In Knitting on April 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm
After I cast the cast pair on, I made good progress on the cuffs and the name and date round the wrists.
Here they are. Now I’ve got to get on with the thumbs but I need to have the chart in front of me for that as I have to increase on alternate rows and I can’t do that in my head. Pathetic!
Cuffs for the latest pair
Date and initials
In Design, Knitting, Knitting and Crochet Guild, Materials on April 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm
As it says above, I have cast on a new pair today. They are for my very old friend Steve and are inspired by the pair in the Museum of Scotland that look like this:
They will be in red and green though as he chose these colours when he drew round his hand in the new year. There are going to be bold diamonds and geometric patterns as he has visited and worked in South Africa and other parts of Africa a lot, and these patterns make me think of there.
Here’s the cast ons:
Actually the top one was pulled out almost immediately as it is too untidy – it is a sort of Mary Allen cast on but without so much twist -the bottom one is a German twisted cast on and comes out much neater and has hardly any curl. I use instructions on You Tube these days as they are so much easier to follow than a book.
The yarns are a vintage Lister 3 ply pure wool from the Knitting and Crochet Guild stash, red, also used in the Prince of Wales pair, and new 3ply pure wool from Marion Foale, green, used in Clare’s pair and Hil’s pair.
In Design, NOT gloves on April 4, 2013 at 7:08 am
Over Easter I’ve been catching up on unfinished projects. So I put together some swatches to make a small knee rug lined with fabric I brought back from a trip to Nepal in the mid 1990s. The swatches are almost the last from my MA in Knitwear Design, well over 20 years ago so they are a real mixture, all the ones that really go together having been made up a long while ago.
Here it is:
The throw over a chair
And a close up: the fabrics are all pure wool, many hand dyed by me and are all machine knitted.
The other project I’ve finished is a sewn tapestry, most of which was not done by me. Still the edges needed doing and now it’s ready to be blocked.
The house tapestry
Of course, this is nothing to do with design!