Sunday, September 02, 2007

Another WIP!?!

When in doubt, cast on!

No, it isn't a headdress for Queen Amidala. It's the beginning of a scarf/shawl hybrid using Wendy Wonnacott's Gioia pattern, but with finer yarn and making it bigger. At least that's the plan right now.

Here's a detail of the stitch:

In the spring, I bought a bunch of Tahki New Tweed from the half-price bin at The Sow's Ear. It's 60% Merino, 14% silk, and 26% viscose. I didn't get enough for a garment for me. And it has a drapey quality to it that I think one can't fight too hard. I like the way this stitch pattern has a substantial three-dimensionality to it, while being lacy at the same time. The only thing I'm not sure I'm liking so far is that the growing selvedge is rather inelastic compared to the rest of the work. I'm tempted to undo and reuse the stitch pattern in a different way. BUT, I really like shape of Wendy's Gioia. It's kind of horseshoe shaped, which allows it to stay put on the shoulders without being tied or pinned. Hmmm.

I think for now, I'll soldier on and see if the inelastic edge bothers me too much once I split for the two long extensions.


Bezzie said...

Hee hee, it does look like that headress all spread out like that.

Perfect for fall when it's not too hot, not too cold.

ellen said...

I like the way your fair isle is shaping up. You may be snuggled up in it before the snow flies. The mill ends are spinning up pretty, too. I can't wait to see what you produce now that you have a little time for yourself!

jpknits said...

It's interesting to note your experience with the selvage. I noticed when I knit up the same pattern with some Malabrigo. Truthfully, though, I observed it at the time and chalked it up to a possible comment on my knitting. I tend toward a certain crispness in my knitting - not tight, but not loose.
I'll be interested to see how your experimenting goes.

Ali said...

I like the look of that yarn with that pattern! Also, re: your fair isle WIP, I don't think I've seen such impressive fair isle as yours besides Eunny Jang's. Just unbelievable. :)

Magatha said...

I was thinking you were making a crown for the Queen of the Spider people!
The edge does look firm, maybe a test block with pins?