We can’t wait to spend time in Atlanta’s home for design this Saturday, December 11 from 1pm-6pm. We’ll have framed and packaged hand-pulled screen prints, hand-spun yarn, hand knit hats, fingerless gloves, and palm stone pocket frames to brighten up your space.
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Thinking about a new round of hats for the year, I always like to incorporate all the odds and ends of leftover yarn from larger projects in a fun way. Stripes always seem to be a good place to start. This year, I decided to keep it simple with ribbed brims that are knit together to keep them warm and neat. The fun part was picking the colors for the stripes. Then I finished them with removable pom-poms. Both good for removing them before washing or for those that like to be less exuberant in their winter wardrobe. The hat has a button at the top on the inside for the pom-pom to be tied around.
I seem to have the most time to explore and spin yarn in the beginning of the year. This year I had a nice stock of hand dyed fiber from Edgewood Garden Studio to work with. The top row of yarns stuck with a single package of fiber, but the bottom two combined two different fiber packs to create each yarn. The first paired two strands of gray with a third spun from vibrant colors. The second use the other half of the vibrant yarn paired with a similarly vibrant blue. It’s very interesting to see how the color comes to the front with the gray, but becomes an accent with the blue.
After the better part of the year making sense of the archives, cataloging work, and sketching out new ideas, it was a treat to get back out to the workshop this fall and actually pull some ink and make some new prints.
This series uses a directional motif that I’ve been thinking about lately and haven’t been able to shake. So, of course, I had to work it out of my system by making it real. Some people have said it reminds them of a castle or flags or mountains – interpretations that are all fine by me.
Each piece features a slightly random sampling of colors, topping out at six colors on some prints. Colors were mixed and applied on the fly and in the moment, so most pieces are unique one-offs while a few ended up in editions of two. Most are printed on white cover stock while a few are on gray, kraft, or chipboard.
Inspired by the intricate patterns of chain maille, these highly cabled fingerless gloves look more complex than they are to knit. Though not as stretchy as some of my other patterns, the thumb gusset gives the gloves a comfortable fit.
These are knit from the bottom cuff up. They are knit in the round.
Special skills: • Knitting in the round • Increase & Decrease • Cable stitching
Size: Adult Approximate finished measurements: Glove length: 8.75 in (22.23 cm), Flat width: 3 in (7.6 cm) – 1 in larger in thumb gusset area.
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) double pointed needles – set of 4 recommended. Tapestry needle.
GAUGE US7 – 20 st + 24 rows = 4˝ (10.16 cm) in unblocked stockinette stitch.
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