Sunday, October 02, 2016

Yellow and black cotton cloth

Wash cloth, cotton, basket weave stitch, size 4 wood needles, 10 in.

I'm experimenting with this cotton because I have a great deal of it and I think it will make very nice wash cloths, either for the bath or for the kitchen.  It's approximately 12 x 12 inches and has a fairly firm texture.

It has one heavy strand, or ply and is wrapped with a black thread and a yellow thread, which produce the tweedy look. Both sides look the same.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Organic gray wool

Scarf, organic wool, rib stitch variation, size 8 plastic needles, 7 in.

This is a thick and thin wool yarn, so the texture of the finished fabric is pleasantly uneven and has a  rustic attitude. It feels great going through my hands. Since it is knit with one yarn I have taken it every where with me in a bag and pulled it out for working when I have a few minutes to wait, or on a long car or bus ride.

The stitch is a variation of a k2 p2 ribt stitch.  I begin with k2 p2 for 8 rows, then switch to p2 kn2 for 8 rows and repeat for the length of the scarf.  I like the play of the light across the surface and the way it makes the scarf bulky. This stitch pattern is also similar to a basketweave pattern.

The wool is from Sweden and is quite soft and comfortable. The bulky weight will make it quite warm, and it is long enough to be wrapped around the neck twice for extra warmth on really cold days.

Scarf dimensions are 7 inches wide by 72 inches long.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fuzzy and shiny - pastels for autumn

Shawl, 14 yarns, mohair, linen, silk, nylon, rayon, beads, seed stitch, size 9 nickle cable needle, 32 in.

Cast on 3 stitches, add four stitches to each row, change yarns each row.

A chart to help organize use of the colors and yarns in the fabric.

The rayon in the "ladder" yarn has a gorgeously shiny surface that reflects light in beautiful contrast to the mohair yarns, which remain a matte surface.

The long edge is about 72 inches, and at it's deepest point it is about 15 inches long.  The shawl can be worn over the shoulders like a traditional shawl with the point in the back, or it can be turned with the point in front.  It can also be worn as a babushka to keep the head and neck warm.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Freia Hand Paint Scarf - a Real Challenge!

Scarf,  fingering weight merino wool, with nylon, garter stitch, size 3 wood cable needle 24 in.

I love the hand painted yarn cakes! They are wound so that the color changes in exactly the opposite order if the yarn is pulled from the middle of each cake. This particular yarn is designed to change colors in very long and subtle lengths.  If one used a single yarn at a time it would make very broad stripes. I am using both skeins as I knit and pulling from the middle of each cake and alternating the yarns each row. I decided to use a plain stitch pattern so that the colors would be the stars of the show.

The light weight yarn and the small needles means very fine gauge knitting, but I think the fine gauge works best with these colors. The most contrast in the colors of the two yarns are at the ends.

At this stage the colors are into the purple and magenta part. Hand painted yarn is one way to closely control how the colors change from one to the other.

This is the middle, where the two yarns are the same magenta color.  After this the colors along the length of the fabric will begin to look symmetrical in order out to the finishing end.

At about three quarters of the way through the colors of the two yarns are different again so they are purple and magenta again.

The tiny needles make sure that the lightweight yarn still makes a warm and firm fabric that won't let the cold breezes of fall and winter blow right through. The wool makes a nice drape but it's not loosey goosey. It takes a very long time to make any amount of fabric. I've had to put this aside several times because I just don't feel like I'm getting anywhere with it, but I've always come back because I can't wait to see the beautiful color combination play out at the end!!!

Ta da

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Basket weave organic cotton The basketweave series

Number 5 in the basketweave variations series

organic cotton size 3 needles 14 inch basketweave stitch six rows k6, p6 then six rows p6, k6

I've been enjoying making this series of basketweave cloths. They are approximately 12 x 12 inches and so they are good face cloths or dish cloths.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Aqua Cotton Capelet

Capelet, cotton chained tape, wide rib stitch, size 10.5 cable needle, nickel, 24 in.

I found this chained cotton tape on sale at The Yarn Company in New York City this summer and began a project with it immediately.  I enjoy this yarn a great deal because of it's springy-ness, even though it is cotton, which is often the texture of  kite string. I've worked with it in five colors now.

After a good start I created the notes page - each project gets a page to keep track of when it was started, notes about the design and techniques, where photographs are located, when it is completed and other useful notes.

This is the last row before binding off the stitches. The weight is a little on the bulky side, which I find very interesting. It still has all the properties of a good cotton. I began at the bottom and knit upwards to the neck edge, decreasing the width of the rib on the way up.

It is a thing!

The pale aqua looks a little different in different kinds of light.

I steamed and blocked it to relax the texture and I really love the way it looks and feels - it has a beautiful drape, which is I why I love working with this cotton.  It's about 55 inches around at the bottom and about 24 inches at the neck, and is about 15 inches long - it stops at around the elbows.

This gives the best sense of the color.

This scarf will be for sale along with  others in my etsy shop, Little Hands Studio: 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Black Lacy Cotton and Linen Shawl/Scarf

Shawl, cotton, silk and linen, seed stitch, size 10 aluminum cable needle, 24 inches.

The two novelty yarns  and large needles make this a very unusual fabric.  The small flags yarn is somewhat crispy due to the linen paper, and the more dense cotton, silk and linen yarn adds a lovely drape.  While not totally transparent, it's very lacy.

This is about halfway through - the yarn slides around on the aluminum needles so it's necessary to keep a good grip on things.  Losing track of stitches with black yarn can be disastrous.

The linen paper flags make a little rustle and a lot of texture. Although it's not gaudy, this unusual

surface makes the fabric a standout.  The fine guage yarns make for a very lightweight shawl, and if wrapped around the neck with the triangle point in front it will act as a scarf without too much warmth because of the cotton and linen fiber.

70 inches wide and about 18 inches deep at the triangle point.

This scarf will be for sale along with  others in my etsy shop, Little Hands Studio: 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

I Can't Resist Shaggy Black Shawls

Scarf, seed stitch, mixed fibers, size 10 wood cable needle.

The surface really looks this complicated, which is most of the reason I like to make black shaggy shawls. This one has fifteen yarns and that also made it a wondrful textile to put together.

I carried around a grocery sack of yarns for awhile, but it was definitely worth it to produce this wild and drapey fabric.

The textile was created in a pet-free and smoke-free environment.  It has some wool and mohair content and will be for cooler weather.

I'm beginning to love the "card" method of keeping the rows of yarns in order.  For this fabric I wanted to balance the delicate and bulky yarns and spread them through out evenly, so the card helped me determine what would be in the next row as I went along.

It's about 75 inches long, so plenty of length to produce wrapped up shapes or sprawled out shapes.  It will go around the neck twice and has plenty of length to do interesting knots.

The triangle is deep enough so that it can be worn "babushka" style like a headscarf and it will cover the back of the head and ears on those extra-cold days or nights.

It's just shy of "wild thang" category.

The light is reflected and absorbed differently by each yarn, and the beads provide a bit of sparkle.  So this can be funky or sophisticated and be a great wrap for many different occasions.

This scarf is for sale along with  others in my etsy shop, Little Hands Studio: 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Light Pink Cotton Scarf

Scarf, cotton, garter stitch on the bias, size 8 wood cable needle, 16 in.

This lovely light pink yarn was the inspiration for this fluffy piece.  I decided to stitch it on the bias so that the fabric would be a little bit more unconventional than a straight stitch.  The thick and thin yarn doesn't really need a fancy stitch to produce a striking fabric.

The bias orientation means that in row one a stitch is added at one end of the row and a stitch is deleted at the other end.

In spite of the straightforward, uncomplicated stitch, this scarf spent many months in suspended animation as I struggled about whether to go on.  I'm glad I did! When I hold its lovely soft pink fabric in my hands I know that people will find this to be a delightful scarf.  I love the pebbly surface!

The scarf is about 60 inches long and about 7 inches wide, so it's perfect for warmer weather wear, or for air conditioned spaces.

It folds up neatly and will fit into a small bag or packpack, but it also will comfortably wrap around the neck twice and allow for a loose knot.

This scarf is for sale along with about a dozen others in my etsy shop, Little Hands Studio: