one of the best things about going to brisvegas was seeing my sisters flat. its been a few years since ive been up there and shes moved a few times since, finally moving out of a share house into her own place. shes a professional designer with a really unique sense of style, i knew she would have found some cute little place and done it up just so. indeed, she has.
a small but ample space, neat as a pin, and gorgeously fitted out. she found that lounge in an antique/recycled furniture store and had it reupholstered (its a 50s original), and shes painted the walls all white (it used to be pink). its lovely and light and airy, and now all it needs are some of her gorgeous drawings on the wall.
so i was a bit chuffed when she said that she wanted me to knit her something. its hard being a knitter for someone who lives up north. i did get her some socks knitted this year, and a slouchy hat, but i wasnt really happy with either of those projects. i will make her more of both for next winter, but right now she wants a picture frame.
and not your ordinary old frame. she wants something lacy and blue, with lots of points, and she wants to put it up on the wall to frame something about an A4 size. so it wont be some dinky little thing stuck on a dressing table. it wont be on a backing board. its going to be attached directly to the white wall. so it needs to be PERFECT!
we had a quick look at ravelry together and my first thought was that using some of the borders or edgings from victorian lace today would be the way to go. i also knew i had some blue yarn in stock, in particular a skein of jitterbug in salty dog, and a lovely blue wollmeise. i showed her a picture of the jitterbug and the colour was just what shes looking for.
today ive taken a few photos of some possible patterns. i think the wollmeise would work as well, although it would be a bit finer and less stable perhaps, so something flowing and wavy like this would work
i really like this spider pattern edging, as far as patterns go, but im not sure its “pointy enough”, or the jitterbug fine enough:
the easiest type of design would be this kind of geometric shape, which would work in either yarn:
but i think i like something a bit more lacy. i will have to do a tension square and work out the maths, figure out how to make a knitted on border without knitting it on to anything, and then work out how to turn the corners. considering ive done a few shetland shawls in my time, my head is telling me this is entirely possible, i just need to start and it will become obvious.
thoughts and tips appreciated! that means you too ms narsty.