Today’s Wollmeise phrase: “Stick to your knitting!” (as if there’s anything else I’d rather be doing!)
Earlier this year, the Wollmeise introduced a worsted weight yarn, called Molly (Molly being a “fuller-figured” version of the sock yarn!). I was lucky and scored a 4 skein pack in an update, although it’s a colour (Campari Orange Dark) very different than I’d normally use for a garment – wild variegated reds, oranges and deep yellow!
I searched and searched Rav for an appropriate pattern that wasn’t a clapotis – I have 880 yards and I wanted to use as much as possible, so a garment was a possibility.
I found the Tantric Puzzle Top
(Ravlink) and the problem was solved! It’s a very cool pattern – basically two long strips sewn together in a particular way and worn crossed over at the front and tied at the back (a great use for woven strips too, for any weavers out there!).
You can use pretty much any yarn and stitch pattern you like, just make the strips the desired width and length. Inspired yet again by someone on Ravelry, I’ve chosen a lace stitch, in the vein of feather and fan, called Ostrich Plumes. I had a false start with 4.5mm sticks, and have moved up to 5mm now which I think is good.
I’m still a bit iffy about my ability to wear this much bright colour, as well as whether the strips will block out to the correct size, but so far, I’m pretty excited to be making something a little left of centre. Fingers crossed for a winner!