The Daily Purl

zig zag


Every night this week I looked forward to curling up on the couch and working on Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Aran Coat. I’ve made good progress on the body and have started the sleeves. After spending so much time with this huge mass of knitting in my lap I finally set it on the floor to measure the length and see the progression of the Sheepsfold pattern.
I neglected to mention in the last post that I’m working the Sheepsfold pattern over 12 stitches. It’s the signature pattern on the coat and I really wanted it to stand out.
I also have been working on my current weaving project. The weft (cashmere) is almost covering the warp, resulting in subtle surface texture. I’ve been reading On Weaving by Anni Albers and the chapter on Tactile Sensibility reminded me of why so many of us crave creating with raw materials. Daily life is surrounded by sleek packaged products that, while save us time, have numbed our tactile sensibility. We love experiencing, as Albers calls it, material “in the rough”. Spinning raw fleece into beautiful plies of color. Weaving with handspun yarn and letting the unevenness of the material create the texture. Knitting with wool to create textural cables and bumpy garter stitch. We finish a project and our senses are revitalized – we can’t help but start the process again.

5 thoughts on “zig zag

  1. I’ve been thinking about that Aran coat for a couple of years now. I just got the new Knitting Around DVD and decided I got the yarn, I got the book, I got the dvd…ready, set, go! Your’s looks great so far. Have fun. I can’t wait to see it done and to get started on mine.

  2. Love that Anni Albers.
    Your cashmere weaving is beautiful… I can only imagine how delectable the finished fabric will be. Mmmm.

  3. The sweater and weaving are so lovely to look at! Your photos are always beautiful!

  4. I think your EZ Aran Coat is going to be so wonderful. I now find myself wanting one for myself.
    I am not a weaver, but I have to say, your photos are so tempting. Thank you for allowing me to live the life of a weaver vicarously!

  5. I love the weaving! It is gorgeous! Happy Holidays!

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