When I opened this box, I yelped with delight and trepidation. So much beautiful yarn . . .
. . . but it's white!
Those of you who know I drag my knitting everywhere with me will easily surmise from whence my trepidation sprang.
This project stayed at home in a valiant attempt to preserve its whiteness. I had planned to steam block the sweater (instead of my usual wash-blocking) because cotton takes so long to dry in our humid climate.
I ended up washing the finished garment after all, but that's a story for another day. . . .
I love what Hepworth's spikes do for my shoulders in this photo. They are adapted from Lynne Barr's "Fins" stitch pattern in Reversible Knitting.
Hepworth is knit from the top down with raglan sleeves. The sturdy yarn and texture seemed to call for a metal zipper, so that's what I used. The evolution of this sweater from yarn to finished project was quite interesting and will be the subject of future posts.
I'm very much looking forward to receiving the sample back because I really want to wear it! The cotton-wool blend will be just right for those in-between days we have so many of here.
My husband recently returned from a trip east, gathering furniture and other items being passed down from older relatives. Among the things he brought home were two dressers, a dining room set (complete with china cabinet and hutch), two sets of china (to put in the cabinet), and piles and piles of beautiful cloth napkins in cheerful colors---some with swiss lace or embroidery, and a set with fleurs de lis woven into the hem. And the mystery round thing from my previous post. Since Jeff says it's not a hat, I can only figure it's to carry bread baskets or round loaves of warm bread. Any ideas?
The new Clotheshorse is out, and one of my designs, Hepworth, is featured in the Sculptural story. I really love this cardigan---the fit, the fun I had knitting it, the zipper, the shoulder detail. My daughter likes it too, but she wonders why it's named "Hepworth."
Like many magazines, Clotheshorse names every item in a story for that story's theme. I always enjoy seeing what they come up with for my designs because I often learn something in the process.
I knew the authors named in the Classic collection, and the Chunky titles are all about speed. But my favorite designs are in the Sculptural section, and that's where I had to do some research to discover what the editors had in mind.
Dame Barbara Hepworth was an abstract sculptor who (as it happens) died on my fourth birthday. Ovals and spheres dominated her work, so it might be surprising that a spiky sweater was named for her. The key is sometimes in her choice of materials (soft alabaster for the spikes of Two Forms) and sometimes inside the main shape of the work (as in Oval Sculpture). But the one that reminds me most of this jacket is Image II. From the Tate Gallery, "Even the substantial 'Image II' (weighing more than 400 kg) appears effortlessly lightened as a result of its undercutting, its concavities and the penetrating hole."
Click on the link to view the sculpture. It is truly beautiful.
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