Blogsam and Jetsam

Flotsam is the part of the wreckage of a ship or its cargo found floating on the water. Jetsam is cargo or parts of a ship that are deliberately thrown overboard, as to lighten the ship in an emergency, and that subsequently either sinks or is washed ashore. This is my personal blog version of the above. Loot freely.

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Location: The Hinterlands, Upstate NY

I'm annoyed that the world is going crazier faster than it used to be. But it's interesting to watch.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Mosaic knitting Revisited

It seems an entire lifetime ago, but one of my earliest posts was about how enamored I had become of the "Mosaic Knitting" technique as elaborated in Barbara G. Walker's book of the same name.

(those posts are in the June and July archives; I can't make a link work this morning.)

Part of why I loved the principle so much was because I had considerable experience with two-color slipped garter stitch. I finally unearthed the reason why:

This square (destined to be a pillow top) is how I finally decided to work up my first (probably only) attempt at naturally hand-dyed yarn. The center squares are four-color slipped garter stitch and the twelve around the edges are all the two-color combinations.

This was very mathematically pleasing. The technique looks more complicated than it is and the mood completely changes with the background color.

Here's a closeup of an edge...the purple-green square very close to the green-purple square for comparison. Also a nice bit of contrast between the brown and the undyed wool. I liked that tan so well I might make more someday.

Oh but "make more" reminds me: the tan is just a whole bunch of teabags. The pink is acidic red cabbage and the green is basic red cabbage (hey, chemistry really works!)

As I was noodling around with the colors for those squares I realized that one COULD make more elaborate designs if one thought about it in advance. I didn't play with the idea but I'm very glad Barbara Walker did. I have plans to get back to that book someday!


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