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26. January 2011 09:48
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WIP Wednesday: Silver Strawberries Orenburg-Style Stole

26. January 2011 09:48 by Jobo | 0 Comments

russian stole markers are your friendI've been chugging along on my Silver Strawberries Stole... making some progress!

I've finally completed the first "diamond" pattern, which was actually simpler to work than I had originally thought.  I am getting more comfortable "reading" the lace, and just intuitively knowing where each element fits.  I definitely think that putting in stitch markers has helped a lot. By marking the edges of the different patterns, I am able to see exactly where the motifs fit, and I can tell right away if I've completed the proper thing within the correct number of stitches. 

russian stole jan 14 2011

As you can see, semi blocked, it looks like the stole will be at least the width of my couch cushion... so that's 20+ inches.  Now I need to decide how long I want the finished stole to be.  I think I'd like to do at least 4 - 5 repeats of the diamond, but I am not sure whether this will make the right length in the end.  I have enough yarn to make approximately half of the finished stole, so I will knit on, and make up my mind later! 

I can't wait to see what the stitches will look like after a final, more complete blocking either...  Even only semi stretched, I love the way that the lace opens up.  I wasn't sure that I would like the look of lace where the reverse rows were based on garter stitch.  I do like the simplicity of knitting every stitch on the backside (except for the doubled pattern rows of course!) and find it quite a lot faster than purling (for me anyways) but I was afraid it would somehow look less refined than other forms of lace.  Boy was I mistaken, it seems to have it's own charming appeal.  The garter stitch "bumps" that I thought might look frumpy or elementary actually look like little shining waves, and the garter nature makes the fabric feel thicker, like little accordion pleats holding the fabric off of a surface - like floating almost.  I suppose it doesn't hurt that the angora fiber is fluffing up as it is being knit, making a light little halo adding to the floatyness (is floatyness even a word?)

I hope to work more on this in the coming week :)

15. December 2010 13:32
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Silver Strawberries... the Actual Strawberry Part!

15. December 2010 13:32 by Jobo | 1 Comments

I'm chugging along on my Silver Strawberries Stole... sometimes working on it, when I should be working on other things (bad bad knitter!)  Isn't it funny how when you *know* you need to do something, you sometimes just can't get started?  But when you shouldn't... it's so sooo tempting!

Here is a quick little photo of the progress though... I've reached the first section of "Strawberries" which basically consist of little rings of YO loops.  I can see how one might think they look like a strawberry, though it is a little bit of a stretch.  There are also "Fish Eyes" in the next section of the pattern, and "Mouse Tracks" so it gets more interesting from here ;)

strawberry with quarter for size

To give you an idea how big the motifs are... here is one half of the stole in pinned out fashion.  The stole has 10 "points" across the bottom, and you can see 5 in this photo.  Each strawberry centre is approximately the size of a quarter.  The thread is a little bit uneven in places, but the silk shines, and the angora lends fuzziness.  The stole itself feels light already, and it feels like I've hardly used any of the ball at all.

blocking strawberries and edge

I hope that I can get the rest of my Holiday knitting done soon... because all I really want to do is work on this! 

7. December 2010 05:26
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Silver Strawberries... first foray into Orenburg lace...

7. December 2010 05:26 by Jobo | 1 Comments

    I finally finished my first lace yarn using my boy?s fluff! I made a very fine ply of angora (blue in color to be exact) and a find ply of white silk, and combined them together to get a light lace weight yarn.  It isn't gossamer by any means, but it's still pretty, and light by most standards.  I spun the Angora Single on my Golding Walnut (heavier spindle, though I can't remember the weight off hand) and the Silk on my new Golding Porcelain Dragonfly spindle.  Both parts were so enjoyable to spin, and even the plying was straightforward.  I started with around a half ounce of Blue English Angora - which had been hand carded with just a tiny wisp of Carbonized Bamboo and an equally tiny wisp of creamy merino.  I just wanted a few longer fibers mixed with the angora combings, hoping it would make a more stable yarn in the end.  I used very little of either addition... and in the end, you really can't see the bamboo or wool.  Maybe it wasn't worth the trouble to add it in?  bowl of batts

     

    The angora used here was the combings from Ruttiger's daily grooming.  I'm greedy with my fiber I guess... I've been saving every last wisp that isn't tangled or dirty... so in addition to the lovely prime fiber (which I am saving until I actually KNOW what I'm doing lol) I have quite a lot of "seconds" quality fiber.  I didn't want to use up the prime fiber right away, so I decided to try carding up some of this just to see what it would be like.  The results are heavenly!  I did have to pick out some neps and tangles, but overall, the little combfulls of fiber opened up beautifully and were very enjoyable to spin.

    The silk was just plain ordinary silk... that I bought 4 ounces of from Belfast Mini Mills earlier this summer just for this purpose... and was the most fun I've had with silk to date.  I've finally gotten comfortable with "spinning from the fold" - and silk is definitely a good choice for a fiber to be spun this way.  The resulting thread is smooth and shiny.  Everything Silk is meant to be! 

    And my new Golding Dragonfly is the perfect weight for these light singles.  I can see I will be using her quite often from now on!  I think her name will be the "Dragonflier"... which is actually a name I used to go by on a forum back in the dark ages of college!The color reminds me a bit of sterling silver? with a bit of soft dove grey and the shine of the silk. So far, just in handling the knitted piece a bit, there is a light halo beginning to form? can?t wait to see how it goes!

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    I have been admiring orenburg lace for quite a while now, and I have bought some fairly complicated patterns for some day down the road when I have the skill to tackle them? but for now, this simple stole looked perfect for my (very basic) skill level. This will give me a chance to try out the basic elements and see how it goes from there. (the pattern is Orenburg Stole: Just a little strawbery by Russian Lily)

    points vertical

    I have been using the Gossamer Webs Design Book as a supplement to this pattern to make sure I have been doing the stitches properly.  The strawberry pattern itself is more of a schematic, and not really a complete pattern intended for a beginner knitter.  I have several reference books at home that I have been referring to, and they help a great deal.  So far, I'll I've accomplished is 6/10 "teeth" for the bottom edge of the stole, but I hope to spend a few minutes each day until I have the stitches picked up for the main body of the stole, and then a few rows each day as a treat to myself as I slog away at the Holiday Knitting.  The teensy yarn takes some getting used to... and dropping stitches in a case like this is a disastrous event.  I have a feeling I will need lifelines for this project.

    I went up a few sizes in needles already from what the pattern recommended, because I am a tight knitter, and because I wanted this fabric to be light and airy in the end. On the 2mm needles, there wasn?t much space between the stitches. Maybe someday when I have been able to spin actual gossamer yarns I will be able to try a more authentic needle size for this type of pattern. Now I just need to finish my remaining holiday knitting so I can sit down and do some more of this!  I need to spin likely 3 more cops of each silk and angora... and then find time to sit and knit of course!

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