And Happy Thursday to you! Even though I’ve been posting quite frequently lately, I wanted to post the scarf I finished last week, otherwise time will go by and like many other projects, I’ll forget to post it and it will never see the light of day!
A couple of weeks before I learned to spin, I was in a total creative slump, I’m not sure what caused it, maybe the six pairs of socks I knitted in a row… Suddenly it seemed that there was nothing in the world to make apart from socks and I couldn’t face another one, so there was nothing for me to make! I tried lots of patterns and rabbited them… so much rabbiting, it was destroying my fragile self-esteem and I needed an intervention… a project that was at my skill level, made from yarn that excited me… so I hunted through my queue on ravelry and found THIS! I then hunted through my stash and decided to make it with two lovely skeins of 10ply Malabrigo Rios, colourway Solis… I bought it recently with the intention of making a pretty scarf and was quite surprised to be honest, that I actually did because I get quite attached to my stash…
This is a lovely pattern, it’s so easy to make and knitted up very quickly thanks to the 10ply goodness. For the first time in a fortnight, I made something without rabbiting it and it was wonderful! Want to see?
But as you know, I had a little accident with this, because I have forewarned you that I was upset with machine washable wool… Now I just want to claim, that I am not meaning to offend any fans of machine washable wool out there, if you love it and think it is the best thing since interchangable circular needles, then I’m totally thrilled for you… this crafty business is individual and about pleasure!
I’m just a bit bitter, I’ll admit it. Instead of blaming myself for not swatching and knitting it with needles bigger than my intuition told me to, it’s much easier for me to blame the wool.
Wool dramas aside, want to hear what happened?!
My beautiful scarf… I was so deeply proud of it when I cast off those last 11 stitches I was in love, but of course it needed blocking, so I put it in a sink full of warm water with some chemical free soap, as I do with everything I make… so far so good… until I went to take it OUT of the sink…
Has something you’ve made ever actually GROWN in your hands?
“oh my god” I whimpered as I started dragging it from the sink, pulling what seemed like miles and miles of stocking stitch from the water…
“Oh my GOD” I cried frantically, watching my carefully knitted leaves begin to resemble palm fronds and my stocking stitch turn into what looked like lace….
Finally I managed to drag it out of the water and spun it in the machine. I then blocked it, trying to make it smaller, but no love… the scarf spanned my lounge floor. Admittedly, my lounge is small, but still…
It was at this point that I realised the same had happened with another cowl I made from machine washable wool a few months ago which I never got around to blogging and I decided that was it for me… I can’t take it anymore, no more projects from machine washable wool. Apart from the cascade 220 in my wardrobe…
But all’s well that ends well, and I have a good sense of humour… these things happen and once it dried the scarf was awesome and I’ve worn it pretty much every day since, so I must like it!
In fact, I think I love it….
And hey, it could be worse! It could have been a cardigan! So what projects have you had turn into disasters? Humor me and tell me some funny stories!!!
Big thanks to the lovely Liz Abinante for the pattern, it rocks.
OK, I’m off to do other things, I’ve been staring at the computer screen for far too long today! Wishing you a lovely beginning to your weekend!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX