It’s Finished

I finally finished the Seaport Skirt from Modern Top-Down Knitting by Kristina McGowan.  I knitted the skirt in the yarn the pattern called for and I’m very happy with the design and fit.  The cables definitely encourage the “skirt to hug in all the right places (and forgive in all the others), resulting in a fit that is flattering and comfortable.”

At the same time, I’ve been working on Trapezoid, a design by Kirsten Johnstone for Shibui Knits http://www.shibuiknits.com.  The pattern called for Shibui Merino Alpaca, but I decided to knit with Filatura’s Zara 8.  Knitting in a twisted stockinette stitch using Zara 8, visually creates a fabric of texture and dimensionality.  I’m trying to decide whether I’m going to complete the sleeves in a 2 x 1 rib using sock yarn as the pattern suggests, or finish the garment as a vest.  On one of my shopping for yarn days, I found Ella Rae sock yarn, a wonderful compliment to the garment, if I decide to incorporate the sleeves.Yarn for Trapezoid 2014

Seaport Skirt and Trapezoid 2014

A Change of Scenery

Two days ago, I decided to deactivate my Facebook and disengage from the Twitterati. Why do these two decisions deserve such attention?  Well, why should the fact that I still own a “clam shell style” cell phone define me as not current with technology or put me in a particular age demographic?  Just out of curiosity, I went to a 2004 edition of Merriam-Webster Dictionary to look up the definition of twitter n…1: a slight agitation of the nerves 2: a small tremulous intermittent noise (as made by a swallow) 3: a light chattering.  I also looked up social media’s definition of Twitter just for kicks, which basically uses the same definition.  I’ve realized I want more.  I am not interested in a surface level agitation of my nerves or a conversation consisting of a limited number of characters. IMG_2218IMG_2222

A Change of Scenery 2014 #3A Change of Scenery 2014 #4

This is what matters to me.

Yarn, Stitches and Textured Scarf

This evening, I put the finishing touches on instructions for a new class tomorrow at the Very Knit Shop in Los Gatos, CA.  The instructions consist of 334 rows and eleven different yarns knit in K2 P2 rib, stockinette stitch, reverse stockinette stitch and garter stitch. Combining different yarns and textures together with knit and purl stitches creating patterns of knitted fabric, suit my fancy these days.  The first scarf I designed, sold during the holiday season.

Sampler of Textures #2

On display, a second piece of “neck candy” has created quite a buzz.  To meet the demand of our curious knitting public, I’ve scheduled a workshop.  The eleven different yarns used in the Yarn, Stitches and Textured Scarf are various Habu yarns, SMC Select Pertinio and Debbie Bliss Angel.

Stitches and Yarn Textured Scarf #2