Sunday, August 06, 2006

Heart scarf

This is the Heart scarf, all blocked and dry. It is certainly lying a lot flatter now, it was curling quite badly beforehand. I guess this isn't a particularly "lacy" lace pattern and the amount of contiguous stockinette causes all the curling. It is also very soft, the Patons Jet (wool/alpaca) is even softer after washing. I used a smidge under 2 balls, on 7.5mm needles. The scarf is around 5.5 inches wide and 60 inches long:



I had to run a sharpen filter on the photo as for some reason the camera wasn't playing ball with the focus, even though I pre-focused. Maybe it is sulking because I switched the flash off :-) Hazel, I'm going to post this and the boa off to you, I have a few other things to do for the fair which I'll send later on.

I also took a photo of the Chocolate Cherries silk, as the colours are so fab:



Doing quite well with the capelet today, I'm half way through the second lace repeat. DH made me a reversible sign today, I will have to photograph it as it's hilarious - a hint being that I was knitting lace and counting and that isn't compatible with chatting :-) I'm wondering a little about the sizing and gauge on this, it's very hard to tell as there is are a ton of stitches on a circular needle. It says 4mm needle and gauge is 16 stitches - kind of odd figures since the yarn is question would ordinarily knit on a 5mm needle to 18 stitches - you would expect that to increase with a smaller needle, yes? I figured this would be knit in a denser fabric than a sweater as it's technically outerwear, though. I'm sure it will all become clearer as I progress!

The new Knitting magazine arrived today. Frankly it's all getting a bit dire! Several patterns from books, two RYC I think and one from Colinette Femme Fatale. What's the point in buying the mag. if I already have those books? The yarn reviews weren't much use either. Why not review the new Rowan and Sirdar yarns, for example? The ones they picked are tending towards novelty yarns and ignoring the ones you might actually like to make a garment with. The best bit was the letters page, more like the Twilight Zone. One reader wrote in to say the Internet is to blame for the closure of yarn shops, then refers to the 1980s! Methinks someone is a teeny bit prejudiced, and also is talking from somewhere not always associated with speech :-) Strange too that we are seeing more yarn shops opening up now, bricks and mortar versions (and a lot of these have internet shops too). I would use my LYS more (two if you count the haberdasher selling Sirdar and RYC) if they didn't mark up the prices to more than RRP. I do buy some stuff there but most major yarn purchases are via the internet. Roll on October and Yarn Forward magazine, I say :-) A bit of a rant there, goodness me. I just get annoyed by blind prejudice and poor value for money :-)

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14 Comments:

At 7:41 am, August 06, 2006, Blogger Seahorse said...

The Heart Scarf is gorgeous! Wonder what DH's sign said... lol!

 
At 9:27 am, August 06, 2006, Blogger Badger said...

Heart looks great, and the colours of the silk are absolutely stunning.

I know what yuo mean about Knitting. I've now stopped subbing to it and SK as I just don't feel that they offer anything new in the way of patterns or techniques.

 
At 11:56 am, August 06, 2006, Blogger Rain said...

The heart scarf looks fab.

The silk is gorgeous I can't wait to see it knitted up.

I've only ever bought one issue of Simply Knitting (for a particular pattern). I think it's dire and Knitting is worse. I can't wait for the new mags coming out in the autumn.

 
At 1:30 pm, August 06, 2006, Blogger Mandy said...

Your heart scarf looks great!! You have been very busy!! That silks looks just yummy!! The colors are beautiful!

 
At 1:49 pm, August 06, 2006, Blogger Mary-Lou said...

The heart scarf is really pretty - just a thought, it would probably make a great sash / belt, slotted through a buckle.

 
At 4:46 pm, August 06, 2006, Blogger Mick said...

I love the heart scarf, and want to knit that as well. The silk colours are beautiful.

 
At 9:04 pm, August 06, 2006, Blogger nanatoo said...

That is a very pretty scarf, I love it.

"Knitting-schmitting" I say. I wish I could give those rubbish magazines up, but I don't think I can :(

 
At 9:36 pm, August 06, 2006, Blogger Piglottie said...

Have to agree with you about yarn buying. Its a yarn desert here, so I have no choice but to buy from the net. If there was a decent LYS I would be in there like a shot.

I love the heart scarf. Any chance of letting me know where the pattern is from please?

 
At 11:54 am, August 07, 2006, Blogger KnitYoga said...

That Heart Scarf looks absolutely gorgeous and you're so kind to be knitting that and the lovely boa for the charity craft fair! Thank you! Chocolate and Cherries silk - sounds as delicious as it looks! :-)

 
At 3:24 pm, August 07, 2006, Blogger acrylik said...

Your heart scarf is gorgeous!

I've given up on Simply Knitting and Knitting and have subscribed to Interweave instead. There's always something in there I want to make and they have much better articles too.

 
At 5:42 pm, August 10, 2006, Blogger Cherry Rolfe said...

You never said that it was Chocolate Cherries and Cream - I am drooling!!
The Heart scarf is so feminine - I love it!

 
At 9:10 pm, August 12, 2006, Blogger Annarella said...

The heart scarf is so pretty! It's blocked really well, well done xx

 
At 7:43 pm, August 26, 2006, Blogger Bagpuss said...

Great to see the Heart scarf knitted as that is one of my planned projects. It is good to know that curling I get is normal and will block out. Looks lovely.

 
At 9:02 pm, January 11, 2007, Blogger Tryin_ta_knit said...

love the heart scarf
what pattern did you use
Cathy

 

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