Saturday, August 21, 2010

Knitting that Looks like Weaving, The Linen Stitch Scarf

These scarves are knitted...really! A simple knit stitch with a yarn change at every row leaving a tail long enough to create the fringe. A pattern so simple, yet elegant. The first scarf shown is "Rio Tropicale". This was my first scarf I started a couple weeks ago. I cast on 400 stitches using the long tail cast on method. Long tail cast on is "ok" but I needed fringe on both ends. I kept on knitting anyway thinking about how I was going to correct this in the finishing process and find a better cast on method for the next scarf.
Rio is knitted with sock weight yarn on size 7 circulars. The fiber content is merino, alpaca, lurex, and a little cashmere. The colors are so striking in tropicals and electric blue that it demands attention and awe. I see this scarf and I can't help but look at it.
So after I finished Rio, I looked into my massive yarn stash and 6 small skeins of handspuns from WhorlingTides kept jumping out at me begging to play. However it wasn't enough to make a scarf or a hat. I needed a single coordinating neutral! Hmmmm....I then remembered my dear friend Louann in St. Petersburg, Florida gave me two skeins of Angora Rabbit/Merino/Nylon blend yarn that came from her mom's farm in Oregon. Thank you Louann and thank you Margie at Raspberry Farm Angoras. Check out her website and you'll see Margie holding this insanely huge German Angora
Give this lovely lady a call if you need Angora for spinning or knitting.
The yarns are mostly DK/sport weight and was knitted on size 10 circulars. To solve my cast on issue, I used a crochet cast on....Awkward!...a cast on method I never used before. It stopped feeling awkward after the first 100 stitches. With a larger yarn weight and size needles, I cast on 300 stitches and it worked real well for the finished length. I've decided to name this scarf "Native Lands" because the colors are beautiful neutrals. I'm guessing what the fiber content would be but it looked like the handspuns were a blend of wool, bamboo, and firestar. The off white yarn is a blend of Angora/Merino and 10% Nylon for strength.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Circle Swing Coat finished at last!

The pattern came from Sarah Punderson purchased on Etsy. I started this coat back in December when my son was home on leave. The yarns are both commercial and handspun yarns. I started the body of the coat and then put it up when it was time to knit the sleeves. I decided a couple weeks ago that it was time for me to finish this (I needed my stash bag)coat and get it out of my livingroom.
The colors and texture combinations make this coat interesting and fun to wear. Beings that it is August, I'm only wearing it to show friends but this coat will be making it's appearance this fall at the Kentuck Art Show.

Seychelles Retreat

The hat started out as some Merino roving I found at the Worldwide Knit in Public day in Montgomery, Alabama. I had been looking for this colorway for weeks...turquoise, lime and white. A colorway that would lure you to the tropics. Thanks to Beth at WhorlingTides, I was able to do just that with my size 8 circulars. I think Beth was lured to that tropical place as she spun this because she added some silk and firestar glitz to it to give it a subtle shimmer...just enough to give the yarn interest. The yarn turned out brilliant and the hat is beautiful.