Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tidal Pool Scarf
This scarf was whipped off in a couple of hours, using a wrap and drop garter stitch, and multiple strands of yarn.
I was inspired by the beauty of the tidal pools of Lasqueti Island.
Not included in the time taken are the little purple starfish beads I made out of Fimo. But they didn’t take long either, and were fun to create. I attached them by threading all the beads plus starfish on the thinnest strand of the yarns I was working with and knitted them in randomly as I went. This was the first time I had knitted with beads and I didn't particularly enjoy the fiddliness. But I ascribe that to just not being very practised at bead knitting.
One thing I like about this project was that it was a great stashbuster. The yarns used had been traveling around for a LONG time. And they are a pretty international bunch too: light blue viscose from France, multi-coloured slubbed cotton and viscose from Holland, a Merino woven tape from the odd ball bin in a San Francisco shop, lime green cotton and rayon from a thrift shop in Tsawwassen, and a purple Cotswold (from England) single handspun by me about 15 years ago. Beads from Japan and Czechoslavakia round out the medley.
I would have used more beads and starfish for total galoptious-ness*, but they added quite a bit of weight and I like a scarf that’s light on the neck.
* Galoptious is a great word I thought was unique to our family, but I found it in Finnegan’s Wake, so it must have Irish origins. It means over the top ornamentation.