Back in September (can’t believe that was nearly TWO months ago!), I wrote about Fashion’s returning love affair with fluorescent yarn. I’m still working on the main creation but since time is my enemy at the moment, I thought I’d show you what I’ve done so far for smaller projects aimed as gifts.
Many of you who commented last time said that children and fluorescent colours mix well. And sure enough, the first item off my needles was a hat for my younger son.
Using navy and orange yarn in a fun cup-cake or even ice-cream like pattern (increase on every other edge and decrease on every other edge) with a massive bobble on the top, he will certainly be noticed in the dark. Most of the colour is provided by the contrast with the navy – the orange on its own is a little flat.
He liked his hat so much that he made me one! Apologies for being the proud Mum but here he is, working away on his loom at one of the craft fairs he came with me to.
Please note the snacks laid out in front of him, the pie cushion behind his head (perhaps you recognise it from an earlier post) and the blurred hand (he’s a born fidget). His finished item is a delight. With a little help from me (edging), the entire work is his own and I will wear it with undisguised pride.
He used the same chunky orange and picked a meadow green to go with it.
And finally, I’ve been using the fluorescent colours to make this creation. I have a black and white winter coat that needs bright scarves to give it an edge. I love this pink and the softest baby merino light and dark grey to go with it.
The scarf itself is four strips of 140 cm length fabric and two 200 cm i-cord. Then I spent an inordinate time fighting off my cat to weave them together.
Once I got his claws out of the way, the rest was easy. Well, sort of.
And as a final update – do you remember this?
I now also made this:
This one is frillier and a little longer – the silver grey yarn is a DK so rather than casting on 200, I had to cast on 350. Then garter stitch for 5 inches and finally attach the blue/grey/black scarf yarn. I can honestly say that attaching and casting off left me ready to die with boredom, but on the other hand, I like the outcome. My photos are taken in a North facing room so the colours are even more cool than in real life. The scarf yarn is more green than seems in these photos.
So on to the next thing – 100% silk cable and lace scarf sample…I’m really looking forward to it and dreading making a mistake in equal measure. It all has to be done by Sunday, so I’d better run! Hope you’re liking these wintry ideas and that they will keep you warm.