Saturday, 17 November 2007

All over, like a rash

Three skeins of Colinette Point 5 make a scarf. I first discovered this on Yarnstorm last month. Gorgeous, I thought, but I Don't Do chunky yarn and ginormous needles, it's not who I am as a knitter. Then there was another one, over at Knit Like a Man. I was beginning to waver, browsing the Colinette site in the middle of the night, trying to decide upon a colour. I began to construct elaborate arguments about the necessity of trying new kinds of knitting, for the sake of my personal development. I decided that Florentina was my favourite colourway in the world, ever (or at least since the episode with the Cherry Tree Hill 'Java'). I fell in love with a pair of Lantern Moon needles. I cast on.

15 stitches on 12 mm needles gave me a scarf that is currently 6 inches wide and nearly 8 foot in length (92 inches, to be precise), but it may be growing. The colours are so intense that they practically glow in the dark, and it is beautifully soft and warm in the current frost. It took all of four days to knit, from the 11th to the 14th of November, and once I had worked out that I needed to jam the right needle in my armpit and knit traditional-style it wasn't even that tricky negotiating the broomstick-dimensioned needles. I'd knit another in a heartbeat (Gill, if you fancy one then name your colour and you can have it for Christmas, because I'm feeling a little uninspired at the moment). On the other hand, having proven that I can be a knitter of enormo-yarn, I have fled back to socks and lace. I don't want to try too many new things at once.


Anonymous said...

That is *gorgeous*.
And will you please stop trying to tell me you can't put outfits together? Very chic


Vivienne said...

Mrs Upton's beret by Marks and Spencers, jacket by Sainsburys, grey flannel trousers by herself (they're wearing out and I cannot find another fabric as good), and make-up utterly non-existent. But the photographer loves me, which helps.

Anonymous said...

I've just given in to temptation and spent ten minutes browsing the Colinette site.

Damn. Damn. My credit card did *not* want to know about that. And I have enough yards of fabric and reels of embroidery silk that I don't need to start stockpiling wool as well, especially at £8 the skein. But I think I might be about to.

Incidentally, if you think that's chunky, have a look at last month's Vogue.

Anonymous said...

What are the colour options? Are they on the Colinette site? I will have a look when I don't have a temperature and my brain works again.

mooncalf said...

It looks lovely! I chose this colourway too in Giotto and made a summer jumper. I love it (although I may have been slightly swayed by the descriptions of medieval court scene on the Colinette website).

I'd better close my browser on the Colinette shop as I'm inches away from succumbing to the Jay colour: "Mysterious and elusive. The softness of down and the darkness of forged steel. A blue green feather that shimmers in flight." Gah!