Thursday, March 18, 2010

Springtime shenanigans

Spring is in the air, and I felt that it was time for another yarn bombing event. I wanted to decorate something downtown with a bit of spring color. My first yarn bombing was during the last holiday season, and it lasted for about 3 weeks. I was happy with that. Here I am in my best nighttime ninja outfit doing the install. The Other Half took photos and drove the getaway car. He thinks that in this photo I look like someone "fresh off the saucer".

Here it is the next morning, looking very colorful. The Other Half says the pom-pom on top makes it look very proud. The location is this dirt patch that is right at the entrance to the downtown zone. I'm glad I got the photographic evidence because unfortunately, it was gone by the end of the day. :(( I've gotten over it -- and I have a different destination for another try. This second site won't have quite as much foot traffic. This was a crocheted piece, which goes very quickly with double stranded worsted weight yarn.

Monday, March 8, 2010

FO: Puffed sleeve pullover with attached scarf

This is my self-designed puffed sleeve top with attached scarf. The main yarn is Mirasol Yarn Tupa, a silk/merino blend, and the scarf yarn is Crystal Palace Mini Mochi. I've always like the Mini Mochi colors, but I didn't want to make a scarf that wraps closely around my neck. An attached scarf on an open neckline is great because it's not too warm. I also wanted to try a top-down raglan with puffed sleeves. I'm very happy with the result. It has a quasi vintage look to it. I could have done with a little less volume in the sleeves, but I'm okay with this. I wanted enough volume for a nice pleat at the bottom.

The bottom of the sweater is knit in a broken rib pattern. The scarf is done with the same simple reversible open stitch as for my long kimono vest. Every row is just
K1, *K2, yo, K2tog; rep from * to last st, end K1, and I slipped the first K stitch.
The neckline was finished with single crochet, then crocheted slip stitches were used to attach the scarf, which was knit separately.