Knitting. Yarn. Fiber artistry. More knitting. Nursing school. Hospice work. Death and the dying process. Phoenix Raven's. Knitting. Yarn. Oh, and Life As An Air Force Wife.
Published on September 3, 2006 By dharmagrl In Classic

*I posted this under 'art' because I don't know where else to post it.  There's no 'hobbies' category, and 'misc' just doesn't seem right.  Besides, there are a few PC knitters who call themselves 'fiber artists', so in some sense 'art' is where this article belongs'

This is the yarn I've been obsessing over for the past few days:

 

It's by Patons, and it's called SWS - Soy Wool Stripes.  It's 70% wool and 30% soy and is delightful to work with.  The particular color I'm using is called 'natural blue', and I'm making fingerless mitts and a scarf out of it.  I'm knitting it in the round so that the only seam I'll have in it is the side of the thumb.

This is a beaded wrist band I made for Shea last week:

 

It didn't photograph as well as I'd like, but as you can see it's a skull and crossbones.  Davey has a white one but he can't find it .

I have an Ohm symbol wristband I made for myself.  It's black pearescent beads on black cotton, which doesn't photograph well at all and I wore the batteries on the camera out trying to get a shot of it.  I'm also working on a yellow and black biohazard symbol, which I'll post a pic of as soon as I finish it.

Also on the go is a lace scarf that I'm making for my mom for Christmas.  As soon as the batteries have recharged, I'll post pics of both the Ohm and the scarf.

 

 


Comments (Page 1)
on Sep 03, 2006
These are fantastic, dharma. You are incredibly talented.

I'm amazed with the top photo. I can't wrap my head around how you can make the yarn line up like that so that it's the same colors at the same points and all soft and blended.

Really neat stuff.
on Sep 03, 2006

in keeping with Shea's Goth stage.  But very chic!  I like it.  I guess you can be goth and still be stylish.

And the yarn obsession, it looks good too!

on Sep 03, 2006

These are fantastic, dharma. You are incredibly talented.

Aww, thank you!  I'm not THAT talented; I can't do Fair Isle knitting and I havent mastered entrelac yet, but I am able to read and follow most patterns, which I still think is a really cool thing to be able to do.  It just amazes me; I'm taking one single strand of yarn and looping it all together to make some garmet or accessory.  Tres cool.

I was going to make your boys wristbands, but I think that the ones I'm making right now will just swamp their little wrists.  Once I've found a pattern that is smaller, I'll make them some - I would make them hats, but I know that they'd probably never get to wear them over there in the Hawaiian heat!

I'm amazed with the top photo. I can't wrap my head around how you can make the yarn line up like that so that it's the same colors at the same points and all soft and blended.

The self-striping yarn thing blows me away too.  I have some sock yarn that's the same way, and I haven't figured out how they do it yet.  I will say that this stuff is very worth the $7 a ball.  It's awesome stuff.

in keeping with Shea's Goth stage. But very chic! I like it. I guess you can be goth and still be stylish

Shh!  Don't let her hear you say she's goth!  She's neo-punk and is very defensive about her allegiance!

Actually, a lot of kids are wearing them.....Emo kids, skater kids, punk and neo-punks....skulls and crossbones are pretty common.  That's why I'm working on the biohazard and anarchy symbols; I'm trying to do something unique.

on Sep 03, 2006

Shh! Don't let her hear you say she's goth! She's neo-punk and is very defensive about her allegiance!

My youngest is almost 14.  I guess I am getting square now!

on Sep 03, 2006

That blue is lovely!  and a lace scarf?  wow! your mom is one lucky lady!   Soooo good of you! doing this for people

no wonder you dream of yarn! 

 

on Sep 03, 2006

I guess I am getting square now!

I said that the other day and made the square symbol with my fingers, and Shea looked at me like my hair was on fire.  She had no clue what I was taking about.

That blue is lovely! and a lace scarf? wow! your mom is one lucky lady!

Isn't it gorgeous?  It comes in a pink/beige/brown combo too - I have plans for that.

I'm thinking that I'm going to make a pair of fingerless mittens for her too, using the same yarn as the scarf (it's a fuschia microfiber so it's really, really soft). The lace scarf is really very easy to make - I'll knit you one if you like.  I know that you could probably use it up there in icy MN! 

on Sep 03, 2006
I love the natural blue one, what a super mix of colours, it looks really good.
on Sep 03, 2006
Cool, think you could knit me some nice warm longhandles for winter?
on Sep 03, 2006

I love the natural blue one, what a super mix of colours

I love it too!

Cool, think you could knit me some nice warm longhandles for winter?

If you can tell me or show me what they are, I'd be happy to give it a shot...

on Sep 03, 2006
Oh lord, ya don't know what longhandles are?????

on Sep 03, 2006

I said that the other day and made the square symbol with my fingers, and Shea looked at me like my hair was on fire. She had no clue what I was taking about.

I love it!  So we can be square and they not know it!  Oh, you just made my day!  Thank you!  I wonder what they call square now?

on Sep 03, 2006
I wonder what they call square now?


I think the current expression is "gay" to mean the same thing.
on Sep 03, 2006

The lace scarf is really very easy to make - I'll knit you one if you like. I know that you could probably use it up there in icy MN!

I'd love that dharma,  I"d like to pay you for the material and shipping though,  I know you do this for people as gifts,  I just wouldn't want to take advantage of your generous nature! 

we used to call those red things "long johns"!  

on Sep 03, 2006
Long johns are a two piece deal, longhandles are one piece.
on Sep 04, 2006

So we can be square and they not know it! Oh, you just made my day!

Yep.  Cool, huh?!

I think the current expression is "gay" to mean the same thing

It is.  I hear it a lot.

I'd love that dharma, I"d like to pay you for the material and shipping though, I know you do this for people as gifts, I just wouldn't want to take advantage of your generous nature!

You won't be taking advantage of anything.  I have more yarn in my stash than I could ever use in my lifetime (and that's not much of an exaggeration) so it will actually be a good thing for me to use some of it up.  Dave will thank you, anyway.  So no, I won't let you pay for anything, and that's all I have to say 'bout that.

 

we used to call those red things "long johns"!

Me too!

 

Long johns are a two piece deal, longhandles are one piece.

Ah.  See, I learned something just then.  As for my knitting you a pair......I could but they won't be ready for this winter.  Or the next.  P'raps the winter after that, but I'm not promising anything....

Are you sure you wouldn't prefer a nice pair of fingerless mittens?