Many of us regularly consider Slow Fashion; the origin and lifespan of our garments. I'm no longer much for fads - they often pass me by without a glance. In either direction.
While reading the first post on Fringe, in what is likely to be a marvelous prompt to look deep within our closets and by extension ourselves I'm considering my color palette.
Black, some Blues, cool Grays.
Meanwhile, I'm working on my Rhinebeck Sweater, Exit 19, in Jill Draper's delicious Empire, which is a color that I love and will go with all of the above.
I've added one of the 2 pockets. Oh, Pockets!
Have you listened to the latest episode of Articles of Interest from 99% Invisible?
Fabulous. Thank you Avery Trufelman!
We're working on some reknits and updates of patterns, here are Sparrow Mitts and Timberline Hat in Jill's new Kingston.
While my hands are busy I'm avoiding most of the news and listening to Circe, a marvelously crafted Mythology read by Perdita Weeks.
It's mesmerizing, mindful, delicious and makes me want to Smash the Patriarchy.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Rhinebeck is less than 40 days from now, and I'm giddy with the thought of crisp air, colored leaves, and a cider doughnut.
|The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others |
only a green thing which stands in their way.
My sweater is knit and ready to assemble, and
I have a hat and mitt update in Jill Draper's new Kingston yarn.
There are several new patterns so very close to publication.
From November 15 - 18 I'll be in the beautiful mountains of Northern Georgia at Dahlonega Spa, to teach at the Yarn and Yoga (and Whiskey!) retreat; there are only a few spots left, do join us!
Finally, I've knit a few blocks of the Mitered Crosses Blanket to be added to several blankets of love; if you have a few hours and some worsted weight wools, it's a mighty good feeling to share.
Until next time, Happy Knitting!
Thursday, April 19, 2018
I've been inspired,
stash of yarn is sorted and labeled
some WIPs are now FOs
and some FOs are patterns.
This is Liminal!
It uses Louet Mini Skeins from my good friends at Mason Dixon Knitting.
The sample was knit, I'd hit a snag with the sizing due to the mini-ness of the skeins.
A solution was found and a new tech editor was located.
Hooray, now you can knit one, too!
This is my mod of 100 Acts of Sewing Dress #2
Now sleeveless with a slightly more open neck, perfect to pop over tees.
It needs bias binding, I'm thinking of cutting some of my indigo dyed fabric.
This was a long-languishing cardi of Rowan Wool Cotton,
which is now completely assembled and
awaiting a decision on the right band techniques and buttons.
Check out the pile of markers, all in this sweater noting
increases, decreases, and other measurements.
This Ichi needed a few seams and ends run in.
This Ichi variation needs a pattern edit and both are in my closet.
Ichi's are knit with a few 450 yard cones of Habu Tsumugi Silk
(I see that Habu's current put up has been changed to 265 yard balls)
I've been working on many less interesting or very secret things,
and have enjoyed our tempestuous spring, and it's pink flowers.
Keep up with daily posts on Instagram and follow some great hashtags.
Friday, February 9, 2018
The original design was knit with a double strand of Buachaille, a yarn that I have yet to have the pleasure of working with - therefore I don't know it's particular qualities.
The pattern gauge is stated as 3.5 stitches to the inch.
What is unknown is the actual fluidity of that fabric - that best suits the design
as it was intended.
as it was intended.
Log Cabin A Long with Rowan Kid Silk Haze
(a swatch that just happens to be right here)
Carbeth with Quince Osprey
Both of these fabrics measure approximately 4 stitches to the inch,
but are a world apart in everything else.
Just where am I going with this?
As happy as I am with my dense-ish fabric sweater,
I think that I would have LOVED a lighter weight yarn knit in a more open stitch.
Monday, January 8, 2018
A most frigid outing to the shore at Ocean View Beach Park, 7 January 2018
Here are some highlights of the first week of this shiny New Year -
I'm working on a wrap for the Fringe and Friends Logalong
In my stash, I found the bag of Rowan Kid Silk Haze odd balls that I'd been collecting... and chose a few
I've chosen 6 of these colors and ordered just one more to fill in a gradient gap.
This is Court House Steps, a variant of Log Cabin.
Pithy Notes : It begins with 5 stitches.
The ratio is 5 horizontal ridges or 10 vertical ridges, which will keep the desired rectangular shape. With this spiral design, if the bind off is done with the RS facing, the yarn tail is ready for picking up the next section... since there are 4 sections with each color, that will avoid A LOT of fiddly little ends.
I'm waiting for a skein of what I hope is a better grey to hit the mailbox.
I also remembered this WIP from 2006. There's a shade or 2 of Noro Kureyon, Stonehedge Mills Shepherd's Wool Worsted, several colors of Kristen Nichols original run of Julia (which I LOVE) and Cascade 220 from felting days.
I have nearly completed knitting all of the yarn that was stored with it and will make a little border of black, which I had leftover from Haley's beautiful
My wishes for the New Year are Balance and Stability. And as always, Love.
Friday, October 6, 2017
How to make a Tassel.
Wrap the yarn around your tassel template. Here I'm using Loome Toole Slingshot XL
I wrapped 12 times - there will also be 4 more ends after looping the tie back through.
Cut 2 more 14” strands.
Hold them together and thread under 1 side of the wound strands.
I use the tip of a tapestry needle to guide the overhand knot placement
and to leave a gap for threading in the tie ends.
Remove the tassel from the template.
Smooth strands out evenly.
Lay a new strand of yarn end from the cut end toward the tied top.
Wrap and coil the yarn firmly, but not too tightly around the strands toward the bottom of the tassel.
Using the tapestry needle, run the end of the wrapping yarn from the bottom to the top under the wraps
and trim all of the ends.
To fasten the tassel, thread one double tie end through an opening either in fabric or as I did here,
the eyelet of a key fob - then thread the other in the opposite direction.
Run both sets of ties carefully through the overhand knot and into the tassel.
Trim all ends.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Roger has been a long time coming.
I think of this every time I look at one of my projects and wonder, what if I had just done this...
The original Roger, nicknamed Roger Sterling, was knit in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the color Sweatshirt. I knit the pocket linings with Long Johns. So very beautiful. This project was inspired by the knit-a-sweater in November.
You can find beautiful kits with all you need to make your own favorite sweater on her site.
A portion of all proceeds from the first month of Roger pattern sales will be donated to
Lifeline Animal Project, where they love Daisy as much as we do.