Do not trust a smile this cheerful

Bella silk peek-a-book scarfLili models the silk peek-a-boo scarf from Bella Knitting. Observant readers of the Bella Blog will notice the scarf is tied in an Ivy knot.

Photos of knitting count as knitting content, right?

That’s been my big knitting thing this week: taking photos for Bella Knitting. My friend Lili was my model, and the photos turned out great. The part that cracks me up when I go through the photos from the shoot is how perky Lili looks. We’ve been best friends for ten years, and in all that time I’ve known her as fiery, opinionated, raunchy and hilarious, but all the photos for this shoot came out so dang wholesome. We’re talking a Sears photo department level of charming.

In pattern-related news, I’m still working on the two-color brioche hat and scarf set, and the thing is finally near done. The pattern design process was pretty typical for me: I usually spend a day working out the difficult major premise (in this case knitting two-color brioche with two colors at the same time, one in each hand) and spend a month on the details. I’ve been trying to work out a way to decrease brioche stitch neatly, easily and in pattern, and it’s freakin’ killing me. I checked out the Interweave Knits issue with the big brioche article but their method looked even more complicated and silly than the one I had brewing in my head, so I resigned myself to spending weeks knitting and re-knitting the top of the hat until I had something I loved instead of tolerated.

I’ve ripped out the same two inches of fabric for two weeks so many times that I no longer even flinch at the prospect of taking 64 stitches and their associated yarnovers off the needles, ripping back and capturing all those stitches again. The perseverance is paying off, though: by the time I’m done, the decreases at the top will be just as beautiful as the rest of the hat. By my guess, it’ll be at least another couple of weeks before I get the pattern out: what with school, working at the paper and some freelance gigs on the side, I barely have time to sleep, let alone knit.

Brioche stitch hat in progressBrioche stitch in progress. Touching this thing feels like being hugged by a winning lottery ticket covered in kitten fur and clouds.