Eye Candy Friday: knitting is everywhere!

If you take the time to look, you can find knitting everywhere you go.

At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, John Bock’s whimsical piece called Marlit contains stuffed fabric tubes made from old sweaters.

At the de Young Museum, wire sculptures by Ruth Asawa look to be nothing more than knitting through the back loop!

At ImagiKnit, an entire room is filled with non-wooly yarns. I’m serious. Side to side, floor to ceiling, 4 walls: cotton, soy, linen, silk, various synthetics; thick, thin, and thick ‘n thin; light, dark, pastel, deep, and multi-colored. There were so many brands and yarns new to me, I could hardly control myself.

All colors completely and entirely off – my camera couldn’t handle the mouth-watering saturated hues, no way, no how.

  • On top, Araucania Yarns Lonco, a fingering weight 100% mercerized cotton, 440 yards per 100 gram skein. I got 2 solid-colored skeins of color #3003, tangerine (lace shawl or scarf?), and 1 multi-colored skein of color #4007, a combination of red, brick, and dark pink. If anyone is having a baby girl, I’ll ignore the “dry cleaning is recommended” note if you will :).

  • On bottom left, there are 2 skeins of Mirasol Hap’i, a worsted weight yarn made from 100% tanguis cotton, 132 yards per 100 gram skein. The color is #1108, and it is impossible to capture accurately. Impossible. It’s very close to the Malabrigo I showed you here, and destined for the same locale: my neck :).
  • On bottom right, 2 skeins of Rowan Silky Tweed, 80% lambswool, 20% silk, 137 yards per 50 gram skein, color #753. Certainly I didn’t have to go to California to pick up this wool yarn – Massachusetts knows its winter fibers! But it was a rare occasion: my husband was with me, and he expressed an interest in this particular yarn. A new winter hat is in his future as a result :).

There was some knitting on the road, too, and more to come this weekend. I’ll have to show that to you next time!

16 thoughts on “Eye Candy Friday: knitting is everywhere!

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  1. Jocelyn

    I didn’t realize you were visiting our fair city. Sounds like you’re having a great time. Glad the weather isn’t too hot (or too cold in SF).

  2. GinkgoKnits

    Most of Ruth Asawa’s sculptures are done with crochet. Regardless of medium, I love them and the full exhibit I saw of them was wonderful (the shadows they create are half the fun).

    Glad to see someone enjoying my city — it’s been awfully cold in my neighborhood, though that’s August in foggy SF.

  3. Meredith

    I’m envious – ImagiKnit looks incredible! And the Rowan looks like it’ll make a fantastic hat. Can’t wait to see your knitting!

  4. Chris

    Looks like Ruth Asawa’s piece is done with the nalbinding technique. It IS fun to scope out knitting in unexpected places. I was totally floored when I heard that there are more knitters than golfers. Your finds just go toward confirming that little piece of trivia.

  5. atomicfunk07

    Oooh! You came to the Bay Area! I hope you liked it here! The Mirasol is a lovely color – can’t wait to see what you turn it into!

  6. Knittripps

    What lovely new acquisitions! That seems like a nice way to treat yourself. I enjoy buying yarn on vacation. When I pull it out of my stash to knit I am reminded of my trip.

  7. Diana

    Hi Kathy,

    I was just browsing your blog to find some info on the cuffs of your lillyfield mittens and was wondering if you ever finished them, I couldn’t find them. Just being curious – next winter is coming ;o)

    Diana

  8. Di

    I just wanted to give you a heads-up about the Lonco: I bought a few skeins, and the owner of my LYS wouldn’t let me leave without her trying to wind it for me. She let me know that they had to actually THROW AWAY some skeins of the Lonco because of the horrible tangling/being unable to find the end. The skein is tied off in four places, but you nave to find BOTH ends, untie them, then untie the other two places where the skein is tied off before winding it. If you cut one of the ties that’s wrong, it cuts the skein in half (not good with cotton!). Between her and one of her employees, they couldn’t get my skeins unwound. :-/ The yarn was so gorgeous, I wanted to try to untangle them myself, so she gave them to me at a discount, but warned me not to try unwinding them without a swift and several hours without interruption. Good luck!!!

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