I Don't Knit. I tried to, I drop stitches, I add stitches randomly, I have such a tight tension that I snap knitting needles, I have the attention span of a gnat. Knitting isn't for me.
Yet, somehow, I knitted this:
I've posted for the first time on Ravelry too - and lost so many hours browsing all of the wonders that are there - it's inspiring.
I've named my little scarflett the Waters' Women scarflett as it was the amazing & inspiring women who I know who knit that empowered me to pick up a new pair of needles & ball of wool & just knit.
My wonderful 90 yr old grandma met me for lunch at the Unwind Craft Cafe - A Bendigo Woollen Mills stockist and supplier of excellent coffee, tea and yummy things in a relaxed cafe with much eye candy.
Over tea, my grandma demystified reading my stitches and recalculated the pattern to one I could remember, pulled the inside from my pen & taught me to cable, brilliant.
My dear GF Kathleen was always around as I'd hand her my slowly growing scarflett & ask her to confirm that I'd cabled too early or too late - she was always supportive & taught me how to unknit my stitches & swap my purls & knits to what they were meant to be.
My mum & MIL may have looked askance at my ambitions, and commented that I looked like I'd just learnt to knit as I threatened to drop the needles each time I swapped from knit to purl (16 times each row...) - my reply; "umm... I have just learnt to knit" ;)
The pattern is a 24 stitch repeat - 4 rib, 4 moss, 8 stocking/cable, 4 moss, 4 rib.
It's based on "While Watching British Mysteries on Netflix" by Jenny Wilder and takes it's overall look (and buttonhole finishing) from the buttoned Ascot scarf "The Fisherman's Wife" by Kalurah.
I used US size 10 1/2, 6.5mm bamboo needles and Bendigo Woollen Mills Stellar, 50% Bamboo & 50% Wool 12 ply in Emerald. It took less than half of the 200g ball.
The buttons are vintage vegetable ivory (Tagua nut) from Buttonmania, and I love that they bring out the little scarflett's personality....
And it took me the better part of 6 weeks ... I could knit while watching TV or lectures though and I never thought I'd be able to concentrate on both, so I am rather impressed at my newly discovered muscle memory!
I'm hoping to knit a cloche hat next, wish me luck!