06 November 2006


I recently bought the latest issue of Vogue Knitting for an article on brioche stitch in the round written by Meg Swansen. I'd read about brioche stitch, but I'd never actually dabbled with it and thought it might be useful to make thick & warm items for Dulaan. So my first item made in brioche was this hat:


To be honest, it's a bit shorter than I'd like it to be, but I think it would work well for a small child and it is ever so plush and warm, warm, warm. And I liked the stitch so much - bold yet simple, and thick and squishy at the same time, that I decided it would be perfect for the scarf I wanted to make with the Briar Rose yarn I got at Rhinebeck. The dragon skin pattern, while nice, just wasn't showing off the best characteristics of the yarn the way I'd hoped.


I don't think I'll ever get tired of this yarn. The color repeats are short, so it doesn't stripe and the yarnovers of brioche stitch make for a nice, soft blending of the blues, greys, browns and greens. The colors are muted and subtle, which I love, and the stitch really shows the soft hand of the yarn, which is what really sold me on it in the first place. I'm looking forward to being able to wear this.

And speaking of things to wear, I was sitting here the other night pouting a bit over the whole vest debacle I wrote about in the last post and shivering at the cold, and I decided to click on over to Webs, where they had Araucania Nature Wool Chunky on clearance. I bought enough to make myself a sweater to wear on these cold nights and am eagerly awaiting its arrival.

Naughty Toys

No, it's not what you're thinking. A couple weeks ago, David's customer service rep, Mendy, sent him some SpongeBob figures you can put in water to make them expand. David's a SpongeBob nut, so they were a guaranteed hit. It was a little odd to see SpongeBob expand into what looked like a garishly-painted piece of deep-fried tofu, but there is another which is even more unsettling.

I give you Penis Head Patrick.



Anonymous said...

Brioche is on my recent to do list too! Naughty Patrick is kinda funny. It's his slimy appearance rather than the shape of his head that is disconcerting to me, or maybe it's the two together. Have you seen naughty squiddy? I thought it was pretty funny, doesn't everybody need one to sit on their beer? Or a good toy for a small child? DH said...hmm, kind of looks like...well, like Patrick's head, or that it is meant to warm said organ. I dunno, I like it as a kid toy.

Franklin said...

I really like your blue-and-white.

That was the point of the post, right? To show us your china?


Well, I really like your blue-and-white anyway.

Sheepish Annie said...

I think you found the right stitch for the yarn! It is beautiful...

Perhaps Patrick needs a hat of some sort!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, that hat looks so soft and warm. I'll have to try something like that for my next hat project.

FiberQat said...

Bad Dr Mel! No Crabby Patties for you!

Good idea for the brioche to apply it to Dulaan hats.