Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In the studio - bamboo and cotton

Scarf, bamboo and cotton, garter stitch, size 7 bamboo cable needle, 24 in.

I love several things about this project. I like the way there's just enough contrast between the values of the neutral color, and I love the way the yarn feels as it is going through my fingers. It will be a lovely spring and summer scarf.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

From one work in progress to another

Triangle shawl; mixed fibers: bamboo, mohair, linen, silk, cotton; stockinette stitch, size 3 carbon fiber cable needle, 24 in.

This big cake of yarns at the top of the photo was in a bag with the balls separate yarns, orphaned after I finally tossed the work in progress they were put together to make. The yarns were carefully cut and tied together in a somewhat random order into the big cake. Yesterday I bumped into the bag as I was scrounging through my stash and decided to alternate the lavender boucle mohair with it.  It's essentially the same shawl pattern as the one in the abandoned and tossed wip, but I think the lavender mitigates the strength of the contrasts in the other yarns.

Friday, January 03, 2014


Scarf; cotton, linen, angora; stockinette stitch with seed stitch border; size US 5 vintage plastic double pointed needles, 10 in.

This is what I am carrying in my tote bag every day, knitting on the bus. The lighter yarn is cotton and linen and the darker yarn is cotton and angora.  It's my stockinette version of the alternating rows pattern as explained using garter stitch by Britt-Marie Christoffersson in Pop Knitting

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Breaking out the bright colors

Scarf; mixed fibers (12 yarns); stockinette stitch; size 5 wood needles, 14 in.

I went deep into my collection of mohairs and pulled out all these lively colors.  I'm combining them with spring greens/yellows to amp up everything. Whee!!!

Bulky tufted pink funkiness

Scarf; mixed fibers, wool, acrylic; garter stitch in long rows, size US 13 wood cable needle, 32 in.

This worked up in a day and was a lot of fun.  I've been collecting really bulky handspun yarns that  range from gray to brown with a rich pink and have had a giant Rowan tufted pink yarn for a few years. I decided to throw in an Artful Yarns old acrylic and wool blend yarn called Palace because it has almost all the other colors in it.  It was time to crank out something wonderful.  It's really warm and about 70 inches long, so it will wrap a couple times with length to spare.

Two for the show

Black silk and alpaca

Black and white nylon fuzzy on a plain wool base

Black scarf; alpaca and silk blend, rib stitch, size US 3 wood needle, 10 in. and Bland and white shawl, black wool with white nylon "eyelash", seed stitch, size 7 cable needle, 32 in.

I finished both of these for the December shows and sales but didn't get a chance to photograph them. 

The black ribbed scarf was dreamy to make due to the lovely hand produced by the silk and alpaca.  

The black and white shawl in-progress entry from December 2011 (!!!) talks about one plan, but I decided to drop the idea of the fasteners because I just haven't been able to make any that look good. It ended up being a deliciously soft and luxurious mondo shawl. I had a huge amount of the yarn - 10 balls.  I took a really long time to finish due to the change in idea, but also because it's honking BIG.  I changed back and forth between straight needles and the cable a couple times, just to break it up a little bit.  It seemed heavier on the straight needles.


Scarf; mixed fibers, wool, cotton, silk; garter stitch, size US 3 cable needle, 16 in.

Yes! You can see many stages in this Sept. 30 post and now the finale.  I love the garter stitch in alternating rows. 

I'm now trying the alternating rows technique in both seed stitch and stockinette stitch, and it works for both.  Expect lots more photos of projects using this technique!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Classic Stripes

Scarf; wool, cashmere; rib stitch; size US 6 wood needles, 10 in.

Each yarn was used for two rows forming a nice solid stripe in each color.  The rib made a nice vertical contrast with the horizontal stripes.

Triangle shawl of nylon and mohair.


Triangle shawl, mohair, nylon, rayon, woven or linen stitch, size 9 wood cable needle, 32 in.

This has been an exploration of using shiny nylon tapes.  In this piece I combined the tapes with mohair yarns and so-called "ladder" or "railroad" yarns, making a fuzzy and shiny shawl.  I know the two photos look like two different shawls.  Some is due to lighting, but the rest is due to the way that the woven stitch can be done in a way that produces the vertical striping on the "back" side, or the reverse stockinette side.  This pieced helped me discover this effect and I'm obsessing with it by doing it on purpose with lots of other work. I used about 15 yarns in rows that alternated between "cool" colors and "warm" colors.  The photos don't show the range of hues and values, which go from deep blue/black to shell pink through orange, purples, blues and reds.

The nylon tape makes it heavy. I like the way the nylon looks, but that's about all the good I can say about it.


Scarf; silk, mohair, alpaca, bamboo, lurex, sequins; garter stitch, size US 9 needles

One of my first visits to Fabulous Yarns, or Fab Yarns, or whatever they call themselves, in Tivoli, New York, involved lovingly selecting these yarns.  Their beauty attracted me immediately and I have very much enjoyed working with them.  They include a heavy silk singly ply yarn with brass sequins, a brushed suri with a bamboo core and a very light mohair twisted with a lurex strand.  This to me is the ultimate party scarf.