Wednesday, December 19, 2007

In the Pink

My mom has gotten spoiled to getting hand knit or hand woven gifts for Christmas. I really had no plans to knitting anything for anyone this year, but the woman is a genius when it comes to dropping the most gigantic hints. "I really want something fuschia." "I don't have any fuschia scarves." The woman gave me life! How can I refuse her a simple scarf?

Behold, the Opera Scarf knit from two hanks of Rowan Summer Tweed.

Two hanks of this yarn resulted in a scarf that is 5 1/2 inches wide and 68 inches long. I used a US size 11 needle.

Here's a detail shot to show you the stitches.

I love the pattern, the yarn, not so much. It is 70% silk and 30% cotton. I found it a bit unforgiving to work with -- no elasticity which I think is to be expected given the fiber content. Mom should be pleased with this scarf, and that is the ultimate goal anyway.

I recently purchased a wonderful book--The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes of Knitter's Review fame. I love the book. It's very informative about different fiber types and yarns, and it has some great patterns. In fact, I made the kitties some toys from patterns in this book--a knit octopus for Mocha and a knit fish for Socks. I'll get pictures of those later; these are Christmas gifts for the kitties.


Blogger Not That Kat said...

Great scarf! Sorry the yarn wasn't to your liking. I haven't knit with it, but I've heard it can be a bit temperamental.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Beverly said...

I know what you mean. My mom has already absconded with two Christmas items. Gotta love them!

9:37 PM  
Blogger bev said...

i love your mom's scarf. my mom wants me to make her calorimetry from knitty. she tried on one i made for myself and asked me to make her one. and it's funny that she asked b/c she hates hats. she said she liked that the calorimetry was a headband. i might be knitting on that sunday. :)

10:47 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Beautiful scarf!

11:12 PM  
Blogger Dragonfly Judy said...

Oh, pretty! I love the color, but I know what you mean about the inelastic yarn. I forgot that I even have that pattern, maybe that will be my over-the-break pattern...

10:57 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

But the color is beautiful, even if the "stretch" is missing!! You did a great job!
We were in SC for Christmas, and although it was way colder than south GA, no snow. boo-hoo.

11:21 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Happy New Year to you, dear!
May it be filled with lots of yarn adventures.

7:46 PM  

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