Sunday, August 22, 2010

In the studio - pink!!!

Scarf, rib stitch, mixed fibers: wool, bamboo, silk, polyester, lurex, cotton, rayon, mohair; size 9 wood needles, 10 in.

I'm not quite sure I can handle all the pink, so I'm letting this rest in the bag for awhile.  I'm thinking it over.

Original design.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

In the studio - white afghan

Afghan, linen stitch or woven stitch,  mixed fibers: cotton, linen, mohair, silk, wool, lurex, alpaca,  acrylic, polyamide; size 9 cable needle, 60 in.

I started another afghan because I have all these whites - fat ones, skinny ones, fluffy ones, shiny ones... and so now I have this quite lovely binkie in progress.  About every third row I am using an alpaca boucle, and the texture is all brought together by its softness and drape.

I haven't measured it yet with the tape measure but it's about 65 inches wide. It has both gold and silver  metallic highlights among the yarns, so it has a very elegant look rather than the more bohemian effect that mixing a couple dozen yarns has.  I'm working with a bin of the yarns at the ready.  I seem to able to keep at it for about a week at a time and then I have to put it aside and do something else.

I haven't bothered really to talk about this in the past, however there are very few things I produce by following someone else's pattern.  I don't think about it much.  I design textiles, so the shape happens as a secondary consideration and I'm not interested in complex garment construction. I'm not going to go back and edit all the entries for which this applies.  So from now on I have decided to indicate that each piece is of my design with the term:

Original design

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Finished boa

Boa, merino wool and polyester with lurex, garter stitch, size 11 plastic needles, 10 in.

I've managed to finish this wonderful boa  previously shown in the April 18 entry and give it to the wonderful knitter who gave me the yarn. I knitted to about 72 in and I think that's enough to make a nice dramatic statement.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

In the studio - cotton and silk

Shawl, cotton and silk, garter stitch, size 8 cable needle, 32 in.

I'm working this side to side and doing a shallow triangle, carrying both yarns along what will be the "top" edge. One of the yarns is an aqua matte silk and the other is a cream cotton that has a warm tone.  I think the result is a nice summery shawl.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

In the studio - linen with bobble edge

Scarf,linen, crochet, size a bamboo crochet hook

This bobble edge is versatile and makes a lovely dynamic edge on a plain narrow scarf.  A new entry in the "school colors" series.