Archive for September, 2008


I’m finally getting back to work on my Brompton cardigan after setting it aside a few months ago. For awhile, it felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere. The hazards of a fine knit done on small needles. And then I reached the point where the sleeves were put aside, and it started to resemble something sweater-shaped.

Brompton (neck)

And since then, it’s been knitting up very quickly. I placed the stitches on scrap yarn this morning and tried it on in front of the mirror, and it’s just lovely. It’s an unusual color, a cross between a pale sunshiny yellow and orange juice.

Brompton (in progress)

I’m still not sure I’m going to have enough of the Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK to make it hip-length, and my LYS no longer carries that colorway, so I’m working the sleeves before I go any further on the body.

I’m not sure I’d buy more anyway, I’ve had so much trouble with this yarn. As I said, it’s a lovely color, and it’s knitting up with a fine bloom, but I paid way too much money for this stuff for it to have so many problems. Each skein has had multiple joins and knots, all of which naturally show up right in the front of the cardigan. But on top of that, it’s very badly spun, and there are little tufts where the cashmerino is thickly spun. I don’t know if I just got a bad batch, but I won’t be buying this yarn again.

I have a few other WIP, but those are going to have to wait until I fix this blog. Sometime in the past few days, Blogger changed my template back to the default one and lost my formatting and design elements. I was a little sick of them anyway, so my next project is redesigning this page. Or maybe taking the leap to a different blog.


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I feel for autumn the way the Romantic poets felt about spring. I wait for it each year, crave it, anticipate the crisp air and chill winds, the warm drinks and cozy clothing. I would write an ode to a roasted potato, a sonnet to hobgoblins, a haiku to a rakish beret…in short, could-I-would-I speed up autumn, it would be cold and damp and raining candycorn. It is, however, warm and oppressively sunny. So Wordsworth be damned, all I can do is knit fuzzy things and hope for fall.

And on that thread, I have my autumn scarf all ready. Back in grad school, when I first learned how to knit, I bought a hank of ribbon yarn. I didn’t understand yardage, and I didn’t understand texture…all I cared about was that the yarn was made of ribbon in glorious shades like Monet’s garden. It wasn’t until I saw the lovely Felinity‘s drop-scarf that I realized I could actually do something with this stuff other than occasionally pet it.

Pattern: Shamelessly Pilfered Felinitykat Scarf
Yarn: Colinette Giotto (1 hank)
Needle: Size 10/6.5

Ribbon Drop Scarf 2

Also doubles as an arty head-scarf, or would if I could get away with it at my stuffy office.

Ribbon Drop Scarf (detail)

Very fun and versatile scarf – knits up quickly. Pattern on Kat’s page. (Pocket Kitty not included)

Ribbon Drop Scarf (with added perks)

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