All of the Gifts . . .

That I remembered to take pictures of. Not pictured is a yellow stocking hat with Grumpy embroidered just above the ribbing, a dark brown and teal Jana’s hat, and two Antler hats like the one directly below – only one black, and the other green.

The Antler hat, yarn unknown.

First Frost Hat – Loops & Threads – Charcoal

Owl scarf (pattern my own) – Paton’s Classic Roving – Grey

Owl Hat – Paton’s Classic Roving – Grey

Cabled Head Band and Flower, based off of linked patterns – yarn unknown, though discontinued

 

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Mohair and Alpaca Scarf

Last Memorial Day weekend some friends and I took a trip up to Missoula for an antique fair/craft show. Being the fiber lovers that we are, checked out one of the yarn shops there – Beads, Yarns, and Threads. Since we were short on time, we could only hit the one, but it was rather satisfying all by itself. I picked up some Berroco yarn, Worsted weight, I think the colorway was called Jungle something, a couple skeins of a thread weight multicolored mohair blend, and thread weight tan alpaca. The owner had a scarf on display to showcase both yarns knit together in a two stranded mesh scarf, and I absolutely loved it. My knitting skills at the time were not up to the task. A few inches into making my own version of the scarf, and I frogged it and put it away – I couldn’t stand the mohair sticking and making sure the two strands were both in my needles drove me nuts. A couple weeks ago I decided to give it another go. Though I couldn’t find the pattern the shop owner had given me, I did find a good substitute after some experimentation and failure and more frogging – Simple Lace Scarf.

Rainy Morning Projects and Coffee

I have been putting off some things for a bit while I work on hats and more exciting projects. Two of which are pictured below – The mesh scarf, and the Not a Noro Scarf. I tried to not start another project until I got those two done . . . but I gave in to the urge this last weekend. I was looking for a shawl for the 4 skeins of Juniper Moonfarm Moonshine in deep purple I had originally bought with the All shawl by Doris Chan in mind. However, I have already made that shawl a couple times using different yarns and I am a bit tired of it. When I stumbled upon Evelyn, I was sold. Granted, I will need a couple more skeins, but I have enough to tide me over until after Yarn Scout’s spring break. 🙂

Clockwise starting in the upper left – Mesh Scarf, Not a Noro Scarf, Evelyn Shawl.

This morning is a perfect morning for knitting – overcast, raining, and a bit nippy. It is also a perfect morning for trying new a new coffee. I picked up come huckleberry coffee a while back, but forgot about it in my freezer (sacrilege, I know). After unearthing it this morning, I ground some up and put it through my stove top espresso kettle thing – a little bit of cream and honey later, deliciousness. Highly recommended.

Stripped Linen Stitch Scarf

I used Ella Rae Classic & Classic Heather yarn to make these, in olive, off white, and black, and US 10, or 6mm needles.

CO 30

Knit (in linen stitch) 40 rows in olive.

Change to off white – the color change lasts 2 rows.

Knit 4 rows in off white.

Change color to black – the color change lasts 2 rows.

Knit 8 rows in black.

Change to off white – the color change lasts 2 rows.

Knit 4 rows in off white.

Change to olive – the color change lasts 2 rows.

Repeat until desired length.

I know some do not like the linen stitch because it is rather simple, but I really like how it looks woven on the front, and get all nubbly on the back. Ntm I have grown to like how it almost looks like some kind of faux Fair Isles when it changes colors. ( I really didn’t when I first started and almost frogged the whole thing to make something different, when the girls at the Saturday morning open knit I was at convinced me that it looked good.)