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Making yarn from yarn

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In late november last year I won tickets for the first ‘knit cinema’ in Berlin.
This is a rather great concept where the light is still on while the movie is shown, so you can knit while watching.
Friends will tell you I even knit in the cinema when the lights aren’t on, but this version is easier (and no surprise of dropped stitches later!)


As it was the first happening there was a little ruffle of ‘We are knitters’ kits.
They make your usual run of the mill hipster knitting kits, huge (15mm!) needles, giant single-ply yarn (1cm diameter), a sew-on-tag, a plastic tapestry needle to small for the yarn! and a pattern where you have to sew mitten.
All in all not something I can actually use.
My preferred needle size is 3.5mm, DK is a thick yarn for me and I know how to work in the round. But the friend I want with and I thought ‘why not, let’s put our names in’.


Of cause, after already winning the tickets, we both won a knit each!

So now what? Actually knit with needles larger then drum sticks? Sell it on ebay? Trash it? (ok let’s be honest, I would never trash 100% fluffy wool!)

Juliane Stricknadeln

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After examining the yarn a bit, it’s spun very loosely, I thought about spinning it into a finer yarn, a lot finer!


At home I made a test, and yeah I can spin it.
So now instead of continuing my green merino/silk fibres, I make useful yarn from (for me) useless yarn. And then the second skein from my friend.


And before someone asks about the colour: Yes I’ll over dye it as well after plying. A pastel aquamarine is really not something I would wear.


Blue spider

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Sometimes it’s just nice to knit an already written pattern. No thinking about math or seeing if chart and/or written instructions are correct, if everything looks as imagined and no counting stitches.

Here I work a shop sample for Rain’s (obsessive) stitchery in my own pattern, friendly neighbourhood spider-shawl . And after knitting the matching socks and the green sample, I had the stitch pattern memoriesed again before finishing the first repeat.


Now, after going from yarn to finished object, I want to create a new design for the darker blue I got as well!

Designing, but not the usual kind

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In the last two month I made a bodice block with my measurments.
My first sewn garment from it was a blouse. It fits beautifully and I may be in love with pefect tailored garments. Nothing is too tight or too loose or just a bit uncomftable, everything is just right!

(Sorry for the bad pic, but I made it 5min after finishing and it was late at night)

The second one is this dress in progress. I honestly need another pencil dress like I need another shawl, but then I look good in them and there are fun to make.
This one uses a dart manipulation inspired by the “Pattern Magic” books by Tomoko Nakamichi.
There will be quite a bit of hand sewing, but I don’t mind, that is one of these crafts I can do while watching one of my shows.
I bit undecided about the sleeves atm, debating if I want just normal, unadored sleeves with a hem, or go all out and make some with cuffs.
The second option would be fun, but may distraced from the the joke bit.


Embroidery, the geeky side

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Ah well, I did make the first piece of comic embroidery.


I still need to frame it and look for a place to put it, but I’m really please with it.

If anyone wants the pattern, here is the pdf I used/made. X-Men

Tour de Fleece

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So this year I decided to participate in the Tour de Fleece over at Ravelry.
I play for the Berlin spinnt (Berlin spins) and Nerdopolis teams.

So far I finished the minimum of what I wanted to acomplish during the Tour, this 2-ply lace in pink I spun up for a friend:


And I’m now of to spin a lovely warm gray lace (yes again) for myself.


Am I nuts?!

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So after years and years of knitting, so on and off crochet and spinning, and a year of “yeah sewing :)”, I’m now looking at embroidery and cross stichting?! Thanks brain, as if we would need a new craft!

I even have some suplies around, I rescued that are way older then me.

But look at the stuff I’ve seen, who doesn’t need this on the walls?

From here:
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And all those leaf variations I could stitch:

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7 Days – 7 Things 12

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