Saturday, August 29, 2015

Finished Cardigan Named "Seamus"

If you don't like knitting with patterns, then you will like this post. If you freeform crochet, you'll like this post anyway even if it's mostly about knitting. I have finally created myself a cardigan that actually fits me. This is amazing in itself but not surprising that the cardigan that finally fit me was in the technique of template knitting.

I worked out of 5 books to create this cardigan. Three of them were stitch pattern books: "400 Knitting Stitches" by Potter Craft Publishing, "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns" by Barbara Walker, Schoolhouse Press, and "1000 Knitting Patterns Book" by a Japanese Publisher. The other two books were both from XRX Books: "Knit in New Directions, A Journey Into Creativity" by Myra Wood and "Splendid Apparel", a handbook of embroidered knits by Anna Zilboorg.

I started with creating my own template based on my measurements and using Cochenille Garment Design software to work it's magic. I had a local printer print out the paper pattern. I did cut out the pattern to Pellon fabric for the template. After getting my gauge, the rest was playing with pattern stitch swatches and embroidering them. Two of the swatches I added beads, but most was either a bit of Fair Isle knitting or embroidery. It was quite a fun journey, and learning experience.

Below are close ups of some of the swatches:

The knitting yarns were mostly Cascade 220 worsted and a few other assorted stash yarns I had on hand. I used size 7 knitting needles and a size G crochet hook. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Picture of the Flower Power Exhibit in Australia

What a beautiful piece of international collaboration! Prudence Mapstone is killing it with her freeform skills of putting all these scrumbles together.

And this is only HALF of it. She will be showing the other half to the local yarn shop in Brisbane.

To see all the pictures contributed to this project, the link is here:
50 Years of Flower Power

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Flower Power Exhibition Australian Challenge

Prudence Mapstone put out a call for freeform submissions January 2015. What a beautiful and happy way to start the year. The call is for freeform enthusiasts around the world to contribute something flowery in happy colours. For more information, check this link:

Flower Power Exhibit

This is my submission. :)

Have a wonderful and blessed New Year. XOXOXO!

UPDATE! The freeform piece made it to it's destination of Queensland, Australia. From there it will be joined with several freeform submissions from all over the world. If you want to read about the exhibition, see the freeform pieces and countries they come from, here is the link to this blog 50 Years of Flower Power

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Baby Cardigan, Easy as 1,2...3!

I once said I would never make baby stuff....never in a million years. I never even made any baby stuff for my son who is now a 23 year old eating machine. My mother-in-law made him baby stuff. Later on in my son's growing life I made him an afghan and perhaps again I'll make him another afghan.....

Until a few weeks ago I was texting with my British sister-in-law, now American citizen about her sister in the UK now pregnant with her first child. My sister-in-law is relatively new to knitting and has made her a blanket. My inner voice said, 'make that newborn something!' Huh? Me? So I asked my sister-in-law if it was ok if I knit something up for the lad (yes, it's going to be a boy due the end of October), and so here is my blog entry of the pattern 'In Threes'.

I overheard someone at my local yarn shop recommend this pattern because it is so easy and knits up quickly...they weren't kidding. In Threes pattern is available on Ravelry. The link to the pattern is here: In Threes: A Baby Cardigan

Since this baby gift is going to an English lad, I had to accompany my knitting with some classic British chocolate!

The cardigan is a top down construction without seams....good grief, how much easier could this get? The yarn is Cascade 220 worsted weight in brown heather. One skein was just enough to make this garment. You can use any smooth worsted weight yarn to make this.
As you can see, the progress went quickly. 

Then the stitch markers went in to indicate where the sleeves will be placed.

A few rows later, the sleeves began to take shape.

The finished cardi! I decided to embroider some color in for interest. The embroidery was not in the pattern, I thought a plain brown cardigan just looked too boring. 

There it is....if I get any pictures of the baby wearing this, I'll post it here. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Colour Quest with Zauberball Crazy

Beautiful morning and a beautiful holiday weekend. I decided to sit on my back porch with my Mama Mocha's coffee and knit up some hats for this fall's Kentuck Art Show coming up quickly. This is Schoppel Zauberball Crazy fingering weight yarn and is available in a wide array of colors. The finished toque on the right shows quite the array of color progression that did not repeat.

If you plan on making a pair of socks from this yarn, be prepared to not achieve color symmetry from one ball. You may have to buy a second ball to do this, which will lead to a pricey pair of socks. Thus, knitting a hat or shawlette would be a better option. Below is a close up of the color progression.

Pretty colors! 

The Alabama summer sun cut short my morning on the back porch and the hummingbirds were chattering at me as I was too close to their nectar feeder. So I had to retreat back into the house. 

Have a beautiful day and enjoy the world around you. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Square Foot Exhibition in Atlanta

48 artists in the Southeast United States (mostly from Georgia) exhibited their creativity in the 2014 Square Foot Exhibit at the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance Center in north Atlanta. Here are a few snapshots of their work.

The techniques used were numerous…knit, crochet, weaving, beadwork, embroidery, silk painting, spinning, quilting, wire work on appliqué, wrapped string on or over a print, mixed media of objects on textile work and the list goes on. Some of the techniques I've never seen or heard of until the exhibition. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Treelander: "Dreamdusk"

We lost the skyline….
                                ...We stepped right off the map
                                                  Drifted into blank space….
                               …And let the clocks relapse
-Porcupine Tree 'The Sky Moves Sideways'

To best describe Dreamdusk is like diving into a dream and not wanting to look away. Inspired by creation around me, the sky is like a moving canvas of shifting light and color with added drama of weather and nature.

So I captured a daydream in freeform textile art. The sky is tapestry weaving with the color shifts implementing impressionist technique used by Monet. The added texture of the clouds in freeform embroidery gave the sky more depth. Modern Irish Crochet motifs that create the tree came from Duplet-Crochet issue #124, and then embellished with freeform embroidery. Knitted cord became the winding trunk of the tree and texturized with freeform embroidery. Lastly, the 'landscape' is embroidered silk and rayon ribbon. 

As I was weaving the sky, I was inspired by a progressive rock band called Porcupine Tree. Specifically, their album "The Sky Moves Sideways". The song is dreamlike, very characteristic of Pink Floyd's 'Echoes' and like classic prog music, it is over 20 minutes long. It was in the lyrics the name of this Treelander was revealed…

In the dream dusk
We walked beside the lake
We watched the sky move sideways
And heard the evening break

Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree is a genius with this album. It is one of my new favorites. The band may no longer be together but Steven Wilson is still creating beautiful music. I also recommend listening his solo album 'The Raven That Refused to Sing'.

Open house to see the Square Foot exhibition is this weekend (April 26, 2014).

Dreamdusk came home today from Atlanta with a little surprise attached! Thank you Atlanta and Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance for the recognition.