Eternal serpent scarf

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(Can you spot Tim wondering what I’m doing outside the door?)

I call it my ‘Eternal Serpent’ scarf, my take on the infinity scarf. ‘Serpent’ because of the lovely green tone this scarf takes. I used my handspun lime sorbet yarn, as well as a skein of kettle dyed, extrafine Merino from Manos del Uruguay in the colourway Agua. Both yarns are worsted-weight (10-ply) and they complement each other wonderfully!

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Single Sided by Wes Peck

And ‘Eternal’ because it’s a Möbius strip; a shape which is formed by adding a single half-twist to a band. A Möbius has only one side and one edge, so that if you draw a line around it, you would end up back where you’d begun, having traversed the entire surface.

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Infinity scarves and shawls are very popular at the moment, you’ve probably seen them around. However, most infinity scarves are made by crocheting the scarf in its entirety, then adding the half-twist when the two ends are joined together.

In contrast I made this scarf by first crocheting a length of foundation double crochet, then joining the ends of this foundation row with the half-twist. After that the scarf was made by crocheting around the Möbius strip I’d already created, which was really fun to do :) Though it took a bit of getting use to the fact that I had to go around ‘twice’ before I got back to the beginning.

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Here you can see the detail of the stitch pattern. The body of the scarf is made using only front-post double crochet. The two sides appear to differ because the Möbius shape means that one side (left) is showing the front of the stitch, and the other (right) the back. As a result we have these contrasting ridges or cables, which I edged with reverse single crochet.

The stitch pattern, combined with the fact that post stitches love to curl in on themselves, add to the ‘Serpent’ aspect of this pattern. For this reason I didn’t block the scarf, I didn’t want to reduce its natural movement, I just gave it a nice wash to let the stitches settle.

This pattern is simple and versatile, and I’m definitely going to share it here. However, it makes use of a lot of techniques that, while not difficult, might not be so well known. So first I’m going to spend the next several days going through tutorials to cover everything one would need to make this scarf :) being…

Mixtape

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Another day, another skein of handspun yarn.

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This one is made from a Mix’d tape batt by Wooldancer. These are one of a kind, 50 gram batts that Wooldancer describes as:

… a flavoursome mix of fun fibres and other elements such as ribbon, cassette tape etc, loosely blended on my vintage Fricke drum carder especially for texture-lovers!

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(Peekay loves it when I’m taking photos)

They contain:

… handdyed fleece, including mohair, wensleydale, finn, BFL top, ingeo, milk, silk noils, gobs of sari-silk, lashings of Angelina, sari silk yarn & ribbon!

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My batt certainly has some ribbons going on, as well as shredded american money! And a riot of different types of dyed fibres.

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For such a textured batt, I probably spun this finer than usual, it came to a heavy worsted-weight (10-ply). In doing so, I ended up removing the ribbons, and a lot of the shredded money which didn’t incorporate well into the yarn, though some of it made it in. But I’m sure if this was spun to the chunky weight these kind of batts are really designed for, everything would have spun in wonderfully.

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Tim helped.

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The finished yarn is wonderfully varied and textured, you really need to see it in real life!

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In the sun, all the colours!

Forever in fibre – now with pages

You might (or might not) have noticed that a ‘pages’ section has appeared in our sidebar. As forever in fibre continues to accumulate content, I’m working to make everything as accessible as possible. There are still lots of options in the the menu bar, so that you can narrow posts down to specific categories, and now I’m starting to put together some pages.

We have Crochet tutorials, which is a simple index of tutorial posts; a place to go if you’re looking for information on a particular technique.

And Spinning colour, where I get my spinning nerd on, going into far too much detail about different ways to work with coloured fibre so that you can achieve the results you envision.

I’m planning on continuing to add to these pages… maybe a yarn bomb index? Please let me know if you have any ideas or if there’s anything you’d particularly like to see on forever in fibre :)

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Midnight rainbow yarn

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I have something really special to share with you tonight, I’m so very happy with how this yarn turned out. I’m calling it my midnight rainbow yarn. It’s so soft and luxurious, with such a riot of colour mediated by the black base.

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I purchased a pair of gorgeous matching batts from Wren & Ollie, the were called ‘Calligraphy’ and were composed of extra fine Merino, Merino, tussah silk, silk noil, mohair locks, bamboo, silk thread and banana silk. Wren and & Ollie make such wonderful batts, for more, check out my lime sorbet yarn.

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Just look at the colours when they’re both laid out! It was almost difficult to start spinning them, not wanting to risk destroying such loveliness.

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Tim liked the batts too.

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I tore off manageable portions of roving to spin from.

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And set to work.

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The finished yarn, in the sun, shimmering and bright and beautiful.

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And in the shade, where the colours really stand out.

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Peekay likes the yarn.

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Found in Cairns

Cairns might not have a yarn store (!!!)

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But it has a bike… of yarn! And crochet!!!

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Covered in flowers

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Lots of flowers.

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On a vine with leaves.

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And a wheel of granny stitch.

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Plus a helpful sign so that we know that this instillation was created by Laila Whiteing. It’s wonderful work!

Notes on nails – Lunar Halo

Today I’m wearing what I like to call a ‘palate cleanser’ nail polish; not bright, not dark, something neutral. But neutral doesn’t have to mean boring, and I love a neutral colour with something special.

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This is Lunar Halo by Femme Fatale. It’s full of silver and iridescent blue/green glitter in a tinted shimmering nude base. Here I’m wearing three coats of Lunar Halo over one coat of Afternoon Delight by Enchanted polish, which is a nude with a slight holographic finish and a matching blue shimmer. However, if you didn’t have nails stained by constantly wearing polish (like mine), you’d probably be just fine without a base colour.

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These kinds of polishes are different to capture in photos, it has a lovely, glowing, etherial look. So much prettier than the photos, but at least they give you an idea of how it shines in the sun.

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Blooming pineapple scarf

Recently I got to be involved in a pattern test on Ravelry. This is where pattern designers ask people to test patterns for them before they’re released. It’s a great way to try out new patterns, and also to help someone out in their creative process. And well written patterns are good for everyone!

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The pattern was the ‘Bloomy pineapple scarf‘ by Katya Novikova. I made my scarf using Schoppel-Wolle Admiral Cat Print, in the colourway Fleissiges Lieschen. Schoppel-Wolle is a German brand, and Admiral Cat Print is a hand-painted, fingering-weight (4-ply) wool/polyamide blend (75/25%). I’m not really sure how the ‘cat print’ part works in, but it’s very pretty.

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The pattern incorporates pineapple lace and puff stitches (hence the ‘bloom’ part). It works up quickly, I image that it would make a good beginner lace pattern.

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One slightly tricky aspect to the patter was the ends, there were lots of them. But that’s more fiddly than problematic. I started the project using a traditional foundation chain, but with the modifications I detailed here. You might also notice that I have an extra length of chain stitches at the start of the work (to the right), this was to make sure that I didn’t end up with too few! I unraveled them when I finished the project.

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Here it is after I’ve woven in the ends. I’ve trimmed them shorter (mostly to keep track of what end I’ve already woven in), but not cut them off entirely. I like to leave cutting my ends until after I’ve washed and blocked a project, so that I don’t run the risk of ends pulling in during finishing and ending up in an unideal position.

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I’ve talked about the importance of blocking before. Don’t forget to block! If it’s worth your time to make a project, it’s worth taking just a little bit longer to finish it properly. Here’s the scarf before I blocked it.

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And here it is blocked. The difference is dramatic, it completely changes the quality of the fabric. It’s so much more delicate and flowing, the pattern is clean and clear. Blocking is your friend.

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