All is revealed! My Sea Silk is being knitted into a rectangular wrap using the traditional shetland lace fir cone motif.
It’s a design (if you can call it that — it’s really simple) that I cooked up myself. I wanted something fairly simple because the yarn is handpainted, and would therefore obsure a complex lace pattern. A nice all-over pattern seemed like the way to go.
The colorway looks very “woodsy” to me, so I thought of fir cones. I started out with a plain garter stitch band, and I’m doing an inch or so of garter stitch on each side as I knit. The body of the wrap is stockinette lace. I really like the fir cone motif. It’s simple to knit and easy to memorize, but not so simple that I lose my mind knitting it.
I have two skeins of Sea Silk, which is a total of 800 meters. I am throwing caution to the winds and not alternatiing skeins, but will knit up one skein and then start the other.
Theresa asked if it was striping, as it looked that way in yesterday’s pic. No, not really — now that I have a bit more knitted I can see that.
Has anyone blocked Sea Silk? I’m curious how it will turn out. Currently, this is what the wrong side looks like.
Kinda how I picture the terrain on Mars to be.
I don’t think the Fir Cone needs a strenuous blocking, but it does need something to smooth out those mountains. It’s possible that a careful once-over with the iron will take care of it.
Ribbon & Fabric Source?
Do you have a good place on-line where you buy your ribbon?
No, not really, I just surf around. The brown ribbon I’m waiting on was purchased off eBay.
Do you buy your silk fabric online (to line your bags) or do you use G Street Fabrics or some such local place? Our local fabric stores seem to run long on cotton and polyester – real silk I don’t expect to find.
I’ve been buying my fabrics online (see above).
Now, if G Street Fabrics were still actually on G Street, I could go there, during my lunch hour. For grins, I checked out G Street Fabrics’ current locations on their website.
Given the traffic in this area, a trip out to the store in Centreville Virginia (Route 66 — eek!), Rockville, Maryland (The Beltway — eek!), or Woodbridge, Virginia (I-95 — eek!) is simply out of the question. The horror!
I have actually been to both the Centreville and Rockville stores, but in both cases I was in the area for another reason. But I loved the old G Street location and really wish it were still there.
I will admit that the Seven Corners location is not all that far from me, but to get there, I have to do the dreaded “Route 7 plow” up from Alexandria. I try to avoid Route 7 as much as possible.
This is a rather long involved way of saying I buy stuff online. While there are a lot of resources in the Washington DC area, I can almost always come up with a good reason for not actually going there. The number one reason is traffic. If I were flitting about at 11:00am on a weekday, well, that would be one thing. But for me, it’s just not worth the time and aggravation of trying to fight my way through rush hour or weekend traffic when the internet is right there.
In yesterday’s photo of Lucy, she was sitting in her Colinette kitty bed, with my Colinette AbFab afghan hanging on the chair behind her.
Usually when she’s in her Colinette kitty bed, she looks like this:
Mmmmmmm . . . Soap!
Yeah, some people love cilantro, and some people think it tastes like soap. Does it make me weird that I think it tastes like soap and love it?