Monday, July 31, 2006

A Blue Ribbon Entry!

I am thrilled to share my scarf which was entered in the Marias Four County Fair which was last week. I have another one ready to go for my Mother-In-Law for Christmas. This is a great pattern! I"ll have to upload a picture when blogger cooperates.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


I'm a bit late sharing pictures ....
When I first introduced myself I said I had about a week to finish the scarf and I did it (by knitting whenever and wherever I possibly could! LOL!)

On my lovely model ... the Pillsbury Dough Boy hehehe

I love it and think I should make another for myself ;-)

Adding here: I used Caron Simply soft yarn and size 8 US needles.

Progress pictures

Finally got around to taking pictures of my scarf in progress a couple of days ago. I'm 12" into it now and it's looking great. I'm thinking that another yarn might make the cables more distinct (they're far more distinct than the pictures show, but they could be crisper), so when I make another one I might use something else, but I think it looks wonderful. It's going to be gorgeous when it's done.

I'm thinking about adding some tassles on the ends once I finish it, but we'll see how that goes when I get to that point.

I'm currently working on a whole slew of other projects, so I'm just working on my scarf when I have some spare time or when I'm tired of working on the other things, so it's taking longer than normal, but that's alright. It gives me something to come back to when I need something relaxing but still rewarding to work on.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

I'm new too!!

I just started my third scarf and decided I better join the KAL!!! This one is in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in the Bittersweet colorway! It is coming out beautifully and I will get a picture next week!!! I just thought I should join in and say hi!!! :)

have a great weekend of knitting everyone!!!

I'm new here! (better late than never!)

Hello all! I just joined. I've already begun work on my IHS and here's what it's looking like so far. I think for my next one, I want to use yarn that has a bit more weight to it. I do like the feel. Oh, I'm using ry cashsoft dk on 8's I believe. Also in my next attempt, I want the cables to pop a bit more. Everyone's that I've seen so far is lookin' lovely. :)

Friday, July 21, 2006

Stitch 'n Pitch

Went to the Giant's Stitch 'n Pitch. Had a great time. We got a bag that says Stitch 'n Pitch 2006 on it. In our bag we got knitting needles, a black and orange boulch yarn and then a skien of black yarn and a skein of orange yarn. Saw one of the women from my knitting group. Lots of knitters around us.
I'll take a picture of everything and post it whenever.
Oh and by the way.
The Giant's one.
Three back to back to back homeruns.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

IHS Update

Ok. Finally... I have pictures uploaded of my finished IHS and the new IHS. Go me. I did things and stuff.


Started: June 1, 2006
Completed: July 5, 2006
Needles: US 11 Clover (mmm I love bamboo needles)
Yarn: Caron One Pound in Juniper
(The color is sort of between the two photos. It was hard to get it to look right.)


I enjoyed knitting this so much, I immediately cast on for another. This time I'm using US 8 (per the pattern), but I took off the garter stitch edge. I really dislike it on the first scarf. I like the way the stockinette edge curl under, I think it gives the scarf a more soft look.

IHS 2 close
I'm using the left over Bernat denim style sweatshirt in grey from the Wavy Navy throw. I love the yarn and it gets more and more soft with each washing.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Yarn dilema

I had planned to make two IHS, one with Noro Kureyon and the other with Cascade220 but after casting on and knitting two repeats i was unhappy with the result. I like my scarves to have quite a thick, close texture and the result with both these yarns was quite open. I tried again with 4.5mm needles but the result still wasn't to my liking. I don't want to decrease another needle size as this would make the scarf too narrow, so i would need to use twice as much yarn by doubling the width.
I figure i have two options look for a aran (worsted weight yarn) and use 4mm needles but double the stitches and width or use a chunky yarn. I am open to both options but unsure how to estimate yardage of chunky yarn. The first option is easy i will just double the amount as it will twice width.
In my despair of needing to start a new project i have already assigned the cascade and noro to other projects - cascade220
sophie and noro booga bag.
I quite fancy making the IHS in chocolate brown and have seen a blue faced leicester in sienna here which i quite like. I also like the idea of making it out a nice thick soft cotton and am drawn to the blue sky alpaca dyed cotton in espresso. I am going to have to postpone my IHS as i am on stashalong and not buying yarn now until August. I will be back when i have the yarn and am ready to start in ernest.

Sunday, July 16, 2006


I finally got to starting My Scarf today... I am doing it in the no cable needle way and I just love how easy it is...
Its a nice Fall looking color, Don't you think ???

Friday, July 14, 2006

Length of Scarf

I am wondering how long most of you are making your IHS?
Are you doing the recommended 55 inches, or more, or less?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

My First IHS

Hi All !
I have just completed my first Irish Hiking Scarf and thought I'd show you all my photo. It was great fun and it also was my first attempt with cables. I used Steadfast Fibers in the colorway Lemon Ice. I will be begin knitting my second one this weekend with Schaefer Yarns-Marjaana 50 merino/50 tussah silk...this yarn is silky smooth and is to-die-for!!!!!
You are all invited to visit my new blog, just be gentle with me as I am a 'newbie' at blogging!!

My Latest Finished IHS

I used 100% wool from Lovely yarn.

3/4 of the way done...

I am doing my Irish Hiking scarf in Filatura di Crosa 501. I began it back in March and pick it up when I want something easy and comforting to work on...other projects seem to have a way of intervening, such is the life of an a.d.d. knitter! This was my first project using cables, which I now love. This is a great pattern and it's so inspiring to see what everyone has been coming up with--rock on Irish Hiking Scarf Knitters!

New Member!

I'm knitting the IHS on an European size five needle. The purple skein is from OnLine Paloma, 55% Bri-Nylon, 45% Acrylic, the multi color one is from Wendy Double Knit, 100% Acrylic.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Who would have thought cables would be so easy?

I've been working on my scarf for a couple of hours now and I've successfully managed the cable row three times, which for me is amazing. I never would have imagined that making cables would be so simple...they look so much more difficult than they actually are. :)

It's amazing and really gratifying to see those cables take shape for the very first time. I feel so accomplished now...yes, it doesn't take much to impress me sometimes. ;)

And the yarn I'm using is turning out beautifully in the scarf. It's a variegated yarn but with the twists and turns of the cable it's taking on all new color combinations. I'll post pictures as soon as my husband brings our camera home from his mom's house. :)

hi all, new here!

i've just joined this kal and trying to find the time to post for two days now. At last i'm here. I plan on making two IHS at the moment, and rather selfishly they are both for me, although i do plan a further one for my best friend after but don't have the yarn for that yet. My first will made using
Cascade 220 (shade 8885 a gorge deep purple) which fits in perfect with project sprecturm this month. I am also going to make wristwarmers to match but not sure if i'll use Tua Cha or Fetching.

The second will be made from Noro Kureyon (shade 164 browns and greens).

I am really excited about starting this as i've done a small amount of cabling before but really enjoyed it.
Will post when again with pics when casted on.

Hello from a new KAL member! :)

Hi, all! :)

I'm planning on starting my scarf either today or tomorrow.  I'm using Malabrigo merino worsted in Stonechat.  It'll be my first time attempting cables, so hopefully all goes smoothly.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

It's getting longer - IHS progress

This is my scarf as of this afternoon. I am having a lot of fun knitting this. My husband keeps coming up and staring at it and saying things like "That looks *really* nice." Since it is for him, I'm glad he likes it!

Anna Ault

ps clicking on the picture will take you to my Flickr site

Sunday, July 09, 2006

My Irish Hiking Scarf Progress

Started the Irish Hiking Scarf for the KAL today while pet sitting at my daughters. I got off to a good start.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Gedifra Fashion Trend Stripe

I bought this Gedifra yarn in a very small shop in an Alpine Village in Austria. I stay there every summer when I am there teaching. I started the scarf while I was traveling and will finish it here at home. I see that this yarn is not listed on the left as a yarn that has been used by others for this scarf. Am I a FIRST TIME user of this yarn for this scarf??? I think it is very beautiful and I love the colorways as they float across the surface revealing different angles and shades of the cables. This yarn is so soft. It is made in Italy. It is 49 % Acrylic and 51% New Wool. I love it!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

New Member - just beginning!

I began the Irish Hiking Scarf with Paton's Pebbles Yarn -

- but the results were disappointing. I frogged it after just 7 rows. The yarn was too soft for the pattern - and really didn't do it (the yarn or the pattern) justice. This pattern needed a stronger - less textured yarn - so the cable and stitches are more pronounced. At least that is my opinion. This is my first experience with doing CABLES! I was so worried I wouldn't "get it" - but I had no problems. I have other plans for the Pebbles yarn - meanwhile - I have decided to go with some Mary Maxim Yarns instead.

Mary Maxim Cloudspun Chunky Yarn

New 100 gm ball! Cloudspun chunky is 100% acrylic chunky weight yarn, mid-way between bulky and worsted weight, and knits up fast. Machine wash and dry. Moth-proof and non-allergenic. Approx. 150 yards (137 m) per 3 1/2 oz. (100 gm) ball. Suggested gauge: 15 sts. and 20 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) on size 10 (6.0 mm) needles. (Canada)

The color I have in my stash is Medium Gray Heather. This will work perfectly for this scarf and for my STASHALONG KAL as well as my Irish Hiking Scarf KAL.

So - I am beginning the scarf tonight (again) - and using yarn from my stash and committing to a month of staying clear of new yarn purchases! I hope to post pictures of my progress in the next couple days.

Come visit me at my blog. Advice and comments are always welcome.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Experiment - Cables w/o a cable needle.

I decided to try doing this cable without a cable needle - I used to the two needle cable technique that Wendy demonstrates on her site - see the link for directions.

I wasn't very happy with how it worked out -- the failure may be in my technique, since I am not a very experienced knitter, but the two needle technique left an extremely stretched stitch on the far left of the cable - you can see it clearly in the picture, compared to the very neat unstretched stitch in the cable below, which I worked with my cable needle. I think the smaller size of the cable needle is what helps here.

It is a very interesting technique though, and I am glad I learned it -- it will definitely come in handy to know how to do.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

New Member Intro - Progress

Hello -- I just started this scarf a few days ago and am enjoying it very much. I am knitting it in lion's brand fishermen's wool, on a pair of short #8's, Clover bamboo ones. It's nice to have a project that fits on the short needles.

This is being knit for my husband, but I like it enough that I think when his is finished I'll make one up for myself - I am particularly pleased with how the garter stitch selvedge is coming out.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Irish Hiking Scarf: My Progress

This is the progress on the Irish Hiking Scarf. It is for DD's DBF for Christmas.
It is also my July Challenge for Stashalong.