Well, we're already in February and this is my first post of 2016 – oops! Having said that, I'd rather be a less frequent blogger than just blog twaddle when I've really not got much to say.
It does seem that I have a bit of a thing for minimising generally… As well as minimising my number of blog posts, I tend to minimise my knitting designs too (tenuous link? Mmm, maybe!). My latest minimised pattern is for my Versace Cowl, which I blogged about here. I was sorting my yarn stash the other day, wondering what I felt like knitting next, when I came across my collection of Rowan Creative Focus Worsted yarn and there it was – the idea to do a new Versace Cowl in a mini me size 😀 This is the original:
And this was my inspiration Versace dress for the cowl design:
So dreamy, so pink and creamy and grey and sparkly. Sigh…
The Mini Me version of the cowl sticks pretty closely to my original design, with a few tweaks. As well as changing the dimensions a bit (you can't go mini without getting a bit smaller after all!), I omitted the stripes between colour changes to simplify things. I also minimised the silver thread and used a much finer silver and white lurex thread on the grey sections – still sparkly though:
Mini Me Versace is almost as long as the grown up version, but a little over half the width maybe. I also kept the colour sections to about the same kind of ratios as the original:
I'm not sure I should admt to this, but because of the colour and the hairy nature of the yarn, I always think about pigs when I'm knitting the paler pink section of this cowl, so now think of this as piggy knitting – silly, but it makes me giggle 😀