Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Diagonal Lace Scarf

I knew my roommate's birthday was in October, but it wasn't until we were on our Italy trip that I found out it's at the BEGINNING of October - the 8th, to be precise. My typical "first knitted gift" is a scarf, but time was short. Luckily, I was able to order yarn from Handpaintedyarn.com (the Merino Bulky, one of my absolute favorite yarns), pick a pattern, knit the scarf and block the thing to 9 feet with about a day to spare (though luckily her shindig was a week later, giving me time to wrap it and improve upon the presentation of shoving it into her arms).

Diagonal Lace Scarf - 1 of 2

Pattern: Midnight Purls, found courtesy of Ravelry
Yarn: Handpaintedyarn.com Merino Bulky, Verde Marino, 2 skeins
Needles: US 10.5
Project Timeline: 9/29/07 - 10/4/07

The color was chosen to match a handbag she bought in Italy. I think it might have ended up being a little too dark, but she says it's a great match, and I think she really loves the scarf.

I was a little apprehensive about making a scarf with bulky yarn that has so many yarnovers, but since it's so long (yeah, 9 feet) and can wrap around her neck three times, it seems like it will be good for all but the bitterest days in Boston (and we don't get that many of them).

This was a stealth project, which is hard to do when you live with someone. Luckily, Steph was really busy the week I knit it, so she wasn't home a lot, and the one time she came home while I was working on it, she didn't even notice!

Here's another shot (one of my all-time favorite shots of my knitting):

Diagonal Lace Scarf - 2 of 2

Have I mentioned how much I love this yarn? It is so soft, and the colors are fantastic. Plus, it's a 6-ply, so it's nice and even (not always a feature of the yarn from Handpaintedyarn.com). This pattern appeared in the most recent issue of Knitty, which has been both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I definitely intend to knit this someday, and a curse because everyone else seems to have the same idea - there isn't much of this yarn available on the site anymore! Luckily, they do custom orders (shipped directly from Uruguay at $9 for up to 10 skeins), and I definitely will be taking advantage of that once I get rid of some of my current sweater yarn stash!

2 Comments:

At October 25, 2007 12:42 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

Wow! The color is awesome. You are a knitting machine. I've never seen so many projects come out of one person so darn fast!

 
At October 25, 2007 12:44 PM, Blogger Lizzardie said...

I've been a finishing machine. Other than this project, I'm not allowing myself to cast on any new projects until I get rid of a few WIPs. I should finish up a couple more projects this weekend, which means I'm allowed to cast on for another pair of socks!

 

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