Tuesday 29 January 2013

Ta, da. A new crescent scarf, third time lucky. It's in Saucon Fingering, a cotton/acrylic blend which I really like. The pattern is written and I'm getting it testknit in Fountain Hill, a mohair/acrylic blend for two different looks. Hopefully that will be done next week. Maybe I will become a scarf person after all.

Sunday 27 January 2013

It's blocking day. This scarf didn't take long to knit at all, except for the cast on and cast off, ha, ha. And they do take a bit of time but taking a couple of breaks helps. It's much narrower than my first one. Blocks out to 7" deep at the top of the circle.
I worked it in Saucon Fingering which is a cotton/acrylic blend.
Knits up really nicely on a 4.5mm/U.S.7 needle. It's drying right now and will be ready to come off the pins later today.

Monday 21 January 2013

Are there shawl people and scarf people? I must admit, to date, I am not a scarf person. But I do wear shawls. I love to knit scarves and I have several but never think to put them on. I also don't wear jewelry. Is there a connection between jewelry wearing and scarf wearing?

Here's my Judy wearing the crescent scarf.

What do you think? I'm thinking it's still a little too wide for a scarf, especially at the shoulder when it's flung over. Also went a little overboard on the length. Wanted to add 3 more points for length and realized that 3 wasn't going to work so went to 4 extra points and could have done with only 2 extra points. Am I getting closer?

Thursday 17 January 2013

Casting Off a large crescent scarf.

001 I had to take a break part way through. It's a lot of stitches but seems to go faster than the equivalent length of a regular scarf knit from the short edge up. A crescent scarf is cast on on the long edge of a scarf so many more stitches to cast on and cast off.

On this version I cast on more stitches for 4 more points and cut the short rows in half so it's not as deep. It's much longer on the inside edge.
I've pinned it, steamed it and then sprayed it with water. Now I'm going to let it dry. On the weekend I'm going to compare the three I've done and figure out where to go from here. Some mashing of the three I suspect.

Tuesday 15 January 2013

A shocking lack of blogging going on here. But I have been knitting, just not doing much in the way of photography. I'm working on a crescent shawl. I did the red one in Saucon Fingering cotton/acrylic and found it too short, more like a collar. But I have to say it steam blocked beautifully.

So I did another one larger in all directions, in Fountain Hill, a mohair/acrylic. It's feels gorgeous, light as a feather.

But I'm finding that everyone I show it to wants to throw part of it over their shoulder.
This one is still a bit too short to stay in place comfortably and rather deep, don't you think? So I'm working on number 3. I'm making it more of a crescent scarf than a shawl, half the depth of lace and longer short rows for less depth. So far I'm liking it but it doesn't look like much yet. Hoping to do some more work on it tomorrow. Stay tuned, I will need some feedback.

Monday 7 January 2013

It's 2013. So let's begin with a new shawl pattern. http://www.patternfish.com/patterns/13368
It's done with 2 shades of the same colour of fingering yarn. Lyn put 2 different yarns in the same dye bath and each yarn took up the dye differently. One is darker than the other.
Which gives it a striped affect.
When using 2 colours you have to twist the yarns somewhere when changing colours. The usual place is at one edge. Since this shawl begins at the centre of the top edge I thought that carrying the yarn down one side might lead to that edge being tighter or looser. So I changed colours down the centre, twisting the yarns on the wrong side. 
This is the wrong side view. It worked really well.