I promised you a few pictures of our kota last time.
We bought this when the twins turned 5 years old. The Disney movie Pocahontas had been out for some time and it was a favorite, so the birthday party had to be themed around that. This was a long time ago and kota is becoming old and used and is soon reaching a point where it needs to be replaced.
It looks like rags (pictures never lie!) and it does not look very inviting from the outside, but do believe me - when you look inside and see the open fire and possibly something good cooking and the seating (reindeer skin) around, there is something magical in it.
Come rain or shine, I knit. Be warm or cold, I knit. There is always a good excuse and a good cause to do it.
First of all, the yellow yarn is Sokkusu Original fingering weight merino wool. When worked in a small gauge (1,75mm/US00), the surface starts to resemble velvet, it becomes cushy and very soft and absolutely beautiful. This was a total surprise but such a good one! Then there were no knots in the yarn. I made beaded mitts from it, will show them to you next time (they are blocking now) and the yarn seems to hold its shape very well. This has to do partly with the small gauge, I did the mitts with 1,75mm needles but the yarn has strong body. The color is deep and saturated and very, very beautiful.
Finding the right beads that would talk with the yarn, was little bit difficult at first but once I settled into these, I believe the color is close to deep mauve, I felt the match was almost perfect. The beads pick up totally different colors from the yarn and stop it coming too warm and overwhelming. The small knitted beads strengthen this while the orange and brown wooden beads again push the opposite. So there is communication inside the piece. There are a few big beads among the small seed beads and they are there to add interest and to break the monotony.
Making the necklace really required brainpower. All the choices took time and energy and it was a bit frustrating at times, but the joy of finding the right answers of course swept away all the frustration. The necklace is done but I should make a little bag for it, being made of fiber, it needs protection from the outside world and should not be left alone lying in a drawer unprotected. I have not decided yet just what kind of bag would be nice.
When this piece was done, I immediately thought that I would w h i p up a new one in no time, but no no no... not that simple. I am back in a square one, trying to match yarn and beads. I would love to make something blue, but nothing seems to be working; I am willing to do just about combination that works.
Wool with you,