Thursday, 23 May 2013

Indulgence Knit - Bilby Yarns Handspun Scarfette

I should preface today's post by saying that this is not the post that I thought I would be writing today. I had planned to write about the sweet little custom vest I am knitting for a friend of my mum's grandson and show great pictures of the finished result. However, mother nature intervened by striking both Little B and myself down with a nasty gastro virus.

Having said that, I now have a new barometer for telling how sick I'm feeling. Try this for size (this only works if you're a knitter):
  1. If you're lying in bed, groaning and can't even visualise knitting - stay in bed, you are very sick. (That was me on Day 1)
  2. If you are ok to do very basic stocking stitch but can't fathom anything more complicated and become unstuck with a minor complication - you are on the mend but not yet fully functioning.
  3. If you can actually concentrate enough to do normal everyday knitting (anything other than a garter stitch or rib scarf) - your brain has obviously recovered and you can go about your daily business.
So having now been a bit side-tracked, I can show you something entirely different. The first is my new system of organisation (I finally figured this out on the weekend). This has been brewing for a little while but is not yet fully implemented. It is a system of showing me visually my priority stash/projects.

On my desk I now have three boxes. The top one is for family and friend knits. In there at the moment is the beautiful  caramel yarn from Candy Apple Lane that is slated for a vest for a close friend's little boy and the two balls of Aquarium Luxury that will complement the variegated yarns for my boys' vests. In the bottom right corner are the yarns to be used for me projects. I'm thinking of another cardigan and possibly a lace wrap. The bottom left is for custom knits and design yarns. I haven't entirely filled this one yet - it has currently the yarn for a custom vest and a custom cardigan but I have a few ideas of what else I would like in there! The bag at the top is filled with projects that are finished and awaiting a good home or more sensitive knits in progress like my Suri Alpaca Lap Blanket that will not fare well in the rough and tumble of my normal knits in progress bag.

I can also show you what knitting I did do yesterday (as Day 1 was a total write off). By midday on Day 2 I could actually get my mind around doing a bit of basic stocking stitch and so I started back on the Suri Alpaca Lap Blanket...
...until I hit a snag. I had inadvertently dropped a stitch about 10 rows down and the effort of picking it up was excruciating. I also totally stuffed up the garter stitch part of the picked up stitch but given it was 3ply and fluffy....I just couldn't face undoing it. It is therefore put aside for the time being.

However, I wanted to perk myself up a little and couldn't fathom picking up the stitches around the collar and one of the sleeves for the custom vest so I started on the scarf I have been dying to knit for myself. It is a slightly modified version of Paula's Scarfette, which is a great free design by Georgie Hallam from tikki designs. I made this pattern recently for my mum's mothers day present as well. This time I am doing it in a beautiful 10-12ply dark blue handspun by Bilby Yarns.

You may remember this yarn from the August giveaway last year. I had bought about 300g worth of this beautiful yarn at the time. This is a mixture of merino and silk and feels absolutely gorgeous. I've been eyeing it off for almost a year and enough is enough. Why not start now?

Fortunately, this pattern is very simple and only requires a very little amount of cabling - no tricks here. It also goes really, really fast so that is absolutely wonderful from a self-gratification perspective! By late afternoon yesterday, I was well underway with this beauty and could safely say that I was going to be able to be back at work today.
 Having said that, I'm not quite sure I'm up to picking up stitches tonight yet so I may have another delightful evening with this scarf before going on to other projects!

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