Woollinn 2019 has come and gone, and as much as I was going to take tons of photos and post a nice write up of the festival, guess what? I managed to take exactly 0 pictures! I don’t even have an excuse, I was just busy and also a little overwhelmed with everything, and I just haven’t thought to take out my phone and take some photos. So the best I can do is try to describe everything now, and send you to check the #woollinn hashtag on Instagram to get a visual idea of all the yarny goodness.Continue reading “I’m not a good reporter…”
It took me about 2 weeks to knit my scarf in the Old Shale lacy pattern. I could only knit a few pattern repeats each day and since I wanted the scarf to be long, it seemed to last forever. But finally I made it!
As I wrote in my previous post, I’d bought some gorgeous West Yorkshire Spinners wool recently to knit a shawl and a hat for my friend. The wool is very soft, but being a 100% sheep wool, it has these tiny fuzzy hair, which made me wonder if it would be comfortable to wear it around the neck, next to skin? Well, to find out I designed an almost scientific experiment (alright, not exactly, there’s no control trial and the sample is too small, but let’s say it’s enough for my home-based, yarny science) 😉
First I soaked one skein really well in Eucalan, which I love not only for its softening properties, but also because it’s no-rinse, which is great when you need to hand wash knitted clothes. I was a little worried that the wool would get tangled, but nothing like that happened.
This messy pile above is my sock collection – all pairs of socks and leg warmers that I’ve knitted except those that were made for someone else and one pair which felted in the laundry – even though the yarn was supposed to be machine washable! They don’t look to well because I don’t ever bother with blocking socks after washing, thankfully on the feet their looks improve a lot.
Paying taxes is not the most pleasant part of my year. As a self employed person, I must send my self assessment for the previous year and cover the difference with the preliminary tax paid the year before. Oh, and pay the preliminary estimated tax for the current year. I have time to do it until the end of October but of course I try to send my assessment earlier, depending on the time when I am paid by the company I work with.
I really don’t know how to wear linen. Not even the modern type, which theoretically doesn’t require ironing – it always looks so folded and worn out on me. Unlike on my Brother, who loves wearing linen shirts in the summer and actually looks well in them. Apparently I didn’t inherit the linen gene from our ancestors like he did!
In the home decor however, linen is one of my favourite fibres. It’s so fresh, crisp, simple, yet at the same time luxurious.
But I swear I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I bought the cotton and linen Drops Bomull-Lin yarn on the July Drops Cotton Sale! I just wanted to try this different type of yarn, because I’ve never used linen in my projects before. I also really wanted to make something special for my Parents, who are in the middle of buying and moving to a new home. I wanted to crochet a big doily and a set of coasters for their new place and I figured that linen would be a great choice.
I spent last two weeks in Poland, visiting my parents. It was a no-crochet and no-knitting time, so there is no new project to show here unfortunately. Instead I’d like to share some memories from my visit home, even if it’s not strictly the topic of this blog.
But first: before leaving, I had received my Wool Lotto yarn! There’s a lot of alpaca (Stylecraft Alpaca DK) – enough for two big jumpers and maybe additional hats of scarves; and some cotton with polyester for a summer top (C+B Lolli yarn). My stash is more than full and I had to find additional place in the wardrobe for the yarn. I’m not complaining, it feels good to have all this yarn waiting for its turn to be knitted or crocheted!
The photo only shows the top layer in the big plastic box, there are three such layers in total plus some single skeins of cotton that are stored in another room.
So the previous photo shows my future, and my most recent past looked like that:
Life’s been busy recently, mostly because of work. Being a consultant and working as a subcontractor, sometimes I have way too much free time, and sometimes almost no time at all. At the moment it is something in between, closer to “no time at all”. I wish I could spend more time crocheting or knitting, but it’s not working out too well when I try. The only thing I managed to finish recently is probably not very surprising:
That’s right, socks! I decided to knit them in 3×1 rib and I think it’s a pretty good idea, they fit even better. I’m thinking that with my next pair, I could try a single cable, because the remaining 2 skeins of sock yarn in my stash are still self-striping and I don’t want to make anything too ornamental, but it’s also time to try to knit something slightly more complicated that what I’ve knitted so far.
This beautiful wool arrived by post as a gift from a dear friend. This is Kauni yarn, a Danish lamb wool brand manufactured in Estonia. It’s gorgeous and the colours make me want to keep it on the shelf just to look at it whenever my mood is low 🙂 I’ve been thinking to order this yarn for ages now but I never have, because I was worried that it would be too coarse, as natural 100% sheep wool tends to be. And let’s be honest, it is coarse, but not as much as I thought, and I think a good soak in Eucalan will help it a lot. Each of these 24 gorgeous skeins is 175 metres, and I would say it’s probably sport weight – not as thin as fingering but not as thick as DK either.
Time’s flying fast these days and I’m stressed out with the deadlines hanging upon me even though I’m enjoying my work at the same time. But no matter how much there is to be done professionally, I just can’t stay away from crocheting. I’m completely addicted – hooked is the better word I guess.
I realise, looking back at the last year, that it’s been crocheting that kept me going. There have been some worse days and even months, especially summer was rough for me as I have a chronic disease and I was in a flare up then. Luckily not the real strong flare up, but still it wasn’t quite as pain-free and careless summer as I’d like it to be. I also didn’t feel very strong and couldn’t really enjoy the sunny days fully, even though I had a lot of free time, as summer is a work-free period of the year for me. But crocheting, the power to create, was something that gave me strength. I know it probably sounds like such a cliche, and I generally dislike such big statements and words, but it’s true. I’m so glad I re-discovered it after all those years! There is just something so special about turning the thread into a finished product with my own hands.
So, to keep on track of what this post was to meant to be about, I wanted to share my simple projects made while working. I used up nearly all of the aran weight cotton (different brands) that’s been in my stash for months and I had no idea what to do with it, as it turned out to be too thick for amigurumi. But it worked just great for dishcloths and hand towels that I can use to dry my hands after washing up in the kitchen. Cotton absorbs water well (mercerised cotton wouldn’t do the trick so well though) and it’s nice and friendly even for sensitive skin.
Some of the dishcloths and a towel made just this past week: