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  • knitting1105 1:21 pm on February 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    A Moment in Time 

    Here are a few examples from my current studio photography class.  The assignment was called “Freezing a Moment in Time”.

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  • knitting1105 1:35 pm on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Reef 

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    I finally have spun up the Reef Gradient from Fiber Optic.

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    This was the first of Kimber’s gradients that I purchased (I was already a fan, and had been in her club for 1 year).  This sat on the shelf, as I felt while the colors were beautiful, that it was too bright and just not ME.  Well, times have changed, and this long long winter has me looking for bright and sunny and anything that feels like warmth everywhere.  

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    I have also come to appreciated the bright colored shawls and how striking they actually are.

    My spinning was not as even as normal, so I had to pull it out a few times to bring the colors back into closer alignment.  I do like some overlap to transition, but a couple of times it was too much.  After plying it was washed and set on the bathroom radiator to dry.  990 yards of 2ply.

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    And then the photographs.  The colors were so beautiful and intense that I took tons of photos.  Enjoy the splash of brightness!

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    Now, I really want to knit this into a shawl quickly.  I have a couple of ideas…

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    • Diane Hamilton 9:58 pm on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Love the colors, anxious to see what you do with this yarn. I know whatever you do will be beautiful as always. It reminds me of a beautiful sunset on Lake Michigan!

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    • Vonna 12:43 am on February 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      990yds you are awesome! I hope to do that amount one day.

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    • CWLFibers 4:44 pm on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      How lovely.

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  • knitting1105 12:03 am on February 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Fig Back 

    I had several questions asking to see what the back of this shawl looked like, so here are some more details, and a full shot showing how the gradient evokes from Honey to Fig.  Enjoy the blast of color.

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    • Diane Hamilton 12:44 am on February 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This is so beautiful, the one picture reminds me of a butterfly. I also noticed you have a new model since Sofia isn’t around as much! I imagine you will get many compliments every time you wear it, you should be very proud.

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    • soknitsome 2:35 am on February 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful!

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    • Helen 2:35 am on February 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This was a wickedly good use of the fiber-to-yarn-to garment. Worthy of entering in some contest.

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      • knitting1105 1:17 pm on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        You are so kind. I love how it turned out, but my spinning at the beginning was not as fine as at the end.

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    • Linda 8:12 am on February 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This is so beautiful! Love the gradient of colors….my favorite colors!

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    • janice bauerle 2:23 pm on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Very pretty Frances!!!

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  • knitting1105 6:28 pm on February 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Honey to Fig 

    I cannot believe that I have not posted for 2 weeks!  Must be that all of my energy is going into shoveling snow and attempting to stay warm.  We are on the 3rd snowiest winter ever, and it is not yet halfway through February.  Everyone is hoping that we do not break the record books.

    During this hibernation phase, I have finished up my Semele shawl using the Honey to Fig gradient from Fiber Optic that I spun last Fall.  There were several false starts with various patterns, so the real knitting with the final pattern chose actually was only about 2 weeks.

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    Having a pattern that was knit from side to side for this gradient became an obsession with me, not quite sure why.  Three different patterns were tried before I settled on Semele, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  This pattern allowed me to knit 1/2 of the shawl increasing and then start to decrease.  Either my calculations were incorrect, or the 2nd half of the braids were spun thinner.  In either case, I am still happy and I have some leftover deep purple for future use.

    Here is a photo blast for this yet again cold day. Colors were hard to capture, as it went from a golden-yellow to a very deep purple.

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    Pattern: Semele
    Pattern Source: Downloaded pattern
    Yarn: Handspun gradient Honey to Fig from Fiber Optic
    Needles: US 6
    Date Started: 1/9/14
    Date Finished: 2/8/14
    Finished Dimensions: 68″ wide x 37″ deep

     
    • Diane Hamilton 12:15 am on February 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      First I love the name–definitely one that you need to keep for yourself. I also love the colors and the edging, it turned out beautiful. As always, you did a great job!

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    • chikwithyarn 7:23 am on February 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I love this yarn. I have just started spinning myself. How do you spin the fiber so the color stays together so you get an ombré look?

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      • knitting1105 9:47 am on February 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you! If you spin your fiber evenly, regardless of the weight, the colors will match with Kimber’s fibers. If there is some overlap, I leave it to allow for more transition (which I prefer), if there is too much I break off a section (but usually not). Hope that answers your question. Her fibers are so beautiful, they always look great spun up.

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    • janice bauerle 11:36 am on February 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful Frances!!! Love the colors and detail along the edge

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