Saturday, January 21, 2012

Kid mohair and linen tape

If you're in the Woodstock area, visit my work in person on President's Day Weekend at the Byrdcliffe by Design show and sale:

Shawl, mohair, silk, viscose and linen, rib stitch, size 11 cable needle, 24"

Using the fine mohair yarn with the rather heavy tape produces this wonderfully lacy fabric.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Capelet; mohair, linen, silk, wool, sequins; stockinette stitch, size 5 cable needle, 24 in. and 16 in.

Another in a very long series of capelets.  This one is the result of stringing together random lengths of yarns as I created a large ball.  I like the stripes.  The fine guage suits several of the more fine yarns and this will be a lovely light spring wrap.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Time out for more collage

Over the weeknd I had a lot of fun making collage cards.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Time out for collage

A resting of hands is necessary, and so this past weekend I decided to spend some time with paper, paints, glue and scissors.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Alpaca and silk

Capelet, alpaca/silk blend; seed stitch, size 7 cable needle, 24 in.

I'm enjoying the richness of this red along with the smooth softness of the alpaca and silk blend of fibers in the yarn.  I'm sorry that no one is making it anymore, but I'm glad I have enough to finish at least one more piece! This capelet will be about 14 in. long, with a bottom circumference of about 50 inches and circumference at the neckline of about 22 in.  At this point I don't know if I'll have enough yarn to do much embellishment, but when I'm finished with the body of the piece I'll see if there is enough to make a trim of any kind.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Collage work January 2012

5 x 7 in.
Paper, watercolor

8 x 10 in
Paper, watercolor, pastel

Black and White
8 x 8 in

6 x 8 in

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Finished - mohar, silk, linen

Shawl, mohair, silk, linen; stockinette stitch, size 7 aluminum cable needle, 29 in.

I began this back in the fall, just before I switched to all cold-weather fibers and weights.  Now that it's January I'm switching back to warm weather fibers and weights, and I'm scrounging through the in-progress bin to see what still looks fun.  I LOVE the way this has turned out. The weight is whisper-light and the drape is lovely.   It's a shallow triangle shawl, about 15 in high at the point and about 65 in long along the top edge. I used a single strand of thread-like silk "yarn" and a yarn that has one strand of extra fine mohair and one strand of linen, and then just fine kid mohair.  At first the linen strands were sort of ornery and made the stitches distorted.  Since blocking they have behaved themselves and after a washing or two I think they will be as soft as the silk.  I want to work more with similar types of yarn.  I think I'll keep the yellow and yellow-green and add in some different colors for the next one.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Finished - mohair capelet

Capelet, mohair, kid mohair, silk, lurex, stockinette stitch, size 8 cable needle, 24 in.

This capelet is very soft and fuzzy, with a sparkly filament going through the fabric about every fourth row to give it a little bit of shine.  I used three types of mohair: kid mohair with silk core, fine mohair boucle and mohair with a filament of lurex.  They were each a slightly different tint, and I changed yarns every row to keep a regularity about the color throughout the fabric.

I knitted it in stockinette stitch from the bottom to the top and then cast off while crocheting a row.  I added two more rows of single crochet around the neckline with the sparkly mohair and made a little picot at the very top edge.  So it evokes the idea of a necklace. At the bottom I added a gentle ruffle of double crochet using the darkest gray yarn, which was a very fine boucle.  To make the ruffle curl just a bit more I added a row of single crochet with a pattern of more frequent increase. The capelet bottom edge falls just at the elbow.

The piece measures about 50 inches around at the bottom, about 20 inches around at the top and is about 15 inches long.

This is an original design.