Finished Object Friday and a New Adventure

Yeah! Paper Dolls is Finished!!! After a few reknits (a little pattern tinkering by the designer, but no biggie – all is well!) of the yoke, and a bit of nervous nilliness that I might run out of yarn (definitely unnecessary worry – I had at least half a skein of yarn leftover), I can say I’m very pleased with the end result.

 

I don’t know why I’m attracted to the paper dolls.  I had paper dolls as a child, but they were Shirley Temple dolls, with miscellaneous costumes from her movies — the sailor outfit from The Good Ship Lollipop, the overalls from Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, the rags from The Little Princess.  In fact, I never much liked dolls at all as a child – all I wanted to do with my Barbie’s was make them ride this plastic horse I had — needless to say, my Barbies suffered many a broken hip, and all of them had nails in their sides where my dad had performed surgery.  And, I never spent my time carefully cutting teeny tiny cracks and crevices to form interlinking arms, bobbing heads, and triangle skirts.  Maybe its the appearance of dancing, and lightheartedness that I’m attracted to – but for whatever reason, this was a must knit, and I’m sure will turn into a favorite wear.

 

The yarn is O-Wool’s fingering weight merino.  The only thing I can say about this yarn is that it’s truly lovely.  The fabric is soft, it has a nice drape to it, and like it’s bulky cousin that I knit my Owls sweater in, it’s just a treat to wear.

 

The contrasting colors are Fibre Company’s Canopy (the light pinky purple) and Koigu KPPPM (the plum).  I was a little nervous about how the Koigu would blend with the O-Wool, but in the end it all worked out – and the odd man out was kind of the Canopy — which is also a decadent yarn, but it’s a blend of fibers, so it was not quite a perfect fit with the O-wool and the Koigu, two merinos, but it all worked out.  If I had to do it over again, I probably would go for another sturdier merino as the lighter contrasting color, only because I think the i-cord cast-on would have been a bit firmer, not so loose. 

 

So, what’s next??? 

 

I think that darn lion got to me – because I’m going on Safari.

 

Too Africa.

 

On the African Adventure Afghan!dolliewollieadventure 

Thanks Dolliewollie for letting me post a picture of your fantastic Afghan!

 

The African Adventure is a patchwork knit quilt designed by Horst Shultz.  This quilt, not found in either of his books, grew out of workshop he gave in 2000, and the pattern was not available until someone on Ravelry managed to track down the elusive, computerless Mr. Shultz, and obtain permission to publish the pattern on Ravelry.  If you’re interested, you can go to the Horst Shultz fan club group on Ravelry, and under the group pages is a link the pdf “pattern” and notes on knitting and construction.  The Ravelry Group is moderated by RickeScott, who details his adventure/obsession with this pattern here

 

I’ve always wanted to quilt – but the problem is, I don’t know how to sew.  Quite a problem!  So, to quilt, not only would I have to learn how to work my sewing machine, I ‘d have to learn to sew proficiently.  That means I would have to sew other things in order to get to the quilting, and I don’t really have any interest in sewing other things – so, this pattern seems like a good idea to dive right into quilting, and color.

 

The pattern is a crazy concoction of bows,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That link together like puzzle pieces, and eventually get joined together with a snake like slip stitch border.

And, to add to the madness, I’m using a ridiculously expensive yarn (not ridiculously expensive if you’re knitting something normal size – just ridiculous for a project THIS size), Fibre Company’s Organik.

 

 

So, wish me luck on my Safari – there may be no lions and tigers and bears oh my – but there will be miles and miles of yarn, oh no!

 

And, in p1000399other news – Lemon survived her spaying surgery yesterday, that’s our girl!  She was a trooper.  When she didn’t spring into puppy action after about five hours, I called my famous dog whisperer Knitty D who assured me that Lemon would be just fine.  And, this morning, although a little slow, she was her perfect puppy self.

5 Comments

  1. thea April 3, 2009

    the paper dolls pullover is adorable! what is it about that pattern that keeps it from being too cutesey? You’d think it would be, but it’s a great grownup sweater. Good luck in Africa – it’s going to be quite the project. and glad to hear the puppy is doing good. 🙂

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  2. Emily April 3, 2009

    Awww, poor little beanie! Glad she’s feeling better!

    That afghan is going to be GORGEOUS!

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  3. Mariss April 3, 2009

    Paper dolls sweater is beautiful! I love it:)

    The afghan / quilt..Oh. MY. GOD. Insane, and WOW!

    Lemon is so cute, I just forgot all about the afghan. And Wendy, you don’t have to be an expert sewer to quilt!

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  4. Lisa April 4, 2009

    So happy little Lemon came through her spaying with flying colors, that wee cutie!

    Your Safari is going to be a glorious bit of madness. You’ll be done by next week, right? I smell obsession!

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  5. Bridget April 4, 2009

    Love the Paper Dolls! And it does look like all of the yarns got along (at least in the picture).

    Wow – that afghan is amazing, and why do I think you will probably have it finished before next weekend???

    Give Lemon a pat from me. I’m glad she is no worse for the wear, especially since it’s a nice sunny day to go outside.

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