Sunday, 15 February 2015

a Missoni scarf and a small roundup of news

How was your weekend? Ours was a good one as far as I am concerned. The others seem happy also.

On Friday I went out to the dancin' with three girl friends. I haven't done anything like it in a long time. It was so much fun although I might have had one enhanced cranberry juice too many. We called for a taxi to drive us into town just before 11 pm. Just imagine. I haven't been in town on a Saturday night for donkey's years but nothing much has changed. Of course I spent my 'clubbing' years in a different part of the world but I have ventured out on a few occasions here, too. It was 90s music night in the Flying Duck Club. The 90s seem like a long time ago!
The rest of the weekend was just the usual, a bit of tidying and cleaning, a bit of cooking, a bit of shopping, lots of crochet and telly watching, cycling, playing, walking and audiobook listening. Not all of us did everything of course! We also made the best of the good weather: clearing up the garden, jumping on the trampoline, sitting in the sun, and watching the four legged family members enjoy the warmth of the sun.



I have been waiting for some decent daylight to take pictures of my new scarf. I finished it just in time for the last few weeks of cold weather. The designer says she was inspired by Missoni. Being a bit of a fashion non-entity, I had too google image to see what that meant. I liked it for the colour and the sophisticated stripes. I love to use self striping yarn but it never occurred to me to use two different colourways and alternate those. Such as simple yet effective way to achieve an amazing stripe effect.



The yarn I used was exactly what the pattern asked for: four balls of Lang Yarns Mille Colori Baby in the colourways 51 and 52. There are other shades but I liked those most. Even though I used exactly the same yarns as the designer, the result is different. Just great. It didn't take that long to knit and the pattern is simple, every row is exactly the same, front and back. It is probably the equivalent of a crochet ripple if you like crochet. I quite like this kind of therapeutic knitting.
The scarf is soft and smells nice. I like the lanolin smell of wool, particularly the non-superwash variety. I made it long enough for two wraps around the neck.



And that's me wearing the scarf. I am also wearing my tired messy mascara free messy hair look. I also forgot to tuck the double chin away.


I am very pleased with the result and I do really want to make another similar scarf. It is my only nice scarf because the naughty dog chewed up my other one. Having said that, I would be quite happy if Jack chewed anything at all at the moment. He has been poorly all weekend and hasn't eaten. I don't think he is fasting, just feeling poorly. We moved his puppy cage to our bedroom to keep an eye on him during the night. Jack isn't drinking either and if he doesn't improve dramatically over night I'll call the vet. Poor wee thing. He was outside in the garden watching the cats, which he seemed to enjoy but now he is wiped out. I bet Jack as eaten something that wasn't really for him, a dead mouse or some fox poop. Keep your fingers crossed for this favourite dog of ours. Cx


27 comments:

  1. Hi Christina, I love the scarf, really beautiful, did it take long to make ? And yes I reckon a ripple would be the crochet equivalent. Personally, as a fellow tired messy mascara free person, I like to see scarves etc modeled by normal people who aren't super glossy (no offense lol)
    Hope Jack perks up soon
    Jillxo

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  2. Your scarf is beautiful, and what a good idea to mix two shades of variegated yarn. And you don't look messy, you look like a happy, kind person who's just the sort of person you'd want to live next door to. Hope Jack recovers soon, it's as bad when your pets as ill as when your children are! xx

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    1. When your pets ARE ill, not as ill! :-) xx

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  3. Great post as always Christina, and I absolutely love that scarf, the colours are beautiful, I wonder if I could manage the pattern with my limited knitting skills? I do hope wee Jack is ok, he sounds very unwell, puppies not eating is never a good sign. Do keep us posted if you can X

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  4. love the scarf, hope the puppy is feeling better soon. as for going out at 11pm. oh my. that's past my bedtime.........

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  5. I smiled at going out just as I was going to bed, I think my nights clubbing are long gone. The scarf is beautiful, I love all the different colour tones, a real delight. Fingers crossed all is well with the puppy.

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  6. Your scarf looks great Christina and such a good idea to use the two different colour ways of self-striping yarn. Poor little Jack, I hope he's feeling better and back to his mischievous ways soon xx

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  7. Your scarf is beautiful and it looks lovely on you. That's a very sweet photo of you, you look very happy. I'm glad you had a fun night out, look at you go! So great. I hope Jack is well soon, poor pup. Have a great week.

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  8. Your night out sounds good, I'm not one for going out these days feeling a little old hahaha
    your scarf looks amazing and the colours are lush.
    I do hope your little puppy dog is feeling much better. Sx

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  9. It's a beautiful scarf. I really love the colours and it looks cozy and lovely worn by you. Great to hear about your fantastic night out with the girls and your happy weekend with the family. I hope Jack will feel better soon. Take care and have a nice week. X

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  10. I hope Jack will be OK - not drinking isn't a great sign. Our wee Jack Russel goes off her food an odd time but then is fine again. Your scarf is really beautiful. I'm afraid I also didn't know what Missoni was all about! The colours in the scarf are beautiful.

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  11. Love the colors of the scarf especially because it will go with everything. I wish we could go outside at this point but the windchill is dangerous once again.
    Keep us posted on Jack.

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  12. Poor Jack!!! I hope his belly is feeling much better today. You are beautiful! And let me just say the scarf is too, but when I see it on you, you definitely out shine it!
    Love hearing about your weekend.
    Meredith

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  13. I do hope Jack is better now? I had a lovely weekend thank you :). Your scarf is absolutely gorgeous it's no wonder it is your favourite. You have reminded me that I haven't posted that yarn off to you yet, I haven't forgotten!

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  14. Fabulous scarf, you are clever. I spent some of the weekend singing along to a '90s music radio station and was more than a little sad when I remembered just how long ago the 1990s were now......

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  15. Lovely scarf! I have heard of Missoni but only because I watch a lot of extremely lowbrow TV which concentrates on fashion and celebrity.
    Oh, the Nineties... I remember them well but find it quite alarming to think how long ago they actually were. Watching Friends, you see just how dated it all seems. Yet I feel like it was only yesterday. Must be getting old!
    I hope your little dog gets better soon. No doubt he has eaten something unsavoury...
    S x

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  16. The scarf is beautiful Christina! What an interesting pattern, the colors are bright and cheerful without being over the top, and it looks so soft! Sorry to hear that Jack is sick. If he isn't drinking, don't wait to take him to the vet. He is just a little guy and can get dehydrated quickly. (I don't mean to be bossy, but that is the Mom of 10 furry pets worrying in me.)

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  17. Hey Christina,
    Oh the days of going out after the pubs close! That's a trip down amnesia lane for sure. I love your scarf, and I love the photo of you. You look very pretty. And very young.
    Have a lovely week my friend,
    Leanne xx

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  18. Your scarf is gorgeous!!! You make it look even nicer when you are wearing it!! Glad that you had a good time out with your friends. I hope that Jack is OK. xx

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  19. Just going out at night would be a start for me :) I love the scarf it's beautiful and a great photo of you. how's your little doggy now? xx

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  20. That's a gorgeous scarf, Christina! I like the way the colours worked out. Poor Jack. Hopefully he is feeling better today.

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  21. I do hope Jack is okay. Your scarf... And you, are beautiful!

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  22. I love going for a dance with girlfriends, something I hardly ever do either any more, it sounds like a great night! And the scarf is lovely! I didn't know what Missoni is either. The colours are great :) I hope Jack feels better soon, poor pup

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  23. Just enjoying a catch up here (thank goodness Jack's better) ... and that is one awesome scarf ... I love it! And that is a fab pic of you too ... the kind of photo you look at and think, I bet she'd be a fun person to sit and knit and natter with.

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  24. Hi! Your scarf is so beautiful! I've been trying to make one myself and I can't seem to get it right! I even wondered if the pattern was written wrong. I have started and ripped 4 or 5 times! I am an experienced knitter and just can't understand what my problem is! Any pointers? Twyla

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  25. This is totally adorable!!! Thank you for hinting at this pattern and the idea of alternating two colour ways!

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