For a family members garden party I wrote this beautiful poem on green linen fabric. At first I wanted to embroider it, but the letters are so small, it would have taken ages to make this acurate enough and not look odd. I've yet to master lettering with stitches - that's something I adore in other people's embroidery work and I think I will practice this more in the future.
I wrote the poem in a pretty font I felt could be written by hand easily, printed and window-traced it. I use masking tape left over from painting the rooms to attach the paper and fabric. It leaves no trace and can be removed easily from most surfaces. I used a ball pen to write on fabric. I think you should not wash it, but......
Summer - the kids are around all the time, the weather plays nice and sometimes stormy, the garden is growing, the quails and hens are laying massive amounts of eggs and I'm collecting herbs to dry for tea season.
This wonderful and huge lavender bush of my grandma's given me a share of blossoms. They smells so strong and rich!
I refilled the small pillow my mother made for my daughter with my grandma's lavender. The smiling face now stays for us 3 holding our hands over her.
Below are drying narrow-leaf plantain and mullein. This is the first time I found mullein (only 1 huge and a small plant) and picked the flowers. Picking the flowers was almost like the plant gave them to me freely, it was......
Part three of our journey through the textured stitches is the nupp (speak: noop or like soup with an "n"). The nupp is a stitch used in lace patterns originating in Estonian lace knitting. Other than the bobble it makes a flat and elongated shape. Also it's not knitted back and forth like a bobble. Nupps create a distinct oval dot in lace delicate lace knitting and thus accentuate the shape of certain patterns and forms.
There are 2 ways to make a nupp. The traditional way is to create the additional stitches out of one stitch in the first row and purl them together in the second row. The newer way is to do both steps in one row. Both methods have their pros and cons, but it's important to know, that they look slightly different and you shoul not use both methods in one piece if you want the......
The second part of this series is showing you how to knit wrapped stitches. Unlike the bobble we have seen yesterday, wrapped stitches will not get knitted back and forth to create a three-dimentional effect. The wrapped stitch is made by taking a certain amount of stitches (I use 3 here) around which the working thread is wrapped several times.
Here is how you work the wrapped stitch1. Put 3 stitches on a seperate short needle (like glove needles) or a savety pin. 2. Wrap the working thread around these 3 stitches anti-clockwise 5 times (this depends very much on the thickness of your yarn - the thicker the less wraps you'll need). 3. Put the working thread behind the knitting and put the 3 wrapped stitches back on......
The first in this mini-series of textured stitches is the bobble. Bobbles are a classic means to create a very defined texture in knitting. They are typically found in patterns that are already textured on their own like cables, ribbing or twisted stitches. Spread on stockinette the bobble makes a popcorn kind of appearance. There are several ways to make a bobble. Size can be altered through the amount of stitches you use and how many rows you knit the bobble. The standard bobble in the tutorial here uses 5 stitches and 1 row.
Here is how you do a standard bobble over 5 stitches:1. Knit into the stitch where your bobble should be. Leave the stitch you knitted in on the knitting needle. 2. Yarn over. 3. Work 1 knit stitch, 1 yarn over......
Texture in knitting is a wonderful thing. You don't have to be a genius to create texture and there are A LOT of possibilities in knitting to achieve it. One of the most outstanding textural elements are bobbles. For a long time bobbles where regarded as old fashioned - at least here in Germany- but with a wave of textural excitement and experimental spirit the bobbles came back. For the next days I want to show you how to make bobbles and other texture stitches similiar to the bobble and how versatile these stitches are in knitting.
Here are the links to the tutorials in this series1. Introduction 2. Bobbles 3. Wrapped stitches 4. Nupps ...
The last days were the hottest days for a long time here in Germany. On Saturday when we celebrated my son's 10th Birthday it was 39 degrees (Celsius - that's 102° Fahrenheit) outside. We nearly melted away, but it was a great party nevertheless. On Sunday the kids and I went to my father's house at the lake and though it was really hot, it's so much more bearable when you can jump into the water whenever you want.
I used the opportunity to shoot some new photos of my fox hand puppet. Somewhere on my way of product photography I chose to not take my pictures on humans, but on a neutral background.This was partly because my camera back then didn't make a great job taking pictures of bright colored stuff especially not while moving around on the hand of a 3-year......
The knitting bug got me again lately. I went for a trip to my grandma's weeks ago and started a pair of socks with a simple pattern in stranded knitting - easy enough to remember for a quick knit occasionally. The most fun part for me is to choose the colors and see the magically growing pattern with every round of stitches.
The first pair has a green base color acompanied with a solid blue and a variegated blue-green yarn. The variegated yarn was not the best choice, since it has the exact green color as the base color, so some stitches get swallowed by the background making the diamond shapes rather blurry (you can see it perfectly in the picture below in the bottom left)
So I started a second pair for my daughter in......
The trigonometric hat is a cabled hat with wavy curves and a simple knit and purl pattern inbetween. It's knitted tightly so the winterwinds can't get through and your head stays warm and cozy. You can wear the hat with doubled brim or slouchier. The pompom is optional and there also is a tutorial included how to make one.
This hat matches the trigonometric loop scarf and mittens. There will be a three-piece set of the trigonometric patterns available soon.
Trigonometric hat- cable-textured hat
- knitting in the round
- knit and purl
- simple cables
adult: width: 22cm/8.66inch; length 25cm/9.85inch
child: width: 19cm/7.48inch; length 20cm/7.87inch
The feather portrait is progressing slowly. This projects wants to take it's time it seems. I have added some smaller feathers and the collar of the dress since the last time I've shown you the portrait. Also some shading and lighting and the mouth. The mouth was a tough one, it's not easy to draw or stitch a mouth without it looking like overdone lipstick.
So far I'm content with the overall look, but it doesn't feel finished yet. We'll see what this portrait wants me to add to it.
There is knitting going on here, too. An old friend in a new shape. I'll show you when it's finished.