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WIP/RIP: a surprise (For those that aren’t familiar with the term, WIP means Work In Progress!) This was actually the first project that I took out, with the intention of ripping it out – it’s a cashmere tank, meant as long underwear, that I started in 2007! Thank goodness for Ravelry notes, I should probably update my notebook more often…
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Knitting has an image problem. Some might say, right? I know before blogging and being active in my local stitch n bitch, I certainly had my stereotypes about knitting and knitters. I remember it was my sister who told my boyfriend that I knit. I had left that out for a good month or so. I didn't know what he would think.
Here’s a little something to layer over your warm weather looks: BRYNNA . I needed something light & easy to travel with for all those evenings (and indoor air conditioning) and voila! A no-sew, lacy little cardi was born… The sample used HEMPATHY but I now have another one going using a cotton alpaca blend (SERENA) that is turning out really gorgeous. BRYNNA features a no-sew construction in an easy-to-work lace pattern finished with a pretty but simple open-work neckband in DK weight yarn.
It's fairly easy. First, find some rug wool at a secondhand shop for R2 a skein: That's the hard part over! Next, gather all your thickest knitting needles, and swatch till you find a comfortable match. Then, pick a stitch pattern from the stitch dictionary you found at the same shop: Tassel stitch, apparently.
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Peru is a land of two cultures, where colonial heritage and creole culture thrive by the sea, and where earflaps (as imitated at left), Quechua, camelids, Incan ruins, and textiles thrive in the highlands & mountains. Peruvian knitting owes much to both cultures, as the process was a European import, but it has long since taken on a remarkable, independent life of its own. Although the Spanish brought needles and knitting techniques to Peru, knitting found a ready audience in a culture already rich in textile design and production. Over the succeeding centuries, Quechuan culture appropriated knitting and added its own spectacular innovations. Because national borders don’t control cultural boundaries, I’m focusing this post on Andean knitting in general, so I will touch on Bolivian as well as Peruvian knitting.
The thermometer read 14 below last night. That's when you throw another log on the fire, snuggle up with your beagle, and take up the knitting needles. An entire evening of knitting and the cabled baby cardi Trellis came off the needles and got itself some seams and buttons. And not one minute too soon, either. It's for my grandnephew Will's first birthday in North Carolina this Saturday.
I’m relying on Upitis and Gravelle Lecount (full reference in Knitting Books list) for this short section that focuses on color and design in Latvia and the Andes. As we saw with knitting from Fair Isle, the Faroe Islands, Norway, Sanquhar, and Bohus, color and design were traditionally associated with a particular place. Some designs and color combinations might start in a single place, like the mittens of Selbu, and then come to represent the entire country.
During our trip around Iceland I was amazed at how many shops stocked knitting wool. I couldn't resist buying enough wool for a cardigan, and a great pattern. I will just have to learn a bit of Icelandic to read the pattern.... KnitPick needles are the chosen weapon of Icelandic, and you can buy then where ever you buy wool. Remarkably, they were a reasonable price in Iceland, cheaper than I can get in Germany, and I got a tax refund at the airport on the way out. While I was in the shop choosing a pattern Cameron had the camera.
Pfingstrose by Herbert Niebling. US 000 in the center and US 00 for the remainder using Filato Di Cantu # 30 thread. The pattern is wonderful to knit and the cloth is restrained yet elegant in my eyes. This is a gift for a co-worker who is known as "E".
This is how I finished off the picot edge on the toe up socks in the previous entry. I tried plain sewing and didn't like how the stitches ended up twisted. In an attempt to sew them down flat and keep the stretchiness, I came up with this. It's sort of like the kitchener stitch in that you're sewing through the live stitches twice. That is what makes them lay flat. Here we go...