Vindauga Baby

Temaet fra mit Vindauga-tæppe blev ved med at køre rundt i mit hovede efter at jeg strikkede det første tæppe, og det krævede simpelthen at blive strikket i nogle flere varianter! Da designprincippet i Vindauga stødte sammen med mine forsøg med at farve 2-dimensionelle gradienter (eller matricer) endte det med Vindauga babytæppet, som jeg nu endelig er færdig med at skrive mønsteret til.

Mønstret kan købes på Etsy eller på Ravelry. Jeg har desuden farvet et lille antal kits, som er i min Etsy Shop, i farverne Sif (lilla-blå med cochenille og indigo – udsolgt), Valkyrie (rød-blå med krap og indigo) og Njord (grøn-blå med vau, grå bynke og indigo).

Fra et sæt af 9 nøgler matrix-farvet garn (til venstre) til Vindauga babytæppet.

Mønsteret er skrevet, teststrikket, rettet, rettet og rettet, og endelig skrevet helt færdigt på dansk og engelsk. Jeg indrømmer blankt, at selve det at lave mønsteret færdigt ikke er min yndlingsdel af processen fra ide til udgivet mønster. Men uden at få taget sig sammen og lavet det helt færdigt, så ender det jo netop bare som en ide i mit hovede.

Til gengæld er det fantastisk sjovt at matrixfarve mini-nøglerne i 9 farver i glidende overgang. Jeg har efterhåndet arbejdet med disse 2-dimensionelle gradienter et  stykke tid, men jeg synes, det bliver ved med at være svært at få dem helt rigtige!

Først farver jeg gradienter af røde, pink eller gule farver med krap, cochenille, vau, rejnfan eller grå bynke, så jeg har 3 nøgler af hver indfarvning. Bagefter overfarver jeg med en gradient af indigo, så hver af de 3 nøgler i en indfarvning får en forskellig indigo-overfarvning. Det lyder måske ikke så svært, men begge trin er faktisk svære at styre.

Med cochenille og krap giver 1. bad altid meget mere farve end 2. bad, men nogle gange giver 2. og 3. bad stort set samme farve. I indigo-overfarvningen er det også svært at styre hvor mørk farven bliver, for der er flere faktorer i spil. En ting er hvor længe nøglerne bliver dyppet, en anden hvor mange gange. Men der er også mængden af indigo i gryden, som ændrer sig efterhånden. Selv om jeg har lavet matrix-farvningerne mange gange nu, så er det stadig en udfordring!

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De røde, gule og hvide nøgler ligger i blød til venstre, til højre er tilsvarende nøgler kommet i indigo-badet. Temperaturen er 52 grader, pH er 9-10. Der er styr på det hele!

Se projekter på Ravelry:

 

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Bilskirner, the Final Prototypes

I’ve finally completed my prototypes for a child and adult version of the hat that I’ve decided to call Bilskirner. The design changed a bit since the first prototype… My family was not impressed with the rib edge on the first prototype, so my hands were tied. I had to make a garter edge in the final version, and I must admit it looks better.

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In Norse mythology, Bilskirner is the home of the thunder god Thor. According to one of the Icelandic manuscripts called Grímnismál, Bilskirner with its 540 rooms is the largest building known. There are a lot of translations of Grímnismál (you can see some here), here’s one that I like:

Five hundred rooms and forty withal
I ween that in Bilskirnir be;
of all the halls  which on high are reared
the greatest I see is my son’s.

I imagine the huge home of the thunder god as an angular complex, and it feels like a match with my simple geometric unisex design.

And talking of a big angular complex, we went to one such and that’s actually where we took the top snapshots of us wearing the hats: on the roof of the new Moesgaard Museum outside Aarhus. I love the way this building rises out of the ground, it gives you the feeling that the ancient objects on display are somehow still under the ground

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Plus, there’s the view from the top of the roof, you can see the land at the other side of the bay (Mols)

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We saw the exhibition there of the  Chinese terracotta soldiers that were found alongside the first emperor. They were truly beautiful!

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FACTS – BILSKIRNER HAT

Pattern Bilskirner, my pattern that is now ready for test knitting. Comment below if you want to test the Danish or English pattern

Yarn Guldfaxe 100 m/50 g 100% alpaca

Needle 4.5 mm

Colors Gradient from madder to tansy, on a natural white background

Conclusion I’ve had good fun designing this hat. The rib edge on the first version drew the eye away from the color pattern, so I’m happy with the garter edge on the final version. At this point, all that remains is to race off to my dye pots to make some more color schemes!

Jeg er endelig blevet færdig med designet til min Bilskirner hat, i voksen- og børnestørrelse. Den første prototype havde en ribkant forneden, men den er erstattet af en retstrikket kant i den endelige version. Resten af familien hadede nemlig ribkanten, så det var bare med at rette ind! Nu er jeg klar til at få teststrikket mønsteret, så hvis nogen er interesserede i at teste, så skriv det i en kommentar nedenfor.

Billedet hvor min datter og jeg har hattene på er taget på taget af det nye Moesgaard Museum. Jeg kan virkelig godt lide den nye bygning, det er ligefrem genialt at den ligger som en kile under jorden og er fyldt med oldsager der er fundet under jorden. Når man kommer fra den lave ende går man op af taget uden at opdage hvor naturen ender og bygningens kile begynder. Og så er der udsigten helt til Mols.

Bilskirner Hat Prototype

I dyed this gradient a while ago, using madder and tansy, and the plan was initially a Bohus-style hat. But the yarn kept talking to me, and it said that it wanted something with much cleaner lines…

So I knit a hat with a very simple pattern of squares on a white background. Simple geometric, and in some way, a masculine decoration (although I think this hat looks good on a woman, too). So I decided to call this pattern Bilskirner, which is the home of Thor, possibly the most masculine of gods. I’m still thinking about a Bohus-ish hat, so that may still happen.

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I tried to take some picures of the hat on the head of my sweet, sweet 5-year old daughter Dagmar, but she was just not in the mood for having her picture taken. The mood of the day shifted dramatically, though, when I asked her to take pictures of me instead. The camera is too heavy for her, so she couldn’t even keep it upright. But it didn’t matter so much to her that she didn’t catch the entire hat on most of her pictures, she was still very proud of them!

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FACTS – BILSKIRNER HAT

Pattern Bilskirner, a pattern that I’m currently writing

Yarn Guldfaxe 100 m/50 g 100% alpaca

Needle 4 mm

Colors Gradient from madder to tansy, on a natural white background

Conclusion An enjoyable project – the alpaca is wonderfully soft, and I’m happy with the stranded square pattern. But I’m going over the shaping of the crown again to improve it before I write down this pattern

Hatten her, som er mit eget design, er strikket i ren tyk alpaka. Gradienten fra krap-rød til rejnfan-gul havde jeg egentlig farvet til et lidt andet design, men de farver blev ved med at hviske mig i øret at det var dette her de skulle. Min vidunderligt søde datter hvisker til gengæld ikke. Ingen kan være i tvivl om, at hun i hvert fald ikke gad at være model til mine hattebilleder. Dagen blev kun reddet af, at jeg lod hende være fotografen.

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A Gradient in Madder and Tansy

I love color gradients! They somehow make the colors pop in a different way! Some of the individual colors in my gradient hat were not remotely exciting, but together, it’s another story.

I kept imagining a warm gradient, from red to yellow. Sometimes such daydreams stay just that, but with this, I have come incredibly close to what I imagined:

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The red end of the gradient is madder, while the yellow end is tansy stalks and leaves (I used the flowers for something else already).

I achieve nice reds from madder by using rainwater. Some of my early attempts with madder gave only dull salmon shades because I used tap water, so now I always use rain.

It’s well known that madder contains two dye molecules, a red and a yellow one, and that the yellow is released when you increase the heat above 65C. So I always heat the dye bath to 62C (or “roastbeef” on my meat thermometer) and then wrap the entire pot in a blanket. That keeps it warm until the next day, and it saves a lot of energy.

FACTS – MADDER

Mordant 10% alum

Water Rain

Yarn 100% alpaca, 110 m / 50 g

Yarn:Dyestuff ratio 1:1

Conclusion Rainwater and heating to less than 62C gives reproducible good results

For the yellow end of my gradient, I used tansy that I picked at the roadside on walks close to my house last summer. As expected, the stalks and leaves gave a cold yellow – the flowers give a warm yellow.

FACTS – TANSY STALKS AND LEAVES

Mordant 10% alum

Water Tap

Yarn 100% alpaca, 110 m / 50 g

Yarn:Dyestuff ratio 1:2 dry

Conclusion Cold yellow, supposedly a good light and wash fast one

Possible Improvements Leaves are difficult to remove from yarn – this is a dyestuff that could benefit from straining before yarn is added

And that’s it. The oranges in the middle of the gradient are madder exhaust baths, the last one overdyed with tansy yellow to make the transition smooth.

The next part of the daydream consists of a Bohus-style hat knit with this color gradient. I’m doodling away on paper right now to get it right before I start knitting. To be continued!

Jeg er vild med farvegradienter. Denne her fra rød over orange til varm gul har jeg lavet med kraprod og stilkene af rejnfan fra sidste sensommer.

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Gradient Hat

I’m in hat knitting mode right now! As soon as this hat was finished, I had the next one on the needles. The pattern, a Danish one called “hue 1” (that just means hat 1, the book has more than one hat) really makes my brain go berserk with color scheme after color scheme.

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I’ve cheated a bit since I didn’t only use naturally dyed yarns for this project: the black background consists of different commercial yarns from my stash.

FACTS – GRADIENT HAT
Pattern hat 1 by Lone Gissel and Tine Rousing, Nordiske masker
Yarn Supersoft 100% wool 575 m/100 g (plus some commercial stuff)
Needle 4.5 mm
Colors Privet berries (from our garden, winter) Indigo + tansy (bought + collected from the roadside, summer) Reed flowers on grey yarn (collected from the seaside, summer) Yarrow (collected from the roadside, summer) Mixed lichens (collected in the forest – this was bits and pieces I couldn’t type and in the end just swept into the dye pot) Parmelia sulcata (a lichen, collected in the forest) Dyer’s polypore (Phaeolus schweinitzii) (a mushroom, collected in the forest, fall).
Conclusion Love it! The colors, the fit, the fox fur
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It’s often been said that any naturally dyed colors fit together, and I do think that is the case. I did take some care lining up colors that blended well one into the other, but they were not very hard to find in my big basket.
Another observation: I think natural dyeing is the best kind of yarn tourism. When I look at the hat and its colors, I’m immediately taken back to the places where I collected the dye stuffs.Well, not so much the privet berries from our garden, but other wonderful places we walked during the nicest months of 2014.Just one example. The reed flowers are from our august summer vacation in the southern part of Denmark, right on the border with Germany. I picked my flowers by the ocean, and I just had some fun trying to find the exact spot on the map. And I did it! The exact coordinates are 54.894576, 9.626491, and you can even see the mass of reed growing there when you use the max zoom of the map… Right next to a tiny harbor where you can stand on the planks and watch crabs hurrying around on the bottom. And when you look over the water, you can see Germany. Imagine, all that worn on a hat in the form of a stripe of yellow-green yarn!
Mønsteret til hatten er er fra Nordiske Masker af Lone Gissel og Tine Rousing, og det mønster bliver ved med at køre rundt i mit hovede i forskellige farvekombinationer! Her har jeg strikket den på en sort baggrund som er fabriksgarn, jeg havde liggende. Regnbuen fra grøn til varm gul er mine egne naturfarvede nøgler.

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