Friday, February 24, 2012

Miura Cowl in Salem

Salem, from Mountain Meadow Wool, is creamy.  I can't stop comparing it to whipped cream. It is soft, lofty, and wrapped in a slender strand of shiny silk.

The loft comes from the woolen spun construction of bouncy merino wool. The shine of silk against the matte wool gives this yarn visual dimension.

Because of it's spongy bounciness, this DK weight yarn is happy at a variety of gauges.  An open lacey shawl on size 8 needles would feel great.

I decided to make the Miura Cowl by Olga Jazzy. I love the stand up structure of this pattern, and the simple application of knit-purl to create the textures and folds. To get the correct gauge I needed to use size 4 (US) needles. This gave a dense fabric - which turned out to be just right for the pattern.

You can find Salem at Woven Art. At the moment we only have it in cream. I mean natural. But if you all love it up enough I will get all the colors!
If you are curious about other Mountain Meadows Yarns, come to the Yarn Tasting on March 31. You will get 10 yard samples of several of the yarns, some pattern ideas, plus snacks and fun. I promise there will be high quality chocolate. Spots are limited so we are asking for reservations. Call 517-203-4467.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Glove surgery gone terribly wrong

Around Christmas I decided to knit Tecknica for my darling eldest daughter. She is way hip, and lives in Chicago, as an architect. So, she needs her accessories to be stylish, and also have that something extra to make them interesting.  These would be perfect, and make me feel like I am pretty hip too.

It didn't really take all that long to get them into the mail - just about four weeks. And, she loved them. Except. But. This one little problem. They don't fit her in the thumb. We tried stretching them. I even made her put them on wet, thinking they would mold to the perfect size.  We decided they were just too short in that area where the web of the thumb is. We needed extra rows there.

I have seen Sarah  Peasley cut and paste her knitting projects before. I decided to try that. I am not Sarah Peasley. The general idea is that you snip one stitch, and very carefully pick out that row of knitting putting the live stitches from top and bottom on needles. Knit however many rows you need to add, and then graft top back to bottom.  This sounds just slightly less daunting than reknitting two gloves. Right this moment I kind of think reknitting the gloves would be fun.

In this case the glove gets  a little bit complicated around the base of the fingers - not just straight rows of knitting there. Plus - it is color work, so picking the yarn out row by row didn't happen either.

What you see here is the result of me chopping off the fingers, putting the hand stitches back on the needles, and giving up on the fingers. But fingerless gloves are most certainly not the point here.
I have ordered more conductive thread from the evil genius Laura Nelkin. It won't be too bad to knit 8 fingers - right? Tamysn - did you say you would do that for  me?