Tuesday, June 27, 2006

One unfinished, unfelted Calla Lily to the good

All told this didn't take very long to do last night. I started it probably around quarter to 7 last night, had a break to get Lucy to open the shop and sell me size 10 double points and admire the newly dyed yarn, get home, take a half hour to look at Audible and decide on my two picks this month, and was finished up I think around 10.

When/if I do this again, I'm not sure I'm going to do the 3 shades of green shading at the top of the stem just before it joins the flower. Not sure how well it shows up in this photo, but the colors it's being shaded with are all in the middle of the I-cord, therefore putting it on the back of the stem. Nice that it's a 3-D object, but I'm not sure how well it's going to show up once it's felted and was it worth the effort.

The way to find out, I suppose, is to do another one, with just solid dark green, felt them both and compare.
The kit, from Pick Up Sticks, found at Fabric Place in Woburn earlier this Spring, was well put together, and had enough yarn, though I wonder if I didn't knit slightly tightly as my natural response when yarn quantity is uncertain. The yarn was unlabeled, but the directions recommend Cascade 220 and the yarn looked like it was.

I think I'm going to wait on felting this until I have a few more things to go with it. There are some daffodils and iris in thought -- I should already have the yarn, even if the blue is frogged and rewound from something else.

The single pattern for the Calla Lily has extra directions for a big textured leaf. More to come over the Summer.

Comments:
That looks so interesting. I can't wait to see what it looks like felted. I'm intrigued by how you will get the calla lily shaping.
Saw some actual calla lilies growing in someone's yard the other day. They were just gorgeous. I didn't know you could grow them outside around here.
 
You could probably fudge the shading a little by hold your white and green together for the last few rounds of I-cord. Since its felted anyway I don't think it would too obvious how you did it and most flowers do get bigger just before the bloom so it would still look fairly natural.
I'm interested in seeing how it looks felted too.
 
you do the best felting projects. i just got my first felt kit- felted fish from patternworks. i'm amazed at how easy and fun they are to knit, but i'm too scared to felt them yet. give me strength to felt the things i need to, to keep from felting those that do not, and the wisdome to know the difference.
 
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