yarn talkin'

So, I decided to blow the budget and splash out on the Rowan Felted Tweed. I'm so glad I did, it's a lovely lovely yarn which works up beautifully, even though it's a tiny bit hairy.

I played around with the design a bit more. Having made lots of patchwork blankets where each square is a different colour, this time I wanted a single background colour, and here I've chosen a putty grey for a nice old-fashioned feel. I toyed with the idea of using more than one colour on each square, but in the end settled for these simple stars... I just really like the uncluttered beauty of their shapes, and I love the way the negative space between each star creates a perfect circle.

The squares are really tiny and such a fiddle to make... I am going to be learning a lot of patience with this project! They are just under two inches or five centimetres, so this sample block is just under six inches. They are worked using a 4mm hook. I've never made a large piece using such a small hook before - I usually choose to use Aran weight for a blanket with a 7mm hook, but I wanted to set myself a challenge to make something really fine and beautiful. Also, the colours in the Felted Tweed Aran are just not as lovely as in the DK.

In case you're interested, then, the colours I've chosen, as laid out below are Rowan Felted Tweed DK in 145 Treacle, 175 Cinnamon, 173 Duck Egg, 161 Avocado, 170 Seafarer, 177 Clay, 159 Carbon, 154 Ginger and 172 Ancient.


The Ginger is not so 'red' in real life, and the Seafarer is a bit darker than it looks here. The Treacle is a gorgeous browny purple that I'm totally in love with.

Off to do some more!

16 comments:

marigold jam said...

It's going to be absolutely beautiful! I love your choice of colours.

Toffeeapple said...

I am surprised that the yarn is hairy, since it has been felted I assumed that it would be smooth.


Word verification is redness

acornmoon said...

I love those colours and the design you have chosen. It will be a gorgeous creation.

KnitNana said...

Love the colors, love the pattern. And I second your opinion of Treacle. Must get some. MUST.
;)

Sandra Robinson said...

The colours are beautiful, I think it will be well worth the extra work to achieve the fineness.

sue said...

Oh you did have a blast those yarns are gorgeous. I'm thinking of getting my mum to knit me a cardi in that yarn and looking at your little collection I might have fallen in love with the duck egg, though I am very drawn to the treacle! Choices choices.

Karen said...

I love your yarn choices. You have such a wonderful eye for colour - so inspirational. I was in Manchester at the weekend - a friend has just moved back there and I noticed a fab looking yarn shop in Didsbury village. Can't wait to visit again in opening hours.

Annie said...

I adore your colour palette here. This is going to be the perfect blanket! I'll be so excited when you finish it :D

Frances said...

Those muted beautiful colors really work very well with the strong, clear graphic shapes in your afghan.

I also really like the way that the circles appear at the joins.

Sue, it looks as if you are on to another winter winner. xo

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Excellent colour choice Sue and don't they have wonderful names. It's going to be beautiful! :)
Vivienne x

kkkkaty said...

Sue, you express what a lot feel when the old year passes and the new begins...creativity, a birthing process, requires time for self nurturing...we can be too hard on ourselves too often. Finding pleasure in little things is key to whatever comes next. Thank you for passing along on your inspiration, giving freely. I also admire the colors and texture of the quilt.lovely...and the stone path is art in itself.

Gilly said...

Those colours are very beautiful and so "you" though a bit darker overall than you have been using lately.

I am praying that February will be a great deal better than January. Its certainly colder, if nothing else!

marge said...

So happy to see you blogging again - your posts are always uplifting and soothing - all my favourite colours - organic and earthy but light and sharp at the same time - please give us more
ps do you sell your art work?

Hollace said...

What a gorgeous palette!

JP said...

gorgeous!!!!

Vics said...

Love your colour choice, that putty-grey colour is a beautiful back-drop for the others. Can't wait to see how this works up!