Goldfish Knitting

Sometimes my fingers twitch in a way that only knitting satisfies.  Cold weather brings that feeling to my fingertips.  This year, I started with a scarflet gifted to a friend before I photographed it.  I was so pleased with the finished product, I made one for myself.  It’s the perfect little scarf for a slightly chilly sub-tropical winter.

I can’t decide which side I like best.  This comes from Ravelry, “Anthro-Inspired Scarflet.”  Knitters like to knock off Anthropologie as much as sewists.  I used one-and-a-bit balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran- perfect pairing of yarn and pattern for optimal stitch definition.  If I had it to do again (and I suspect I’ll keep making them), I’d make the back neck 20 sts wide instead of 26, which would make this a one-ball project.  It curls despite blocking, I may need to wet-block.

I knit a few beanies for my husband every year.  He picked this one, Aaron’s Hat, which I knitted with “Jet,” a soft alpaca blend which also yields great stitch definition.  I worried it would come out too textured for his taste, but it’s soft and warm and barely leaves his head.

And finally, Capucine.  I started it with an angora blend held double, then realized I would run out of yarn well before I finished.

No problem, I blended in some gray wool-cashmere to finish the back.  I didn’t do the applique in from the original, and only modest side tassels.  I suspect my guage was slightly small, as it has the tendency to slip off the back of my head when I look up.

Regardless, it sees plenty of wear.  I like the “coif” air to it, and it’s soft and warm.  The back decreases beautifully, which was an unexpected pleasant surprise.  I realize I’m wearing a thick knitted hat with an exposed back, but this isn’t exactly Antarctica.

These three projects share a common virtue- big yarn.  I can complete them in a sitting or three, I like to knit when I chat with Mom over Skype.  I lose interest in larger projects, or those that require a smaller gauge.  Big chunky projects for me or nothing!  (Except lacework, that also goes fast…)

I’m roaring back into apparel-making with an ultimate pair of Katharine Hepburn trousers.  I’m working with a wool-cashmere blend twill, with Hong Kong seams, lined to the knees, and styling based loosely on this pair of pants:

(Oppositional Forces)

They’re from… Anthropologie.  The circle now complete, I must go H.K. some seams on my K.Heps.


  1. Love the texture of that bow scarf!And a cooment on the bag post: how do you keep your rice dry if you have a mildew problem? I daren't buy in bulk for this reason!

  2. The rice goes from sack to an airtight container and we don't have a problem. I don't know what happens to it before we get it, but it's smooth and gorgeous. All our food goes into airtight containers, I never saw so many insects driven to food theft as here.

  3. Love your scarf, its in my queue on Ravelry :) I tend to stick to smaller projects like socks, gloves, hats etc as there are few fitting problems. I do NOT want to try an FBA on a knitting pattern! lol Short rows aren't too hard on socks, but on a cardigan? I can barely understand a cardigan pattern as it is, without adding in short rows! Maybe one day. . .Ashley x

  4. I love your coif (funny, I was thinking the same thing before I scrolled down and saw the coif illustration!). The scarflet is cute, too, although I must admit as a far northerner decorative scarves sort of bemuse me.Can't wait to see the pants :D

  5. I love my knitting, don't bother with lacy patterns though, I stick to bold stripes and colour blocks with bows and pockets etc from a good basic pattern. Never seen the point in knitting jumpers (sweaters) with holes in, too drafty!!!

Is it kind, useful or interesting? Great!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s