Pattern: The scarf pattern the Yarn Harlot had on her blog
Yarn: Rowan Tapestry in Pot Pourri
Needles: KnitPicks options, size 5
Start Date: November 21, 2006
End Date: March 17, 2007
Comments: This scarf was born of the desire to do something with the (at the time) new Rowan Tapestry yarn. This yarn has soft color shift similar to Noro Kureyon and is a blend of wool and soy. The yarn has an overall interesting texture that is difficult to describe. Probably the best way would be that it feels fibrous. Once knit, this scarf has fantastic drape and sheen. I cast on 42 in order to produce a nice wide scarf and I believe I knit 4 balls, but I have to double check on that. Maybe it was only three…I’ve been knitting on this scarf off and on for so long I can’t remember. The only drawback to the yarn is that it is a tad splitty. Granted, I was using my very sharp Knit Picks Options needles, but even with a blunter point I think this yarn would still be a little aggravating. Overall, I really enjoyed using this yarn and the pattern was super simple. The warm, but light fabric the Tapestry creates, the excellent colors, and the lovely drape more than make up for the splittiness. This scarf also receives the award for longest time to knit a scarf ever. (I think I can hear my knitting Group cheering! They’ve been watching me knit this thing forever).
I also finished the first Yarntini Project Runway sock! (Blurry picture due to Monday morning camera ineptitude). This sock was so much fun to knit. I love the color combination and the solid toe, heel, and cuff. I used the magic cast on from Knitty and a peasant heel. Now that the tapestry scarf is done I think I’ll bring the second Project Runway sock to knit at Group this week. It’s perfect easy knitting.
Thermal did receive some attention, but the progress isn’t really interesting enough to take a picture. I’m working on the back section right now. It’s moving along faster than before, but that really just means I went from the speed of a glacier to the speed of a snail. 🙂
I’m feeling better regarding Kilby. I spent the weekend cuddling with the other two cats, Laska and Nemo, and that picked up my spirits quite a bit. I do continually remember little things about her, but it’s getting easier to think about them. Thanks again for all the kind words.
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Monday I was feeling up to knitting finally and as I perused my current works in progress I just didn’t really want to work on any of them. Then I did something I’ve never done before. I intentionally ripped the needles out of a perfectly good nearly finished sock. The Pure Fall socks are now officially off the needles. Someday (maybe next fall?) I’ll start them again. I was just getting aggravated with the whole toe-up heel flap nonsense.
As for the Socks that Rock Philosopher’s Stone socks for Matt? Well, I’m really not sure I have enough yarn to finish the second sock. So rather than continuing on blindly, I am awaiting delivery of a small kitchen scale which will give me the cold hard facts.
That leaves the Rowan Tapestry scarf all alone in my knitting bag. Once I picked it up, I decided to just knit it for a little while and I ended up making some real progress. I may actually finish it some time soon!
Yesterday was my last day off before heading back to work so I decided to cast on for some unscheduled spontaneously chosen socks. I decided to knit one of the Pick Up Sticks Sock Club Kits. This is the VvS Painted Yarn in the color Art Nouveau and the Lichen pattern. I believe it is the 4 ply. The sock is knitting up very quickly due to the larger gauge and great pattern. I do feel like I may have knit a bit too much the last couple days as well as doing other daily things like washing dishes, sorting bills, etc. as my neck is feeling not so good. I just hope being back at work today doesn’t make it worse.
Knitting Group is tonight at the Border’s in Wilmette (the corner of Skokie and Lake) at 6:30pm. As always, all yarn enthusiasts are welcome. I’m hoping to make it, but it really depends on how I’m feeling by the end of the day. I just hate to miss a meeting with all my knitting buddies!
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Ever since I knit Widdershins I have been wanting to do another toe-up with heel-flap sock, but the measurements for Widdershins are just too small using my preferred sock yarns and needles. Then I saw someone mention on her blog that she used the toe-up heel-flap instructions from Sensational Knitted Socks when she knit her socks. Doh! I never realized there were instructions in there for a toe-up heel-flap! I love that book and peruse the patterns often, but I never noticed that in the twelve stitch pattern section it sets out the customizable pattern for a toe-up with heel flap sock! Yea! So, now I can use the fabulously easy toe cast-on from Knitty and the heel flap instructions from the book.
And so last night I cast on for my newest pair of socks using Yarntini in the Pure Fall self-striping colorway. There would be a picture here except that even though I swatched the sock it was knitting up a bit too big so I had to frog back the 3 or 4 inches I got done last night…Oh well…Instead here’s a picture of the scarf I cast on yesterday. It’s Rowan Tapestry Pot Pourri and I’m using the scarf pattern the Yarn Harlot blogged on October 12th.
Here’s a picture of all the knitting that’s going along on holiday: the Pure Fall socks, a replacement We Call Them Pirates Hat (I’ll explain that one later), and the tapestry harlot scarf. I figured I would need a variety of projects to work on while spending the Thanksgiving holiday with family. (You may notice the new bag – I reached my workout goal for the past month so the Zelda Tote is all mine!)
I’m also taking along my latest read, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I’m just 80 pages in, but it’s hard to put down and I expect to finish it quickly. So I’m taking a back-up book as I do not want to be left stranded without reading material. I think I’ll bring along a short story book by Alice Sheldon a.k.a. James Tiptree (a sci-fi writer).
What is everyone going to be working on over the long weekend?
***Knitting Group is tonight (Wednesday) at the Borders’ Cafe in Wilmette (corner of Lake & Skokie). We meet from 6:30 until 8:00 and any yarn enthusiast is welcome!***
Due to the holiday, I’ll be taking a little break from blogging until Monday, November 27th. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving Day!
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