Sunday, January 06, 2008

Modern Quilt Wrap

Yay, the Modern Quilt Wrap is finished! My lord, was that ever a long and tedious knit. Did you know that each large square took between 1-2 quarters of NFL football to knit? Something like that anyway, I never really timed it exactly (well, if each one takes 1-1.5 hours, and a typical game is maybe 3 hours, that sort of works out). Anyway, it took a long time!

Modern Quilt Wrap_01

Modern Quilt Wrap_02

This is the fiddliest yarn I've ever knit with. I can't even tell you how many times I discovered dropped stitches WAY after the fact. It's a good thing that the mohair has so much of a halo that my lame attempts to catch the dropped stitches with extra yarn aren't noticeable at all. I can definitely say that it'll be a little while before I work with Kidsilk Haze again (although I've wanted this Trinket scarf forever). If I ever make noises about wanting to knit an entire sweater with it, smack some sense into me, ok? =)

Now that it's done, I guess the next thing to do is to wear it to death (after I block it, perhaps. It should probably be blocked), to make all the effort worth it! I still love the pretty colours.

Modern Quilt Wrap worn_01

(Just a complainy aside: why can't I ever take decent pictures? Do I need something more than a basic point-and-shoot to be able to do that? Maybe I need to learn how to use Photoshop)


Karen said...

Wah! That wrap looks fantastic!! Guess you were watching playoff football this weekend? :)

But yes, I totally know what you mean when you say that kidsilk haze is fiddly to work with. After I made that shawl for my mom, I kinda decided that I didn't want to work with it for a long, long time, and have stuck with that resolution so far. If you ever want to knit a sweater with it, I will come all the way to Chicago to smack you. A scarf? Okay, I can see that, but a sweater? No, no, no!

And about the photo thing - I find that my photos aren't so great, and even Photoshop doesn't always help all that much. I've been reading up on how to take good photos of knitting and yarn and stuff (the things you can find thanks to Google), and the thing that I read most consistently is the fact that you need a nice big, diffuse light source (I've even found sites that explain how to build a lightbox!), a tripod, and to turn the flash off the camera. Back to our discussion on 'how much time do I want to devote to blogging about knitting as opposed to actually knitting' - while the advice is good, I'm also lazy and space-challenged. I'm not planning to build a lightbox anytime soon, so I think I'll just live with my slightly yellow, poorly lit photos.

Alice said...

It is so pretty! I have never knit with kidsilk haze before but I have to say your wrap is gorgeous... wow.

Adrienne said...

Thank you thank you!

I used to think that natural lighting was supposed to be the "best", but then I tried taking a bunch of pictures in natural light and most of them pretty much sucked. I've also read about the lightbox thing, but like you, way too lazy to make one. I have thought about getting a tripod though, since most of my photos are sans flash and always have that slight hint of fuzziness no matter how still I try to hold.

mountainknitter said...

I'm so glad I found your wrap. It is beautiful. I'm making it too and agree with all you say about the yarn. I'm wondering about how to block it when finished. Do you spray it with water and let it dry flat? Can't wait to give it to DD (sewellen) and see a picture of her wearing it with the black coat she made.