Wednesday, January 10, 2007

When all else fails...


...ask the people on the internet.

Since there's massive snowfall, it seems appropriate to knit. I have some very special wool that I bought on Pender Island when I was there during the summer, but I don't have a lot of it, so I was thinking I'd knit up a slender, lacy scarf. However, it's an odd wool, handspun, and it changes back and forth from really fine to rather thick and back again. A picture of the yarn itself is HERE.

Japanese Lantern Scarf. Not a very good picture, but maybe the best for the slubby-ness of the yarn.

Feather and Fan. Very simple. I approve of simple.

Branching Out. I love this one, but I'm worried that the pattern will get lost due to gauge change of the wool. Also, it should probably be leaf coloured...whether it be green, or autumn colours.

Hmmmmm...

I'm probably going to wind up making a little swatch of each one to see how it works...but I just thought I'd throw this out there. Comments are appreciated. Thanks!

5 comments:

DC said...

I guess it depends on how big you think you'll be able to make something given the amount of wool you have. I think that it would be cool if you made either a Disc Golf bag/purse or a Disc Golf towel out of it, since you bought it on Pender, just seems appropriate...

Otherwise, depending on the surface area, the Feather and Fan could look good as a decorative accent, perhaps to go under an indoor planter or something.

The Teacher said...

Those are some good ideas...I like the idea of a decorative accent best, I think. I'm not sure that the wool is tough enough to be used as something utilitarian like a disc golf bag/towel.

Jennifer said...

It sounds like you want to showcase the wool because it is fabulous. In order to do that, I suggest going with the simplest pattern (visually simplest, that is, not necessarily the simplest to make).

Otherwise, attention will be drawn away from the wool, and if it's alternatingly slubby and fine, it won't do justice to a complex pattern anyway.

[However, you mustmustmust make something sometime in that branching out pattern because it's awesome.]

There. How's that for a total non-knitter?

The Teacher said...

Excellent points, all! Two non knitters...lol.

I have cast on and done the first 10 inches or so of a super super super simple scarf. (pattern is: Knit. Eleven more times. Start new row. Do the same thing until it's long enough.) Looks like it's going to be plenty long enough for a full sized scarf. *rubs hands* Now, if I could just keep the dye from coming off on my fingers. *rubs hands again*

Anonymous said...

Maybe try a cable scarf - a scarf with one or two cabels running along the length. Perhaps add a contrasting colour (simple knit w/ no cable) at the ends to add length. Soon I will have spun enough to make my own things! MUAHAHAHA! *cough* Uh, ya.

Cat