Since today is leap day, I decided to start another blog.  Yes, another blog.  A blog about the latest happenings in the world of fiber.  Sticks-a-gogo will still highlight the creative endeavors of Knitorious, and Knitinerest-clique will explore knit and purl stitches up and down, and all around the West coast.   The word “clique” defined as “a small exclusive group of people” describes all the individuals that come together in their lys or guilds sharing a common desire to knit and/or crochet.  These “small exclusive groups of people” multiply to form a global community of individuals keeping a long-lived tradition alive.

So, why don’t you follow me, Knitorious  at as I travel up and down the West coast encountering an eclectic mix of talent in my own  backyard.

Wet Felting

“Rain, rain go away come again another day.”  I, knitorious want to agitate the fibers of wool roving into a beautiful piece of cloth.  Welt felting requires a location conducive to the use of warm water, olive oil soap, bubble wrap and an abundance of manual labor.  My backyard presents the perfect venue for such an undertaking.  Between cloud cover, sprinkles and a light breeze, I proceeded to full some gorgeous turquoise blue and teal blue roving into a square.  “Well…almost a square.”  After the layers of roving began to full, pieces of yarn were added freeform.  Rolling the sandwhich of roving and yarn between the layers of bubble wrap, the wool roving and yarn became one unique piece of fabric.  After the fulling was complete, I rinsed the square in cool water.  The piece of wool felt was left to dry for a couple of days.  I began to cut and build layers creating a topographical element of peaks and valleys accented with beads and wool thread.  What began as a two-dimensional piece of fabric metamorphosed into a three-dimensional sculpture.

Kool-Aid Dye

Armed with packets of peach mango, grape and tropical punch Kool-Aid, Knitorious poised with a turkey baster, dyed one skein of Lamb’s Pride Worsted (Color M-10 Cream) with the childhood beverage.  Each packet was mixed individually in cups with 1/2 c. of water and 1/4 c. of vinegar.  The hanks of yarn were soaked in a mixture of about 5 gallons of water and 1 c. of vinegar for thirty minutes prior to dyeing.  The yarn was arranged in a pyrex dish for the application of dye.  After the dye was applied, the yarn was heated on high for two minutes using a microwave.  After the yarn cooled for two minutes, the yarn was placed in tepid water and hung to dry.  The wool/mohair combination of Lamb’s Pride Worsted produced a halo effect which enhanced the resulting color.

Felted Ruched Bag

Presto! With a little soap, hot water and agitation, the ruched bag (see ruched bag post published on January 24, 2012) was transformed into a Felted Ruched Bag.  knitorious was pleasantly surprised at the instantaneous performance of Lion Brand’s Fishermen’s Wool.  The fulling process was achieved after only one cycle of agitation.  knitorious awards Lion Brand’s Fishermen’s Wool “four stitch markers” for performance.

Ruched Bag

After following an industry pattern, knitorious was disappointed by the outcome.  She began to turn the pages of her many knitting reference books and found the necessary information to achieve the effect that knitorious had mentally pictured in  her mind.   In order to achieve the sculptural qualities of ruching, the use of two different needle sizes (US 9 and 10-1/2), along with strategically placed increases and decreases were needed to sculpt rows of dimensional knitting.  Three skeins (465 yds/skein) of Lion Brand’s ( Fishermens’s Wool, Color 098 knit perfectly for the felting of knitorious’ ruched bag.  After the fulling process, knitorious will post photographs.

Dorset Button Bracelet

As you know by now, knitorious loves Dorset buttons.  The Crosswheel reinvented using worsted weight yarn, and especially variegated yarn, produces a kaleidoscope of patterns and colors.  The original purpose of Dorset buttons were for men’s waistcoats, but knitorious’ vision for the almost lost technique finds its way in adornment.  knitorious will be teaching the Crosswheel technique at the creative craft lounge of  A Work of Heart studio in San Jose, California.  Visit to peruse a plethora of classes and sign-up online.

Vogue Knitting Magazine

knitorious patiently awaits the arrival of Vogue Knitting Winter 2011/2012.  Nestled between the pages of the latest and greatest knitting patterns emerges a skirt with a Missoni-esque look. The chevron pattern speaks to the signature design of a Missoni knit. What a perfect opportunity to knit, replicate and wear a design reminiscent of a classical standard of quality.

(The images are from Vogue Knitting Winter 2011/2012 Magazine)

Knit Interest Clique Fieldtrip #1

knitorious and Knit Interest Clique trekked up to the East Bay to catch a glimpse of an  Estonian Lace exhibit at Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles in Berkeley, CA.  Pieces of the lace were displayed on a black background hanging from the ceiling of the museum.

In order to re-charge for their next stop, the group had a delectable lunch at Fatapples in Albany.

Driving down the infamous Telegraph Avenue toward Oakland, Article Pract appeared in all its glory.  In the window display, a knitted shawl using Prism yarn sparkles with beads, as it gracefully drapes over the shoulder of the store mannequin. Color and texture decorate the walls from floor to ceiling with soft lighting enhanced by sunlight entering the street window. Yarn, buttons, silk ribbon, books and notions embrace the savvy knitter.  The knitters-in-residence are welcoming and helpful.

Rib and Button Scarf

Fresh off knitorious’ needles, the Rib and Button Scarf  detailed in Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2011 designed by Talitha Kuomi became a substrate for dorset buttons.  The dorset buttons accentuated the buttom flaps and collar of this interesting design of short-row shaping and buttonhole making.  The scarf is knit with Dream in Color worsted weight Classy. Cascade 220 Paints for the dorset buttons added just enough interest.