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Another Yummy Reversible Linen Stitch Scarf

Linen Stitch Scarf Detail 2

When I see some luscious variegated yarn, I love to make the Linen Stitch scarf from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues . One side ends up with a woven texture and the other bumpy, with tiny pops of color. Either side is pretty, no matter how the scarf is worn.

Knit Side

One of my favorite yarns to use with this pattern is Malabrigo Rios, this time in the Diana colorway. Like many hand-dyed yarns, different skeins of the same color can be vastly different. Here are the two balls of the Diana colorway that I used. You can see that one is predominantly green, while the other is predominantly red.

Color Differences

There are a couple of ways to handle the different colors. One is to carry both colors up the length of the scarf, alternating balls of yarn every two rows. That gives a homogeneous blend. For this scarf, though, I wanted each color to shine so I alternated balls about every 3″, giving a subtle striped effect.

Alternating Yarn

Sure there were a bunch of tails to weave in, but it was easy to run them down the edge and was well worth the effort.

Scarf Wrapped

Rios is a great choice for scarves since it’s soft.

Linen Stitch Detail 1

This scarf measures 7.5″ x 60″ and used two full skeins. I used US #10 needles, which gave a nice drape.

November 5th, 2019|Book, Scarf|0 Comments

Shades of Fall Scarf

“Shading” Version for Fall

Shading reversible scarf

 

I recently participated in a KAL where the challenge was to use multiple colors of yarn to created a “fade” effect. I immediately thought of my pattern “Shading” from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. Juniper Moon’s luscious alpaca yarn, Herriot was incredibly soft and nice to work with!

I used 8 different shades to “fade” from deep red to a subtle dark green. I’ll have plenty left over to make mittens and a hat. You can see the color progression here:

Shading close up

 

The garter stitch pattern paired with the lofty baby alpaca yarn makes for a very warm and inviting scarf. I love how soft it is around my neck!

Shading reversible scarf

 

The scarf is work lengthwise, with the yarn cut at the end of each row to use to make fringe. I cut the fringe to 7″ lengths – it looks balanced with the rest of the scarf.

Shading fringe

What I rediscovered making this reversible scarf is that it is so versatile! It would be easy to make this for any season, using thicker or thinner yarn depending on the weather. It’s fun to choose colors that will blend the way you like and to adjust the number of rows you knit to create just the right width.

 

September 15th, 2019|Book, Design Process, Scarf|0 Comments

Sugar Pop

SUGAR POP

Sugar Pop Lace Detail

I loved, loved, loved making this colorful Sugar Pop wrap from SweetGeorgia Yarns.  Designer Lisa K. Ross combined a slip stitch pattern, a yarnover pattern and a lace pattern to form jaunty diagonal stripes against a bias-knit background. The design was perfect for taking on vacation – the knitting was easy enough to work on airplanes and outside under a canopy of trees, while also keeping my interest with fun colors and textures.

I couldn’t help but have fun with the colors of Tough Love Sock yarn that Sugar Pop uses. A set of five mini-skeins in the “Jellybean” colorway pops off the neutral “Birch” background. The design makes use of a garter background, with slip-stitch and yarnover stripes framing a section of lace. FWIW, I used a US #6 needle for most of the project, but #5 for the lace section. That way when I blocked the wrap the lace pattern really opened up.

Sugar Pop lace detail

This is one of my shawl/wrap collection that I wear quite often. I may just make another in one of the other beautiful mini-skein sets!

May 18th, 2019|Shawls|1 Comment

Texas Sunset + Farrand Cowl

While enjoying a Texas sunset I finished knitting another Farrand Cowl. I just love it when a project is color-coordinated with the sky!

AudKnits Sunset 2019

I made this for my cousin who is suffering through another Ohio winter.

AudKnits Farrand Cowl_1

The pattern includes instructions for both a short and a long size. I made the long version so she can double it over. I hope it helps her neck stay warm!

AudKnits Farrand Cowl_2

I used Malabrigo Rios in the Sabiduria and Diana colorways. Rios is one of my favorite yarns – it’s a joy to knit with and the colors are amazing.

Resources:

My Farrand Cowl pattern is available for free from: Ravelry  and Knitty.

Malabrigo Rios

February 16th, 2019|Cowls, Projects, Scarf|0 Comments

Book Review: The Lambs

Book Cover_The Lambs

I spend a lot of time working with wool, yet know woefully little about the critters it comes from. I was intrigued and delighted to read Carole George’s book The Lambs.

Essentially a memoir, the book tells the story of the author’s journey from international lawyer to the owner of a flock of sheep which she added to her farm in Virginia because her father thought “poetry country” calls for sheep. The book unravels the question that “poetry country” might  pose. The relationship between her and her father was beautiful and touching. They shared a deep love of poetry and other literature.

I enjoyed Carole George’s highly personal writing style. Her amazing accomplishments as an attorney are told with humility. Giving it all up in order to pursue her dream of having sheep seemed courageous and remarkable to me. One of the things I enjoyed the most about the book is that wonderful photographs of her farm and the sheep illustrate her narrative.

I also liked the way she scattered throughout the book what she learned about the special Karakul sheep. I felt like I was discovering their history right along with her. Common to Asia, where their curly pelts are used for coats, jackets and hats, the sheep have fat tails which help them survive in times of scarcity. I found an online source for Karakul yarn. Solitude Wool describes it as “fabulously feltable, exceptionally insulating and extremely strong, but, it’s quite coarse and has no elasticity. The undyed colors are heathered and beautiful, but it takes dye brilliantly.” It sounds like pretty hardy stuff!

It’s not exactly a spoiler alert to say that sheep do not live forever. As a matter of fact, it was hard to anticipate the life span of the Karakuls, as most sheep do not live out their natural lives, being slaughtered for meat and pelts. Carole George kept her sheep more as pets, but they had their share of veterinary problems as they aged. Even their maladies offered interesting glimpses into sheep physiology.

I highly recommend this sweet book. My favorite quote from it is, “…when the human spirit is in harmony with itself, it is, at the same time, in harmony with the intelligence of nature.” The author crafted a contemplative life for herself, allowing a deep connection with her flock.

 

 

December 31st, 2018|Book Review, Critters|0 Comments
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