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Elegant Economy Spring 2011 Runway: Day 2

Today, on this fine Tuesday, I bring you Farewell.

Say farewell to winter! This ruffley scarf will add something fun to your spring wardrobe, while also adding to your warmth on those days you forgot to grab your coat because you were surprised by how chilly those gorgeous 40 and 50-degree days can still be.

This is a perfect beginner project. The simple slip stitch pattern takes the basic garter stitch scarf to the next level. The result is stylish, elegant, and creative. It is knit on large needles with laceweight yarn giving it a very gauzy feel.

Requiring 1 skein of Knit Picks Cloud, it beats the price of a scrunchi scarf at Target quite easily.

Gauge – Approximately 18 sts/4 inches in garter stitch. (As this is not a sized garment, perfect gauge is not critical)

Scarf Dimensions – 6×60 inches

Required Materials

  • 1 50g skein Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud (440 yds/402m to 50g/1.76oz. 100% Alpaca)
  • Size #8 US or 5mm needles
  • Tapestry needle

$3.00

Join me tomorrow for the final piece in the Elegant Economy Spring 2011 Collection!

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April 5, 2011 at 9:30 am 1 comment

Another New Convert, Me!

Back in May I went to the Carolina Fiber Festival. It was absolutely thrilling. It was my first fiber festival, and I only could spare an hour or two, but I still managed to snag a sweater quantity of 100% alpaca, a merino/silk batt and a few ounces of undyed lama/icelandic fiber. I was absolutely entranced by all the unspun fiber billowing around me. I loved the alpaca yarn, but I suddenly wasn’t as resolved as I had been about not getting into spinning. I decided to buy a few ounces of cheaper fiber for practicing, and something inexpensive, but gorgeous to motivate me to learn. I would use my little home made spindle, so if I never really took to it, the whole failed experiment would only cost me $15-$20.

I’d tried to spin on my little spindle before, but didn’t really get a good rhythm. This time, it took. I worked on it in spurts. I’m comfortable enough with knitting to bring it around with me, but not yet with my spindling. So I really only had those precious few hours I could grab on an occasional slow weekend. Eventually, I made it through all 3ish ounces of the icelandic/lama blend. With a quick tutorial on how to dye with coffee, this is how it turned out.

I’m actually quite thrilled. I was surprised how quickly I finally got it and how normal this yarn really looks! I can’t wait to make some cabley socks with it after my christmas knitting is done.

So now my aspirations have gotten higher. All I can think about is spinning and dying, techniques I want to learn, fibers I want to try, projects I want to knit with handspun yarn. While in Savannah, GA last weekend, I got a chance to stop in at Wild Fibre, a very, very cool LYS that stocked all kinds of fiber. I even got to touch some milk protein fiber. They were selling this gorgeous deliciousness by the bump. I got enough for socks… of course.

I’m sitting here trying to remind myself that I’m knitting on a deadline for christmas… but it’s calling me, oh, how it calls.

September 30, 2010 at 8:39 pm Leave a comment


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