October 28, 2013
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Well, Messing About in Boats, of course!
This is a drive-by posting to announce the release of this perfectly pocketed pattern.
Messing About in Boats is a sweater to live in – or mess about in.* From a design perspective, it was one of those rare projects that simply worked from beginning to end. My lived-in sweater turned out with just the right amount of ease, slouchiness, length, and comfort. Things appeared where I wanted them (neckline, cuff, bumforgiving hem split, pocket placement) without a single frogging or rethink.
And I had 2 yards of yarn left after casting off… Phew!
(I’m knitting a second one, while trawling the internet for yarn for a third.)
* Annabel, a valiant test knitter and Island Knitting Retreat creator, invented the name – an homage to Ratty and Mole, and possibly to pooling.
August 11, 2013
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One simply cannot have too many stripes.
OK, so the challenge was and still is this: how do you start from one shoulder and wind your way down to the hem in one piece of knitting, while striping and with absolutely minimal cutting and joining of skeins? And achieving symmetry? And no finishing left to do when you’re done?
The challenge is still on for even if the Ziggurat method is now worked out and finessed in general – I have so far worked out the turns and joins for 6-row stripes (as in the blue/green cardigan above) and 4-row stripes (below) – there are other possibilities…
Each variant of striping and pullover versus cardigan works differently; the colour change has to happen in different places – unless one likes cutting, joining, sewing. That, too, is of course possible.
(I like sewing. I like knitting. I just don’t like to sew my knitting. When I’m done knitting, I want to be done done.)
Oh, and a knitter just asked about using multiple colours, not just two. I have work to do!
p.s. The fabulous yarn for the Strrripes cardigan at the top is dyed by Ce of The Uncommon Thread. Her BFL Sock yarn has fantastic sheen and drape. It’s almost hard to believe there is no silk involved. The happy, gorgeous colours in the other cardigan are dyed by Tuulia of Knitlob’s Lair. The yarn is Väinämöinen, a 4-ply sock yarn. (The pattern is not available yet but will be.)
November 1, 2012
Koronki has finally made the transition from idea via concrete instantiation to description and is now available as a pattern for other knitters to replicate or riff on as they please.
Who knew that something that is so simple to knit would be so difficult to describe?
I’m beginning to see the point of workshops and knitting classes. Some things are just so much easier to simply demonstrate, hands-on, yarn-and-needles in hand.
The beauty of koronki, apart from its elegant line, flair, and attention to detail (she humbly said) (oh, but do see the tiny braid down the back, a braid that flares into a lace triangle) is that it is entirely seamless and knitted in one piece from the centre back down to the hem without cutting or joining new yarn except for when skeins run out. This is Åsa’s Top-Down Ziggurat Tricnique.
It’s top-down but nevertheless features shaped shoulders and a curved neckline in the back. This shaping is of course modelled on Tuulia Salmela’s wonderful Tailored Sweater Method. The Ziggurat Tricnique zigs and zags back and forth, working each shoulder in turn, but with a special way of getting from one point to the next without cutting the yarn.
It was this yarn that inspired koronki in the first place. Faery Wings is a silk yarn with some kid mohair (and a little nylon). This mix makes for a wonderful drape and sheen with just a little (mo)hairy halo – not to be confused with ordinary mohair yarns. Faery Wings is simply much more elegant and subdued. I could knit with it all day, every day. In fact, I may be knitting with some right now…
Oh, by the way, I have recently knitted my sweatrrr design using my new technique, so when that pattern is ready to be released – with the intrepid assistance of tech editor Stephanie Boardman – it too will feature the Top-Down Ziggurat Tricnique. And sweatrrr, which does not have a built-in collar, makes it easier to follow the pattern steps.
In the meantime I’ll design a simple baby cardigan in DK-weight yarn – a quick knit and a small project on which to learn the Tricnique.
Sweatrrr knitted with Sanguine Gryphon Bugga:
February 8, 2010
My knitting obsession fervour has lately morphed into a desire to design things. I still like to knit other people’s fantastic patterns. And I still waste hours trying to work out a pattern I’ve seen — not because I’m cheap and don’t want to pay for it, I’ll have you know, but for the challenge of working it out.
The latest challenge is to start from nothing. Nothing?! I’m lying. Nothing comes out of nothing. There’s always something. Such as a fantastic YARN in a fantastic colourway, that lands next to another colourway — and ZOIIIIING!
A glove. Callisto.
And a mitten. And a mitt. And so on.
My obsession can perhaps now be called a worthy (pre)occupation.
With a big, big thanks to Natalie of The Yarn Yard.
(It’s all her fault you see.)