It’s been awhile, but this blog has been known to rant political for long, long stretches. Remember the ThreadingWater tagline? “knitting and politics, together at last?” Well, the knitting side is demanding equal time.
And, that’s kinda funny because there hasn’t been a whole lot of knitting going on at ThreadingWater. The summer cotton sweater languishes beside an unfinished black scarf in a combination of knitting & crochet that I really, really like, but can’t seem to focus on long enough to complete.
I love seeing the emergence of fair isle as a popular fashion choice this season. It warms my homesick Scandinavian heart and makes my fingers nearly itch to pick up the needles, choose some fab colors and jump into the pot. Maybe that’s why I was so excited to get into Susanna Hansson’s class at Madrona in February. Susanna teaches an intarsia in the round technique, an irresistible magnet for knitting geeks.
The big problem is that I’m stuck on looping. Take a look at what I’ve been playing around with these past weeks.
That’s right. Colinette Point 5. Finally, a way to show off its texture and saturated color without the bulk.
Looping technique would allow me to fill-in those holes you see in the upper photo, but I like the open look.
I have some design ideas for this looping and Point 5 combination, but first I need to deconstruct the awful sweater I made with this yarn about five years ago. And, let me tell you, it’s been a slog.
Why? Because in order to keep the colors from pooling, I knit this thing by constantly switching between two balls of yarn – a process that makes unraveling a slow, methodical hell. So far, I figure I’ve spent four hours on it and I’ve only managed to tear apart the front and a small part of one sleeve.
But, what really intrigues me about this looping thing is how versatile it is. So far, I’ve been working in waxed linen – some of which I’ve hand painted – copper and silver wire, thread and yarn. It’s easily combined with beads, and I’m going to try working it around some Siberian Iris leaves that I have drying in the basement for a three-dimensional and very textured look.
At this point, I’m still playing with it – getting the feel for tensioning and practicing different stitch techniques.
I don’t know. Should I change my tagline to, “looping and politics . . . ?”