H+H Cologne 2017, part 2

As announced before, here is the second and last part of my H+H Cologne 2017 report.

I stumbled upon a Canadian hand dyer, Zen Yarn Garden, who stood out by offering yarn shades in colour families. This means there are different colours intended to be combined, e.g. a speckled and a semisolid shade. How cool is that, please? Furthermore, the colours are rich and vibrant, all dyed on luxurious yarn bases. I really should try them out.

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BC Garn, a Danish yarn manufacturer, well know for its natural, high-quality and often organic yarns has presented a remarkable addition to its GOTS certified palette: Bio Shetland, a light fingering weight pure shetland yarn which comes in a wide range of colours. I truly appreciate their policy of providing luxurious yet natural yarns. I salute BC Garn for this consistency and hope Bio Shetland will be available in my LYS soon! Until then, I already have a project in mind for their beautiful Lino.

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Another Nordic yarn manufacturer I was happy to see was Novita, a Finnish yarn company, namely the largest hand-knitting yarn spinner in the Nordic region. They also collaborate with WYS, who I had presented in H+H Cologne 2017, part 1. The great news is, Novita yarns will be available in Germany, soon! This means a new supplier of durable Nordic wool for me! They offer a lot of natural yarns, sometimes blended with a little Nylon for even more increased durability, in a wide range of colours. So, welcome to Germany, Novita, I am looking forward to your arrival!

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I accidentally found Merchant and Mills, a British sewing supplier with a very unique style. Their booth was pure eye candy yet! They offer working style patterns to sew a capsule wardrobe, high-quality cloths, trims, sewing kits (I LOVE the oilskin bag kit!), tools, books, stationery. But have a look at the pictures. They deserve a full blog post, soon.

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I am so glad to have met the wonderful Madame Tricot in person! This year, she brought an assortment of knit cheeses, presented adequately. As I admire her work a lot, I have set her exhibition as featured image of this blog post. Please support her art by buying her book, it is stunning.

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I will not write too much about about the large yarn manufacturers, there are other bloggers who have more insight and will write detailed posts about theses companies. Nonetheless, some of their new products have caught my eye.

Lana Grossa, e.g., has shown their large new collection for A/W 2017/18. My favourites are Silkhair 2.0, a Kid Mohair and silk blend with a slightly darker core, and Fluffy Tweed, a soft tweed yarn with a beautiful halo, from their Lala Berlin collection.

My favourite latest addition to the Rowan collection is called Sultano, a luxurious ribbon yarn made of 38% silk, 38% mohair und 24% cashmere. Definetely worth a try!

Some Madelinetosh eye candy (new colours!):

A beautiful way to show off the different qualities of Blue Sky Fibers:

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Knitted art at Kartopu

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…and Katia:

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Now to something completely different. Have you heard of Earebel yet? I had, but as an audiophile, I did not expect too much from their product. They offer bluetooth headphones to be knit into hats or headbands. They are available as kits or individually for your own ideas. I have to admit, they are pretty good with respect to their low price. The high frequencies are a bit flat, but the lows are pretty okay. In sum, they are a cool novelty item.

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I have spent two fantastic days at H+H Cologne 2017 and hope you have enjoyed my report about it. I have met wonderful people, had great conversations and have learned a lot. Thanks to everyone I have met!

 

 

Sort of dressed

I urgently needed a new party top. This reminded me of the cheap lace I had bought last year. This is my first sewing project with lace fabric and to make it even more interesting, the fabric is elastic in every direction. Of course, I have also tried a free longsleeve t-shirt pattern. So all in all, everything concerning this project was new to me.

And what shall I conclude? This is my best sewing project for clothes so far! It turned out just perfect! I used a wonderful pattern from Nap Time Creations and did not need to correct anything! Size S just fits perfectly, even on my trained shoulders and arms. As intended, I am only sort of dressed wearing it. But, to be honest, as a party top, being naked decorated with a lace pattern is just fine. You may imagine me wearing it or meet me at a goth party. There is a good chance to see it live.

The only sad thing about it is, I should have invested more in the fabric. It does not seem to be very durable.

Yarn and fabric shopping

While I’m currently knitting several items at once, I’m already planning my next projects. The Code: Armonica Cowl as well as an urban cardigan have been in my queue for quite a while now. So when Lanade started their Drops Alpaca Party, I bought five balls of  Nepal for the cowl and ten balls of Brushed Alpaca Silk for the cardigan. Yes, all of the new yarn is black, but as this is my favourite colour by far, I will have to accept knitting without actually seeing a single stitch.

My next sewing project will be a pair of casual trousers for my boyfriend. I hope he shares my sense of humour in what concerns the print of the cotton jersey:

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I plan to alter a free simplicity pattern for pyjama pants. Wish me luck.

Kerkrade Fabric Market

Yesterday, I went to the Kerkrade fabric market. In contrast to the Aachen one, it was a classic one. Outdoors, many many retailers, boothes with printed jersey coupons only and a whole lot of people including stressed young women rolling their baby carriages and trolleys over any foot in their ways.

However, I found some quite interesting fabrics:

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From top: black bi-stretch lace, printed jersey, black stretch denim and black/grey neoprene

I’d like to sew a lace top, jersey shorts, a pair of black jeans and a neoprene messenger bag. We’re not talking about the time frame, are we?

By the way, has anyone of you already sewn neoprene? Do I have to consider anything special?

Festival season

This year’s festival season starts with a new bag. Some sort of fanny pack, but cooler. The idea came, when I first saw my boyfriend’s festival bag:

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It’s cool, but a bit small. So I roughly copied the pattern and added a second pouch on the other side. The hard part was sewing it all together, as this is my first try at sewing a bag, adding zippers and completely improvising a sewn pattern. So this is the result:

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The right part is an almost identical copy of the original, the left part features a single zippered pouch and 4 D-rings to hang things on them:

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Looks quite festival-proof, doesn’t it?

Aachen fabric market

Today, I went to the Aachen fabric market. In contrast to the Fürth fabric market, where I went last October, this time I took a shopping list with me. And, ta dah, I did not buy any printed jersey:

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From top left clockwise:

– black velvet

– black tulle

– black jersey mesh

– black organza

– black taffetta

I plan to sew a frilled skirt made of tulle, taffetta and organza, which would be my first selfsewn garment. The velvet and mesh seem to be perfect for long-sleeved T-shirts. I’ll keep you updated.

The market as such was crowded, but you still could have a look at all stands without waiting and walk through the aisles without being squeezed by the masses. What a nice contrast to Fürth!

My first sewing project in years

…happens to be a companion cube plushie. Those of you who have played Portal will know what I’m talking about. As there exists no actual pattern, I decided to follow kanojo’s notes. I found some polyester fleec in dark and light grey as well as in bright pink at a local drapery store, which seemed suitable.

I started with pre-assembling the sides of the cube, first the decorative seams and the corner elements,

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then the center pieces.

companion cube side center

companion cube side

The tricky part was sewing together all sides, which went unexpectedly well, even for the squares overlapping the edges. Before closing the last seam, I filled the cube with fibre fill and sew the last edges together by hand. And here is the result:

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The fun part of this project is, I probably have learned a lot more about sewing than during the complete sewing course I took a while ago.