Posts Tagged 'mohair'

More Purple

I finally got around to taking pictures of the fuzzy purple scarf too. I really enjoyed knitting with this Kidsilk Haze.  Such a luxurious treat!

The details:

Yarn:  70% mohair and 30% silk; see above!

Needles: US #9

Pattern:  Invisible Stripe Scarf by lupinbunny

I cast on 25 stitches for a 6″ wide scarf and went until I had 40″ (accessory size).  Using my excellent new digital scale – whee! – I got 11.5 grams for this scarf.  That’s just shy of half a ball, so two friends could split a ball of this fancy yarn.  (By the way, I see Knit Picks has introduced a similar yarn called Aloft.  Will try it sometime!)

This pattern is basically garter stitch (all K stitches) except that every now and then you do a row with 3 wraps for every K stitch.  On the next row, you drop 2 of the wraps and knit a Very Big stitch to get back to your original stitch count.   You can choose however many K rows you want between the fancy rows.   I did the two rows described plus 4 more.  You can do 2 wraps instead of 3.  If you vary the number of wraps, you can get something like this:

Fuzz and Mitts

I finished the sweater, except for weaving in the openings at the base of each sleeve.  Hope to get pictures this weekend.  It depends on whether hubby (who is very busy now, during tax season) is willing to take a few snaps.

In the meantime, I also made a pair of mitts.   This is a second pass for this pattern.  In December, I ad-libbed a pair and gave them away before I even had time to model them for pictures!  Thank goodness I had made some notes.  I made another pair and I think they’re pretty cute.

I don’t think this picture does them justice.  Maybe when hubby is wielding the camera he can get a pic or two in better circumstances!  The palm is straight K1-P1 ribbing (and so is the border). As with the first pair, I used leftover yarn from a pair of socks.  I’ve started writing up the pattern and will post on the Free Patterns page when it’s ready.

We had a nice visit from one of my sisters-in-law this weekend.  She is the one who turned me on to knitting!  Dorothy brought her bag and some needles and some fabulous mohair yarn and we browsed through Ravelry until we found a nice project.  She got going on it and it was looking awesome.  I thought it would be fun to make the same project, so I looked through my stash and found a totally squishy ball of  Kidsilk Haze that was waiting for the right inspiration!  Mine won’t look as dramatic as Dorothy’s because it’s only one color and not so fuzzy.  But it’s fun that we’re both knitting on the same project at the same time!!  It’s a pattern that will go quickly.  I cast on earlier today and here’s a peek:

I think it will open up a lot with blocking.  I totally love this yarn.  It is soooooo sooooooft!  What a treat to play with it!!

One Stitch at a Time

There’s a discussion group at Ravelry for “Mindful Knitters” and the folks there have shared many different ways that they see knitting contributing to their spiritual practice.  Sometimes I wonder about that.  Does knitting bring something to a person’s practice, or does a person’s practice transform knitting into a spiritual act? 

There are so many positive feelings that can come from knitting.  Obviously, there’s the aesthetic pleasure that comes from working with colors and creating something beautiful.  If the project is to be given away, there’s warmth in thinking of the intended recipient.  It’s fun to dream up ideas for future projects and to work through design questions (though I don’t have advanced experience with this yet!).  I enjoy handling the yarn and working the needles and I take pleasure in a sense of connection with knitters of different cultures and eras.  I like the feeling of accomplishment, both from admiring a piece of fabric that I’ve created and from successful experiments with new stitch patterns or techniques.    I don’t even mind discovering a major error and deciding to rip out and recover … well, I don’t mind too much!  There’s a feeling of confidence that comes from what Elizabeth Zimmerman calls “being the boss of your knitting”. 

But there can be negative feelings too!   All I have to do is put a deadline on a project and the whole thing can turn into drudgery.  I spend time calculating and recalculating “percent completed” and then estimating how far ahead of or (more likely) behind schedule I am.  Mistakes may be met with anger, because correcting them cuts into the schedule.   There can be panic if it looks as if the yarn quantity is off (“Will I be able to get more yarn in this color lot??”) and restlessness because I’d like to work on something else for a while.

For the last few months, I’ve been working on Christmas knitting.   Yes, Christmas has come and gone!  For the most part, I’ve let go of the deadline.  If I had given each person a certificate good for “one scarf, knitted in the coming year”, then I would be waaay ahead of schedule!  (There are two scarves left out of six and each is more than halfway finished.)  But those negative feelings can still creep in.  Right now, it’s mostly restlessness. I have several unfinished project that I’d like to get back to and so much lovely yarn I’d like to work with!  Here, for example, is some fuzzy goodness I received as a prize (see earlier blogs) that I would love to get my needles into:

 

This is Artyarns Silk Mohair in colorway “pale pink 408”.

It’s tempting to accomodate that feeling, and I often do, but I can also use those moments to get to know “restlessness”.  What kinds of thoughts come with it?  What are the physical sensations?   Can I sense what I’m pushing away, and why?  Once I was pushing away boredom and as soon as I started examining my experience, life became interesting and the boredom evaporated!

When I think of spirituality and knitting, my first thoughts are about all of the opportunities to celebrate positive feelings … joy, creativity, the pleasures of seeing and touching, connection and love.  But I’m wondering if the negative feelings don’t offer just as much?  Hah, I’m not saying I take advantage of this myself most of the time!  But sometimes … when I’m mindful … it happens.