Monday, March 17, 2008

Architectural Knitting


Well, I wouldn't usually post an entry about my knitting projects on my jewelry blog but since a scarf is an accessory and my latest knitting project seemed to result in a very architectural design that reflects my jewelry, I thought otherwise.

I was introduced to knitting last year by my Nana and have since made a few traditional wide flat scarves and used the left over yarn to make swatches that I am stitching together to make a blanket. Though my attention span is a bit short trying to figure out increasing, decreasing, counting stitches and knitting and purling. So it wasn't until I was introduced to finger knitting by one of my gurls in Manchester that I really got inspired.

Finger knitting is exactly what it sounds like and involves nothing more than some yarn and your fingers. The main difference between knitting with your fingers and with needles seems to be that you are limited to 4-8 of your fingers and that the end result is more tubular than flat. 

I LOVE IT! Check out Skamama's blog on how to finger knit.

I think that because the result is more 3-dimensional and it is such a fast and easy knit, it really inspired me to experiment more. I've made single knit chains, knits with 1, 2, and 3 strands of yarn, and produced spirals, stripes and thin and thick tubular chains.

The scarf pictured was knitted in one sitting while I was sick last week, it really helped with the cabin fever. Making this scarf was a great exploration since it is made with quite a few different knitted elements I experimented with and it was completely unintentional that it came out so architectural. What a wonderful surprise after knitting 6+ feet or so to see how my thoughts and inspirations sneek in. 6+ feet indeed, I love a long scarf that you can wrap around your throat a few times and can be flailed around like a boa! 

Give Shout!
H.



10 comments:

Anonymous said...

May I have a full photo please... I want to see it all... it looks fab! Much chunkier and full of texture...mmmm - how did you do it gurlie?

Anonymous said...

That was Me, Mucky by the way...

skowood said...

Hi Muckster, I'll email you the details right away! xH.

Dodler said...

Cool scarf skowood. Nothing less than would I have come to expect from you.

skowood said...

Thanx Dodler, I thought you might like this one!

Anonymous said...

Inspiring chick that one... I tried it out myself and have got a gorgeous super long black/green number. Also made a beige/brown more subdued one for Mum...

Thanks for the super cool ideas... need to use my hands at the mo as the legs aint goin' nowhere...

Mucky

skowood said...

Oooo a green and black number? Sweet. Did your mum like hers? I cannot wait to see them, send photos!

Glad you have something to do why the ankle heals.

xH.

Julie said...

Yeah, that scarf is way cool. I love the color play. Thanks for the ideas on more than 4-finger knitting in my blog. Looking at the architecture of this scarf has got me thinking about finger knitting with an already finger knit piece of fiber. Then, perhaps finger knitting that as well? Certainly something for the brain and hands to chew on I think.

Anonymous said...

I adore the scarf that you made! I was wondering if you could email me some ideas as to how you were able to create it.. I'm really new to finger knitting, and any help would be really appreciated!

thanks,
megan :)
Marilu254@comcast.net

skowood said...

Thanx Megan!

Basically I just experimented using yarns of different thickness as well as knitting chains on various numbers of fingers to vary their width. It was really really fun. I hope you enjoy, it is is a bit addictive! I
ll email you more details...

Thanx for visiting!