Thanks for all your great bloggy comments, I really appreciate each one and many of them raise a smile, or further inspiration.
My last post certainly promoted some curiosity....
So without further ado....
going round in 3D circles...
...we did have some sun in March!
(Sorry Melody another sentence of woolly-randomness follows)
Starting with 3 chains and about 9 trebles in a magic circle (using a slip stitch to close the circle each round) - Round 1 increasing in each stitch, and then varying
combinations of rows of trebles or half trebles, and/or doubles, some in back loop only, some in front loops, sometimes increasing...
...each one is absolutely unique...
All of these were either (lovingly) hand felted or unceremoniously bunged in the washing machine with the usual washing...and felted!
The top of these two tweedy nests was washed in the washer and the lower one hand felted - both giving a different effect.
Following the felting process some are more irregularly shaped than others...
this pinky firey one has a gentle scoop shape on one side, but however hard I tried I couldn't capture it on camera... it does mean though that the recipient will have a unique experience not seen by others!
During felting, the bumpy texture (made by the back or front loop only rows) was usually lost, but some of the stitch texture is still visible.
I enjoyed experimenting with the hot water, soap and rubber gloves making different nest shapes and pummelling the fibre!
It was also exciting to open the pouch when the washing machine cycle had finished to reveal a finished felted nest..
The colours in this particular wool became much more vibrant after agitation!
Fuzzy nests were made with some mohair blended yarn...
..not felted but filled!
All the wool was from my stash ...
...and came to a eggsiting total of 110g!
The great thing about this project is that you don't have to count stitches or stick rigidly to a pattern - just go with the flow as a lot comes out in the wash!
My next post will be a picture-full one too....with a special selection of circular celebrities!
So when Ashley left a Sherlock related comment on the post about the Dr Who square my mind began to race...very much in the way that the superb Sherlock's does - though not quite as scientifically!
During the mundane washing up that uneventful evening, my mind wandering over microscopic elements of Sherlock - inspiration struck!
I know this may be more cryptic than Ashely was hoping for,
its possibly out there in another pattern,
but it was so much fun to work out!
So I present to you the Sherlock stitch!
Chain 2, miss 2 stitches, 1 dc (sc) in back loop only
in other words or should that be symbols
aptly named after Sherlock and John's address 221b Baker Street!
In straight lines it made a great washcloth -
made here with Katia cotton and Sirdar White Whispers 100% bamboo, which makes it so soft the tension wavers!
The foundation chain should be a multiple of 3 stitches, (I used 36 for the washcloth)
miss 2 stitches and dc (sc) into 3rd stitch.
At the end of the chain, turn, chain 2, miss two stitches and 1dc (sc) into the back loop of the 3rd stitch. continue to the end and repeat....
Each dc (sc) happens at the same place on each row so that its a rhythmical pattern after the 2nd row theres no need to count.
(Having said this I'm hoping it is the case as I made quite a few errors the first few rows of experimenting and being a novice pattern writer I might have developed something that's not how its written?!)
It also makes a pretty lace like vessel
the one below named 'A Study in Pink'
after the first Sherlock episode!
Well and truly Sher-locked!
Thanks to Ashley for the initial spark and washcloth inspiration, Astri for the back loop and washcloth ideas and I was thinking of Elisabeth whilst hooking with the Spanish Katia cotton!
All used yarn from my stash...
washcloth 23g, vessels 6g and 3g , messing about bits 5g, total = 37g .
I think Sherlock stitch will lend itself to a scarf which will be in the pipeline...possibly in navy blue just like Sherlock's!