lovely lovely yarn to work with - so soft even before it's hot & soapy bath
this shawl took a good bit less than 1 cone of doubled yarn - estimate 900 yard
Carmen Perez Aguado
Not so Autumn Cloud
Montag, 30. April 2012 17:40:04
I knit this pullover with 2 strands of 100% cashmere 2/45 NM and 1 strand of kidsilk mohair just of the blendable colour. I used 4 mm addi needles and you can see more images in my project page in Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/projects/maica/. I found the pattern in Ravelry also and the author is Nettekke. It is a perfect and fitted pattern. Probably I will repeat the pattern with just cashmere, because my kidsilk lost a little hair and it is impossible tu use it with black wool pants. In any case the work deserves the time spent
Miss Jenkins Dresses
Dienstag, 24. April 2012 20:01:05
I worked out the pattern for these little dresses and thought I would share the link to the pattern page as well.
The yarn is 40 / 120, a heavy DK 100% silk. It is gorgeous, and made a very satisfactory garment (photos to follow) knit as lace with US #8 (5mm) needles.
About working with a yarn of this type:
- keep your hands well moisturized, since any roughness will snag one of the forty tiny threads (I hope this won't happen as easily with the finished garment).
- watch your work to check for missed strands of the threads.
- I wet-blocked it and air-dried it without pins. Details: Soaked the sample in warm water with a little white vinegar for a minute or so to set color, then rinsed out the vinegar and soaked in more warm water for 20 minutes. Squeezed water out with hands (my rule is to squish and squeeze any knitting but never to rub it together, since that felts wool and dulls silk), then folded it in a dry bath towel and squeezed the towel by hand--no twisting or wringing, just squeezing. Didn't walk on the towel, since that would flatten the silk too much. Both the sample and the tank top were air-dried. The silk just lay there and I pushed it into place, no pinning needed.
Suggestions for choosing a garment style:
- the yarn flattens out when knitted. Not so good for cables, but twisted sts and decreases show up 3-dimensionally (photos to follow).
- the knitted fabric is entirely limp--use this fact to your advantage. I made a form-fitting lace tank-top and am delighted with the result, but wouldn't use this yarn for a shawl unless EXTREME drape is the goal. Also, keeping the knitted fabric close to the body will (I hope) minimize snags. --> DON'T let it get near Velcro (hook-and-loop closures)!
The yarn (Mustard Sun, which I think of as Fire Opal) is an almost opalescent orange-ish gold.
Donnerstag, 22. März 2012 19:01:20
I used Frost White 2/28 Cashmere for this Sharon Miller Shawl and found the yarn a real treal to knit with. The finished shawl is so soft and as light as a feather.
Thanks for all the help from the Colourmart team in ensuring that I had enough yarn even after upsizing a little.