Friday, November 16, 2012

More Leaves, Lopi Felted Love, Green Hombre Scarf.

11/11/2012 David (my husband and I) went out to see the new James Bond movie and out to dinner on a date.  While walking along the sidewalk in the quickly fading dusk we found these leaves.  I have no idea what kind of tree (do leave me a comment if you know) but at least in the light they looked like a rich dark Copper color.  I do not even know if I can find this color yarn but I am sure going to try.

This is Letilopi in Orange 

11/12/2012 Orange maple Lovely and vibrant.  the color is not unlike that strange toned Oak tree across the street from the shop.  Interestingly now that we are further along in the season I think this is an accident.  It is the only one on the block of its color.  The trees across the street are dropping their leaves much later than on our side of the street but this orange one is the only one on the whole block of this color.  Do Oak trees have male and female trees like Holly does?

Painted Heritage Sock yarn from Cascade in Fall Foliage.

11/13/2012 My Hoya plant lives outside in the summer.

Today it was time to bring it back into the house.  This plant was at my grandmothers house and then at my mothers.  My mother took a leaf and rooted it in water and I snuck a leaf off of my mother's one year while I was watering plants for her.  I have killed many, many house plants in my day but this one is foolproof.  It can go months without water and survive.  It loves to live in a steamy bathroom and will bloom waxy pink flowers if treated to steam and root bound but with quite  bit of neglect it creates these lovely glossy green leaves.

This Cascade Superwash Sport in Army Green picks up the darkest tones in the Hoya leaves.  Although they look like different greens the true green is somewhere in between these two shades.

This is from a variegated Corral Bell plant in my front flower pot.  The color range is amazing and it still looks great this late in the season.
This Black Trillium yarn in Snowy Tiger Eye show much more peachy in this photo.  In reality it show more of the golden color with hints of pink toned orange and light green tones.
  The leaf blowers came by and cleared off our front sidewalks however in the process they blew half of the remaining oak leaves and maple leaves down into the shop patio.
I raked it all up into a pile this morning and bagged it.Of course I took photos first!  I find it interesting how all of the leaves (maple and Oak) as well as the acorns are becoming a deeper brown as we head into winter.  We had a frost last night (the first I was aware of anyway). 
It was between more lopi or Cascade heritage in Walnut.  Since the heritage yarn in Walnut is a fingering weight I am going with that.  


Variegated leaves are now obvious on my walk to and from my morning coffee. This could be because most of the leaves have now fallen.

  All along my neighborhood pathways are these plants and in my front flower bed I have planted this ornamental cabbage for winter color.  I also have a purple one but I am not sure if I should go there on this shawl..what do you all think?
I will strand both the lime (lopi laceweight) and white (heritage sock) together.

Tomorrow I will show you a progress photo of the shawl.  It is finally getting big enough where you can see the stripes.

Lopi Felted Love: The Christmas Stocking Revisited 
I have not yet had a chance to get a new Christmas stocking on my needles but had a customer come in this week who was interested in finding a felted stocking pattern.  For the rest of the afternoon I looked at the somewhat unsatisfactory horse Christmas stocking and debated felting it to see what would happen.  It couldn't get any worse right?  Well I am so glad I went with my instincts.  I called Grace downstairs (it is after all her stocking).  She agreed to do the felting as long as I promised that if it all went bad I wold knit her another stocking with the same design on it but with an improved heel and foot.  So Grace took the stocking into the shop bathroom.  Filled the sink with hot then cold then hot then cold water and swished the stocking around for a while.  We won't even talk about the water on the floor here..needless to say my bathroom floor had a little cleaning session at the same time.  The stocking did not felt much.  So..we decided to run it upstairs and throw it into the dryer for more abuse.
Before FeltingAfter Felting

You might at this point be wondering why i didn't use the washing machine technique.  You see the problem is that I have a front load washing machine and cannot (well make that not supposed to at any rate) open it while it is running.

 Before Felting
 After Felting

After about 20 minutes in the dryer the stocking was noticeably changed.  you can still see the stitch definition but it is SOFT!! and FURRY!!  It also got a reasonable bit (but not too much) smaller.  In short bot of us LOVE this new and improved stocking.  So much so that I am definitely going to knit up the other stockings and then felt them. I am also scheming up a sweater and some slippers to felt.

Finished Scarf:  I am calling it Chaos to Ordered Hombre.

I used one set of Colorshift yarns in Botanical Green.  The scarf is 10 inches wide and 57 inches long while still pinned. I am sure there will be some bounce back when the scarf dries.  The pattern is very simple.  Cast on 52 stitches,  Knit 7 rows as the bottom border.  351 rows of: a: knit 52 and b: knit 7 purl 37 knit 7alternating.  Finally for the last 7 rows knit.   In total you will have 365 rows (handy for one row a day for a year).  The 489 yards that come in the set I used was more than enough.  I have quite a bit left still.   On the board the scarf looks great but in these photos is looks like I should have used my shawl wires and still might as these take longer to dry now that the sunshine has gone.

the long view

The ordered part-one row of natural followed by rows of each graduated green in the group.


The chaotic part of the scarf.  I just randomly pulled each color from the bag and knitted.  I did not cut off any shade of green unless the space between rows used was greater than 4.  I just moved the yarn up and gently starteed knitting with it (to limit puckers on the edges).  I found that if I attempted a leap  of more than four rows it looked messy. I won't lie-hiding my ends was not a bundle of fun here.  I definitely recommend cleaning up yarn ends as you go!

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