I wanted to post this yesterday, but unfortunate dramas with the kitchen stove meant that my daylight hours for photography got taken up before I could take nice pictures for you. Let’s just say I wish my landlord would subscribe to my philosophy that new whiteware is always the way to go. So here I am today instead.
I knitted quite a few swatches with Topaz before I settled on a pattern. At first, as alluded to previously, I thought about something in lace. After swatching it, I realised the yarn didn’t really want to be lace:
This is a candle flame lace or something like that. You can’t really see the pattern. I also tried leaves (this is a swatch of the pattern I talked about at the time):
I also realised as I knitted the yarn that the silk content was dominant, and that I had to allow for possible stretching of whatever I knitted. A reasonably tight tension would be required to help control the stretching.
I tried a woven stitch:
Hmm. Closer, but still not quite there.
Next, I tried a linen stitch. This one was nice, and I figured that the stripe effect would lessen with more stitches cast on. However, I did not want it to look woven. It had to look like it was woven, but definitely knitted. Linen stitch is also quite dense, and I wanted to have more movement in the cloth than a pure linen stitch garment would allow.
This beautiful Little Wool Co. yarn, a silk/wool/mohair mix is definitely destined to be a shawl or some kind of neck wear.
The colour of this yarn reminded me of the colour a Buddhist monk or Indian holy person would wear. Something about the burnt orange toning I think. I was curious about why so many Asian cultures chose orange as part of their religious imagery. A quick Wiki search told me that “…orange represents Joy which is considered the catalyst of acting on faith to receive God’s blessings. Orange is considered to be a “happy color,” in many cultures representing the aspect of joy which raises the spirits and invigorates the observer. The second chakra, which is orange, is located near the womb and is therefore associated with creativity.”
It’s interesting that this yarn, of all the yarns I have purchased recently, is the one to raise me out of my designing funk. The one that has finally rekindled my creative juices, and brought me a lot of joy in the process. Must be something in the colour orange!
I thought of a pattern that would highlight the beauty of the silk and wool and mohair, demonstrate humility, and convey the joy of knitting.
What do you reckon?
I’ve cast on.
I thought the slowness of linen stitch might be a problem, but I find it’s strangely soothing. There’s something very special about this yarn.
I hope the pattern works out the way it is forming in my mind!