Dangerous, part VI

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10. Loop Shawl in Malabrigo merino worsted


I completely passed over the Loop Shawl from Sensual Knits when I first leafed through the book. I think the pattern suffers from Canal du Midi syndrome – so much potential, but the beauty is obscured in the book’s photograph.

For starters, it’s incredibly difficult to capture texture and depth when the photographed object is black. That’s because in order to do so, you need to photograph the “hills” of the work and the shadows they cast over the “valleys.” And shadows cannot be seen on a black background, just like you can’t see shadows when it’s dark out. Before you poo-poo black yarns all together, I’ll mention that they are great for showcasing lace :).

Second, the chosen yarn (Louisa Harding Kimono Angora Pure) is composed of 70% angora, 25% wool, and 5% nylon. This leads to a beautiful, luscious, silky, drapey fabric, but not one which is optimal for “popping” cables. This same pattern knit out of bouncy merino would be a whole different story.

Which brings me to Carrie and her gorgeous Loop Shawl in a red wool. The difference is incredible, don’t you think?!? Certainly puts this pattern in a whole new perspective.

I also really like the way that Carrie didn’t close her shawl. Following her lead, I plan to knit mine as a scarf all together: just work fewer stitches for a longer period of time. Consciously or subconsciously influenced by Carrie’s red, the yarn I’ve chosen for my Loop Shawl is Malabrigo Merino worsted in Geranio (44). This color is ridiculous. That’s all I have to say about that :).

11. Lily of the Valley Opera Gloves in Louet merino fingering weight


While taking a fresh look at the Loop Shawl, I also noted the Lily of the Valley Opera Gloves in the same book. They are really gorgeous, and something I can see myself wearing, perhaps in a slightly shortened format. I haven’t knit many mittens, and I’ve never knit gloves all together, so I thought these would be a great project to beef up my experience in that general category.

When I was at the yarn shop, I picked up some Louet Gems, 100% fingering weight merino in indigo (16). Gorgeous color, like a rich ink stain (I’ve used this color in sport weight twice before!). Then I got home, and remembered that I had more fingering weight Louet in my stash! Lovely Shaina had given me a boatload in eggplant (42), remember? I used the charcoal from that same swap to make my dad’s Shooting Stockings.

I love both colors, and both would work well with my coats. They are dark, so they won’t instantly stain, but not generic black. Which to choose, which to choose…

12. A cotton hat

The lure of soft, hand-dyed, thick-n-thinly spun cotton could not be ignored any longer. I’ve always been drawn to it in yarn shops – ooh, so pretty! When I saw some closeout Araucania Nature Cotton (35) at WEBS, that was it!

I only bought one skein, just to try it out. I’m thinking a simple hat for myself, preferably in stockinette (at least for the most part) so that the gorgeous yarn is not hidden. Perhaps a Thorpe? The gauge is pretty close!


15 thoughts on “Dangerous, part VI

  1. E to the M

    I have Loop on the needles now and I love it! The k3tbl was a little fiddly at first but now I switch to a smaller needle for those and it’s smooth sailing.

  2. Cristina

    Oh, thankyou so much for the link to the red loop shawl. It looks astonishing in red! I too had barely glanced at it, but now I am thinking of getting some orange yarn…

  3. Sally

    I’ve used Araucania Cotton for a hat. It’s not very warm, so knit tightly. Otherwise it is a perfect Spring hat. Great feeling yarn though.

  4. claudia

    To anyone else but you, I might point out the unlikelihood that opera gloves would be worn.

    Not to you, though. They’re very pretty and would make a great gift.


  5. kirsti

    I would definately do that shawl in the red! Very lovely. The gloves are lovely too, and you do not HAVE to wear opera gloves to the opera.. sometimes one just wants lovely winter gloves to wear. 🙂

    I didn’t comment, but the hats you suggested would be lovely knits too, and portable!

  6. Leah

    Oh I can’t wait to see how your version of the loop shawl turns out! I too wish that there had been a different color choice (but I was only offered black and a multi that never would have shown the pattern).

    I too love Carrie’s version (you can’t go wrong with a brilliant red scarf)!

  7. Linda

    What a difference the colour makes to the loop shawl. Actually quite a few of the photos in Knitting on the Road don’t show the socks off all that well. Vintage Socks’ pics. are much better.

    I’ve been meaning to work Canal du Midi for ages and now you’ve inspired me. I live ten minutes away from the actual waterway itself, so I feel dutybound!

    Lovely blog…..been a fan for ages but rarely commented. Must make amends

  8. Kira

    The loop shawl looks intriguing, but I’m not sure it could hold my attention past a certain point, even in such a yummy color. The opera gloves are inspired, and I think would be better done in the purple – to have that extra little pop! and anticipation-making. They’re making me drool, just thinking about them. The hat sounds like good comfort knitting and wearing.

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