Gyllis in Gilliatt

As predicted, I’ve finished my Gyllis scarf, knit in Gilliatt pepper (from De Rerum Natura) and half a skein of Araucania Aysén I bought at the L’Aiguille en fête craft show back in February. I managed to botch a few stitches on one row, but I think I can live with that.

IMG_2892The scarf is architectural indeed, but quite wearable once you start trying ways of wrapping the warm bulk of it around your neck.

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The whole thing was highly pleasurable to knit. I need to get my hands on some more Aysén from Araucania. Merino wool, alpaca, and a bit of silk; hand dyed variegated goodness that makes me want to knit more!

On another note, I’m completely obsessed with that hooded “thing” you can see Tom Hanks wearing in the movie Cloud Atlas (which has quite a share of textile craft on display). It looks partly knitted, partly crocheted. Got to find more about that…

On with the rest…

Azul Profundo

Had a perfect Sunday, knitting at the Pères Populaires in the company of friends. I’m slowly making progress on my wrap, rediscovering how pleasurable it is to knit with Knit Pro Cubics. These square needles are just perfect for seed stitch formation.

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I’m convinced I should have started this project using the alternate cable cast on method. But I was too lazy in the first place, and relied on good old handy long tail. Oh well. Next time, I’ll use this:

Seed stitch wrap

The moment I set eyes on the Purl bee’s amazing seed stitch wrap, I knew I’d be making one for myself, and was itching to cast on its 109 stitches. The project in itself is knitting at its most mindless and minimal (kilometers of plain seed stitch, who’d want to knit that for hours on end?). But, hey, I’m a sucker for heirloom items, and the texture and colors of the finished wrap just scream “make me! make me!”

The suggested yarns are quite a bit on the pricey side, so I bought 9 skeins of soft Malabrigo merino worsted instead, in a color palette that does not “pop” as much as the original, but which I can see myself wrapping around my body.

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Variegated blues, bluish grays, a little shock of damask rose to keep things interesting and shades of taupe. God, give me strength to finish this by next winter.