Lately it feels like I've run the gamut of testing & exploring knitting with different types of materials & various constructions of yarn. Aside from the obvious fun of playing with yarn, I have managed to get myself off track.
At the beginning of the year, I had promised my self to not knit multiples of the same design. And just as quickly, I broke that promise. I liked the patterns so much that I couldn't resist trying them some unique yarn choices. Admittedly, I got a little distracted, 3 patterns, 7 yarn choices/projects.
I can explain:
It all started with Alchemy Haiku a mohair and silk blend that is beautifully hand-dyed, in a pattern I will call Tilde Lace (to be published soon). This yarn is go gorgeous and I love it. The airy-ness of the pattern and the coloration I chose seemed that it may be difficult to photograph.
So, I started a second Tilde Lace, but this time as a scarf, using some leftover Madelinetosh Lace from a previous project and that left me flat as well. Flat in terms of photography, that is. I really should have remembered this from knitting Carlisle, never thought it photographed very well. Looks much better in person.
Which brings me to a third Tilde, as an oversized wrap in Miss Babbs Yet, a merino & tussah silk blend that is a little rustic in look but not feel, in a monochrome wine colorway. The pattern is definitely popping with this yarn (shown not blocked), but will take a little time to finish knitting, just because of its sheer size.
While working with the Alchemy Haiku, I needed a project that was a little less slippery that I could take On The Go. Traliccio (to be published soon) was the answer, its a trellis looking scarf pattern where the yarn was an important part of the pattern. I used a tightly spun, colorful hand-dye yarn that had almost a cord-y feel. I used a fingering weight from Absolute Fiber Matisse. I had previously tried working with this yarn for socks, but didn't care for the result. It works great as the Traliccio scarf.
I had liked working with the cord-yness of the yarn that I thought I would try Traliccio out of a silvery colorway of Berroco Seduce, which is linen rayon blend. I have been wanting a silvery colored scarf and it will look good with an outfit I'm taking on vacation...... so another distraction to some other projects. C'est la vie!
After working on two, Traliccio scaves, both in a cord-y yarn, I got to thinking, I bet this would make a fun wrap in a lace weight, .....and ....I just so happen to have a beautiful green colorway of Yasmin Lace from Miss Babs.....this is truly my favorite lace weight yarn.....just saying. So I have another project on the needles, but I am looking forward to finishing it......I need a little more green in my life!
Lastly, I experimented using Habu Textiles A-20 1/20 Silk Stainless Steel in a beautiful eggplant color with my Pebbly Mesh Lace design, in a scarf. I actually started this project last year, but was motivated to finish it so I could wear it on vacation. It works perfect with the Pebbly pattern because it requires no blocking. Love that!
Thanks for enduring my journey. Will post when tilde and Traliccio are published.
Until next time.....Happy Knitting!