Tuesday, November 6, 2012

another experiment---partial success

in a post a couple of weeks ago, i had stitched some scraps of cloth and lace to used color-catcher sheets. well i did some dyeing with eucalyptus leaves and rusty things. the color-catcher sheets picked up the leaf images really well but the bits and pieces of cloth...not so much...so i removed most of them. i know now what i'll be doing with all the used color catcher sheets i've collected.

bundle just opened...the white circle is where a can cover was clamped



top square was the only one where attached cloth had some imprinting

i mentioned, in my last post, that i've purchased some new knitting needles that are specifically for lace knitting. they are really wonderful to work with.

the tips are a bit pointier than normal
the cable and the joining sections are perfect

here's the lace shawl so far. will not look like much until blocked...maybe by the next post.
i was so glad to learn about knitting lifelines in my craftsy class. it saved me from having to start from scratch quite a few times already. this yarn is so fine that it is hard to remove mistakes stitch by stitch. i have really learned a lot about lace knitting and am feeling much more confident.
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16 comments:

Jeannie said...

I have never used color catchers, but your results make me want to start doing laundry. I picked up a pair of those needles this week to try a moibus (?) scarf. I hadn't thought about using them for lace. Gorgeous yarn that you are using. What a fantastic idea the knitting lifeline is! Thanks!

Nat Palaskas said...

The dyed turned out very well with euc leaves. I feel that the older the leaves the better color they give. I can't wait to open mine bundles in the steamer!

Nancy said...

The dye results are full of warmth and depth! Looks great! And the shawl is very pretty so far and I bet it feels de-lish!!

Sweetpea said...

What an experimenting whirlwind you are, deanna, too bad you don't have any FUN in your life [ tongue in cheek ]. Those needles? I have a pair & they are just as you described...perfect companions to lace knitting ;>]]

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

sweetpea's comment about having fun made me chuckle...i knew what she meant right away...and i think only those like minded would understand just how much fun you are having. mad scientist deanna. two new things gleamed from you today - the life line and the knitting needles. who knew. i did go and check out crafty after you first post regarding the shawl and so many wonderful classes over there but as the saying goes - only two hands and 24 hours...the shawl is looking fabulous and i'm really looking forward to seeing it blocked. blocking is to knitting as damp stretching is to karen. i'm always so intrigued too by you dyeing experiments. you seem to get such wonderful results and i think the thing i like best about your work is that it's so unique to you...that you have your own methods and the results are getting richer and richer. well cheers from a cold wet chicago...

Mo Crow said...

love the prints of rusty leaves, what are those colour catcher sheets made of? &your knitted lace looks beautiful, you are making such wonderful work!

Rachel said...

There are some tasks for which having the right tools makes a real difference...

karen said...

I love the images of your dying experiments, there is so much variation in depth they are almost 3D. The colour of your knitting/lace is exquisite too....

Els said...

O Deanna, that lace shawl / yarn is sooooo lovely !!!

Peggy said...

Deanna, the knitting lifeline is such a smart idea. I could've used it in the past and will remember it. A big thanks for that!

Your dyed cloths are just fabulous. Squares on a background -- what will it be?

blandina said...

Experiments can not give us the results that we hoped for, but they are so exciting!
I love your lace shawl, it looks more elegant than my rough blanket. I never tried the 'lifeline' but you are right, it is worth learning how to use it. I have some very fine wool that screams to be knitted...

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Deanna - your kind comment about my garden and the Willy Wagtails led me over here again and I once again just love looking at your experiments with your dyed cloths.
That is such a beautiful lace knitted shawl and the colours are so very beautiful!
Has this wool been hand dyed or is it commercial!
Your work with your blue shawl along Karen's lines is just gorgeous also!
Wishing you much joy with your
adventures into cloth and yarns!
Suzy

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

Color catchers! How interesting!

Deb G said...

Now I'm sad that I have to go to work tomorrow. Mom and Dad brought me back some eucalyptus from California, lots of it. Love how yours turned out! I'll need to remember those needles when I'm ready to try knitting lace, haven't gone there yet, but soon.

jude said...

love the lace shawl, it looks ancient.

Velma Bolyard said...

whenever i come over here it looks to me like you are busy every minute of the day with fiber! incredible! and awesome. love the pictures of your current work.

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