Friday, March 28, 2014

Finale: Spring 春天

Project:  Spring 春天
Pattern Ascalon by Christelle Nihoul (Ravelry free download)
Yarn:  Twisted Sisters Zazu Hand Paints, 100% Merino
Yardage:  1170 yards in stash, used about 1000 yards

Extra: 65 fresh water pearls
Needles: Size 6
Cast onDecember 31, 2013
Cast off: finished knitting March 3, 2014, finished adding the pearls March 22
Cost: about $30 for yarn
Previous entry: January 31

Notes: This is a lovely pattern with small cables and twisted stitches. It's knitted in one piece up and down, so there are relatively small number of stitches on the needle at a time. The garter stitch portion makes it easy and quick, and the pattern stitch border makes it interesting and engaging. The yarn being 100% merino wool is light and lofty, great to knit with but lack of drape. Adding the pearls helps creating a nice drape and extra sparkle. I'm very happy with the result.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Finale: Chunky Braided Scarf 粗辨子

Project:  Chunky Braided Scarf 粗辨子
Pattern Chunky Braided Scarf by Jimentina (free Ravelry download)
Yarn:  Wool/mohair blend, Kathryn's handspun
Yardage:  269 yards (3 skeins), used every inch
Needles: Size 10
Cast onMarch 4, 2014
Cast off: March 20, 2014
Cost: None

Notes: Kathryn, who blogs at Kathryn's Brain, sent me this yarn last year as part of her Pay-it-forward project. Yes, I'm that lucky! Here is her account about the yarn. I can't say enough good things about this yarn. It's soft and luxurious to the touch, yet has a firm hand to show off the cables. It's such a joy to knit with the yarn, and I think it's going to bloom nicely as I wear the scarf. It's going to be a true treasure in my wardrobe.

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Friday, March 07, 2014

Stripe Three, Ends Ends Ends

Finished the third stripy scarf and sent it on its way to Ally B. I love having one of these projects in the car, so whenever I have a few minutes I'd have something to keep my hands occupied. The pattern is simple enough I can knit it without my glasses, and forgiving enough to use just about any odd ball yarn I have.

I ran into my friends at Green Planet Yarn at Stitches and they informed me that they had been keeping all the ends for me and there was a large stash of it for me to pick up. Well of course I had to get it. So last Sunday while watching the Oscars I had this big bag of ends in my lap, in the process of becoming a magic ball which in turn will become a scarf (or scarves).

We had couple of nice storms last week that brought us some much needed rain. It's not enough to relieve the severe drought, but it's so nice to hear the creek flowing again.

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