A client from Sandown took 3 skeins of the Pampa Aran yarn to make her version of the Gretchen bag- which looks fabulous. It was her first felted effort and while she suffered somewhat during the i-cord work at the top, she produced this stunning work. Speaking of the Pampa Aran, I am awaiting a big shipment of new colours dyed to my order and am busy designing away- chunkier yarns feel right to me this fall and have mapped out at least 3 ponchoy sweater creations as well as a couple of new hats. My kids are getting sick of me knitting the 1 ball chunky cowl which I love because it is mindless and takes only 2 TV programs ( they do like to wear it however).
My friend Renee who is the chicest person I know(sorry Annabel) goes straight for the dramatic in the store we visited. She has me knitting this:
Online linea Solo ruffle yarn . This is seriously easy, fast and fun. She loves orange.
She also asked me to knit her a long scarf with fringe in Ironstone’s Starlight- a hand dyed blend of mohair with some thin rayon ruffled strands. You may notice in big letters the Spun in England- I’m presuming that Ironstone plyed this up themselves. Where’d they get the base yarn from?
I have been calling this genre of yarns novelty- but they go beyond the typical novelty we see in England – a scratchy crude acrylic eyelash, ribbon or ladder. I was in the local yarn shop for the south shore recently – Ribbonesque . The store was a riot of yarn concoctions, more often than not hand dyed and a mixture of natural and synthetic fibres.. Think loads of tilli thomas, Prism, Blue Heron , Great Adirondack etc concoctions stuffed everywhere.So-called standard yarns were present but not prevalent. Also interesting, sock yarn was downplayed (which I also noticed in New York).
These non-traditional yarns spur my imagination , but if you can see the price tag,more often than not, they are some what pricey. $30 (~£20) a skein for 140 yds of the Ironstone. To do the kind of scarf she wants , I need 3 skeins- not so sure this will play in the UK…..
managed to knit and needlepoint on the beach in florida this year- note flamingo on bag. black yarn is a mink ( brushed from animals not pelts) and cashmere blend which is amazing. it turned into this hat.
Also did cute child’s sweater using the german self-striping yarn( schoeller &stahl). the pattern looks vaguely missoni-ish with a slight chevron. very easy and inexpensive to make. Also, saw sharks in the water (right after I’d gotten out..), ate too much and shopped too much, love Florida….
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The latest drama in our family – annabel received a letter from her flat’s mgmt company the other day informing that the building’s water supply contains dangerous letter of the 2/14 legionella bacteria- needless to say she and her 2 roommates were immediately evacuated to chez us (their families live in Geneva) while we figure out where they are going to live next. ( because they are not going back and oh, by the way this is a very respectable building in kensington/hammersmith border). The good news is that this vastly increases my model pool and I’ve managed to get some new items photographed at last. The bad news is that annabel is at the age of 20 well on her way to eclipsing my record of weird, outrageous life dramas.
Sophie photos particularly well and we’ll catch Jen yet-
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My friend Ellen knit these wonderful club covers from my pattern- she wants to add pompoms to denote wood number- very cute. Ellen also knit this cashmere hat for me-
I feel like a returning student writing the obligatory what I did on my summer vacation-but this was the ultimate knitting holiday- nothing but cashmere. La Bottega del filato cashmere will be launched next month- it provides the ultimate cashmere knitting experience and I did it everywhere- on the beach, on the train etc etc. This yarn will make its debut at IKNIT show in London on 6th Sept!
So this was the shawl that turned into another shawl that then was started as a tank top which then had designs as a beach cover up but finally found life as a boring old cardigan which is my favorite of all its incarnations ( really crummy picture I know, but derek the photographer is in France).
So just how many times can Blue heron rayon metallic yarn be frogged? you count… This yarn is amazing. I still want to do a beach coverup though but somehow this rather ordinary cardigan felt right and looks great on.
Have also just finished a project for Rio de la Plata- but I’d better get it to Mauricio before showing it here..
One of the many benefits of being a sustainer of the Junior League of London is the opportunity to take part in fun cultural and social events. This morning i went to the nattional portrait gallery for a special breakfast and tour of this gem of an exhibition. This small exhibit illustrates the emergence of a group of intellectual, independent women seeking freedom from the conventions of the day-embroidery sited as a particularly onerous activity of the time! Above is Mde. de Stael- an inspiring woman of the period kicked out of france by Napoleon for her criticism of his regime.
This doesn’t have much to do with knitting unless you are interested in the blue stocking element( vs. classic white silk worn generally by the gentry of the time, but that is a whole different story..). However, it does lead you to consider popular perceptions of hand crafts of various periods as well as our own. Aren’t we glad that our own hand crafted efforts are not viewed as shackling (sp?), don’t we all wish we had more time just to knit or needlepoint? Don’t you just hate the Shreddies ad with grannies knitting cereal pieces ( haven’t seen the staples ad with men’s sweaters yet..) Could go on ,but i won’t. In any case, see this if you’re in the area- the exhibit closes 15th June.
on a lighter note, one of my favorite pix of Abel during our photo session with Derek the other day.
don’t worry- this one won’t make it on a pattern!
in case you think I have been doing nothing but sitting on the beach- I have actually done quite a bit of knitting- new bag 1st sample, new blue heron cardigan (more later),moose dog collar almost needlepointed. However, I have actually done alot more SHOPPING! God, it is amazing…..
most ridiculous American fast food I’ve seen so far- frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from Costco.but before you pronounce this the absolute epitome of laziness, consider that the crusts are off, the edges are crimped so the stuff doesn’t drip out and they do defrost quite nicely on the beach…. Actually, I am quite fond of fast food and have discovered Checkers which does sublime french fries( excuse me, chips) for about 50 cents. have not made it to Krispy Kreme yet….