Monday, September 6, 2010

breathe deeply

On the needles this week is the bike skirt and a sock.

And next Sunday I am going to:

Tekstile Højskoledage on the 10-12 September 2010 på Rødding Højskole. There will be workshops, lectures and stalls.
And a small exhibition and I have been invited to show some of the works I have already displayed on the blog. The black tie shawl from 1860, is originally from Sønder Hygum, not far from Rødding so I decided to exhibit it . However, when I steamed it over a pot of boiling water, it came too close to the hotplate and was burnt a little. I have tried to scratch it off and my DH cannot smell anything but wool, so I guess it is OK for displaying.

I thought the skirt was finished but when I soaked it, the bottom hem grew and I have to redo it. I should have decreased for the transition between stranded knitting and stockinette. However, I had changed neddle size from 4 to 3 mm and thought it was enough.

My father passes a milestone and he loves the vintage socks I have made, so here is one of my favorite from Knitting Vintage Socks, Gentleman´s Shooting Stockings, with Fluted Pattern from 1887. The original was meant to be worn with knickerbockers, over knees. Well, fortunately my father is not that old.


  1. I am sorry to hear about the problem with the hot plate. I use an electric tea kettle to quickly steam things as I was afraid of scorching my wool and myself on the stove. The kettle I have has no exposed heating element, but turns itself off when the water boils, so there is a finite amount of time that it shoots steam out.

    I am so excited that you have a chance to put your beautiful things on display. I wish that we had textile schools here like that.

  2. Congratulations on being asked to display! Your projects are beautiful so it is no surprise. :)

    I laughed out loud when I head about the steaming incident though, because I have done that myself. Now I wet soak items to block - I can't be trusted over the stove lol!

  3. How nice to be able to exhibit your beatiful historic works. And the scorch just looks a more historic. I'm a lazy blocker - I wet black or put a damp towel on it overnight. Too bad about the skirt. Why do we keep learning those leassons?

  4. How maddening about the scorch mark on your shawl, but thank goodness it didn't unravel. I suppose it makes it more authentic too :) I hope the study day is a success.

  5. I am thinking of the fortunate people who will be seeing your knitted items on display. Enjoy yourself!


  6. The edging on the black tie shawl is very interesting. I haven't seen it before. I tried to find more information about it on your blog. Could you share the instructions for the edging or tell me where to find them. Thank you.

  7. Hi A. Warped.
    I will show and tell how I did the edging in my next post. Thanks for your interest.


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