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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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Last week I showed Henry how to crochet. He got some light blue wool and a 4mm hook. I had to do the first two rows because he found finding the right loops a bit confusing but after three attempts in between some of Mummy’s crochet he figured out how to do it. That said he laid it to rest for now. Hopefully he will give it another try.

I’m working on Spinning a Yarn. I worked the pattern as a hat before but this time I will make an Afghan. It is meant to be for my mother. She has got self-made red and purple tartan bed linen complemented by a self-made woollen tartan bed spread in the same colours, but she says the wool she used is not so nice. It’s some old machine wash wool she got from somewhere long forgotten. She loves the Wooly Thoughts patterns as much as I do because she always preferred geometrical patterns over the flowery stuff she had to do at school in the 1950s. Back then she was forbidden to do the ‘modern stuff’, i.e. geometrical patterns.

I combined two very nice, but very different yarns: an old frogged red jumper of mine, Schachenmayr nomotta Bossa Nova, made from lambswool, alpaca and silk and White Rose Mohair by Texere Yarns in lilac. White Rose Mohair is a non-fluffy mohair yarn.  I’m sure those two yarns are nice enough for my mother.

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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 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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Here my version of the Golden Spiral by Woolly Thoughts. I made it from Kauni EQ 8/2. It took me nine days from the first loop to the last. I changed the pattern slightly. I didn’t want the colours fizzle out as they would have at some point, but retain blocks of colour. Therefore I crochet each section with a separate skein but still crocheting everything in one go as prescribed in the pattern. I washed it, though I haven’t finished it off yet, because I have no idea exactly how I want it should become.

I had four 160 g skeins, which was enough weight-wise (I used about 480 g), but it made it difficult to get the colour scheme I wanted. That difficulty was compounded by the fact that at least twice yarn ends had been put together in the wrong direction, i.e. the colour sequence was reversed, so that I had a lot of yellow and green but not as much red as I would have liked; and at least three times yarn ends were knotted together disrupting the flow of colour change. On top I had to pluck out so much prickly plant material that in the end I was thoroughly annoyed. I really don’t mind to find the occasional knot in a skein but knots in four skeins out of four is a bit harsh. I’m not aiming for doing a jigsaw puzzle when I use 1st hand yarn. For that purpose I indulge in recycled yarn.

I mightily enjoyed crocheting Golden Spiral and it is a great pattern.I will certainly crochet this pattern again. I think I might opt for a small version next time with lace weight yarn to bring out the pattern a bit more.

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red and purple

I moved house between Christmas and New Year which seemed to take me ages. It took me a whole week to pack, an afternoon to move the stuff with a friend and I still haven’t fully unpacked. That’s probably because I can’t help knitting in between boxes.

dsc004991I started a red afghan in garter stitch for my son before Christmas. It’s a mohair/acryl blend yarn that I bought a couple of years ago on ebay for this purpose but never got round to doing it. It’s a good project to do when you move because it doesn’t afford much preparation and thinking along the way. I have managed 1.70 m so far, but my son would like more. I hope 2 m will do but with children you never know. I might have to negotiate very hard.

doily tammy hat 1Another project that I couldn’t resist starting when I hadn’t even unpacked everything is a tammy hat to go with my new winter coat. The coat is mainly purple and has a red collar and cuffs. So I went for the oddments of the purple cashmere tank top that I had originally frogged for my mother’s birthday shawl. It’s astonishing how much material you can get from a size 10 cashmere tank top.

doily tammy hat 2I decided to make  a tammy hat using a doily knitting pattern. I settled on a pattern by Erich Engeln published by Orell Fuessli in 1989 in ‘Spitzenstricken’ Heft 3, Modell 9. I think Orell Fuessli is publishing Erich Engeln’s work again this year. The patterns are of course in German and I really wouldn’t know whether they have ever been published in English.

I started the hat with the doily pattern and decreased again after about 26 cm. The pictures show the hat washed and drying on a fruit bowl. I wasn’t quite sure how to finish the hat, hence the knitting needles still in the hat.  I meanwhile decided to do the band again because it was a bit tight around the ears.  Hopefully, I will be able to finish it this weekend.

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