A Change in Scale

I’m just about finished a piece for Memory and Commemoration the WAFTA members exhibition. I’m up to the last few hours of hemming that need concentration and precision. The other night wasn’t the night for that…just needed something mindless in front of the telly.

This bag of “super absorbent cloth” (commonly used for disposable nappy liners) has been hanging around the studio for months. I collected it from REmida last year at a workshop. I have used it for the Gilded Cage and hardly made a dent in the bag. It dyes really well and is super strong. Our puppy thinks it is great for tug-o-war.

photoFlipping through a magazine I saw a chunky knit bed throw…Theresa Dair (Have a look at the gorgeous knitting yarns and patterns she sells) demonstrated “Arm Knitting” as part of her presentation at a WAFTA meeting a couple of years ago. So I though I would give it a go.

Arm Knitting 1 (1)Arm Knitting 1 (2) Arm Knitting 1 (3)Arm Knitting 1 (4)Arm Knitting 1 (5)These images probably aren’t very instructive, but if you know how to knit, imagine using your arms as the needles. Just pull the thread through with your hands.

Arm Knitting 1 (7)Arm Knitting 1 (6)I don’t quite know how, it appears after a messy start I have been producing stocking stitch!  The bag of liner strips made over 2 meters of knit.

Arm Knitting 1 (8)Arm Knitting 1 (9)Now you can see the “Change in Scale” On the right is my WAFTA piece stitched in Colonial Knots.

Challenges – Yes! You can’t really do anything else until you have finished knitting.




5 thoughts on “A Change in Scale

    • It’s not a tube, it’s flat. I knitted back and forth, arm to arm. I don’t think you could do arm knitting in a circle without using your whole body and therefore very long stitches. That would be taking wearable art to a new level!

  1. Love it! You must have had a lot of fun, but what are you going to do with it? I’m sure Ruby could have a lot of fun.

  2. How interesting – I remember that demo at WAFTA – always difficult to start these sorts of different projects(lol) Your end result would be the ultimate addition to yarn bombing! Now that it’s knitted you could dip-dye it 🙂

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