Monday, April 29, 2013

Oolitic Sand Muffler

Here it is! It really is a very quick knit. I like how both the color and texture vary as the muffler is knit. I hope my husband likes it too. Thanks to my long-suffering nephew for posing in the heat with the muffler on. Maybe when it gets cold again this fall, I can do another photo shoot and get the muffler as it is supposed to be worn, with a sweater or jacket instead of with a t-shirt! The pattern is on my pattern page.

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Here is a quick sketch I made trying to figure out how to express the oolitic sand into a knitted item. I then made a first graph with the idea for an oolitic sand muffler.

I want to mix the two colors of yarn to give the same effect as the sand so I am going to try holding four strands together and then changing the different colors out. I made a swatch to see what it would look like:

I really like the effect and because the yarn is held four together it is a really quick knit. So I will have a finished one soon. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Oolitic Madelinetosh

I recently bought some Madelinetosh yarn (big splurge for me). I was taken by the changing colors in her yarn – so beautiful. These same colors remind me of the oolitic sand I have recently been obsessed with. The colors are Badlands and Calligraphy.

I think I want to use them both in something that changes colors like the sand I saw on Antelope Island. I have been wanting to make a short muffler for my husband because he hates scarves. I will sketch something up and see what happens.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Oolitic Sand

Last weekend our family took quick trip out to Antelope Island for the day. It was a lot of fun and we got to spend some time on the beach at Bridger Bay.

Although the views, lake and island were breathtaking, I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the sand. It was fascinating how it changed color from browns to whites to blacks.

I think I took more pictures of the sand than my children.

When we got home, I looked up the geology of the area to figure out if the sand was special. It turns out that it is—it’s called oolitic sand.

From the Utah Geological Survey: Oolitic sand is an unusual sediment that is found around the Great Salt Lake. The sand, instead of forming grains of minerals, is formed within the Lake and composed of tiny rounded oolites. An oolite has a shell of concentric layers of calcium carbonate around a central core. The core is usually a tiny brine shrimp fecal pellet or a mineral fragment. Oolites form in shallow, wave-agitated water, rolling along the lake bottom and gradually accumulating more and more layers.

They are fairly rare and only form in a few places like the Great Salt Lake, Baffin Bay, Texas, the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Persian Gulf and in the Bahamas.

Of course I am going to have to make something based on Oolitic sand. Both the changing colors or the shape have seized my imagination so I will contemplate both to create something. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Beetdigger Wristwarmers

Yay! I love these. This is my new favorite pattern. They were super easy to knit up and both only took less than a day. They also take less than a skein so you can use up what’s in your stash.

I couldn’t resist having my model hold a beet just for effect. She is my niece-in-law and was a real trooper to pose for me.

I am going to try to sell the pattern to see if it works better than my other one. It’s not much, only $3 but I will see if people are willing to buy my patterns or not. So, you can purchase the pattern from Ravelry or follow the link on my pattern page.