Posts categorized "Cliffs of Insanity"

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!

Cliffs of Insanity

Holy I love this:


My crackyarn dealer has come through again enticing me with her addictive offerings.  I already have a skein of the merino silk laceweight which I planned to use to make this beauty, but seeing the mix of wool and silk and moldable stainless steel and the cables and the random, I fell in love.

Cliffs of Insanity.  Awesome.

I also realized that while I very much appreciate lace, it's not me.  I don't really like knitting it and it's not something I wear. That doesn't mean I won't knit it eventually, I just want Cliffs more.

Mine will be blue (You punched the highlights our of her hair) with violet Habu stainless/silk.  I can't wait to cast on.

And the name, that also got me.  My life currently feels like I'm on the brink of a cliff.  It's very busy at work, school is coming to an end, with all it's final recitals and ceremonies and soccer season has begun. I'm thinking about where my career is going next and what I want to be when I grow up and I'm running a lot.  It's crazy. I think a random, soft, silky project with some steel for resilience is just what I need.