A slideshow of scarves.

I’m afraid I’ve become addicted to side-shows….here’s one of some of my scarves, excluding, amongst others, the Anny Blatt Super Angora Feather and Fan scarf which I lost in Adelaide last year. Sob.

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The Digit Shrug. Or shawl? Or Shrug? Part Two

The decision has been made. Everybody seemed to prefer it as a shrug and so, my Digit Shawl is no more. Meet Digit Shrug:

Digit Shrug by Jane Slicer-Smith
Digit Shrug by Jane Slicer-Smith

I discussed in detail the pattern in the first part of this post. It is left to observe that the slits on the sides of the arms, while perhaps necessarily large for the purpose of slipping one part of a shawl into another (see pics in last Part One), have too big a gape for the shrug. They will be sewn up, at least in part.

Digit Shawl 3
Digit Shawl 3

All in all, I’m happy and I learnt a lot from this project – all sorts of bits and pieces, how to knit holes, how to knit tabs and sticking out bits and so on!

Digit Shrug by Jane Slicer-Smith
Digit Shrug by Jane Slicer-Smith

Midwest Moonlight scarf finished

Finished this late last year, it took me quite a while.

Midwest Moonlight by Ivy Bigelow
Midwest Moonlight by Ivy Bigelow

This was my first attempt at ‘lace’ and I found it quite difficult, though in retrospect I’m sure I’d find it easy now.

Midwest Moonlight Scarft by Ivy Bigelow
Midwest Moonlight Scarft by Ivy Bigelow

Pattern: Midwest Moonlight scarf in Scarf Style
Yarn: Blue Sky Royal Alpaca in Seafoam. Exquisite yarn which I’m looking forward to using again…I’m thinking of Nicky Epstein’s Berry Cluster Pullover from Knitting on the Edge after seeing Sally’s here.
Modifications Only unintentional. I found this pattern really quite boring to knit – ‘boring but have to concentrate on it’ which is the worst – so I put it down for quite some months, came back to it and started knitting it backwards, not being clever enough to tell the RS from the wrong.
Thoughts: BORING! But it is a nice look in the end….

Hipknits cashmere Clapotis revisited…

I’m checking out how Picasa works and thought I’d try uploading a picture of my much loved Clapotis in action….

Clapotis in Hipknits Cashmere
Clapotis in Hipknits Cashmere

Half an hour later….okay, above picture is downloaded from my computer.

I confess, I don’t have a clue how Picassa works. I don’t understand it online, or on my computer either. Frankly, if it were a piece of recalcitrant knitting I’d be thinking of taking a hacksaw to it….there is not nearly the same sense of satisfaction in uninstalling a program from your computer.

The knitting cares, you see. You know as you take a hacksaw to it that it doesn’t want you to. It is really wishing it had behaved itself better in the first place and done what you wanted it to. Whereas in the case of uninstalling a program, it clearly doesn’t. The computer just removes it in a detached sort of way. At the very least it should give you the option of doing it in a variety of moods. I should be able to click ‘Yes, please uninstall this program in a state of seething rage’ as opposed to, perhaps, ‘I’m really sorry to be letting you go but.’.

The Digit Shawl. Or Shrug? Or Shawl? Part one

Why part one? Because I can’t decide whether it is to be a shrug – my first intention – or a shawl. So, for now, pictures of the shawl version and some discussion of the pattern.

Digit Shawl Signatur Knits
Digit Shawl Signatur Knits

Pattern:Be warned. There are two versions of this pattern. The first is on Signatur Handknits website and it is approx. $40US. From the description on the website it is quite a detailed pattern with pictorial support and lots of detail on sizing options etc. But Jane Slicer-Smith is involved with Trendsetter Yarns and consequently some of her patterns can also be acquired as a Trendsetter Yarn pattern. I bought mine, for example, from Janette’s Rare Yarns It was about $12 US. Maybe I should have known that it would be relatively mean and nasty compared with the Signatur Handknits version, but I didn’t.

So, note that the pattern as purchased is one size fits all, with one inadequate picture, no information as to how to sew it for shrug purposes and quite a few mistakes. I will not be more specific than ‘quite a few’ as it is a highly asymmetrical pattern…there may be lots of mistakes which one can’t uncover. But maybe there aren’t. At any rate, the mistakes are relatively easy to sort out. I didn’t bother asking the yarn company or the designer for advice. Because this pattern is asymmetrical it also means that if – like me – you felt the instructions to be ambiguous from time to time, it doesn’t really matter. Nobody will be able to tell you’ve made a mistake in this pattern. Or two or three.

Digit Shawl Signatur Knits
Digit Shawl Signatur Knits

Yarn:I used a mixture of Zara and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino and Heirloom in DK.
Modifications: If you buy the cheap one-size-fits-all version and you are intending to make the shrug, you have an obvious issue. I wrote to the designer to ask if I should go down to a smaller gauge yarn on account of being on the small side. She said to follow the instructions, but I didn’t. I went down in gauge and I cut out some rows. If I hadn’t done that it would be too large to wear as a shrug. Please use forward planning on this one. I cut out my rows on the way home: ie one ‘sleeve’ is shorter than the other. Again, I don’t think – when I try sewing it into shrug fashion – that this will matter, given the eccentricity of the pattern, but I don’t know yet. It has certainly made me consider seriously the shawl option.
Thoughts: Hmmm. I just don’t know. Should I sew this up? I guess I can always unpick it. I have to say, in case the above discussion of this pattern sounds unduly negative that this is SUCH fun to knit. It is the only thing I’ve ever knitted which has been pure enjoyment, interesting at every stage and very forgving to error. Buy one, make up your colour scheme and then have a ball. So to speak.

Digit Shawl Signatur Knits
Digit Shawl Signatur Knits

I’m away at the moment, but stay tuned for the shrug pics when I get back….

Clapotis version II

My other Clapotis is little, but I love it dearly. It’s in Hipknits Cashmere. The pictures make it look rather harsh, but in fact it is a gentle pink and seagreen:

I’m impressed at the robustness of this yarn: it’s been camping, run over (I wasn’t in it at the time…) but it’s a real trooper – it hasn’t complained once. I’m planning socks with the left-over.

Clapotis insanity

Yes, I tried to turn Creme de la Creme:

into this:

I feel so guilty about this ill-judged choice. It is a nice yarn that received poor pattern support (and perhaps hence was discontinued). The fabulous Rachelle King of Studio Knits knitted a sweater for a friend of mine out of this yarn and knew just how to bring out the best in it. Sadly, I did not. The whole point of this pattern is the lovely rungs of dropped stitches and mine are covered in fluff and fuzz and bumps.