A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Spiral Galaxy

Do you “Reddit“?  Have you heard of it?  It’s a website that connects people, stories, and wisdom better than any other website out there i.e. FaceBook.  I haven’t considered joining it until reading this article.  It’s a story based on a picture posted online of a Sikh woman with facial hair.  The post was intended to make fun of her.  However, what happens as a result is very enlightening and extremely heartwarming.  I hope to remember this article any time I fall into a bad habit of judging others.

Early in the year, I test-knitted Spiral Galaxy by Shannon Squire of Twisted, beautiful moebius in gradient yarn; specially designed for Twisted’s April Cowl Club.

First version, knitted with 5.5 mm needles, is in worsted-weight Schoppel-Wolle Gradient (Grays 1508.)  Cast on and finished it in a couple of hours.  It’s super fast knit. The instruction is clear and perfect.   However, the initial finished size was way off from the specs on pattern page.  It used only 62 grams with 34 grams left.  Measurement was 7” by 38” laying flat (19”x2) and unstretched–instead of 108” circumference.  When stretched it by hand, it measured roughly 44” circumference.   It was comfortable with wrapping it twice for my “short” neck and may be left alone.  However, my 17-year-old said she likes it a little more length and deeper.  With Shannon’s approval, I took out the garter rounds and added one more lace repeat to increase a total of 2″ in depth.

Second sport-weight cowl, knitted with 3.75 mm needles, is in Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Stärke 6 (Schokoladenseite 2092)–a one-skein wonder project.   It’s more than twice the stitches of the worsted moebius above.  Casting on and binding off both took forever.  Good thing I had a couple more weeks to get through the endless, mindless knitting. 😀 Starting out using 32” cable is a bit moiling; but, once the added rounds were in, it’s sweet to handle in a small hoop.  No matter how hard I blocked to deeper…it sprung back to 6”x66”–it wants to be lengthy than deeper.  But, I like it how it is…naturally.

The last one in lace-weight took the longest, of course, to knit up…yet my favorite one of all.  Knitted in Schoppel-Wolle Lace Ball (Fuschia 1536,) it triples the numbers in the worsted-version moebius.  Even with messing up half a round and ripping back 4 rounds to finish a purling instead of a ssk round, I finished it in two days.    Blocked dimension came to 6”x70”.  It’s absolutely stunning and luxurious next to skin.

Deceptively simple.  Super fun project, utilizing Cat Bordhi’s truly magical moebius cast on and one of my favorite I-cord bind off; plus a load of easy, beautiful knitting in between to keep the project interesting.   It’s a terrific gift making.  Test-drive ’em at the shop should you be in Portland area.  Both pattern and yarn (click on respective yarn referenced above) are available online and in the shop.  Just give it a try.  It can be addictive. 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)


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