fantoosh

I’m just about to hand a recently-finished object over to my lovely sister so, given the paucity of knitting content here of late and that this is my last chance to photograph it, I thought I’d share a few photos…

This is Fantoosh from Kate Davies!

Fantoosh

Fantoosh

Fantoosh

Fantoosh

It’s a beauty, isn’t it?! I worked it in the yarn that Kate had in mind when she designed it, Old Maiden Aunt Alpaca/ Silk/ Cashmere, which is an incredibly luxurious blend far softer and drapier that the woolly yarns I usually go for- but I thoroughly enjoyed working with it so perhaps there’s a “soft” knitter somewhere deep inside me! The work of fantastic dyer Lilith, this particular yarn had a little more colour and variegation going on than I thought it might and I was a little concerned that it might be too much but, although I’m not a fan of lace knitted with variegated yarns, I think it works ok with this one.

The knitting was a complete pleasure too, with just enough to keep me interested but nicely intuitive- my kind of lace. Kate’s designs are always well-thought-through and a good combination of classic technique and interesting detail. And those little trees…  no need to say more, I think!

Fantoosh

Fantoosh

I was a little surprised that I only used 125gm but decided to knit it as written and not to add any extra repeats (that way I can use the 75gm left to make this lovely hat from another smart British designer!). And, once I’d blocked it, I realised why- although I normally work a little on the loose side, my tension turned out to be smaller than the pattern tension. I think it was working with slippery silk and alpaca that made me consciously work a little tighter. And I admit it- I often don’t swatch for a shawl or other non-garment knits ; )  And so the overall piece is smaller than expected. It’s not the sumptuous, wrap-around-me shawl that Kate’s is. But you know, my sister is not a knitter so the concept of how to even wear a shawl will be novel and so a shawl that wraps around the neck, rather than the shoulders, is a good thing!

So that’s my Fantoosh! A thoroughly enjoyable knit that I’d recommend and knit again…

4 thoughts on “fantoosh

  1. MJ

    Absolutely lovely. For someone who professes a lack of um, previous interest, in this technique, you knitted with a loving technique. I am sure your sister will be delighted!

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  2. Kylie

    so lovely, to reiterate from Instagram! The variegated is subtle and gives a good play of tones to the overall piece.

    lucky sister 🙂

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