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Da cor do Céu – The color of the sky

August 25, 2013

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Para quem passou 4 longos invernos em Vancouver, este foi um ano especial em Portugal a testemunhar quotidianamente o absoluto milagre do céu limpo. Foi essa cor que serviu certamente de inspiração para o “casaquinho azul”, fiado e tricotado à mão, a última peça que acabei antes de vir para os Estados Unidos.

A lã foi a de merino habitual, bem lavada, escolhida e cardada, para ser fiada muito grossa, fofa, sem preocupações de consistência na espessura. Depois foi altura de experimentar em larga escala as tintas que tinha trazido de Vancouver (acid-based dyes). E, utilizando só 50% de pigmento, cheguei ao tom ideal.

O casaco foi inspirado pelos modelos da Nikki Gabriel. A ideia do tricot modular é excelente – permite fazer uma peça inteira sem se saber bem para quanto chega o fio.  O tricot em agulhas de 15mm permite adaptar facilmente o tecido ao corpo e as costuras tornam o corte visualmente interessante.

E, no meio disto tudo já é a segunda peça que faço “directamente da ovelha”, fora gorros e cachecois. Não podia estar mais satisfeita.

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Having spent the last 4 winters in Vancouver, this last year in Portugal was very special – witnessing the absolute miracle of clear skies on a daily basis. It was that turquoise-sky color that served as inspiration for the “little blue cardi”, handspun and handknitted, the last pieces I finished before I came to the USA.

The wool used was the usual local merino, well washed and picked. I spun it in a bulky weight, trying to retain the softness with a thick n thin approach. After that, it was time to try the acid-based dyes I had brought from Vancouver on something larger than a few samples. Using only 50% of the pigment I got exactly the blue I needed.

The cardigan itself was inspired by Nikki Gabriel’s Construction series. The modular technique is excellent – it allows you to make a complete garment without knowing exactly how much wool you have. Knitting on15mm needles gives the fabric the ease to adapt to the body and the seams make the construction visually interesting.

And, after all, it is the second piece I make “straight from the sheep”, setting scarves and berets aside. I couldn’t be happier.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 26, 2013 2:55 am

    Oh my gosh, I love this!!! Beautiful!

  2. filosofaresidente permalink
    August 26, 2013 10:46 am

    A peça ficou muito bonita, mas confesso que estou apaixonada pela cor. Parabéns!

  3. August 30, 2013 4:06 pm

    I liked this so much I looked up the designer and ordered the pattern! How much fiber did you use for this vest? I’m starting to spin to be ready for when the pattern arrives!

    • August 31, 2013 7:53 pm

      That is great Leah! It is a really satisfying design for spinners (you get to focus on the fiber, the colors, textures…). I used two big balls of yarn, each somewhere in between 150-200 gm.

      • September 1, 2013 1:29 am

        Thanks!! So helpful!! I’ll let you know how it goes!

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