Sunday, August 26, 2007

Attitude Top

I knitted it a while ago, using Classic Elite "Attitude" (85% Pima Cotton, 15% Silk), needle size 8 US, but only published it now. The idea of the pattern came from one of the Filatura di Crosa patter booklets, but I changed the design quite a bit.
It is a very pleasant to wear top, and I really like the yarn.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Habu Silk Top

Just finished it: very unusual texture, because the yarn looks and feels more like linen. It is Habu Silk Gima (yarn A-22) in color "Linen". Here is the link to this yarn
I thoroughly enjoyed the process; so far any Habu yarn I have used offered an unusual experience.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Cocobolo Wood Cable Needle

My husband made me this beauty - a Cocobolo Wood Cable Needle! Cocobolo is a type of Rosewood, and it is my favorite wood for needles. Alas, I have never seen them in circulars.
This needle was made without using a lathe (a machine in which work is rotated about a horizontal axis and shaped by a fixed tool). He used just a woodworking saw, knife and sandpaper. The glossy finish was achieved by polishing it with felt.
It was magical to observe how the wood revealed its intricate grain!