06 July 2006

Cable-y goodness

Thanks for the nice comments about Phoebe. I realize I didn't actually put in the link to the picture of her fur that I spun. If you still want to see my sorry attempt at spinning angora, it's here.

My good friend is getting married this month. I've been planning on knitting her something and at the beginning of the week I started to panic that the wedding is only in 3 weeks and I have nothing. I had just finished the sleeve to my ogee tunic so it was a good time to take a detour and turn my knitting attention to something else.

Cindy loves nature and so I got the idea of knitting a pillow with a pattern of intertwining trees. None of the existing patterns were exactly what I wanted so I read this article 3 or 4 times and then set out to design my tree pattern and chart it out.

After two nights of Mike getting tired of papers spread out all over the couch and me too involved to talk to him, I ended up with a crazy chart that looks like this.I thought of knitting a practice version out of some crappy yarn but then realized that if this didn't work, I didn't have the patience to redo it. And, if it did work, I didn't want to have to knit it again.

So, I dove right in with some Knitpicks merino style in frost and this is how it turned out. I actually knit it in only 3 days! I surprised myself.I used size 4 needles so it's a fairly tight fabric- good for a pillow. I got some great fabric to make the back with. It kind looks like tree roots so it's very fitting and it even has the same blue color in it! It's much cuter than the picture shows. (This photo shows the color of the yarn better then the previous. Neither is quite accurate, though. It's a little more turquoise than this picture)Now I just need it to finish blocking and I can sew it up!

9 comments:

AmyArtisan said...

What a great design for the pillow front! And the backing fabric looks made for it - can't wait to see the finished project! What a great gift for you friends as their branches begin a new tree. :)

Christabel said...

So gorgeous!
I love the colour and think your design rocks.

Karen said...

Wow, that pillow is going to be beautiful. And you came up with and charted the pattern yourself!!!! WOW!

Kimberly said...

Beautiful! Great design!!

Wendy DG said...

The tree design is gorgeous and very clever!

AR said...

Nicely done. That looks great!! Awesome design!

Shelley said...

wow casey that's amazing!

Angela said...

Really lovely pillow. I'm inspired! The Interweave Corset Top is very nice, too.

Anna said...

I see that you knit on the Ogee Tunic from knitting Nature. How do your mesuarements compared to the pattern picture/gauge fit? I don´t get the patterns amount on stitches with the gauge to be the indicated mesaurements in the picture on page 129. Did you? and have you started on the other pices yet?
Your cabeled knitted trees are fantastic.