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Third! Curve of Pursuit

I did a bit of Popknitting making a tea cosy for my cubical Goblin teapots out of some odd balls that I had left from making my third Curve of Pursuit afghan (yes, third; I simply love that pattern; this one is made from a stash of yellow, pink and bright red mohair/silk yarn dating as far back as the 1980s). Goblin teapots belong to Teasmades, those glorious machines that make tea for you in the morning without you having to get up. Not that I use my two Teasmades. They are pure pieces of decoration. But I have two single teapots that I regularly use.

I love Popknitting. It’s big and bold and beautiful. I used the ‘slipped stitches to form welts‘ pattern from pages 56 and 57. I started from the handle knitting on both sides of the yellow cast-on. After one welt I switched to alternating pink and red welts working around the handle for four welts and then around both sides inserting the yellow top.

The biggest challenge posed the nozzle. I didn’t want to put short rows in. Indeed I couldn’t quite imagine how to do the welts as short rows. Therefore I increased and decreased stitches to form the nozzle, which together with the three colours coming together in the front resulted in something resembling American Art Deco.

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Yesterday I went out with my son photographing my second Curve of Pursuit that I was making for my mum. He is so excited about this pattern he was very willing to help me. He calls the pattern a time portal. When we came back home he said: ‘It would be good if you could just knit your own time portal like the new Dr Who.’ That was so sweet. I didn’t know that Dr Who can knit his own time portal – imagine Dr Who doing that – imagine you could just sit down and knit your own special gadget.

I managed to find the third colour for the frame after a long, painful search. Nothing seemed to go with this combination of dark green and light blue. I was so desperate that I even considered orange at some point. I finally came to terms with the inevitable fact that I had to BUY yarn that is NOT-RECYCLED and settled on Destiny Kingfisher, a mohair yarn by Texere Yarns. The wool stains horribly. I think if I had bought the yarn for pleasure, i.e. because I fancied the yarn, I would have been very angry. But I am so happy I have found the right colour at last I don’t even mind the staining anymore.

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I’ve decided that the pink isn’t working with the light blue and dark green of my second Curve of Pursuit. I will just continue alternating blue and green as far as possible and find another colour for the frame.

Meanwhile I’m thinking up something else. Winter is approaching fast and I want something nice, soft and quick. I will work a variation on the fab Lacy Dolman by Stephanie Japel from her book Glam Knits. I’ve got a cone of silver Alamo from Texere Yarns that is just right for this. It’s an Alpaca/Mohair/Acryl blend.

I’ve chosen a ladder pattern that looks great on the right and wrong side with this yarn. I could wear it both ways. I’ve even found the right buttons today after searching John Lewis’ button aisle during  lunchtime for more than 30 minutes . I wonder how many potty customers they get taking out one tube after the other and musing endlessly over shape and colour of buttons spread out on a knitted swatch.

I went for these silver knobs in the end. Simple is best.

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I was a bit occupied with other things such as having been dead busy at work and a complete three weeks offline holiday in the German forests amongst other occurrences. Which of course does not mean at all that I was not knitting or crocheting. It just means there was no time or opportunity left for blogging.

Now a little update on my recent successes and mishaps and I think I will start with the latter.

The Lorenz manifold: On my third attempt to mount the Lorenz manifold the last two rounds broke because the wire was too thick this time.  I will have to open up the last one and a half rounds and redo them. Then I noticed yesterday that a moth had eaten into it which really deflated me. But  I ‘m certainly not giving up on mounting the manifold alth0ugh it might take me quite some time to find the right wire. It really doesn’t surprise me that there are not many mounted Lorenz manifolds on the web.

The green thing: Maggie Smith remarks in Gosford Park: ‘Tricky colour, green.’ Whether she says it out of spite about the one and only party dress of the poorest member of the party or because it really is her opinion, it might well be both, I find it’s very true.

Now, I have this green thing going, and green really is not my favourite colour, and not this shade of green anyway, but it all came over me so quickly. Recycling yarn is sometimes weird. I bought a knitted linen top for a pound in a charity shop. It was my size, not really my colour, but is went with a couple of skirts I’ve got.  After wearing the top twice, more out of necessity (all other tops in the wash) than pleasure, I noticed it had a little hole in the back, which wasn’t a big problem because I had worn the top tucked into my skirts. Not having been too happy with it anyway but being linen (i.e. nice yarn) I opened it up. I always wanted to try this particular crochet motive, and this linen yarn seemed to be the right one .

The first motive looked nice and when I had crocheted the second onto the first I little butterflies appeared. I proceeded figuring out a net pattern for some sort of ‘skirt body’ repeating the bobbles of the original motive. I decided to vary the bobble pattern theme and alternate bobble patterns according to Fibonacci numbers. That solves the problem of having to decide for yourself for how long to crochet a stitch pattern. I liked it so much – funnily it’s looking especially good in this shade of green  – that I started a skirt. Yes, well at first, now it has actually become a dress, because there was enough yarn for one in the end. It’s now a question of finishing it off. Making the lining will be the worst bit. I’m not particularly good at sewing.

I’ve started another Curve of Pursuit last Monday while catching up on Ugly Betty on 4 on demand. This one will be for my mum. She gave me a 1 ply light blue lambswool and dark green Shetland style wool, well, I went through her stash during my holidays at her place and when I said I would like to make a Curve of Pursuit for her from it she was delighted. I found a third colour at home (a pink lambswool jumper that I tripled to match the thickness of the other woo) that I originally wanted to use to frame the Curve, but I decided to use it in the Curve to be able to make the afghan as big as possible with the limited amounts of yarn I have got.

Although I liked the combination of light blue and dark green in the beginning, while knitting I had second thoughts. Actually I didn’t like it anymore, especially the green had become too dark for my taste (difficult colour, green),  until my son assured me that it will look good in the end, although, he said, not as good as the other one.

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