Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pink and gray woven stitch


This is my third try with this yarn - it's much more complicated than it looks because it is like knitting with rubber bands and getting a good drape is difficult.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Three silk yarns: encore


Two slightly different sizes of needles make something like a subtle ruffle in the fabric.







Friday, October 13, 2017

Black and gray rib stripes



To rows of each yarn, then switch.




Size 4 needles
Cotton, acrylic, polyamide






Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ombre green/gray/orange


The green color is the middle, then the colors will reverse and the end will be the same colors as the beginning.  I love these long color changes in yarns.


Fuzzy and shiny series new entry

The light and fuzzy mohair makes them good for cooler weather.






Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Crochet motif scarf

My first square motif construction in crochet.  It seems over the years I've made many motifs but this is the first time I've ever put more than a couple together.











I love the huge needle.






So that's the four color combinations and I'll repeat until the scarf is 72 inches.  I'm thinking about a black border right now.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wool and alpaca binkie


A nice bulky binkie in a very simple stitch.  I tried a complicated stitch pattern and it was lost in the fuzzy yarn. So now it's just a simple seed stitch and the bulky yarn makes it work up very quickly.


Cotton basket weave variation series


There may be  up to 15 in the series now, although I've given a few away before I remember to photograph them! They are mostly worsted weight, worked with a size 3 needle or smaller for a nice firm fabric. I included a linen one, although the linen ones are not generally in basketweave stitch.





This one is linen







Crochet net shawl


Requested by a friend, who already had the yarn.  I had to give it three tries to make the yarn amount work with the design I had in mind, so I'm glad filet crochet is extremely flexible!!  It looks much more sparkly and gaudy in person.



Crochet blocks from a gradient set


It has been amusing to play with the gradients and work out something that is more dynamic than static. The photo makes the holes a very strong part of the pattern due to the light background.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Blues - merino and brushed alpaca



Scarf, merino and alpaca, size 3 cable needle 24 in. garter stitch




It seems like this scarf took forever!  Size 3 needles make a fine gauge - but the results are lovely.  I used a double-pointed needle and alternated the yarn each row, so that the yarns intertwined in an interesting way, even though it's a simple garter stitch.




Finished!



Saturday, July 08, 2017

Red cotton and silk


Scarf, cotton and silk blend, "pine cone" stitch pattern, size 7 cable needle


This blend of cotton and silk has a truly beautiful drape.  I'm enjoying the way this stitch puckers.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Two gray yarns in seed stitch



Shawl, mixed fibers: ombre dyed wool, silk,  size 5 cable needle, 39 in.
Work in progress.







This has been a delight to knit because the colors of the yarns are constantly changing so that the fabric has a dynamic color scheme.








Monday, February 27, 2017

Wool in Soft Colors



Work in progress:
Capelet, wool, stockinette stitch, size 13 wood cable needle, 24 in.





This beautiful bulky wool is knitting up quickly - just what I need after working on so many fine gauge projects!



I'll be finishing off the ends, etc. so that it is reversible - I like the reverse stockinette look too.







Two different yarns make this lovely washed out look.







Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Old Prism Bubble


Triangle Shawl, mixed fibers: wool lurex linen silk nylon, wide rib stitch pattern, size 5 wood cable needle, 32 in



The novelty yarn Bubbles by Prism really makes this fabric.  Bubbles is hardly available any longer because it was produced quite awhile ago, but I got a skein at a local shop that had been stored for a few years and was on the discount shelf. All other yarns perform supporting roles, however they are lovely in themselves.




When I got the Bubbles I knew I wanted to use it with other very subtle colors but I didn't know quite what.  Then I came upon a work in progress that I wasn't liking very much and it happened to involve a lovely lilac linen and a light tweedy gray silk. A fine gauge needle was in orde because of the lace weights in the majority of the yarns. I wanted a more firm fabric than an open lacy one. I developed a color sequence which will have the Bubbles ocurring in a row about every three inches.

The wide rib pattern allows the Bubbles to show on both sides of the fabric.




Thursday, January 19, 2017

wild nylon fuzzy thang


Shawl, mixed fibers: nylon, mohair, silk, wool, size 4 aluminum needles, 14 in.




The small gauge of this one makes for a lot of knitting, but the wild colors make it entertaining.  I've had to put it aside several times to take a break.  It will eventually end up being about 7 - 8 feet long, so it will perhaps be quite a while until it's complete.  I've made stripes by changing yarns every row and also textural stripes by changing the stitch pattern from garter to stockinette.  Wild things are happening in all aspects!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Colorful silk and abaca


Scarf, mixed fibers, abaca and silk, size 3 double pointed needles, wood, 8 in.






This is a fabric worked with two yarns in seed stitch.  The yarns are worked in alternating rows throughout the length of the scarf. The abaca yarn produces the color variation in the fabric. It's about 8 inches wide and will be approximately 72 inches long.


One yarn is a solid red silk ribbon and the other is a wrapped variegated abaca fiber in pink, red, olive and black.


The fine gauge of the yarns and needles result in a huge amount of knitting in order to complete the rather large scarf 8x72 in.  Because the fibers are not wool, but more like linen or a very fine cotton, the scarf will be more suitable  as a fashion accessory rather than for warmth. The texture after just being knitted is somewhat like linen, meaning it will be a little stiff, and will soften the more the scarf is handled and cleaned. It will eventually drape beautifully like a well-worn linen or silk.


Current work

Monday, January 09, 2017

Japanese silk and linen

Shawl, silk and linen, garter stitch, size 5 cherry wood cable needle, 32 in.



This fine gauge silk and linen has a soft texture and a crispy texture.  The linen paper yarn has little flags - they are tiny and just large enough to make a little sound as the fabric moves.  They aren't big enough to be scratchy, and they soften with wear. I enjoy its light weight. 

This is the second shawl using these same yarns together and I'm liking them all over again.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Degrade pink cotton shawl



Shawl, cotton, seed stitch, size 8 wood cable needle, 32 inches.




This has been lovely to knit, and I like the way it feels as it glides through my fingers while I'm knitting.  It will be a meditation shawl.



I am using a yarn that is dyed with very gradual color changes and I'm using two skeins at once, with the colors changing in slightly different sequences so that the color in the fabric is different than that in either skein of yarn being knitted.



It's about 28 inches from top to bottom and will grow to about 80 inches from end to end, so that it will wrap nicely around the body.