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Knitalongs and Scheming

This summer I started Cliffs of Insanity for the Indigodragonfly Summer Knitalong.  I loved this scarf and loved the idea of knitting laceweight but not knitting lace and of trying Habu Silk Stainless.  My colour combo was You Punched the Highlights Out of Her Hair! and a lovely plum.  

Of course, I got sidetracked and as the knitalong was coming to a close I frantically tried to finish.  When I realized that wasn't going to happen.  I cheated came up with a cunning plan.

The scarf pattern is a nifty one--there is lots of places to customize and add in random cables.  So I just decided to customize a little more as you can see from the fabulous photos modelled by Emma:

Emma Super Silly Model

The yarn became part of the design, adding texture and depth to the scarf.  And the lovely grey circulars work as an industrial-styled shawl pin holding the scarf in place.  

Emma Super Silly Model

The live stitches are another fascinating design detail.

Emma Super Silly Model

It didn't work in the Indigodragonfly forums either... (but it was fun to do all the scheming!)

So I got knitting and got this scarf finished!  



It is a pile of squooshy wool silk goodness. The stainless steel gives it a scrunch-ability (I know, not a word, but you get the picture) that is fun to play with and the random cables made the knitting interesting. IMG_0919

I'm already contemplating another one. Get the pattern and some yummy yarns at Indigodragonfly!

Dahlia is Done!

I finished my Dahlia sweater



The nifty thing was finishing it almost a week before I went to Rhinebeck (I'm still recovering, so details will be in another post).


The yarn used was Lavold Silky Wool Tweed. I used 6 skeins. It is heavier than the called-for yarn, but is very drapey and I'm very pleased with the fabric (and the stash reduction).

I'm 95% happy with it. The knitting execution is just fine. The look is great. The fit is not quite right though. I'm not sure if it's too small across the back or if it's just the way it's designed, but I find the sweater doesn't really stay on my shoulders very well.

The little details are very nice


And even if it doesn't fit perfectly, I sure do like it