This Extreme Cable has been hand knitted with raw unspun wool using needles which are 50mm in diameter and 110cm in length. The throw is first knitted as a whole piece with a relatively loose tension. Working on such a large scale together with a loose tension requires special care to ensure consistency of the stitches. I do not use a cable needle to build the cable stitches. Instead, I place the stitches carefully in front of the work and let them rest before picking them up again. Given the very delicate nature of unspun wool, great care needs to be taken during the knitting process to ensure the roving doesn't break and pilling of the wool is kept to a minimum. Once the piece is knitted, I prepare the wool for felting. Depending on the size of the piece, the felting process may need to be repeated. Once I am satisfied with the result, the throw is left to dry which can take quite a few days. Over 35 hours of hand work goes into the making of the Extreme Cable.
- Art form: 3-D
- Medium: Unspun merino wool,extreme knitting, felting
- Width: 135cm
- Year created: 2015
- Height: 200cm