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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Something New

This weekend I finished up the Rosebud Pink Wrap and I plan to block it today so I can show it to you! This gave me only a sock on the needles (unless you count the 3 or 4 things I'm ignoring right now, but since I'm ignoring them you can too) and I wanted something else just because. I was in the mood to do something with laceweight yarn, but after going through all my lace patterns for shawls and stoles and all of Ravelry's lace patterns for shawls and stoles, I just couldn't find anything I was dying to do.

I found plenty that I liked, but I realized that I didn't want to do anything big at the moment. (I also realized that I didn't really want to knit any big projects with any of the laceweight yarn I have in my stash right now - I still like the colors, but they're more Fall and Winter-y. Clearly I need to order some lighter and brighter colors in laceweight for emergency purposes.) Once I realized that I wanted to do something small, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

A few years ago, Christine, who some of you may remember as Kato or the Tech Goddess of Mystery Stoles 1-3, wrote a free scarf pattern for laceweight yarn called The Gift of Friendship. She had been gifted with some fiber and spun it into laceweight yarn and designed the scarf. I loved the look of it as soon as I saw it and at some point ordered yarn to make it. At the time however, I was neck deep in a Mystery Stole and because the single decrease in Christine's scarf is similar to one of the double decreases I use regularly, I decided for my own sanity to put it off. Yesterday I pulled out the yarn (it's from Woolen Rabbit and the colorway is Peacock, but I don't think she does that colorway or this yarn base anymore - its a 50/50 Merino/Silk yarn and I'm pretty sure it's Zephyr), wound it into balls and got started.

The stitch pattern for this scarf couldn't be simpler and once you get a feel for it, I think it would be a very portable project. I'm calling my scarf the Herb Garden scarf because that's what the colors remind me of. The soft greens are sprinkled with bits of lavender and a pale amber. This design is perfect for showing off handpainted and multicolored lace yarns because of it's simple, geometric pattern. It's been ages since I knit a scarf and the short length of the rows is just what I needed right now.

In a completely different subject, Ramius got his teeth cleaned yesterday and while he's still moving slowly (he's not wobbly and falling over anymore), everything went well with the cleaning and his teeth are in great shape. We're all glad to get that behind us!



Blogger Vanessa said...

Very pretty . Looks like a quick knit!

12:09 PM  
Anonymous MommyKnitsJen said...

It must be in the air because i was digging through the laceweight last night too! On that note is there going to be a MS5 this summer? hint, hint, nudge, nudge, I couldn't participate last year because RL was kicking my butt, but I want to tackle something big this summer. I loved MS3 and gave it to my cousin for her wedding (outdoor reception got cool). It was a hit with her and everyone!

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Karla said...

Thank you so much for mentioning this scarf pattern. I have been searching for just the right pattern to use for some lace yarn I just bought at the Hoosier Hills Fiber Arts Festival. I searched ravelry and several sites, but somehow missed this one. Just what I was looking for. Something simple, yet elegant, and all one piece. Can't wait to get started.

2:57 PM  

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