Yesterday I posted this little newbie to Rav.
I am in love with her and of course I wish to share her with the entire world! So with the help of a cadre of angels also known as my beloved testers, I am preparing a pattern. And the pattern’s name is Intertidal.
This design is about tides and the moon and how things are pulled off center in the most perfect way. It is about being in the middle of all the crazy cosmic influences. It is, like Chelsea Morning, designed to showcase an interesting color pairing.
In case I have not said it enough, I adore Isager Spinni. Spinni is like my yarn BFF, all rough and scratchy but at the same time lofty and warm and cozy and oh the colors. You’d think I was being paid, the way I rave about Spinni, but no, I give Spinni my love for free.
I was thinking the other day, Why do I like to design with color blocks? I believe it has to do with how I shop for yarn. I don’t appreciate most colors alone. They just don’t grab me that way. I only like blacks and greys alone. Colors, for me, need other colors to play with. Contrasts in temperature and brightness and saturation and hue get me thinking and feeling and wanting to experiment. And that leads to impulse yarn purchases. Oh, yes.
So, this is Intertidal and I hope you love her too!
pattern: in testing! (my Rav project page)
yarn: Isager Spinni (Wool 1)
colorways: 2s (light grey) and 10s (light blue)
needles: 3.25mm (US3) and 2.75mm (US2)
P.S. I have another Bogolan donation update to share, that will come soon~
I finished these back in December, but I didn’t block them until recently. They look kind of sporty, like alpine sporty, don’t they? (I’ve been watching so much Olympic coverage!)
pattern: Welsh Country Stockings, by Nancy Bush
size: one size
yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Sport
colorways: mink heather, cobblestone heather, black, white
needles: sz 1
I have to admit – I did not enjoy knitting these. The pattern calls for sport weight yarn knit with sz 1 needles, so that’s what I used. But I will never use such fat yarn with such small needles again. Especially for fair isle work, and especially with metal DPNs! It was a pain. Literally. In my fingers.
The resulting fabric is quite stiff and (I hope, since I’ve read that this yarn has a tendency to pill) sturdy. Not very much stretch, so it’s difficult to get them up over my heels. And the heels don’t mold to my foot quite as well as I’d like. But in the end…
I love how they came out. I modified the pattern by adding more repeats of the fair isle motif, including at the toe, and a few extra stripes and blocks. Other than that, I worked them as written.
Next time I’d use fingering weight yarn, and maybe try to remedy those jogs up the back, and also reduce the calf shaping – I have skinny calves. But for winter wear, in boots or in clogs, ice skates or skis, these will do me just fine. :-)
At my house, as soon as the temperatures begin to drop, we listen compulsively to 50 Words for Snow by Kate Bush. “Avalanche” is number six, pronounced a-va-lahnche (like the French, I believe). It is Prof. Joseph Yupik’s sixth word for snow.
Don’t you know it’s not just the Eskimo, sings Kate.
Let me hear your 50 words for snow.
So here it is, Lady. My first word for snow. The first of (I don’t know, maybe) multiple designs inspired by a bewitching work of musical and poetic genius.
Not a formal series or anything. Only the words for snow are so strange and simple and amazing, I can’t imagine not borrowing from their inspirational fount more than once.
pattern: my own
size: 34 (+ approx 1″ ease)
yarn: baa ram ewe Titus
needles: US sizes 2, 3, 6
Here’s my project page. Test thread here. Pattern to be released hopefully in early February.
Dark afternoons, long nights, wintry cheer.~