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