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.