How do you teach a class on Ice Queen during summer? You invent a silky Ice Queen scarf, of course! I'll be teaching a class on Ice Queen/lace at Nine Rubies in San Mateo and Knitterly in Petaluma (yep - we put off the Knitterly class until later when I could offer a non-Mohair alternative!) this summer. And since I need to design an Ice Queen scarf, I was thinking that it would be a great way to show an abbreviated version of my design process along with tutorials.
First, the yarn.
It is Hana by Artfibers in color #7 and some kind and generous soul or other gave a ball and a half to me to try. It has been marinating in stash and is now ready to use. The first thing I did was to wind it off and check for knots. There was one in the full ball, and I undid it. So I now have two small balls and one larger ball.
Hana is pure silk, 244 yards/50 grams, and since I don't see it on the Artfibers website, I think it may be no more. Pity. It's a beautiful yarn and the color variations remind me of Hydrangeas. Since Jocelyn at Nine Rubies will be knitting up a sample in some dk weight silk that they carry, this is a fairly good match, I think, to work out any bugs. Knitterly will get a slightly different version tbd.
And now for the tools.
The Ice Queen garter version chart - I have elected to do garter stitch because it lays flat and is reversible - yarn, beads, pencil, needle gauge, needles.... And I'm ready. Tune in next time for the picot cast on!
Labels: design process, lace, teaching