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June 17, 2011


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L.M. Cunningham

Ah! Having seen the knitting in progress, I'm especially happy to see your blocking shots. It would be very useful as a travel item in a nice grey or brown to co-ordinate with a compact wardrobe.

(Oh good, another book to put on my list....)

Deborah Robson

Linda, yes, didn't it turn out nicely? I'm glad you liked the blocking shots. A friend of mine (JC Briar) made an exquisite variation in tones of gray, from like to very-near-black. A single-value version would be even more versatile for most travel. I'm eyeing some fingering-weight alpaca I have here that is variegated but within a close value range.

Deborah Robson

... from LIGHT to very-near-black . . . I need a nap. . . .


your swirl is lovely! that's the one I'd like to knit (stratosphere).

L.M. Cunningham

I've got that nice grey fleece I was spinning for the TdF last year that was going to become a vest for D. that obviously isn't any more -- not enough for a whole Swirl, but with the addition of either a commercial or handspun yarn, would be really lovely.

You're such a baaaaaaaaad influence! ;-)

Linda Vining

It's beautiful. I'd like to try one. If I didn't already know how intently observant of detail you are by nature, I would think that this is hard to make. It's not, is it?


It's gorgeous!

Sherrie Y

Ooooooh. Want.

Deborah Robson

Thank you all for looking and commenting! I look forward to seeing what comes of my (baaaaad) influence. . . .

Linda Vining, no, it is not hard to make. Getting the first cast-on counted out and the first few welts done takes some concentration, because it does begin with the circumference, which is the maximum number of stitches that will be involved in a round. I did rip back about six welts when I revised my idea of how to change colors--and reserved the first couple of welts (including the cast-on), so I only did that bit once.

Once it's rolling, it's addictive. I'd keep doing "just one more welt," which is a good sign. And because each welt is smaller than the last, the welts kept going faster.

StephCat, I'd knit the Strata Sphere again. I don't know if I'll be able to avoid the temptation to try a different version, but this one is pulling me hard to be invented in another set of colors (that I *have*).

Linda Cunningham, I think this would be a perfect project for that yarn. There is something about the spiral that reminds me of meditative labyrinths: this spiral does not double back on itself as they do (unless you consider the shaping of the opening a doubling back, which one might), but it has much the same feeling.


How snuggly that looks - especially on this cool drizzly June day!

I'm thinking another Shetland sampler...

Deborah Robson

Cathy, I keep contemplating a sampler. The idea hasn't firmed up yet, while other ideas are jostling for front-and-center. With your Shetlands, you're ideally situated to carry that one forward.

Kathryn | Alpacamundo

That sweater is fantastic! I especially like the shape from the back.

Deb Robson

Kathryn, the circle and oval silhouettes have slightly different shapes in the back because the bias operates a little differently, but both are lovely. This, as I mentioned, is the oval: its back hem is flat across. The circles have slightly pointed hems at the center back.


It's beautiful, and I love the color! I suppose it would be quite easy to change into a swirl for small, round person like me :))

Deborah Robson

Barbro, Sandra guided me toward the oval/off-center because I'm tall. You could likely put it on and waltz off in it, although it would be more coat-length on you. It's amazing how nice these garments look on whoever wears them.

You might be happiest, for your first foray into the Swirl world, with one of the circles. They're not as long overall. The ones with off-center bodice/sleeve constructions still have some length to them. The ones with center bodice/sleeve constructions are shorter overall and have big shawl collars.

Wish you were right here to try this one on!


:) Wish I was there too! I have the book in my shopping list. I'll buy it after Woolfest.


I went and looked these things up after your previous mention, and this post only reinforces my need to track the book down (Woolfest this weekend, perhaps one of the booksellers might have got them over here already) and start knitting. I'm already thinking about yarn...


Everyone I know is buzzing over these. I hate big shawl collars but maybe there's a way around that... yours is lovely and the colors complement you!


Okay, now we KNOW you're superwoman! First the incredible, beautiful, amazing book, and meanwhile you've turned out this...obviously, you never sleep, eat, breathe, or anything else we mere mortals do--AND you have Hermoine's Time Turner!


The only downside to owning this book that I can see is deciding which sweater to make first...
Yours is so lovely!

Deb Robson

Indeed, Gayle, deciding is a problem. Im muddling about what to do for my next version. Fortunately, contemplation is enjoyable.

The sleeves are wider (more dolman-esque) on the circles, more fitted on the ovals. The ones with centered openings have broader shawl colors, in both profiles. They all look great on (Ive tried a number of silhouettes and sizes and havent tried one yet that I wouldnt be willing to walk off with and put in my wardrobe.)

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