Saturday, October 06, 2007

Ta-Daa!!

The scarf is officially finished! I'll let you in on a little secret--When I'm sick enough to stay home from work, I sit in bed and knit like a mad woman. I just hate to have an unproductive day.

I know the pictures kinda suck, considering I've got a bad cold and I'm in my pjs, but I knew that yesterday was the last day of sun that we're supposed to see for a while, and I wanted to get them taken.

Spec Recap:

Yarn: Malabrigo in Azul Profundo (127) approx 1 1/3rd skeins.
Needles: 8mm Clover straights.
Pattern: My So Called Scarf.
Mods: I cast on 36 stitches instead of 30. For me, 36 sts is perfect for this scarf.

My Thoughts on the Pattern and Yarn:

I really really really enjoyed this pattern. Generally I don't like knitting a pattern more than once, but I think I will be knitting this one again and again.

And, Malabrigo is the best yarn ever! It is not itchy at all. I was actually really surprised, because it looks scratchy in the hank. Don't be fooled. It is pure heaven. I've managed to buy 5 skeins of it in the last 2 weeks and knit up 4 and a bit.

Ideas for Leftovers:

To use up some leftovers, I decided to make a hat to go with the Little Sky Socks I made from Cat Bordhi's book New Pathways for Sock Knitters . I just winged it with the hat. I cast on 64 sts, followed by a 2x2 rib for an inch, then plain stockinette. I ran out of the Bobby Blue Malabrigo, so I blended the two colors together with a bit of improv fair isle, before switching completely to the Azul Profundo.

The reason I did the bit of fair isle is that I've seen a lot of people run out of yarn for a project and just straight up switch to the new yarn color. This sharp change just never sits right with me. It looks a little too accidental.

I think that the blend makes the change look a bit more intentional.

9 comments:

Gina said...

Your scarf is lovely Chrissy! That is a great pattern. I did it last year as a gift and it's on my list to knit for myself. Feel better soon.

lexa said...

Love the scarf, it's a gorgeous color! And I really like your improvised hat. Much better than just a plain old switch to a new color.

Beth said...

Blending the two yarns looks totally intentional! I thought it was the way you designed the hat. Very cute, by the way.

The scarf looks so nice, too. I just love Malabrigo, too.

I hope you're well soon!

Anne said...

Just gorgeous! And I LOVE malabrigo as well, and that color of it!

Esoteric Knitter said...

The scarf looks great! :) And fantastic ideas for leftovers. :) I love the hat, it's super cute.

Abigail said...

You are one of the few people that I know that looks great even when their under the weather! So not fair to the rest of us:D

I love the scarf...booo - te - ful.

Dandy said...

the scarf looks great!!

I love that idea for the hat, CUTE!

tiennie said...

Beautifully done on your scarf! Great hat too.

Beth said...

Beautiful scarf! You look lovely in it. I'd have never guessed you're sick.

The hat is just too cute. Very nice job.