I tried to think of a clever title for this post but "My Oh My! I'm So Proud Of Myself" says it all. I love getting stuck on a pattern and finding my own way to solve the problem. I love finding a better way. I love making a knitted project more beautiful than the original pattern created. That's just what I did earlier in the week.
I started this edgy little necklace on our May trip to the Coastal Cottage. One of the things I told you the last time I talked about Luna was it is a Ravelry pattern. For all of you who looked for this on Ralvelry, sorry. It is an Etsy pattern. It did have all of the elements I love in travel knitting: 1) The pattern is so memorable that after a while you don't need to refer to a pattern; 2) It is small enough that you can hold it on your lap in the car; 3) It uses yummy yarn; and 4) It is fun. Even though it is on double point needles, I still worked on it in the car. Let me refresh your memory on what this looked like.
It looks pretty good here laying down but when I tried to hold it like a necklace very strange things happened. It looked like it had deflated. It looked all scrunchie. It lost it's edgy, professional, handmade look and got that "homemadey, crafty" look. This is another Luna with much the same look.
So, I became a bit obsessed. How was I going to turn this squashy, unprofessional look into something that delivered a WOW? Now remember, I love this pattern. I could see me making many for Christmas gifts. I could definitely see this being a pattern that makes my yarn stash grow. I used a heavier weight yarn but I love the Madelinetosh Pashima and I didn't think a heavier yarn gave me the same exquisite look. Then I remembered something is a tub somewhere in the Stash Studio and the search was on. After searching through many, many tubs, I found it.
Do you know what this is? It is a magical yarn by Habu which is 69% silk and 31% stainless steel. It adds a little umph when added to yarn and the color are beautiful. So I added it to my beloved Madelinetosh and got this. . .
It's not perfect yet but it's on its way. I steamed it and may have put a little too much of a crease in the stainless steel. it needs to relax a little bit but it doesn't look deflated or squashy or scrunchie. It's on its way to WOW.
The final test is always "How does it look on Lydia?" It's getting there! I love this. I did lots of one of my favorite things, knabbling. Remember my invented, new, knitting word? It means dabbling in knitting. WOW! I love to problem solve, invent and knabble.
This blog is dedicated to Mary Helen Growt my first knitting teacher and the woman who changed my life. The mission of Knitting: A Love Story is to preserve, share and promote the love of knitting.