I took a field trip to Rotterdam today with my friend Petra. It was another gray rainy day in the Netherlands and we both wore handknit socks.
Petra recently finished her beautiful stranded blue and white socks and I didn’t even make that green guy. My friend Laura from Finland (model in Book Two) knit it and I love her because I don’t like knitting socks or at least I rarely finish a pair. I did make the blue sock on my left foot a few years ago though.
Matching socks are overrated.
Naturally, we knit on the train. Petra worked on some stranded fingerless mitts.
She’s knitting through her stash in alphabetical order. She’s on C, so the socks and mitts use Cascade Sock. She’ll go through her C yarns and then the next letter in her stash like Debbie Bliss, Frog Tree, Koigu, etc…How cool is that?
I’m working on a new sweater design that will be photographed in Reykjavik next week for an upcoming pattern collection with Ragga, style maven and Queen of Icelandic knitting. I was picking out colors from my stash for this sweater and the resulting color trio felt just right. Today, I noticed my Aurora Expanse hat is almost exactly the same color combo.
The gray color is a hem in both pieces too! Oh well, it’s a pretty color combo so now I can have a matching set.
Wait, what’s that glimpse of purple atop the hat? That would be a pom pom, silly.
I’ve been pom pom’ing everything lately. Hats…
My living room…
Anyway, don’t get me started on pom poms. I could go on and on about them. Oh wait, I already did in this informative and equally ridiculous pom pom how-to video.
Anyway, the point of our adventure to Rotterdam was to see the Loes Veenstra sweater exhibit. This is Loes Veenstra and she is crazy…
crazy awesome! She knits…a lot…like maybe more than I do. Now that’s hard to believe, but so is her ridiculous collection of handknit sweaters.
EAT YOUR HEART OUT!
Over 500 of them and get this…they were never worn, just stored in her house in boxes. Then, this awesome video happened.
Here are closer shots of some sweaters that jumped out and slapped me in the face.
These are a couple projections in the exhibit of her knitting on the left and sitting in a red velvet throne on the right.
Ok, I have knitting to do. My 500 sweaters won’t knit themselves.