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Making: Old lady doilies and practice

It really didn’t take long before I got bored of making my webs in single or double crochet. I’m not bored of looking at them yet, but I don’t think that’s really a compliment to my crocheting skills (more to a vibrant imagination!)

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So for practice (and decoration that really annoys boys) I started making old lady doilies. Out of some (supposedly) silk wool I got with Lenny (over at RunnyCustard Photography).

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More to follow! And hopefully be able to see the fruits of my effort in a new project to come!

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Making: Window Webs

I absolutely love things that hang in windows and catch the light or cast a shadow. So I made a few webs to catch the dull English winter light.

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Making: A New Dress

I have a bit of a head start on one of my new years goals. I’ve already started making a companion dress to the project I finished almost two years ago.

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It’s still in the very early stages yet and I tend not to sketch out what the finished object will be until later when I’m working out the details and finishing. Anyway, here’s a preview of what I’ve finished so far.

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I’m looking for it to be as ghost-like and ephemeral as the original dress. I like the web-related projects to be both seen and seen through, there and not there, delicate, and above all, subtle.

The hardest part, to me, is the finishing and displaying of the object. A painting, obviously needs a frame, but how do you display a dress that is meant to be seen from all sides?

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Making: Simple, Lovely Shawls

Making; Easy, quick knitting project for hand-spun wool

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I’m very, very lucky to be friends with a super talented hand-spinner and I’m very lucky she likes me enough to give me some of her wool. My immediate reaction (and I’m sure most knitters would agree) is that I want to make something akin to a bean-bag chair of all the skeins and just collapse into its softness. I want to make some kind of shrine to admire (and squeeze) the skeins forever. Unfortunately, this isn’t practical. The other option is being too afraid to do anything with the wool and this seems like a massive shame to the beautiful yarn and hard work that was put into making it.

With the first skein she gave me, I agonised (agonised!) over what to do with it. Until the day I came across a simple pattern for a triangular shawl to show off the texture of wool rather than to show off the knitted pattern. I think I originally saw this on Brooklyn Tweed (who is probably one of the most talented knitters and designers out there.)

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The first shawl turned out more of a neckerchief than a shawl, but is so soft and so warm. I think it’s camel wool and seriously, it’s incredibly soft

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The second shawl is almost shawl-size and is also super cozy and warm. I used two colours of hand-spun wool (not sure what kind) and since the wool was two different thicknesses it made the stripes into two slightly different textures, which I quite like the imperfection of.

The whole idea behind using this simple pattern is to let the natural shape and size of the wool shine through so it can be used for lengths that are of varying widths or of variegated colours.

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In case you’re curious, the pattern is very simple. Cast on 5 or 7 stitches in any way you like, marking the middle stitch with stitch markers. So cast on 2 (or 3) stitches, put a marker, cast on a stitch, and put a marker then cast on 2 (or 3) more stitches. For every row, knit up to the marker, yarn over, slip marker, knit the middle stitch, slip marker, yarn over and knit to end. Continue this pattern until you either run out of wool or reach your desired length.

You can play around with the garter stich pattern by knitting one row and then purling a row then knitting a bunch of rows. You could also knit a row, purl a row, then knit 4 rows and repeat to make another pattern. This will had some more texture. Or instead of having the yarn overs in the middle, you can also put them at the sides of the shawl. Although, I really like how they’re in the middle in my shawls. It looks a bit like a back bone.

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I’ve Been Busy, I Promise

Cue rampant apologies for failing to write more often and half-hearted promises to write more blah blah blah.

Anyway, I’ve been busy! My friend from home visited for two weeks and I showed him around (mostly the pubs). Then I’ve begun the great Job Hunt 2011 (nothing yet, but somewhat promising despite my visa status and the apparent worthlessness of having two degree with only some experience.)

Oh and the art stuff, the web is up at Inventory Studio (pictures to follow when I get my butt to Whitechapel), the web dress is almost in one piece and I’m getting excited for new projects.

What I really wanted to share, I have a new, official, professional? website. It has the older projects uploaded and will have the dress pictures up shortly.

I built it using Indexhibit which requires some knowledge of website building, if you want to customise it which is fairly necessary as the plain one looks like one of those websites from the late ’90’s. After customisation,  adding content is super easy and works much like WordPress posts. You chose a title for a ‘project’ and then can insert a description and as far as I know, as many photos as you want.

Anyway, check it out until the next post at some vague point in future.

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Knitted Hot Air Balloon

This is what nerves from a visa application created.

Pattern!!!

1 CO 16 stitches
2-5 Work in stockinette 4 rows.
6 working in stockinette decrease 4 stitches
7 purl (12 stiches)
8 same as (6)
9 purl (8 stitches)
10 working in stockinette increase 4 stiches
11-13 work in stockinette (12 stiches)
14 same as (10)
15-17 work in stockinette(16)
18 same as (10)
19- 20 work in stockinette (20 stiches)
21 same as (10)
22- 27 work in stockinette (24 stiches)
28 same as 6
29 purl (20 stitches)
30 working in stockinette decrease 2 stitches
31 purl (18)
32 same as 30
33 purl (16)
34 same as 30
35 same as 30 (12)
36 same as 30
37 same as 30 (8)
38 working in stockinette increase 2 stitches
39 same as 38 (12)
40 same as 38
41 purl (14)
42 same as 38
43 purl (16)
44 same as 38
45 purl (18)
46 same as 38
47 purl (20)
48 working in stockinette increase 4 stiches
49- 53 work in stockinette (24)
54 working in stockinette decrease 4 stitches
55- 57 work in stockinette (20)
58 same as 54
59- 61 work in stockinette (16)
62 same as 54
63-65 work in stockinette (12)
66 same as 54
67 purl (8 stitches)
68 same as 48
69 purl (10)
70 same as 48
71 purl (12)
72 same as 48
73-77 work in stockinette (16)
cast off

with wrong side facing fold in half and sew edges making sure to tuck in the “corners” at the top (middle of entire piece)

you can fix the shape if necessary when you sew it up.

To finish: Take a piece of scrap yarn and tie it on the balloon as it if were string on a real balloon.

If there are any problems with this pattern feel free to contact me.

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