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Ruffled Scarf

The rambouillet/cashmere ruffle scarf is finished!

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The neatness of using up the last little bit of things is inordinately pleasing to me; in this case, not even a single inch of yarn is left over.  The pattern had called for a mohair yarn that was 235 yards in 24 grammes, but my yarn came out to something like 350 yards in two ounces.  (I can’t find my notes on the exact numbers.)  The scarf is a tad short, but it is just enough to wrap and overlap once around my neck.

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The pattern was “Mohair Portrait Scarf”, from Véronik Avery’s book, “Knitting Classic Style”.  It’s a wonderful way to learn the difference between right- and left-slanting decreases, as well as an easy introduction to lace knitting.  In fact, I’m going to try the pattern again.  I’ve already spun a two-ply rambouillet/alpaca mix for it that promises to be a more successful yarn for this project:

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Winding off the singles onto bobbins:

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The singles are so delicate that I couldn’t measure the yardage with my yarn measure.  But, this old skein-winder (two-yards per revolution) performed admirably:

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Two-ply (pre-wash) closeup:

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350-yards of two-ply yarn in one ounce:

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I also spent a couple hours hand-carding up another two ounces of rolags:

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I’m envisioning the second scarf as a fluffy, light-as-air, cloud; and can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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22 November 2008 Posted by | Knitting, Spinning | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Field Day For Frogging

 Now you see it:

…now you don’t!

For the past year, two socks, of different yarns, have been resurfacing like flotsam on my bins of creative fodder.  They were started at a time when I thought it would be fun to knit on needles of size 1 or less.  But I encountered two problems using small needles: it takes forever to knit anything up when your stitches are tiny, and my hands cramp easily when wielding those needles.   

I decided I would put an end to the taunting of the socks and the dreaded SSS (Second Sock Syndrome).

My son loves to frog my knitting, indeed, he feels it is his perogative.  (He feels the same about cutting any weaving off my looms, so I have not yet had that pleasure.)  So my year of work kept him very well entertained for a few minutes.

 

The variegated red and black yarn is Opal, of the famous Roxy stash.  The striping of the socks did not show off the cabling detail I had chosen for the sock, another good reason to start over.

I will re-knit the socks, but the next time, I plan to knit them up two-at-a time, on one (larger-sized!) long circular needle.  And because the Opal yarn is for two socks, I’ll have to muddle through knitting from both ends of the ball at once.

My son takes a fifty-minute soccer class once a week.  Because of that, I actually have some dedicated knit time, as well as a WIP that is actually being worked on consistently; I’m using Véronik Avery’s ruffled scarf pattern from “Knitting Classic Style”, an wonderful pattern for a first-time lace project, and an excellent exercise in learning the difference between left- and right-slanting decreases.  The yarn is my own hand-dyed, handspun, and hand-carded mixture of rambouillet and cashmere.  The way things are going, it looks like I may run out of yarn before the scarf is long enough to go around my neck.  There’s a glaring mistake I chose to ignore (smack dab centre), since after frogging the first two inches five times, I decided finishing was more important than fixing it.

24 October 2008 Posted by | Knitting | , , , , , | 1 Comment