Monday, 20 August 2007

Victorian Lace socks

The June pattern of Six Socks. Easy and fun to knit. I did them toe-up, magic looping two socks at one time. No gussets. They fit great. The used sock yarn is 75% BFL/ 25% nylon, named 'Roses'.

Sunday, 19 August 2007


Actually I was thinking to put down 'Ravelry' as title, following the tendency of many bloggers lately. Yesterday I got their invitation. Reading through the guidelines I found out I should better use FireFox with Ravelry. No, I did not download it, I think it can be interesting to find the bugs while using IE. But the main reason is I am very used to Internet Explorer of course, LOL! Another thing was I have to use Flickr for my photo's. So I have to transfer a lot of pictures once more. And that means a lot of work, because I decided to browse all my folders again in order to find all my knitting and dying projects (I'm more organized in this for only the past year and a half). I found far more than I thought I had, so now I am questioning myself what to and what not to add to Ravelry.
For now, I want to share some of those pictures with you on this blog. They are about 3 years old :).

My first attempt to embellish a soaker. The soaker was knitted of Texelaar wool hand dyed by her. For the embellishments I used some hand dyed leftover wool of another soaker. I have done embellishing on wool in the past (before the digital camera), but never on a soaker.

This was the very first embellished soaker I sold. I know it is still in use.

Our very bold daughter, aged 9 months, is wearing the very first longies I ever knitted with 80% merino and 20% acrlic. She is also wearing a pair of hand knitted socks. A few days after this photo was taken, she lost one of them.

This cardigan and longies are knitted with Lorna's Laces sock wool. The longies were not meant to act as a soaker, just for warmth.

The very orange jumper (I am not too fond with orange) was knitted with a cotton blend and the colours were chosen to match with the pants she is wearing.

Here some of my early attempts to dye wool. Here I used Kool Aid. I have learned a thing or two since then...

Sunday, 12 August 2007

Peveril Castle

As we are in love with historical sites, especially ruins of castles and abbeys, we have an English Heritage Membership. And when the weather is fine, we like to visit one of those sites.
Yesterday we have been to Peveril Castle, which is actually a keep. The views of the Peak District from there are really stunning!

This photo shows exactly what a wonder nature is. Where ever humans have build, nature will always find a way to break through. It is amazing.

View of Castleton ('castle-town').

Monday, 6 August 2007

I love our local charity shop!

We live in a rural village. There is not much to do, sometimes the local news bulletin mentions a crime committed, things as set fire to a 'for sale' sign, troublesome people removed from the cricket field etc. The bus is running only once in an hour, no service after 6 pm and on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Of course there is no superstore, but we do have a nice few local shops. One of them is the charity shop. Doortje loves it for the toys, I like it to browse for books. Today was our lucky day. Maybe you remember how she took the ladybug-beads from a earlier post. Now she has found herself a bag full of those insects.

This does not mean I got back the beads. She is very happy with her new treasure and told everyone she has 'some more ladybugs'. They live happily together in her dolls house.

And I found another knitted toys book! These pictures will give a good impression:

Now I need to find some time to knit some of those cute toys. Maybe instead of blogging about knitting :)?

Saturday, 4 August 2007

Darcy's socks.

Darcy is a very good friend of mine. Although we have never met each other in real life and there is a lot of distance between us (she is in California, I am in the Northwest of England), she feels like a sister to me. We email a lot, almost every day, about all kind of things.
Because she is recovering now from some major surgeries, I felt I had to make her something. She told me once she loves greens and Elfine, so it was not difficult to decide what it would be.
The wool I used is 75% BFL/25% nylon superwash sock wool, kettle dyed by myself. It was the first time I knitted with this wool. It is very soft, has however a slightly tendency of splitting.