Monday, April 18, 2011

New Designs and Mitred Crosses

Front and center: I hope I'm not the last knitter out there to begin Kay's Mitered Crosses blanket. If you haven't begun, or at least purchased the pattern, or at least become aware of the pattern, check it out. All proceeds go toward the relief efforts in Japan.

In our house, "blanket" means "cat fur magnet," so I decided to make a long scarf instead, either one or two squares wide and many square long. I'm using Noro Sekku, which is a sensitive twiney laceweight yarn that breaks if one so much as looks at it with displeasure, but which also blocks out fabulously and is light as can be. I've accumulated many balls of Sekku thanks to its placement in a basket to the right of the cash register at Windsor Button; it's like a Snickers bar, I can't resist. (Note: It appears that most stores no longer carry Sekku, and that the yarn itself may be discontinued. Working with it, I can understand this.)

Background: A lot of new designs, dark things all. I've committed myself to a new book(lette) that will be available this coming September, as well as several self-published individual patterns, so it's time to get to work. The color palette is dark; the theme is dark. Call it my reaction to a recent overload of "easy femininity."


Sara said...

I can't wait for the book(let)! That is a beautiful mitered cross, too. I have found that even Kureyon breaks easily, but I love it anyway.

I have to thank you for turning me on to the work of Josef Albers. I had never heard of him until I saw your gorgeous Albers Shawl design. I gasped in awe and was so taken with it, I dreamed about it! It's in my Ravelry queue and I hope to start it soon.

I am going to buy your book as soon as I have a spare $30. I think what you're doing is so cool!

Salty Miss Jill said...

I LOVE the colors on that mitered cross. think I need to get me some of that yarn and get to it...
Will you post a photo of the finished scarf?


craftivore said...

"Easy femininity", ha ha. Can't wait to see your dark and mysterious damsels, they'll blow those Heathers out of the lunchroom.

Rainy Daisy said...

Yikes. That sounds more dangerous than staring at Handmaiden and Malabrigo laceweight all day. Pretty though!