Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pink & Purple Chevron Studies

Last week was spring break for my family and camping at Assateague National Park.  I love camping and not just for the fresh air and the s'mores, freshly caught crab and cold beer and NEVER going inside for days straight.  Camping means plenty of knitting time for me.  This vacation, by some strange convergence of the knitting gods, I spent all my knitting time on variations of chevron patterns in pink and purple.

Caron Simply Soft, Barbara Walker
Chevron Pattern, Crocheted Scallop
First I needed to finish a pair of doll blankets I was making for my friend whose granddaughter turned 2 on April 24th.  Her granddaughter loves pink (or it's the only color name she knows how to say) so the blankets were to be pink with a little bit of purple added in too.  And since girly was the theme I was browsing through Barbara Walters Treasuries when I came upon a good looking chevron pattern.  Then I added my now favorite crocheted scalloped edge to really fancy it up and I was very happy with the results.

Also, my Mom told me that she lost her all time favorite pink scarf.  I couldn't find the same yarn to make a replacement but I found some gorgeous purply/pink fingering weight from my favorite indy dyer Peace, Love Yarn.  I tried about 5 stitch patterns for the scarf and kept not being happy with any of them until I remembered the Chevron Scarf in Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.  It's coming out beautifully and looks even better blocked than in this picture.  It's a little more narrow than I would have wished so I may add some edging . . . again.
Peace, Love Yarn Fingering Weight Washable Merino Wool
Joelle Hoverson Chevron Scarf Pattern
Yup, I blocked it while it's on the needles because Mom's birthday was last Friday and she'll be here Thursday and there's no chance I'll be done by then so at least if it's blocked and I give it to her in a bag still on the needles (c'mon - it happens) then at least she'll get a good idea of what it's going to look like.

And here's a little eye candy from Assateague.

The Marshes

The Dunes
The Ocean and Happy Kids 
One of the many ponies.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Ribbed Scarves

What is with me and the ribbed scarves lately?  I seem to have forgotten how much ribbing draws in no matter how hard I try to remember it.

First there was Aunt Mehlinae's Scarf which I blogged about recently finishing.
Mehlinae's Scarf
 It was based on the Jared Flood Noro but mine was in Bulky yarns!  So while Jared calls for casting on 39 stitches on a size 7 I cast on 25 on size 11s and thought it would be wide enough. Nope.  I added a crocheted edging all a round it to make it a bit wider.  It looks good - probably better than without it but it wasn't the plan.

So then there was the Stash Scarf which was sock yarn and probably should have been about 60 stitches wide but I thought knitting it on a 6 would make it drapey enough and loose enough to keep it from ribbing up too much.  Nope.  So I blocked it to within an inch of its life tonight and I got it 5 inches wide if I "let" it stretch wide.  It might bunch to slightly more narrow if left to its own devices.  I can't see putting an edging around this one like I did with Mehlinae's scarf partly because I think I might otherwise be able to give this to a man and partly because I don't wanna.  The verdict is out.  I will finish all of the multicolored sock yarn in this one then see how much green I have left and decide then.

Stash Scarf
And yet, I'm still crazily attracted to the Noro scarf.  I'm beginning to think that the only thing I can do to cure myself is go splurge on 4 skeins of real Noro and actually knit one according to the directions.  Good heavens, would I even do a gauge swatch for a scarf?!  (Did you know that's an interrobang?  If you write it "!?" would it be a banginterro?)

I have this crazy idea that I'd like to knit scarves for gifts for co-workers next year and I love knitting scarves.  You can be creative and silly and frou-frou or not and use up stash and put things together in fun ways and then have fun matching up the perfect scarf for each person.  It's knitting beautiful rectangles of fabric - without shaping (mostly) or sewing and they can be simple stitch patterns or complicated.  I only hope I still have a job after the budget vote next month.  Keep your fingers crossed folks.  Being a new employee in a school system in this economic climate is a tenuous place to be.

And now - back to the knitting.