Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Hold On To Your (But It’s Not a) Hat...



...I finished something. Quite some achievement given the recent knitty track record, which is all multiple castings-on and then only attention deficiency.

Now who’d have thunk a simple rib stitch Noro scarf could prove a rollercoaster? After Kate gifted two balls of gorgeousness, in my impatience to get started, I purchased extras in the most muted of the not very muted range currently available from Sunspun. As a consequence, there have been colour challenges.

Actually, there was a different challenge involving a kid swimming lesson, a wayward yarn ball, a toddler saving the day and a mother emitting an undignified, reverberating-in-bad-acoustics shriek, as she caught toddler (and yarn ball) at one fell (and tangled) swoop. But then that was all over, the swimmers resumed swimming, the toddler toddlering, the knitter knittering – until she struck the disarming and utterly random combination (that comes with using two balls of wool in a stripe effect) of grass green and lurid purple. There have been other such similarly challenging colour examples...

Similarly Challenging Colour Example One:



Similarly Challenging Colour Example Two:



But just when things were getting way too much, something lovely would happen.

Something Lovely Would Happen Example One:



Something Lovely Would Happen Example Two:



In the end I opted for faith in the big picture. I’m glad I did:

1. This scarf can co-ordinate with any colour.

2. Every kid who has seen it so far has said ‘Whoar!’ which I choose to assume is generally complimentary and not just because it’s an impressive mile long.

3. I can barrack for any (and simultaneously every) footy team deigning to play in a sporting fashion (the colours are in there somewhere) – or more likely, no footy team at all.

4. I shall be appropriately clad for future Doctor Who viewing as I channel Tom Baker (while mourning David Tennant’s spiffy sneakers and wondering what the new Doctor’s trademark shall be, if not a foppish hairdo).





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31 comments:

Caroline said...

Its marvellous - and so very, very Dr Who.

Christina said...

Fantastic! Love the photos as well. I can see the colour change fear, but once it is all in one finished length like that it is just so impressive! :)

sue said...

It looks fantastic with all the different color changes. You could definately give Dr. Who a run for his money!

june at noon said...

I really love it. The colors are great, even the colors gone bad. And those photos are absolutely adorable!

crzylady said...

Wonderful! I think you should wrap it around and wear it as a tube top ;)

Sandra @ Pepperberry & Co. said...

Seriously, woman. Could you be any more ridiculously talented? A killer knitter, freakishly funny AND you managed to breed a good looking child. Honestly, it's disgusting.

;-)

One Flew Over said...

A fantastic scarf!! Can't wait to see it in the flesh x

Mel said...

Love it love it! And now I am humming that eerie Dr Who theme tune. I could use that scarf here you know? ;)

Drewzel said...

It's luverly!!!! And I particularly like the challenging colour bits.

PS. volunteered myself for Stitches and Craft too.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

It looks great and your model is scrumptious!
... by the way , Chef is asking me on a daily basis about the teatowel... he is obsessed with winning it I know. CLEARLY we have NO life of our own.

Andi said...

Beautiful scarf ... and a super cute model.

Stomper Girl said...

I think your model could make anything look good, but you have actually made a very gorgeous scarf.

Janette Kearns Wilson said...

Is the model another of your creations...if so certainly the best yet?!

Hayley Egan said...

Yeh, I have to agree, nice little model! And nice scarf! And this might be confusing for most but I owe it to you:
"Arnotts Premium Choc-Chip in a BOX, kept in the FRIDGE".

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Vibrant ...in the best possible warming-in-winter way .
Eldest child may not give it back though .She's obviously rather smitten , too .

Cute as Buttons said...

Eldest child (6) walked past and said, "I like that hat as a scarf." Clearly it is all in the way you look at things, isn't it? Lovely job and I like your offspring's sense of the absurd. Lisa x

Fran said...

good on you for sticking with it - that is one almighty scrumptious scarf!!

Kylie said...

What scarf? I'm sorry... I'm still transfixed by your absolutely gorgeous child!! What personality in that beautiful face :)) Kx

p.s. Scarf is totally "WHOAR!!" btw ;)

charismagic said...

I love it! It's definitely very Dr Who-ish!

pennygj said...

Love it, and the challenging bits really do it for me! You definitely have a model in the making there, what a pose! What poise! Penny x (Planet Penny)

Nikki said...

Oh, I do declare.... all that venturing out on limbs (of the metaphorical, colour-challenging variety) was well and truly worth the leap of faith involved. The effect is scrumptious! And I'm SO glad that you, toddler and yarn all survived the swimming lesson.

And yes, I too think your big girl is gorgeous too. Great pics.

sophie said...

I love that last photo - goodness, she is beautiful! I was thinking Dr Who when I saw it, it's marvellous, amazing!

Leonie Guld said...

Your scarf is stunning and your model is just outright delicious!!

Fer said...

The scarf is a beautiful example of the 'whole being greater than the sum of its parts' (I love that expression!).

I love the photo too!

Tas said...

I do particulalry love Something Lovely WOuld Happen moment one. And I too am mourning the loss of those sneakers...and in fact all things David Tennant's Dr Who. But am trying really hard not to prejudge the new Dr...really I am.

Sandrine said...

YOu are a knitter extraordinaire Tania!!I love those photos of your little lady modelling ;)x

M* (Melanie) said...

It's beautiful Tania. The colours are stunning. Well done for getting it finished. It's a good feeling (let's not mention granny blankets...)

Linda said...

OMG it is absolutely gorgeous!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it the colours all look FABULOUS

jorth said...

Gorgeous - I think I want one!

kirsten said...

you know, i reckon this might be something to knit my kids... esp daughter - ridiculously fussy in her sartorial choices - but this would go with any and everything!
been meaning to take a trip to sunspun sometime so might add this to ye olde liste.

melissanearandfar said...

I love this noro scarf. Eventually, one day, sometime, I will knit one myself.