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Monday, September 11, 2006

Almost a Kilo of Sari Silk!

I've been acquiring stuff lately without paying for it! No, I haven't been shoplifting! One of the items was as a result of a swap (or cowp as my mam would have said - has anyone else heard of this word for swap - I think it's of northern origin?). I gave my 1000 Great Motifs book (of which I had acquired two) to Claire but the deal ended up being a swap as she sent the items below in return. Thanks again, Claire!

Two balls of lovely RYC Cashsoft 4 ply and the Seaton Collection. As Claire says, the patterns in the Seaton Collection are a bit dated but there are some amazing colour charts in there which have taken as their inspiration the likes of, for instance, woven carpets of Turkestan, mediaeval French tapestries, Italian Renaissance frescoes, Moghul embroideries, Afghani needlework, illustrations in Old English herbals and so on.

On Saturday, I was surprised to receive a parcel containing just a few grams short of a kilo of gorgeous sari silk yarn which has been most generously donated by Hipknits to the November Cancer Charities Craft Fair. Thanks once again, Kerrie, for such a kind and generous donation!

When asked, Kerrie said she didn't mind if it was knitted up for items to sell at the fair or sold as it was. I decided to knit up one of the smaller skeins to make a hat and used the free pattern on the Hipknits site. My reasoning is that I'm almost certain that not many, if any at all, people locally will have seen sari silk yarn before so it would be good for them to see how it knits up to encourage them to buy it. I thought I might also print out some of the free sari silk online patterns to take to the Craft Fair for further customer encouragement! Anyway, here's a photo of the hat.

It's knitted from the top down and the pattern says to do it on two needles (straights). Well, I decided I wanted to do it in the round and took it to Maidstone Knitters with me but found it most awkward trying to get the first row done which involved casting on eight stitches spread over relatively long DPNs and immediately increasing to 16 stitches on the first row whilst at the same time making sure it wasn't twisted. This was made extra difficult as the yarn is quite hairy so you need to really look to see what you're doing. After several attempts I gave up and decided to do it at home where I could concentrate on it better. I was glad I persevered because I love the way the colour changes have worked out in the round.

It was great to see Jan again at Maidstone Knitters after such a long time and she brought with her loads of yarn as she'd been destashing. We shared it between us but I was very good and only accepted this three balls of Patons Pablo below which I'm going to make into hats for the Charity Craft Fair.

Sue, Maidstone Knitters textiles artist 'in residence', showed us how to make one of her fantastic wire bracelets which looks like it's knitted but which is actually made by using a wire wrapping technique. I took some photos during the demo and I'll put these up on the Maidstone Knitters blog later along with instructions on how to make it. I had a go myself today but the wire I used was too thick and I need to have another go with thinner wire.

Remember the crocheted wire chokers I've been making. Below front is one in process.

Well, the medallions I've been using for these have little holes in them which are just crying out to have gems stuck in them to fill them up. However, despite searching high and low for several weeks now I've not been successful in finding the pointed back cabochons that they need. Well, it came to me today that I could use Swarovski Crystal bicones (bicones being two cones end to end as it were have two pointed ends, right?) I don't know why I didn't think of it before. I had some amethyst Swarovski Crystal bicones which were just the right size and the right colour for the purple one I'd crocheted. This is how it looks close up now it's been studded with the Swarovski Crystals.

They haven't been stuck in yet but I have the glue, etc, ready for the job and I think I'll place them in the holes with tweezers to make sure that they go in straight when I do the job properly! I've got some more Swarovski Crystals to make a beaded button loop and a matching amethyst Swarovski Crystal button is planned for fastening.


  • At 11:08 pm, Blogger Cherry Rolfe said…

    I love that hat. What a fab use for the yarn. I wish I could be in Kent in November!
    Ooh Swarovski - - having a Homer donut moment!!

  • At 8:56 am, Blogger nanatoo said…

    Hairy hat!!! It's fun :) Love the crystals in the medallion, makes a big difference. I think you made that 'swap' word up, lol. Aren't we lucky to know such generous people too?

  • At 9:53 am, Blogger acrylik said…

    What great post you've been getting! The hat is excellent and it will certainly encourage people to buy the sari silk once they see what can be done with it. Great idea to take patterns along too.

    The choker is just divine!!

  • At 10:33 am, Blogger Seahorse said…

    Love the hat!

    The medallion looks fabulous with the crystals. What a great idea.

  • At 5:38 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said…

    What a fab lot of yarn! The sari silk is great and it makes a lovely hat :-) It should really appeal to knitters especially with the free patterns.

    Very nice book that you swapped for there too. I imagine the motifs are stunning.

    Great idea to use crystals on the medallion, very sparkly :-)

  • At 6:14 pm, Anonymous angie cox said…

    Love the Seaton's book ,in fact I used the hare from one of the designs in a scarf. I'd love to knit them all time alas.

  • At 6:25 pm, Blogger KnitNana said…

    Oh wow, that's a gorgeous brooch. Amethysts are my all-time fave, as well!
    And I love the hat. Thanks for the link to the pattern, too. I've got 3 sks of sari silk and haven't used it for anything yet...

  • At 8:23 pm, Blogger Daisy said…

    Love the hairy hat! And I think it's a good idea to let people see some sari silk yarn in the skein (as it were) as well as made into something. I'm sure it'll go down well!

  • At 10:45 pm, Anonymous Lyonheart said…

    My, those crystals really finish off the necklace don't they? Your hat is a perfect way to show off the sari silk, love it. Lovely swaps too.

  • At 10:53 pm, Anonymous Sharon J said…

    Hiya. Just thought I'd nip over and say hi, long time no speak. My fault, of course. I put the needles away for the summer and left my knitting blog friends behind.

    To be honest, the blog was starting to get me down. I felt I was knitting for the blog rather than blogging about knitting, if you understand what I mean. I won't be starting up the knitting blog this year - I'll just be making the odd knitting post on my general blog as and when I feel for it.

    It's good to see you're still alive and well and still knitting up beautiful things. My daughter still talks about the shawl you knitted for a baby way back at the beginning of the year! How's that for being impressed?

  • At 9:54 am, Anonymous Dipsy D. said…

    Now, that's of course a lot of goodies! Such a lovely hat, and gosh, how amazingly gorgeous the choker is! Swarovski produces their stuff about 10 miles from here, and believe me, I'd love to break in there one day (or night...) and get all these awesome items for free ;)

  • At 10:15 am, Blogger Lizzy said…

    I have the Seaton book in my collection. I used to spend time planning these projects and then never got around to knitting anything from the book. There are still a couple of garments that I like. I'm definitely swinging towards a more handspun look these days though. The sari silk hat looks good - I have a couple of skeins in my stash along with some banana silk yarn. Might give this pattern a try.

  • At 10:49 am, Blogger Rain said…

    Oooh what lovelies. The sari silk looks great knitted up.

    I love the crystals in the medallion, it looks so pretty.

  • At 7:24 am, Blogger kt said…

    Oooh, I have a soft spot for the recycled sari sillks--I've drooled over them forever, and the hat looks great! Here's an easy-peasy scarf that comes out looking great with any yarn, but especially so with the sari silk:

    Do you still need hats? Leave me a comment if so...


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