Monday, July 25, 2011

The Scarf/Shawl Kick

Yes, I said I wasn't updating this blog anymore. My knitting is on Ravelry, my cooking is on Bits of Bliss, and my book reviews are on On My Bookshelf. But there isn't a place for rambly general knitting updates anywhere but here!

I've been on a Clapotis kick lately. Easy, lovely, and endlessly modifiable, it is a stellar pattern to show off a handpainted skein (or a few). If you've been living under a rock, the pattern is at Knitty.

Here is a large-ish version in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool:

And a medium version in Ella Rae Lace Merino:

And a small version in a single skein of Mountain Colors Mountain Goat:

I finally finished the Branching Out in Malabrigo Sock I started ages ago. It's for me, and so was put on the back burner:

My current project is a modified version of Tesla in Araucania Ruca:

I've enjoyed the simple scarves and shawls I've been busting out lately. They make nice one-size gifts, show off the lovely yarns I'm drawn to that aren't practical for a sweater, and I can knit them anywhere without paying much attention. I can make them narrower or wider, shorter or longer, based on my available yardage. There is a time for challenging knitting, but this is not it.