I thought about titling this post something profound-like “The Prodigal”. I contemplated going into detail about why it’s been almost a year since I posted here. I considered it, but then I thought, “You know what? Nobody really cares. If they missed me, they’ll just be glad to see me again. If they’re new-they didn’t know to miss me.” Clarity at last. So then I thought about the last 10 months or so – all the things I’ve done, places I’ve been. What am I really most proud of? Easy! I’m most proud that I finished this. This DK yarn on small needles drapey knit scarf. I did it. It took me over three grindingly boring months, but I did it! Yay me!
I can’t tell you the origin of the pattern. I found it in a local yarn store. They had made copies on plain white paper with no picture. Just a few lines of instruction and the title “Drapey Knit Scarf”. They had an example laying next to it, and I thought “I can do this.” So it began. Three skeins of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino and a desire to see it through to the end.
I would go for weeks without touching it. I finished several other projects along the way. There were times when I thought it would probably be the last item I would ever knit. I just don’t seem to have the attention span for something I seem to do so slowly! Even after I finished it, it took me about three weeks to make myself block it. But you know what? I like it. I think it’s awesome. Completely by accident, it’s my daughter’s school color-a delightful and unexpected bonus. Yes, I like this drapey knit scarf. I like it very much.
What colors speak to you in summer tones? I see summer in shades of the sea. I’m not sure why. I live in a place far from the shore where humidity hangs heavy in the 100 degree heat. It seems more probable that my summer palette might be something more akin to orange and red, but it’s not. Cool blues and greens define summer to me.
I couldn’t pick between a scarf and a shawl. So why not both? Maybe calling it a “wrap” is more apt?
I used Catania again. Clearly, we’re in a relationship. I just love the stitch definition that comes from mercerized cotton, and the array of colors available with Catania allow me to indulge in color play.
I’ve struggled creatively over the last several months. Sometimes, when you feel stretched, it’s difficult to indulge yourself in pursuits that require additional self-discipline. Luckily, this pattern and I are old friends, and we were in no hurry.
These two make me want to start singing “Sisters” from White Christmas….I’m going to do it, “Sisters! Sisters! There were never such devoted sisters….” Minerva on the left is definitely Rosemary Clooney. I love the was she’s staring down her schnoz at Vera Allen, I mean Jennie Weasley.
These two just want some more grass clippings. You’ll note Buffy has saved a tiny piece for later.
A tree blew down during a storm last week. It was dead and we were actually pricing having it taken down when thunder storms eliminated the issue for us. Blessedly, the storm was traveling in a rare southerly direction, thereby preserving the fence you see behind it.
That’s not the only miracle either-you’ll note that not one, but two of my children are playing outside. Playing! Outside!
I tried to coax this one to model my Keyhole scarf-he was not pleased. Looking back with the clarity of hindsight, I’ve had better ideas.
You see that? That’s a weed. The picture is pretty, but the weed is not. It has stickers in addition to the little flowers and it is vining through my dwarf azaleas in a way that is not ok. Weeds, we have lots of them…
We also have lots of these. At the moment this picture was taken, this sweet little Live Oak Seed pod was still attached. I don’t think any of them are attached anymore and they’re covering every square inch of the place with their polleny presence. I don’t think “polleny” is a word, but I’m going to pretend it is.
And just when you think you can’t stand the pollen any more-not even one more minute…
You remember…that pollen, it has a purpose.
I’d like you all to meet number seven. I don’t think this variation needs a lot of explanation. Again, Catania Cotton. Again, Pierrot 29-34. Just when i think I’m finished with these guys, they pull me back in!
You can see a rundown here along with pics of my Number Six. (Yes, I know. I have a gift for catchy titles.) Number Six was cute, but Number seven…well, it’s Claret.
Claret makes me happy. And so does Number Seven.
You can’t accuse me of being fickle. Fickle flits from one pattern to another. This scarf pattern and I are in a relationship. No matter where my eye wanders, I keep coming back and trying variations in color and pattern to the most excellent Pierrot 29-31. The only relationship as durable as the one I have with this scarf, is my relationship with Catania mercerized cotton. I’m not ashamed to say it. I love them. I’ve proclaimed my love boldly:
- In February, I worked the pattern for the first time. I followed the directions implicitly in an odd colorway of plum, chocolate-brown, off white and grey.
- My second version (first variation) was a “Seascape”. I love it. Maybe my favorite of all of them.
- Third, was in ivory and spring green. Very natural and organic.
- Fourth, my daughter chose the color palette, and so it became “Whitney’s Scarf”. That girl has a wonderful eye for color!
- The fifth version was an Easter edition of the pattern, or as I like to refer to it, “The one that looks like a watermelon.”
And now I’ve finished number six. I like it a lot. It’s more of a winter colorway-crisp, cool and evocative of all things brisk.
Too much? Maybe. I’ll just leave it at “I like it. A lot.”
Each of these scarves will complete their creative journey as a Christmas present. Needless to say, the person who gets number six will have to be very special-at least as special as number six.
I completed the first panel of Jennifer Hansen’s Tunisian Multi-Garment!
It was fun. Learning Tunisian has been very gratifying. These pictures were taken after my first quick run at blocking. I still have some perfecting to do with the structure.
I have a sneaky suspicion that I would have been happier with a slightly larger size. I won’t know for certain until I’ve completed the second panel. The sizes were based on bust circumference and I think I would prefer a little more length on what will inevitably be the “torso”. Maybe I’m long-waisted….or maybe my tummy is a little more of an issue than my bust….
The color work is fascinating. Let it be known, however, that it leaves a gazillion ends to be woven. Hence the probable delay in starting the second panel for the garment. I need a little time to forget what a pain those ends were.
All in all, however, I’m extremely pleased! The Craftsy class on Tunisian was a great experience. I’ve signed on for three additional classes since beginning the Tunisian. I’m not sure that the instruction I’m seeing is the same quality that Jennifer Hansen provided in the Tunisian class, but I love the platform and recommend it for anyone who struggles to find classes available in your location or that work with your schedule.
I’ve been multi-tasking….burning both ends of the candle, if you will. On the one hand, I am full steam ahead with my Tunisian Crochet class and the Multi Garment.
Simultaneously, I am “go” for my sewing “Do Over”.
It’s like dating two guys when you’re single. You usually spend one date wishing you were on another. Then you feel guilty when you’re on a date with a guy you really like, because the other dude is more responsible and more stable. Usually things fall apart with both of them at about the same time and you wind up with no date…but I digress…
Apparently the sewing “do over” is Mr. Stability. The Tunisian multi-garment is the hotter Mr. Smooth. (This is a bizarre analogy, but let’s go with it.)
The stitch patterns are gorgeous.
Even though I’m using cotton instead of silk, the stitching still promises attractive drape. With the Tunisian, despite being in learning mode, everything is easier.
Sewing, not so much. I’ve finished my first set of pillow covers. I haven’t worked up the enthusiasm to photograph them yet. They’re cute….that’s it. Just cute. I wanted spectacular…wow! But nope, they’re cute. Like I said, the craft equivalent to Mr. Stability. I think I’ll wait and post them when I can add a few more for a grouping.
Until then, back to Mr. Smooth…