Wednesday, October 2, 2013

It's been a while

Things have been busy since last we met. Among other things, I finished my Pi Shawl (finally); started two (!) new (!) jobs; met a lovely blog reader in person (hi Anne!); and did a bit of exploring outside the city. (If you can get there, Spirit Tree Cidery in Caledon is a perfect field trip at this time of year. Just lovely.)

At some point during the hurly-burly, the weather started to slide from August's lush, humid days into the cool, crisp days of autumn. Today the trees in my neighbourhood look like this.

With the advent of October, I finally had a bit of time to do whatever I wanted, all by myself. Yesterday was a self-imposed vacation day, and considering I'd been going full-out for a month straight, it arrived just in the nick of time.

Around about the time I poured cup of tea #4, I found this decorative knitted maple leaf pattern on Ravelry. What's better for a day off than a bottomless tea pot and an intriguing knitting pattern? Not much. Maybe a bit of cake. But I digress.

So down came the TFA Yellow Label in Garnet (a suitably Canadian maple leaf red, I thought) and a pair of 4 mm needles. Armed with the pattern, my pink highlighter, even more tea and a slew of BBC panel shows to play in the background, I got down to business.

The pattern is a masterpiece of short rows, constructed by the sort of logic that my fingers grasped quickly but that my brain is still grappling with. It's a peace-and-quiet pattern (at least for me); none of that talking while knitting during this project, row by painstaking row.

But it was worth it, don't you think?

This leaf, made with DK weight yarn on 4 mm needles, using the instructions for the medium size, measures almost 9 inches high by 10 inches across. (Next time, I'd go down to 3.5 mm needles for a bit more...structural integrity.) I washed and blocked it overnight, pinning severely to get the definition at the tips of the leaf.

As I worked, I imagined how great it would be to make a garland of these leaves for your fall window or mantelpiece. Imagine a whole bunch of tiny maple leaves in an autumnal skein of KPPPM (maybe P327, P338 or P352?) strung on a piece of I-cord. Cute, don't you think?

(If you'd like the challenge but prefer something more functional, I think that these garter stitch gloves worked on two needles might fill the bill. A very neat piece of work indeed.)

Now, back to the grindstone. Close to the top of the list: doing something about this little situation.

It's my WIP pile and it's out of control. Send reinforcements (and cake)!

1 comment:

  1. Oh I love that leaf, and what a perfect red! (On another note, I love the Spirit Tree Cidery too. Visiting it is a favourite yearly tradition.)


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