Bart & Francis – Brioche Knitting

I was certain that I had posted a “casting on” photo, or at least a WIP photo, but I may have only thought I did.

Here is another Nancy Marchant project, Bart & Francis, published in Knitting Fresh Brioche: Creating Two-Color Twists & Turns, available from Amazon.

Continuing as before, I selected a pattern that would use an entire skein of Lion Shawl in a Ball yarn, this time in color Cleansing Quartz, along with the companion Knitpicks Stroll Fingering in color Black.

Also, continuing as before, it took multiple tries to get the hang of the pattern.  I wish I could figure out what my problem is with these patterns – It’s like that “Magic Eye” picture – it makes no sense until, suddenly, it does, and then it’s a great project and lots of fun.


Completed Project – Champagne Bubbles

I wasn’t sure about the lace version of a Nancy Marchant pattern, but I decided that I was ready to try.

Champagne Bubbles is published in Vogue Knitting, Holiday, 2014 (available as a digital magazine).  Again, using Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, in color Peaceful Earth, with the contrast color of Knit Picks Palette in color Camel Heather.

I intended this to be a light and casual wrap, and I believe that is how it turned out.  Very enjoyable project, and now that I’ve knit several of these, I can follow the pattern and fix stitches that are missed.

Note on the picture with two side-by-side projects.  The one on the right is not blocked – same yardage as the one on the left.  What a difference a little warm water and stretching can make!

Midsummer Night’s Dream Capelet

I’m about done with capelets. While they are a nice way to use up one or two skeins of yarn, I’ve not been impressed with the results. The model always shows the item draped gracefully over the shoulders, but, I have to tell you, there’s not enough fabric to actually wear it that way, without it sliding off.  Generally, it works better as a scarf, but the shape doesn’t always lend itself to being worn as a scarf.  Grumble, grumble.

For this project, I was doubly-disappointed that there was so much yarn left. Had I been a bit more clever, I would have simply extended the pattern out and made the project slightly bigger, using more yarn. However, rather than a project that you “knit until you run out of yarn,” this project had a set number of rows, and then a ruffle edging. Had this been expensive yarn, I might have been inclined to rip out the edging and make the project bigger. As it is, I have other yarn and other projects, and “miles to go before I sleep,” and I just don’t want to spend more time on it.

I sound bitter; I’m not – just a bit disappointed. However, I did learn a few things – ruffle edging, for one and that if I ever get a renewed interested in capelets, I might actually make this one up, again.  It’s a nice variation from the typical easy YO-style capelet, and the ruffle edging is both easy and a nice touch.  The colors are also nice and evocative of spring, which is heartening as we await actual spring weather to make an appearance.

Pattern: Midsummer Night’s Dream, from Creative Knitting Magazine, Summer, 2014. This is the cover piece, incidentally.  The issue features several shawls and capelets.

Yarn:  Deborah Norville’s Premier Serenity Garden, in color Hydrangea available through JoAnn’s.

Really  missing my  model daughters - I would like to see how this looks when worn.
Really missing my model daughters – I would like to see how this looks when worn.


Knitting in Public

The Old Man in Storr shawlette that I just completed was easy enough and small enough to take with me when I carpooled with colleagues to a presentation last week.  I was a bit hesitant about taking knitting with me “in public.”  While I take hand-work (usually, cross stitch) to conferences when I’m one among dozens (or hundreds) in the audience, and use the cloak of relative anonymity, this was me with two close colleagues in a car for a hour-long ride, so I wasn’t sure whether they would think it rude of me, or whether I could focus on the conversation and keep track of the knitting.

Both (conversation and knitting) worked out just fine.  My knitting sparked comments about their family members’ knitting, and we talked about the project for about 45 seconds, and then went back to our work-related discussion.  No big deal.

I normally don’t care to car-pool (independent person that I am), but for this conference, it seemed silly for all three of us to drive to the same destination an hour away, and I really appreciated having someone else at the wheel.  In the future, I may keep this in mind when someone else offers to drive – I just hope I have some portable knitting ready to go (another reason to always keep a sock project on the needles!).

What are your thoughts about “knitting in public”?