Saturday, November 11, 2006

Siesta Throw

I've finished the I-cord edging so now I can show you my lap blanket, or Siesta Throw, as it shall henceforth be known. It had to have a Spanish name because it reminds me of a gaucho poncho (for want of a better picture) and I can see myself snuggling up on the couch with this having a nap, so SIESTA it is.





This is my (first?) contribution to Norovember and it took 4 balls of Noro Kureyon in shade #154 (the bright one), 4 balls of shade #159 (the subdued one) and part of a ball of Kilcarra Donegal Tweed. There are some colours in common between the two Kureyon shades, although one is far more acid than the other. For example, both shades have an identical green and an identical burgundy.
As you can see I did two rows from one ball, two rows from the other. I generally let the yarn do the talking but once or twice I stopped and started using the other end of one of the balls if the colours were continuing to be too close for too long.
I used the Kilcarra Donegal Tweed to make an applied I-cord edging. I shopped the stash for this one and it was ideal because it is very close in texture and spin to the Kureyon. You know the course/ rustic feel to the Kureyon? I got mine in Dublin in 2000, but I see you can get it on the net from Lavender Yarns in Ireland . The Noro was from getknitted (see sidebar).

It was one of those addictive things where you have to keep going even though it's way past your bedtime, just to see how the next two colours will behave with one another.
I originally got the idea for this when I fell in love with a pair of socks I saw over at roxyknits.








I've included this last picture because I have a funny, borderline ecstatic, look on my face as I rushed outside to catch a brief moment of natural sunlight in between the horizontal rain. Some of the other pictures we took gave you a better view of the colours in the throw, but this is the one which captured the bliss, the doo doo doo doo doo , I'm lovin' it!

17 comments:

heather said...

Love it Kathleen - it's beautiful. Looks great on the red chair too :0)

Spinningfishwife said...

The colours are fantastic....I just LOVE it.

Anonymous said...

Want one too. Can ou make me one?
G. M. S. A.

Linda said...

I find those self striping Noro yarns very addictive, too. But many a hat-in-progress has been modified into a teacosy, by me, as just too colourful for a hat. How many balls of each did your lovely throw take?
Darn it, I'm off to fondle my Noro stash just looking at your throw.

Linda said...

Sorry, Kathleen, I see you did post how many balls.

alltangledup said...

It's beautiful, simply stunning. With all that stocking stitch, thank goodness there was the color changes there. I think the colours look a bit mexican too.,

Maartje said...

Hi Kathleen,
it´s great and soooo beautiful colors. A very good knitwork and of course the picture with the sunshine on your face, looks so lovely.Beautiful landscape in the background!!

Best wishes, Maartje

ra said...

ooh lovely, those colours are just scrummy.

I'm doing a lap blanket at the moment out of the bits of practice spinning that I've been up to. More subdued than yours but going well so far (four inches in!).

soCherry said...

ooh! So pretty! I love it!
Elaine x

RoxyKnits said...

Ooh isn't is lush? Thanks for the shout and glad I inspired you;)

Of course, I want one now......but maybe wise to finish off the Log Cabin blanket currently on the needles first!

Ali said...

Fantastic throw. The colours will really cheer you up on a dull wet day (lets face it that's about all we'll get here until spring!).

desiknitter said...

This is a gorgeous blanket! I love the last photo, it looks stunning (and you look so content!) against the clouds.
I must follow this Norovember..

Nora said...

Exquisite!
I'm about to go through your archives and read up on this project...
Oh, the last pic says it all!

Poshyarns said...

Oh it is fantastic, I love Noro, the colours are so lovely. I am impressed that it only took 8 balls, being as how I once ran out of Noro... It is a really good size, perfect for throwing over your lap on the sofa. The edging works really well, not something I would have thought of doing.

roddy said...

Hiya
Looks like you're about to burst into song!!...red and yellow and pink and green etc...is a top notch throw...gaucho throw??...mucho colourful..shed lookin good too :)

Anonymous said...

The Siesta Throw is fabulous! It is inspiring!

jillz said...

What size needles did you use and do you remember how many you cast on?

I've got 8 balls of kureyon sitting around that I would love to use up!

It's gorgeous, by the way!