Sunday, 24 February 2013

A New Kerchief

A short while ago, I was lucky enough to win a blog giveaway on Cadi's blog - Chocolate Fishes.  I won a beautiful hand made rabbit (or it may be a hare as it has long ears).  Cadi and I got to know each other via Raverly, we have been t'internet friends for at least three going on four years.  Cadi had her daughter a month after Mary-Jane was born, so for me we have a specialness in common.  My rabbit bought other gifts with it - a mismatched skirt with a rabbit on, a pair of leggins, two t shirts, a cardi with a fabric rose brooch and a skein of Koigu KPPPM.  Amazing!  I am very thankful x  The clothes are for MJ.
I sat last night wanting to start knitting with the Koigu.  I had a think and a good search on Ravelry for something I could make.  I wanted to Knit!  A lot of the searches came up with gorgeous fingerless gloves.  I love making the gloves, but I can't get on with wearing them around the palms of my hands.  The next thought was maybe a shawlette, I might have been pushing it with the yardage.  So on from that was head wear, along the lines of a kerchief.  I found a few that I liked that didn't need any adjusting for weight of yarn too much.  I wanted one that started from the point.  That made sense at the time, but thinking about it, this logic could be flawed, or it could be a case of six of one and half a dozen of the other.  Never Mind.
Once the yarn was balled up, whilst watching the first episode of the first season of The Great British Bake Off.  I cast on The Cat's Paw Kerchief.  This evening, I carried on with it, then hit a snag.  I was a stitch short for the pattern and couldn't work out where said stitch was.  Frogging was in order.  I looked back on Rav for another pattern and found Kerchoo and cast on.  I got on with this pattern, a very simple and straight forward pattern.  I wanted to adapt the pattern.  First it started with an easy adaption. I undid it and started again with two new adaptions.  This went fine, till I got to 31 stitches.  I wanted more.  A pattern of some sort, not just stocking stitch.  I did originally think the stocking stitch would show the yarn off well. 
The new stitch adaptation couldn't be too much of a pattern as I didn't want to work out to include stitch increases.  I was thinking along the lines of a row of yarn overs and a ridge of garter stitch.  Then I had the bright idea of a bit of cabling.  Once centred, I didn't need to worry about the increases.  I sought out a cable pattern - Aran Plait - and I seem to be quite happy with what I am doing.  I just have the nagging worry of 'Do I have enough yarn?'  I'm suer I do, though it may be sailing a bit close to the wind.  If needs be, I can make adaptions at that end too.
So really, the pattern is mine, originally inspired by Kerchoo.  I do not have a name for it yet.

Mary-Jane in her new Mis-matched Bunny Skirt.  She had the rest of the outfit on yesterday.  She has added the red beads and the hair band, which she calls 'my crown'.  A proper grown up little girl.
Daddy took this one.  Beautiful x

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