Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Perfect Autumny Scarf (So What if it’s Thirty Degrees)



Ah, the phenomenon that is ‘blocking’. Not that I have anything more than a passing knowledge of the process involving a somewhat scrunchy Lace Ribbon Scarf having a nice little lay back and relax in a tepid bath, followed by a slow stretched-into-shape dry, while extensively pinned to big towels. Anything I know about blocking involves hearsay and cobbled togetherness. Should I have used blocking wires or some such?



So lost was I in the joy of the knit (except for the times that involved the mumbled cursing tirades due to inexplicably disappeared stitches) that I overlooked that pre-blocked shot. Just think bunched-together-so-you-can-barely-see-the-pattern, not this sort of wafty-floaty, exactly-as-I-imagined, drapey loveliness. Er, if I don’t say so myself.



Knit using two balls of Eki Riva Supreme 4ply Alpaca, I’m declaring it the perfect autumny scarf (in our indian summer I was sweltering but not fainting nor heat exhausted and still theoretically capable of making dinner).



Something entirely unrelated. That bare bit of trellis behind me? There is an uninspired seven metres of that because some critter has a penchant for passionfruit leaves. I’ve drowned ear wigs in olive oil baths, talked nicely to the possums in the shed, pep-talked the passionfruit during spicy paprika application. All to no avail. Six denuded vines have karked over the last two years. I am a broken, non-green-thumbed soul peering out a window at desolation.



Wearing a wafty floaty scarf.

PS. Free wafty floaty scarf pattern here.

36 comments:

Ammie said...

Wonderful! Your description is dreamy. *sigh* Thanks for the pattern links, too.

melissa said...

the scarf is fantastic!

craftynzgirl said...

I understand your elation... last night I too finished an autumn scarf, mine the bow scarf on ravelry in black, it's a cold day here in Dunedin and my scarf is working hard keeping my neck extra toasty!

enjoy your beautiful scarf!! Nadia x

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

LOVEly scarf - have had my eye on that pattern for some time now. Maybe time to pull out the needles.

Blocking is magic isn't? I do have blocking wires, makes the process just a little easier still.

Rita

Bek said...

Congratulations, that scarf is beautiful!

staci said...

Beautiful! The color is absolutely to-die-for!!! Perhaps I need a spring version???

CurlyPops said...

I have no idea about blocking whatsoever, but that scarf is magnificent! Perfect for that in-between time when it's a little cooler but not quite wintry (if only that time was today)

Kirsty said...

Superb denimy float & not at all out of place on a 30 degree day. x

Rie said...

I love the scarf - it looks great! Beaut colour too!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Let other people busy themselves with passionfruit . You stick to knitting .... be it floating , guerrilla or cable .
Sonata .

zofia said...

Inspiring scarf!
Ahh well, at least the blocking worked...all very magical to me.

Little Ted Canvas said...

It's beautiful! I bet it feels so lovely on. Great colour too!

Fer said...

Ooo pretty!

Posy Gets Cozy did a really good blocking tutorial a couple of weeks ago.

Needled Mom said...

Beautiful scarf!

Madeline said...

Passionfruit or not at least you still have a lovely scarf to kick off Autumn!

crzylady said...

it is floaty and drapey and all loveliness! I say paint your own vines (or something); far less care.

sue said...

It is absolutely gorgeous. I still have to block my shawl and I finished it quite a while ago now. I am sure it cant be too hard, is it. I am sure you will love wearing it a lot when the weather cools down a bit.

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

It's absolutely gorgeous, and looks fab on. You are a clever one Ms T. You even make blocking sound like fun.

Andi said...

It's gorgeous.
Bring on Autumn!!

june at noon said...

It is really lovely, looks great on you. My blocking education is even simpler than yours, but I have to admit every so often it's actually handy to do.

One Flew Over said...

PERFECTION.

Michelle said...

Gorgeous. I block by steaming things with the iron much to my mothers horror!

Kylie said...

Blockin is magic in the end isnt it! It really does turn a garment into a wow statement:)

Love the colour of this.

Cute as Buttons said...

When I first started reading I thought you had retired to the bath to remove some sort of knittery block you were having...such is my ignorance. It's just luverly! Lisa x

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Hmmm .... blocking. I should think that I would have more success with blocking possums than scarves. But then again I can't knit.

So I can only admire your exquisite work. Its very lovely. And drapey.

Real Life Reslers said...

Cute scarf! The whole time I'm reading I'm thinking does she mean 30 degrees C or 30 degrees F? Lol because if it's F that 's cold and if that's C...well......I dunno what that is LoL

Nikki Cardigan said...

That scarf is BEAUTIFUL. It is so pretty without being pretty. I just keep looking at it. It's beautiful.

Don't be broken over passionfruit. Go to the shops and buy some, and plant something else! xxx

Angus in Northcote said...

If it's anything like our passionfruit then it's earwigs. If you want to protect them, the best thing to do early on is to go out with a torch just after sunset and look under the leaves.

You'll find out what's eating the vine and get to "gish" it between thumb and forefinger.

The other bit of advice I can give you comes from our mothers' group: before you plant a passionfruit dig a hole and put in half a bag of composted cow manure.

Also, what I've discovered is that while you plant and feed passionfruits in spring they don't actually grow that much until summer (even though the bugs eat all the new growth in spring) and you don't get flowers and fruit until late summer/autumn.

Angus in Northcote said...

oh, and nice scarf.

Leonie Guld said...

I think i just dribbled on my key board. OH....how GORGEOUS is THAT SCAFE !!

Kylie said...

Your scarf is totally delectable Tania - love the colour, love everything about it :) I've been putting off wash and stretching my green flat cushions. I've crocheted all 6 of them and keep baulking on the stretch in case it doesn't work I guess... also need to google method! Towel and pin sounds just fine to me :) Kx

ELK said...

Tania . most fabulous color with the coolest pattern ...i m in awe of your needle talent...and your creative space "littles" as well
I am always so happy to visit your special world!!

dillpickle said...

That's sublime. And how cool is blocking, even when you make it up as you go along (my strategy entirely)!?!

Sandrine said...

THis is a big WOW from me too, how gorgeous colour and pattern!FABULOUS Madame!X

sean the prawn said...

Love the scarf but more importantly back to the garden.
Every morning I go out to our vege patch to find more of my seedlings with the tops bitten off them. First all my freshly sprouted radishes & lettuce as they break through the soil, now even my beautiful beans that had popped up& were 5cm tall, tops also snipped off leaving nothing but useless stalk. At first I thought some type of bug, then I was convinced it was rats as our veg patch is entirely netted. Something has been eating through the netting, it is next to the chook shed so that's a possibilty. But today coincidentily just before I read your blog post my Hubby sadly told me that his passionfruit vine has been fully stripped of leaves. we are at our gardening wits end. earwigs has given us something new to think about.

prashant said...

the scarf is fantastic!
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