I mentioned a few posts back that I’ve been doing some secret knitting. I think I’m ready to show you some of it.
I’ve been working on a hood in alpaca. I wanted it to be something different. Something elegant and beautiful, that would not make you look like you accidentally put on a baby’s hat.
What do you reckon?
The Blue Danube is so named because Sylvia, my daughter, gave it that name. But I think it’s rather apt. It’s blue. It flows like a river. It’s (I think) elegant and refined enough to be stylishly European.
The sharp-eyed among you will notice that Andy’s scarf forms part of the pattern.
It’s going to be a double-whammy. You can choose to knit either the scarf or the whole thing. The pattern will be free.
This pattern uses the same yarn as Andy’s scarf – 100% hand-dyed alpaca from Flagstaff Alpacas. It’s DK weight, knitted to a fairly loose tension on 4.5mm needles.
It’s warm, and snuggly. The alpaca drapes just right, exactly the way I wanted it to.
This was one of those “I hate it” projects right up until I finished. I knew what I wanted. I put a lot of thought into how to knit it the way I wanted it. But I couldn’t try it on as I went, so I had no idea whether it would turn out right. The uncertainty was not a happy feeling for me.
After I finally sewed the scarf to the hood, I slapped it on my head, and sat slumped at the table, feeling morose. Stupid project! Taking so long to finish! I don’t even know if it’s right. I’m too depressed about it to look… (Here I’ll explain that it took so long to finish because I was feeling uncertain. I tend to drag my feet if I’m unsure about things).
Then Sylvia said “It looks really good!” Really? You’re not just saying that? (See how a daughter’s praise can make a mum sit up in hope…)
I looked in the mirror. Actually, it wasn’t half bad.
The pattern for Andy’s scarf will be released in a few days.
I’d like to test knit the pattern for the Blue Danube before I release it though, as I’d like the assurance that my instructions are clear enough for a reasonably experienced knitter to follow.
It is knitted in pieces so that the drape and structure is right. It’s a little fiddly, but I think it’s worth the effort.
Would you like to test knit this for me? Drop me a line at wsleong[AT]hotmail[DOT]co[DOT]nz. You need to be familiar (not expert, just know what you’re doing) with simple lace and cables, and be able to knit it within a month.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you!