Scrap Couture Linen Stitch Scarf

Reblogged from destashification

The Yarn Stash contains a bin of “loved and left” – over yarn.

Every knitter has some – might be left over from a sweater or maybe it was a single skein (on clearance) that was just too beautiful to pass up  – but there every knitter has “oddments.”

Their fiber content and weight may vary.  And while they are usually small on yardage, oddments are typically beautiful, soft and very patient – as they wait to be used!

Scrap Couture Linen Stitch

While sorting drooling over my Yarn Stash, I noticed a preponderance of pinks and browns  – colors I have been drawn to for a few years. Two of the yarns were gorgeous handpainted – combining pinks and a caramel brown!

With one exception, the yarns were in the vicinity of worsted weight.  The fiber content varied from acrylic to cashmere – and everything in between.

cashmere/wool and a coral cotton/microfiber

Linen Stitch is very forgiving – a slight change in the gauge will not be visible, so all of these varied yarns could be used.

Using  the longest Size 10.5 circulars in the Knitting Needle Stash, I cast on 310 stitches using the Caramel acrylic.

Returning to the start of the cast-on, I started the Linen Stitch with a mystery dark brown acrylic highlighted with a gold metallic thread (absolutely no idea why I have this yarn).

Caramel/Dusty Rose/Pale Pink. Dusty Lavender and CaramelBright Pinks and Oranges.

Returning again to the start end, the next row of Linen Stitch used one of the handpainted…

….and I was hooked!

The Linen Stitch worked to bring the colors together!   Each row was as intriguing as the one before!

Scrap Couture Scarf in progress

After a few mistakes explorations, I discovered that each row required 6 yards of yarn.  A quick check of The Stash found one very small oddment that was added to the available yarns.  Six yards is not very much.

The Linen Stitch is the same every row – and since work is always done from the right side – it is just knitting – no purling involved.

After a while, the K1, yf, S1, yb, repeat, repeat, repeat, developed a rhythm and the scarf flew off the needles.

After 66 rows, the Caramel Acrylic was used for the final Linen Stitch row and then again to bind off.

Scrap Couture Scarf

Because I am drawn to pinks and browns, the scarf will coordinate with many of my garments – but I am already planning a visit to the Fabric Stash to find coordinating colors.

The mixture of fibers makes the scarf so comfortable to wear – not a single itch!  As the majority of the yarns were cotton or cotton/microfiber the scarf hangs with a nice drape.

The  310 stitches * 68 rows created a scarf that is 6 feet long and 7″ wide.

The 60+ yarns hanging off both ends were double twisted, knotted and trimmed to create a controlled fringe.

Related Post: Blankets, Throws & Wraps

Scrap Couture Linen Stitch Scarf

Obviously, this is not the first pattern for a linen stitch scarf – all homage to those who created them before – it was those that inspired me to try this Scrap Couture Project!

Love it!

How to design a bedroom

Reblogged from Eileen Marshall

It’s a fact that we sleep away one-third of our lives! With this in mind, what better way to end the day than in a cozy, comfortable bedroom? To achieve an inviting and well-decorated bedroom, be it a master, guest, teenager, or child’s room, consider the following helpful tips.

Colour

Colour is a huge influence in our lives so it is prudent to choose a colour for your bedroom that will entice sleep. Soft, light, muted, cool, and calming colours such as creams, warm whites, taupes, and beiges are known to be soothing. Blue and green hues are said to lower one’s heart rate and blood pressure, whereas lively red and orange colours evoke energy.

Colour doesn’t necessarily have to be confined to only the walls or ceiling. It can be incorporated into bed linens, wall art, area rugs, throws, and accessories. This is a great way to add splashes of colour for an extra punch, or change up your colour accents seasonally.

Fabrics

Fabrics and bed linens will add colour to a space, as well as soften the overall look. It is also a great medium in which to add texture and pattern, be it a medley of designs or, alternatively, a selection of plain and subtle hues.

Adding different materials, such as Egyptian cotton, linen, silk, cashmere, and matelassé will further enrich a bed’s appearance. Different sized cushions will plump it up and create both visual and physical comfort.

And don’t forget the headboard—a great way to incorporate fabric. Headboards come in many shapes and sizes and are a great way to draw attention to the bed itself. Think about a tufted or paneled headboard colour to coordinate with your walls and linens.

Fabricated window treatments are also a wonderful way to diminish noise and create soft lines.

Lighting

Lighting is key in any room and in particular the bedroom. The last thing one needs is harsh, overhead lighting before going to sleep, or a bright, disruptive light in the morning from an undressed window.

Consider a dimmer system for the pot lights to promote a gentle and calming effect, and use table lamps for task lighting such as reading.

Black-out lining on draperies will ensure a room is kept in complete darkness, which is known to encourage a great sleep.

Decorative finishes, such as flowers, soft fragrant candles, ornaments with a special meaning, a cluster of good books, or a grouping of personal photos are a wonderful way to create a beautiful bedroom.

Furniture scale/proportion

The bed is the most significant and often the largest furniture piece in the bedroom. It automatically takes on the focal point and dictates the style and flavour of the room (modern, romantic, traditional, cottage, country, industrial, to name a few).

As a crucial piece of furniture, the bed should be in proportion to the size of the room and the remaining pieces of furniture should be scaled to the bed.

The second most important furniture pieces in the bedroom (not including storage) are the side tables. If there is not enough space for a side table(s), consider a headboard with shelving or alternatively installing a shelf on either side or above the bed. It is always handy to have a place to put your bits and pieces: alarm clock, lamp, books, etc.

Related Post: KITCHEN & TABLE IN THE BEDROOM

Standard bed sizes

It is worth investing in the best bed possible. Custom mattresses, like those available from Vi-Spring, can be built to suit your height, weight, and support requirements. A good quality mattress will contribute to your long-term well-being.

Summer 2015 Ready2wear collection by Sensitive Fabrics

Reblogged from Billy Hunter

For a new season, emphasising functional comfort and total wearability, Sensitive Fabrics by Eurojersey, an Italian design brand, has introduced  the Ready2wear Summer  2015 collection that was shaped by intensely creative and innovative colour combinations.

Abstract pictorial creations and instinctive brush strokes of pure colour are the artistic instruments chosen to infuse the structural features of Sensitive Fabrics with vitality and charm.

New geometries. © Eurojersey

These fabrics are ideal for sophisticated, ultra-light, practical garments that are the solution for all occasions, the company reports. Versatile and comfortable, they are said to be imperceptible on the skin thanks to ultralight Sensitive Plus.

3D printing

The colour range and refined shapes are interpreted by traditional motifs in a structured, versatile collection designed to meet demand for an original, creative total look.

The effects and superimpositions, the recomposed and destructured combinations are enhanced by the top-quality printing techniques, the latest technology of 3D print, according to the company. This is said to ensure the utmost precision and three-dimensional reproduction of any design and decorative motif with outstandingly well-defined details.

Floral in the textures of denim and cashmere. © Eurojersey

Besides the good yield in terms of environmental impact, the 3D printing technique is also said to enable in a reduction in the use of dyes (-88%), water (-35%) and emissions (greenhouse gases -59%, methane -57%) compared to traditional printing techniques.

Collection

The collection introduces the theme of ‘Ultimate Geometrical Designs’ by interpreting dots – in motion and destructured – and ethnic stripes with a range of greys and blues and touches of powder cyan.

Practical Garments for your Bed

Animalier effects. © Eurojersey

The floral print is revisited in Denim and Cashmere textures with unusual designs and colourful shapes.

Animalier prints, always modern and trendy, are reflecting sinuous feline movements with ethnic designs that recall the African safari.