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10 February 2010

All Baktus, all Hundertwasser, all.the.time

Not quite as big a rabbit hole as the one that Cara fell into a while back with socks -- Jaywalkers and/or Monkeys, specifically -- and Socks That Rock, I seem to have found a pattern and yarn combo that sings ever-so-sweetly to me and makes me smile.

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That would be the Opal sock yarn, in any of the Hundertwasser colorways, and the Baktus scarf, which I have been taking liberties with all on my own.

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Pardon the photos not lining up -- and the sort of off color (weird cast from the wall, combined with weird reflection from a small wood chest of drawers) (that's my story) -- but this series shows what I did to make this one different.  The cast-on edge is at the left.  I think I didn't want a point, so I cast on a few more stitches than called for.  I knit along --this one completely in garter stitch -- and made my increases, as written, until I reached a certain point -- and I didn't know what point that would be until I arrived -- then continued knitting straight for a while.  It turned out to be roughly a square in the middle.  Then I began the decreases, but did them on the opposite side from the increases.  I love this scarf.  The big stripes of bold, bright color -- so wonderful to knit in January and wear in February!

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I call this one Back-to-Back Baktus I.

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This is how I've been wearing it -- so far.  I keep meaning to take some more photos of shadow[]box because I've been wearing that one differently than originally photographed, too.  That garment took a little getting used to, but it has been a huge favorite this winter.

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This would be Back-to-Back Baktus II, on the needles.  It could be the last, as well, since I'm using the last of the Hundertwasser in my stash.  Not that I'm averse to replenishment...

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I love these colorways -- renewing their inspiration to try some ideas with yarn and dye that I've had kicking around in my head for a while.  For some reason, I feel it's something I need to do outside, though, so it's on the Spring/Summer To-Do List.

Also?  Knitting Olympics.  I have some ideas about what to do -- I definitely want "To Do" -- and we're getting down to the wire!  I'm thinking of making a good number of FOs out of current UFOs -- the ones that are knit and just waiting to be sewn together and finished (complete with button bands, collars, buttons, etc.).  I'm also thinking of getting the Habu projects off the table - finishing both Mom's and mine (Mom's might need a complete re-do).  I'm also thinking of taking on a lace project -- a shawl or something.  I have yet to complete anything in lace.  What to do?!

Comments

Love the Bakti (I'm pretty sure that must be the proper plural form. . .)! Love. Them. I've wanted to try one for a while, and now you're pushing me right over the edge (in a good way). :-)

I think I've made my Olympic decision. . .but there are still a few days left for me to change my mind!

I know the dilemma! What to do for Knitting Olympics? I'm torn between finishing WIPs, doing a sweater, or starting a lace shawl. I change my mind four times a day, at least!

The Bakti (loved Kym's comment) look fabulous. You know, it was your Hundertwasser Argosy that inspired me to make one, too. Will I be able to resist Baktus, now that I've seen your photos...?! I still have one skein of Hundertwasser...

I'm right there with the Knitting Olympics... I'm turning a sweater I cast on a few weeks ago into a SWEATER, as opposed to a knitting UFO on the needles. :)

So much knitting, so little time! I've enjoyed the Baktus a friend knit for me. It's warm and cozy on cold days. Yours is so lively and vibrant...love it!!

Love both of your Baktus'...this is one on my "to do" list...but the lacy version

I love both scarves -- what a great, colorful accessory!

Oh my,,, you combined 2 favorites of mine.

I think I will have to find myself a whole skein of one of the newer colors of the Hundertwasser (did you see those by the way)and knit myself a baktus in it as my set of the first series is all tied up in my meshushim project.

You certainly created a winning combination there, great job!

The Hundertwasser Baktus are great! And you know what else I love? I love that you put up lots of pictures of yourself -- smiling, grimacing, frowning, staring, whatever. That shows an excellent self-image, imnsho :)

Really love that new Baktus wrapped around & tied on your neck. Perfect mid-winter wear in those colors. I'm not sure I've ever seen that yarn, clearly worth a look!

I like it - I have some gorgeous sock yarn that I think will become a Baktus as it is too pretty to hide on feet.

For the Olympic Challenge, I think I will make EZ's Baby Surprise Jacket into my Olympic Challenge. I haven't knitted one yet.

They both look wonderful and what great colorways!

I love the scarf--you wear it well!

I love the Hundertwassers! That's a great pattern. It lends itself to all sorts of yarn and modifications. I found one in the comments to the pattern that makes a triangle with yo holes every 8 rows. Now I'm addicted. This would be a great pattern for handspun yarn.

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