Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Fancy things

I love elegant, fancy clothing. Even though I really don't have much of an opportunity to wear it in my own life, I love to knit it - hence a project I finished about two weeks ago - Eunny Jang's "Ladylike Gloves".I knitted these on size one needles with Alpaca with a Twist Fino, an alpaca/silk blend. The silk in the yarn gives it such a gorgeous sheen, making the gloves look as if they were knitted out a fine silver thread. The pattern itself was very interesting to knit - I got to try out a lot of different techniques I'd never tried before, like an I-cord edging around the bottoms of the gloves. It was also somewhat of a challenge - it was very difficult to work with laceweight on dpns without feeling frustrated at times. I'm very pleased with the results, however, and have enjoyed wearing these on cool spring nights.

I've been working on the sweater Thermal (from for the last month, and was needing a fresh project, so I decided I'd try knitting a beret. These are my favorite kind of knitted hat - so much more elegant and perky than regular caps. I fell in love with "Belle" by Ysolda Teague, discovered I had two balls of Rowan Wool Cotton in a basic black in my stash and enough purple ribbon for the bow, and two days later I had a hat.

(Sorry the pictures are sideways, guys - I didn't notice until now, and now I'm too lazy to do anything about it). Anyway, this was a pretty interesting pattern, too - it's almost entirely made up of dropped stitches! I'd never done dropped stitches before, so this was a good chance for me to try them out. I tried using bamboo circulars on this, but switched over to Addis after one repeat because the dropped stitches proved almost impossible to pass over the join on the Clover bamboos. I LOVE this hat!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Spring is here!

The weather is warming up here. While there's still a bit of a chill in the air, spring has definitely arrived! I love March! I can honestly say it's my favorite month of the year. I love seeing all the flowers bloom.
I feel like I'm walking in an Alice in Wonderland garden. Another reason I have for loving March is because it's my birthday month! My birthday was on March 1st. I had a party/art show. All of my closest friends contributed something. I, of course, knitted mine.
I saw the wall hangings that Mary Walker Philips did in the book "Knitting America", and thought they were so beautiful I wanted to do one of my own. She made hers out of linen, so I thought that would be the best fiber for mine. One of the things I love about knitted lace is the contrast between open space (blanks) and the fullness of the plain knit segments. I thought I would showcase all this in my art piece. I used black because I felt that would be the best color to highlight the graphic quality of lace knitting.
Yarn: Louet Euroflax Linen Sport (275 yds.) - 1 ball
Needles: size 2 1/2(3mm) addis
Pattern: my own
I called my piece "Blanks, Transports, the Dark", after a chapter from "The Western Canon" by Harold Bloom on the poet Emily Dickinson. I felt like the title really fitted the art piece well , with its blanks (the yarnover eyelets), transports (the way the lace pattern squiggles up the piece) and dark (the darkness of the stockinette portions).

This art piece made my birthday an extra special one this year!