Saturday, March 6, 2010

Back to Basics

FO: Sulka Slouch
Pattern: Speckles and Swirls Beret by Gillie Parsons
Needles: US 10 and 11 DPNs, bamboo
Yarn: Mirasol Sulka, 2 skeins

Supasoft yarn (very nice and squashy) + simple and quick pattern= me back on the knitting bandwagon! I had not knit in months, and picking up any old WIPs seemed both intimidating and exhausting. I pulled out my sweater pieces to seam, only to stuff them out of sight, my brain unwilling to comprehend the whole shoulder seaming process. Conflicting online tutorials did nothing to ease the braincramp. So, when in doubt, knit something fun, pretty, and instantly wearable.

I heart slouches.
FO: Giant Garter Cowl
Pattern: knit a giant tube of garter stitch!
Yarn: Malabrigo Gruesa, 2 skeins, colorway Torerro
Needles: the biggest I own-- I think a US 13, bamboo

Excited to be knitting again, I cast on the world's most simple project-- a garter stitch cowl. I had two skeins of Malabrigo Gruesa, their thick and thin variety, in a deep red. Yarn is so fun-- infinite permutations of texture and color. I cast on a bunch of stitches, and knit until I had no more yarn. The result is a beast of a cowl. I can fold it down to double its thickness, it is so long. I am modeling it here with a different color red sweater that clashes in the most hideous of ways, but you get the idea. Warm, quick, and fun. Garter stitch let my lovely Malabrigo do all the talkin'. Up close, I think the stitches look kind of retro and designy. Fun.

The day these pictures were taken, my fave LYS Knitterly in my home town was having a big sale, so some new Malabrigo and some Berroco Naturlin came home with me. The Malabrigo is from my sister, and destined to become 1-2 cowls and a slouchy hat for her. I have already cast on the Darkside Cowl in Malabrigo's Pollen colorway.


Pitty said...

love love love the red one!!

Sarah said...

yea, Rose is back! My inspiration.