When you are away from home you need a traveling knitting project. I didn’t have any small portable project so I started some socks. They are actually house socks, or slipper socks. My plan is to sew leather soles onto them. First, knitting!
OK, it’s not a great photo. This is not an official FO blog post, so I have time for better photos of the finished slippers. I just wanted to try to show the first one – it’s done!
The second one is already more than half finished. It knits up super fast with worsted weight yarn and the fabric is thick and sturdy since it’s knit on size 3mm/3US needles.
The yarn is Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Worsted in color Edison Bulb. And it is bright! It kind of blows out the sensor on my camera. This was definitely an advantage when knitting on a dimly knit plane when others are sleeping or watching movies.
The pattern is Foxwood, from the Twist Collective web site. It’s a very well written pattern, with charts for the cabled patterns, and 4 sizes to choose from. Mine are the smallest size. More photos next weekend!
Last week I was in Thailand on a business trip. Before you get the idea that it’s fun to travel for work, let me tell you that, when you arrive, have to adjust to the time zone, are only there during working days without a weekend to go sight-seeing, it’s really just work.
I have incredibly nice colleagues in Thailand, and because I don’t drive there (NO WAY am I going to try driving in that chaos!), and there is no canteen at this facility, they take me (and any other foreign visitors) out to lunch every day. What a treat!
We have everything from expensive (relatively) sushi, to the famous 1 euro lunch – both are delicious. I tried to take photos at every meal, but sometimes just forgot. Below are the food photos from last week. Thai people like their food, and for very good reason. It’s the best cuisine I have ever tried.
My favorite lunch of the week was this fish and noodle soup. It was not terribly hot spicy, but was full of amazing flavors that I can’t list here because I don’t know what they were. There were pieces of veg in the soup that I’d never eaten before. Just delicious.
We went out together one night for dinner. Along with all the good food, the last was the best. Simple, fresh mango in slices, with sweet sticky rice on the side with coconut milk to pour over. I have never in my life had mango that tasted this good. So THIS is what a mango is supposed to taste like! Ah!
And here are some other pics from the week. I don’t know when I’ll be going back to Thailand. Probably later this year. DB has to come too next time. I’ll save up my appetite!
I just finished my Follow Your Arrow KAL shawl. We got 5 clues and each clue had a choice between 2 different patterns to follow, giving you a possible 36 different shawls.
I chose option B first, then A, and so on, to make a BAAAA shawl. On the group forum on Ravelry you can see all the different variations, some in 2 colors. So fun to see all the different shawls made from this one pattern.
The yarn, you’ll remember if you’ve been following along, is some that I over-dyed a couple of years ago and I’m thrilled to finally use it! It’s not as soft as merino but that is just perfect for this kind of shawl. You want it to have some body to it and not just flop around, which it would do with super soft yarn.
Full disclosure and true confessions – when I soaked the shawl to block it there was SO MUCH dye that washed out! I honestly don’t remember my after dyeing care of this yarn but clearly I didn’t rinse it enough. I know I wanted to make sure it would over dye completely so I must have used a lot of dye. I’m just surprised I let it dry and wound it up without completely rinsing it. I guess I shouldn’t complain about Madelinetosh yarn bleeding if I can’t even keep my own yarn from bleeding!
You can see on this blocking photo the orange from the previous shawl blocking and the green at the points of this shawl from dye bleed. This bed sheet is going to become a work of art all its own.
I’m really happy with the end result and will wear it a lot I’m sure, although I don’t have a lot of green clothes. It will go well with black and white for sure. Now I’m off to cast on something new….
This morning I had such a need to go into the dunes and feel the trees around me. The sun was shining and the wind had died down from yesterday’s gales.
It’s been a stressful couple of days. I needed to get out and clear my head and get that peaceful feeling that only the trees and hills can give me. I’m so thankful for the trees.
I found a new route to take, which turned out to be a fantastic loop, half in an area I’d never run before and half along the favorite well worn path. Here’s the map of where I went, starting at the hockey fields near Santpoort Zuid, turning left off of the bike path, making my way to Volgelmeer (bird lake). From the lake back to the hockey fields is the route we normally take. The first half of the route, through the trees, is where I took the above photo. As soon as I took the photo my stupid phone DIED, so I was lucky to get that one good shot!
Today I saw the highland cattle, rubbing their shaggy heads on trees. It felt like Spring outside. We haven’t really had a winter this year, but it’s still February and a little early to call it over. The little birds have started to sing, and my rose bushes are starting to put out green shoots, so Spring can’t be far away.
This is the small shawl I made for the Ravellenic games. It’s a Ravelry-wide KAL (knit-a-long) with events named cutely like Olympic events. Lace Luge, stuff like that.
This shawl is in a lovely Dutch orange called Citrus. The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. The pattern is Frambuesa by Julia Trice.
It was a fun fast knit and actually I would recommend it for a first lace project for new lace knitters. It looks a lot more complex than it is – which I think makes for a really special lace pattern – looks impressive while being easy to make.
I only had one skein of this yarn, but I have a fair amount left over. I could probably have made it a bit bigger but I followed the instructions exactly. It wraps twice around my neck like a very pretty cowl/scarf. Maybe at some point I’ll have a photo of me wearing it, but with timing, weather and other priorities I just didn’t manage it. These photos were taken with the shawl hanging on the hedges in front of my house. At least it wasn’t raining!
Working on my Ravellenics project, watching live streaming, during my lunch break.
Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting Joji Locatelli. Joji is the knitting designer who’s pattern I used to make my Neon sweater. Her designs are clever, fun to make, fit perfectly and are beautiful as well! Joji was in the area visiting family and came to Penelope Craft to have a trunk show.
She had with her her latest designs and also those from Veera Välimäki. The two of them joined forces to create a group of patterns, self published as “Interpretations“. We got to see the samples and even try them on, which was really nice of her to let us do. Joji was so friendly and I really enjoyed meeting her. I think she’d be a fun person to hang out with and talk knitting.
I couldn’t resist buying a couple of printed patterns that she had on hand. I bought “Laneway” and “See You There”, one from each designer.
I also couldn’t resist some of Malia’s new Madelinetosh shipment. I know I KNOW! I don’t need it! But just look at it! How could I resist?
(Sorry for the lousy photos. It’s so dark and stormy today – no good light.)
The Jade and Firewood colors go so nicely together. I think I will use them to make a shorter version of “Laneway”, with shorter sleeves too.
After hanging out for a while, four of us left and walked down the street to a Mexican restaurant and drank margaritas and ate nachos. What a great way to end the afternoon! I came home to dinner ready and Olympics on the tv. Of course, after drinking margaritas I didn’t dare try to cast on that lace shawl again. Instead I went to bed early.
This morning I was awake at 7am and decided to get up and turn on the tv to the Olympics, make some coffee and cast on the shawl. This pattern starts at the bottom edge so you have the longest part to do first. It gets smaller as you go along and work up. So far so good now! Here’s a photo. Again, terrible light. It really is a very bright orange, not so red as here. It goes well with the orange everywhere on the tv while watching the ice skating! Hup Holland!