Monday, August 27, 2007

Scarf, p.80, finished

I finished and blocked the Scarf from page 80 at last, see way back when. I knitted it in this beautiful alpaca (with a little bit of nylon because it's intended as sock yarn) that I got from Fyberspates' sock club. It's a mélange of blues and pinks with a little bit of purple, which the camera can't quite rise to, even when you click.

I had been going to make it quite long, but as it progressed I decided that it wouldn't do justice to the pattern, so I've made it so that it can be crossed or tied after going round the neck once, which shows off the ends better. I think I'll give it to my niece; it's her colours and I don't really 'need' a scarf myself. I have scarves the way some women have shoes.

I'm not one of nature's lace knitters. Or at least, not yet. I found the pattern for the middle a bit dull to do rather than rhythmical, and I think it's not helped by the fact that it's in garter stitch. On the other hand, it took me three goes to do the second end (which is done as a border) because I was too lazy to look up the technique and kept trying to work it out for myself. I still like the idea of doing more from VLT which is a fascinating book, but I should choose more carefully next time.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Melon in a heavier weight

I had to share my progress on Melon. I using Knitpick's Elegance for a more substantial wrap. It has taken me a while to really enjoy this pattern, but I believe I'm a changed woman. Simple enough for tv. Not so simple that it's tossed aside. The perfect pattern! More details on the blog, of course! I'll post better pictures once the sun breaks.