Posts Tagged ‘soysilk shrug’

shrug it off

March 25, 2008

After the mini rock camp event on Saturday, I needed a whole weekend to recover my mental wellness. Sunday GFF and I spent the whole day napping, taking walks, watching Harold and Maude, and eating. And then yesterday, I did more of the same, but alone. Minus the napping and Harold and Maude, plus Project Runway. I still have these gift socks I’m working on, but I was feeling the need for a quick-and-dirty, large-gauge project, and I thought I’d give a garment a go.

As you might recall, I was the lucky beneficiary of a large box of odd balls of yarn from Skrillaknits stash, via the Ravely group Stash and Burn Groupies thread “Would you like to try?” Cirillia was getting rid of odd balls left over from projects, as well as some yarns that don’t match her season. Included in the box was three balls of Southwest Trading Company’s Phoenix soysilk in Rose.

When I first pulled those out of the box, I thought I’d make a third Clapotis with the yarn. I made my Mom a clapotis with SWTC’s Oasis yarn (another 100% soysilk yarn, but finer and sort of slinkier) and I love that one. But as soon as I started the set up rows with this yarn, I could tell that I wasn’t going to like the resulting fabric. So I started trawling around on Ravelry, and came up with this little pattern. It called for exactly the amount of the same yarn that I had, so I cast on right away and just started knitting.


I sat on the couch and knit away on this baby for several hours, watching Project Runway and listening to podcasts. That picture shows my progress after about 4 hours.

I kept going last night and knit some more this morning and here’s where I am now:


This is maybe the most accurate color representation.  I watched an episode of My So Called Life online this morning, and the color reminds me a lot of the kind of lipstick Sharon Cherski would wear.  This is not a color I would normally wear – certainly not in make up, but also not in clothing – but I kind of like this little shrug.  I’ve tried it on over one shoulder while I was knitting to gauge the sizing, and the color is cute.

My birthday is Friday and I’m going to a conference upstate, and then on vacation for a few weeks to warmer climes.  I’m hoping to have this done before I leave so that I have something new to wear for my birthday and my travels!  Shouldn’t be a problem.