Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
I started playing with excel, and have cast on for a Bohus inspired hat.
Knitting close up.
It will never be as delicate, or look as blended, as the true Bohus. This yarn is heavier (though still fine at 7 stitches to the inch) and doesn't contain any angora.
The yarn, the chart, the knitting.
I'm reworking my charted ideas as I go. Some things that looked great on paper just don't seem right in yarn. I was going to try a tam type of hat, but then I decided that I shouldn't mix colorwork and major shaping in my frist color design. So it's slated to be a basic beanie style hat, with colorwork going around the side, one color ribbing, one color top.
And, a mitten update.
Close up of pretty cuffs attatched to mitten hand.
Left hand progress, hand is done, thumb is almost done.
The two in-progress mittens together. Phase one is almost complete, just a little knitting to go on the left thumb. Next I knit the flip top part of each hand. Then I'll work on the lining.
Then I can wear them.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Blue Shimmer wristlets and the alpaca blend I bought to turn them into mittens.
Mom and I took Susanna Hanson's Bohus Stickning class at Stitches Midwest. I am completely in love! I love the geometric designs, I love the subtlety of the fine color patterns, I love how the angora blooms and makes it even more blended, I love how the angora feels. (Mine haven't really bloomed yet as they're still beeing kept in a plastic bag)A close up of one wristlet. The red thread at the bottom is a provisional cast on and will not show in the final mittens.
Susanna told us about the history of the Bohus Stickning company/movement. I imediately grabbed the Poems of Color book from the library and started obsessing. I really want to get one of Solveig Gustaffson's kits. She is meticulously recreating the dye formulas from the original sweaters. Look at her site and drool a little. I have been. Mostly over the Wild Apple, the Egg and the Forest Darkness.
Bohus Sticking began as a way to help out an economically depressed region of Sweden. It was a coture design house, retailing sweaters for hundreds of dollars. About a third of the profits went back to the knitter (not the percentage usually paid to textile workers). The company closed it's doors when the demand started to die off in the late 60's, not wanting to sacrifice construction methods or materials to bring prices down.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Home made roasted red pepper vinaigrette (in the jar the roasted peppers came in) with the snow peas.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Josh, on the plane.
First sight of Ireland.