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Jul 21, 2017 12:45:52   #
lindasuejensen
 
I don't know if this happens to anyone else, but here goes. I was in that state of pre-awakening two days ago when an idea came to me. I saw it in my half-dreaming mind clearly and in vivid, full color. When I became more awake, it stayed with me, not like some dreams where they vanish like a mist as soon as you realize you are awake. No, I caught it just before all the tasks of the day started piling up on my mind and I wanted to capture the idea right away. I went out into my studio in my robe and slippers and threaded some spare yarn into the Brother Bulky. At first I didn't know where to start to explain it to myself, but I cast on a few stitches and knit a few rows, then I began to work out the idea. Basically, it would be a hand-manipulated, woven embellishment on the purl side of the fabric. After a couple of trials, I got what I am now calling the "String Of Pearls" - the blue sample below.

I really liked the way the colors of the "pearls" were pooled using this variegated yarn. So far encouraged that my dream technique could be done, I then explored using a novelty yarn that was laying in the "too small to complete any project" bin. I drew out a simple T-Shirt pattern for myself, did my swatch, measured the gauge, made the calculations for the top and incorporated the String Of Pearls technique on the front panel. I completed the sewing of the pieces yesterday. See photo below of black top.

This novelty yarn is a skinny metallic gold + a 2/24 Delaine in white + a skinny white and gold boucle combination that I spun up myself as one of my Designer Cakes. It has a jumbly, tumbly look and is much nicer in person. I think you could use any novelty yarn, so I am going to try out several and see what works best. Oh, and realize that I have plenty of projects already going on in various stages of completion all around my studio that I just HAVE to finish - it seems like a tornado just hit in there. But I never have a choice as to when these ideas come which must be worked out and jotted down on paper so I don't forget them. I am working on a gorgeous coat right now that I really, really need to finish because when I have a few more done, they will be my new items for my Fall and Winter craft shows. Arggg...there is just so much time in the day and only so much energy I have to do all this work.

This will eventually become a pattern on Etsy when I finish all my experimentation of yarns, sizes and variations. I think it would be a great one to demonstrate at a machine knitting seminar too. I wish there were more seminars on the West Coast, I would love to travel and share all my ideas. It seems like most of the seminars are in the MidWest and on the East Coast. They usually don't have the money to fly me and my patterns out to demonstrate, but it is still my biggest wish to be invited to these seminars and enjoy the ambiance of being with other machine knitters who love this art form.




 
Jul 21, 2017 13:03:29   #
Swiss Miss (a regular here)
 
Those are exceptional. Keep on dreaming! I've never had that happen with knitting, but I've had drawings and poems come to my mind like that
Jul 21, 2017 13:16:03   #
SAMkewel (a regular here)
 
Swiss Miss wrote:
Those are exceptional. Keep on dreaming! I've never had that happen with knitting, but I've had drawings and poems come to my mind like that


I think this is exceptional, too. My mind does that in other areas of life, mostly problem solving of all kinds. I wish it would apply itself to more creative craft issues ;~).
Jul 21, 2017 13:17:00   #
wendyacz (a regular here)
 
Very creative and effective, keep on dreaming. Thanks for sharing!
Jul 21, 2017 13:42:07   #
silllysuzi
 
Very interesting and unusual! Keep it up!
Jul 21, 2017 13:43:57   #
sanchezs
 
Wow, I love it. Really adds interest to the sweater.
 
Jul 21, 2017 14:03:41   #
Ask4j (a regular here)
 
Yes, it's a great way to solve problems and create new ideas, waking and remembering what your brain worked out! I like the look of the casual design and I would recommend pursuing especially for pillows and other decor as well as teeshirts and garments. Don't use machines--prefer sticks but more than likely this technique can be used in hand knitting as well. Thanks for sharing--a real designer at work!
Jul 22, 2017 07:49:56   #
maggieandrews
 
In the UK we have often used this method to make bobbles on the surface of tuck stitch patterns to make mock aran patterns.

As in my booklet Mock cables and Mock Arans.


Also as patterns for vertical weaving featured some summers ago in Machine Knitting Monthly.




Jul 22, 2017 07:51:59   #
Rita in Raleigh
 
I love following your creations. I keep machine knitting from your pattern Ear Flaps and Animal Hats. I keep making my own variations of your pattern. I do knit a lot of hats and send them to Country Knitting of Maine, News&Views hat contest. They give the hats to Warmth for Maine.
Rita in Raleigh, NC
Jul 22, 2017 08:06:07   #
gajh
 
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!
Jul 22, 2017 09:45:47   #
c8071
 
Love this & nice job.
I live in Southern CA in the LA area too and was shocked to learn that there is not a very active MK community when I moved here a few years ago. There is a very robust MK guild in San Diego that has annual MK seminars as well as Newton's in Anaheim. It would be nice to attend one closer to home.
 
Jul 22, 2017 09:50:35   #
maggieandrews
 
Vertical weaving technique

Here pictures of two of my designs from early 2000's featured in Machine Knitting Monthly.

Rosebuds and Trellis




Jul 22, 2017 10:56:37   #
txgigi
 
Lovely
Jul 22, 2017 11:18:12   #
dialknit
 
Gorgeous !!!
Jul 22, 2017 11:22:03   #
lindasuejensen
 
Rita in Raleigh wrote:
I love following your creations. I keep machine knitting from your pattern Ear Flaps and Animal Hats. I keep making my own variations of your pattern. I do knit a lot of hats and send them to Country Knitting of Maine, News&Views hat contest. They give the hats to Warmth for Maine.
Rita in Raleigh, NC


Thanks, Rita!
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