Sunday, February 26, 2006

Knitting Olympics Success

I finished my Irish Hiking Scarf yesterday for the Olympics! This was my first cable project, and I think it turned out really well.

I used Bouton d'Or KSAR yarn on US7 needles.

Many more pictures on my blog. I love this pattern, I know I'll make many more!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Oooh, pretty

Done. And finished 5 days early. Bring on the gold medal!!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Karaoke Scarf DONE!

I put this aside so I could knit socks and then the Knitting Olympics (which I sucked at, but that is another thing). It has been so cold here that I picked this up again last night so I could finish, and VOILA!

Irish Hiking Scarf - Done!

Yarn: 3 skeins SWTC's Karaoke (Mermaid Mix) #278

First, isn't this yarn amazing? Not only the way the colors blend, but if you could just feel it, you would not want to put it down. That is why I am going to make the matching handwarmers next!

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Chicago scarf all done

I am so tempted to pick a fight with the giftee so that I can keep this for myself! I totally love it. It's squishy and warm and soft. I think the recipient is going to love it too.

Yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Black.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Oh, so handsome

Indeed. I enjoyed making this scarf, and my father adores it. Another successful knit-gift! I see more in my future.

Jerry & Maxy's blog

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Chicago Scarf

I modified the Irish Hiking Scarf pattern down to one cable to accomodate this chunky fat black yarn, and it's coming along nicely. This scarf is intended for a friend who is relocating from balmy Los Angeles to decidedly less balmy Chicago next month. I hope she likes it because if she doesn't, I'm keeping it! :D

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Black

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Two off the needles!

And two more Irish Hiking scarves are done!

The scarf on the left was knitted with 5 skeins of Andean Silk and the one on the right was knitted with the same amount of Classic Elite Wings. The composition is exactly the same, although the price triples from the Andean Silk to the Classic Elite. I used size 7 needles for the cinammon and 8 for the blue and I don't know if this is the reason why the blue one feels lighter and fluffier. In any case, both yarns have a great stitch definition, and I love the results equally.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Hey, this is fun!

I started my scarf on Friday night--part of the Knitting Olympics. At any rate, I have about 20 inches done so far. I'd never done cables and for some reason was intimidated by them. But I'm enjoying this!! I may have to make the hat too!! Here's what it looks like so far:

Thursday, February 09, 2006

irish hiking clutch/purse??

I was perusing the craftster boards and saw the cutest knitted clutches and purses that reminded me of the irish hiking scarf! 21 pages worth. This pattern really is adaptable!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Hello from Chicago

Hello! I've just started my scarf, using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes (chocolate) and US 9s. I did a crochet cast-on because I would like to add a light blue border of some type, and I didn't have the blue yarn when I started the scarf. I still have not decided what type of border to use. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Irish Hiking Scarf Progress

Irish Hiking Scarf

Blog entries regarding my Irish Hiking Scarf

I've had to set this aside for a bit while I work on other things, but here is my progress since beginning this scarf on Monday. I'm learning so much from this (my first cable project) and can't wait to wear it. I'm using Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted in "Tiger Lily." I have some other stash yarns I am considering for a second one, including Rowan Calmer and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.

In my opinion, this is an excellent "first cable" project.

I finished a hat and wrist warmers. Go to my blog to check out the specs.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Hiking Sort-of Hat

Pattern: My bastardized version of the Basic Cable Hat from SnB Nation
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino - ivory
Needles: Sz US8 Clover Bamboo DPNs
Time: Sometime last weekend, finished Saturday night
Mods: Well, I really changed this up. I've knit it four times now, each different. The first attempt was a *bit* too small. For the second attempt I added two cabled sections and one more pattern repeat. It worked out OK, but was a bit too big. The third one I removed one of the cabled sections and added six more rows of ribbing and one pattern repeat. Still a bit too big. So, for this one I went with the same number of cabled sections, but kept the other mods. It seems a bit longer than the third, but is more snug than the second or third.
Thoughts: I love it! I am loath to part with it, and will be checking the drug-dealer scale to see if I have enough yarn left to knit one for myself. It fits great.
I cannot say enough good things about this yarn. I knit three of these hats with this yarn and it seems much sturdier than the Knitpicks I used for mine. Don't get me wrong, I love my Knitpicks yarns, but they just don't seem as sturdy as the Patons. And it's almost just as cheap (especially if you get it at Joann's with a 40% off coupon like I do - then it is as cheap as Knitpicks).

finished a scarf, now I need the accessories!

This is the Irish Hiking Scarf I knit for my dad over Christmas. Made with 1.5+ balls of Patons Classic Wool Merino, size 8 needles. It's nice and warm and oh-so-pretty (for a men's scarf!). Measured around 65 inches or so, 5 inches across.

I'm still a relatively new knitter (this was my second scarf that involved anything beyond the knit stitch!) and this was my first project with cables. I didn't even use a cable needle because I didn't have one at that time- I held the stitches forward with one of the extra denise needle ends that I have in my kit!

Although a great pattern, I found that it took me soooo long. Probably because I am still a beginner knitter- how long did it take everyone else? It took me around 20 minutes per repeat (8 rows) if I was reallllly concentrating (which means 30 minutes or so normally). The fact that I was using a less bulky yarn and had to complete more pattern repeats than some of the other scarves that I've seen here didn't help :( The Patons wool was nice and easy to work with, though (though I really don't have anything to compare it with).

Anyway, this pattern is so great and I have joined the KAL because now I want to make the wristwarmers and hat!