Monday, March 17, 2014

Bas relief

 
So, what can this be?  A giant's Aran sweater? Or this?
 
 
Interesting how even cream looks different in different light.
 

 
 Here is the central panel of my latest throw.  It's a cable panel called Nennir, designed by Lucy Hague and available to print off for free from Knitty.  It's flanked by two cable panels, one from Barbara Walker and one from another stitch directory.


It's hard to take a picture of the whole thing: here is one end.  I decided to use two mirror image Celtic cables for the end panels.  These are spirals based on imagery from the "Book of Durrow", no less, and charted some time ago by Monsterknitter.

 
 
This is the other end of the throw.  The last strip to be worked was this simple zig-zag, and, if you look carefully, you can see the ha'porth of tar, not that I think it really spoils the ship.  I bought a number of different lots of the main yarn, Hayfield 100% wool Aran, and they did vary quite a lot, not only in colour but also in texture.  I thought this was unlikely to matter if each complete section used the same dyelot.  On this final strip I ran out of yarn about four inches from the end and used two different oddments to finish it off. I don't think you would notice it on this view, for instance.
 

Or this.



 I am very pleased with how it turned out.  This will be the fifth throw I have made, and perhaps my last for now.  Although, I do wonder how one made from wool from different rare breeds would turn out...


6 comments:

kristieinbc said...

It is absolutely stunning! The cables are beautiful. It looks like it must have taken a very long time to knit.

elginknitter said...

Wonderful and inspiring. Bravo!

colleen said...

Magnificent!

MaureenTakoma said...

Absolutely gorgeous.

Thelma Crape said...

Beautiful! Well done.

Mary Lou said...

What they all said. A real stunner.