Posts Tagged With: Scarf

It’s Right Around the Corner

Christmas is rapidly approaching and I’m nowhere near ready. It isn’t that we do a lot for Christmas – we don’t – but I do like to send out a few cards to some special people in our lives. I usually make my own cards from one of my own photos or a photo I’ve found online (from a site like stock.xchng). They’ve always turned out well and, I think, been well received. This year, however, I’m doing something different.

Having taken up water colour painting, it’s only logical that I paint something to be used for my cards this year. It’s an agonizingly slow process, unfortunately. I mean, it is for me.

In progressIt’s taken a couple of weeks to decide the best way to tackle this little subject. This week, it all came together and I’m finally making some progress. There’s still some work to do on the painting but I should have it finished this weekend.

In addition to the painting coming together, I’ve also been doing some knitting this week. It’s a very simple knit but I anticipate that it will take a while to finish this project.

lessismoreThe pattern is Less Is More by Phazelia and is a free Ravelry download. The scarf in this picture is not mine; it’s a picture from the pattern. Here’s mine… all 2″ of it.

Lessismore_evThe reason it could take a while to finish this scarf is that it is knit with lace weight yarn on 2.5 mm circular needles. That’s some pretty fine knitting. The scarf is a long tube with “tufts of grass”, visible in the  top picture. I’m making the tufts and I’m adding some complementary glass beads. Both the tufts and the beads are placed randomly, wherever I’m inspired to put them. At this point, I’ve made two tufts and place one bead; I have a long way to go!

It’s been pretty cold here this week; right now (at about 12:30 p.m.), the temperature is a balmy -12ºC (11ºF) but the sun is shining and the sky is clear. There’s still a bit of snow on the ground and there’s a possibility of more on the way but at least today is a clear, sunny day. I’m already tired of the dark and dreary days we’ve been having lately. We don’t really want to go out but there are groceries that are needed and I really would like to stop in at Opus, our local art supply store. Once we get back, the painting will be worked on again… and finished!

 

 

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I Have an FO!

Finally, I have a finished object! It’s a little thing but it IS a finished object. That counts, right? This is the Jewelled X that I posted about last week. It’s a quick knit, very simple yet very satisfying and I love how it turned out.

jewelled x3Basically, it is nothing but a loop of stocking stitch with a beaded, lacy X that can be worn in different ways, much like the infinity scarves that are everywhere these days.

jewelled x2Here it is looped twice around my everlasting sweet pea trellis (which are growing like crazy!). The weather’s a little warm for a scarf these days but I can see it becoming part of my wardrobe in the fall.

In the meantime, I went on the hunt for another simple, semi-mindless project and found one. I went back to my own bookshelves and found, or shall I say re-found, the book “Knitting New Scarves” by Lynne Barr. I’d started one of the scarves before (New Wave), just to try it, but this time I’ve decided to make it… for real.

new wave 1It’s a fun little scarf, quite narrow, so it will be more of an accent piece than a keep-you-warm scarf. The yarn is Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester DK and the scarf is knit on 4.5 and 6.0 mm needles. Yes, two different sizes. In actuality, the scarf is a double-knit. The thing that makes it wavy is that one side is knit on the smaller needles while the other is knit on the larger needles and contains two extra rows. After 5 rows, the stitches are combined and the sides switch. Does that make any sense at all?

There’s just enough concentration required to keep the knitting interesting.

 

 

 

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