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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Feral Knitting

I have been a big fan of the Feral Knitter and her incredible creations since I first discovered them.

Here's an example in one of my "stealth" photos of her at Madrona. I got to see her amazing shibori jacket in person, too.

I'm a continental knitter and my first efforts at two color knitting was very frustrating. My right hand just couldn't get a clue on how to throw and control the tension. I tried holding both yarns in my left hand and that was only slightly less frustrating, so I gave it up for a while.

Recently I saw a link on Ravelry to the Philospher's Wool video on two-handed Fair Isle technique and decided to give it a try again. These lovely people were at Madrona and teaching classes.

My project is the R2D2 hat by Carolyn posted on her blog, So Much Yarn, So Little Time. and the Star Wars charts by Sarah Bradberry. I found two balls of the the black sock yarn at the thrift store for 50% off of $2.99. Score! The contrasts are odds and ends of Koigu and mystery cream colored stuff.

This is way small for a hat and may become a bag, or maybe it will just remain a sampler. It's getting easier. Maybe this ole dog can learn a new trick.

On a somber note, the devastation in Japan is hard to watch. I don't have family in that part of Japan. I haven't heard from my "penpal" in Tokyo for a while now, but I can't help but worry about the impact there for him.

And I turned 60. Yikes.


Jennifer said...

Thanks for introducing me to Feral Knitting. What a genius. I LOVE your Star Wars knitting. It's fantastic.

I'm so saddened by what's happening in Japan, too.

Janine said...

What a lovely surprise! And I'm so glad that you are persevering in finding a way to make 2-color stranded knitting work for you. It really is a matter of continual practice until it becomes second nature--remember, there was a time in your life when you were totally unable to touch your nose! And now you can any time you want....
Love the Star Wars project.

Beverly said...

First off Happy Birthday! Two-color does become easier with practice. I use the two-hand method since I'm a thrower and it was the most comfortably. I also foune the Philosopher's Wool video and book very helpful.

The situation in Japan is beyond sad. I've gotten to the point where I can't watch it at the moment. To much pain and suffering.