Wednesday, November 30

Scarf mania

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As promised, here is a better picture of the Backyard (not Falling, as I mistakenly dubbed it yesterday) Leaves scarf. Notice the adorable, pointy leaf ends, and the sweet, waving edges.

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I must have a thing for scarves with waving edges. Witness the Christmas present scarf I recently finished for my mum.

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Admittedly, "finished" is a generous description. There are ends to weave in, and I'm going to line the sucker with some beautiful rusty-browny colored velvet. (I know my color description doesn't sound too appealing, but trust me when I say it's gorgeous.)

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk (again I am deviant on the color number)
[My mother is such a picky color customer, that I had to send snips of yarn to her so she could pick the color she'd be most likely to wear. She is
very particular when it comes to wardrobe colors. I was having nightmares of trying to choose a color on my own and lovingly knitting her a beautiful gift, only to have it languish in the back of her closet because it "washes her out" or "makes her look sick" or some other such nonsense. But she chose this apricot shade, so here's crossing my fingers that she likes it.]
Needles: US 8 Addi Turbos (I think the size 8 needles are perfect for this yarn.)
Pattern: my own, but based on the fairly common candle-flame stitch
Notes: This yarn was lovely to work with, although I'm a little concerned with how well it will hold up. The finished product is wonderfully shiny and drapey, but it seems like it could get old-looking quickly. It is also quite soft, but I'm lining it because I am one of those strange people who finds baby alpaca somewhat itchy against the skin. Sinfully soft to pet, but makes me feel like I'm going to break out in a rash if I have to be on intimate terms with it. Since I know my mom is equally sensitive to itchy things, I decided lining it was the way to go. And it will look pretty cool. And, I think my mother will be pretty impressed. To block it, I just washed it in Eucalan and pinned in place. (It took forEVER to dry.)

In other scarf news (because two scarves does not a mania make), I have just started Forbes Forest, which will be a Christmas gift for my dear Dad. I know it will impress him (although, honestly, I am blessed with one of those fathers who is not at all difficult to impress. Especially when it comes to the talents of his children). I'm using KnitPicks Merino Style, which, so far, I love. I'm also knitting my guy a Christmas scarf. His is not totally a surprise, since he picked out the yarn when we were at Rheinbeck. (I know! Can you believe he went to Rheinbeck with me? And he didn't complain and he was good at pretending he enjoyed it.) I'm debating whether to do a simple cable/rib combo or a basketweave.

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I bought three hanks of this luscious Morehouse Merino. What can I say? The boy's got good taste.

Tuesday, November 29

Around the world in 80 days

Ok, so I haven't been around the world (or even away from my negligible corner of it at all), and it's probably been more than 80 days since anyone has even bothered to give this blog the time of day.

What can I say?, she says, as she shrugs and cocks her head to one side in a way she means to be nonchalant.

Chalant has always been more my bag, anyway.



So, knitting. That's why you all come here, right? I know it's not for the free booze. Heh, "you all," as if my huge fan base has been chomping at the bit for the past few months, waiting in agony for my next post. It seems that the only person who missed my rambles was this lovely lady (seriously, scroll down a bit in the comments and you'll see. You'll all see!) (Whoa, who said that?). And since I aim to please, and since I kind of miss blogging, and since I definitely want to be held accountable for my knitting projects once again (I am suffering major finishing-itis), I will give this blog another go. With a new look and a different name.

Just to prove my worth in the knitting community, here are photos to prove that I have been knitting. [Caution: What you are about to see is an extremely crappy picture of an extremely beautiful knitted item. View at your own risk.] A few months ago I finished the Falling Leaves scarf (from
Scarf Style, as if you didn't know), and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I'm debating whether or not I should give it away as a Christmas present.

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I know, I know. Blue scarf blocking on a blue couch?! Argh!

Here it is blocking. (I considered writing "in all its blocking glory," but, seriously. Do you realize how many knit bloggers use that particular cutesy phrase? Seriously. A lot. If I had the time or energy, I would have hyperlinked every word of that last sentence to prove my point. Ah well, that's for another post.) And here's some specs.

Yarn: Karabella Aurora 8 in some blue shade
Needles: Susan Bates Quicksilver US 7 circs (these may be my favorite needles of all time) (The quicksilvers, not neccessarily the size 7s. Although I am unusually fond of size 7s.)
Notes: Not much, except that I knit both halves at once, and would highly reccommend this to anyone knitting this scarf. And this was one of the cleverest, most satisfying patterns I've ever knit. The lace pattern wasn't quite memorizable (for me, anyway), but I feel like I progressed by leaps and bounds in the arena of reading my knitting. Not to mention that I became quite skilled at double decreases.

Coming up: better photos and more of my knitting plans...