Monday, February 17, 2014

Work Over the Long Weekend

Applique on linen - embellishment yet to come

organic cotton on size 2 needles

Pink meditation shawl - growing

Cotton and viscose meditation shawl in basketweave

This weekend's lineup - I'm switching between projects.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wrapped cotton

Wash cloth, cotton, garter stitch, size 3 bamboo cable needle, 24 in.

This is the knitting that I keep around the office so that on days like this, when I forget to pack my knitting, I have something to knit on my lunch break.  I've had this cotton for years and tried to think of what to do, and now I'm happy to make cloths and towels for the kitchen.  My sources for these things have grown too old to knit, so I am taking my turn.

Monday, February 10, 2014

In the Studio: Lots of Work in Progress

Once the fatigue from three shows in December wore off, I got back to the work in progress bin and started some new pieces:
Three olive green yarns,two cotton and one mohair

Strips of fabric in garter stitch

Cotton Knitted tape, knitting two skeins at a time, alternating rows between skeins

Pale cottons

One silk yarn with beads and one mohair yarn in a stockinette with eyelets stitch

Silk, cotton and linen in basketweave stitch

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.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wild Thang


Triangle shawl, mixed fibers; garter stitch; size US 10 wood cable needle, 32 in.

This worked up rather quickly with bulky yarns and carrying two strands. I finished it December 14.  I was inspired by the popcorn yarn that I got in San Diego  three years ago.  I just had to do something crazy with it.  I added two laceweight teal wools knitted together, an old heavy sari silk yarn, a beautiful purple all silk worsted, a couple of complex wild things with metallic strands and a custom dyed strange fleecey yarn by Prism.

It's warm and heavy, works well as a BIG babushka scarf.

Woven stitch - reverse stockinette side

Scarf; mohair, wool, silk; linen or woven stitch; size 5 vintage aluminum needles, 14 in.

I'm using different values of gray, alternating light and dark values so that this verticle stripes effect appears on the revers side. I'm becoming obsessed with this effect and am trying it in all kinds of fibers and gauges. It's very lightweight, warm and fuzzy.

Cotton and linen for spring

Scarf, cotton and cotton/linen/viscose blend, stockinette with garter ridges, size 7 needles

The linen gives this scarf heft and drape, and I adore the sea green sort of background with the standout ridges in different colors.

Eyelets in stockinette

Triangle shawl, silk and mohair yarns, size 4 US vintage plastic cable needle, 24 in.

I'm playing with this eyelet pattern in a basic stockinette stitch because I can add four stitches each row and easily maintain the pattern.  The mohair yarn is very fine, so the contrast with the thick one ply silk is striking, and it makes a nice variation on the stockinette pattern.

More garter stitch!

Scarf, mixed fibers, lace weight, garter stitch, on size 0 US size cable needle, 24 in

I'm using both ends of a skein of Taiyo lace weight yarn by Noro for this scarf, still enthralled by the garter stitch pattern from the Chrisstofferson book.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

In the Studio - alternating rows

This Habu silk ribbon I recently picked up from Fabulous Yarns seemed like a good match to work with a Noro yarn made of abaca fiber that I got several years ago.

I like it!

Since I had a second color way of the Noro yarn I went back to Fabulous Yarns and picked up the red silk ribbon - it's another nice match.

I figured out that I could do the alternating rows technique in seed stitch that Christoffersson developed for garter stitch.  

If you click the "Look Inside" link for the book on the Amazon page, the pattern is the Two Colors Garter Stitch Four rows, #1. The blues and greens color way above is exactly that pattern.  The reds one is my seed stitch variation.  You don't have to cut the yarns, just keep alternating them each row.  I am trying this is about six different projects right now.  I'm obsessed with seeing how wonderful it is with different yarns.

Monday, September 30, 2013

In the Studio - two Noro skeins in alternating colors

Two skeins of Noro yarn in the same color way

Alternating the skeins every row in garter stitch

Scarf, garter stitch, wool, size 3 US cable needle 16 in.

Watching how the colors change in the two different skeins is lovely.  The wool feels very good as it glides through my fingers.  This will be a wide scarf, about 10 inches, so with the fine gauge it's a little slow going.

In the Studio - silk scarf

Scarf, seed stitch, silk, US size 5 wood needles, 10 in.

This is a combination of four yarns, three colors of Peau de Soie from Fabulous Yarns and one Indian silk yarn from Colorful Stitches  Although the recommended needles size is US 7, I am using a smaller needle to get a more firm fabric.  It's still got a lovely drape, so I am very happy.  It has a texture that is very smooth and richly soft.

Friday, September 27, 2013

In the Studio - Freia handpaints in garter stitch

Scarf, wool, garter stitch, alternating rows using two color sequences of the same colorway, size 3 wood cable needle, 24 in.

I got the alternating rows pattern from Pop Knitting and now I'm obsessed with it.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

In the Studio: capelet of tencel and cotton

Capelet, cotton and tencel blend, seedstitch, size 5 cable needle.

I've noticed that in the knitting magazines and on the websites that people are using the term "cowl" interchangeably with capelet. In my mind it's just a small poncho, but the word poncho has apparently become so gauche that many people are unwilling to use it.

At any rate, this capelet is beautifully soft due to the tencel fiber in the cotton, and I have enough yarn so that it will have a nice cowl-like collar.  I am knitting it from the bottom to the top, and will soon decrease the stitches to form a nice shoulder line.  I will do that at about 7 inches from the bottom

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

In the Studio: a capelet in black yarns

Capelet, mixed fibers,seed stitch, aluminum cable needle US size 9

This has been in the work-in-progress bin for quite awhile and I'm hoping to complete it this month.  It's a favorite type of fabric that is lacey because fine gauge yarns are used with large needles. It has a pom pom yarn and a squiggle yarn as well as an old railroad yarn in it - quite the wild child.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Cotton scarf - complete

Scarf, stockinette on large and small needles, cotton yarn, size 4 and size 10 needles, wood, 14 in., 65 in length, 12 in width.

The subtle stipes are created by using size 4 needles for 4 rows and size 10 needles for 6 rows.  It's an engaging and easy way to get a little bit extra texture for stockinette.  I really enjoyed working with this Rowan "Handknit Cotton" because the twist makes the yarn beautifully smooth.

The next baby binkie

Baby blanket, knitted, chevron stitch, organic undyed cotton, size 7 cable needle.

The previous blankie was so enjoyable that when I received the announcement of the birth of my friend's first daughter I got the needles and the organic cotton out right away!  The blanket is about 20x30.  I am using Pakucho cotton, which is selected for color rather than dyed.  It's beautifully soft, although I still don't have a grip on how much it shrinks.  But I figure it will do very well in the washer and dryer and generally be a blanket that doesn't have to be saved for special occasions.