Friday, October 18, 2013

FO Friday: Cozy Scarf (also a free pattern!)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was able to knit myself (and others) a few things while in Spain. One of my most favorite scarves while I was there was a dreamy silk/wool-blend cozy infinity. I didn't cheap out on the yarn this time as I really wanted to make this to not only stay warm during their unusually cool winter, but to remember my time in Granada.

This is a VERY simply scarf using only twisted rib and kitchener's stitch.

In case any of you out there wanted to make something like this, here are some simple instructions to get you started:

The scarf is twisted rib.

Size 10 (6mm) straight needles
Any bulky weight yarn of your choice. 300-400yds
(I recommend a soft, single-ply yarn. I chose a super-soft silk blend)

Cast on 35 stitches (or provisionally cast on 35 stitches - tutorial here)
Row 1: K1tbl, P1tbl
Row 2: P1tbl, K1tbl

(Don't know how to knit or purl through the back loop? Check out this video)

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until scarf measures 54 inches long.

Graft two ends together.

(If you provisionally cast on, use the 3-needle bind-off)

Happy Friday!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Back in Boston

I'm all moved back in for my final year of undergrad. I cannot believe how quickly these last three years have flown by. It's going to be a busy year and I'm already well aware of how little knitting and crafting time I have now. One thing I am very proud of: my tiny windowsill garden:

After a failed crop of green beans when I was 12, I never developed an interest in flowers/plants/growing things in general. This little windowsill, however, is making me so happy:

I did learn of some unfortunate news when I got back. Two of my go-to yarn stores in Boston had closed while I was away in Spain. A Good Yarn (the latter for me was more about the tiny dog that greeted you at the door than the yarn collection) and the Windsor Button both closed last year and now I am on a search for a yarn store in Boston. I'm looking to get some skeins of Cascade Ecological Wool to finally tackle the Aidez sweater. I hate the idea of all these LYS closing up, and I'd rather walk into a store than order on-line in certain cases.

My current work in progress is my Walpole. I'm am one to almost NEVER purchase a pattern or nice yarn (which is super cheap of me), but I've decided to step it up in the knitting world. If I'm going to spend a bunch of time knitting something, I want to love it and wear it. I also always love Hannah Fettig's patterns, so Walpole was an easy choice. I am using Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

It's slow going as it's fingering weight (even that is an understatement), but it's definitely a relaxing knit. I've started watching Lost (about five years too late) and it's perfect for knitting during a mini-marathon.

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