Tuesday, January 17, 2006
the siren song begins...
It was almost Springtime last year before the Call of the Lime began for me. Perhaps it is the very balmy temperatures that have me looking for the green - in the grass, in the beds, on the trees. Something should be happening there, but it is JANUARY. The thermometer does not lie but it certainly is confused.
And right around the corner in my very own house is YARN! The beauty of a Stash is such that perhaps one doesn't have to venture far to fill the need. In 2003 (see Oct. 7th), I made a poncho using triple strands of yarn to make a bulky one. One of these strands was a yarn by Crystal Palace called Merino Frappe, in Pea Green. I also swatched for a cool cable sweater at that time because I had a whole bag of the stuff - but the texture of the fabric was limp and my idea flopped right along with it.
Then I got this last week. I am surely saving my pennies for some of the yarn as shown in the book but in the meantime, this jumped out at me and I was in LOVE!
And I asked the Frappe to dance...
Serendipitously, I found a new yarn store on the far south side (My Sister's Knits) and picked up a couple of balls of the Frappe in a light sage green. It will become the huge shawl collar on the sweater - so I have bright olive wrapped in a silver olive shot through with the bright. Both the yarns are blended heathers and not totally clear but quite alive with both high and low lights.
The beauty of the pattern is that it is knit at a much tighter gauge than the ball band gauge listed for the yarn - I swatched. It worked. I'm OFF!
The body of the sweater is now a nice firm sort of flannel looking fabric and the shawl collar will be as drapey as the original piece I made a couple of years ago. This time it works in my favor!
Friday, January 27, 2005
unbelievable what two stitches will do
together in close proximity...
For someone who's most exciting, mystical moment in knitting is the Turning of the Heel, the little piece of fabric you see above is like Gas on the BonneFire of the Imagination.
This is a Collar.
A shawl collar.
Designed by the genius that is Debbie Bliss, from her Simply Soft book, it is one of the craftiest constructions I've ever attempted. Deceptively simple; beautifully curved.
Alas, only half-done but it just flies by so with any luck at all, I should have Lift0ff shortly. I was tempted to stay up all night working on this - have you ever done that - so enticing...
February 2, 2006
shawl collar first look
Ah! Behold my Second Flush of ROMANCE!
Not too long after the initial knitting frenzy of the Curve, the honeymoon was suddenly over.
Yes, I was still in love. But looking at the shape of the collar, mine eyes were darkened and my head began to swim. I made myself do three more pattern repeats to clear it. Nothing. So I put all of us to bed.
For a few days.
Then, refreshed! I read the directions again and pinned it to the neckline.
Yes, it's unblocked. Yes, it requires some skill in the attachment - have you ever *eased* a piece of flexible fabric into another piece of unyielding fabric? I can do that - god bless there were years of sewing in the day. Sleeves, skirt, gathered and pleated, pockets, and bands. Lapels.
AH. Yes. Those dark days of the dull apprenticeship pay off - Ollie, the Italian tailor who taught me everything she knew about the Mystery of the Lapel would be proud.
Now the shape returns to brilliant and I can't wait to see it done.
some fun Blog Fever in the shape of Word Clouds
via KARMA - thanks...
After a couple of folks wrote to me, I made a little button for the Sock Nation! Take one from yesterday's entry or the right side bar if you like... :)
Thursday, February 9,2006
I gotta testify if you're extra fly
...Kanye West 2006
And Ms. Bliss - YOU are the Flyest of them all.
I became a true believer stitch-by-stitch, wedgie row-by-row while knitting this *shawl* [that will become a collar]. Flaming enthusiasm was doused by fickle faithlessness. I burnt hot; I burnt cold. It took much longer than I planned. It almost spent time under the couch in a timeout. But the lust for somethinng NEW threw me back in the game. I'm still not sure I get it - but I don't have to - the loveliness, the symmetry, is quite enjoyable all the same.
Spurring me on were the Grammys. In-between numbers [with occasional johnnyjumpup dancing] I wacked out the last two pattern repeats ending almost-in-time with the spirited duet of Jamie Fox and Kanye West on"Golddigger". I especially found the Drum Corps stuff amusing and wonderful being a big fan of D&B. My day job lands me at a lot of parade shoots and I've been spotted in the wild shaking the groove thing in public More Than Once to any especially spirited high school marching band...
And people, I must say, your astute Poll voting was RIGHT ON! Green Day took the award for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams". But Uhhuh. Hello O.C.!:
"And the polka king, Jimmy Sturr, claimed his 15th Grammy, this time for "Shake, Rattle and Polka!" (Rounder). The victory pulled him into a tie for Grammys won with the decidedly better-known Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman."
Friday, February 17, 2006
New Threads FRIDAY!
b.lime Love 2006
Shaw Collared Jacket
Pattern: Simply Soft
Designer: Debbie Bliss
Yarn: Crystal Palace *Merino Frappe*
Color: #088 Split Pea & #020B Sage
Gauge: 18sts/24rows over 4"
Needles: #7 & #8
Fini! The b.Lime Love continues at Chez Chic
heading into the weekend with more than a little Romance...
Higher Knitting Education continued for me on this project - the collar was very challenging and I admit to being of very little faith at one (ok, two or three) points but just did what the pattern said to do and VOILA! Form and function prevail - this design incorporates a genius use of short-rowing - a standing ovation for the wonderful Ms. Bliss!
The collar drapes beautifully and indeed, is a true shawl!
I believe this yarn could be an acquired taste. This brushed merino is not as warm as mohair but yields a fabric that is a cross between that fiber's fuzzy goodness and felt. It is very soft and lightweight - a pleasure to wear.