Posts Tagged ‘Habu Textiles’

Weird Yarn: Steel Wool

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

No, it’s not the latest thing available at your LYS.  Steel wool is the sculptural media used by artist Krysta Olson in her thought-provoking piece, The Steel Wool Sweater (left). Olson works in a variety of media to investigate her attraction to vulnerability, intimacy and sadness. Her works plays with a kind of awkward tension. View her videos, photo projects, and painting. If you’d like to knit with steel, I’d suggest something from Habu Textiles or LB Collection Wool Stainless. A bit more user friendly, and infinitely more wearable.

Weird Yarns: Metal

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

lionbrandcollection-woolstainlesssteelMaybe you’ve tried some of the glitter yarns that contain metal threads, but have you tried the stainless steel yarns? A core of thin steel gets wrapped with another fiber to create an ethereal looking yarn that has a memory. Twist it and it stays put. Habu Textiles from Japan has both a merino and silk stainless steel, as well as a discontinued copper-bamboo yarn that their website says they may bring back. They also make a fine gauge silver, nice for knitted jewelry. Lion Brand Collection has a wool stainless steel as well. That’s their FREE pattern for a crochet necklace (left) and they have a knitted scarf pattern too. Windloop, Niña Bomba and AnnKnits all blog about making Habu’s Kusha Kusha Scarf of superfine merino and the silk stainless steel. Even a plain rectangular scarf is lovely with a little metal yarn on the CO and BO edges (look at it in the grey colorway choice).