Everything for the weaver, spinner, knitter, felter and dyer...

Everything for the weaver, spinner, knitter, felter and dyer...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Addiction to gradients....

Yup, I know, it's been a while. I am feeling appropriately guilty. My only excuse is that I've been busy; busy with my addiction. Sigh, a gradient addiction. If you look at my last post, that's when the addiction began or at least became recognizable. I began knitting a sweater pattern in gradient yarns. I love those long repeats and color shifts. Well, one thing led to another, the addiction grew, and now I'm dealing in gradients!

What's a gradient, you ask? It's a yarn or spinning fiber with a l-o-o-o-n-g expanse of color that gently blends into the next color. It can be a solid color shifting from dark to light or multi-colored with blended hues in between color shifts. Here are examples of my yarns:

Here is an example of a gradient that I dyed for my Roving of the Month Club last month. The colorway is called Royal Gramma:

A woman from Ohio saw a post of mine on Ravelry and sent me a photo and asked if I could dye an 8 ounce gradient yarn with the colors from the photo. Hell yeah!

My addiction is far from satisfied. I need more, more, more! Wouldn't that sweater pattern look great in one of these gradients?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I found my knitting mojo...

The first question should be, "how did you lose it"? About a year and a half ago, I injured my rotator cuff while imagining I was still in my 20's and playing volleyball. It impacted most everything I did, including knitting. The good news was that I could still spin and weave if I didn't overdo it. Seriously? Fast forward two winters of shoveling snow, one summer of mowing the lawn, theraband exercises, ibuprofen, massage, and basically soldiering on. I'm much improved.

I had been looking at a drifting color (gently segueing from one color to another) sock yarn that had been on the shelf for sale for over a year. Nobody wanted to take it home but I had dreams for it. I pictured a classic pullover sweater in that yarn and I went on a search for a pattern. I couldn't find one. There were patterns for sweaters using sock yarn but they included stranded knitting, modern "art" sweaters, decidedly unattractive patterns, etc. None fit what I imagined in my head. So I scooped up the yarn, started knitting, and wrote it all down as I went.

Here's the finished project:


I was really excited by this project and immediately started another sweater knit from the same pattern but using some of my handpainted cashmere blend sock yarn in the Very Berry colorway. 

I'm almost done with this one and I'm just as pleased, if not even more. I love the softness of the yarn, the colorway, and how light weight it is. Apparently my husband likes it too because he's asked me to make him one next. Here's the colorway he picked out:

I guess it was a combination of feeling better, dreaming about a project, and getting excited about the finished sweater. Welcome back knitting mojo!