I vant to be alone!!!
Er… not really (wish I could pull off a Greta Garbo imitation of that, but no chance with my short peasant heritage). But what I do vant is for you to admire my latest project, hot off the needles: the Cumulus scarf!
I’m quite pleased with this one, especially because I designed it myself (sort of). I took the main stitch pattern out of the Barbara Walker Second Treasury and had to do a bunch of math to make it fit into a triangle.
I then looked up “cloud” on Wikipedia. A “cumulus cloud”, apparently, usually has a puffy cotton-like appearance, with noticeable vertical development and clearly defined edges.
I was actually quite despairing last night at the state of this. I couldn’t see how it would turn into anything remotely decent looking, and had resigned myself into making into a fancy oversized pincushion or something along those lines. However, luckily for me, it blocked quite well!
Pattern: by me, adapted from the Porcupine stitch pattern (Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of Stitch Patterns)
Finished size: 43″ x 12″
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Night – 1 skein – 227 yards. This took virtually the whole skein. The “Night” range has little tiny sparkles throughout – you should be able to see them if you click on this picture:
Beads: mauve seed beads from Arton shop here in Toronto – 22 in total (one on each picot point)
Needles: 3.75mm Addi lace
Start Date: 22 March 2008
Finish Date: 25 March 2008
– I think possibly I used needles one size too large and the stitch pattern is not as defined as I would like. I would go with 3.25mm or 3.5mm next time. I used the larger needles as I only had the one skein of the Night and wanted to make sure this was a decent size.
– I’ve made this as a wedding present for a co-worker of mine… and I’m not even invited to the wedding!!! How cool am I?! Too cool for school, obviously.
– The shape of the triangle turned out a bit odd for me as well – the stitch pattern was a nine row repetition over 12 stitches, and I think the math to actually make this all work out was a bit too complicated for my dummy brain. But I think overall it looks quite nice, mostly due to the fluffiness of the yarn.
– I enjoyed working with the mohair a lot more than I would have thought. Which is probably a good thing, given that approximately 1600 metres of it is winging its way to me from Vancouver, courtesy of a yarn auction held by Sivia Harding last week:
Discontinued Handmaiden Angel Hair in the Bronze and Burgundy colourways. You knew I couldn’t resist rare Handmaiden, eh? Sigh.
All in all, a success – especially because it only took three days to knit – maybe about 15 hours.