Sunday, January 20, 2008

two new projects

Two new projects -- two new scarves!

I know, I know -- it must seem like all I knit is scarves -- and yes, I have been knitting a lot of them. But they're fun, a good way to practice new skills, they make great gifts, and I enjoy them!

One is for me: a lace pattern scarf in Noro Cash Iroha. This is the yarn I used for my friend's lace leaf scarf and I so love the yarn that I wanted to make something for myself out of it. I love the mulberry color and I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out. It's the wavy pattern scarf #32 from Vogue Knitting, Spring-Summer 2005. If you can get on Ravelry, you can see more of the scarf here.

The second is for my niece. She saw my Noro striped scarf and liked it, so we went through my stash of yarns and founds some colorways she liked. It's an easy, mindless knit, but captivating because of the always-changing colorways. Another fun knit!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Scarf love --- multiple times

I am madly in love with this scarf! It's a project I started with love a few months ago for someone else and then set aside; I was going to frog it, but when my mom saw it she loved the colors, so I'm finishing it for her.

Took me forever to find the right yarns and when I finally did, they were right under my nose all along. I wanted something I could do with two-row stripes, mostly subtle colors with black/gray and some blue and maybe green. Checked lots of yarn stores but wasn't finding the right yarns. Finally noticed two yarns from my stash that had the right colors but I was sure wouldn’t work together. Still, something prompted me to try them. They’re fantastic! There’s enough color (blues and greens) to add some spark but enough subtlety – the dark & tweeds of the di ve and the dark of the Silk Garden – that it should be perfect.

The pattern is a very simple one: it's a moss rib stitch scarf. It's very easy, quick, mindless knitting. It's almost meditative to knit something so simple.

And the best part: a scarf that was started with love will be finished with love.

Love you, mom.