Thursday, March 29, 2007

Lichen ruffles

The Frill Seeker scarf is done. Pattern can be found at Lion Brand as can the Ruffles yarn. Color has been custom dyed.

The colors of the scarf remind me of lichen , one of my favorite things. I also really like moss but then again I’m strange.

I changed the pattern some, adding ribbing to the back of the neck like a seaman’s scarf and worked both halves from the bottom up and grafted them together just to one side of the ribbing.

The Ruffles yarn is worked by picking up a few strands of the yarn near the edge with the rest hanging down, hence the ruffle.

Not sure I will ever wear this creation but I like to look at it. My friend Renee walked in and told me it was ugly and asked if it was for the dog. Not sure the dog deserves cashmere.

Model: Dino – yes named after the Flintstones dinosaur-dog. What can I say, hubby watched too much TV as a kid.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A taste for knitting

We have virtually no carpet in our house, much to the dismay of Lexi our dog-with-no-fur. My closet happens to have lovely dirty green carpeting that has yet to be removed.

Hmmmm…. Suspicious

Even more suspicious

This used to be the toe of a felted slipper. Notice how the fuzz has been carefully nibbled away before tearing apart the felted yarn.

Despite being informed that dogs are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, particularly young, well muscled bull dogs and that I still have contacts in the world of international freight forwarding – I don’t think she looks worried, do you?

Monday, March 26, 2007

Taming Sari Silk

I bought a skein of recycled Sari silk from the MD Sheep & Wool fest last year. Not being a big fan of novelty/fuzzy/variagated yarns I'm not sure why. Took me a long time to find a pattern I wanted to use but I finally did Aloo & Silk Summer purse .

Of course before I made the purse, I lost the pattern....
While doing some kid-free knitting at my friend Linda's house on Saturday I saw this in one of her books. It is Square 26 : Twisted Columns from Barbara Walker's Learn-to-Knit Afghan Book. I thought the mosaic pattern would add structure and it looks similar to the original pattern. I also liked how the random color changes were broken up.

Here's a close up:

The second yarn is hemp - sorry not very good at keeping labels on things. My son said it feels like rope. Hopefully it will soften with use.

Also did some extremely imprecise, quick & dirty dyeing this weekend.

Yarn: Ruffles by Lion Brand
Dye: McCormick's food coloring - blue, green, yellow

Method: Skeined and soaked yarn in vinegar water with a little salt added.
Stuck the skeins on some Saran wrap, squirted with food coloring. Sealed up the package and microwaved for about 3 minutes.

I'm making the Frill Seeker Scarf from the Lion Brand website. Tan cashmere is from a sample pack from Colourmartuk on ebay.

AND I really will try to update more than once every 2 years from now on!!