Gallery Sweater

Happy Wednesday!

First of all I would love to thank you for your comments on the last post, I LOVED our discussion! Let’s do it more often πŸ™‚

I love to be organized, not that I am good at it, but I feel like it’s easier for me to keep going when things are more or less structured in my head. I plan my work, I plan my blog posts, I plan my craft projects. But sometimes life gets involved in the most unexpected ways. This weekend I got an email that made me put aside all my current craft projects and get to my stash. My good friend invited me to her gallery next week. She is going to host a small party for “women in art”. I was excited to be invited as M. has such a great taste and her and her husband’s gallery really stands out. But it didn’t end here. She asked me to make something for the open day. Something knitted, 2-3 things so she can show it in her gallery. What?!! Now I got scared πŸ™‚ I love my knitting, but I never thought it’s worth showing in the art gallery… But, any crafty challenge is exciting for me. The party is next week and I don’t have too much time. I decided to bring my Wildflower crochet dress and Soho dress and also make something new. Something that would look casual, but with the “art” touch.

In these kind of moments I am so happy I have a huge stash. I got every single skein out on the bed. It was scary. it was a mess. Two skeins that were gifted to me almost one year ago caught my attention.

Shadow by Knit Picks, lace wight 100% merino wool yarn. What I loved about it is the speckles of different colors.

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And Shimmer by Knit Picks, lace wight baby alpaca/silk blend yarn. Oh my, what a color it is! The softness of this beauty is indescribable!

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I got to my knitting machine and started the swatch process. I usually need a lot of time planning and thinking through my projects, especially when there is color involved. But as I have less than one week to finish it, I had to be fast. The first idea was to make a light weight sweater from the first yarn and add some stripes with the second color to it.

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The fabric turned out beautiful, but there are two practical problems that I cannot overlook – the yardage of the first yarn is not enough for the whole sweater, so I would have to add a lot of stripes in the contrasting color. But I just don’t see it too “stripey”. The second problem is that it would take me forever to seam the lace weight sweater be hand, I just don’t have enough time.

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After looking and looking at both skeins I had an idea of mixing them up and create variegated yarn.

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The idea is to create a plain classic sweater, which appears to be splashed with subtle colors, it’s for the art gallery after all! For some reason I always prefer reverse stockinette when the mix of colors involved.

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I still can’t say if I am going to stick with it or change my opinion a dozen of times again! But so far I am happy with the result. The colors are mixing up in a natural way and the combination of merino/baby alpaca/silk is a dream to the touch! My Gallery Sweater swatch is drying up ready for numbers!

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Also this project will become the first one for Andi’s new KAL/CAL – Gift KAL/CAL, where you can share the projects made from materials/books that were gifted to you. Always fun and pleasure to be a part of this group, so join the fun!

Being realistic aboutΒ my time, I understand that I won’t be able to blog this week, but I’ll try to post some progress pics on my Instagram account!

I am joining Yarn Along to see other crafters’ work. My reading is pretty slow right now, I am on my third Stephen Hawking’s book and I love it!

What’s on you needles/hooks?


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45 Comments

  1. How exciting! What an accomplishment to be in an art gallery! Love the colors of this yarn.

  2. what a wonderful opportunity! I LOVE those colors together. So beautiful! I can’t wait to see your finished project.

  3. I can not think of anyone more perfect for an art gallery opening than you Alina, how fantastic!
    I think your yarn marriage is spot on and will make an amazing Gallery Sweater. You don’t have
    time to change your mind a dozen times so knit on happily my friend!
    How I wish I could attend πŸ™‚

    • Oh, thank you, Tracey! It’s really just a small party with lovey women – I am so happy to be a part of it! Thank you for your opinion on the colors – now I feel much more confident!

  4. oooooh alina, what an exciting opportunity for you, an event to really look forward to. i think you are very deserving. the yarns are beautiful. i adore any yard with speckles and depth of color….flat colored yarns do not excite me!!! i am still knitting hats and scarves because i lack self confidence to move on. soon!!!! debbie

    • Thank you, Debbie! Enjoy your accessory knitting – it is always fun to have a quick project on the needles! I am sure you will switch to garments soon πŸ™‚

  5. That is so exciting! And what an honor. The photos are lovely and I can’t wait to see how the sweater turns out. That’s a lot of knitting in a short amount of time. Good luck!

  6. How challenging! And what an honour! πŸ™‚
    I think you react good under pressure. Your color mix is so fitting! Those earthy shades work so good together! I’m so excited to see sweater finished!

  7. How exciting to be asked to display your work like that! Congratulations!

  8. I love this colour of your two yarns together so much! It’s oscillating in such a magical and a slightly irritating (in a good way!!) manner. Can’t wait to hear and see the end of this story!

  9. Well, talented artists belong in art galleries, my dear. Lovely yarn. I am sure something quite stunning will emerge.

  10. I think I prefer the colours together rather than on their own. There seems to be more depth of colour some how, they work really well together

    • Thank you, Evelyn for the feedback. After looking at swatch for the last couple of days, I really like it, so I guess I would go for this color combo!

  11. Best wishes for that deadline. Great idea to combine the colours amd stockinette will show off the varigation beatifully.

  12. What fun! What you’ve chosen to show and make are terrific. I enjoyed reading this and imagining it all. :^) Can’t wait to hear about the show after it’s done!

  13. congrats -your knitting totally deserves a beautiful showing in a gallery. How did you combine the two yarns? by wrapping them together by hand?

  14. congratulations, how very exciting!! I do love the yarns in these photos, their earthy tones are what I’m drawn to wear πŸ™‚

  15. Congratulations! That is such an honor. I cannot wait to see the final product. I think you picked a fantastic yarn combo to work with πŸ˜‰

  16. What an honour. I love your swatch and your creative process to get there. Enjoy your knitting and I hope you have something beautiful to take to the opening.

  17. you are an artist extraordinaire…..so of course, you needed to be included in that gallery opening!!!! How amazing!!! And your choice of yarns is perfect. (and your dresses will totally WOW them all!!!!!)

  18. Congratulations! I love how the yarns look combined in that way. The colors play off of each other beautifully. I agree that the reverse stockinette side brings a subtle texture that is hard to resist. Almost like a woven effect that highlights the subtle variegation. Can’t wait to see the results!

  19. since I want to make your sweater with old fashion needles, is it possible to get the yardage of the yarns used. I live by mountains and I am always looking for yarns that look like our sundowns; these do? your story will be in my mind as I knit.

    • Hi Marilyn! If I remember correctly I used 6 skeins overall – 3 of Shimmer (http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/knit-picks-shimmer-hand-dyed-lace-yarn) and 3 of Shadow (http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/knit-picks-shadow) put together. Both yarns are lace weight, holding two strands together gives you the gauge close to DK weight yarn. I hope it helped!

      • thanks for your response. only problem is that Shimmer has been discontinued. any recommendations for a similar yarn? it does not seem that Knit Picks has one.

        • Hey Marilyn! I know, such a shame – Shimmer is a great yarn. I don’t know exactly what would work the same way, but here is the website http://yarnsub.com/ that helps with yarn substitutions. Basically you need lace weight alpaca/silk yarn. Let me know if you find one!

          • thanx for getting back to me. I did look on yarnsub and many of the yarns say
            – crocheted to a wide range of gauges depending on the effect you’re aiming for.
            – Good news! The fiber content matches exactly.
            – Information This yarn also has a regular, smooth texture, but it is 2 plies rather than plied. It is still a good match, but the ply structure of yarn has an effect on the finished fabric and what it’s best used for.
            – Information Although the qualities of the fibers of this yarn are a close match, the construction of the yarn is different.
            Information This yarn comes in 50g / 402m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 1.99 balls of this.
            also if the ply structure is different will it really effect the finished fabric. I really appreciate your help.

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