It is! Which I usually don't care for, but this one is created by Italian yarn company Adriafil. Called Knitcol, DK weight in washable merino.
It's a proprietary dye process resulting in a jaquard-like fabric. It is fun to work with, yields a nice soft surface with pleasant halo, and seems to hold the stitches in shape well. I can wholeheartedly recommend it! Read more here and peruse color ways. 😊🧶🥰
One fingerless mitt down, one to go! No more freezing cold hands.
Can highly recommend this pattern. It's the perfect "base pattern" to riff off of, adding cables, lace, embroidery, color work, etc. etc.
This yarn was super fun too - DK 100% merino superwash Knitcol from Adriafil, an Italian yarn company. It is dyed to simulate jacquard without having to "go there." So fun!
Hi Liz you so generously sent me some gorgeous Adriafil Knitcol self-striping Italian merino yarn. Well, my hands are always freezing, so am making fingerless mitts. Here's project page, posting publicly to share with others, too, because the yarn is so cool to work with! Through some sort of proprietary dye process, the dye pattern approximates a jacquard effect in fabric. Thank you greatly Liz!
Lopi Lite Maria where are you???!!! Your marvelous box of Lopi treats came today, THANK YOU!! 🙏💞🥰🧶 I'm thinking fingerless gloves and a hat? A lovely cowl which I've never tried before? And that little bag with the absolutely fabulous stitch work, the shell and stone, well all I can say is you channelled me because I miss the ocean soooo much. Please respond so I can make sure you got this. Gratitude to the MAX!!!🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
Here's another shot - much more accurate color in this one.
Now the mosaic color has gone all dark and high contrast in this next large band of triangles, followed by a deep edging, all in the contrast color.
SO. As someone else recently posted here, "Meet the shawl where it is." Therefore, I'm just gonna go with the flow, see what happens!
Comin' along... Mosaic Musings shawl by Stephen West. Into third mosaic section of tumbling triangles. I needed this. 😏
Iy's a solid design and a relaxing knit. Curious how much it might open up when blocked. It 'feels' substantial, like a core-of-winter type shawl. Warm, squishy, something to both wear and take a nap with!
Oh wow. WOW! The latest knitwear design from the brilliant Jennifer Beale, her Coachman's Cove pattern.
🧶 Good Evening, Knitsters! 🧶
Check out this lady in Germany who knits... @PinkQueenYarns. She owns a yarn store and all her samples are worked up in pink palettes. She vigorously explores the color, and has a great eye for patterns. A WestKnits test knitter - check out what she did with Shifting Chevrons and #Geogradient! Both on the first search page of her Ravelry project page.
Good evening, Knitterati! ~ Look at this beautiful yarn! 👀
Oh that I could post the actual feel of this firm yet squishy perfection manifesting as yarn.
And that color! Called "Madam," from Anzula in fingering weight Lana.
AND omg the fiber content! 30% superfine merino, 40% silk, and 30% yak. Yak!! It's 465 yards of pure heaven. 💞🧶🥰
Re: This toot... for the curious, yes I'd still love donations from your destashing. Have lots of synthetics now + assortment of natural fibers. If anyone feels so inclined, I could use a bit more in various silks, wools (merino, llama, mohair etc.), plant fibers (linen, bamboo, seacell etc.). Each skein is like a paint brush, isn't it?!! Honestly life sucks in the nursing home, and yarn helps!
Good evening Knitterati! I'm slogging along through the 40 rows of garter stitch, a bit more than half way through. This Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering is a delight, and loving how it pairs with Queensland Collection Perth in 102 King's Canyon. Covid be damned, knitting will proceed!!
🧶🧶 HELP NEEDED! 🧶🧶
Hi Knitterati! Requesting your help in selecting a yarn for sweater for my Mom...
She just turned 90, still very active. She picked out this great pattern. Wants a deep, warm red, which she wears well.
Calls for ~2,000 yards, fingering weight. Probably non-superwash? (But not critical.) Shown in 100% merino, worsted ply.
Daily, she wears turtleneck + pullover. Pix of Kara and my Mom follow!
Classic, clean hand knitwear design from Gwermanny... very weatrable, hard-working wardrobe elements. Ravelry: Designs by Christina Körber-Reith.
🧶 ID HELP! 🧶
Good evening, Knitterati friends... Does anyone recognize this shawl pattern?
I saved it in my pix, but neglected to notate source. It's not Stephen West, and I didn't get anything from Google Image search.
Saved it last May, if that helps anything ping. Hoping one of you all will recognize it. Thank you! 🙏🧶💞
Okey dokey Knitterati! Decided 2 frog #Geogradient - bad Nazi vibes plus a massive persistent hole in center of square.
Instead, am focusing on Stephen West's #MosaicMusings shawl for the win. Needed one, you know?
Plus <ahem> two not-quite-finished WIPs. 🙃🧶😊
Good morning, Knitterati - Look at this clever knitting/crochet bag, made in America! Lots of grommets to guide yarn, nicely finished inside, large color selection, monogrammable. They have a great selection of work aprons too.
Knitting & Crochet Project Tote Bag | ARTIFACT | Made in USA
OK folks, I think the eye will "fill in" the low-contrast beginning of this mosaic section...
Another 1/2 of the diamond shape to go. If sections at the top are a bit too light when I can spread the whole thing out and really see, I think adding a few duplicate stitches in a high contrast shade will respove it.
Whew! Really did not want to frog the whole thing!!
You two are THE BEST!! I have been saving those WEBS gift certificates you ladies sent me in spring and final found the ultimate - a silk-yak-merino hand-dyed fingering yarn, 465 yards/skein, got three and am going to make the most beautiful shawl EVER, thanks to your gifts. I cannot thank you enough, I am in heaven!! 💞🙏🧶😊
We'll just gosh darn it!!! The multicolored yarn I chose for this Mosaic Musings shawl is not showing up that great. :-(
So .. do I frog? Keep going? I can definitely pick high contrast sections of the skein on the go forward. Hoping the beginning of the diamond section will be picked up more by eye once I knit more. Suggestions?
Here we go, completed the first section of mosaic on Stephen West's Mosaic Musings shawl. Finally!
Spent most of the week knitting, tearing out, knitting again, switching needles, switching projects, more knitting and unknitting. So POW! Finally hitting on all cylinders.
Not sure about proceeding with the #Geogradient shawl MKAL, I'm having a hard time getting back in the swing of things. We'll see!
What do you think of this one? I'd love to do another mix with linen and a silk-merino blend, in sequence (not held together). Though this one might be a good fit.
So, this happened... A good 10 rows of Mosaic Musings shawl, but uh-oh! Mosaic pattern knocked one stitch over.
How did that happen?!! Will it be visible? Can I live with it? <sigh> No. No, I cannot.
Frogged back. Untangled and re-sorted yarn. Learned better ways to manage 3 strands. <deep breath> It's all good. 🧶🙏😊
Hello Knitterati... Have any of you tried "double knitting" anything? This pattern seems like THE place to learn! 🧶🧶
Check out Genesis, a pretty darn magnificent double-knit shawl from Nathan Taylor. He provides 40+ pages of instructions plus videos. Kind of like taking a class.
I wondered how heavy Genesis is. I did the maths and it's about 6 pounds... which is not nothin'. Fingering weight yarn, many yards.
Continuing gratitude @ConsumableJoy and #FallFinishAlomg... Had an unexpectedly crappy week (war, anyone?), but today summoned fortitude 2 sort thru patterns, edit queue.
Then went thru yarn, took first hard look - what works w what, checked weights etc. Made sure all zip-bagged.
* 2 shawls 2 finish
* Next shawl
PS: If you love colorwork, check out Kieran Foley and his Knit/Lab site. I love his work. He's also a photographer.
Ok this one is less me being sick and more me being, ah shit in a month I have to be in autumn weather. Colour patterning is due to necessity: I never spun enough yarn in one colour and I really just like to spin fine, so I worked out something that.... could be autumnal? We'll see, we're in Chart E now of this pattern : https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pretty-as-a-peacock-shawl
Uh-oh Knitterati ~ Is it wrong that I'm already eyeballing the new Stephen West MKAL called "Geogradient, while focused on #FallFinisgAlong?"
Did his HKAL last winter, was a marvelous experience. Learned so much, new stitches and techniques, all supported w excellent @youtube videos. Doesn't actually launch until October, so I still have time to clear the decks by turning my 4 WIPs into FOs by then. Kits here...
As I'm finishing off a #knitting project, I'm already on the next.
I looked at this beauty (the jumper, not the man (though he is yummy too)) from Bergere de France.
But they have a problem on their site with pdf downloads and I couldn't get it. So I emailed them to find out how I could buy it, and they sent it to me for free!!! It has actually improved my generally low opinion our current age, that a big company would do such a generous thing.
Cool site - woman-owned #sewing biz in Austria, patterns sized 2-34. Also a knitter, getting into hat making. Interesting!
"I construct the Patterns after the Müller&Sohn System... I do not work with multi-size measurments, instead i use individual-size measurements. That means I go from one size to another individually. In my personal opinion, this makes the fit better and easier to adjust.
Hello Knitterati ~ Been AWOL bc am in hospital, 3rd time. Infection not gone, took 24 hours to flare, bad. This stuff is scary. MASSIVE antibiotics.
Just got pain meds after 8+ hour wait. In excruciating pain but relief soon. Grateful 2b alive.
#PsychedelicaKAL aka my emotional comfort shawl aka my bamboo-linen cooling shawl is with me, and I've picked up speed. Soon, mustard skein comes in for crazy part. Excited!
User stories for legible knitting patterns
Knitting patterns are written like minified code. People don't normally read code when it's minified, but we knitters have to follow patterns formatted to fit limited space in print. Knitting patterns could be a lot more legible and enjoyable to use if they broke free of the constraints of print. I have written my suggestions in the form of user stories.
@JBaby Thank you for the follow! If you have a moment would love to see posts of your WIPs and FÒs - and I know I'm no the only one. Here's what I'm working on now, the #PsychedelicaKAL that several of us are doing right now. Mine is in bamboo and linen on a tighter gauge than pattern calls for (which is aran).
Susanna of Talvi Knits is looking for test knitters for her Rockweed Pullover, in case anyone is interested. It's a pretty top down lace yoke sweater, with a matching cardigan already out there. The return of the sweater set maybe? See details in link here!
* Crescent shape ( not triangle)
* Fingering weight but easily scaleable to other weights of yarn
* Easy to mix yarn types eg stripes in merino, mohair etc a good stash buster
* Lots of opportunity for color play from solid to multi
* No lace, just light patterning along border
* A solid pattern writer
Only concern is @rabbijill just did this one.
* Knit shawl pattern
* Shape? I heard "not triangle" from several folks
* 2 or more colors
* Lace ok but not too much
* To knit when?
Knitterati, let's each post 1-2 suggestions and see if any of them pique everyone's interest! 🙏🤗🧶
Happy solstice! My Sweet Bee Tapestry is now available! Knit flat, bottom-up, in one piece, with optional fringe and selvedge edge. It makes a great summer knit.
Available on etsy:
Test knitters needed!
Open test call for my Sweet Bee tapestry!
A bottom-up knit wall hanging with optional fringe and selvedge edge. Test will run from Monday, May 29th to Monday, June 19th for a four week test period.
There are more details in the application, which you can find in the link in my bio if you're interested!
St Brigid update #2
Washed and on the blocking mat.
It's really hard to capture the colour of the yarn, but this is pretty close.
I think that the cables are showing better definition after this wash.
I cast on the front while the weekends rolls were baking, with a nice cup of tea (of course 🇬🇧 )