Friday, November 30, 2012

Joyful November

I convinced Mitchell to take a few pictures with me for the last day of November.

November Mitchell

November Mitchell

November Mitchell

November Mitchell

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fiddlehead Mitten Kit

As part of the Southern Cross Fibre "Semi-solid Spin Along," I spun up several semi-solids to make a pair of Fiddlehead Mittens.

Fiddlehead Mitten Kit

Left to right:
Mulberry Purple: 212 yds
Chameleon: 190 yds
Tranquil (five color gradiant): range from 33 to 42 yards

The Tranquil will be the curly-cues, with the Chameleon blue as background. The Mulberry Purple will be the lining, so a little unexpected surprise.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bohus Yarn All Spun

I finished the "Eclipse" yarn for the bohus body yarn (and the rest of the yoke). I had 4.25 bumps left, which yielded about 625 yards. I hope it is enough!

Eclipse

Eclipse

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bohus Yoke Progress

I took some pictures after reaching about half of the length of the yoke, Row 37 of the chart. I already knew I was going to take the collar off and redo it, so I needed to get a shot of that, anyway. I needed to go ahead and take it off because I am about out of dark blue... the first 3 ounces. I have another 17 ounces to spin, though, so that will hopefully be sufficient.

BMB

BMB

I think I'm knitting a little too tightly... the sts are pulled out of sight at the color changes. I hope it will block out a bit. Meanwhile, I'm trying to ease up just a bit, without making it obviously different. Other than being a bit snug, I like the way the knitting looks with the purls in there.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Planning a Handspun Bohus

Bohus sweaters resemble Fair Isle in many ways, though the technical differences consist mainly of purling in the color pattern, use of more than two colors in a row, and traditional use of fine gauge (34 sts per 4 inches) angora (fuzzy) yarns. The Bohus Stickning sweaters were well known examples, as documented in the wonderful book, "Poems of Color." Solsilke has made a great effort to provide kits true to the original designs, available here.

While knitting an "original" using a kit certainly has its attraction, I'm not quite sure I would ever complete a project with so many stitches! Another option has presented itself, inspired by Adrian Bizilia of Hello Yarn. Her handspun Fantom Bohus in worsted weight provides proof that it doesn't have to be tiny, fuzzy yarn to be an amazing Bohus sweater.

I set about spinning some worsted weight yarn using Shetland fiber in SCF's "Blue Mountain Combo" color set.


Southern Cross Fibre's shop photo of the Blue Mountain Combo.


I have five bumps of the dark blue, "Eclipse," to make the body of the sweater. I still have to spin the rest of the "Eclipse," but I have enough yarn for the yoke and have started knitting.

I picked a colorwork pattern out of "Poems of Color," the Dean pullover. (Dean is pictured on the Solsilke site linked above.) It used black for large colorwork motifs and had a version with a black body, so I thought this would work well for the colors I had available. I entered the chart in an Excel file and re-colored it using my own colors.

Blue Mountain Bohus Chart


The green came from bits of color from a handpainted SCF club fiber, also on Shetland, the colorway "Submerge." I have three bumps of "Submerge," which yielded more than enough of the bright green.

SCF Sept 2012 Clubs

I took a group shot of the spun yoke yarns before I started knitting.

BMB

BMB

I should have enough of the yoke knitted to be worth taking photos, sometime this week!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Friday, November 9, 2012

Alberta Vest

I went back to a slightly older Jared Flood pattern, Alberta, which was published in the Spring 2009 "Wild Fibers" magazine. Alberta is a men's vest with alternating 3-row stripes of color. The use of three rows of knitting drives a need to steek instead of knitting flat. Because Alberta was shaped for men, I used the Huxley shaping, but incorporated the striping and the V-neck of Alberta.

For Alberta, I had spun yarn back around the time I bought the magazine, and the yarn has been patiently waiting to become a vest. The fiber is Gale's Art BFL, in the colors Peacock and Ruby Swirl.

Alberta

Alberta

Alberta

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

My Ravelry Alberta Vest project page.