Saturday, June 21, 2008
İ knitted A LOT on Martha. İ have completed the first sleeve, and am on the BODY. İ'm so excited!!! For those of you thinking about knitting her, 24 inch Addis are working just fine for me. (İ can't find the inch symbol on this European keyboard to save my life!!!) İ don't have a camera handy, but will try to post again within the next few days.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I've been a very, very bad SKIF fan. BUT, I'm finally here. This is a close-up of my Martha swatch. In the tradition of SKIF, I've tried to incorporate "sewing thread" into my yarn to make it look like the SKIF sweaters sold in boutiques and that I see at market on those Deep South Fibers girls.
I got very lucky. I was in my friendly Hancock's Fabric store on Sunday, and lo and behold, the Maxi Lock sewing thread was on sale for $1.77/spool, 3000 yds. per spool! (I haven't been able to see this swatch in real life as well as I can in this photo!) So, I bought two shades of orange and two shades of my favorite, chartreuse/lime green, because I knew I would have SOMETHING at home to put it with for another SKIF, maybe the next one, CAT.
I got home with my thread, and put the oranges with some Schaeffer Anne that I bought in Reno a couple of weeks ago. It's perfect!!! I'm going to knit this sweater to and from Turkey, where I'm going to see my Mom and siblings. Here is a photo of a small pile of "Martha" yarn.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I was all ready to experiment with some Habu silk and bamboo, but now that I can look at the pattern more closely, I'm thinking that Martha would be better knitted with yarns more appropriate for cooler weather. Specifically, I think the elasticity of wool would work well with its sideways construction.
It seems to me that silk, bamboo, cotton, or linen might stretch in an unflattering manner, but something really springy like a couple of strands of wool sock yarn would be terrific, particularly, handpainted yarns (maybe one solid and one variegated) to play up the unusual directionality of the piece.
Does anyone have differing thoughts on what fibers would be appropriate?