Monday, March 30, 2009

In the studio - creamy and fuzzy

Shawl, mohair, lama and nylon, stockinette stitch, size 13 cable neede, 24 inches

I love the softness and fuzziness of this shawl. I am planning a green leaf border with pink buds.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

In the studio - thin

Scarf, linen, cotton, viscose, rib stitch, size 5 cable needle, 24 inches.

I'm starting a series of scarves that will be thin and drapey for summer. These are more embellishment for an outfit rather than warmth. I'm going to get out my lacey stitch patterns and try starting with thin basic strips and then adding edgings.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Book by Sasha Kagan

I couldn't resist this book even though I have plenty of crochet reference books. There's a lot to be said for the art and design in the way it is book together. It's a beautiful book!

And I'm genuinely inspired. I've used several of the patterns already. There are all the typical crochet stitch patterns and motifs and some new ones developed for the book. It's a true visual delight.

Monday, March 23, 2009

In the studio - black shiny

Shawl, basic lace stitch, viscose and polyester, size 7 aluminum cable needle, 24 inches.

After being seduced by the gun metal gray version of this yarn I procured this delicious black. It's the least scratchy I have ever felt of this type yarn. I decided to make this shawl and I am looking through my Nicky Epstein books on edgings to find a nice one. I'll do an edging in a lovely black/silver color.

Friday, March 20, 2009

In the studio - black and jewel tones

Shawl, rayon, nylon, lurex, mohair, silk, garder stitch, size 5 aluminum cable needle, 24 inches

This is another piece that simmered in the general studio pile for a bit. I'm back to liking it very much again and am looking forward to seeing the beautiful drape and rich color.

The photography end of things has been off the cuff, but it seems the only way I can get things photographed is to just do it. I've tried to plan photo sessions and they're just not getting done. So "some day" I'll get all the things and a camera in the same room with good lighting.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

In the studio - lightweight linen stitch

Shawl, mixed fibers - wool, mohair, nylon, silk; woven stitch, size 4 wood cable needle, 24 inches.

I'm too lazy to try to get the colors right, but the previous post September 13 is much more accurate. Now I have about a foot of fabric approximately 30 inches across for each row. The final dimensions will be a shawl that is about 70 inches wide about about 30 inches long (or maybe "deep"). This is going to be a very extravagant shawl, and I'm having a wonderful time putting all the yarns together. There are lots of sequins that refuse to show themselves in the photo. Since I am changing yarns each row it is quite a challenge. I have tried not to get repetitive, and also have been adding yarns and I'm up to almost 40. I do include some sort of black at least every 3 row to keep a consistent look about the fabric. I let the work "rest" for quite awhile, but now I think it will be near at hand until it is done.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Shibori Knits

Shibori Knits: The Art of Exquisite Felted Knits, by Gina Wilde, August 2008, Crown, ISBN:0-307-39354-2, 128pp, $27.50 Random House(Distributor)

This book caught my fancy when I was recently in Colorful Stitches to browse their amazing yarns. It shows a type of process that produces a wonderful variety of effects, and the designs seem fresh to me. I've been inspired to start what seems like a zillion projects based on what I'm seeing here, so I recommend that you give it a look.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

In the studio - linen

Scarf, linen, seed stitch with stockinette stitch ruffle. size 1 needles (2.25mm)

I began with the basic aqua scarf several months ago. I rest a lot during the knitting because the linen is quite abrasive on my hands. The ruffle is huge - I've taken to using a 60 - inch cable needle and I'm doing half the ruffle at a time.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

In the studio - RED

Shawl, mohair, linen, nylon, rayon

This shawl is using rather lightweight yarns and big needles, and it should be lacey and wonderful for spring and summer.

It's not that I haven't been knitting - I'm knitting every day. My photography has fallen behind!