Well, I’ve finished a couple of things, but neither of them’s exciting me. First up is the Morning Surf Scarf, which used 100g of handspun Shetland from the much lamented Spindlefrog on Etsy.
I spun it up into singles back in January 2009, and gave it several dunks in very hot and then cold water to felt it slightly. This seemed to work, it didn’t fall to pieces once.
I started the scarf with much enthusiasm, which waned rapidly, and the thing’s been in and out of the cupboard several times over the last year and a half, but it’s finally done.
Now I’m debating whether or not to block it – it has a three-dimensionalness about it at the moment, but it’s not very long (about 42”). Blocking would make it longer, but it’d flatten it out. I suspect it might stay as it is, mainly because I’m not that keen on it anyway. Or I’m just sick of the sight of it.
The other project which is finally done is the Rosa top. It was an easy knit, and useful for taking with me when I needed something to do whilst talking, but it got a bit tedious towards the end. Then I abandoned it because I had to work out how long the seams had to be, and how to make them match up, but eventually I fished it out and set to it.
It’s essentially two long strips of knitting which you fold in half to form the shoulders, and then sew up to form the side and centre front and back seams. The pattern just said to measure so far, but my obsessive nature wouldn’t let me, so I tried counting purl bumps to match it up, but kept losing track, then eventually hit upon the idea of threading some waste yarn through every ten bumps, which worked very well, and after much trying on then doing another inch, it was all done.
But then I put it on and stood back from the mirror, and realised that a garment which is essentially a square is never going to be particularly flattering.
The arms gape, and it just doesn’t hang right.
I suppose it’ll do for a quick slip on in the summer, but I can’t see it ever being one of my favourite items of clothing. Hey ho, can’t win them all. And the yarn was part of the Great Kemps Haul last December, so it only cost me £3.50.
The details – the pattern is Rosa by Debbie Bliss, which is free on the All About You website (at least I didn’t pay for the pattern!), and the yarn is Rowan Wool Cotton. I don’t think I’ll be making this one again, somehow.