Once I had the hang of spinning on my lovely new wheel, I trawled through the fibre stash and found some Merino fibre that was given to me quite some time ago. Lovely blues and purples, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.
Earlier this year, there was a bit of buzz on Ravelry with a particular new pattern. Bigger on the Inside is a pretty shawl that is an homage to the TARDIS from Doctor Who. Whilst I love the idea of it, I really didn’t want it as a shawl. HOWEVER, I’ve long wanted a Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) scarf. I had toyed with the idea of knitting one at some stage, but the sheer size of the thing seemed a bit ridiculous for Sydney weather. So I decided to take the two elements that I liked about the shawl, and decided to alter it so I could knit myself a Doctor Who inspired scarf, instead.
So I spun, and spun. Learning the nuances of my new wheel. I have discovered that it is too easy to overspin on it, so I’m going to have to learn to compensate in my drafting/peddling. My yarn is a little more energised that I genearally like it, but it did come almost balanced off the wheel.
Once the yarn was done, I sat down and decided how to effectively put this piece together. I ended up flipping the TARDIS chart on it’s head, so I could knit it from the base up on one side, and top down on the other. After deciding on spacial framing of the TARDISes (2 each end), I decided that the “Vortex Lace” would be the majority of the scarf. I should end up with a scarf with two blue ends, and a lot of wibbly-wobbly, time vortex purples in the middle.
While there will be no more scarf weather THIS year, I will be all set up for next winter!
My Father is almost impossible to buy for when it comes to gifts. Both of my parents are, really. Luckily for me, they appreciate the things I make. This year, for his birthday, I made my Dad a cowl. It’s the second one I’ve made for him. The first was a couple of years ago for Fathers’ Day. After telling me that he wears it all the time through winter, I offered to make him another in a different colour. Also so if he got one dirty, he could have a clean one.
My parents are off to the US and Canada for 5 weeks, which co-incides with the mid to late “Fall” season. So to make sure that his head would stay as toasty as his neck, I offered to make him a matching beanie. I started, and finished it today. Simple top down construction, with a LOT of 2×2 ribbing.
He loves it.
It’s nice when people appreciate the time and work that goes into handmade gifts.
While recuperating, dealing with laceweight yarn was just not on the agenda. So I pulled out some of the Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury that I got for Christmas last year. Some of it was earmarked for a hat, so I decided that a little beret would be perfect. And given all the cold weather we’ve been having, and because I have really short hair now, my neck is exposed and requires something toasty around it.
So I did a search through Ravelry, and found two cute and quick little knits. Bubble Hat is cute, top down hat, with enough interest in the seed stitch that it wasn’t a boring knit. I wanted something floppy, but I ended up making it HUGE. So I had to rip back about 2.5″ and reknit the band. I eliminated the button bits, but I am considering a little bow for it.
The Bow Knot Scarf looked like a very quick little knit, and indeed only took me 2 days. Loads of garter stitch and a tiny little bit of ribbing, and while the pattern calls for a Worsted/10ply yarn, I found the Luxury more than lofty enough to make it big enough for me, and nice and toasty.
The two knits took less than a ball of yarn and about 2 weeks all up, with my somewhat limited crafting time. I’m sure someone who wasn’t recovering from surgery, or doesn’t get distracted by the “shiny” as easily as I do, could knock them over in a week.
It was good to get something that I can wear done in time for winter. I love that they’re a little vintage looking, too. I’ve worn them quite a bit already and they are LOVELY to wear!