Summer Road trip: Textile Museum

“Hausweber” means  “Houseweaver”. The Textile Museum, Nettetal, Germany.

The Textile museum in Nettetal is called “Die Scheune (the barn)” in a lovely old building close to what was previously the toll close to the Dutch border. This area along the Rhine is still a prosperous agricultural area (flat fields and wooded area stretch for miles and miles inviting you to get out a bike, and get rolling!).




Images from The Textile Museum; Spinning wheel from De Pannekookehuus (The Pancakehouse).

Earlier, among other things, a lot of flax was grown in the region. Linen was a commonly used fabric. If you wanted it white, then you had to send it off to Antwerp to have it bleached. Of course the Antwerper craftsmen kept their trade process a secret, and built up a thriving trade, in part making the city the bustling trade centre it was and still is.



Colour: Autumn accents 2


Top left: “Helmkraut/ Scutelleria” and bottom right: “Images of Seeds” by Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Scuppy 

I thought I was the only one obsessing about purple recently. It seems Elle UK (bottom left) also thinks various purple tones will be a thing this coming season. And now, I’ve learned, that Pantone has just renamed a certain purple tone in honour of Prince.


And it’s called Love Symbol #2. I don’t know if it’s crazy or not, but I think I might actually have two balls of yarn in this colour, somewhere in my stash. I have to go check. Honestly, I was thinking that Prince’s purple would’ve been a touch lighter, with some glitter.

Colour: Autumn Accents

Is it just me, or is this golden yellow going to be a major accent colour for autumn?


Top right: Ladies’ short pullover by Tanja Steinbach: / Bottom middle: Goldsmobile Top by Danielle Chalson / Bottom middle: Alice+Olivia Jazmine cropped stretch knit top (; Zeus+Dione Pleiades pleated linen-chambray culottes (; Rag&Bone Margot Suede Ankle Boots (; Shan Gold Chavron Layered Necklaces (; Lord&Taylor Gold Arrow End Cuff (Lord&; Roberto Collina Knitted Sweater (

Foto sources: author, Ravelry,

How to wear tricky colours 2: Colour Wheel




Of course I don’t mean to flog a dead horse. But the Greenery dilemma made me very much want to look at how to work with tricky colours in a systematic way, rather than hoping inspiration strikes, and that I’m paying attention when it does.

Beads and pieces has a lovely brief intro, with pictures on how to use a colour wheel.

If we look at the Green segment, we can see various shades of green, all of which would work with Greenery (the darkest, outermost* hue in that segment), in a monochromatic palette.



We could combine our Greenery with the Blue-Green and the Yellow-Green neighbours, for an analogous palette.



We could look at Greenery’s complement on the opposite side of the wheel: mauve pinks (some colour wheels will give you red, but no one wants to look like the Ghost of Christmas Past, so we’ll go with mauve pink for now).



Another alternative would be to look at the split complementary colours. These are the direct neighbours of the complement: pink and mauve (for a red complement, red-violet and red-orange).




Or various tetrads (four colours), here we have Greenery and its complement on both ends, with two neighbours in the middle.


Another tetrad: three analogous colours plus the complement.



So what do you think? Do these combinations make Greenery more wearable? Or knittable?



Palette source:

*Please note, apart from the monochromatic palette, I am referring to the colours in the outermost ring of the colourwheel.

How to wear tricky colours: Greenery


I was standing* in front of this larger than life print of Ruth Bernhard’s Young Gingko Tree, when I realized this was the solution to a colour challenge posed by Justine Leconte on her popular youtube channel.

Let me catch you up a bit. Justine Leconte is a young independent french designer, based in Berlin. She has a wildly popular vlog about fashion and design on youtube. Her episode on coming to terms with Greenery (Pantone’s 2017 Colour of the Year) was sadly unsuccessful, although fascinating to see her brainstorming process.  And so, it got me thinking about Greenery and incorporating trendy colours into one’s handknit wardrobe.

My first instinct, was to slap some green onto a capsule outfit, like so




Top: Alice+Olivia Jazmine cropped stretch knit top (The; Trousers: Zeus+Dione Pleiades pleated Linen-chambray culottes (; Shoes: Rag&Bone Margot Suede Ankle Boots (; Sweater: Opening Ceremony UMD X crew jumper (; Preowned Carved Green Jade earrings (

It isn’t a satisfying solution, because I wouldn’t actually wear this.  You see, this green has a lot of yellow in it,  and so it can be a difficult colour to wear close to the face. I would rather keep the green away from my face. In the form of accessories. So, I would look to handknits like belts, bracelets, fingerless gloves, socks to add that quick pop of green.

And so, this little Gingko tree inspired me to think of this combination:


Sweaters: Ready to fish Tilia concrete knitted T-shirt ( / Molly Ripped strik sweater ( / Tom Ford Asymmetrical Cashmere Sweater ( ; Top: Striped T-shirt (; Trousers: Marni cropped gabardine wide leg pants (; Sneakers: Sequin Full Kelly Green Canvas Converse Canvas Lowtop sneaker ( /Adidas Originals superstar boost silver metallic (; Ring: Pre-owned Antique Imperial Jade Platinum Ring (; Pendant: Maori Jade Pendant (; Watch: Vernier Gold and Green Bangle Watch (; Bag:Michael Kors Jet Set Medium Saffiano Leather Tote (  

Yup, when in doubt, Nature almost always has an answer. Or even more than one answer:



Photo: Northern Light over the Taiga by Olivier Grunewald; Rose Prickle by Thomas Wolf and Bernd Seydel

Would I wear either of these combinations? Red and green, or Purple and green? Maybe, maybe not, but I would definitely use these combinations for colourwork. Or other types of knitting. A green bracelet with red or even purple beads. An i-cord ring with a felted flower in green with a purple centre.


*The exhibition is called The Wonder of Nature and is running at the Gasometer in Oberhausen until November30, 2017. Quite spectacular photographs and video installations of plants and animals from all over the world.

Stash & our Consumer Society


Just got through an interesting magazine interview in Der Spiegel with Frank Trentmann (his book “The Empire of Things” has just been translated and released in German). Trentmann is a history professor at Birkbeck College (University of London), says that we’ve been living in a mass-consumption society since around the 17th and 18th centuries.

He talks about consumption in the Renaissance, and late chinese Ming dynasty, about anti-luxury laws in the 15th century, how colonialism and the industrial revolution changed people’s ideas about consumption, to where we are today. Although he’s a bit cautious and sceptical about any bandaid fixes, he does mention several things that we’ve mentioned: repairing, mindful consumption, and political action.

On the other hand, it’s a bit of a consolation and pespective, that we as people didn’t suddenly become frenzied consumers. We’ve been this way since the 15th century.

“We express ourselves through what we buy [and acquire]…” – Frank Trentmann

So, what are we expressing through Stash? A connection to cozy cuddly knits, a tradition of artisanal handcrafting?  To the origins of the things we consume? Perhaps all of this, and more.

Stash Therapy 3


This yarn made the cut for my Stash Therapy Project. Even came with a lovely button.

Then came matching up with other stash yarn, casting on, and off we go! This will be Kara Gott Warner’s Rustica Wrister. Can’t wait to get this blocked.

Capsules and Colour



Blouse: Dolce&Gabbana wrap jumper (; Trousers: Saint Laurent Satin Stripe Suit Trousers (; Scarf: similar Pringles of Scotland (; Earrings: Hermès Horn Jewelry (; Watch: Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Red Silicone Strap Watch 38mm; Shoes: Cole Haan

By transitioning to a capsule wardrobe, you can pull more colour into your wardrobe. You can keep your basic pieces neutral and allow your handknit accessories to sing in colour.

If you already use a capsule or core principle to organize your wardrobe, you will find that planning your knits to match other accessories can make them into statement pieces, which show a mindful intentionality rather than randomness.


Top:  Alice+Olivia Jazmine cropped stretch knit top (The; Trousers: Zeus+Dione Pleiades pleated Linen-chambray culottes (; Shoes: Rag&Bone Margot Suede Ankle Boots (; Sweater: Roberto Collina knitted Sweater (; Jewelry: Lord&Taylor Gold Arrow End Cuff, Shan Gold Chevron Layered Necklaces / 
Top, Trousers, shoes: same; Sweater: Opening Ceremony UMD X crew jumper (; Preowned Carved Green Jade earrings (
Top: A.l.c. Alber Knit top (; Trousers: Saint Laurent Satin Stripe Suit Trousers (; Cardigan: I love Mr Mittens Blue Wool Cardigan (; Shoes: Sam Edelman Felicia Nautical Blue (; Jewelry: Silver Bird on a Wire Necklace (; Itsy Bitsy Sterling Silver Bird Studs (





Repurposing knits: Recycling yarn

Technically, every handknit (as long as it isn’t felted) could count as stash.

Here, I have decided to repurpose this yarn from a cowl, that I haven’t worn since it was gifted to me. It’s a bit too tight at my throat.

The colour mix is quite fascinating, so this will be the first object to be reworked during the Stash Therapy Challenge.