Adriaan's Giveaway

Written by [email protected] on July 7, 2020 in competition, Dye House News, Lace Knitting

English at the bottom!

Ce n'est pas très souvent qu'Adriaan fait une erreur. Cette semaine, il en a fait un petit. Ils disent que le signe d'un artisan qualifié est qu'ils peuvent s'adapter à n'importe quel revers du processus.

Voici donc la solution d'Adriaan. Nous allons donner le problème.

Ce qui s'est passé, c'est que des écheveaux de 25 m ont été enroulés sur la machine à bobiner avec un diamètre trop large, ils sont donc trop gros !!

Adriaan les a divisés en deux groupes et nous vous les proposerons. Laissez simplement un commentaire ci-dessous à propos d'une erreur que vous avez commise et nous choisirons au hasard deux gagnants à la fin du mois et lancerons un dé pour savoir qui obtient quelle combinaison de couleurs. N'oubliez donc pas de laisser votre adresse e-mail.

Laissez-moi vous lancer avec une erreur que j'ai faite. Bien vivre en France j'ai fait la chose habituelle de rouler du mauvais côté de la route en allant aussi du côté passager pour conduire, cette fois c'était dans un parking bondé donc j'ai fait semblant de chercher quelque chose dans la boîte à gants! Il y a eu le temps où j'ai été présenté à la chère tante de quelqu'un et à son chien en même temps et j'ai passé le reste de l'après-midi à appeler le chien Waggles jusqu'à ce que quelqu'un me dise doucement qu'il s'appelait Toast!

Je pensais que Toast était un drôle de nom de famille!

À ton tour!


It is not very often that Adriaan makes a mistake. This week he made just a little one. They say that the sign of a skilled craftsman is that they can adjust to any setback in the process.

So here is Adriaan's solution. We will give the problem away.

What has happened is that some 25m skeins have been wound on the skein-winding machine at too wide a diameter so they are too big!!

So Adriaan has split them up into two groups and we will offer them to you. Just leave a comment below about a mistake you have made and we will randomly pick two winners at the end of the month and throw a dice for who gets which colour combination. So don't forget to leave your email address.

Right let me kick you off with a mistake I made. Well living in France I have done the usual thing of driving on the wrong side of the road also getting into the passenger's side to drive, that time it was in a crowded car park so I pretended to be looking for something in the glove compartment! There was the time I was introduced to someone's dear aunt and her dog at the same time and I spent the rest of the afternoon calling the dog Waggles until someone quietly told me it was called Toast!

I thought Toast was a funny surname!

Your turn!

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Joady Gorelick

Joady Gorelick on 07/11/2020 4:34 p.m.

My first day working in a needlework shop, the owner gave me an "easy"job to do. She asked me to break down the large hanks of Paternayan yarn into smaller skeins. Even after she showed me how to do it, I cut the hanks in the wrong place resulting in yarn that was shorter than how the shop usually sold it.

Kerry Thomas

Kerry Thomas on 07/12/2020 10:13 a.m.

As my teeny babies grew, I separated the clothes they'd outgrown into 'giveaway' and 'handknit by my grandmothers' heirlooms. A colleague at work was expecting, and happy for preloved clothing. It was only when she opened the box that I realised I'd given her my heirlooms too! I said nothing, just wished her well, and hoped the clothes fit!

Chris Gray

Chris Gray on 07/12/2020 10:17 a.m.

Working on some lino cuts for textile printing...I did a super-dooper job on an angel....only to realise (afterwards) that I had cut it "backwards"! If that wasn't bad enough....I did the same damned thing with the next one!! FOOL!!!

Claire Dean

Claire Dean on 07/12/2020 10:18 a.m.

Many years ago I marked two pieces of degree level work where the students had the same names first and last but one was spelt differently. One student achieved a high mark the other a low one - a fail. Unfortunately, they were listed in the wrong alphabetical order so were informed of the wrong mark! The mistake was eventually corrected but felt awful for the one with the fail!


Marie-Christine on 07/12/2020 10:28 a.m.

Une année, je me suis trompée de jour pour la réservation d’un avion. Nous revenions d’Asie et avec le décalage horaire, j’ai réservé des vols de transit pour le jour d’après....Bloqués à l’aéroport, nous avons fini notre (long) voyage en train...

Cecelia Hayslip

Cecelia Hayslip on 07/12/2020 10:29 a.m.

Once when I was teaching a class in crewel for adults my mother said she would like to learn too. A strong righthander and master seamstress I thought it would be no problem...was I need wrong. Mother did everything backwards. Even gave her my fanny hoop...nothing worked. Eventually she went back to making exquisite Nordic and Aran sweaters.
Fortunately I did not have similar problems in class.


Sharon on 07/12/2020 10:46 a.m.

Many years ago my then 6. year old son and I were at the airport on a busy holiday weekend with crowds at three gates grouped together (those were the days!) waiting to board. The flights were called and we boarded en masse. The captain made the usual flight announcement of the destination city and we realized we had boarded on the wrong plane and had to quickly get off - red-faced!

Linda Foord

Linda Foord on 07/12/2020 11:39 a.m.

I worked for weeks to make a lace yoked sweater and I was thrilled with it as for once it fitted perfectly compared with many others I've made and was much admired. Then I washed it (very carefully as per the instructions) but guess what, it had shrunk. Heartbroken doesn't begin to describe it. So I thought that if I washed it again I could block it back to the right size. No, doll size and like a piece of cardboard. Into the bin it went!


Diane on 07/12/2020 11:43 a.m.

I am one of those people that skims the knitting directions, casts on, and then think I remember the pattern. It has often resulted in either having to rip back or create a new pattern to match what I have done.

Olivia Ferrand

Olivia Ferrand on 07/12/2020 1:09 p.m.

I very seldom make mistakes and I hardly ever confess one. But Adriaan's mistakes are so inspiring so here is one. I am always mixing up my children's first names... Nothing very bad about that. Except when I had a cat, it got included in the list and I ended up calling my daughter "Dynamite". Though it did sound a bit weird, I have to say it was not altogether inappropriate.

Alexandra Fagelson

Alexandra Fagelson on 07/12/2020 2:26 p.m.

While working on a crewel kit, I mixed up 2 shades of blue while stiching under blue light. When I looked at the piece in sunlight, the shading was backwards.


Virginie on 07/12/2020 2:29 p.m.

Bonjour, la première fois où j'ai voulu divisé un echeveau de 800m en 2. J'ai défait tous les liens, sans le fixer sur un bobinoir echeveaudoir......juste en pensant séparer en 2 l'écheveau. Résultat : 800m de laine toute emmêlée. Il m'a fallu 2 jours pour défaire mon erreur avant de reprendre les choses dans le bon ordre !!
Ces couleurs sont magnifiques, elles feraient de très belles broderies au point de Bayeux !!

Heidemarie Dukek

Heidemarie Dukek on 07/12/2020 2:35 p.m.

I was supposed to pick my fourteen year old daughter up and take her to the Ferry. In the office all hell broke loose on that day so I had totally forgetten. I was very ashamed about that.

jo taylor

jo taylor on 07/12/2020 3:46 p.m.

i have a group of work colleagues that i meet up with every 2-3 months. I got ready smartened up and drove off to one of the ladies houses. When I got there she looked at me strangely. 'It's next Friday Jo!' she said. But it was ok as we have a coffee and a chat just the two of us and I went away just a little embarrassed at my poor memory. My job? I am a Consultant working in a Memory clinic!

Lori Cameron

Lori Cameron on 07/12/2020 3:56 p.m.

Years ago, when working in an office, I decided to use a highlighter on important paragraphs before faxing them out...but the fax read everything highlighted as Black! Had to redo the document completely, send out all faxes again!


Loretta on 07/12/2020 4:15 p.m.

When we first moved to South Carolina with my husband’s new job, the company had a picnic for the top brass and the newcomers. We had been told that there was no off-campus programming for security risks. I take my lunch plate and sit next to a gentleman at one of the tables. He asks what I thought of the company, etc., etc. I mentioned that they could improve on their efficiency. Since my husband had to trouble-shoot computer problems 24/7 (it seemed), how much time did it waste for him to learn of a problem, take a shower (at night), and drive 20 minutes to the plant before he could get started? How much faster if he could log on at home!

My husband was appalled that I should speak so freely to this person (he asked!) - later I learned he was the CEO of the company! Well, within 3 months security had been “adjusted” so my husband could log on from home at 2:30 AM when there was a plant emergency!

Sarah R

Sarah R on 07/12/2020 4:26 p.m.

I was once making a jacket and realised that I had accidentally cut out two left front pieces. Oh well, I thought, I have just enough fabric left to cut out another piece for the right front. I carefully pinned it and cut it out and then realised I had cut out a third left front.


Marjorie on 07/12/2020 5:02 p.m.

In a special holiday trip to Hawaii, I bought some lovely cotton fabric with a bamboo design. When we got home, I cut out a dress to sew for myself. With the print upside down. There was no ay to rescue it.


Lee on 07/12/2020 5:22 p.m.

Like Jo Taylor I have shown up at a friend's house or a location we decided upon on the wrong date! And I've also been wildly early to things because I had moved up the time in my head so I wouldn't be late. However, I had a friend whose watch was always 15 minutes fast so she wouldn't be late to things. But since she knew it was 15 minutes fast, it never seemed to work.


Anet on 07/12/2020 5:41 p.m.

Oh, gosh, the mistakes I’ve made — Here’s one that comes to mind — I knit one third of a Kieran Foley pattern before realizing one of the symbols was used twice - one was highlighted with color, one was not. My printer did not print in color! I had to tear it all out in order to get the design to line up properly. ~a

Caroline E Wise

Caroline E Wise on 07/12/2020 7:17 p.m.

It is hard to pick out one of the many mistakes that I've made. One of the more entertaining ones happened when I mixed up baking soda and baking powder in a recipe shortly after I moved to the USA from Germany. German baking recipes only have baking powder. Unfortunately the mistake was only noticed after the cake was made and decorated - and found inedible.

Cynthia Allen

Cynthia Allen on 07/12/2020 9:52 p.m.

While pregnant with my daughter in 1978, feeling mellow and drowsy, my husband and I were sharing an Asian "steamboat" meal with friends in Australia. (Meats and vegetables cooked in a communal device consisting of a vertical charcoal burner encircled by a moat of water). We had recently returned from an extended trip to SE Asia and were enjoying a discussion of the cuisine. I must have drifted off momentarily and awoke to the question, "is this your first"? To which I replied, "no, we had our first while travelling in Malaysia". Imagine the surprise all around - the conversation had switched from food to my condition. I thought we were still talking about the steamboat when in fact the question referred to my baby!


evi on 07/12/2020 10 p.m.

My biggest discoveries in painting have happened when I made mistakes. One, of my painting series, includes slightly distorted canvases instead of squares (that were my initial aim at that time wanting to reference Malevich's 'black square'.) Despite the obvious mistake, they became quite popular.

Gaynor Hodder

Gaynor Hodder on 07/13/2020 1:10 a.m.

When I was in a Furniture Class, I was making a small table. After I carefully measured to the millimetre where to screw the table top to attach it to the frame and put the lovely brass screws in, I turned it over only to realise that I had screwed it on upside down. This revealed the flaws in the timber that I had been trying to hide. So, I had to take the table top off, carve out a channel the width of the holes and the length of the table top and insert a different colour timber. So, what was a mistake became a design feature!


Lorna on 07/13/2020 6:30 a.m.

Many many years ago I was late for class ... shamefacedly entered the packed classroom, apologised and sat down. The teacher and students were all very shocked to see me as I wasn’t actually late at all! This was the previous class to mine and still in full swing 😳


Andie on 07/13/2020 7:38 a.m.

Thank you all for sharing your mistakes.We have enjoyed reading all of them and have shared a laugh or blush with you. We will pick 2 people out at random later in the month . Best Andie

Paula Rafferty

Paula Rafferty on 07/13/2020 8:32 a.m.

I spent months making a quilt for an exhibition that I had been asked to speak at the opening. Only when I was finished and filling out the entry form did I realise that my quilt was 20 cm too big ! Frantic search ensued and I was able to find another piece to enter and we had a laugh about it at the opening. I always read entry forms carefully and before I start making the work now!!

Hanna Meronen

Hanna Meronen on 07/13/2020 11:16 a.m.

I row a lot at my parents' summer cottage, usually rowing my dad to leave or pick fishing nets. One day we were starting a boat trip just for fun and I just couldn't figure out which way I should sit down to row. It took me ages and it was such a weird feeling. Laughed a lot.

natalie magnin

natalie magnin on 07/13/2020 6:16 p.m.

Many years ago, when I was still living in Belgium, I was walking on a river side on a cold winter day. It had been snowing a little bit. I was not alone; a heron  flew over with a fish in his beak. My instinctive reaction was to save the fish. So I started screaming and waving with my arms, after which the heron lost his prey. The fish fell on the river side, I ran to it quickly because I wanted to save the poor animal. Oh shit, the fish was dead, but I still threw him into the river. Then I realised how stupid I had been. Preventing the heron from eating in winter time. I felt quite bad. Luckily, so I thought, there are some corn cobs left on the field! I went looking, and found one! I was so proud, and laid the cob on the place where the fish landed. So when the heron would return to look for his meal, he would find the cob instead of the fish, and still be able to eat! Returning home I told my partner about my adventure and my genius solution. It was very disappointing to hear that herons don't eat corn cobs. I am not dumb or stupid normally, but I certainly was on that day.

Judith Chamberland

Judith Chamberland on 07/13/2020 10:16 p.m.

Je suis habituée de commencer mes chaussettes à la cheville.
Il y a quelques semaines, j'ai voulu essayer le montage des mailles à la turque (donc debut avec les orteils).
En tricotant tard le soir, j'ai fait à cette dite chaussette à nouveau les orteils !!!


Trina on 07/15/2020 8:52 a.m.

Accidentally invented a custard cake creation when I left out the flour and didn’t notice until I was cleaning up while the incomplete cake was baking in the oven. The good thing about mistakes like this is that you can literally eat the evidence. :-) surprisingly tasty, too.

Michelle Christopherson

Michelle Christopherson on 07/18/2020 5:51 p.m.

I was hemming a linen Arts and Crafts design table runner that I had embroidered and worked on for over a year. In trying to do a mitred corner, I cut an entire corner off! I just laughed and sewed it back on, and that weird little seam is still a reminder to be sure before cutting!

Andie Luijk

Andie Luijk on 07/26/2020 11:51 a.m.

Thank you for the interesting moments. I have used a random selection app to select 2 recipients of Adriaan's wool . They are no. 10 Olivia and no. 14 Jo . The comments will stay open for a while but the giveaway is now closed.
But I'm sure it won't be long before we have another giveaway. That was fun. Stay safe everyone. Andie and Adriaan

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