Posts Tagged ‘recycling’


Here my first modules put together. Only more than halfway through doing all these I figured that I don’t need to cut a full square becuase the corners are cut away and can therefore  use the shrunk jumper pieces more efficiently by placing the template running over the pieces.


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Sometimes commercial jumpers are not fit for frogging. I don’t know whether they come like this or become like this in the wash but some yarns just disintegrate when you try to unravel them. That is pretty annoying but being me I can’t throw them away but have to put them with all those jumpers that found an accidental shrink in the washing machine (I get my wool cycle a bit wrong sometimes). In my unfathomable depth of positivity I tell myself that something will become of them one day…


Second test

It seems this ‘one day…’ has come, I am making something. I stumbled upon this modular felt trivet on How about Orange and thought, that’s it!

Because the trivets are made from commercial felt whereas I have just shrunk knitwear, I made a few tests. My first test I seriously don’t want to show anyone. The felted pieces are not stiff enough to be cut properly. They give way, especially when I cut them with the scalpel. I used my little sharp embroidery scissors whenever possible. For the second test, and in the hope that the resulting fabric would be denser, I shrunk them again with another wash at 60 degrees . My second test looks very encouraging. I first enlarged the template to about 13 cm square because I didn’t like the look of the little squares. Cutting  bigger squares was easier, but I still had to be careful.

I’m pretty chuffed with my second test. I think I will make some wall art with the rest of the pile. More on this next weekend.

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I haven’t written for a long time. To get going again I thought I start with the most recent on my needles. It’s a true recycling project, when it comes to the yarn as well as the patterns.I have both ‘A Stitch in Time’ books by Susan Crawford and Jane Waller. I leaf through them a lot but have not tried any of the models although they are deliciously gorgeous. I don’t know which to do first which prevents me from making one at all. I looked up a few vintage patterns on the web too and decided to make a jumper with a vintage take but not one exactly as prescribed. I can come back to the ‘A Stitch in Time’ books later.

I like these two-tone models from the 1930s on the Faded Splendour website, one sporting a brick pattern, the other combining an eyelet pattern with stripes.I prefer the lower v-neck of the stripey jumper but am not so sure I like its combination of eyelet pattern and stripes, though I’ll certainly try the leg o’ mutton sleeves at some point. The brick pattern I had to try. So brick pattern with v-neck it is.

I got two old jumpers from my stash that make for a nice vintage colour combination of dark red and light blue. I think the Jaeger jumper is genuine Shetland wool. With the other I’m not so sure because it says ‘super’ Shetland, whatever that means, but it certainly knits well.

I think the colours work well together with the brick pattern. It’s a slip stitch pattern, so no unnervingly tangled threads because you only need to knit one colour at a time. I hope the jumper will go well with the tartan skirt shown in the swatch picture.

Reading vintage patterns isn’t as complicated as I thought, though it does take a bit getting used to that half of the information usually provided in modern patterns is missing. It takes a bit of maths too to convert things to my size. I knit front and back at the same time and am now up to the armholes.

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I went charity shopping today, as I do most Saturday mornings. For me it’s the most satisfying kind of shopping. I ‘m even pretty happy when I don’t find anything at all. Just wondering about, looking at all the wondrous things other people once deemed worth having and then no more is fantastic. Today I had already scoured 7 shops for garments destined to become something different, and had bought two cashmere tops, one scarlet the other a sort of claret colour, and one dark brown mohair jumper, when I decided to go to Oxfam, which I usually do not do. I find Oxfam too expensive.  But I went in and it became one of those rare shopping highs when absolutely everything you find gives you a buzz.

First I spotted a Newzealand possum jumper. Possum! Until then I had only known possum hats. The jumper is too small for me, but just the right size for my half-newzealandish son. What a find!

Then I found a woolen, gray and white skirt with houndstooth pattern. Oh, how I love that pattern. It’s one of my all time favourites. It’s firmly on my list of patterns that I have to do before I die.

In the book section I found two craft books. One basic book about patchwork. I never do patchwork but that does not matter when you find a book in which loads of block patterns are listed with name. That alone is worth buying it. It’s ‘The perfect patchwork primer’ by Beth Gutcheon.

The second book I tell you about when I have told you what happened at the till. It seemed to be buy-one-garment-get-one-free day today, which I had not even noticed. So I got a pleasant surprise when the lady at the till told me that I would get the skirt for free. Free?!

Now, the second book deserves special mention. I opened it and thought I faint on the spot, and that for £3.99. It’s the best crochet book I have ever seen: James Walters’ ‘Crochet Workshop’. It does not only cover the basics, but describes all sorts of advanced techniques in a very detailed and incredible fun way. It’s bound to change my crochet life.

Judging by this picture James Walters must be what Germans call a Spassvogel, a ‘fun bird’.

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Before it went into the wash

Finished crocheting the Lorenz manifold and it’s in the washing machine as we speak. It felt a bit odd having finished it. I’m sure it will be a pretty thing being mounted… if ever I will get that far.

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Having managed half

The amount of mistakes I make is just unbelievable. Two days ago I missed out a stitch. Everything seemed all right. The amount of stitches of the preceding round was correct. The amount of increases in the actual round were correct, but when I marked the increases for the next round, however, whichever way I counted one stitch was missing. It took me a whole hour to come up with something clever to figure out what was wrong. I took a thread in the contrasting colour and weaved it through the round, yarn under meaning odd stitch, yarn over even stitch. Only then was I able to see that I had missed a stitch. Since then it’s going very smoothly without any problems. I have now finished half of it and am looking forward to the second half.

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I started the Lorenz manifold on 1st May. What a nice date to start such a project.

The first few rounds

The yarn unravels and crochets like a dream, which is usually the case for good lambswool jumpers, even when they have been worn and washed a lot.

Rounds 1 to 7

The first few rounds are easy enough. But I’m still trying to figure out how to count out the stitches effectively from round 8 onwards. At the moment I use a mixture of counting the stitches in between increases and counting the increases in advance, as the fancy takes me. I will get more safety pins tomorrow as I think from now on counting out increases beforehand is the best thing to do.

Up to round 18

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