My view for the weekend!
BMFA Barn Sale, November '07, chill out people, this is an old photo....hehehe...and obviously not all mine...hehehehehe
There are only a few people, Christy being one of them, for whom I would knit this item for. Actually its for her cutie daughter whose having a "theme" birthday party in less than two weeks (eek!). Oh, and what am I knitting by the way....
Yeap. The neverending scarf (knit in the round, so really its two scarves, or lots and lots of hats!). Thank goodness I'm knitting the child size instead of Rowan's. I'm at 5 stripes out of 19. I so can finish this by next Monday or Tuesday (but poor Lil' Guy, I may never want to knit him one...well, as CupcakeFaerie pointed out tonight, maybe in five or six years when he's old enough to appreciate it I'll be ready to knit it again). I pray HotMama's kids don't ask for one soon!
No worries Christy! You are worth every stitch!! I just wish I could hand deliver the scarf! But I think this has earned me another visit up to Portland!! Hugs!!!
Pattern: Aubergine (ravelry link)by IrishgirlieKnits
Needles: Size 8
Gauge: ~5 1/2 stitches/inch in pattern
Length: 5 1/2" x 70" (after blocking)
sl 1: slip 1 stitch
p2tog: purl 2 stitches together
FC: faux cable that creates a new stitch (I've done my best to explain this stitch both in words and pictures below); to complete the "faux cable," slip the right hand needle between the 2nd and 3rd stitches on the left needle and make a yarn over (you are essentially creating a new stitch, see picture a. below); pull the new stitch through and you have a new stitch on the right needle (see picture b. below); now knit stitches 1 and 2 on the left hand needle as normal, you have three stitches now on the right hand needle (see picture c. below).
a. b. c.
This pattern is a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2 stitches (1 slipped stitch at each end). The pattern can easily be modified in width (if you want to try to avoid pooling, try changing stitch count or needle size/gauge) or used with thicker or thinner yarns (see below).
Cast on 34 stitches (I used the German twisted long-tail cast on. My attempt to prevent curling. Seemed to work, not sure if it was necessary or not. I had just learned it at camp and wanted to try it!).
Row 1: Sl 1, k all
Row 2: Sl 1, p all
Row 3: Sl 1, *FC, k 2 * (repeat * * until last stitch), k1
Row 4: Sl 1, *p 3, p2tog * (repeat * * until last stitch), p 1
Row 5: Sl 1, *k 2, FC* (repeat * * until last stitch), k1
Row 6: Sl 1, p 1, p2tog, *p 3, p2tog* (repeat * * until last 3 stitches), p 3
Repeat rows 3-6 until desired length
Finish with a one row knit, one row purl, and then bind off. Please let me know if you have any questions or find any errors. Thanks!
credits: The "faux cable" stitch pattern appears in a Japanese reference moyouhen 500 boubariami moyoubetsu ketteiban.
I love the potential of this stitch pattern. It works so well with my favorite yarn and I love how changing the stitch count can easily change the look of this scarf. I wanted to show you my original gauge swatch (I know, I know...I swatched for a scarf?!!?!). Its in January One and had fewer stitches and at least from first go, didn't look like this colorway was going to pool quite the way Eggplanted did. Goes to show you what a few stitches can do, huh? I also was playing around with needle size here too (first part on size 8, ended with size 7).
I also did a mini-swatch in mediumweight STR and I was loving it, but the neverending chevron scarf came to mind, and I stopped. I was craving immediate gratification, but someday, maybe in mediumweight this would be pretty.
And tonight.... I cast on this. Just to see.....
I don't have Fire on the Mountain! Isn't it gorgeous! Why didn't I have it?? I love it!!
What a prize!! Thank you thank you Nathania :)
Pattern: Leafling by JC Briar
Yarn: Socks that Rock mediumweight, colorway Lucky
Needles: US 2, (2.75mm)
Can't believe I've finished both of my Rockin' Sock Club socks so far this year (let's not talk about last year, okay). And just in time for our next shipment! Thank goodness for long plane rides. I really liked the construction of these socks (based on Cat Bordhi's new sock architectures) and they fit perfectly!! Yay!! Plus, they will always be my "lucky" socks because they arrived right in time for me to find out I'd be able to go to sock camp!!
Can you believe I only have one pair of socks on the needles?! I was stressing a bit with three on the needles...phew! Two is the max for me I think, if I can help it!
I've fallen head over heels for my new sock.
I started it late Sunday night and haven't put it down since. Yes, I love the yarn (Socks that Rock, lightweight, color Blue Moonstone).
But I think its the pattern that I love. It is my most complicated sock pattern to date, but its moving right along!! The pattern is Trickle by the very talented Nathania Apple. I've had the pattern for awhile but when I saw the new BMFA ad in Interweave Knits featuring the sock it gave me a reminder to start it. I was good and resisted ordering Mochaberry to knit it out of and used some stash yarn! But when this is done, I'm soooooo rewarding myself with some Mochaberry!
We'll see how much progress I make on these on my quick work trip to New Orleans this weekend!
There was no way Bailey was getting off dad's lap to go outside!
Happy Mother's Day!
Overall, a great day! I even bought a teensy weensy bit of yarn...details to follow!
Socks that Rock, lightweight, KawKaw
And sock #2 is already started and will be saying hi to the Yarn Harlot tomorrow!