Monday, April 25, 2011

Caliz for Spring

A week and two days later I am wearing this, AVFKW's Proverbial number 3, designed by Rosemary Hill. How appropriate that I've finished in time for "Monday's Musing", which I always look forward to reading.

Caliz - modelled by AVFKW
Caliz - modelled by AVFKW
"The smell of moss, the sight of earth" in 70/30 silk/camel is AVFKW's Spring Proverbial yarn. I love this description. The subtly mottled spring-green silk/camel weighs very little and provides instant warmth.

I learned the knitted cast-on, stretchy bind-off, and how to see yarn-overs more clearly (there was a bit of ripping and re-doing while learning all this), and there are spring "bunnies" embedded in this work which make it uniquely mine. [...great euphemism...]

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


My fingers Emit sparks of fire with Expectation of my future labours.
--William Blake

Thursday, April 14, 2011

High Road with Handspun

High Road - Handspun
modelled by AVFKW
Last weekend, two weeks after casting on, I finished my second High Road with handspun yarn. I tweaked the pattern just a little: cast on a few more stitches on the main piece, extended the number of rows in the main piece before creating the center corner, adjusted the corner short rows, adjusted the center infill piece and ruffle cast-ons for the larger main piece, and added a few more rows to the ruffle.

Hoooo I really like this one!
Thanks Kristine and Mary-Heather.

Postscript about spinning the yarn: I tried to spin the fiber color combinations so that they would be somewhat random and appear to be "without purpose", but I found that the amount of thought and effort I was putting into the randomness was very deliberate. Intuitive spinning - I need to work on it more - how ironic. Or maybe not - could be a lesson (so many of those these days) in letting go.