Goodness me! My last post clearly struck a chord with many of you – thank you so much for all those amazing comments :)
If you haven’t gone back to see what other people have written, please do – there are some very wise / funny / honest words in there. I would sum them up as: be yourself, dress in all the colours of the rainbow, and sod the lot of ’em :)
Is this bright enough for you?
I have not adjusted the colour of these photographs.
Apologies if I set off a migraine aura ;)
I’m not entirely sure how best to wear a cowl.
This one is 150cm by 16cm.
It is lovely and warm folded over and worn double-crossed.
Or just the right size to share with someone special :)
Sartorial issues aside, I love it as a textile.
It starts off with neon dots that transition across to indigo dots.
The overall effect is rather like the dazzle of a disco mirrorball.
In fact, I think it has its own theme tune… something like the music at the start of the Revelations of a Delusional Knitter podcast (go and listen – seriously, I hear that music every time I look at this fabric!)
Pattern: The Mirrored Linen Stitch Cowl by Joy McMillan (the Knitting Goddess herself)
Yarn: 100g of Lioness Arts MCN DK in the colour Picking Violets, set against 6-ply Regia Fluromania (that’s the sportweight version) – I still have loads of the Regia left because it was a 150g ball.
Needles: I used 5mm (smaller than called for) to compensate for the lighter-weight Regia. I got gauge in terms of rows, but it came out bigger in terms of width around the circular needle, which translates to a longer loop of knitting. I might try blocking it, as it is a little bit wibbley wobbley at the cast on edge.
Process: A lot of knitting, but a whole lot of fun too! I was fascinated to see what would happen next as the neon colours progressed.
Verdict?: The loudest thing I have ever knitted. It would be shocking worn against my orange coat.
Tempting, very tempting!