Friday, November 22, 2013

One down…

and one more to go. My sister says that I should have done the random levels of the silverspun differently because it looks like I am trying to flip someone off. I didn’t mean it that way so I will definitely have to be careful with the right hand.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Geometric Basalt

For the back of the gloves I am designing, I want to have a random geometric pattern to simulate basalt. This is what I came up with:

I then think I am going to have the fingers be the white of the Silver Spun yarn but at random levels. Like this:

I am trying to capture the geometric beauty of the basalt but also show the contrast of the salt. We will see if they turn out.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Shores of the Great Salt Lake

I have been to the shores of the Great Salt Lake many times. One of the most beautiful visits was last December when I went to see the Spiral Jetty again with my family. It was a cold, gray and windy day but that meant that we were the only ones there. It was beautiful and serene and, not to sound cliché, awe-inspiring. The black basalt rocks on the shore were starkly set against the salt-crusted basalt of the Jetty. Truly beautiful!

I am going to the Jetty again in a couple weeks. I work for a museum that is the custodian of that artwork and I get to create fun programming for families who want to visit the Jetty. And yes, I have the best job in the world.

So, more pictures of all that wonderful salt and basalt in a couple weeks. Which brings me to why I am talking about this. I am inspired to knit something with a stark contrast of black and white. I recently bought some amazing yarn called Silver Spun. It is spun silver with cotton, molecularly bonded so that the silver will not wash out.

In addition to this yarn being beautiful and soft, it is conductive so can be used on gloves for any touch-screen device. I have been needing gloves that can be used with my phone, so I am going to design some graphic gloves that mimic the stark salt and basalt of the Great Salt Lake.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pumpkin Urban Cape

As promised, here are some pictures of the pumpkin Urban Cape. It is a warm cape and I like it that I can wear it even over my coat. But my son does think that it is silly with the “holes” in it, he says that it is broken. Oh well, what does a four year-old know about knitwear anyway.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Embarrassment of Riches

I am in the middle of a whole bunch of projects right now and really have nothing interesting to blog about...except to give you a picture that illustrates why I love living in Salt Lake so much. I took this snapshot above yesterday while at the grocery store. That is my grocery store in the picture and yes, that is really the view.

And another view from just down the street from my house. Every day I am struck by the beauty of the mountains or the lake or the salt flats. The variety of views and nature is a wonderful perk of living in Salt Lake. We really do have an embarrassment of riches. 

Meanwhile, I am making another Urban Cape out of this color. This one is for me! I will post pictures soon. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Urban Cape and Urban Pocket

The pattern is finished! You can buy the cape pattern and get the pocket for free or you can just get the pocket for free. I had my friend model the cape in front of the museum where we work and both she and the cape look great! It is amazing how the light can totally change the color of this yarn. Inside it looks gray but outside it looks purple. The photos captured what it really looked like outside. This is a very quick knit.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Urban Cape

 Here it is! The Urban Cape. I not only knit the cape, I made an accessory for it. I wanted to put pockets in the cape but it became too much of a headache to make it not look weird. So I made an unattached pocket (or purse if you must). The “pocket” is also knit with the super bulky yarn and is kind of an oxymoron – such a small purse made from such big yarn. But I like it.

I want to do some tweaking to offer the cape in a couple sizes so stay tuned for the pattern.