Next Up in My Scraptastic Series: ScrapTANKulous!
Like the first two pullovers in my Scraptastic Series:
|See my Scraptastic 1 on Ravelry|
|See my Scraptastic 2 on Ravelry|
If the world is made right, the wonderful person who donated this Noro-like pile of bits and bobs will see this post and bask in the glory of the old adage "one man's trash is another man's treasure." (Oh wise one, what lovely piece did you make before I did?)
The reason I say it's "Noro-like" is because the colors don't seem to be quite like the famous self-striping Noro yarn -- after all, there was no poopy brown in the colorway! Or... ooooh... maybe these are the colors the other knitter rejected in the Noro colorway, spooling them away for exclusion. Maybe I had I found my anti-matter knitter -- my anti-knitter -- who loves and uses all the colors I don't!
The good news was that all the scraps were wool, which meant that with a little friction, I could splice the pieces together into a big ball of color. I unwound each piece and matched the color transitions as best I could.
I ran the "magic ball" (the term for this technique) through my handy length counter and found I had 316 yards to work with. This wasn't enough for a garment, but it was enough if I could stripe it with something else!
To find a pattern, I started at the suspected source: Noro. Almost right away I decided on the #15 Multidirectional Cap Sleeve Top" by Irina Poludnenko, using some solid stashed mercerized cotton as my contrast garter stripe, instead of another self-striping yarn:
The construction was just too cool to not try out:
- Make rectangular panels for front and back.
- Pick up stitches along the side of one panel....
- ...add stitches for the shoulders...
- ...pick up stitches down the side of the other panel.
- Continue knitting the sides, using short rows to form the sleeve caps.
- Bind off at the side seam with a 3-needle bind off.
I really recommend the pattern, it will be a real joy for you to watch it come alive, I guarantee it. I did have to make two major changes though, which you can read and follow on my Ravelry project.
First, as many knitters have pointed out, the sleeve caps are too roomy as written. I had to fiddle with them a couple of times before I got them right, but managed to slim them up by adding many more decreases than recommended.
You might be wondering about the Blair Witch background for my photo shoot -- that's the property behind my house I've described a few times. It's actually my first foray inside for a knitting shoot. Luckily, the owner fixed the floor, which had fallen through with the fire that destroyed the main building.
A Rowan-esque photo shoot, if I may say so myself!
See my Scraptankulous on Ravelry
In other news, what's going on with me, the intermittent blogger?
- Many of you have asked about my elbow tendinitis, thanks so much for your thoughts! I've figured out a way to manage it by frequently changing tasks. As a result, I have an impressive array of new beaded jewelry pieces. :-) I will be writing a post solely about beading, actually, just to show you what is taking up that allotted percent of obsession.
- After finishing my afghan (from my last post), I felt some googly eyes staring me down from my work-in-progress basket (WIP). Scraptankulous is actually one of 6 new finished projects, wow! I STILL have 3 more things in that basket, and I will be trying to finish them before anything new hops on the needles.
- My husband and I are finally taking a long vacation! It's been about 5 years, believe it or not. We'll be in Maui for 2 weeks in November and I'm signing off social media for that time.
- My Facebook Page has surpassed 15K likes, pie oh my! If you haven't visited, it's a great place to catch limited-time only free patterns and many other patterns that I dig up like a truffle pig. When I get to 20K likes I'm going to have a great big giveaway of yarn and pattern books, so come on by.
See you next time! I've missed you!!
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