Sunday, February 10, 2013

¡hola! - wiseknits en Granada, España

About two and a half weeks ago I arrived in Spain to begin my semester abroad. Spain so far has been absolutely beautiful! We spent the first few days in Madrid, visited El Escorial and Toledo, and then finally made our way to Granada where I will be studying for the next three and a half months.

El Palacio Real in Madrid

(aka 'Holy Toledo!)

Toledo, Spain

Toledo was an amazing Medieval city surrounded on three sides by a river. Everything was just pulsing with history and I couldn't believe how old some of the building are.

This is the view from El Albaicín overlooking the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevadas in Granada. I have never, ever seen a view like this before. I am so lucky to have some more time to explore this beautiful city.

Of course, I had to scope out some yarn stores in my area. I've only had the chance to go to one so far ('Home Suit Home'). I'm not sure if I totally understand the play-on-words that's going on, but I was very impressed with their prices and got some yarn to make both my roommate and my host mother a scarf. :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Free Pattern: Mint Circle Scarf

I don't know how the rest of you feel about the color mint, but I for one am in love. As a result, I could not resist knitting this super soft, super cozy circle scarf before I left for Spain.

I gifted it to my sister before I left for Spain (and have definitely been enjoying the 50+ degrees weather here). Before I left, though, I spent about a week wearing it every day.

Mint is a free circle scarf pattern that is quick, easy, soft, and highly customizable. If it looks too long or too short, subtract or add ten stitches. Knit until it's the perfect height for you. The more you knit, the cozier the scarf!

Purchase an ad-free PDF version of this pattern in my Etsy shop here!

Pattern: Mint Circle Scarf
Yarn: 2 skeins Bernat Softee Baby Solids
Needles: US size 10 16" circular
Gauge: 3.5 stitches/1"

*yarn held double throughout*

CO 90 stitches
Row 1: K every stitch
Row 2: P every stitch

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until scarf measures 14 inches from beginning.

Please, please, please comment or email with any questions and I will sure to get back to you as quick as I can! :)