All posts tagged: Rowan

Sweet Boyfriend Sweater and its Unlikely Source for Inspiration

A retirement gift, a plaque from the District where I worked, beckons me.  It is as if it can talk and recall; that plaque with the Varsity letter.  I hear students’ voices, excited anticipation in the air, their endless desire for learning.  It speaks my tongue and reminds me about lesson planning into wee hours.  It sounds with the hustle bustle of school life:  hallways all abuzz, meetings with teachers and/or parents, the frustrations voiced and the sharing of successes of each day.  One glance at this wall plaque of mounted school letter and personalized engraved plate, now hanging on a wall in my yarn room, does all of that every time I look at it. The letter is also tactile, soft, and fun.  So, whether it is because the letter is fabric and I am attracted to any and all forms of fiber or because I genuinely miss the school District that I served for most of my career, its presence looms and calls for me to do something creative with it. As I have spent this last year sorting and re-sorting yarn according to color, fiber content, …

A study of color and elements of design

So, my stash is well bundled now.  The ‘new’ yarns for projects continue in waiting and the scraps, which I prefer to call remnants, are bundled according to weight.  I can easily pull out the same-weight remnants and mix and match to my heart’s content.  This also helps me to get my creative juices flowing as somehow when I pair colors together, ideas come forth.  The project that this post is about has come into existence in exactly this manner. When I purchase yarn for a project I always purchase at least one extra skein.  Many times I cut into that skein as my gauge rarely matches the gauge of the knitter who actually knitted the garment photographed in print.  If there is little yardage on a particular skein, I have been known to purchase more than one extra skein.  If the yarn is on sale, I have been known to buy out a particular color.  In doing this, that means there is typically extra yarn after a project has been knitted.  I LIKE that as then, without further yarn …

Is this a Martin Storey or a Math Story?

Back in August I laid eyes on this beauty, Tembe designed by Martin Storey.  (ok, the model ain’t bad, either.)  The colors, style of the cardigan, the way it was fashioned, and the magnificent elephants all reminded me of my hubby.  He had been asking for a hand knit and had been reminding me of how long it had been since I had knitted anything for him.  Immediately, when I saw this sweater I knew it would be the answer and would perfectly fill the apparent void that was in his wardrobe (and take care of the nagging), not to mention would keep my interest through the process.  I didn’t realize what a mathematical equation it would turn into, however. I am one who orders pretty much everything online, so yarn is no exception.  I think all yarn is gorgeous therefore I anticipate a lovely package and enjoy the anticipation as I wait.  Plentiful amounts of beautiful Rowan Colorspun and a nice sturdy Rowan tweed as you see, below greeted us happily.  A bit grayer than we had anticipated, we both drooled when …

A Guide on Gauge

I am not sure if this post ought to be called A Guide on Gauge or Gauge Guiding.  In either case, I have become a huge fan of knitting up gauges!   To the uninformed, the process of taking time to work up a gauge might seem like an unnecessary and/or optional step in working up a hand knit.

A Fashionable Fishing Hole

It began with the yarn this time, which for me, is very unusual;  beautiful Rowan Felted Tweed DK mostly in navy and a variety of other colors that were in my stash.  I have quite a collection of this yarn due to sales, left over from projects, and some from projects that have been reconsidered.  And recently, I’ve made a concerted effort to deal with some of these balls of yarn that have been hanging around now for some time.  So, I set out looking for a pattern that involved multiple colors and, of course, would work up to gauge.  Figuring it was Rowan yarn, I set upon looking for a Rowan pattern predicting I would have quite the choice.  And, I suppose stripes were on my mind as I have been noticing an abundance of striped projects recently flowing through on Ravelry.  Of course, fair isle lurked as a possibility, as well.  When I saw Julia Frank‘s short row pullover with a 70’s graphic theme, I knew that my search was over.

Confirmed

So as not to linger with thoughts of neglect towards poor hubby for too long, THIS gorgeous eye-catching cardigan will be draped over my husband’s back, front, shoulders, opened, closed, in wetness and in dry, in the morning, at noon, and throughout the evenings when next the snow doth fall… Designed by Martin Storey as seen in The Knitter, Issue 67 and the yarn was just ordered! ITEM: ROWANTWEED OPTIONS: Buckden ITEM: COLOURSPUN OPTIONS: Winterburn

Getting to Know Me, Part Two of Three

Ponchos, Capes, and Fawnchos Oh, My! Gee, I’ve got the song  “Getting to Know You“, a show tune from the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The King and I and Dorothy’s (Wizard of Oz) little fear-of-the-forest chant going on in your mind right now.   Maybe, purposeful to distract you from the word, me.  I am not comfortable  with that word in any form of communication as I am more shy than not when speaking about myself and am continuing to adjust taking on this public forum.  I ponder the reasons why I am doing so and sometimes I say, oh, it is the teacher in me and I want to write a series of “how-to” posts on knitting techniques  or another day I might say I just love thinking about fashion no matter what the venue.  Maybe, it is the longevity of  the love of knitting I have and/or feelings of success I’ve had with this art form in the recent years.  Or, an effort to gain followers as I consider design work in the …

Getting to Know Me – Part One of Three

As I enter into the world of blogging, you must be thinking, who is this girl anyway who claims to know a thing or two about knitting?  I mean, I would be asking that!  In an effort to satisfy that very question, I have decided to share a few projects with you that may give you a sense of who I am as a knitter.  Somehow, as I perused my finished projects to make that choice (in Ravelry), the projects naturally fell into three categories:  Fame, What’s Old is New Again, and Capes Ponchos Fawnchos, Oh My!  I will share these categories over the next few weeks beginning with: FAME They say that everyone, at some point in their life, has at least fifteen minutes of fame, phrase first coined by the world renowned artist, Andy Warhol.  I have wondered if I’ve had my fifteen minutes.  Maybe, when I was a young teenager and asked to represent Camp Sprucelands, a Horse Back Riding Camp; to ride in the annual horse show at the Erie County …