Swatching, originally uploaded by velvetdahlia.

I have some Rowan summer tweed in my stash that I think would be perfect for a little sweater for a friend of mine. I’m playing around with this stitch pattern she introduced me to, seeing if it might work out in this particular yarn.

I like how it looks fern-like.


Swatching for Basalt Tank, originally uploaded by velvetdahlia.

Yesterday I went to John Lewis with Liza and got some Rowan wool cotton for this pattern. I am in love with Knitting Nature by Nora Gaughan– patterns based on fractals and mathematical patterns found in nature.

They have some of the earthy avant garde sensibility of Teva Durham without the pattern wonkiness and sizing issues (read: Teva’s designs are often in skinny sizes only). Theres a lot of masterful, ambitious knitting here that really taps into the poetry of the craft.