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 (www.LionBrand.com) 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 http://www.aworkofheart.com 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.

Knit Interest Clique

Online tutorials are interesting, youtube is helpful, Ravelry and Knitty connect knitters in a virtual world where knitting books, magazines and patterns are read using an e-reader.  Why not reach out and touch fellow knitters with knitorious and join knit interest clique?  A social gathering where a common language spoken using knitisms to upcycle the traditional techniques of knitting  brings a collective group together.  Join knit interest clique on Facebook and knit your way through the crafty-side of life, or even better, sign-up for classes with knitorious at A Work of Heart Studio in San Jose, California.