Of things to come (for the yarnies)

Since I really have nothing much to show yet of all my ideas (and sometimes they stay ideas because I get a new one for the same yarn), MotherOwl suggested that I just share some of my design ideas. Today, then, will be yarn. Another day perhaps something more painterly? And some plants are brewing…

So here’s a collection of things that you could get to see more of in the coming months, or a look into my brain. It may seem like a lot, but in fact it’s just a fraction of what I’ve planned and there is no deadline, things may get erased or changed along the way. I have a tendency to just write down my ideas rather than draw them, but if you find it interesting I may be persuaded to change that habit actually, because I think it would be a good practice. Perhaps working more on each project idea will help me weed some out?

Covering the halfdone warp on my large frame in the hope that the kittens don’t find it…loom06

I’m planning to make a small bag with this handspun yarn practising a specific tapestry technique for joins. Homemade bobbins! I just hope there’s enough yarn for the strap too, I’ve calculated and calculated, but since this is a new thing for me, you can’t really be sure to get it right.yarn09

Semi-solid skeins are to be dyed to go with each of these two snow dyed yarns. A dark red/rust (or a dark green – I’ll have to sample) for the one on the left and blue/marine for the right. The third skein I gave to a friend of mine who knitted herself an awesome hat and mitts!snowdye13


Making an inner hat from a soft yarn, then trying to decide which of my oldest handspuns will be the bulky outer hat.yarn01

Drachenwolle sock yarn. Houndstooth weave? Huge cowl/scarf/shawl? I’m not really a sock knitter.yarn03

Trying to make a fun design for the yarn below. Actually I’m not going to use the model shown, but I couldn’t find the other sketches. Still debating the basket weave however, to break up the stripes I’d get if I knitted the yarn. Possibly I’d get really horrible pooling instead. And in fact, after some sampling, this yarn frays way too much to be woven, it’s no good as warp at any rate, very sticky. So now I’m contemplating a linen stitch on large needles, alternating 2 skeins every other row, which is doable even if you work flat. I don’t like to knit the body in the round, then the yoke flat, because that makes the rows half as long = twice as wide when it comes to the width of the stripes = no look good. (imho) Or I could double the strands and mix it with a heavier solid, but I don’t want stripes at all, I also don’t want to have to do stranded colourwork, because then I’ll never finish. In fact this could have been a blog post all on its own…
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Fiber I mean to spin fairly soon:yarn07

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19 thoughts on “Of things to come (for the yarnies)

    1. Sometimes they’re more exciting before they progress actually. 😉 Hat’s not quite what I was hoping… And I could sure need one right now!

    1. Well, I have tiny delicate ears. Unfortunately I’m just 2-3 rows short of the yarn I picked to get a proper size, even though I switched needles twice. But hats are fast, I’ll have to keep making them until I find a winner!

  1. Wow, so many beautiful yarn colors and combinations in this post. I look forward to seeing how you decide to spin the blue/brown/white fiber. I love blue and brown together.

    1. It’s targhee, lovely fiber, not available here, so it cost me a bloody fortune. Already spun one braid of it, but want to do this one differently. When I bought them I thought there’d be more orange in them, but they’re ok, very wintery!

  2. Beautiful yarns…exciting projects. You are not a sock knitter? I just knit my first sock in handspun, and I love it! And I love how it feels on my foot. Can’t wait to get the second one done.

    1. Good luck. I have a tendency to never get second sleeves done, so I know how it would go with socks. And I just hate knitting small circles for some reason, too fiddly. It’s not logical though, as socks would be so much faster to do than sweaters.

      1. Really…I mean not logical… 🙂 I like the fact that the pattern changes quickly and if you do it in different colors than it even makes it more interesting. I’m just speaking from doing one…I might change my mind in the future. 🙂

  3. wonderful colors, Pia… My maternal granny and my mama(both RIP) were excellent knitters, not me, I use to say that I have 2 left hands(clumsy!) even though I’m right-handed… 😀
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    bon mardi et bonne continuation! 🙂
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    P.S. the French handball team beat the Danish one the other day… vive le sport! 🙂

  4. Some beautiful yarns here. It will be great to see what you do with them. Calculating need is always a problem, I tend to over estimate but that’s better than underestimating! I love those home made bobbins.

  5. SÃ¥ meget smukt garn og fantastiske ideer. Du er super til at spinde. Sokker er faktisk en herlig ting at strikke. Jeg startede ogsÃ¥ med to venstrehænder, men jeg kan lære det. Second sock syndrom? Ikke sÃ¥ meget som jeg troede. men til gengæld kan jeg bare ikke med rundpinde. Det er nok derfor der aldrig kommer en sweater ud af det. Held og lykke med at undgÃ¥ katte i væveriet 🙂

  6. Q – What a fun post! Love all of the beautiful yarns and project ideas. Wish I could just snatch some of that yarn from the computer! LOL!

  7. Hi. Your diagrams are great. I love the spiral on the inner hat … I love projects too, but I try not to think of new ones since they occur without thinking. I can knit anything but they don’t always turn out perfectly … Last month I knit a new top for my strawberry-shaped cookie jar … in the shape of a strawberry hull. I’ll post a photo in the next while. Jane

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