Knitter's Bucket List: Part 2

Hello, and welcome to part 2 of the Knitter's Bucket List.  You can find part 1 HERE.

12. Knitting with silk. Incomplete.

Ooo, silk.  I have some silk yarn in my stash, Duke by Silkindian, 100% silk, in a pumpkiny orange color, but I'm not sure what to make with it.  Maybe make a cowl, to keep it close.

13. Möbius band knitting. Incomplete.

What's a Möbius band?  It’s a surface with only one side and one boundary. 

(c) Wikipedia

The above example is a Möbius strip made from a piece of paper or tape. "If an ant were to crawl along the length of this strip, it would return to its starting point having traversed the entire length of the strip (on both sides of the original paper) without ever crossing an edge." (x)  In our case, it’d be a Möbius strip made by knitting and a little finagling to make a scarf, for example, with "one edge, one side, and basically a twist with a half loop in it." (x)  Looks interesting.  Math can be fun, right?

14. Participating in a KAL. Incomplete.

I have not participated in a knit-a-long (KAL), but have participated in many crochet-a-longs (CAL).  I hope to do a KAL, though I knit quite slowly I might not be able to keep up.

15. Sweater. Incomplete.

(c) Berroco via Ravelry

I have not knit a sweater!  But I do have enough yarn and plans to.  I won a contest from Berroco a while a ago and they sent me enough yarn (Ultra Alpaca and Ultra Alpaca Light) to make the Chantal sweater from their pattern booklet Norah Gaughan Volume 1. I just haven't gotten around to it.  it should be a goal for 2017!

16. Drop stitch patterns. Incomplete.

I was never interested in drop stitch patterns, but then I just found this and now want to try:

(c) Christine Vogel of Frazzled Knits via Ravelry

17. Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn. Complete

Remember the cowl I mentioned in part 1?  It was knit with the above yarn, a combination of three different yarns.  The purple is Lion Brand Vanna's Choice, the silver is Aunt Lydia's crochet thread, and the pink is a giant sweater I found at a thrift store and frogged for the yarn.  

18. Knitting with banana fiber yarn. Incomplete.

At first I was like what?  But Darn Good Yarn sells some, and it looks pretty interesting:

(c) Darn Good Yarn

Product description from their website:
Try our Banana Fiber Yarn for something that’s a little out of the ordinary! Made from the sustainable fibers that are scraped from the bark of a banana tree and handspun by women’s co-ops in India, our vibrant Banana Fiber Yarn is a great choice for anything from weaving a rug to knitting a hat! And don’t be scared by the word “fiber,” because there is nothing scratchy about this yarn at all. After harvesting the fibers from the trunk of the banana tree, they are put through a softening process that makes the fiber very similar to silk. Then when it’s spun, it is as soft as silk - soft and strong, full of texture, color, and bio-degradable so it’s completely vegan and eco-friendly!

I'd like to try it!

19. Domino/modular knitting. Incomplete.

What is domino knitting? Domino knitting expert Vivian Hǿxbro says:

In 1992, I was attending a handcraft fair in Germany and noticed a huge crowd at one stand. I could just barely see a bearded man demonstrating a different way to knit. That man was Horst Schulz. Later, I traveled to Berlin and took a course with him. It was on ‘the new knitting’ as he called it.
In domino knitting, pieces are knitted together while the work progresses, just as one “pieces” the tiles in dominoes. For more than a century, people have knitted this way. They knitted shawls with domino patterns on the Faroe Islands and pieced coverlets in the same manner in Canada and England. In the United States, I found a copy of a pamphlet from 1946 with the sweetest jacket, knitted in domino squares by Virginia Woods Bellamy. In 1952, she published a book on the technique, called Number Knitting.

From the first moment I saw the domino knitting techniques demonstrated, I was intrigued by the many possibilities of this knitting method; they’re endless.
Find more information HERE.

20. Shadow/illusion knitting. Incomplete.

Here's a great example from Steve Plummer and Pat Ashforth:

(c) Steve Plummer and Pat Ashforth via Ravlery

Magic!  Find the Ravelry page HERE.

21. Twisted stitch patterns. Incomplete.

I've knit with twisted stitches before, but not on purpose: it's been a result of frogging and placing the stitches back on the needle backwards.  THIS book looks like it has some amazing twisted stitch patterns, intentional of course.

22. Knitting with bamboo yarn. Incomplete.

I have bamboo yarn snuck away somewhere in my stash.  I'll have to fish it out and make something so I can check this off.  It's smooth and lovely wound, I feel like it'd create a beautiful fabric.

23. Two end knitting. Incomplete.

What is two end knitting?  Knitty has the answer:

Twined knitting is an traditional Scandinavian knitting technique dating back at least to the 17th century in Sweden. You use two strands of yarn -- knitting each strand is alternately and twisting them between each stitch. It's called tvåändsstickning in Swedish and tvebandsstrikking in Norwegian -- both meaning "two-end knitting"-- because traditionally the two ends of one ball of yarn are used. The resulting fabric is firmer and denser than regular stockinette stitch and makes for wonderfully warm knits -- it also has less of a tendency to curl. Some beautiful, subtle patterns can be made in twined knitting using purled stitches - either purling alternately with both strands, or knitting with one strand and purling the other. Most patterns incorporate some of these decorative borders where one would normally use ribbing -- cuffs of mittens and gloves or the tops of socks. Twined knitting is usually knitted in the round and with the yarn held in the right hand and, in contrast to regular Scandinavian knitting, is "thrown" English style.
Find more information HERE.

Part two of the knitter's bucket list is as follows:

  • knitting with silk
  • möbius band knitting
  • participating in a KAL
  • sweater
  • drop stitch patterns
  • ✓ knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
  • knitting with banana fiber yarn
  • domino/modular knitting
  • shadow/illusion knitting
  • twisted stitch patterns
  • knitting with bamboo yarn
  • two end knitting
(01/12; 05/24)


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