Monday, February 27, 2017

Wool in Soft Colors



Work in progress:
Capelet, wool, stockinette stitch, size 13 wood cable needle, 24 in.





This beautiful bulky wool is knitting up quickly - just what I need after working on so many fine gauge projects!



I'll be finishing off the ends, etc. so that it is reversible - I like the reverse stockinette look too.







Two different yarns make this lovely washed out look.







Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Old Prism Bubble


Triangle Shawl, mixed fibers: wool lurex linen silk nylon, wide rib stitch pattern, size 5 wood cable needle, 32 in



The novelty yarn Bubbles by Prism really makes this fabric.  Bubbles is hardly available any longer because it was produced quite awhile ago, but I got a skein at a local shop that had been stored for a few years and was on the discount shelf. All other yarns perform supporting roles, however they are lovely in themselves.




When I got the Bubbles I knew I wanted to use it with other very subtle colors but I didn't know quite what.  Then I came upon a work in progress that I wasn't liking very much and it happened to involve a lovely lilac linen and a light tweedy gray silk. A fine gauge needle was in orde because of the lace weights in the majority of the yarns. I wanted a more firm fabric than an open lacy one. I developed a color sequence which will have the Bubbles ocurring in a row about every three inches.

The wide rib pattern allows the Bubbles to show on both sides of the fabric.




Thursday, January 19, 2017

wild nylon fuzzy thang


Shawl, mixed fibers: nylon, mohair, silk, wool, size 4 aluminum needles, 14 in.




The small gauge of this one makes for a lot of knitting, but the wild colors make it entertaining.  I've had to put it aside several times to take a break.  It will eventually end up being about 7 - 8 feet long, so it will perhaps be quite a while until it's complete.  I've made stripes by changing yarns every row and also textural stripes by changing the stitch pattern from garter to stockinette.  Wild things are happening in all aspects!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Colorful silk and abaca


Scarf, mixed fibers, abaca and silk, size 3 double pointed needles, wood, 8 in.






This is a fabric worked with two yarns in seed stitch.  The yarns are worked in alternating rows throughout the length of the scarf. The abaca yarn produces the color variation in the fabric. It's about 8 inches wide and will be approximately 72 inches long.


One yarn is a solid red silk ribbon and the other is a wrapped variegated abaca fiber in pink, red, olive and black.


The fine gauge of the yarns and needles result in a huge amount of knitting in order to complete the rather large scarf 8x72 in.  Because the fibers are not wool, but more like linen or a very fine cotton, the scarf will be more suitable  as a fashion accessory rather than for warmth. The texture after just being knitted is somewhat like linen, meaning it will be a little stiff, and will soften the more the scarf is handled and cleaned. It will eventually drape beautifully like a well-worn linen or silk.


Current work

Monday, January 09, 2017

Japanese silk and linen

Shawl, silk and linen, garter stitch, size 5 cherry wood cable needle, 32 in.



This fine gauge silk and linen has a soft texture and a crispy texture.  The linen paper yarn has little flags - they are tiny and just large enough to make a little sound as the fabric moves.  They aren't big enough to be scratchy, and they soften with wear. I enjoy its light weight. 

This is the second shawl using these same yarns together and I'm liking them all over again.