Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Different Approach

The 50/50 flax/cotton blend was just too pretty and unusual to give up on when it didn't work for weaving.

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I've got a good start on the Lilac Leaf Shawl from "Knitted Lace of Estonia" and it seems to be working well. I'm finding that the concentration and focus needed to knit lace is an appreciated distraction as I go through a rather stressful period in my life.


lookinout said...

It seems to look great in both. All the best! Gillian

Marlene said...

Thanks Gillian. I loved the way it looked in the weaving, but the singles yarn was just too weak and easily abraded for warp. Threads were shredding and drifting apart all over the place and the reed was gradually becoming clogged with the resulting stray fluff.

Maggie Ann said...

Oh SO gorgeous! I want to learn how to spin lace-weight...and just found the word 'grist' if I'm not wrong..the dia. of the 2ply. I'm sorry you have stress just now. I just read an online article about knitting from singles for lacework. Tempting it a good idea? Is this singles then that you are using here?

Marlene said...

Yes Maggie Ann the yarn is a single, but it's not handspun. In truth, my handspinning is more even than this thick and thin yarn.

This is a cone of commercial flax/linen blend (32 wpi) that was given to me to experiment with. The vendor that gave it to me had received it in a huge lot of various weaving yarns she purchased from an estate sale.

José said...

Oh wow, another good idea! I have miles and miles of linen waiting to be turned into weaving, that I also could use to try some knittting with. From the weaving experiment, I know the result turns so very soft after washing, that knitting a lace shawl with this stuff may give a great result, too!

kendall said...

It's beautiful! I'm glad you found a good use for it. I hate it when yarns just sit in the back of the closet because they didn't work out the way I intended!