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Thursday, June 08, 2006

The Curse of the Claw

Many years ago in a land far away a small girl was playing with her mother's jewellery. She was delighted with what she found as she delved into the box and covered herself in strings of pearls and gold. As she looked deeper and deeper she discovered a secret compartment and inside there was a small brown box. The little girl turned it over and over, and shook it to hear what was inside. There was no sound, so she opened it slowly. A look of terror crossed her face and she let out a small gasp and snapped the box firmly shut. She raced from the room and from that moment on she never played with her mother's jewellery again.

Some years the later the mother of the little girl sighed heavily, she knew the time had come for her to choose which of her three daughters would take on the curse. It wasn't her fault, in her youth her evil step-mother had cursed her with The Claw, and now she must pass it on.... She chose the youngest, the bravest, who could bear the horror well. The strange thing was, no longer scared by The Claw, the little girl (now grown) wore it with glee, knowing the torment it would inflict on all who saw it.....

She also knitted this natty shrug to go with it.


I was laughing my head off in this pic as Scout was biting my fingers.

Mine is a slight variation on the Craftster Circular Shrug. A very easy garment to make, basically a long rectangle sewn and stretched over the shoulders. I decided to put a pattern onto it rather than working in mock rib all the way up (enough to send me mental!) so I went for this lattice stitch from Odhams Knitting Encyclopedia.







I do like it, but initially wasn't overjoyed with the fit. I would prefer the rib to start closer to my waist rather than higher up my back. I'm very aware that I have a short torso and try to choose clothes that don't highlight it. I love the high collar. This was an experiment more than anything and I think I would knit another, but would go for more length in the pattern part. I did consider cutting off the rib and elongating it (as per Areli's fantastic tutorial), but I was a bit bored of it by that point and gave up. I used about 250g of DK acrylic for it. This was actually supposed to be my Olympic warm-up, but I couldn't get the right lilac in time and ended up buying the green for the cabled cardi on a whim. That will be seeing the light of day again shortly. I can definitley see this getting a lot of wear this summer.

Psst, my mother's step-mother wasn't really evil - just as mad as a box of frogs with poor taste in jewellery. The Claw is actually a decorative kilt pin based on the traditional Scottish grouse claw pins worn way back when.

26 Comments:

At 12:41 pm, Blogger HPNY Knits said...

lovely shrug and lovely, unusual pin, with a great story.
congrats on 'The Guardian' mention! cool international exposure!
:-)

 
At 1:15 pm, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

A - Grouse claw pin? Now that's a first. Very cool though. The shrug looks fantastic! I love the lattice stitch you substituted in. Very chic.

 
At 1:30 pm, Blogger chamomile said...

I love this shrug - your modifications are great! Lovely colour, too!

 
At 1:52 pm, Blogger bradyphrenia said...

oh wow! it looks amazing.

 
At 2:06 pm, Blogger Annie said...

What a fantastic shrug! Love the lattice.

 
At 2:13 pm, Blogger Batty said...

Wow, I hadn't seen that one. I love the color, and the fit is perfect. Love the lattice!

 
At 2:25 pm, Blogger Samantha said...

Oooh, I love the pin! Very nice ... in a cursed sort of way. :) The shrug is lovely. The high collar suits you well. :)

 
At 6:46 pm, Blogger nanatoo said...

I am scared of the pin *nods* Yes I am.

That's a lovely shrug. You like the high necks don't you, like Judy Jetson :)

The bit in The Guardian is great :D

 
At 8:35 pm, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks ladies. I love it, and it was such an easy knit.

Lol, the claw is so vile, it's fantastic.

T, If I fasten it lower it looks more like the one in the pattern picture but I do like the collar done high. I don't think I'll go quite so big on the Judy Jetson. The collar is padded on that too which isn't really my thing.

 
At 8:48 pm, Blogger Areli said...

I love it, I think yours is the first I've really liked. The collar is awsome, and I love the pattern you added . I don't think the ribbing looks to high in the back, but I know what you mean about being short waisted and not wanting to call attention to it. Great pin, too.

 
At 10:36 pm, Blogger Stefaneener said...

Such a lovely shrug, and such a funny post. As always, a pleasure.

 
At 2:34 am, Blogger Pam said...

Holy cow, the shrug is beautiful! The color is gorgeous. The pin frightens me though. :)

 
At 7:23 am, Blogger KnitYoga said...

The shrug turned out great. I like the colour and the lattice stitch is very striking and works well with the design. Another success! The pin is . . erm . . unusual . . :-)

 
At 9:53 am, Blogger Seahorse said...

Argh! at the brooch! Great shrug, I love your modifications.

The mention in the Gaurdian is great. Onwards and upwards!

 
At 12:33 pm, Blogger KnitPastis said...

You did a great job once again! Look how lovely you look in purple too. The lattice work is my favorite part and the high color works with this.

 
At 2:16 pm, Blogger Melissa said...

Great job! Love the claw story!

 
At 2:55 pm, Blogger Heather said...

The shrug looks amazing. The lattice is great and I love the color. I'm afraid a shrug like that would show off my post baby belly too much but it looks great on you!!!

 
At 9:12 pm, Anonymous Egeria said...

The Claw is beautiful! So unusual and unique! My hubby wore full Scottish dress for our wedding, he looked great in a kilt!

The shrug is great, I just love the lattice pattern!

Congrats on your public mention in the article on World Cup Knitting!

 
At 9:57 pm, Blogger Ling said...

Love the shrug, especially the modifications. Might make myself one now, having seen yours.

 
At 10:28 pm, Blogger acrylik said...

Fantastic shrug, I just love the pattern you chose to knit. And the claw is very cool :)

 
At 11:02 pm, Blogger DomesticOverlord said...

Is it wrong that I love the claw?

 
At 11:05 pm, Blogger DomesticOverlord said...

On Judy Jetson I think I'd put some stiff interfacing in the collar to get ti to stand up instead of stuffing it. More height, sleeker, and wouldn't take as long to dry.

 
At 1:17 am, Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Lovely shrug, most stylish! Great colour too.

Ooooh the Claw! "The Claw is our Master". The cheer team of Little Green Aliens that sit on the shelf here are in awe of the Claw :-)

 
At 2:34 pm, Blogger aija said...

Amazing shrug and congrats on the mention in the Guardian!

 
At 11:29 pm, Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

I love the claw! And what a shrug - it looks great. I too like the high collar.

High fives on the mention in The Guardian - you do us knitters proud!

 
At 8:26 pm, Blogger RheLynn said...

beautiful work!

 

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