That orangey yarn that matched no project

Sometimes you try, and try, and fail, until you fail harder and learn from your mistakes.

I’ve knit about 25 hats and cowls and scarves for the homeless in 2017, but I only have one hat for myself, and it doesn’t cover my hear and it’s too low on my eyes… improvising comes at a price : the final hat isn’t the best I can come up with.

So, I decided to knit myself a hat. I realized my stash wasn’t that furnished when it comes to yarn warm enough for hats. I’m on complete no buy mode, so I have to use whatever I have already. So I picked up this hand dyed vivid orangey yarn, it’s DK blue faced, I got it 4 years ago while working at a knitting fair in Paris.

hand dyed yarn

Apple&Pears DK yarn, blue face merino, by Addicted2knit

And I casted on 84 stitches and knit 2×2 ribs, as you do. Then, for some reasons, I remembered the funny construction of the Wurm Bonnet and decided to try to replicate that folding without properly counting stitches. Then I kept knitting mindlessly. And then I tried it on and realized it wouldn’t fit, again.
It’s too small and the ribbing is crooked, and it just doesn’t look right.

There’s something wrong with this.

So I’m frogging it. And looking for a free pattern that matches. I’ve already tried ravelry several times. Also I have to check the patterns I already have, I often forget those…

Frog it lil frog

I know realize the color does make me look really pale and sick. So maybe I won’t use this yarn for a hat after all. But I can try and knit a scarf. I like scarves.
I have some autumn-like, dark orange yarn left over from mittens I knit for my mum. Funny how some yarns seem to wait for their wooly soulmate to finally display their inner beauty.

Yarn matching. Is there a tinder for yarn ?

I really tried. And I really failed. Again. See for yourself.

I love Ichord borders so I incorporates that to the improvised design.
I guess I can’t, for the life of me, stick to a pattern. This design is some sort of mix between the Wingtail and the Hitchhiker. In DK yarn. Not the most delicate project ever.

Still, I wasn’t too sure. I asked around and was told it didn’t really match.

I guess no Valentine’s day for this yarn!

 

Anyway, I’ll put it aside for some time.
Any idea what to make of this yarn ?
Do you sometimes struggle with similar situations ? (Please, I can’t be the only one !)

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How to create a Tunisian Crochet DIY

So, I decided that I wouldn’t buy anything in 2018 when it comes to crafts. My health is getting worse and finances are a huge worry, so let’s use what we have in stock before buying anything. I also call this “forced minimalism”. I may write more about this someday. It’s not about deciding to change your lifestyle because you can (and because it’s trendy on social media), it’s about managing with what you have and being creative to avoid feeling depressed about it.

Long story short, mid-january I discovered Tunisian Crochet entrelac on Youtube, fell in love, and decided to try. But I don’t own a Tunisian Crochet and I don’t want to spend money on yet another technique that I may not like that much after a while.

So I created a tunisian crochet with a regular crochet, here’s how !

I haven’t started entrelac yet, but the basics of Tunisian Crochet are pretty fun and easy, I find it way more obvious than traditional crochet.

Have you tried tunisien crochet ? How do you like it ?

Feeling all loomy and happily weaving

 

That’s it. I’ve achieved a childhood’s dream. I am now the proud owner of a loom.

As a child, I was fascinated by shuttles made of bones in archeologic museums.
I read about textile techniques a lot. I had a couple of weaving toys as a child.

So when my birthday came up, I thought I’d ask for something I’ve wanted for a really long time : a loom. Real deal. I chose a rigid heddle loom, 30cm Ashford’s knitters loom. Directly from New Zealand ! I wish I could visit this country someday… not just for the landscapes and the Lord of the Rings movie sets, but also to learn more about local crafts.

So, I’ve been weaving rainbows….

and a few scarves for homeless people.

I love how the creativity of weaving. And how quick it can be to finish a project. You can weave a scarf in a few hours.

Have you ever tried weaving ? Would you like to give it a try someday ?
Ever been to New Zealand ?

Knitting calculators and generators

Because I always forget my bookmarks and have not found a proper way to organize all the great ressources I find on the internet, I thought I’d just publish useful links to knitting generators and calculators here.

First,Mimi’s knitulator to calculate increases and decreases. This is so useful !

Then a few generators to help make custom patterns :

The Hemiplegic Migraine Scarf

So, I suffer from a rare neurological disease called Hemiplegic Migraine. And yes, I tick all the boxes below. Which sometimes makes life a little difficult. HMAnd sometimes I knit while being affected by brain fog, and the result is often an entangled mess. But this impromptu project turned out more interesting than usual :

  • First I finished it (after ripping it multiple times).
  • Second, it’s a mix of different patterns, not 100% delirium. I started with Tailwind, mixed with the lace pattern of Age of brass and there also some dents inspired by the HitchHiker pattern.
  • Third, these are colors I never wear, but I like the mix and I feel like wearing this scarf someday.
  • Fourth, this was a great stashbuster. I had the yellow cotton in stock for 10 years !

I learnt a lot knitting this :

I am going through a very hard time right now, but knitting something colorfull, free and fun really helped. But my wrists hurt like mad.

I learnt the I-chord border and I-chord bind off, so nice and such a great way of changing colors without the border being messed up ! This might encourage me to knit more stripes actually.

Ho yes, and blocking this thing was hilarious.

I don’t like talking about the disease, and how it destroyed my life, but I think it’s important to spread the word :

People who suffer from chronic illnesses are doing their best. The struggle is often invisible, the pain never stops and no, herbal tea is not a cure-all.
Actually, when we need to talk, we’re not asking you to find a solution. We probably went through it all already.
We just ask empathy, a non-judgmental friendly ear to listen. And often, we just want to talk about something else.
Like, you know, knitting.

More hats for the homeless

Since December, I started giving my hats to an association directly. I’ve also decided to be a mit more vocal about it, and people have been kind enough to join me.

You might have read about my homeless hat story somewhere. Due to personal reasons, I had to ask for my story to be erased from the hosting website.

But long story short, there’s a massive refugee crisis in Europe right now. And it’s freezing cold. So on top of an increasing amount of homeless people, we also have refugees who are scared and lost and, let’s tell the truth, not decently treated. Right now I’m helping two families from Sudan who don’t speak a word of French.

So, because I’m a rebel and it’s illegal to help them, I knit more and more hats. Just casted on the 10th hat today since december 1st. Because people are so cool, they help and send me leftover yarn. My faith in humanity is restored thanks to knitters, crocheters, crafters.

So if you want to help, you can join our Ravelry Group here.

If you want to start helping in your own hometown, please do. I know you might think it’s just a drop in the ocean. But believe me, giving someone a home-made item means a lot. And you’ll be surprised how many people are willing to help you. Sometimes it just takes some communication skills and a bit of yarn really.