Lately, I’ve been taking inventory of my yarn collection trying to remember the intended purpose of each purchase. Well…it’s been quite an exercise. A great majority of my selections were impulse decisions without a particular project in mind. I liked the color, feel, or was stimulated by the environment in which I shopped.
Attending Stitches West surrounded by one giant color wheel detailed by the different gauges of yarn, the tactile experience of the many different combinations of plant and/or animal fiber along with the social camaraderie of like-minded individuals, stimulates my senses and wets my appetite for creativity. Hence, lots of yarn without a project. Recently, while shopping at one of my favorite yarn stores in the East Bay, a sales person mentioned, “Don’t let the project dictate the yarn.” Interesting…
While attending Stitches West about five years ago, I purchased two hanks of a bulky/chunky weight hand-dyed yarn from Urban Fauna located in SF (since closed). I wanted to make sure I found just the right project for the yarn. Spending time on Ravelry definitely provided a multitude of knitting options.
L’Enveloppe designed by Sally Melville caught my design eye. “It’s not a cape, not a poncho, not a shrug, not a shawl, not a cowl. It’s small enough to wear under a coat, but big enough to wear instead of one, and it envelops us in style.” The pattern is offered in four different gauges and two different stitch patterns, garter and seed.
Here is my knitted interpretation of L’Enveloppe. I decided to knit the pattern in garter stitch, which combined with the yarn creates a well-defined three dimensional surface. The pattern is interesting to knit, with straight-forward instructions, and the fit is amazing!
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