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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Kureyon, My Wayward Son

For some time Grant and Miss B had been planning a weekend getaway during school vacation; they originally scheduled it for next weekend, but I made them move it to this weekend so I could go to CTSW. They decided that Grant would pick her up when school let out on Friday, and they would leave directly from there. Little did I know that I would be presented with an opportunity to visit Mecca WEBS on Friday, but luckily I got a sitter to meet Taz's van and stay with him until six.

I have mentioned before that I am not a big fan of self-striping or self-patterning yarns; they offend my inner control freak, who wants to be the one to decide when the yarn changes color. For some time, however, I've had a mild case of Noro virus brought on by an idea bumping around the back of my head, and it flared into passionate lust that would not be denied when I saw the wall of Kureyon at WEBS. (I tried in vain to talk myself into a discontinued, thus cheaper, colorway.)

I have several knitting deadlines (mostly self-imposed), and summer will soon be upon us, so since I am a sensible and logical person the first thing I started when I got home was...

a scarf in Kureyon (#229) and Lamb's Pride worsted. You may recall my Wild Thing scarf; this new one is another take on two-color brioche stitch. I'm calling it Sibyl because, as you can see, it has two sides, one quiet, one colorful. (I know the eponymous Sibyl was reputed to have many more sides than that, but for the moment I am sticking with just two.)

In my Ravelry notes on Wild Thing I said I couldn't really call it a design as it was simple two-color brioche; one person said I most certainly could if I felt like it and asked for the pattern, so here it is.

Materials for Wild Thing: bulky weight brushed mohair yarn in a solid color (A), bulky weight space-dyed thick-and-thin wool yarn (B), about 250 yards each (yardage is a wild guess! I really have no idea since I was working off huge cones). Size 10 circular needle.
Materials for Sibyl: About 300 yards (150 grams) each Lamb's Pride worsted weight in black or background color of your choice (black really makes the Kureyon pop) (A) and Noro Kureyon (B). Size 7 or 8 circular needle.
  1. With color A, cast on 29 sts for Wild Thing or 35 sts for Sibyl.
  2. With B, k the first st (edge stitch; in all subsequent rows you will slip the first stitch), *sl 1 with yo (sl st and at the same time yo over the top of it with the working yarn), k1, end sl 1 with yo, k edge st.
  3. Slide sts back to the other end of the needle and with A, *p st and yo, sl 1 with yo, end p st and yo, k edge st.
  4. With B, *sl 1 with yo, p st and yo, end sl 1 with yo, k edge st.
  5. Slide sts back to the other end of the needle and with A, *k st and yo, sl 1 with yo, end k st and yo, k edge st.
  6. Repeat these four rows until done. Note: much more info about brioche stitch (possibly more than you want) including photos can be found at the brioche stitch site.

I think Sibyl will be my first offering to the Red Scarf Goddess this year. (I trust and hope there will be a Red Scarf this year, O Magnificent One?)


  • That has got to be the best blog post title ever. If only my Kansas album wasn't on vinyl I'd be playing it the rest of the day. The scarf is very nice as well. I know brioche is supposed to be easy but I still haven't tried it yet. I think this will get me started.

    By Blogger Carol, at 12:42 PM  

  • Ok. yes where do I nominate you for the best knitting post title EVAH!


    By Blogger Sorka, at 12:51 PM  

  • That scarf looks so cool!

    Thanks. Going to have the song stuck in my head. all. day. ;op

    By Anonymous JessaLu, at 9:43 AM  

  • Owwwwww. That blog post title hurts so good!

    By Blogger Joan, at 2:19 PM  

  • Gonna have to go google this...

    By Blogger Laurie, at 2:52 PM  

  • Even my era....never listened to the lyrics...excellent job! You, not them.

    By Blogger Laurie, at 2:56 PM  

  • Noro virus. Heheh...

    By Blogger Lene Andersen, at 11:15 PM  

  • You wonderfully witty woman, you. You don't post often, ". . . but what there is, is cherce." (Spencer TRacey remarking on Katherine Hepburn)

    By Blogger Roxie, at 9:58 AM  

  • Oh, I really like that!

    By Blogger trek, at 8:24 AM  

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