Thursday, 30 April 2009
Katy was of fertile mind when she started knitting a wearable cottage garden, but then the school holidays came and she didn't have time to get down with the flowers and the bees like she really wanted to. This piece could be a necklace, or belt or strap or anything. It is nearly there, it just needs more work.
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Cecilia Hewitt from the Woolclip in Cumbria has donated this beautiful purple skyline piece. It was knitted by Caralyn Rawlinson, the co-founder of Woolfest - a festival dedicated to British Wool. Caralyn passed away two years ago after a long battle with cancer. Cecilia tells how when she went to clear out her studio, she found a wool lined studio with all the colours of the rainbow sorted in order. Cecilia is not sure what Caralyn intended with this piece, but she says it was designed as a stash buster, using up all the little odds and ends, which included some of her handspun yarns.
"I am LOVING knitting my ufo! It's all I've done for the past week or two - get home, eat, put tele on, knit.
Here are some pics of it, sorry they're a bit blurry.
I'm hoping to have it finished before your show opens or during the show, see how it goes... perhaps I'll pop down for some wool one day soon, I have ribbing plans....
I've learnt and re-learnt so much from Caralyn in the past two weeks! She has taught me how to knit 'properly' (because I always used to do it a bit differently from everyone else, but I thought I'd better re-learn it in order not to screw Caralyn's knitting up!). I've also learnt how to do stocking stitch properly and change colours and add new colours in, and how to pick up dropped stitches and how to thread knitting back onto needles. It's really nice that even though Caralyn isn't alive anymore her knitting expertise is still being passed along. Having lost my own crafty mum to cancer I hope that knitting on this piece will give somebody else some comfort. I don't know if Caralyn has any daughters but I know if my mum had left any unfinished crafts I'd love it if somebody else carried on working on them. I'm turning Caralyn's knitting into a dress (hopefully - if my plans work!).
Thanks for doing this project Ms Matthews.
P.S. The white line in the knitting is the 'lifeline' you put in, it's helping me see how much I've done and it also really is a true lifeline. x"
Freda started this fluffy feather lace pattern. It was meant to be a jumper. She started on the sleeves, but this was as far as she got because the pattern started to bug her. She couldn't get into the number sequence and went onto knit something more simple with a lace panel down the front. No yarn, no needles, no pattern, nice feel, lovely piece of knitting.
We don't know what is going on here. No pattern, no clues, and the pieces are all different and unfinished. It's hard to see in the photo but the yarn has a special radio active quality.
Comiserations to Mrs. Sandra Potter, who's daughter Sarah seems to be growing up faster than Sandra can knit. Sarah loved to laze around on the weekend watching the Disney channel in her pyjamas. Sandra thought it best to knit her a hooded top to match her pyjamas and keep her really cosy, but before she'd got to the decrease for the arm holes, Sarah had switched her attentions to Maralyn Manson, and was no longer interested in Sandra's choice of pink, purple and grey glace cotton.
Monday, 20 April 2009
This beautiful piece of turquoise cable has come to us courtesy of LMB, a brilliant family run re-cycling company in East London. LMB collect all sorts of discarded clothing from around London, and they kindly give the UFO's to us. LMB work with the great 'Noki' and you can find them at the old gun shop on Brick Lane.
Friday, 17 April 2009
Quite yellow, quite fluffy, Jean's two fluffy yellow things are an interesting challenge. One has a cable and the one doesn't, then one has a smooth cuff where the other one doesn't. There is no yarn, and no pattern. Jean loved the yarn but couldn't decide on the pattern. On the third attempt she made a yellow jumper, but these are two false start sleeves.
Here is a picture of one of two lilac raglan pieces, which I presume were front and back. They are both slightly different shapes, and are the skilled work of Linda from Herefordshire.
One armed clown face comes with an extra cuff which was trying to be the second arm. There is no back to the garment and there is 60g of 100% acrylic yarn left. Ellen's working drawing is coming soon, but it looks like it would fit a 2 year old, unless you can think of another use!