Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Flamies!

Yes, crochet-world includes awards for crochety things!

The cool bit is that anyone who wields a hook can partake and have a say in who they think deserves recognition. Just follow this link to the Voters Guide (should that have an apostrophy? I'm thinking yes?) and click on the VOTE NOW text. You will need to refer to the guide - there are a lot of categories. If there are some that you don't have an opinion on, just skip that question (like I did for about 10 questions...).

If you vote, you get a gift of a free scarf pattern, which will apparently only be available for a limited time. 

Happy voting!

Here I am! (And the Saroyan)

After having a certain someone (Hi, Lissa!) ask several times when I was going to write another post, I thought I better do something soon, so here I am again - yay!


I'm sure no one really wants to hear about uni and assignments and so. much. reading. that I think it's actually impossible to do it all, so I'll share some pretty knitting pictures instead. Come to think of it, I never did get around to showing you pictures of the Saroyan I knitted my sister for Christmas - yes, I got it done it time! (Posted about here and here.)

This is the completely finished (but unblocked) Saroyan, taken the moment after I cast off, which was well after midnight:

Blocking made a very noticable difference to this scarf. In this photo, one leaf has been steam blocked and the other hasn't - notice how the blocked leaf is larger and flatter:

I don't actually have a picture that shows the whole, blocked Saroyan, but if you go to my project page and then follow the link through to the pattern page you'll be able to see pictures of Saroyans that other people have made. Below is a picture of one end of the scarf, showing it blocked and drying on the ironing board - I am so pleased with how it turned out!

Happily, my sister also loved it (HUGE relief) and wore it all evening. I had fun dressing her up in it and showing her different ways to wear it. I'm planning on making myself one of these at some stage - it's a gorgeous design, and the lace isn't too hard if you're not an experienced knitter.

If you are a crocheter, however, there is an alternative: the amazing Cheri McEwen has designed the Camille scarf/shawl, which is a beautiful crochet interpretation of the Saroyan.

And that's a blogpost done - woohoo! Next time I'll try not to leave it so long :-)