Sunday, October 31, 2004

scarves & pumpkins

I'm working on 2 (possibly 3) scarves. One in red manos (done, see pic below), one in mission falls wool (in progress, see 2nd pic), and possibly one in variegated black/brown/grey manos. I've gotten about 4 inches into it but not sure if I like it. I think the cables in this scarf are so pretty that they're not enhanced by variegated yarn. Likewise, I think that the variegated manos is so beautiful that it kind of gets lost in the cables. But anyway, here are my pics (with seasonally-appropriate model). The red Manos one (left) is done! Although I plan on giving it as an xmas gift, I've been wearing it all week. The Mission Falls one (right) is moving along nicely -- it definitely took longer when I was working on it on a cross-country plane ride. Go figure.

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Alpaca Scarf Progress

This is the first day I've been able to work on this scarf - I'm really happy with it so far...

Knitting While Caffeniated

Hello All!

I've just joined....couldn't resist actually. (There is something about kals that keep me motivated.) Anyway, I'm really looking forward to doing this scarf. It will be my first attempt at cables, believe it or not. I'm just waiting on the lavendar Alpaca yarn I've ordered from Elann. I love all the different scarves that have been posted so far!

Scarf Length

Just wondering how long are most people making their scarves? I understand that it's probably a personal preference, but seeing as how a lot of these are gifts... do you go by skeins instead?

I'm really flying through mine - I love this pattern!

Also, do you wash the finished product before giving it?

Friday, October 29, 2004

New to List

I so happy to be a part of this knit-a-long. Knitting cables is a skill that I've wanted to learn for quite awhile and have always been so afraid to try. This pattern is wonderfully easy and I feel such a sense of accomplishment. I'm a visual learner and therefore I created a chart to be able to check off the rows and sets of pattern. If you would like a pdf download of the chart, it is available at my blog site, Approaching Glory. I hope it will help some of you.

Hi! Q about pilling.

Hey there,
I just joined. The IHS will be my second cabling project, I was so surprised upon knitting Coronet how easy cabling is!
So, I'm knitting the scarf for my BIL for Xmas & I am trying to keep gifts very inexpensive this year, so I bought some Lion Brand Wool-ease for it, which I have never used before. I have been hearing that it pills, though! Is it really awful to work with? It feels nice and soft and it's a dark tweedy green I know he will like.
Anyway, I haven't even started, so I am willing to take the LB back & use something nicer if it is really going to pill. Any input?

Irish Alpaca Scarf

I just cast on last night with Baby Alpaca Brush from Plymouth Yarns. Hopefully the fuzz won't obscure the cables too badly. This yarn is so soft! I'll post a picture soon. Yeah Cables!

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Twist and Shout

I am loving the Irish Hiking Scarf. I started it last night with navy Rowan cork yarn, and it is knitting up nicely. The pattern is easy to remember, and the cables look quite elegant.

I don't know how to post pictures on Blogger, but you can see a picture of it on my blog: I Hide Yarn

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Irish Commuter Scarf

Well, I got started on this a bit later than I had planned, but it's moving along pretty quickly.

I've been mostly working on this scarf during my Bart commute to work (hence my version of the scarf's name). I'm able to get a single 8-row repeat done during each ride, so you can almost see how many commutes I've made by looking at the cables (kinda like the rings of a tree determine its age).


Monday, October 25, 2004

Manos Scarf Done

This was so fun to make. I will have to make at least one more!


Number 2

The Long and Winding Scarf Posted by Hello

Because this pattern is so easy and turns out so well, I am making a couple more scarves. This is number two. It's hard to tell here, but it is a denim style wool with white and grey wools. It's Bernat and it is so soft, I may have to buy more of this wool to make something for me :)

Two Coloured Scarf

One Down, Two More to Go Posted by Hello

It's finished! And I am loving it! The colours are great, the pattern looks great and I am happy to give it as a gift. Am I the only one that is far pickier about the work I give away, but I won't always rip back 20 rows on a sweater for myself? Or does that just make me lazy?


I just joined yesterday. I'd been wanting to make this scarf for a couple weeks now, and had even purchased yarn specifically for a scarf. I woke up yesterday morning, and knew that I just had to cast on. I'm really enjoying this pattern, to the point that it is distracting me from other projects. I'm less than one sleeve away from finishing Klaralund though, so as soon as that is done, I can devote more time to the Irish Hiking Scarf. In the meantime, you can see a picture of yesterday's scarf start on this entry over at my blog (Note you can click on the thumbnail to see a larger picture of the scarf).

Hat to match the Irish Hiking Scarf

I was asked to write up how I was going to adapt the Cornet hat from knitty to go with the Irish Hiking scarf and I am still going to do that....

BUT...My sister brought me home a little magazine called "Knitting Made Easy". She got it in the check out line at wally world. It's put out by the "Best Rrecipes" people. It costs $3.99 and has a hat that has the irish hiking scarf cable in it. Only it's reversed. Its a C3B instead of a C3F. I decided to do that one.

I suggest looking at your local grocery or wally world to find a copy of this little magazine. Theres some other really nice projects in it too. Hope this helps some of you.


Sunday, October 24, 2004

My scarf so far...

I love knitting cables. This is my first time knitting them and it's a blast to do. I am hoping I am doing them corrently, although I've made two mistakes so far, but left them in. Makes the project more homemade and they are not glaring errors. This is in Lamb's Pride Worsted (grey heather.)

You can see the progress so far here:
And a close up here:

I love everyone's scarves!

Saturday, October 23, 2004


I cast off last night. I ended up using 2 balls of the Wool Ease in the Mink colorway, but I knit it on smaller needles-- I think a size 6-- to increase the likelyhood that my brother will wear it. Hopefully he will!

I know my pictures are dark, but hopefully you can still see them.
full shot:

close up:

The stitch definition isn't fantastic in this yarn, but I think the more rustic look will suit my brother better anyway.

Friday, October 22, 2004

cables are the new black

Hooray! These are my first cables EVER and I am so surprised at how easy they are to do! If you have no idea how to make them, they seem so daunting!

Here's the first cable, and im using some caron simply soft lavendar for the project on size 8 needles. I intend this scarf to be a christmas present! As soon as im done with this one, I plan on making more!! Hooray for cables!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004


I finished the Irish Hiking Scarf last night. I really like it and may make some more in the future. I am going to be making a matching hat to go with it. I'm going to take Coronet pattern from Knitty and put the Irish Hiking Scarf's cable into it instead of the one in the pattern. That way it will match. I think this will be a christmas gift this year.

Without further ado...

Two skeins of Lion Brand Cotton ease in red. (really..its not day-glo..its red)

Here's a closeup of the cables

Again..its not pink..its red.

Why is red so hard to photograph??

This is Great!

scarf Posted by Hello

I love this pattern. I had never cabled before but now I'm hooked! I'm using Manos for this scarf. Thanks so much to Adrian for her encouragement! The photo shows my progress. The cables aren't looking too bad...if I do say so myself! (hahaha)

Friday, October 15, 2004

Two Colour Trial

This is my two-toned version of this pattern, which is knitting up quickly. The light colour is actually more beige than shown in this photo, but I like it already. I love that one great pattern can have so many variations depending on the artist who knits it.... Posted by Hello

some pictures

i'm using wool-ease in heather forest green. i love working on this scarf... it's going to be so thick and cushy because of the cables! the second picture is very blurry but shows the color a bit better.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Irish Hiking so far...

Irish Hiking so far...
Originally uploaded by suzieq.
Here are two scarves I'm working on. I made a mistake on the lavender one, so the middle cable is going the wrong way...but i think it looks good!

Monday, October 11, 2004

Cable Success

After a few minor set-backs and starting this project I don't know how many times, I find that I've finally got it and I can't stop!!!! I just want to keep on getting to that next cable "chunk"!

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Which one?

Hi All! It's my first post here, and I'm in a bit of a bind - I'm not sure which scarf to continue with. I was going to just stick with the left scarf, which is made with Bernat Denim Style, but I'm not happy with the way the yarn is holding the cables. But of course, the Paton's Classic wool isn't much better. So one of these is headed for the frog pond, I just don't know which one yet.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

I'm working on 2 simultaneously. The red one is in Manos "fire," the khaki one is in Mission Falls Wool "stone." It's really interesting how different they turn out!

Incidentally, the photos aren't to scale. The Manos one is about twice the size as the Mission Falls one. FYI: each photo represents 1 skein of the yarn I'm using.

- Cheryl

Joining the knit a long

A new exciting. I'm going to check my yarn right now so I can get started!

Friday, October 08, 2004 I have a photo now

Red Lion Brand cotton ease

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Hi there!! I just signed up today! I started my scarf yesterday while my son was going through his speech therapy evaulation. I'm using red cotton ease for mine. I won't have a photo for a while because my camera is broken and I'm using someone elses. Hopefully I can get one in a few days.

Thanks for letting me join!

Excuse my lack of photogenic excellence

I'm not a great picture-taker. Obviously by these pictures following, but there are pictures none the less! And that's something, I think!

Ok, crap detail shot. I swear I'll take a better one later. I swear!

Well that's it for now kiddies! I'll have news about my other projects in my own knitblog if you're interested!

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

my scarf in progress

I posted the same photo on my blog but wanted to join in the fun here too :-) This scarf is really fun and easy enough to do without looking at the pattern.
This is mine using manos:

This is my second knit along and I'm really enjoying seeing everyone elses projects!


Nancy L's Tahki New Tweed - Progress Photo

Didn’t have enough yardage to use the stash yarn I had in mind when signing up for this, so I went to my LYS to buy one more skein. Really, that was my plan. But they didn’t have an left in my color, so I just had to buy this New Tweed. What could I do?

I’m pretty new to cables, but it’s been going fast, especially once I ditched the cable needle (see the links below right). And that first cable row twisted to the back is a designer’s choice. At least now it is since I choose to repeat it on the other end rather than rip.

Tahki Yarns' New Tweed Posted by Hello

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Progress pic

Here's a picture of my scarf in progress. I'm using Wool Ease-- I think Mink is the colorway. The flash makes it look redder than it is- it's a nice brown color.

I can't tell you how I look forward to every 8th row-- I love doing the cable row. I'm such a dork!

This can't be right...

I only managed to get a chance to cast on today, so I'm rather behind. Muh. I'm doing my scarf in Lion Brand cotton and being very jealous of those whose scarf recipients (or themselves) are not allergic to wool. I'm only 1/2 a repeat in, but what I'm getting is 9 inches wide! SURELY there's something wrong with this...the pattern says it should be 5 1/2 inches. I know cables pull things in, but that much? I'm not really liking how loose the fabric I'm getting is anyway, so I'll probably go down to 7's or 6's. I know this is a scarf, so it doesn't really matter, I just wanted to feel included. Stupid so-called real life interfering with my knitting...


I am doing my scarf in Noro Kureyon, color 52. I'd bought the 52 because it reminded me of a friend, the scarf is for him for Christmas. I'm loving how thick the cables are making it, the warmth will be good for him (he's in Newfoundland).

This is a photo one skein in. I'm actually two skeins in at the moment (because yes, I too cheated and started a bit early...), stalled because I only bought 2 skeins. I'm going to make it 4.5 long, and use the rest to put some fringe or tassels on it.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Lefty Attempts

Are there any other left-handed knitters working on this scarf? I want to be sure I'm following the directions properly, seeing as how I knit "backwards" - I got through the first 8 rows last night and at the end of row 8 I was left with knitting what was on the cable needle. I don't think this is right... not giving up yet, just checking before I create a bigger mess.

Progress Photos!

Here are the photos I've been trying to find the time to post for days! The yarn is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran color #300102. It was pricey but it's for my dad and he's worth it :)

You can click on the pictures to see them bigger!

Irish Hiking Scarf (8 repeats in) Posted by Hello

Irish Hiking Scarf (8 repeats) detail Posted by Hello


It seems every time I check my email I have another person requesting to join! If you haven't already, check out the great blogs and LJs of the people in our knitalong. The list keeps growing and growing.

I've been battling what I think is either an ulcer or a mild flu-- major stomach pains, but I did pick up my scarf yesterday and work a couple of repeats. I hope to post a picture soon. It's freezing here in Michigan this morning, I may need to knit a pair of gloves just so I can keep warm!

Saturday, October 02, 2004

'ello! Introductions and such are in order, I suppose. Name's Aearrineth (say Erineth!) but you can always just call me Aearrin or Rin if ya like! I'm a 21 (going on 22) year old knit-a-holic. I taught myself how to knit about a year ago, so I don't know all that there is, but I think I'm pretty good considering I didn't have a teacher.
I found the pattern for the Irish Hiking Scarf (and being a little Irish myself I couldn't resist!). I've got this great dark green yarn that I'm going to make it out of. I'm really excited because I'm moving up north in a couple of months.
I'm from Delaware (wee tiny state between Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Common reaction: "Dela-where?" or "What state's that in?" But aaaaaaanywho. Moving back up to the chilly-weather-world from Florida (The hurricanes are just too much for me, and I miss the snow!) So I'll be able to feed my scarf-a-holic nature again! I love scarves! So, this one will be super for my collection!
As soon as I can take a picture I'll post an update as to how far I've gotten along on it! I'm really happy to be working on this, very pretty design!


Friday, October 01, 2004


ok, it is a horrid picture, but i had to show off!

my scarf in progress!

I cheated, too

I couldn't help myself. I started a week ago. But I'm starting one today, too, and that's the one I'll be working on and posting about here.

well, it is 1am , on the 1st

so i started :)
i am 4 repeats in, so 32 rows i guess.
discovered that it takes exactly 15 minutes to do a repeat, even when watchigna Tibo'd presidential debate. Go me. My goal is to make, um, 3 of these for the holidays... i am either ambitious or stupid. or both :)