Sunday, June 12, 2011
Kusha Kusha Scarf and Blueberry Pie ~
You mustn't think that I'm not aware I have a fixation on an earlier period in time. Many of my projects reflect that fascination. I particularly like projects that bring alive clothing items worn in an earlier era such as some of my triangle shawls. But I also like to play with the juxtaposition an ancient craft in a modern setting or a modern design.
Woody Allen is an insightful writer and his most recent film, Midnight in Paris, focuses on people who have romanticized an earlier period of time. I know this is true for me. He said that it is to escape the painful reality of our present. Maybe. I definitely felt aware of the glare of lights and a distaste for cars racing by as we emerged from the theater. Owen Wilson, by the way, does a fabulous job of playing the role that would ordinarily have been played by Woody Allen.
The scarf that I am wearing is using knitting and felting, two very ancient crafts, to create a very modern look. The modern look is achieved by using a combination of different sized needles, the mixed medium of knit and felt, and a stainless steel yarn (decidedly a modern medium) to create an amorphous fabric. The stainless steel yarn softens when washed and rolled in your hands. During the felting process I worked both sides of the scarf with my hands, even the stainless steel portion, as I wanted to relax and stretch that as well. Incidentally I have knit with stainless steel yarn before and you can see the tunic I made in the post, A Simple Summer Tunic.
Particulars: Kusha Kusha Scarf (Kit-78) by Habu Textiles; design by Setsuko Torri; US 8, 6, 4, and 3 needles. This is a very fun and simple scarf using stockinette stitch. I knit mine a little longer than the pattern recommended as I think otherwise the scarf pattern is a tad too short. When felting be sure to stretch the fabric and work it with your hands to achieve the dimensions you wish. My pre-blocking measurements were 60" (40" combined yarn x 20" stainless steel). While drying there was an "incident" involving Simcha. Suffice it to say I had to cut out 90% of the stainless steel portion and about 5% of the felted portion. To fix this, I picked up the remaining stitches and reknit the scarf working inward. I joined the two sides with a 3 needle bind-off and the felting process melted away any evidence of the join. All's well that ends well! But this explains the strange "post" blocking measurements and why I cant' tell you exactly how I modified the pattern by row count. Final post blocking measurement is 51" (28" combined yarns x 23" stainless steel).
A Taste of Summer ~ Blueberry Pie
For the filling I followed the recipe on the Tapioca box except I used slightly less of the recommended tapioca and slightly more of the lemon juice (these were sweet berries). I also cooked mine longer than the recommended time because a berry pie is not cooked through until you see the juice bubbling up through the crust.
For the crust I followed my mother's recipe which can be found in the post As Easy as Apple Pie. Did I serve it with warm with ice cream? Does it take two to tango?
Until next time, be well and love well, and I hope your Summer includes at least one blueberry pie.