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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Iterations

"Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress."
-George Elliot

Linen textiles appear to be some of the oldest in the world: their history goes back many thousands of years. Fragments of straw, seeds, fibers, yarns, and various types of fabrics which date back to about 8000 B.C.E. have been found in Swiss lake dwellings.

Linen was sometimes used as currency in ancient Egypt. Egyptian mummies were wrapped in linen because it was seen as a symbol of light and purity, and as a display of wealth. Some of these fabrics, woven from hand spun yarns, were very fine for their day, but are coarse compared to modern linen.

The Phoenicians, who, with their merchant fleet, opened up new channels of commerce to the peoples of the Mediterranean, besides developing the tin mines of Cornwall, introduced flax growing and the making of linen into Ireland before the birth of Christ,

-courtesy of Wikipedia

Remember this?

Mendhi (formerly known as Mudra)

The yarn is Lenpur Linen by Rowan. It is very drapey and soft and supposedly has moisture wicking properties (I'll let you know) Good thing to have in a summer wrap, No?

It comes in so many lovely colors...

like this lovely quiet linen:

Phoenicia
(coming after Mendhi)

and blue...

Doesn't look much like a snowdrift when you do it in cobalt blue, does it? I think I'll call this version, River Run. Same pattern; completely different look.

It also comes in green (which I love and you do too judging by the robust sales of Leaves of Grass, Sherwood, and Sprout.) In fact I was going to do a lighter version of Sprout, but I also have these extra skeins of orange and yellow lying about...


And I was in the mood for easy (something mindless while I go "Dancing With the Stars")

One night and a pair of size 8 needles makes very short work of an easy horizontal pattern...

I think I'll do the orange in vertical and the yellow in diagonal...

Or maybe yellow in the vertical and orange in the diagonal...

Lemons, Limes, and Oranges...

3 beginner patterns for one low price.

Sounds like a sunny citrus summer to me...

Is it me?

Or is it getting hot in here?



6 comments:

Megan said...

that cobalt blue is stunning! The new patterns look great. I'm excited to see how the yellow and orange yarns are used.

momsue84 said...

Three more on my list to purchase!

knitterbeader said...

I know, you're just making sure we're helping out the economy by designing and designing and designing such beautiful scarves. Looking forward to the 3 new ones coming up!

momsue84 said...

If one were to want to get a head start on purchasing the yarn for these three beauties, how many skeins of each would you recommend?

Anonymous said...

I have 1 hank of light pink Baby Alpaca (can purchase more if more yardage is needed). What pattern of yours would you recommend using?
I love your patterns and thanks for taking the time to answer my question. Have a good week!
Kathy

Rebecca in CO said...

Lovely lace!