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Check it out, I finished something. It only took me 2 months to knit 150 yards. SO PROUD OF MYSELF.

Pattern: Anthro-Inspired Scarflet by Kim Seio (link to my project on Ravelry)
Yarn used: School Products Multi Strand Cashmere in taupe, unsure of how much but I’d estimate about 150 yards–left over from my Eastlake sweater
Needles used: US 8 (5.0 mm)
Date started: December 19, 2010
Date completed: February 19, 2011
This little keyhole ascot is a knockoff of Anthropologie’s Toasty Rose scarf (pics may not work on that link, but there are more here.) Under 200 yards, simple knit/purl/increase/decrease, it should have been a quick little knit. So why did it take me two months? I have no good answer for that. I knit about the first third of the scarf in a couple of hours, then apparently knit about 3 stitches a day for the remaining 1 month and 29 days.

It’s worked in a tidy broken rib (“Sand Stitch”) that looks very nice but is still mostly stockinette, so has a tendency to curl a bit. It’s pretty cute, but note that the weight of the flower pulls it strongly to the front of the neck so it’s hard to keep it to the side or off-center, if that is how you want to wear it.

The pattern doesn’t come with a pattern for the flower. Here’s what I did:

  • CO 116 sts with tubular cast-on (this forms the visible edge of the flower petals, so it looks nicest with this CO)
  • Work in 1×1 rib for about 1 1/2 inches
  • K2tog across
  • Bind off, leaving a long tail
  • Using the long tail, sew a running stitch through the lower half of the strip of ribbing (ie parallel and close to the edge closer to the bound off edge), going in and out about every 1/2 inch, for 2 rows spaced about 1/4 inch apart, and pull tight to gather.
  • Roll up the strip of ribbing, folding/crumpling the flower until you like the way it looks, then sew down to the outer keyhole portion of the scarf.

I had meant to just roll this up like in the original Anthropologie scarf, but the flower looked bizarre and enormous, like a cinnamon roll or something, so I preferred the more gathered look in the end.

As an aside, it is astonishing how many photos you need to take to get even a few decent ones out of the batch. Kristen wisely demonstrated this FOR SCIENCE!… but still, it always amazes me; this time I probably had 50 shots that I thought looked great in the viewfinder, but when I got a good look at them on the computer, I realized I actually looked blurry, crazy-haired, fat, generally derpy, or whatever. This all with my best attempts at makeup, soft natural light, trying not to look like a total cross-eyed idiot, etc. and not even counting the dozens I knew were hideous right away and deleted without downloading.

I wore this white eyelet dress when I was a bridesmaid a few years ago. (How great is it that I have a bridesmaid dress that I got to pick–only the “white eyelet cotton” part was specified–and that I’d actually wear again?) My earrings aren’t really visible but they are these ginormous antiqued bronze flowers with pearls in them from Modcloth and I love them.

I’m going to pretend you can’t see those mop handles in the background. Or maybe you can imagine them as all part of an grand, artistic, high-concept fashion photoshoot. Also I just realized my bra straps are showing in several of these photos, whoops. Please imagine it is a $300, hand-stitched tussah silk bra from Anthropologie and this is all part of the grand styling plan, because I don’t want to go to the trouble of Photoshopping these, or, God forbid, taking more photos of this scarf.

The purple in this photo should be much more red-toned, but the scarf color is actually pretty accurate.

I need a haircut and this dress needs ironing.


Look at this Cozy Posy hat from Modcloth–is it just me or is this not totally a knockoff of the Side Slip Cloche from Boutique Knits? Right down to the color?

I don’t know if I’ll have time to do another detailed post tomorrow–I’m leaving for vacation on Thursday, until the 26th, and that’s that for NaBloPoMo for me. So here’s one more FO post, just in case I don’t have time to do anything nice with pictures tomorrow.

I’m off to California–to visit my family in the Bay Area for Thanksgiving, but also to take a quick trip with my mom, stepdad, and sister down to San Diego to visit Sea World, the zoo, etc. Apparently the scenic sightseeing portions of my trip will now also include the burned-out husks of San Diego houses and 58,000 gallons of crude oil coating the San Francisco Bay. California, I can’t leave you alone for a second!

I went out in the surprisingly warm sunshine and took some pictures with a proper Fall Color backdrop, a nice bright vermilion tree outside my building.

Pattern: Just Like a Peasant cap (PDF), a knockoff of this stewart + brown peasant cap

Yarn used: Valley Yarns Northampton in Chestnut Heather, approximately 1 skein. Unfortunately, I can’t be more precise than that because I started with “about half a skein” left over from my Koolhaas hat, and got into the second skein, and now I have “about half a skein” left over. I wish I had a scale! If I were buying in 100-yard skeins, I’d definitely get 3… in 220-yard skeins, not so sure. Hmmm. It’s used double-stranded for most of the hat, and single-stranded for the band that ties around the middle.

Needles used: Size 8/5 mm 16″ Denises for tie, size 10.5/6.5 mm 16″ Denises for main part of hat

Started: 11/9/07

Finished: 11/10/07

Size: Hat circumference: 19 inches, unstretched Hat depth: 8.75″ not including brim Brim: additional 1.5″ approx and about 11″ long

Mods: My gauge was off, but I didn’t really make any adjustments to stitch count for that. What I did change was:

  • Knit hat in the round instead of knitting flat and seaming
  • Knit hat to a depth of 8″, then worked decreases in 8 wedges:
    • *k6, k2tog* around
    • *k5, k2tog* around
    • *k4, k2tog* around
    • *k3, k2tog* around
    • *k2, k2tog* around
    • *k1, k2tog* around
    • k2tog around
    • 8 sts remain, cut yarn and draw through.
    • This made a nice swirly pattern of decreases at the top:
  • I found the original band way too wide (no, I didn’t do a gauge swatch, why do you ask?), so I instead cast on only 12 sts (came out to 1.5″ wide in 1×1 rib) with my new favorite trick, the Italian tubular cast-on, and used twisted slipped (chain) selvage. I slipped the last stitch of each row wyif, keeping needle in the stitch and turning the work, so I could then knit the first stitch of the next row through the back loop in one fluid step. I knit the band to 39″ and bound off with tubular bind-off. I could use some practice with it–regardless, I’m happy with the way it came out, so here’s a close-up of the nice selvage, cast-on, and cast-off edges of the band.

I sewed the band on crosswise (perpendicular to the length of the band) every inch or so, sewing between the outside of the hat and the inside of the band and going through “knit loops” of band (i.e. purl ribs when seen from right side), and I only sewed it on in the area above the garter brim. That probably made no sense to anyone but me, but just in case that description is useful, there you go. Anyway, here’s a close-up picture of the sewn-on band.

Notes: The gauge of this hat is so stiff that when you first put it on, it stands straight up like a surprised cartoon man’s top hat. (I forgot to take a picture of it in its “tall” state. Also forgot to take a picture of it with a piece of dark chocolate, to show off the color.) It needs to be deflated and artfully smooshed down to look nice. I tie the band in a single knot and push the brim around to the side.

The shape of it reminds me of a cloche, but also of a do rag.

I’m wearing the hat in one of my Kureopatora’s Snake pictures, too:

Original hat price: $165 + $2 handling fee = $167

Knockoff hat price: $4.99 + $5.25 shipping and handling (actually, I ordered several other things, so the price for just the Northampton was substantially lower) = $10.24. Mine’s not cashmere, admittedly, but if that’s an issue, Colourmart can set you right for $36, including shipping and handling.