Thursday, 17 July 2008

Silk & Steel Scarf

I have been having fun with this yarn the past week or so - it's from Japan and is called Silk & Steel because that it exactly what it is. The yarn is incredibly fine, about the thickness of sturdy sewing thread, which makes for interesting knitting. I started off trying to be too clever and making a complicated lace pattern.......gave up after two days of impending blindness...tried a simpler lace pattern.....couldn't make out what I'd done wrong but it wasn't right.....so then decided to have a quick look at a short tutorial on Knitty.com and realised the yarn didn't need any embellishment other than plain garter stitch. So I knitted a narrow scarf, very simple with a random scattering of AB black charcoal seed beads. It looks very pretty and quite classy. But then if you.............
.....pull and stretch it diagonally, it looks like this! Then pull and stretch it down one side only...........
......and it looks like this! Amazing, worth it just for the sheer entertainment value! And I still have half a cone left....having got a feel for this yarn, I might attempt something a little more challenging with more confidence now. This scarf will be for sale on my Etsy shop shortly (unless you want to grab it first!)

The toucan box is on it's way to being finished - the lid could be framed as a painting in it's own right, I'm not one to do things by halves! And the Etsy commission is also well on it's way - I have to knit a multitude of leaves and then begin construction...piqued your interest yet?

6 comments:

natural attrill said...

This is really pretty, does it actually have steel in it?
P.x

Caroline B said...

Yes, Penny, there is a hair-like core of steel running through the yarn, so it stays where you put it without being tough or scratchy - clever stuff!

Caroline B said...

Yes, Penny, there is a hair-like core of steel running through the yarn, so it stays where you put it without being tough or scratchy - clever stuff!

Laura said...

Wow - that's so unusual and very very cool. I like it!

Magpie Magic said...

The scarf looks great. Love the look and texture of it. Almost wish I'd made a scarf with mine now! LOL Still struggling with my corsage bracelet...

PG said...

Wow, amazing stuff! So many possibilties, (if you can knit...)