Atlantis Found!

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 superwash merino

Atlantis superwash merino

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.

End is actually below Gs nose, but...

End is actually below G's nose, but...

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.

See the long tail, where the bind-off ended?

See the long tail, where the bind-off ended?

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 … 





24 comments on “Atlantis Found!

  1. Sue J. says:

    Beautiful moebius. I have never tried one, but yours is just lovely! I, too, won’t be using my KP options much longer. I am waiting for Signature Needles to come out with their circulars, sometime this year. I know they will be pricey, but I don’t care. If they are anything like their straights and DP’s, it will be worth the wait and price. Have a lovely Monday. I am off today!!

  2. Darcy says:

    Wow just gorgeous must have a link to the free on-line pattern;)Hugs Darcy

  3. Sue says:

    That is very pretty. Lovely soft colors, the whole thing is very feminine. Love the noses in the photos.

  4. gaylen says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I love it. I personally love the HiyaHiya circular needles. They have a sharp but rounded pount (if that makes sense) and they knit beautifully, however they are metal. But cheaper than Addis. I only had the knitpicks in tiny sock size circulars and I snapped the needle before the cable had a chance to fail. g

  5. Robin in VA says:

    WOW…that’s beautiful! Love the colors, looks like Gretchen likes it too!

  6. Cynthia says:

    Fatboy is always on bird patrol from the sliding glass door. He is hoping one day we feel that he is ready and will let him outside to face his advisary….

  7. Kathy says:

    Beautiful! You and Jessi did great on the project:).
    I made a moebius many years ago and I forgot how fascinating they are to knit. Now you’ve inspired me and for heaven’s sake I certainly don’t inspiration. I have enough projects started…….LOL

  8. grace says:

    Lucky you home on a Monday!! Hope you watched Y & R,

    My Knit Picks Harmony 10.5 on 60″ cord did the same thing last week, it too is the 3rd time I will never do a blanket, shawl doily or in the round work of any kind on those circulars. Must buy more addis!

    As I said on Rav—love the yarn. love the mobieus

  9. nichole says:

    BEATIFUL! I love that you’ll be teaching too – very cool. Always love seeing noses in your FO pics… reminds me of home, lol.

  10. Mr Puffy says:

    I’ll take Friday off every time! Getting an early start on the weekend is what I enjoy most.

    Gorgeous yarn and great Mobius pattern. Thanks for all the information on how it’s done. Sorry about the needle fiasco. That’s a fear of time – having the stitches come off on a lace project – yikkes!

  11. Bubblesknits says:

    ::big grin:: I’m so glad you liked the yarn! It’s always neat to see how it knits up.

    I’ve never had a cable come loose, but I have to say, hearing the stories is making me nervous about putting a lace project on one. I have a hard enough time with lace without needle troubles, too. lol

  12. StarSpry says:

    Beautiful moebius! What a bummer about the KP circulars. I really like my KA Bamboo Circular Needle set.

  13. AlisonH says:

    Tell her thank you! My obstreperous bluejay has been, too–you never saw a squirrel move quite so fast as that one did a little while ago with the jay charging it down the fenceline.

  14. Cathy says:

    I want one and I want it in that color! How many yards you think? I have a pretty handspun I’d like to see it in, maybe?

  15. Krystle says:

    I love your “Shoulder warmer” the color and pattern are great! The yarn is beautiful too. That sucks about your needles though…. I have recently been using Crystal Palace circs–they have a new design so the clear wire is in a ball and socket type joint attached to the bamboo with a metal part that gradually increases from the size of the wire to the size of the needle, which not only allows the sts to slip freely around when your working, but the clear wire rotates in the joint, so you don’t get twisted and tangled. I think they are great, and if you like bamboo, they are good. I’m sure you’ve tried Crystal Palace, but try the new design if you want something new.

    (wow that was a long comment!)
    -Krystle 🙂

  16. Beautiful yarn, nice project. I’m eager to see it “on” when you’re done using as a teaching piece.

  17. Anita says:

    Gorgeous!! You did Jessi’s beautiful yarn justice! 🙂

  18. Sonya says:

    That is beautiful!

  19. Dianne says:

    Mondays are my favorite days to take off. On Friday, it’s already the end of the week and you just have to get through that one day and then there is the weekend. If I have Monday off, all weekend long I’m looking forward to having an extra day!

    Love the Moebius! I’ve never had good luck with interchangeable circulars, though I have only tried Boye and Denise. The Boyes keep un-screwing as I knit, and the Denise are kind of odd. I just don’t like the feel of the plastic, plus I snapped one at the cable end. Frustrating. I like the Knit Picks fixed circulars, but they only come in small sizes. I’ll be saving my pennies for Addi Turbo fixed circulars, I guess.

  20. km says:

    Love the colors of that!

  21. Robin says:

    This yarn is very pretty!!! Like the pattern, too.

  22. Monica says:

    Soooo gorgeous! Beautiful colourway!

  23. Natalie says:

    The knitting is beautiful as well as the yarn!! So pretty and great colors!

  24. […] there’s the moebius I knitted from Jessi’s handspun.  (FO report HERE.)  Now THAT I’ve already worn next to my sensitive neck skin, even though I will confess I […]

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