I am a month late in turning in this essay but I hope you won’t mind. Most of my knitting time this summer went to my own projects and will be revealed soon. One project is super secret and I try not to think about it too much until I hear from the deciders. But some of my knitting is sharable and I thought you might like to see.
In May, I was lucky enough to take a class with Ann Weaver of Weaverknits. It was a color theory class (I know, who better to teach color than the fearless Ann) at Dragonfly Fibers, home of another color diva, Kate. Ann presented a great discussion of color theory, the artists Johannes Itten, Josef Albers and others and then the class got to shop for colors in the Dragonfly store (gorgeous colors!). Ann suggested adding some lighter colors and even donated some pale green for one of my center squares. We settled down to compose our version of Ann’s tribute to Albers’ square color study paintings–the Albers cowl. It was a fun class and I knitted on my cowl throughout the summer. If you love playing with color this is a joy to knit. And you know me and garter stitch.
My second summer project is a simple linen scarf from Churchmouse Yarns called Euroflax Bias Scarf. I am a sucker for a well-made kit and Churchmouse does a lovely job. The scarf was fun to knit and you add pretty little beads to the edges. I had never knit with the Euroflax linen before and found it to be a nice yarn, not at all harsh to handle. And of course, it gets softer with use.
My final summer knit is one of my own design. I wanted something to wear to TNNA (needlework trade show) in June. But June in Columbus is more conducive to ice cream than to knits. So I choose some Shibui Heichi, a rustic silk tweed to, knit up a little scarflet. It has crunchy texture and subtle color and I loved wearing it. Pattern is in the works. I will also work up a winter version.
*All photos were taken by me (!) at The Yarn Spot, in Wheaton, MD.