A Linden Sweater

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The idea for this sweater dates back to last year, when I found some black on black printed leo jersey fabric in my favourite Aachen fabric store. I initially wanted it to become a sweater for a dear friend of mine, so I also bought some pink jersey for the cuffs. Then I waited for the perfect sewing pattern to cross my way. It did not for quite a while.

Now, that I recently tried to organise my fabric stash and stumbled upon the jersey again, I just wanted to sew it right away. My pattern of choice was the Linden Sweater by Grainline Studio as I particularly like the unusual neckline for an otherwise classic sweater. Although I only had my friend’s bra size to calculate her measurements, the sweater fits perfectly. Apart from that, I love the detailed sewing instructions. Well done, Grainline Studio! I am pretty sure there will be more sweaters based on this sewing pattern, the next one probably for me.

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Fibreshare

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I finally have participated in a fibreshare round! In case you never heard of it, it is an organised, Instagram based, international fibre arts swap with one swap every few months. The short sign-up period of one week is announced on Instagram, so you have to check the fibreshare account on a regular basis to make sure you do not miss it.

The procedure is easy. You pay an 8$ sign-up fee, fill in a short questionnaire, and wait for an email with your fibreshare partner details. The questionnaire not only asks the usual colour preferences and allergies, but also your craft preference (knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, punch-needling, macrame, felting), your skill level, your fibre preference (natural yarn, vegan, sustainable/ reclaimed, any yarn) and whether you like to ship a domestic or an international package. You then get matched with two partners, one you are receiving from and one you are sending to. This means, you can and shall contact both of them as fibreshare puts an emphasis on building a community. There are two shipping deadlines, one for domestic and one for international packages to have a limited period of time for all packages to arrive.

The only restriction for the package you have to send is that it must contain at least 200g of yarn. You can send some of your stash, some specifically ordered or both. Fibreshare also teams up with a group of indie dyers where you can order discounted yarns for a short period of time. The rest is totally up to you! Find a nice card, sweet treats, crafty accessories, handmade items or whatever you think your fibreshare partner might like. If in doubt, check your partner’s Instagram account or just ask. I did ask and I was asked, both conversations were a win!

However, this is the wonderful package I received from Norway:

300g of gorgeous, untreated Norwegian yarn in colours I adore, tea, accessories, vegan chocolates and a lovely note. I can only recommend Fibreshare! Although it might be stressful to put together the perfect package on time, most people try to make their partners happy. Apart from that, you’ll meet a lot of nice people via Instagram. It was a blast!

Fun fact: I had a lot of problems to take proper pictures of my package as my cat instantly claimed the yarn, laid itself on top of it and started to defend it against me. He obviously shares my yarn preferences.

My Finished Botani-KAL

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This went a lot quicker than expected! Although the plain stockinette part of the Wrapped in Leaves shawl bored me a lot, the leafy edging was really fun to knit.

The pattern is well-written and used 143g of Austermann Alpaca Star, which I was offered for free by the yarn manufacturer. The yarn, in my opinion, suits the pattern perfectly. Its halo gives the shawl a super comfy feel while the tiny sequins add some elegance at the same time. I have heard other testers complain about the size of the sequins as they only measure about 2mm in diameter, but I particularly like this size. It makes the shawl sparkle only when light hits the sequins directly, so they catch your eye only at second glance.

The yarn is available from July 2018 and is ultra versatile for any fall and winter knits. Just imagine a fluffy, oversized sweater sparkling in the spotlight only. It knits up quite fast with a recommended needle size of 4-5 mm and a meterage of 150 m per 50g. The fibre content is 36% baby alpaca, 35% nylon, 15% silk and 14% cotton, so it is lightweight, yet warm. Although I usually complain about any synthetic fibre, it did not bother me this time. Good job, Austermann!

Sewing for WGT 2018

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This was my first Wave-Gotik-Treffen since I have moved to Leipzig and I have to admit, it also was the first one I survived without a vast lack of sleep. I even did not need to sew the last bits of my outfits during Wednesday night!

As my style is more or less futuristic/ minimal, I can always mix and match store-bought fashion items, sports wear and handmade garments. With the cropped linen sweater still in mind, I improvised a rectangular top from some black viscose jersey. It needs the viscose for drape and the jersey structure for weight. I copied the neckline from one of my favourite store-bought t-shirts. I wore it with a pair of sports leggings with mesh inserts.

My favourite garment this year was definitely the plastic half-skirt. I made it from a seat belt, a heavy buckle, eyelets, snap hooks and an ugly, cheap plastic tablecloth cut in stripes. It is super heavy, but nonetheless I styled it with my YRU Qozmo Hi 2 platform boots to make walking even more a workout. 😉 As the half-skirt is more an accessory than an actual garment, I wore black sports leggings underneath and a black laser cut sports body on top.

I try to see a lot of concerts during WGT, so I do not socialise too much over day which is why pictures of me taken by someone else are pretty rare. However, I have enjoyed the majority of concerts I saw. My top 3 concerts were Beinhaus, whose show is definitely a must-see with lots of scrap metal on stage, three people drumming on it and one of them screaming German lyrics over it, Jo Quail, an electric cellist and composer who plays intricate soundscapes that make my mind dive into it, and the solo concert of Einar Selvik from Wardruna where he also explained a lot about his approach to ancient Norse music and the historical instruments he uses.

Other remarkable concerts in my opinion were Boy Harsher, Mr. Kitty, Wardruna and Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld. As always, there was not enough time to see everything I would have liked to. At least, I am happy with my selection. And now it is time to think about the 2019 outfits.

Botani-KAL

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A while ago, Alice and Miki came up with the idea to knit the Wrapped in Leaves shawl by Alana Dakos from the beautiful book Botanical Knits together. Soon, Rebekka and me joined. The main part is knit in stockinette stitch, but I already have finished 60% of the increases. I am really looking forward to the leafy border!

I am super happy with my yarn choice, Alpaka Star by Austermann. I received it for free to play with it before it hits the market in July, so thanks a lot! It consists of 36% baby alpaca, 35% nylon, 15% silk and 14% cotton. The structure is plied, but fluffy with little sequins in it. The meterage is 150m per 50g, perfect for 4.5mm needles.

I hope to finish the main part, soon, to proceed to the leaves as stockinette stitch keeps boring me. Take a look at Alice’s, Miki’s and Rebekka’s projects as well, we are using very different yarns! Of course, you can also find us on Instagram, using the hashtag #botaniKAL. If you like the shawl and want to join our knitalong, feel free to do so! More fun for all of us!

Cropped Linen

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I made this sweater to measure on a request by my aunt. She asked for a white, cropped, oversized, long sleeved, 100% linen sweater to wear in summer. Here it is, a ridiculously wide rectangle with sleeves. I am sure she is going to love it as if it was black, I just would keep it.

The pattern is my own, I have used 414g of Schoppel El Linio, a chain-plied 100% linen yarn. It combines the classic linen structure and feel with a bit of elasticity due to its construction. It really is a pleasure to work with this yarn. Well done, Schoppel!

This sweater also was an item on my WIP Bingo sheet, the linen sweater. One more done!

A Pencil Pouch / WIP Bingo

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So I have sewn myself a pencil pouch. It is just a zippered, lined, boxy pouch, but I urgently needed something to put my Tombow Dual Pens in. I used some leftover cotton fabric, white polka dots on grey and purple, reinforced with Vlieseline H250. You can find a lot of good tutorials for this type of bag on YouTube, so it was quite easy to sew.

I recently realised, I actually never posted a status from my WIP bingo. This is a pity as I truly like the concept. I currently have finished four items. The first one was a pair of scrappy ankle socks:

Next was the Black Metal Hoodie:

Last week I finished a linen sweater I had no time to photograph yet, and now the pencil pouch. The body of the batwing pullover is waiting for added sleeves and the lyrics for my next album only lack the last details. Maybe I will stick to this concept of a visualised to-do list, it seems to keep me a bit more focused.