(Mosaic best viewed large)
Row 1 = February/March -Blues, Grays, Whites
1. Glee tee, 2. Cable Repeat Detail, 3. Cypress Swamp area, 4. Kristen Hat – Top, 5. Hokusai Ribbed Socks
Row 2 = April / May – Pinks, Greens, Yellows
6. Shades socks, 7. Swiss Chard, 8. Little Luxuries, 9. Window Box Daffodils, 10. Wren Cardigan Complete
Row 3 = June/July – Reds, Blacks, Metallics
11. Beads and Baubles, 12. Whitby Socks Completed, 13. Masquerade, 14. Bento Boxes, 15. Bobby Pin Necklace
Row 4 = August/Septemeber – Browns, Purples, Oranges
16. Windowsill Orchids, 17. Aran Accent Vest, 18. Verona Shawl Texture, 19. Lang JaWoll Socks, 20. Easy Street
This year’s round of Project Spectrum was a very different experiment for me, personally. My primary creative outlets were photography and knitting. I wanted to challenge myself more than I did, but I can look back and see the improvement of my photography skills.
There is a great discussion going on in the Project Spectrum Flickr Pool, as well as the Project Spectrum Ravelry Group about the next round of Project Spectrum, most likely starting in January 2008. Please weigh in with your opinions and your thoughts. I would love to hear!
Many thanks to you for being a part of this Project~]]>
I am 27/31 of my way through the first cable repeat. The side panels have a great textural basketweave stitch, and there are small twisted stitches mirroring the rope cables on the sides. These are my favorite details. Of course, I love the cabling and twisting of the center panel – that one just takes more concentration.
The Tess Designer Yarns Merino worsted weight is everything I wanted it to be – perfect for this project. So soft, and the lightest of variegation adds some great depth to the cables.
I am so happy about this one…
Many many thanks for the comments on my last post! I stayed up way too late working on it, and it means so much to me that you liked it! I have been using the light box for many photographs lately, including this handcarved chess set we bought in Peru last month…]]>
More photos on Kris’s blog
…and by casting on for an autumnal colored sock…
I felt the need to re-motivate and reinvigorate my sock knitting. While I have a beautiful sock yarn stash to choose from, I was not feeling an especially large pull towards it, favoring sweater and cardigan knitting instead. There has been a great influx of patterns that have swayed my eyes, but with Socktoberfest right around the corner, I thought that a stockinette stripe may bring more inspiration. Several ideas are floating around in my head about my own goals for this October; yet in the mean time, I am enjoying the process of this lovely seasonal sock (knit with Lang JaWoll Colors) and the changing of the season…]]>
Easy Street Pullover
Pattern: Patons Street Smart
Yarn: 4 skeins, Malabrigo Chunky in Indigo
Source: WEBS sale, stashbuster
Needles: Size US 9 and 10
When I was binding off on Sunday evening, I was less than thrilled with this knit. It seemed too short, despite adding almost three inches to the torso, and the reverse stockinette proved to be very hard to seam properly. (It never looked as clean and crisp as a stockinette edge…) Yet, when I put it on, and the luscious Malabrigo touched my skin, I forgot all of the little things and just enjoyed how nice it felt.
It is very simple – modified from the original pattern to be even simpler. The Patons Street Smart version includes rope cables at each of the stockinette portions of the ribbing. While I liked the look, I thought it may be a tad too “busy” with the variegations of the Malabrigo yarn. I am happy with my decision, although it means that it is not like the one in the book. I did keep one little element, however…
The Malabrigo caught my eye during a WEBS sale last year, and I bought it with no pattern in mind (this is not a frequent things for me!) but I was able to match it quickly with the pattern for a nice and comfy knit. This color, labeled as “indigo”, straddles blue and violet in the traditional Roy G. Biv spectrum, and seemed like an overall “purple” yarn for me. So, I chose to knit it during the purple months of Project Spectrum. Like many handpainted yarns, there are some large color repeats in the Malabrigo that can cause pooling – to combat this, I alternated between two balls of yarn on every alternate row, carrying the other yarn up the side. This probably contributed to the seaming problems later, but I managed to get a seam I was okay with, although it is not my best work.
It is a very soft sweater, and although I wish it was a little longer, it is still quite wearable. With the temperatures dropping and autumn on the way, this sweater will be kept closeby…
… and oh yeah, I got a big haircut]]>
…in the dark of the café, she casts on for a new project…
A new project that is so utterly perfect for autumn.
A new project that will challenge with the twists and turns of traditional Aran cables.
Pattern: Aran Accent Vest, Patons Cables booklet
Yarn: Tess Designer Yarns Worsted Merino]]>
Yarn: Morehouse Merino laceweight
Source: Maryland Sheep and Wool 2007, Morehouse Farm knit kit
Needles: Size US 9 circular
It was the simplicity that drew me to this knit: I often need a good stockinette fix, and this one definitely provided it. At 6.5 feet (just under 2 meters) of alternating knit and purl rows, I got just what I wanted. Little did I know that this shawl would have so many stories knit into it…
The yarn is not far removed from the sheep it came from, and that rawness was the thing that appealed to me. The yarn has a great texture, with some small underspun slubs mixed alongside with thinner overspun areas. There are little bits of vegetable matter spun into the fiber, but they are easy to pick out. It is a single ply laceweight, so it is not entirely suited for heavy use and roughness. The actual hank broke a few times on my swift when I was too quick in winding it. Once you have a steady hand and slow the process down, the yarn can handle the winding – taking your time is key. I had no breakage issues while actually knitting the shawl, and it has formed a nice fabric. I doubt there is any danger of breakage now – plus, it is not a bag or a hard-wearing sweater. It will only be draped around my neck to chase off the chill of fall and winter. This simple yarn seems to have memory, staying where you arrange or scrunch it. The deep folds and the shadows cast over them remind me of the Greek sculptures I studied in college: their deep fabric folds were a stylistic element, and were often pointed out by my professors. (I guess it stuck!)
This is my first finished project for this last color triad of Project Spectrum. I have a few other knits on the needles (and in my mind) before the close of this PS cycle. I am thinking ahead about the next cycle of Project Spectrum: deciding if/when we would do it, and how the colors could be structured and grouped. Please visit the Project Spectrum Flickr Group to see some of the ideas and to add your two cents!
In the meantime, I am pining for the days when I can bundle up in my new shawl… autumn cannot come soon enough.]]>
I wound the Morehouse Merino laceweight yarn into four little balls before I left. Tucking them into my backpack, I figured I would come home with a finished Verona Shawl. Instead, I reached the halfway point – two hanks used and two more to go.
The simple stockinette was just what I desired. I did not want to carry around patterns and stitch markers that could go missing or be damaged. (Dropping them in the Amazon River was a very real possibility! and what kind of excuse is “a monkey ate my stitch holder”?) Yet, the rhythm and ease of the stockinette allowed me to focus on meaningful and educational conversations, building friendships, and on observing the wonderful world around me. The laceweight merino is so textural – softly spun, and sometimes overspun in areas. I love the “rawness” of the yarn.
In fact, it was this shawl that Kris saved in the hurried moments surrounding the earthquake. I had left the knit project on the table as I went down the hall to call my mother. A few moments later, the quake happened. As stated before, I was perfectly prepared to never see this project again, as well as our suitcases. During the panic, Kris had spotted my knitting on the table, quickly shoved the shawl into his jacket pocket, grabbed our two suitcases and two backpacks (it was a moment of superhuman strength, no doubt.) All of those bags were quite heavy and he managed to evacuate the airport, go down flights of stairs, and run out onto the tarmac with them in hand. All of this while ceiling tiles were falling around him, and hundreds of people were panicking.
I am so grateful that he grabbed the knitting – when we were reunited hours later, I cried when I saw that he had actually remembered it. No dropped stitches and not one tangle in the yarn. A perfectly in tact, half-finished shawl…
It is nice and fun to think about the past and all of the projects, but what about all of the possibilities in the future? I have some great yarns in the stash for (too) many projects that feature the newest triad of Project Spectrum colors. Of course there is no way that I can work through them all during this two-month span, but it is fun to see them and bask in their beauty all the same.
Yarn stash photography has become an art in itself, no?]]>
My love affair with brown can now be classified as “long-term”. Can’t seem to get enough of it. Deep rich chocolate browns are my favorites. There are some purples that really captivate me: aubergines, lilacs, lavender, and my love for orange is also growing. Many of my orange projects have been the cross-section between orange and pink. That particular shade really appeals to me.
What brown, purple, and orange projects have you made?
I would love to see how these colors have influenced your crafting in the past.]]>
Purple is a great color, and I can’t wait to work more with it this month and next. Purple has always been on my second-tier of color choices: I wear it often, but don’t count it among my favorite colors. However, there are certain shades (usually purplish blues and lavender) that definitely give me pause. Of course, I will not be limiting myself to purple alone during the next two months! Brown is one of my favorite colors, and I have a new-found love and understanding for orange. The lovely purple shade of yarn above will be the material for the simple and elegant Verona Shawl, a Morehouse Farm knit kit. The yarn is the laceweight merino, a delicate single ply yarn, that will be lightweight and cozy for the fall and winter. I can see myself wearing this scarf almost every day!
*Are there any purples that you are pondering?]]>