Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What To Do When You're Too Pooped To Play In The Studio?




Well, I revisited one of my first passions: knitting. Quilt artist and fellow blogger Terri Cohen (click here for her wonderful on-line fabric store) renewed my interest when she posted pictures of the beautiful scarves she had knitted; the combinations of yarns which she had chosen transformed the basic chevron stitch into painted masterpieces (you can see some of them here) -- after reading her post, I was instantly hooked.

I purchased my yarns from a cozy little shop called Purl on Sullivan Street near our son's Manhattan apartment (there's a sister store down the street called Purl Patchwork that sells wonderful fabrics). As I was browsing, my eye kept wandering over to one cubicle in particular; it was stuffed with skeins of Koigu Merino wool in all shades of green -- lime, chartreuse, deep forest, apple -- in luscious variegateds and tone-on-tone solids. I chose two different colorways and discovered, as the knitting progressed, that, yes, indeed, it WAS green, all right.

And it was so much fun -- fast, too. I've started a second one in shades of blue (much calmer -- I need calm right now . . .). The pattern is featured in Joelle Hoverson's book, Last Minute Knitted Gifts, and the rhythmic repetition of the stitch makes it the perfect portable project -- great for when you need something to occupy your fingers while your mind wants to be elsewhere.

So my thanks to Terri for such a great idea -- it was just what the doctor ordered.

7 comments:

Jackie said...

I love the color yarn that you chose. Just beautifully eye popping. I follow Terri's blog and love what she had posted too. I can see why she got you in the mood to play with yarn.

Diane Wright said...

That's just plain happy! Who wouldn't smile and warm with that wrapped around their neck?

BTW have you seen the newest issue of Surface Design "Knit and Crochet"? It is a hoot! And pretty amazing.

ps. thanks for the kinds words re my webinar experience

moosestashquilting said...

Beautiful work. I love the color. Funny how we both posted our green projects this week! Before you know it, the time to wear scarves will be here.

Pat Spillane said...

You are just wicked talented!!!
Love the color - and stitch; a great project solution.

Bonnie said...

So happy you picked up the needles. Though when you said you were "hooked" I thought maybe you were crocheting! Make sure to post a photo of the blue one too.

tangled stitch said...

I just started making scarves too. So much fun. Love the colors you've chosen looks luscious and colorful!

imquilternity said...

Diane...these colors are so "you." I love the scarf. It's absolutely gorgeous and now I'm anxious to see your blue one. Aren't they fun and restful? I'll bet you get many compliments when wearing it. Thanks so much for mentioning me. :)

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