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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Scarfy Goodness

I finally got the scarf that I had been working on completed. It was a super duper easy peasy pattern, and was memorized within the first few stitches! It was a quick knit as well, when I was actually able to work on it. The pattern was the Yarn Harlot's 1 Row Scarf...at least that is what I think she called it. She had the pattern posted on her blog a few months ago and I copied it down...just don't have the pattern handy to see the name of it.

To the left you will see the completed purple one and a newly started blue one. The purple was made from Pattons Classic Wool, and was from my first experience at dying with Kool Aid. The Kool Aid absorbed better in some places than in others, but that's fine because it gave it a sort of varigated look...adds a little character in my opinion.

To the right is a closeup of the stitches and you can see the "mottled" sort of look of the dye job, though it isn't the best picture to see it in.

The blue scarf is being knit from Briggs & Little in the "bluejean" colourway. It's not as soft as the Pattons, and feels a little scratchier. I am hoping that if I do a handwash or soak after I am finished with it, that it will soften up a little. I'm thinking of giving these both as gifts, and I don't want the recipient to not wear it because it is too scratchy. So, if anyone has any hints, tips, or suggestions on how I can soften it up some please let me know in the comment section!

I must go now, and get back to working on my essay and assignments. Some are due tomorrow, and some on Friday. I would like to get them all done for tomorrow, but I don't think that is possible. Studying for next week's exams will begin on Friday. I will leave you with a picture of little miss Tinker Belle...it looks like she is smelling the yarn, which she no doubt is doing, but just before I snapped the pic, she had been licking...gross!




Edited to add the link to the Yarn Harlot's scarf pattern.

19 comments:

Janice said...

The scarves are wonderful.. I am going to have to go look for that pattern on the Yarn Harlots blog!!
Good luck with all your essays and studying.... Do you get a good break for Christmas??

Karen said...

The scarves look great! I will have to go over and copy that pattern too. Your package is on it's way, you should have it in a few days. Congrats again!

Charity said...

The scarves are lovely! I really like the Yarn Harlot pattern, I'll have to look it up. :0)

Prayerful Knitter - Shelly said...

Shelley, your knitting is gorgeous and I'm sure they will make great gifts!

Rhonda said...

Nice scarves! Have you ever used Eucalan? It seems to help in the washing & softening process. It even repels moths, I understand. Anyway, I love using it because you don't even need to rinse. Good luck with the exams!

Karen said...

Thanks for the link. I might have to whip some of these up real quick.

Anonymous said...

hey, nice scarves! are these gifts or for your own neck?

Andrea said...

The scarves look great! Thanks for the link.

Jayleigh said...

You are awesome! I am still ever-so-envious of your knitting ability. :-)

Have a wonderful week, m'dear!

Alisha said...

Great scarves. I plan on doing some scarves for next Christmas for sure.....yours modivate me to try!!! Awesome job!!!

Maggie Ann said...

No kidding, you dyed your own yarn! Its very pretty too. A handknit scarf will make wonderful gifts...

Sharon said...

The scarf looks lovely, well done.

Anonymous said...

Awesome scarves, and I love the socks too!! I love the kool aid dyed yarn. Do you nuke yours in the mic? I had on eskein come out VERY thoroughly dyed and then another come out with white, and sort of mottled.....when I knit it up, it looks sort of tie-dyed! Keep knitting and good luck with your studies!!! It isn't easy, I am still a student too!!

Pooch said...

Beautiful work on the scarves, Shelley! They look so soft and cuddly! Thanks for the pattern link. I think they'd be great projects for me to do for Red Scarf and Dulaan.

Hang in there with your classes and assignments. A break is near!!

:)

Tina in Wonderland said...

I love those scarfs! The purple one is especially pretty! Didn't you post a pic of that yarn last summer when you dyed it? It really knitted up beautifully and the color is great!

I love the picture of Little Miss Tinker Belle!

kittensmittens said...

the scarfs are very nice. i totally agree, the unintended varigated look gives it a lot of character. (i'm a firm believer it will make that scarves warmer.)

Amy said...

the dye job looks great

lexa said...

Dontcha just love it when you can memorize a pattern so fast? It makes life so much easier. They are both very nice scarves.

I am very fond of B&L, but it is scratchy compared to the Patons Classic Wool! Most of my B&L stuff ends up felted, so it softens up a lot. You'll have to post how you make out after washing it. I plan on making husband some socks out of it after Christmas. They won't be felted! (He'll also most likely wear store-bought socks underneath them.)

Rhonda said...

I love the new look to your blog!
Nice colors.