Jean Paul Gaultier ~ Model Erin O'Connor
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Überlieferte Strickmuster aus dem Steirischen Ennstal (originally a series of three booklets) translates as Traditional Patterns and Garments from the Styrian Enns Valley (in Austria) and is amalgamated into one volume printed in English : Twisted-Stitch Knitting.
In November 2010, I had started THIS project and knitted all the way to THIS, until it was completely deserted for three years :(
It was not a difficult decision to unravel the whole thing into various pink balls and make a new start.
Twisted-stitch knit is more comfortable in the round but can also be knitted flat (was too tiring and complicated for me as a beginner).
There are 174 patterns in the book(s) ... I improvised mine and am using DPNs, knitting my sweater in the round.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Seems I'm in my sock knitting gear until it is too warm to want to touch or even want to see anything wool ... Improvised this pattern and had to unravel the first trial that was already five inches; the needles were too big ( 3 mm ) for what I planned for and dropped the size to 2 mm ... This reminds the importance of sparing time for the gauge ... The yarn is hand-dyed from Lorna's Laces ( Shepherd Sock Yarn ~ Color 901 Baltic Sea ) and a pleasure to knit with.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Saturday, February 01, 2014
This beautiful pattern is called Mexican edging. I always wanted to give it a try but never had the courage. It is indeed complicated; however with a bit of concentration, fun to knit. Plus the outcome makes me happily dizzy :) I used the wild silk yarn from Madagascar. Three of them measures to 28 cm (11') which is a good width for a scarf.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Back into knitting socks ... Three years now and I'm afraid I do not remember everything, though I remember the starting stitches. The pattern is a free one from Ravelry, Lace Socks by Gerdine Crawford-Strong. Actually I only used the lace pattern, not the socks design itself. I am knitting exactly a copy of what I had with my first socks project. Enjoyed using it and the pair is still in great shape.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
An Iraqi girl stands on former marshland, drained in the 1990s because of poltically motivated water policies ~ Φοτο Essam Al-Sudani
Marsh Arabs and the very interesting stories behind ... How a heaven is turned into hell. Read the story in three sections here and learn about Mustarjil; gender in the Marshes. Interesting!
Friday, January 24, 2014
This shoe is designed by Joseph Gerger but is closely related to Frida Kahlo. Frida continues to inspire artists; this time a fashion designer Susanne Bisovsky. Check her webpage to see ( I and II ) some wonderful creations with a chic folkloric touch.
I must confess, my eyes were totally attracted to the background decor more than anything else. Dizzy with the richness and colors of my favorite pastime; antique needlepoint!