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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Branching Out

I've started Knitty's Branching Out scarf using Schoeller Stahl Hobby in a purple color; I think they call it "plum". The purple color doesn't seem to show through in the pictures; I haven't figured out why. Maybe it is the yellow background? Need to figure out how to take better pictures that show pattern detail. This scarf will be a gift for Sara. I always think of her as wearing green or purple, so I chose to make a purple scarf for her.

This is how long the scarf is using almost 1 ball of yarn ... about 17 repeats I think ... and roughly 2.5 ft long (I haven't actually measured it with a ruler)

Thursday, June 23, 2005

SSSK and [SL1, K3Tog, PSSO]

My first experience knitting "lace" was challenging. Some of those instructions were complex and it was too easy to make a mistake ... but I eventually completed (after a few months) Marisa's Baby Blanket. The blanket is a bit "heavy" because I did not choose a baby or sport yarn. I used 11 balls of Filatura di Crosa 501 DK weight yarn in Dusky Rose with US7 (4.5mm) needles. I love this yarn, it became softer after I washed it. It is a superwash wool which means it can be thrown into the washer & dryer. Great stuff! I haven't measured the blanket; I'm guessing it is about 45" square.

Here is the lower edge of the blanket:

Pattern detail:

It was with this blanket that I realized how knitting is not very cost effective. I think most people assume that it is cheaper to knit stuff. The retail cost for this yarn would have been over $70. I managed to get it for $43. But anyone can get a store bought baby blanket for much less than this! However I would not have had the pleasure of knitting this blanket if I went that route. I have fond memories of knitting this blanket during a "mini vacation" in Carmel, CA in January. Marisa won't be able to use the blanket until she is 12 months old; I hope she will cherish it.

BTW, Grumperina was the one who suggested (on the Knitting Forum) that I check out the Filatura di Crosa 501 yarn that was sold on Elann. She has a great blog, Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot.

Yarn: Filatura di Crosa 501 superwash wool, Dusky Rose color. 11 balls
Needles: 4.5 mm (US7)

More fun with cables

Knitting cables on the Irish Hiking Scarf was so much fun that I decided to knit another cable-intensive scarf, the Besotted Scarf. This one required a little more concentration since there are left cables and right cables. I never got the hang of doing "air" cables, so I used a cable needle throughout.


Travelling Vine Scarf


1/17/07: Edited to remove link to pattern since the target site no longer exists.

Here is the Travelling Vine scarf
I completed in March. At first I didn't understand why it was called Travelling Vine ... until I completed the scarf, washed/blocked it, and then took these pictures. The pattern really shows through against the black background.

Irish Hiking Scarf

I am so excited! This is my first blog ... a place for me to share what I've been working on with family & friends. I am a knitting neophyte who just started to knit in November 2004. I have found it to be very relaxing, and it is something I can do while watching TV if it isn't a very complicated pattern. I have learned a lot since then, especially with the help of all those wonderful people at Knitting

I'm going to start by posting a picture of one of my early knitting projects, the Irish Hiking Scarf. This was my first cable project. At first I thought this was going to be difficult, but it is much easier than it looks! I ended up making 4 of these scarves. And I remember trying to finish one of them during a Lord of the Rings marathon just before Christmas. Let me just say that trying to watch the extended versions of all three movies over 2 days is a case of too much of a good thing. I haven't rewatched any of the movies since then.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005



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