Who Found the Yarn?

The Project: an authentic as possible, Tom Baker, Doctor Who scarf

The Deadline: Halloween 2011 – 37 days to go

The Yarn: Lamb’s Pride Superwash (purchased from Yarn Mountain at a steal!) in Wild Honey, Mysterious Fuchsia, Red Baron, Cactus, Charcoal Heather, Oats ‘n Cream, and Pecan Toffee  And Cascade 220 Superwash in Color 1961 (lightish brown).

The Cascade is a little bit lighter weight than the Lamb’s Pride.  Also, it has a different drape.  I am hoping most of the differences will be evened out in the blocking stage at the end.  I’m just a little worried that this yarn will stretch more and make a few odd patches.  We can only tell when we get to that point though!

My Work To Date:

Total Knit:  598 of 1042 rows or 57.4%

More news:  I had a little yarn accident on my quest for the replacement brown.  It involved mohair.  And this sweater thing pattern that has been stuck in my head for weeks.  So, theoretically, I should have a new pattern available for you in a couple weeks.  On top of that, I realized I have this wicked little witches hat pattern that I never put up, and it’s getting close to Halloween, so I should probably put it up for you.  I’m going to try to get that done by the weekend.  Following that, I have to rewrite the Aviator cap, test knit, and post that as well.  I don’t know how I let myself fall so far behind!

Take My Word For It

I have completed several projects.  Trust me.  As I propped the prototype for the Aviator Cap, my camera battery decided it was time to die.  And I could not find the charger.  Oops.

Speaking of, the Aviator Cap is looking pretty snazzy.  Yesterday I cast off the wedding gift, with less than a yard of yarn to save my cute little pixie behind from racing to find another skein and needed something new to work on (even though I have an unspeakable number of projects on the needles…)  I opened my closet door to look for yarn, and two skeins of Lion Brand Chunky Organic Cotton in natural and brown jumped out at me.  Literally.  So, I cast on what I hoped would become a smashing Aviator style cap.  The first attempt was ripped back pretty quickly.  The second attempt contains an error which I do not know how I made but will be worked out in the next sample.

The pattern for this hat will be available by the end of next week.  I am pulling out of my stash several skeins of yarn with which to make even more of these wonderful hats.  It is knit with chunky yarn on fat needles, and the prototype only took a few hours, so the following samples should become increasingly easier.

The Aviator cap was both inspired by as well as influenced the creation of Aviator DaVinci wings, which are actually an order from one of the performers (and a friend of mine) at the Bristol Renaissance Faire.  The wire frame is set up in my studio right now, weighting to have the membrane applied, sealed, and the leather straps attached – I must admit I am having the most difficulty trying to figure out an attractive way to attach leather straps which can withstand the weight of the wings (they are actually fairly light) as well as the force of any jostling throughout the day.

I suppose it is best that my camera battery died, because in my head I am envisioning the most spectacular photo shoot involving my renegade steampunk/renaissance aviator “outift” – really just a corset, white blouse, and brown wrap pants, the Aviator Cap, and the DaVinci wings.  Works in progress are fun, but funky photo shoots are even better.

So, take my word for it.  By the end of next week, there will be at least two new products!  Trust me, I would never be pixie led

Oh look, sparklies…

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