cakes and fractals

This is what my weekend’s been about, cakes and fractals.


Yesterday I took all the yarn I dyed with mushrooms and made “cakes”!
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It’s easier to see how the colors might play together this way, rather than when the yarn was all in skeins.
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This is for a DH birthday sweater… his birthday was over a week ago, though. But this sweater has taken a LOT more work… finding the mushrooms, drying them, getting the wool (at Rhinebeck! over a year ago!), dyeing the wool, and getting it ready to knit. Now to figure out how to make the sweater… It’ll be a basic pullover, he wants stripes.

I played around with a swatch, more for gauge than color (two of these are too close to be together throughout the sweater, but I used the crummy little hanks)… I’m thinking some combination of stockinette, garter, and linen stitches.


Yesterday I also headed out to Pogo’s aka Friends Folly Farm to pick up some yarn to ship off to Scotland. I’m sending her yarn. She’s sending me a couple of bras.

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I went with a few friends, one wearing a hexagon sweater she just winged using remnants from Pogo’s bargain bin (she’s in the background). The sweater in the foreground was also just winged. I have talented friends…

Anyhow, there was little excitement to be had in the bargain bin this weekend (which I wanted for me). The friend in Scotland is getting some of the friendz blendz.

But look at the icy beauty that was still about when we walked out of the yurt!
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Crazy pretty tinkling sound as it fell from the trees and hit the hard icy snow. Except for reminding people of the Ice Storm of 1998, it was beautiful.


Lazy Katy! This is a shawl that has some fractal pattern…
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I had a lot of issues with the lace. I’ve made much more complicated lace (see that maplewing shawl), but for some reason, this one kicked my butt. I decided to just go with it. It’s going to be scrumpled and scrunched around my neck anyhow. Also, I was going with the notion that if you repeatedly did something, even if it was an “error”, you can just consider it a design feature. This shawl has a lot of design features in the lace….

Here it is before blocking it out,

And the color is probably best here,
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It’s from some gorgeous yarn, madeline tosh sock (lichen color), that I got in Brunswick ages ago, at Purl Diva. (ooooh, Ellen’s got a new website, it looks great!)

Way more details over on my Ravelry Project Page for this.

3 Responses so far

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    Chris said,

    January 30, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    LOL about the design features!! It looks gorgeous. :)

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    Emily said,

    February 15, 2012 @ 1:51 am

    I am not a shawl knitter or wearer, but that fractal is pretty cool! I’m also feeling that one ball of eggplanty purple color. It’ll be interesting to see how you make it all work out in the Husband sweater!

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    colleen said,

    February 22, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    That shawl is beautiful (search my knitting bag before I leave if you ever wear it to knit night.) And you know I love your mushroom sweater!

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