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Scarves, Scarves, Scarves

I know, I know, everyone starts their adventures in knitting with a scarf. In it’s most basic form, it’s just a long rectangle. My first scarf was just one long scarf done in two colors in garter stitch. Looking at it now, I can see that it’s a mess because of the numbers of stitches that I ended up dropping on accident and then adding back to try to get it even.

It's actually not bad for my first scarf and does look nice. Plus, it will go well with my winter coat.

The first pattern I designed was a scarf (yes, I may have been knitting for under a year, but I have designed a pattern already). It’s just a simple scarf with a cable running down the middle with a nice stockinette and garter stitch along the edges for my mom for a holiday gift.

First pattern I designed and my second scarf. It looks great and the colorway was awesome for this pattern.

Scarves are great for gift giving. I decided that since I was making a scarf as a gift for my mom, it’d be cool to do the same for the rest of the family. Dad’s is a basket weave in a gray and black variegated yarn from Knit Picks (like the colorway for Mom’s scarf, this one is also discontinued). My sister’s is bright pink in a raspberry stitch. Both came out great and I’m really happy with them.

All of the scarves I've made laid out together.

A close up of the scarves together. (I left mine out because I'm not sure where I put it away for the summer, haha)

So am I done with scarves for a while? Nope. A work friend got some great yarn from Knit Picks for me to make a scarf for her. The colorway is called Nevermore in their Wool of the Andes Swish Tonals in worsted weight. The scarf is a pattern I created called “Dueling Cables” that has two cables running down the center twisting in opposite directions with stockinette edges along both sides. I can’t wait to get started on it 🙂

This colorway will look awesome in the pattern and is definitely a good fit for Emily (who I'm making the scarf for)

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Work in Progress Wednesday

I thought that borrowing Nathan from California (@knit1eat1 on Twitter)’s “Work in Progress Wednesday” would be a good idea, so here is my first one complete with pictures.

First up, my sister’s raspberry stitch scarf:

Something looks different than earlier pictures, right?

Those who follow my blog will notice that something looks different (and possibly wrong with this). The difference is that it is now about half the length that it was. When I ordered the yarn, I noticed that they were two different lots. At first I thought that they were close enough that I could switch between them when I finished a ball. After finishing the first, I tried and it didn’t work. However, alternating them every 12 rows is producing a rather nice light to normal shade subtle striping pattern. The regular shade of it has light spots throughout that also help to blend the lighter lot in better. The reason I ended up with two different lots: Sheep Shop apparently went out of business long before I had ever heard of them.

Next up is the basket weave scarf that I am working on for my dad for a holiday gift:

It's coming along pretty quickly.

This scarf is actually coming along quickly and easily. I think the reason it’s coming along quickly is a combination of my improving at knitting, using bulky weight yarn (which I personally think is awesome for nice, warm scarves), and a pattern that is really easy to knit. This scarf may, however, be the first that I’ve done a pattern with a variegated yarn that I’m not 100% happy with, but I think it will work out with other patterns.

And last, but certainly not least, is my very first attempt at socks:

Aw, look at those widdle, tiny needles! They're so cute...and frustrating for my non-petite hands to hold onto...

I don’t mind using double-pointed needles. In fact, I’ve done two hat patterns that called for a circular needle with double-points because I found it easier (I also found the double cast-on the easiest when I started as well [yes, I know I’m weird]). However, these needles are very tiny at size US 2.5. The yarn is fingering weight and I’ve never worked with anything smaller than worsted before. However, this is proving to be an interesting project and I’m looking forward to seeing the end result. These are made using Knit Picks’ Stroll Multi Sock Yarn in Aloha.

Also, I can’t say how much I really do like ordering from Knit Picks (follow them on Twitter @KnitPicks). Their products are great and so is the customer service. I had a problem with an order and got a very polite response and resolution within an hour. If you order yarn from anywhere, definitely consider Knit Picks.

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