Sunday, December 27, 2009

How the french bread cut my finger..

...and other food-related knitting.

It was just one of those unexpected things. I was so hungry by the time I got home with my lunch and the golden-crusted baguette that I didn't take the time to cut off a proper piece. As I rudely ripped into the loaf, leaving a jagged edge, I felt a quick jab at my left index finger. I figured it was my imagination and thought how funny it would be to fashion a knife out of bread then crumble the evidence (too many forensic cop shows).

Later on, as I sat knitting my Super Cupcake cowl, I noticed that the yarn kept catching on my finger. Upon closer inspection, I saw what looked like a splinter and a little dot of blood. It wasn't my imagination. The french bread actually had cut my finger and left a little bit of itself behind as evidence! Laugh if you must, but it took a week for that sucker to properly heal.

Despite the aforementioned grievous bodily harm and a continuously cantankerous shoulder, I managed to finish both the cowl and the slouchy hat, making this pair the second of my Chicago winter warrior gear.

ChicKnits Super Cupcake hat and cowlYarn: Lorna's Laces - (2) 225 yd. / 114g skeins in the Vera colorway
Needles: 16" circular sizes 7 and 8US / 4.5 and 5.0 mm; size 8 dpns to finish
Stitch: Shaker rib

If you're new to Shaker rib (or any of the other brioche-like stitches), it takes some getting used to the whole "knit one below (k1b)" business. It may be counter-intuitive but go ahead and drop that stitch. It'll work out in the end. Promise. The only tricky part you might encounter (or at least I did) comes when you stop paying attention and purl the k1b and knit the purl. Hopefully you find your mistake before you've finished the round. If not, my advice is to frog back to the purl row.

My only other admonition? If you knit loosely as I am doing at present, take the time to check your gauge. Seriously. You see how my cowl looks a bit, um, large? That's because it is. It turned out to be wider than the pattern's 26" circumference and hence not quite as face-hugging as I would have liked. The fault lies not in the pattern, but in myself.

I did a whole lot better on the hat. I tightened up my knitting and plowed through to the finish on that swell chapeau within five days, which is fast for me these days. Love, love, love everything about this hat. It has just the right amount of insouciant slouch. I think it looks adorable and will definitely be baking up more of these in the future.

Now, back to the baby dress.

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Blogger Bonnie said...

They look so warm! Beautiful color.

12/27/2009 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

gorgeous colorway. I love your execution. Must look again at the pattern...

12/27/2009 02:08:00 PM  
Blogger grumperina said...

Oh, I love this set! I was just thinking about knitting a slouchy hat for myself using brioche or something like it... This is very inspirational!

12/27/2009 04:00:00 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

hiya! nice job. you look great wearing your new set. i hope you had a wonderful holiday.

12/27/2009 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Cozy, warm, and fashionable - perfect for the French bread winter warrior. :)

12/27/2009 05:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Clasca said...

This looks very warm and comfortable, love the hat!

12/28/2009 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Both turned out just beautifully! What a wonderful mix of colors to brighten up a winter day.

I tend to knit very loosely myself -- swatching is my best friend.

Wishing you all the best in 2010.

12/28/2009 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

First of all, OUCH!
Second of all? WOW that's gorgeous...will check out the colorway, and must now try Shaker Rib. Just so I know what you're saying...but also b/c it's really pretty, too!

12/28/2009 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

I've yet to summon up the courage to try brioche stitch - but it looks most becoming on you! Lovely hat, btw.

12/28/2009 07:49:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

yikes! who knew bread could be so deadly! ;)

love the slouchiness of the hat and the cowl!

happy holidays, karen! *hugs*

12/29/2009 02:11:00 PM  
Blogger monica said...

You look so adorable!! I'm sorry about your finger. Geez who knew that it would take so long for you to recover from that cut.

12/29/2009 06:10:00 PM  
Blogger BertandFelix said...

Love the cowl! Just bought yarn to make myself one too.

12/30/2009 12:00:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

How GORGEOUS -- both the hat and cowl and YOU! Have a wonderful New Year!

12/30/2009 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

You look so darn beautiful in these colors! Love them both!
ummm, stomach kinda quesy from the finger cut incident. Yikes.

Happy New Year!!!

1/02/2010 03:01:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Great set! Wonderful colors for you too!

I've had stale loves of french bread that I've thought could be used to bludgeon someone, but I hadn't figured a jagged crust could draw blood.

1/04/2010 01:53:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

you are adorable.
totally adorable.
glad your finger is healed.... darn bread!
happy new year to you, karen! xx

1/07/2010 04:32:00 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

Great job! The hat and cowl look wonderful!

1/09/2010 05:31:00 PM  

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