Friday, November 23, 2012

Free Form Drall Scarf

I’ve been thinking about how I make my weft plans, and have decided that I’m either way out to lunch with colour combos, or I’m a go with the flow kinda gal!

I had plans to make Blue Drall scarf number two into a light coloured scarf; I really wanted to show off the tropical blues….well that didn’t work out. So, flying by the seat of my pants yet again on weft colours! I tried to cross the warp with silver (made everything look dirty), cream (a whole bunch of blah), light green (killed the azure), light blue (washed it out), yellow (too clown) and none of them looked anything like my vision. So after pulling out all my weft choices its ……purple !
This scarf is the one with the purple weft and although it just came off the loom and hasn’t been washed, but it still looks good! It will definitely look more supple and have more sheen after wet finishing, twizzling and pressing.
Here is the one with the navy blue weft and I love, love, love it!
Hmmmm; side by side there really isn’t much difference and not what I had planned, but both of them are nice scarves nonetheless.
I’ve finished the body of Ngaires sweater and it turned out really well, I think this will be my new method of sweater construction from now on. I love the idea of not having to sew up side seams and I know everything is the same size…a real bonus!
I’ve just started the cuffs and I’m knitting them at the same time so I don’t end up with one arm longer than the other :). I wanted to knit them in the round too, but didn’t have the two sets of 4mm circular needles.

Today is an amazing sunny day after a few days of torrential rain and high winds so I popped out into the garden for my weekly photo shoot.
This is my very young Beautyberry Bush (Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’). The berries will become much bigger in the future and much more lilac ~ hopefully ~ if the deer stop nibbling!

Although there are many naysayers out there....I love Fruit Cake!  I started steeping the fruit last week in a mixture of brandy, sherry, port and liqueur.  I don't use that fake fruit, just raisins, prunes, apricots, dried cranberries and glace ginger.  It sat in the fridge and got a good shaking up daily.  So today I baked it and in a complete departure from the past ~ I used 8 mini loaf pans.  These are just large enough for a nibble for two with a chunk of aged white cheddar and a glass of Maderia....yummmmm
Looks pretty and smells fantastic!


charlotte said...

I love the scarves with the blue weft as well,the pattern is very special and stunning! The choice of colors is never easy, I've had some surprises lately with some table runners. Can you eat the beauty berries, or are they just decorative?

Lynnette said...

Hi Charlotte,

Yes you can eat the beauty berries but they are very bitter; some people use them to make jellies or wine.