Sunday, February 24, 2013
In the spirit of the waning days of winter, here's the Klimt Scarf I mentioned in my recent Ravelings for Interweave Knits. I spun a fine two-ply from a painted roving by Lynne Vogel. I separated the shades, from deep purple through magenta to gold, and added some two-ply spun from bombyx silk I dyed in gold. I wanted a graduated look to the scarf, with the gold-coin effect Klimt gets in his paintings by using gold leaf. (See the postcard in my notebook, above.)
I knit the scarf in the round, using stranded knitting, with Lynne's wool/silk in the background and my gold silk as the pattern, in 5 stitches X 5 row squares. I began with a provisional cast-on. My yarn was fine, so I knit on size 0 needles, and the project did take months to complete. Instead of sewing the scarf's ends together, I crocheted long tassels joining the two sides, then knotted them into a bold fringe.
I gave the scarf to my beautiful sister-in-law who lives in Vienna. Hope it fits in there!