Monday, February 8, 2016


Meet Alizarin. 

Aren't those colors wonderful? There's orange and fuchsia, purple, and of course the dominant rose. In the main body of this wrap they all mix together and average out to a lovely color, but it's fun to see each individual here in the cable and ruffles. 

Speaking of the wrap, here it is in all it's glory. I finally got around to weaving in ends and blocking. I wet blocked it by soaking it in the sink for about 20 minutes with a squirt of Dawn and then stretched it out on the blocking boards to about 62" x 21" using my wires. I didn't go very aggressive with stretching it, just enough to get the cable to behave and to straighten out the top pseudo point (an artifact of the construction) to a more or less straight line. It took a couple of days to dry, much to the cats' chagrin. They had to survive without access to the office for the duration. How awful I am!

In the end, it seems like that point at the top is returning somewhat as it relaxes to a native state of being. I think it's ok because look at the drape that creates. I haven't quite figured out how I want to wear it yet (I think a shawl pin would come in handy here) but it looks like it will make a great partner for a nice gray shirt and jeans, no? 

I remember the day I bought this yarn at Fengari in Half Moon Bay. I knew I wanted to make a Kir Royale and looked at just about every DK weight skein of yarn in the shop. I decided on this color because it wasn't a typical color for me but looked so pretty sitting on the shelf.

With this, I've finished up all the loose ends (pun intended) on every knitted project I bound off in 2015!

Pattern: Kir Royale by Melanie Berg (my Ravelry project page)
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK in Alizarin
Needle: Sizes 4 and 6


  1. Love the way the colors played out in that shawl pattern. See thinking outside of the usual pays off!


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