scarves


Braided Neckpiece for Christel, originally uploaded by velvetdahlia.

Christel just sent me a care package of lovely clothes for my Blythe, Moet. So I knit this braided neckpiece from the Teva Durham book, Loop-d-loop for her. It’s actually the only Teva piece I’ve knit that I haven’t had to rip out. I knit one of these several years ago and I wear it often. (I’ve knit many of her designs and none of them worked for me.)

It’s knit out of Elan’s Peruvian Collection Highland wool, doubled in Irish Moss on number 11 needles.

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It’s warm in London, but I’m still thinking about scarves. This one is particularly lovely (gleaned from Elle). I have some jumbo buttons I bought at Fabrications. Originally I was thinking they should go on a bulky cardi, but now I’m thinking scarf…

Another scarf gleaned from Elle. From a Max Mara ad. I’m wondering if the feathers have been inserted just for the photoshoot. I would never use feathers in my knitting, unless I gleaned them from the forest floor or something. Even then, I’m allergic. But I still love the way feathers look on garments, even if it troubles me how they got there. This scarf reminds me of a witch’s ladder I saw in the Pitt Rivers musuem– a rope stuck with feathers found in the attic of an old woman. It was said to aid in the stealing of milk and the cursing of enemies. I could use a scarf that stole (soy) milk and cursed a few people, yeah.

Gautier jumper gleaned from Elle. I’m intrigued by the panel insert here. And it’s of ingenious design– lovely and feral-goth-fey. I think I will have to knit something like it. It has a similar feel to the apocalypse blouse I knit for one of Edith Abeyta’s shows. I also like the use of angora at the sleeves and hip. I have some white angora which I don’t know what to do with. I think this cuts the potential “snow kitten” vibe rather well, especially with the asymmetry– the angora is on only one cuff. I mean, you either have to embrace the snow kitten and knit a fuzzy bikini or you have to subvert it.

I also like how this sweater is knit from the top down, with raglan increases in a tighter gauge on smaller needles (or maybe it’s also a different yarn) and then it’s picked up right over the bust and at the sleeves on bigger needles.. Or perhaps the inset is knit around, and the stitches are calculated based on the bust measurement, and knit as one big center-puckered circle which is seamed up the back. It looks like there might be a purl ridge right there before the switch. What a great idea. I am taking notes.

giant pink scarfNormally I avoid fashion magazines. There was a time in my life when I devoured them. (During that time I also went to the gym twice a day and lived on diet coke.) But it’s better for my sanity if I just look at them as a special occasion treat. I bought the recent Elle and was delighted to find these mega scarves by Giles.

They are knit on broomsticks with what looks like roving.

Last year I bought a scarf at my favourite London knit shop, Fabrications. It was made by a local designer and was knit with merino roving on massive needles and then felted. the felted fringe looks like tentacles. It’s still in winter storage but once I break it out, there will be pictures.

I love the idea of a scarf being more like a chrysalis, and the distortion of the body where the neck and shoulders seem to disappear.

Scarves– that perennial beginner project– are still one of the most satisfying things to knit, and probably my favourite thing to wear. My one pet peeve, though, is seeing woolly scarves worn with camisoles or slip dresses. If it’s warm enough to go out without a jacket, then a wool scarf is pure pretension. It makes my itchy just thinking about it.

While perusing the issue I also saw this bulky knit beret or “dread crown”– spectacular! I knew I acquired those 15mm dpns for something. This is, of course, never to be worn with the bulky scarf lest one disappear completely in bulky knits.

jumbo crown