Happy Monday! To heck with Fridays; I think the world would be a better place if I was off EVERY Monday. I like this, staying in bed and hanging out with the girls before starting my day. Do you like a long weekend that begins early (on Friday) or ends late (on Tuesday?)
Back last spring, Jessi sold some of her beautiful handspun in her (no longer open) Etsy shop.
Atlantis came to live with me, and has been waiting for the perfect project. I’m giving a little moebius program at our next guild meeting, and needed a simple sample. Simple and beautiful handspun go well together, so…
Project: Atlantis Merino Lace Cowl
Pattern: Cat Bordhi’s Moebius Cowl. Ravelry says it’s in A Treasury of Magical Knitting, but if you can find it in there, will you give me the page number? I just used the free version online because danged if I saw it in my copy of the book.
I did make a few changes. I love lace and was concerned that I didn’t have enough yarn to follow the pattern as written, so I only did 8 repeats of the main “chevron” section, and then did four repeats of the lace. Because I used worsted weight yarn, it’s really more of a shoulder-warmer than a cowl as I think of them – something warm around the neck.
I STRONGLY recommend Cat Bordhi’s YouTube video for the cast-on. I’ve tried at least three variations of moebius cast-ons, and this is by far the fastest and easiest.
And yes, that’s what I’ll be demonstrating for the guild program too.
Yarn: Alabama Fiber Dreams Atlantis Superwash Merino handspun in a light-worsted to heavy worsted weight. Really, Noro yarns have more variation in thick-thin than this did. I was also pleasantly surprised by the gentle self-striping action going on.
(Why yes, that blur on the right IS Diva Sissy checking on the thing I’d had in my lap.)
I haven’t blocked this yet, and don’t know if I will. It “bloomed” tremendously just playing with it after it came off the needles. I think if I soak and block it, it could very well be more of a wrap.
Needles: For perhaps the last time ever, my Knitpick Options failed me. The darned cord came out of the metal part where it attaches to the tip AGAIN. Yes, KP will replace it if I fuss, but frankly, this is at least the third time it’s happened on a LARGE lace project, and when one has to scramble to pick up (and fix countless dropped stitches) dozens of stitches because a needle failed, I lose faith and interest, regardless of how good a warranty might be.
Oh – size 10.5 US, Harmony tips.
That’s a bamboo circ in a smaller size, because the only 10.5 circ I have is in my KP Options. (I do have both metal and wood tips, but see above – I wasn’t giving KPO a chance to fail me again.) You’ll also see some bamboo dpns that were called into service to save the mess.
(And look Jessi! I did use the matching stitch marker – one of ’em, anyway.)
Verdict: I love moebius knitting, loved the yarn, but I’m rather done with Knitpicks Options. Sure, I could glue the cord back in, and might, for emergency uses, but I’ll be investing in FIXED circs, especially for moebius knitting. I do find photographing this item difficult, but I think you get the idea.
Gretchen is politely pointing at the the cast-on start. I didn’t weave in ends, because (again) this will be a “teaching” sample, and I want everyone to see how a moebius comes together.
I need to get on with my day, but Gretchen also wants Alison to know she’s been on squirrel patrol this morning. She doubled up on her rounds, since I’m home to let her in and out and in and …