Saturday, October 24, 2009

Two Finished Christmas Scarves

This is Lauren's Checkerboard Scarf knit from Mountain Colors Bearfoot. This a free pattern that is super fun to knit. The scarf finished at 9 x 65 with only 350yds of yarn. I selected the open pattern hoping it would stretch the yardage. I think it worked. I also selected an open pattern because of the mohair content and the fact we live in TX.

The yarn is very nice and it blocked like a dream. I'm very proud to give this as a gift. Lauren is going to look fabulous in it.

I love the June is for Jag pattern for variegated yarns. A stockinette section to show of the yarn, a YO, K2T section to create lacey interest. It was fun to knit and the yarn was awesome. It's Brooks Farm Yarns Solo Silk. 50% silk and 50% wool blend. BFY is generous in their skein yardage, so you have plenty to make a good sized scarf. This one finished at 7.5" x 78. Good thing Jen is tall.
This scarf also blocked nicely. I didn't have to pin it out as strongly as I did the 100% wool and it still looks great.

The only thing I might do differently for the Jag scarf is knit every two rows from a different skein or the other end of the skein to futher mix up the variegation. That is a personal preference though and has nothing to do with the yarn or the pattern.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Christmas Knitting Update - 3 Gifts Complete

I just finished Lauren's checkerboard scarf in Rich Red Mountain Colors. What a joy to knit. Great pattern and great yarn. I would work with both again. I'll block it tonight and take pictures tomorrow.

I bought three skeins of Malabrigo in pink for a scarf for Julie. I may not use all three skeins, but I wanted to be sure I had plenty. Maybe I'll get a little something for myself out of the deal:-)

I'm still debating what to do for Madonna. Madonna mentioned she likes red, blue and green. I've toying with the idea of the blue Wollmeise. She is worthy of that yarn, but she is also worthy of Malabrigo and I have a beautiful skein of sock yarn. Not necessarily the colors she says she likes, but pretty just the same. I think the Malabrigo might be softer. Still trying to figure it out.

I figure Brett's red herring scarf will be last. If I can get the other knitting done by Thanksgiving, then I will buy the yarn to make his scarf.

After Brett's scarf, comes DS stulpens in the purple Louet Gems.

I also have Adrienne's clogs cast on and one sole finished. Probably I can finish them this weekend if I don't start somthing else, but I would love to cast on a scarf for Madonna and keep my momentum going.