Friday, September 26, 2008

Sailing Ships and Knitted Beauties

I want to show a few more of the designs that are scheduled to be in my forthcoming knitting book but before I get to that I wanted to post an exceptional photograph taken by our good friend Jay Albert at his wonderful photo blog Cape Ann Images.

Jay's work is so beautiful I want everyone to see it. So now on to knitting. These are four more designs, 2 shawls and 2 cocoons, that will be in the book. The first is a variation on the Mermaid Shawl that I call the Gypsy Shawl. It is knitted the same way until you come to where the lace patterns begin. Then a different set of lace patterns are used. And it is knitted out of 100% recycled silk from Nepal.

I love working with silk and when I can get a great buy on it --- as I often do through eBay or ColourMartUK --- I can justify using it. The next shawl is a rectangle than can also be used as a lavish scarf. It is a silk and rayon chenille that I purchased at Webs in Northampton a number of years ago. It is worked on #2 needles because chenille tends to worm unless it is knit tight but it is worth the time spent.
The next two cocoons are happy accidents. They both started out as shawls but, because I made some dumb decisions while working on them, they were too awkward as shawls so, rather than make them over, I transformed them into cocoons which I absolutely love. The first one is one of the few wool pieces I own --- I have problems with a lot o wool. But was purchased from Handpainted Yarns, a women's collective from Uruguay. I love that knitters in the US are supporting villages all over the world thanks to our obsessions with knitting. The silk from Nepal also came from such a collective. So this is their wool boucle in a color I adore called Barbie Rose. This is a comfortable, snuggle wrap that is as stylish over evening clothes as it is cozy over a nightgown (left).

And finally, what says luxury more than black cashmere? This beautiful cocoon was originally a shawl that I knit widthwise instead of lengthwise and I soon discovered that it stretched much too much when I wore it as a shawl. So I transformed it into a cocoon and I wear it all the time. It looks great with a long skirt or with jeans. The cashmere was an eBay find and I at first I thought it was a little stiff but once I finished knitting and washed it --- yum! Total luxury.


I've gotten some amazing fibers from eBay. Several years ago I purchased a 50 silk/50 cashmere yarn in a lovely sunny yellow. After many starts that didn't go well it is now being transformed into the laciest shrug imaginable. I hope to get it finished in time for the book. It looks like we are in for a cold, rainy weekend so I'm planning to stay home and work on the book and, of course, my knitting. Hope yours is wonderful wherever you are and whatever you do.

Thanks for reading.

4 comments:

  1. Can't wait to get a copy of this.

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  2. Stunning shawls! They're beautiful and I can't wait to get a copy of your book!
    angel
    p.s. thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. It's a big encouragement and I appreciate it!

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  3. Thank you both.

    Angel, your knitting is just breathtaking. I love your choice of colors and fibers. Thanks for visiting my blog and I'll let EVERYONE know when the book is ready.

    Back to work (sigh!)

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  4. Kathleen, please let us know when that book is ready. I have been saving this Suri Dream yarn for a year now.

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