Tuesday, November 13, 2007

In the studio

Cowl, mohair and linen in four colorways, stockinette stitch, size 7 metal cable needle, 24 in.

This is a laceweight yarn with one linen strand and one mohair strand and it feels truly beautiful in one's hands. I glommed four skeins before I realized what I was doing at the Saratoga Needle Arts shop. I'm striping the colors in a regular order. I think subsequent photos when there is more fabric there to see will show the color stripes more clearly. In this photo the stripes are seen more on the left side because of the light and shadow. The yarn begs for something lace, I think, but that's for next time. I've already got enough lace projects going on in other yarns.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

In the Studio

Shawl, mixed fibers: mohair, nylon, metallic, cotton, silk; garter stitch; size 9 metal cable needle, 24 in.

I'm LOVING knitting with the very hairy mohair and I adore this combination of colors. I'm making up the shape of the thing as I go along, but I'm settling into something that is going to be more like a short stole than a longer shawl. Right now I'm thinking of a fairly dramatic button closure with some cording to add to a rich barbaric effect. I'm beginning to do color combinations with rigid sequences of color and this is one. I have a light blue mohair, a multi color multi fiber yarn with a metallic filament, two colorways of hairy mohair and a smooth purple, repeating in the same sequence with two rows of each yarn. The fringe is the knotted side where I make the yarn change.

Monday, November 05, 2007

In the studio

Tote bag, single crochet, unknown hook size (unmarked plastic from mom's collection) linen, silk, approximately 14 x 18 inches.

I have loved every second of working on this bag! The linen and silk yarns are wonderful and I think the bag is what I wanted when I started. It still needs lining, and the straps will be one big tube loop that goes under the bottom, adding stability to the fabric.

All of the linen is from the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York. I have a history of buying linen at the wool festival -- fun!

I also finally started messing around with white balance and EV level in my camera and I think this is the best captured lavender EVER!! Thanks to Etsy Labs and their workshop on photographing artwork.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Oh yeah, my shop on Etsy

As soon as Paypal will pay attention to me and confirm my email I'll have a shop on Etsy called Little Hands Studio. I've been spending time getting it together - and there's just not enough time to do all that and blog all the time too!
In the mean time here's the afghan I'm making with all that stash in the previous entry. It's about 60 in wide and about 48 in long, and will be about 72 in long when complete.