Monday, March 29, 2010

In the studio - banjo cable

Scarf, silk, banjo cable stitch pattern, size 5 plastic needles, cable needle

My first cable!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

In the studio - baby binkie

Baby blanket [my first ever], organic cotton, seed stitch, size 6 cable needle, 32 in.

I'm not sure why this is only my first baby blanket, but I am enjoying thinking of how it will be used and how the cotton will get softer and softer as it's washed.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

In the studio - silk and bamboo

Scarf, silk ribbon, bamboo ribbon, mohair and lurex; filet crochet, single crochet with picot and double crochet. size G aluminum hook.

This silk ribbon, the blue and pink multi-color part of the scarf, is challenging for me. It has been very difficult to find colors that go together with it to make a fabric that I like. It does make great ruffles because it's almost foamy in texture.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

In the studio - silk linen ruffle

Scarf, linen and silk blend, nylon, polyester, viscose; crochet, bone hook of unknown size.

This is somewhat of a lalapalooza - almost done, but I'm trying to decide whether to add one more flourish.

If my mother's memory serves, which is sort of an on again off again thing, the bone hook was my grandmothers. Working with bone is very comfortable. But I don't like to take it out of the house - just because it might be my grandmother's.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

In the studio - silk/linen ruffle

Scarf, linen and silk blend, knit with stockinette and yarn-over increases, then crochet to form wave shape, size 4 cable needle, 30" aluminum crochet hook, size D.

It's been a joy to study many ruffle constructions. I liked starting this with knitting, which I consider to be a bit more challenging for finding interesting constructions. I like yarn-over because of the eyelet effect, and at this time I'm trying to keep things very light and lacy for the warmer weather.

Friday, March 19, 2010

In the studio - poofy

Scarf, acrylic, garterstitch, size 11 wood needles

I got this yarn at Webs, the huge tremendous yarn store in Northampton, Mass. After I saw the knitted sample of this yarn I knew I had to try it. It's a very interesting pleasure to knit up this particular pattern. There are 10 stitches in each row. I'm not sure I'd enjoy trying to make a different fabric with it. I saw a boa made from the same yarn at Webs and it looked like a mess. This feels like rabbit fur.

Monday, March 15, 2010

In the studio - crochet ruffle

This is what I did with the yarn from the previous post. I think it's much more lively.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

In the studio - FAIL

I almost always show the successes and not the failures, so I thought I'd stick in a failure. This is just "blah" for me. I've taken it apart and started something else altogether with the yarn.