Saturday, October 31, 2009

In the studio - black and white alpaca

Scarf, alpaca, rib variation; size 5, 3.75mm bamboo needles, 14 inches

This is wonderful undyed alpaca, something near to a fingering weight, so the small needles make the fabric substantive. I am doing a k3, p3 rib and varying it every seven rows so that it forms a type of checkered pattern. With the black and white variation in the yarn the surface busy-ness is wonderful!

Monday, October 26, 2009

In the studio - periwinkle progress

Almost done!

The darker, smaller mohair recedes, giving the impression that the wool and silk yarn is floating. It's a wonderful effect, and I'm trying it in several colorways and variations. More photos will appear soon.

Triangle shawl or scarf; garter stitch; mohair, silk, cotton and wool, size 8 steel cable needle, 24 in.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

In the studio-periwinkle

Triangle shawl or scarf; garter stitch; mohair, silk and wool, size 8 steel cable needle, 24 in.

This little confection has been pure pleasure. It's very simple knitting, but I love the resulting fabric. Ok, so I love all the fabrics. I'm easy.

This is two yarns: periwinkle mohair and a two-ply silk and wool yarn that is one strand periwinkle wool and one strand creamy silk. The knitting is from side to side rather than bottom to top, which is usually how I construct the triangle shawls.

I'm carrying both yarns and doing two rows of each yarn at a time, then switching. I added one stitch to the first row of the mohair yarn until I reached about an 18 inch width, now I'm decreasing one stitch on the first row of the mohair. It's a very easy formula that produces vertical stripes in the fabric.