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Archive for August 6th, 2007

Finished Objects! (One-Skein Wonder)

Monday, August 6th, 2007

kochorancapelet.jpgI made a Perfect Hug mini-capelet with one skein of Noro Kochoran yarn, and it turned out really well. You can not tell it is much shorter than the pattern originally intended. Since it is knit top-down (in a semicircle) you can sort of just watch to see when you start running out of yarn and adjust at the end depending on how much yarn you have.

For those who have the pattern, I did 5 repeats of the dropped-stitch sequence, then I just went to garter stitch (rows 1 & 2 of the six-row repeat) and kept going without any increases or drops. I ended up with five garter ridges before my bind-off row. It made a very nice “hem” at the bottom that drapes well and looks quite nice. It’s hard to see here but the very bottom edge of the photo is the very bottom edge of the capelet. The bottom gray “stripe” is all in garter fabric.

I bet if you wanted it to meet in the front (the capelet version does not meet and that is a design feature… the other two versions in the pattern go around the body further), you could cast on for the “Bear Hug” version (the middle “size” in the pattern) and it would go around further in front but just be a little shorter in length. Since there are so many really short shoulder-warmer capelets going around these days (mostly aimed at the younger crowd) this seems a reasonable possibility.

I liked working with this yarn. It’s soft but spun a bit thick, with tons of bunny fur (angora fiber) fluffing out everywhere. I know that not everyone can tolerate angora but if you can it’s such a fuzzy luxury! It’s also very warm.

Probably this one will live in a yarn shop for a while as a sample garment, but come winter I’m sure I’ll wear it on stage when we sing. Lucky me!

OK, the title says “objects.” I finished another pair of socks, too, but the ends aren’t worked in yet and no photo has been taken. I’m really happy to have finished a few things in any case. I have been feeling really un-grounded with all the travel, and I’m doing my best to catch up and finish some things now that I’m back home for a while.
(Photo could be better but it’s what I could do with a camera balanced on a dresser, using the built-in 10-second timer…)