Saturday, February 15, 2014

a bit of Spring in the air...

We are experiencing some unusually warm, beautiful days this week. It hit 86 degrees yesterday, after being in the 30s the morning before. It feels wonderful to be able to be outside without a coat and to take in the sunshine. I'm sure there are more cold days coming before winter ends.... This is the last of the Amaryllis blooms (indoors).

click on the images for close-ups.

the last 4 blooms

That beautiful yarn I showed you is just not working out for the scarf I want to make. The color changes are much too close together and too bright. It just looks chaotic when knitted. I will have to find another way to use this yarn. I'll be experimenting with different knitting and crochet patterns to see what works. Suggestions are welcome.

looks beautiful on the swift but when made into a 'cake', it looks so different.

i worked a small swatch of the pattern and you can see that it's just 'chaos'...but notice my new Caspian green needles. i love them. they are from Knit Picks.

I've continued to work on my daily stitching project...

trying to use different combinations of stitches

I showed you the bird applique block awhile back that will be the center of the duvet/blanket I hope to put together with all the daily stitching pieces. I have started adding to that and did some embellishing....trying to use all of the vintage pieces of cloth I have in my stash.

the pink up top is the edge of an old pillowcase. the x-stitch piece is old and was never completed so there is an incomplete section that i will leave that way.

I have been working on some other things but I can't show them yet...so that's all for now. Wishing you a week filled with creativity and most of all, good weather. I know some of you have really been hit with some really bad weather.

17 comments:

Deb G said...

80 degrees is summer around here! And hot at that! :) I saw neighbors in shorts yesterday, at 50 degrees. And I've had yarn like that. Entrelac worked well for it.

Nancy said...

Yep...in the 80's here too! I love what you are doing with the vintage pieces, altered, but respected. Nice.

karen said...

such a shame about the yarn/scarf. Could you use it as thread? Weave with it? knit it up then felt it in the washing machine? If you cut small pieces from it after felting perhaps it could then be used in other work?

Anneliese said...

Beautiful amaryllis. And the wool: The colour is very strong - actually beautiful But quite different than the picture you showed before. You will find something to do with it. The knitting needles are super - I love this kind, it is Bambus, isn't it. They are so soft in one's hands.
It is nice to see your stitching.

Ms. said...

So refreshing to pause in your pretty Spring here. A real breath of fresh light and air shines into my apartment tonight. We are on our fourth, fifth of sixth storm and I lost count.

Dianne said...

The flowers are very pretty and so is your stitching. The wool is pretty colours and I am sure you will find another more suitable project for it

Jane Galley said...

What a shame about the wool, but I'm sure you will find something suitable for it. Love those linens, and look forward to seeing them appear in your projects

margaret said...

I rather like the wool especially on cold winter days it brightens things up. Your daily stitch is coming along well too.

Carmel said...

It's sometimes hard to predict how wool can turn out when knitted up. Looking forward to seeing what you do turn it into. Your stitching looks so pretty.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Maybe the yarn will look differently on longer rows??? Maybe after it is knitted a quick dip in a dye bath will mute the colors a bit. Like Margaret said it will brighten up a cold winter day. 86 degrees sounds like heaven to me....we have had snow on the ground here for WEEKS!

Rachel said...

Might the chaos be partly because the swatch is small? Maybe knitting the shawl lengthwise would help?

Nat Palaskas said...

It's nice to hear you are warming up a bit this week. We saw some horrid weather coming out of the US lately! Those Amaryllis are giving our beautiful blooms for you Deanna. Have a good week - Hugs Nat

Anita said...

Though the colors are pretty bright I love the yarn.My mother likes to knit an open lacy pattern with bright variegated yarn.Have you tried an open lacework? Love Karen's felting idea but am not sure whether this type of yarn is good for felting because I haven't done felting yet…

handstories said...

Sounds like a heat wave! Sorry that yarn won't work, though I'm sure you'll find just the thing to do with it. I like how in the photo your daily stitches create a heart shape.

Peggy said...

Such a great idea to use all your vintage stash together, it's really going to be beautiful and interesting, too. That yarn would be great for those little knitted purses that you made a while back, I forget what they're called but I have the pattern in my Ravelry library. Still haven't made one though. Have a nice springy week!

Mo Crow said...

it's hotter there than here and it's our summer!

silk said...

I've knitted a scarf in the past (which I've gifted) using garter stitch with two rows of the highly variegated yarn alternating with two rows of a less chaotic or contrasting color yarn in a simple long rectangle. It was Noro yarn, so the colors changed a lot, but the colors in each skein were so different that a stabilizing contrast resulted. I think it was an approach that Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed recommended. Ended up quite nice. I'm sure your experiments will lead you to something gorgeous (as always).

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