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Knitting Update [Nov. 26th, 2011|07:29 pm]
[Current Mood |accomplished]

In the past 10 days, fitting in a row here and a row there (and sometimes several) between rehearsals, holiday prep, writing...I managed to finish two scarves, made with Berroco's "Link" yarn (one skein to a scarf, simple pattern with v. short rows that uses stockinette's desire to curl to make the scarf roll into a clever "rope" shape.)

The one on the left is in the color mix "Lake Victoria" and the one on the right is (I think) "Oasis."   I had made two of these earlier, both in "Eventide" (which I personally call "Thunderclouds" because my friend Ellen and I think the colors are Texas raincloud colors.)   Although the pictures I took then look rather like "Oasis", it's not the same color (I think the flash made them all look at little darker, actually.  Even in the picture above, where I lightened it a little, the chair cushion isn't that dark a blue, and there's more purple in "Oasis")

The ads say you can make one of these in an hour.  A better knitter could, maybe, but the bulk of the size 35 (20mm) needles slows me down.   I was knitting on the "Oasis" scarf on Thanksgiving (one of the North Texas contingent was knitting, too.)  Friday I started the "Lake Victoria".   My online supplier is backordered on almost all the Link yarn colors (including the ones I'd like to try)  or I'd undoubtedly have ordered some more.   (And I now know, for absolutely-certain-sure, how to do knit yarnovers and purl yarnovers. 

I feel like my return to knitting after the long hiatus is going well. Granted that these scarves are pretty quick to do, I'm still up to five completed scarves since I started in the spring, with almost half of another non-quick scarf (like this one)  now on the needles, as well as Project #1, which is limping along slowly as I find it much easier to work in a short row between other things than a long (LONG) one.   At least I've finished a few things...and it is helping my hands recover from typing so much.


[User Picture]From: violinknitter
2011-11-27 03:26 am (UTC)
Oooh, nicely done!

(I find those super big needles are often slower for me, simply because they're more unwieldy.)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-11-28 02:12 am (UTC)
Stitch by stitch, the big needles are much slower for the very reason you gave. But there were a lot fewer stitches in that pattern than in patterns for "normal size" yarn.
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From: mrs_redboots
2011-11-27 08:36 am (UTC)
Those are lovely - and I'm sure your family and friends will thank you for them. I did scarves last year - this year it's back to face-cloths. Which are also popular, especially wrapped round a bottle of cheap French shower-gel!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-11-28 02:14 am (UTC)
What yarn do you use for face-cloths? What size?

Since I'm just returning to knitting, family & friends haven't yet been saturated with knitted gifts, so scarves are fine with them.
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From: mrs_redboots
2011-11-28 09:27 pm (UTC)
Cotton double knitting - don't know what that is in American terminology (sport weight? Worsted?). Got the patterns from here:
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[User Picture]From: seitherin
2011-11-27 05:22 pm (UTC)
Lovely colors. I saw some of the yarn at the shops I visited while in the Austin/San Antonio area earlier in the month. I didn't buy any of them but I did indulge in some lace weight yarn and some sock weight yarn for making scarves. Unfortunately, between school and coming down with the Awful Crud of Doom, I haven't done a stitch of knitting since I got the yarn.

Isn't it the most wonderful feeling when you finish a project and know it's reading for its new home?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-11-28 02:11 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry you've had the Awful Crud of Doom.

Yes, it's a great feeling to finish something and have a home for it. And this project moves quickly enough to give that feeling long before you wonder if it'll ever be finished.
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[User Picture]From: anghara
2011-11-27 11:09 pm (UTC)
Are the patterns for those rope scarves online someplace?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-11-28 02:09 am (UTC)
I don't know about online, but the pattern's on the inside of the label band for each skein of yarn.
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