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Brioche!

No, not the kind you can eat. This kind:



Here's what it looks like from the other side:
 


That's the next thing I have to do in the Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery KAL, and I've never done it before. Here's what I have so far, before starting Clue #4, which is the brioche section.
 

I finished the hearts just in time for Valentine's Day!
 
I found a couple of videos for help with the brioche stitch. This one is more involved, but it shows you what it's supposed to look like in "real life."
 
I found this one a better place to start, however. It's the one I used to make my practice swatch.
 
 
After making my swatch, I think I'm ready to have a go.
 
I finished Pippa's outfit on Tuesday. I used 2.25mm needles. I think 2.5 might have worked a little better. The fit is OK, but it appeared a bit looser on the model used in the pattern. I may try this outfit again in different colors.
 

 

What's on my needles: Rose City Yarn Crawl "Meditations," just starting Clue #4. Brioche!

What's on my sewing machine: Waiting.

What's in my hoop: Still the Whole Cloth Quilt. A little bit more progress this week. It's good to work on in the evening when I'm usually tired and sometimes not able to concentrate very well. (My second glass of wine could have something to do with that.

What's in The Doll's Storybook: "Valentines!" The store is out of valentines, so the boys decide to try to make their own. They get hung up on a poem, and need help from Mariah.
 


What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished A Castaway in Cornwall by Julie Klassen. Now I'm listening to Love Is the Way by Bishop Michael Curry and Sara Grace.

What's in my wine glass: Mildiani Saperavi 2018 from Georgia. (The country, not the state.)

What's my tip of the week: If you have a leftover Good Seasons bottle with the lid, you can make an easy balsamic salad dressing. I fill the bottle to the "V" line with balsamic vinegar, but instead of adding water, I use red or white wine vinegar to fill to the "W" line. Then I add some seasonings: granulated or minced garlic, a half teaspoon of tarragon, basil or oregano and a half teaspoon of salt. You can throw in a pinch of pepper if you like or dried chopped onion. Then fill to the "O" line with olive oil. 
Where's my book: Mariah: Stories from the Doll's Storybook is available from Amazon worldwide. Also available from BookBaby and other booksellers. Royalties go to support pediatric cancer research and treatment. The three stories in the book first appeared in the blog and they are reproduced with few changes. The stories (and links to them) are Being LittleBesties, and Distraction.
 
Photo of brioche: Element5 Digital on Unsplash
Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 16, 2021 at 7:41am

I found it. Here's the first one. You have to scroll down. Look for a photo that's mostly red. It's a dark blue on the other side.

Here's the finished scarf.I should ask her for the pattern.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 16, 2021 at 7:37am

In the clue, they day if you don't want to do the brioche section, you can just knit each row, with the increases along the edges as indicated in the pattern. I've been wanting to learn it, however. My friend Lynda in Utah did brioche, so I already knew it was a challenge to learn, but fun once you get it. I'll have to see if I can find a post where she showed it.

Comment by Janet/MO on February 16, 2021 at 6:43am

Nancy Merchant is the one who has the class on Craftsy that I watched.  I still have access to it so some day I will try it again.   I plan on watching the other class as well.  

Comment by JB on February 15, 2021 at 10:54pm

Brioche took me a bit to finally get it. I took a class at Stitches a few years ago with the queen of brioche, Nancy Merchant and didn't get it... I knit a whole shawl in two color brioche and still didn't get it. Then I recently knit a scarf in brioche and something clicked. I think for me it was a "why do I purl when my brain is telling me I should knit" thing. I finally realized that you knit on the side that the color yarn you are working with presents itself as knit and purl the other color...at least in the projects I've done (it is possible that I just over generalized it). Brioche is definitely a more complicated stitch sequence than straight knitting and purling.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 15, 2021 at 10:45pm

LOL! It’s her bear.

I wouldn’t know what sl1yo, brk1 meant, either, without the list of abbreviations!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on February 15, 2021 at 8:46pm

Peggy, to a non-knitter, you are speaking Chinese, but I'm anxious to see what the project turns out to be!

Pippa's hat and sweater turned out very well -- what the heck is she holding?

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 15, 2021 at 8:03pm

Have a look at the second video: https://youtu.be/Uj0yfqTdXSM

It's a great way to learn basic brioche. Then maybe the Craftsy class will make more sense. The first row is the hardest. I put a stitch marker after every 20 repeats of the *sl1yo, brk1 (the way it's notated in my pattern.) After doing 20, I went back and looked at each one to make sure I hadn't missed a slip or a knit. It's much easier after that.

Comment by Janet/MO on February 15, 2021 at 7:46pm

I took a class on Craftsy to learn Brioche, but just couldn't wrap my mind around it.  Might try another class with a different teacher & see if that makes a difference.  

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