Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New couch needs pillows

Thought train number one:
I have a huge, new, charcoal gray couch. The fabric has a subtle twill stripe. It needs colorful pillows. On the wall we have hung a woven saddle bag. The kind you might put on a camel. It is very tribal looking, with a complex pattern and lots of fringe.

Thought train number two: Somewhere in the back of my head I have been curious about the visual similarity between Fair Isle knitting patterns, and woven patterns, particularly point twill diamonds. It might be interesting to chart a weaving draw down, and then both weave and knit the same pattern in the same yarns. This thought has been bouncing around inside my head for at least a year. Probably more.

Do you see where I am headed with this? Pillows!
I might even do a 3rd pillow in tapestry crochet.
I think weaving would be faster, knitting might offer more flexible design opportunities. But I won't know for sure until I compare. Hey Handwoven! Hey Interweave Knits! Want an article?

But first:
1. Finish silk curtains for kids bathroom on rigid heddle loom
2. Finish Kitchen towels (the first in my sourdough towel series, where I incorporate leftover yarns into the next set of towels.)
3. Design and weave a tunic style faux-ikat vest
4. Finish proposal for Church commission.
5. Spin! spinspinspin..

Yeah baby. Knitcrochetweavespindye...happy me.

2 comments:

theknittinglamb said...

While the *act* of weaving would be faster, I almost think that knitting would be faster because the planning would be shorter (or you could alter on-the-fly more easily). Of course, I don't have your level of weaving experience/expertise, so that may not be true beyond a certain point.

-Kristy

Nancy McRay said...

Hmm. You are right that once you set the pattern, the woven work would be harder to modify beyond a few variations. What I really want to do is knit from a weaving draw down, which looks just like a chart.