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I found some yellow wool and cotton mix yarn in my mothers unending yarn stash. Someone, my mother said it wasn’t her, had made something out of it before but decided to frog it again. It was a heap of unwound mess that took me half a day to untangle. (By the way, never fasten frogged yarn for washing with a rubber band. When the rubber ages it will deteriorate and amalgamate with the yarn. First yellow lesson!) I took inspiration from a vintage pattern with an asymmetric collar published in the January 1933 issue of Die Schachenmayrin (pdf provided on lovely Tichiro’s website). I tried to be clever and knitted the body in he round because it’s quicker but was punished, of course! Unfortunately, and didn’t I know it?, in the round the eyelet pattern doesn’t knit up as smoothly as it does in rows, even after washing. Second yellow lesson! It’s not that obvious in the picture but in real life, and for me anyway, it’s too obvious not to be an annoyance. Otherwise, I think, I’ve done a good job, even though I’m saying it myself. So, here I am, what do I do? Do I try to be strong and ignore it? Can my ignorance be stronger than my perfectionism? Or do I please my perfectionism and knit the jumper again with some other yarn and leave this to be frogged again at some point? You may think what a waste of time and effort to make a another jumper but as my mother used to say to me: Why do you ask me what you should do, you’ve already made up your mind? So, new jumper it is.

For all people who, like me, have to get over a slight disappointment here a youtube video of Dandash, I think I can safely say my favourite belly dancer, in rehearsal. She is great of course, those hip moves are to die for, but also, the drummer’s smiling face and the obvious fun he has never fail to cheer me up.

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Buying safety pins to count out increases beforehand was such a good idea.
It takes a little to count but the crocheting goes smoothly and there is less room for mistakes. I can drop the work at any time and don’t need to figure out where I am when I pick the piece up again. I use golden ones for the increases and occasional silver ones for extra points such as 100 for orientation and as checkpoints when I count.

Lorenz manifold up to round 20

It’s interesting to see that at round 20 it folds up already quite a bit. See top right of above picture.

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I think I’m completely hocked on mathematical patterns now. After the Golden Spiral, which still demands to be finished off and has occupied my mind for a decision how to finish it for the best part of one week without being able to do anything else, I have set my mind on doing the Lorenz manifold. That should give me enough time to come up with a solution for finishing the Golden Spiral. Years ago I came across the pattern on the web but of course never did it.

Yesterday evening from the top shelf of my wardrobe I got out my lambswool jumpers set aside for the purpose of making a large wall hanging with a poem, which I am currently designing. But since lambswool jumpers are easily replaced and I am not happy with the colour scheme of the jumpers I collected so far I might as well use a couple for the Lorenz manifold. I fell for an salmon and red combination. The metreage is about 700 m /100 g.

I’m frogging away while in between desperately looking for my one and only 2.5 mm crochet hook that I use for most crochet projects. I’m idiotically attached to this crochet hook. It’s almost like a friend to me.

I’m intent on mounting the Lorenz manifold as I think the only reason for making it is its beauty when properly displayed as one. As it should be much smaller than earlier models it should, I hope, be easier to mount.

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Now, you might think on sick leave you have so much time, you could post your stuff, but it’s not like that. In the first week after the operation I was so tired I couldn’t knit at all. That, gladly, changed in the second week. I was already showing knitting withdrawal symptoms. But of course I wasn’t as quick as I usually am. I slept a lot and otherwise managed to watch all of my DVDs. At last, after weeks of sick leave, I got myself to sort out my pictures and, having done that, I might as well post them.

I finished the hat based on the Spinning a Yarn pattern just before Christmas. It looks a bit like a big red mushroom from the side.


I used oddments of red and dark red angora yarn from two different jumpers (about 400 m per 100g). To build the crown I knitted the spiral  including semi-circle 13. That resulted in a diameter of about 32 cm. I then knitted about 6 cm inwards using the spiral method backwards, so to say. I cast on the resulting ridges and knitted k1, p1 for about 16 cm. I folded half of the rim inside and grafted the last row onto the cast-on stitches of the rim. That makes for a very toasty hat indeed.

Before I went into hospital I finished knitting my version of Curve of Pursuit.

It’s made from three different yarns: a kid mohair/silk mix purple that one of my aunties once gave to me (Sorry, aunties, can’t remember which of you); a dark purple Shetland style wool from a charity shop; and a lilac alpaca yarn from my mother that had failed to become a hat and gloves, i.e. was frogged for this Afghan. The yarns have very different textures, which makes it all the more interesting to look at. At first I wanted to use all three colours within the curve, but then settled on only using the two purples. That however looked so boring that I decided to frame the curve with the lilac yarn.

Currently I have Bavarian style socks on the needles. Some years ago I found a book with Bavarian knitting stitch patterns on a German fleamarket. ‘Baeuerliches Stricken 3’ by Lisl Fanderl. I think the author’s name can’t get any more Bavarian. Amongst the many stitch patterns are explanations about traditional Bavarian socks, the ones that are worn with lederhosen or dirndln. They are usually made with 1-stitch-knitted-through-the-back cable patterns that look very delicate.  The cable patterns can run along the full length of the sock.

Bavarian socks are traditionally knitted from the top, but due to family tradition I always knit socks from the toe up. Therefore my socks are constructed differently, and can only be called Bavarian style. I am using non-recycled yarn that I’ve bought myself (just for once), a nice superwash merino in creme colour. I chose three different cable stitches. To gain calf-width I decided to use one of the many godets given in the book. Figuring out how to insert a godet and to knit three different cable stitches is so complicated that I decided to knit both socks at the same time. I have to frog small parts quite frequently. Either, because I make a mistake doing the cable stitches or, because I don’t like how the godet is working out. But I’m getting there. It’s great fun.

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Saturday before last I bought a nice children’s mohair cardigan. I wasn’t quite sure whether to be so brave to risk it and open it up (after all mohair is tough going when you want to rip it) or leave it as it is and put my son in it when it’s cold in winter. Well, I tried the belt that came with the cardi first, and… it worked; not necessarily like a dream but much better than I expected.

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And just to take things a bit further, I separated the 3 ply yarn. I ‘m not quite right in my mind.

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Here my first attempt with 4.5 mm needles. I think it either needs to be plain with an interesting cut or something simple with a distinctive stitch pattern.

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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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