I started this project on the 29th of December 2018 by first ordering the yarn. I can’t remember exactly when I decided to make this wrap for my sister Trish, but this is when it began.
After deciding to make something for her, I remembered seeing a wrap in one of my books that I thought she may like. After going through my library, I found it in a book I had purchased a few months before – “Knits about Winter” by Emily Foden from Pom Pom Press ( I live in hope that one day I can live in a place where it gets really cold so I can wear big thick knits – I much prefer the cold to the heat).
Trish lives in Ballarat where it does get cold so I wanted to make it in a nice thick yarn for her. After hunting around, I found that one of my favourite mills, John Arbon Textiles had done a collaboration with Emily in the weight I wanted – Viola.
After chatting with Trish, she decided on this gorgeous mustard colour.
Viola yarn is a collaboration between hand-dyer, Emily Foden (Viola) and John Arbon which began when she worked at the Mill awhile ago. The yarn is dyed in a special process called ‘dry dyeing’, creating a range of colours in 100% organically farmed Falklands Merino through blending dyed tops. The result is a wonderful double knit yarn with the look of hand dyeing, but without the dirty fingers.
So on Dec 29, 2018 I ordered this yarn and waited for it to arrive.
It didn’t take long to arrive and once it did, I unwound the 5 skeins ready to start to knitting.
The yarn is so soft and luscious – I would love to make something for myself out it – next project maybe?
The pattern features Brioche “moons” evenly spaced on a ground of garter stitch. It states in the book that it is a simple pattern that is easy to memorise.. Nah. If I didn’t pay attention, I lost my place. In saying that, it wasn’t a difficult pattern to knit.
It was knitted in once piece, in the flat and finished with a cute little edging on the long sides and then tassels on each of four corners.
But I only finished the wrap this weekend. I started this wrap just after starting my chemotherapy and as I went through my treatment I found that I didn’t really feel up to knitting or doing anything really. Oh I would pick it up every now and then. Then I got extremely bad carpal tunnel and couldn’t knit even if I wanted to.
But once my hands got operated on and I felt better I picked it up again. I actually finished it about 6 weeks ago but after blocking it and drying it, I realised that I hadn’t quite finished it. I forgot to do the edging. Then I didn’t have enough yarn.
So after ordering another skein, I finally finished it and this weekend I made the tassels and attached them. And boy is it a long wrap – think Dr Who length, it’s 2.1 metres long.
It is now ready to be posted down to Trish, in time for Winter 2020! I hope she likes it.
Length: 213cm / 84″ || Width: 35.5cm / 14″
4.5mm circular needles
Viola DK by John Arbon Textiles, 100% Merino Wool
Colour: Mustard (colour blending by Viola – Emily Foden)
250m per 100g skein
A full moon on a winter’s night is right at the top of my list of magical winter experiences. It’s no wonder that I found myself knitting these little circles, and even less surprising that I quickly decided they were moons.
After a surprisingly short time swatching I set to work on this pattern with the goal of combining contrasting textures to create a three dimensional, cushioned fabric.
Each of these those little moons is knit in brioche, and sits on a garter stitch background. However, they occasionally reverse roles to form a tricky optical illusion: the brioche moons move to the background and garter stitch squares are in the foreground.
Whichever shapes you see in this wrap, it is satisfying to knit and very useful when admiring the full moon on a cold night