Monday, February 12, 2007

Finally, I'm Well-coiffed

A little Lipstick Lava and a pair of size 7's made for quick work of this version of Knitty's Shocking Pink Coif featuring Brainy Lady's button adaptation. I decided to add a touch as well, with a left twist repeated along the five middle stitches.

There was, indeed consensus on the button, with the marled purple the winner by a country mile. Special shout-out to one of the Rainey Sisters for the inspired suggestion to top the button with beads. I choose purple iridescent ones and sewed them on with pinkish-red thread, which you can see through the closure.

I did make a sizing mistake on this. A mistake which presented a learning opportunity: my first scissored knitting surgery! Although I measured from ear to ear to determine the length of the chin strap, I failed to take into account that the wool would s-t-r-e-t-c-h. I ended up with 2 inches too much.

Since I'd started the piece by knitting the strap, it was frog or cut knit. I chose the latter, but not before inserting a dpn above the cut point to hold the soon-to-be live stitches. A decisive snip, a bit of picking and knitting a new buttonhole, and the coif was in business.

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Blogger Opal said...

Congratulations on a successful surgery! The button looks marvelous. I just love the way the beads look.

2/12/2007 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Frog or cut knit??? LOLOLOLOLOL how funny when you click on a post and hear your own "voice" on it's! :)

Coif looks wonderful!! The yarn is fab and the button/bead combo! cie magnifique!

2/12/2007 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Very Nice Karen, I didn't vote for a button, but the purple one is very nice.

2/12/2007 06:19:00 PM  
Blogger lv2knit said...

From Dr LV2KNIT:
I operate all the time and it really comes in handy. The buttons are perfect and thanks for the shout out about the beads!

2/13/2007 04:06:00 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

I love it! The yarn colours and button are great -- so cheerful! And congratulations on the successful surgical procedure.

2/13/2007 06:49:00 AM  
Blogger Knitting Bandit said...

Great color! I love the button trick! Thanks for sharing!

2/13/2007 08:40:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Awesome! It's exciting (for me, your yarn twin) to see how that wool works up, too.

2/13/2007 08:47:00 PM  

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