaar, where a new museum is opened: Voorlinden. Here I made this weird picture of my husband standing on the floor of a swimming pool.

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Knitted with 2 strands, one dark and one light and very soft yarn, a new cardigan. In the picture above the colours are quite right, the picture below is a bit off. Pattern: Weekend Walk by Drops.

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This is the second cardigan I made with this pattern, and I really love it. It is very easy to make and very warm and soft to wear. There are a lot of options left to mix colours of both yarns, so maybe I’ll make more of these.

 

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It has been a grey summer

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It has been a long time, hasn’t it. And the picture above gives away a little bit of the reason why. I made this cardigan this summer and it is grey and made with a very straightforward, quite easy pattern ( Drops Design – Weekend Walk). Grey and straightforward aren’t exactly keywords to usually describe my work, but this is all I could manage. A lot has happened, and it wasn’t all good. A good thing was, that our youngest son moved out to go and live on his own. I never imagined this was going to be so hard to me ( yes, the nest is getting empty). Something else was that my father passed away after being ill for a very long time. Saying goodbye just took too long and that was a horrific period as well for him as for the family. I’m sure he’s at peace now and it is good to see my mom is working very hard to make her life worthwhile again.

So, after all these months, I’m trying to go back to where I was and slowly I’ll get there. All I can show now, is a little sneak peek of what I’m working on. (there is evern some colour!)

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February in September

Since almost a month now, I’m trying to find a new balance in my days. Starting a study after so many years takes a lot more than I thought.

For example, the last  so many years, I’ve read a lot, but mainly in bed right before I went to sleep. So reading was something which made me sleepy, accompanied with a lot of yawning. Well, you can probably imagine what happens when I sit down at the table in the morning, with my study books…..

Something else what I did anticipate, but which seems to be quite tough, is the limited amount of time to craft. So it has been a long time since my last finish. Well, today I have a new one and it is the same as last time.

You remember the blue cardigan I made in August? Back then I already mentioned I would probably make another one; I just didn’t think it would be this quickly.

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Same pattern: February Lady Sweater
Different yarn: Drops Nepal

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Both the Nepal and the Drops Alaska yarn have the same gauge. The are very similar in a lot of ways. The main difference is that Alaska is 100% wool, and the Nepal is 65% wool and 35% Alpaca. This makes this yarn so much softer. I used just over 12 skeins for this green cardigan, where I made the body and the sleeves 1 repeat  less wide than I did with the blue cardigan.

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The hand-painted wooden buttons are a real eye-catcher.

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February in August Cardigan

The last post was all about colour; how much I love using it and playing with it. This post is just in 1 colour.

It has been such a long time since I finished an actual garment for myself. But now I have. Last week I already showed a little bit of what I was working on.

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Knitting top-down, so started  at the collar, in garter stitch. Every other row increasing stitches for the shoulder/sleeve to make a beautiful raglan-sleeve.

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The last 4 rows of the yoke are already in the lace pattern, and then the stitches for the sleeves are put on a piece of scrap-yarn.

The lace pattern is knitted over 4 rows.

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Both sleeves and body of the cardigan are finished with 1.5 inch in garter stitch.

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I made the sleeves about 3/4 of the length of my arm, just under my elbow. I don’t like sleeves on my underarm; they always bother me.

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Pattern: Februari Lady Sweater
Yarn: Drops Alaska colour 12 (navy blue)
Needle: 5.00 mm / US 8

This pattern is very easy, it knits up quite quickly and the result is very nice. I will wear it a few times, before I’ll decide, but I’m almost sure I will knit this pattern again.

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Getting back to normal life……I guess

Slowly, step by step a new rhythm is starting to find its way in my life. After a couple of months sitting, and since 2 weeks starting to learn how to walk again, I’m finally able to walk without crutches again. So, even though it is going terribly slow, I can go out for a walk with Fleur, which is such a joy. I just can’t tell you how much I missed this.

So, you would think that 3 months of sitting, would give me the opportunity to make lots and lots of thinks, but well, I hardly did anything but read. More than 20 novels have found their way to my bookcase. Some by authors I already knew (Gioconda Belli, Evely Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Gabriel Garcia Marquez) , but also quite a few new discoveries (James Salter, Siri Hustvedt and Romain Puertolas).

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Because I was asked to show someone the things I made with crochet , I made this mosaic, and I think it pretty much shows what I’m about with crochet, doesn’t it?

Something which is going to change, is that I probably will spend less time on crafting, because I’m going back to school. Well,…., sort of. I’ve enlisted for a study in Cultural Sciences at university. It’s something I’ve always wanted, and in fact already started over 20 years ago, but unfortunately had to quit. New chance.

So at the moment, I’m looking and trying to find a new way of spending my time, to find a new balance between all activities. Guess it will take some time.

Last but not least a little preview of what is going to be my new cardigan.

 

It’s the first time I’m knitting top-down, and it really is a nice technique. When it’s finished I’ll give more details about yarn and pattern.

Groetjes, Dorien

The perfect gift

 

As I mentioned in my previous post, we celebrated Sinterklaas last week, and don’t worry, I’m not going to show you every gift. But there is one I really need to tell you about.

It is a knitting kit I’ve been asking for for years. Have you ever heard of Christel Seyfarth ? She makes the most wonderful shawls and jackets. The way the colours are used in her designs, really appeals to me.

This year I finally received a kit!!

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Do you see all those lovely green and purple shades? Just perfect.

The kit is for a Bird Jacket, and to show you a proper picture, I use one of Christel Seyfarth’s own pictures.

It is knitted in the round, and then you have to cut it open. That’s really the only part I’m a bit afraid of; never done that before.

But I guess I don’t have to worry about that for a long time; it will take some months probably, before I’ll be at that point.

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Cables on my needles

 

What do you do when the weather has decided to change into a kind of Summer when it actually should be Fall? Of course be outside as much as possible! So that is what I have been doing the last week. But then in the evenings, I really like to sit on the couch with a new knitting-project. I decided on this cardigan from Drops. I love the shape of it, and since it has been quite some time since I made something with cables, it kind of called my name! The pattern can  be found here.

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Instead of the brown used in the example, I decided on a dark-grey colour.

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The yarn, Drops Alaska is quite heavy, but works beautifully.

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On Ravelry I’ve seen discussions about the errors in Drops patterns. Over the years I’ve knitted quite a number of their patterns, and it is true that there is an error in most of them. But by carefully reading the whole pattern, I think it is possible to adjust the pattern where necessary, and in the end I’ve always been happy with the result.

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Blue bells

This morning I heard the news about the earthquake in New Zealand. I know there are a few ladies from over there who frequently visit my blog. I hope you are okay!!

This morning I finished my blue cardigan. It has become a light, airy cardigan, exactly the way I wanted it. I even found a few glass vintage buttons with a little bit of blue in them, who matched perfectly.

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The lace pattern wasn’t too difficult. The pattern I based this cardigan on, had a much wider skirt. I’m happy with this one; not too tight, but kind of slim fitting. The bubble bells on the seam are just a funny detail.

Groetjes, Dorien