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September 29, 2009

From Sally — Topsy Turvy

Filed under: Topsy Turvy — Tags: — surly @ 11:10 am

Last May, I bought some gorgeous yarn: two skeins of Rhapsody from Artyarns. It’s a wonderful combination of silk and mohair (a strand of unplied silk and a strand of Kidsilk Haze or its identical twin) in an acid chartreuse green. Here is a photo Susan took of me eyeing the yarn before I admitted I to myself that I was taking it home.

I couldn’t quite figure out what to make with it as I only had about 500 yards. Then, two weeks ago, a knitting friend (Hi Phyllis!) reminded me of the moebius I knit a few years ago out of pale pink Kidsilk Haze and suggested that as a good use for my Rhapsody. (You can just see my pink moebius in the lower right hand corner of this photo of my stash of pink yarn.)

I didn’t want to use the same pattern (which is a good thing since I couldn’t find mine anyway). I decided to make up my own because I hadn’t been feeling frustrated enough lately. It’s tricky making up a moebius pattern because the knitting grows from the center out and the pattern in effect reverses itself. I did a lot of experimenting and ripping out, but I do like the results. It fits me better than Lucy; her shoulders aren’t quite broad enough to let it hang right. If I were to knit this same pattern again with this yarn, I might make it a little bit smaller in circumference. It did turn out larger than I expected, even after swatching, blocking, measuring. Le sigh. But I do LOVE the color of this yarn, and that’s the most important part of this particular project. I named it Topsy Turvy because the blocks pull in different directions and the pattern reverses itself.


  1. That color is AMAZING! I would have had the same look on my face seeing that yarn! hehe

    And I love these circle/shawl/huge cowl things popping up everywhere! They are so fun.

    Comment by Allyson — September 29, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

  2. That is beautiful! Are you going to write the pattern up?

    Comment by Doris — September 29, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

  3. bravo!!

    Comment by persjanka — September 29, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

  4. Stunning! Especially with that pin. A perfect marriage. One complements the other.

    Comment by Libby — September 29, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

  5. That’s gorgeous! And a very good choice/match for the yarn indeed!
    Any chance you might share some of the patterning details?

    Comment by KathleenC — September 29, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

  6. From Susan — I love it and I want one. And since I own the same yarn (in a different color) and know the designer, I expect to be able to put this in my queue!! 🙂

    Comment by lv2knit — September 29, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

  7. Alright Sally, I have my finger hovering over my PayPal button and am anxiously hoping you’ll write this up for sale. For SALE – that means…make money…buy more yarn. Jah? Jah!

    Comment by Linda "K" — September 29, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

  8. Yum!

    Comment by Pam — September 29, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

  9. Lovely! Perfect color! and YES! I want to purchase a pattern for this too!
    I’ve been looking a shawl/wrap/stole patterns, and many of them seem to ‘fussy’ for my taste. This one fits the bill for me. 🙂

    Comment by Patty — September 29, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

  10. Love it and the color and the pin! It’s gorgeous. I do hope you’ll publish the pattern for sale.

    Comment by Evie — September 29, 2009 @ 11:03 pm

  11. Very pretty — and the yarn just glows which makes it even nicer.

    Comment by GinkgoKnits — September 30, 2009 @ 3:21 am

  12. Very, very pretty 🙂

    Comment by Kay — September 30, 2009 @ 5:02 am

  13. Very lovely!

    Comment by Lee Cockrum — September 30, 2009 @ 7:49 am

  14. I’ve never really like this sort of pattern, too rectangular, too linear. But there you go, blasting away at my preconceived notions, breaking down my walls, sending a breath of fresh air into my stuffy brain(this is always a very good thing), and I want one. What a perfect pattern for a moebius.

    Comment by Needles — September 30, 2009 @ 8:52 am

  15. Lovely–gorgeous yarn and pattern. Echoing the requests for pattern availability. Enjoy wearing your beautiful creation.

    Comment by Ann — September 30, 2009 @ 11:26 am

  16. Absolutely stunning! I love every thing about it — color, yarn, texture, design, drape.

    Comment by Kym — September 30, 2009 @ 11:43 am

  17. This is stunning! I’m with everybody else! Please make the pattern available for sale. Hey, I’ll settle for the cast-on stitches and the stitch pattern, since I’m already familiar with moebius knitting! Gorgeous and a great job. Well done!

    Comment by Denise Vitola — September 30, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

  18. Scrumptous!

    Comment by Jen Anderson — October 1, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

  19. Oh, YUM!!! That is stunning.
    I am also echoing the request for a pattern.

    Beautiful work!

    Comment by kath — October 1, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

  20. This is wonderful. I would love to make it. Please write the pattern for us. I’d buy it!!! Thanks.

    Comment by Marla — October 1, 2009 @ 10:05 pm

  21. Yep, I agree with all – it is great. And I have to comment on your talent at taking stashing one step further – most of us refer to our stash, you refer to your “stash of pink yarn”, which certainly implies stashes of other colors, too.

    Comment by twinsetellen — October 6, 2009 @ 12:15 am

  22. Hey ya’ll!!!!! I haven’t been around in awhile. I’ve been stuck beading…but I’m hankering for some sticks and some string…wouldn’t this be a lovely place to start!!! Let us know when the pattern is ready!!!!!


    Comment by Thomasean — October 8, 2009 @ 9:15 am

  23. Pattern please, it looks wonderful and I love knitting the moebius shawls.

    Comment by Kelli Page — October 19, 2009 @ 5:18 pm

  24. Beautiful moebius! The stitch pattern is lovely. Are you going to make make the pattern available? I would love to get it.

    Comment by Karen — October 20, 2009 @ 9:48 am

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