Cardigans need buttons

The thing about cardigans is that even when all the knitting and sewing in is done, they need buttons. I knitted most of Laar two years ago. I had already bought the buttons but wasn’t sure if I should add a ribbon as stabilisation of the button band.

Laar in lilac with small white buttons

Laar – finally with buttons

In the end, I decided to go for it. I like the result and it gives the button band enough strength to hold the buttons. The stitches seemed small at the time, but they are quite visible if you look closely.

button band from the inside - ribbon visible

I like the inside as well

For Cria, it didn’t take as long to find the buttons, and I have sewn the ribbon down and started with the buttons.

Brown Cria with three green coconut buttons sewn in

Cria with the first three buttons sewn on

The ribbon matches the colour of the yarn almost perfectly and I think my future cardigans will get a ribbon at the button band as well.

Cria has a brown ribbon with brown shell buttons as backing buttons

Inside of Cria

Now I just have to sew in 16 more buttons and Cria is ready to wear!

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Counting

Today, I spent a long time counting. To measure the yardage of a skein, you need to count the number of times you wound the yarn around your winding tool. To get the yardage of three skeins, I counted through several “Gilmore Girls” episodes. I have one more skein of about 400 m, so that should be enough to knit a sweater.

BFL Silk natural

Before spinning this BFL/silk blend, I dyed 100 g in greens and blues. This is meant to be the contrast colour for a fair-isle yoke. I spun all of the fibre with a long draw from fauxlags to get a light, airy 2-ply.

BFL Silk dyed

I look forward to swatching since I want to try a few different fair-isle patterns to be able to decide what works best with my yarn. I like the Freyja Sweater but will probably use a pattern that stands out more when using only two colours.

November rules

Wurmlinger Kapelle

Sight from my bike ride today

I don’t want this to be complicated for myself; I guess that one post per day will be hard enough for me. So, I will keep the rules simple:

– Each post should contain at least 100 words.

– While I want to post daily, I will allow a  window for each post (save the last post). That means that I can post a day early or late for each day, as long as the posts are still posted in november.

– There should be a topic for each post. This topic can be broad and can be anything that I want to write about, but I have to tie it together somehow

– Photos can be added without matching the topic 🙂

Not-writing without wanting to

If you ever sat before an empty page or document not knowing what to do, you know what writers block ist. It is the hollow feeling that you aren’t capable, all good ideas have already been written into stories and nobody wants to read your writing anyhow. Writers block is the angst of the blank page, is that blog post from six months ago staring at you. It is that feeling of wanting to write but fearing to write. You probably speak than sixteen thousand words per day – why is it so hard to write them down, you may ask. I have no idea.

So what I am doing here? I am writing a blog post. I will be writing a blog post every day in november. Originally, I intended this to be a blog about knitting and other crafts. But since I haven’t written anything else than a cheesy “Hello World”, I won’t restrict myself to that. This november, I will write a post each day. It may contain knitting, or science or old tea bags. But it will contain something.

I will need to give myself some rules and I think that will be a good topic for my post tomorrow.

Hello World

As anyone who ever learnd a programming language knows, you begin by getting those two words beeing displayed on your screen.

Even if no one reads this blog, posting “hello world” on a personal blog makes more sense than displaying them on your own screen. But likewise, this is just the first post of (hopefully) many more. I hope to learn about me and my creative outlets while blogging about the process and finished projects of my spinning, knitting and weaving.

I’m new here, nevertheless a warm “welcome” to anyone who reads this.