ConnieLene – KnitDesigner

Tag: knit designer – cowl

It’s the job that is never started

by on Nov.12, 2016, under Blog

It’s the job that is never started that takes the longest to finish.

Thank you J.R.R. Tolkien.

I never stop knitting and playing with colour and yarn in my mind, but over recent months I have not really managed to actually knit, well not very much.

But the process is happening again – I have decided that I must set up a room properly and call it my studio (2nd bedroom).

Step 2 is to finish my unfinished WIP.

But that will depend on just what else could be started in the meantime especially when I will be reminded of my yarn as I move it from my smallest bedroom into my studio.

red red wine cowl

pink rabbit angora cowl

marbling cowl 3

coast sands

And just to let you know that I am finishing a lovely black kid mohair with variegated 4ply yarn in pinks to purple and black. It is only the final cast off and a few ends to weave in. It is also a version of my Connie Cowl design, but with an added frilly bottom edge.

And I am doing this while listening to Leonard Cohen.

I am so grateful that I saw him in New Zealand in 2013 and delighted to have his music to knit and remember him by.

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don’t do it in the dark

by on May.11, 2016, under Blog

I have not been knitting for some months now (since November last year) and while we were away visiting family in Wellington a couple of weeks ago I started a wee neck and shoulder warmer. It does feel so good to be knitting.

Last night I began the feather and fan section whilst my Best Beloved watched Avatar.

This morning I continued my knitting after I had been out to check on the wee goats.

And this morning, you guessed it, I discovered that I had knitted one fan section with not 6 yarn overs but with 9. How stupid is that.

Don’t listen to Avatar while knitting.

Don’t knit in the semi dark.

Good idea.

Now I have to tink back 4 rows to fix the problem and then begin my feather and fan again, but it will have to wait as have jobs to complete outside.

But when I am back in again I shall tink and then knit again

Yes yes yes.

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I am sticking with Estonian Slanted Rib stitch when knitting a moebius

by on Jun.08, 2015, under Blog

I cannot call this stitch false entrelac when I knit with mohair as the definition which suggests entrelac isn’t quite there. I have been knitting lots on the very wet days we have been having and have created a delicious mohair moebius cowl.

I have the Cat Bordhi book “A Treasury of Magical Knitting” and used the MCO (The Moebius Cast On). Armed with a very long 7mm circular needle and a pile of mohair yarns in colours from grey to blue to purple to red I began knitting. The first row was a knit row and then I proceeded to knit the one row Estonian slanted rib pattern which is k2, YO, k2, K2tog. The only requirement was having sufficient stitches divisable by 6. I am not entirely sure how many stitches I did cast on but by the time I was around my first row of the pattern I had a magic number divisable by 6.

showing both sides of the stitcfh on one side of moebius cowl

As you can see the cowl shows both the entrelac side and the so called wrong side of Estonian slanted rib. The cast on section of the cowl is the mid rib of the cowl (the red, blue and black section) and the knitting slants away almost like an arrowhead – albeit a soft colourful mohair arrowhead.

cowl shoing both sides of slanted rib stitch

When worn the cowl will show the right and so called wrong side at the same time and I hope it will look great.

Photos of it on a model will follow when I can.

I will count the ridges and so deliver the stitch count for anyone planning on using this idea for a Moebius Cowl.

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by on Sep.21, 2014, under Blog

Cowl / Capelets

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wondering why it isn’t cold enough

by on Jul.11, 2014, under Blog

for Aucklanders to wear cowls

So easy to wear and they don’t get caught in the wind or in the spokes of a bicycle wheel. Now in Europe in winter it is another story.

Of course

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