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.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Tan and spring green linen tape

Scarf, linen tape, garter stitch, two colors, size 3 wood cable needle, 24 in

Second attempt - the first attempt didn't even last long enough for a photo. This one was a basketweave stitch.

This is the third attempt at a design using this very fine linen yarn from the Japanese company, Habu Textiles. The two colors fascinate and enrage me because I love them together but the previous two designs just couldn't bring that balance that is needed.  I've settled back into a garter stitch, which alternates the colors each row. 

The yarn at this point still has a crispy texture, and I cannot WAIT to see what it's like once it has been washed! The tape is suited to the garter stitch and enhances the pebbly effect.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Scarf, mauve cotton and silk

I have this yarn in a deep cherry red color, and when I saw this lovely mauve I knew I would love working with it.  It's not exactly a straightforward color and tends to be nice in lots of different kinds of light.

Scarf, cotton and silk garter sritch size 6  cable needle wood 24 inches

Debbie Bliss cotton silk aran made in Italy

I love this yarn!  It just feels so good going through my fingers because of the silk that is blended in with the cotton. I love the way it shows all the stitch definition.  It drapes beautifully and the heaviness is dreamy. It's an older yarn, and it's no longer easily found in retail markets.

At this point it's about a third of the way done.  It's a heavy fabric because the yarn is heavy and I've made a dense texture by using the small needle and the garter stitch, which can be rather thick.

It's perfect for "public knitting" because the stitch is very straightforward and distractions don't disrupt the flow.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Light blue seed stitch shawl

Meditation shawl, mixed fibers, seed stitch size 5 nickle cable needle, 32 in

Using light weight yarns and a size 5 needle makes this fabric a lovely warmer weather wrap.

It is planned as a long shawl that will wrap around both shoulders in the style of an Indian shawl. The stripes will be vertical stripes.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Blue cotton meditation shawl - work in progress

Shawl, cotton tape, basketweave stitich, size 9 wood cable needle, 32 in.

The photos show how different it looks in different kinds of light.

The basketweave stitch is not perfectly even or symmetrical so as to keep it interesting and not have a perfect checkerboard effect.

The completed shawl will be quite large - about 30 in x 72 in or longer. It will make a very good meditation shawl.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Shiny and fuzzy blue green

My new fuzzy yarn needed trying, so I worked up this much of a triangle shawl.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Three silk yarns

Shawl, three silk yarns,  garter stitch, size 3 wooden and aluminum needles, 14 in.

I'm trying yet another fine gauge shawl, this time in three silk yarns. I am using slightly different sized needles in an alternating pattern that will make the fabric a little bit uneven in tension.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Chunky green merino and cashmere

Wimple, merino wool and cashmere, size 11 wood needles, 10"

I'm just casting on for a nice winter time wimple I'm going to knit a large rectangle and then seam it up the front to make a large tube.  I am going to make a crenolated border for the bottom by casting on and casting off, then I will make a perforated edge for the top, so that a drawstring can be pulled through and one may adjust it around the face.

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.