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Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This shawl is named after the Spitzenburg apple which was discovered just south of Rhinebeck, New York, in the 1700s. The lace pattern was inspired by the branches of the apple trees in the backyard of my childhood home.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
This pattern was inspired by the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. The name is a reference to Jupiter’s moons discovered by Galileo Galilei.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
This pattern was inspired by the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. The name is a reference to Jupiter’s moons discovered by Galileo Galilei.
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
This design was inspired by a bow brooch in the Met Museum and metal work from the Vendel Period.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
This pattern is named after Wallalute Falls which are on the north east side of Mount Hood. These falls are just west of the dyer’s favorite spots - Cloud Cap. Wallalute means strong water which is reflected on the backside and the falling water on the palm side.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
This pattern is named after Wallalute Falls which are on the north east side of Mount Hood. These falls are just west of the dyer’s favorite spots - Cloud Cap. Wallalute means strong water which is reflected in the lower portion of the tam and the falling water on the top.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
Howlock is a shield volcano that overlooks Diamond Lake in Southern Oregon. In winter, the mountain is reflected in the unfrozen sections of the lake which reminds me of the the lace motif in the this hat. It is utterly peaceful, skiing around the lace and looking up at Howlock.
Knitting: Cowl
Lake Fernan located near the dyer. The matching hat can be found here.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
Lake Fernan located near the dyer.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
Lassen is the southern most volcano of the Cascade Range. The lace mimics the flow of the mountains with valleys and peaks which are in a state of flux. Lassen’s last major eruption was in May 1915 but still burps steam periodically.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
Acheulean is a form of stone tools first identified in modern day northern France. These tools were created and used from about 1.7 million years ago to 600 thousand years ago. The large hand axes and small choppers were fairly uniform which I reflected in the hat.
Knitting: Beret, Tam, Beanie, Toque
This hat is a nod to my Bohemian paternal grandmother. The clace is inspired by glass work from the region that was produced around the time her family immigrated to US in the 1880s.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Sequani was the Latin name for a region of modern France where the Gauls inhabited in the 1st century BCE. This shawl was inspired by the pattern on a zoomorphic brooch which may have been made in the region.
Knitting: Cowl
The name of the cowl was inspired by a love of triangles and cevians. (Cevian is derived from Giovanni Ceva and his theorem.)
Knitting: Beret, Tam
This hat is a nod to my Bohemian paternal grandmother. The color work is inspired by glass work from the region that was produced around the time her family immigrated to US in the 1880s.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
This hat is a nod to my Bohemian paternal grandmother. The clace is inspired by cut crystal from the region that was produced around the time her family immigrated to US in the 1880s.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Some of the oldest textile fragments come from the Ertebolle culture. They lived in what is now Denmark and Sweden some 7,000 years ago. Their textiles were a primitive form of nålebinding.
Knitting: Beret, Tam, Beanie, Toque
This hat was inspired by the tin and bronze work of the Hallstatt culture. They were a proto celtic people who lived in central Europe about 3,500 to 2,500 years ago. Their metalwork is full of braids and lines. The shaping of the hat mimics the rim of the Vix krater. (A krater is a vessel for mixing wine.)
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
There is a KAL that has been started here.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This was inspired by ornamentation on pottery and metalwork by the Urnfield Culture of Bronze Age Europe. Runder Berg is a site which they had a fortified hill top community in modern Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This was inspired by ornamentation on pottery and metalwork by the Urnfield Culture of Bronze Age Europe. Goloring is an extremely well preserved monument they created around 1000 BCE and located near modern Koblenz, Germany.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This shawl mimics the wings of a Rhiza laciniosa as depicted in Mémoires sur les lépidoptères. From a simple center to rippling detail. Rhiza is a genus of moth (don’t worry not the wool eating type).
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
This pattern is ideal for using leftover fingering weight yarn.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
The name of the hat is CCC which is short for the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC was an effort to both provide employment and recreation during the Great Depression. They logged, fought fires, and built campgrounds. The bottom of the hat represents the decay of the roaring 20s while the top comes together in an attempt create order. The ph...
Knitting: Cowl
This cowl was inspired by a walk on the Highline in NYC. This is an unusual form of colorwork that utilizes wraps and passed-over wraps. Spuyten Duyvil was a stream at the north end of Manhattan.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
This tam is inspired by the metal work from the Hallstatt and La Tene cultures from Iron Age Europe.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
This is the first of a series inspired by Portland’s parks and dyers within 300 miles of them.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This is the matching hat for Bloomery.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Yarn - A very round lace (like Mithril or prairie) or light fingering (like aquae singles) are best to show off the cables.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This was designed for my aunt Kate and first knit by my mother…hence the name Sister Kate. (Not to mention it is an amazing song first published in 1915 and covered by the Ditty Bops.)
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This is second in a series of five crescent shaped shawls. Tiny beads add a little sparkle and weight to this ethereal lace. While the lace looks complex, it is not and follows a logical pattern and it has purl resting rows. (Beads are optional.)
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Knitting: Beret, Tam
Knitting: Beanie, Toque