Friday, March 31, 2006

Back in the Saddle again


I'm new to the Irish Hiking Scarf knitalong. After a tragic love triangle involving the beginnings of an Irish Hiking Scarf...

and two cats (It was very thoughtful of them to call the 1yr+ ufo to my attention)

I found out about this knitalong and I'm very excited to join in. Needless to say I'll be starting the scarf again. I'm using Debbie Bliss-cashmerino

Thursday, March 30, 2006

I've Got Cable - Who Could Ask for Anything More!!

Lookie lookie what I've done. I'm so excited. This is my first KAL (does KnitLympics count?) and my very first cable attempt. I'm so thankful for this site/pattern or I NEVER would have attempted cabling. Here's a secret: it's so EASY!! Love the pattern, love the yarn, love the scarf. Here it is so far:

I found some discontinued Rowan Cork (first time with Rowan) and I'm loving it. Beautiful feel and texture. Thanks again for having this KAL. I love looking at all of the scarves and color combinations below. They all look gorgeous. Hmmmm, and THOSE wristwarmers ....

Sunday, March 26, 2006


After a wonderful purchase of on sale Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, I knit these up in about a day and a half:

I love them! They keep my hands warm while typing, driving, playing piano...and they're super cute too! It's fantastic pattern.

(More pictures on my blog, proving that yes, I DID knit two!)

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Irish Orange Hiking Scarf

Is it still an Irish Hiking Scarf when it's only a single cable? Three cables would have resulted in a two foot wide scarf!

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick 'n Quick in Pumpkin. Made to match the orange in the Ireland national flag, as well as the orange stripes on my Ireland track jacket.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Well I finished last night around 11:00! I used cascade220, and I really like how it looks. My time with my completed Irish Hiking Scarf will be short and sweet however, as I am giving it away tonight for a belated birthday gift. (It was sad actually, when I gave the recipient her birthday card, I had to mention her gift that went along with it was still on my knitting needles.)
I am thinking of doing another one later in the year for my husband's irish Grandmother as a Christmas gift. If I do, I will use the Cascade Tweed in a green hue.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Finished in time for St. Patricks Day!

This is my first post to a group blog. I loved the pattern. I did have to tweak it down a cable because of the limited amount of yarn I had to work with as it was handspun. It was 6 ounces of alpaca (50%), Silk (25%) and Merino wool (25%). I spun it thicker than I usually do which was another reason I had to downsize the pattern. I think it came out fabulous though and I will probably do another in the original size. Thanks for hosting a great site!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Gray Irish Hiking Scarf

I have not posted on here before. I finished my Irish Hiking Scarf about a month ago and I figured I had better post it now, before I forgot. I used 3 skeins of Phentex acrylic yarn in medium gray. I have already given the above pictured scarf to my Mother In Law as a birthday gift. I will certainly be making more. I do have to make one for myself now.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, March 13, 2006

IHS and hat done

Here is the IHS and hat I worked up to send to my Aunt as a gift. I used US8 needles and this is the worsted merino from Malabrigo in a blue-green shade - used about 2 hanks of the malabrigo - 440 yds for the scarf. The color variation is consistent throughout, although the digital pic doesn't show that very well. I was planning to make the matching cable hat, but don't have the SNB book to work from and create with the pattern adjustments linked here at the site.

This was my first kal, but won't be the last, and this scarf pattern is great! I have so many more colors in this merino to choose from, not sure who else will get what. Thanks for such a great site! I love to see all the pics.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Another IHS

Hi! I'm really stoked to be a part of this KAL - My first! I am knitting this Irish Hiking Scarf for my sister who just moved to Germany. I'm using Mauch Chunky by Kraemer Yarns (60% New Zealand Wool/ 40% Domestic Wool) in Water Chestnut. It's soft and squishy and totally snuggable.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to being a part of this great KAL and seeing everyone's FO's!

Friday, March 10, 2006

First cable project, first KAL -- woohoo!

First, thanks so much for letting me join your KAL! This is my first real cable project and my first knit along so this is doubly exciting. :)

Here's my Irish Hiking Scarf thusfar. I'm using Knit One Crochet Too Paintbox yarn in the Tandoor colorway. Besides being a little itchy, I really like this yarn. It works up easily and I love the way the colors flow into each other.

Also, note my stupid ultra-cool cable needle stand-in. (If anyone ever needs proof that I'm not worth the air I breathe, this may very well be it!) Sure, I could get up and walk the 20 feet into my living room to procure a real cable needle, but... well, I'm just so unequivocally awesome that getting it myself is beneath me. Hence, the screwdriver.

Irish Hiking Scarf, WIP

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I'm excited to join this group

I just found this knit along and am so happy to join. I'm knitting my first IHS and I just LOVE it. I decided I wanted to do it when I saw a photo of one. I like the way the edges sort of flow and I love cables. I'm making it out of this super soft Optimum merino which is a house branded yarn at my LYS. I like it so much that I've already purchased purple and pink to make additional ones. Now I just have to finish the first one! Here is a photo so far, the color is much richer in real life.


the Irish Hiking Scarf made in september 2005 made it to this KAL blog, but the matching mittens I made the following month never did. here goes:
and here's the scarf again. I know you want to make sure they match:
both are made in Lana Grossa Multicot colour # 44.
I have worn the scarf a lot, all winter long, the mittens not so much but they are comfy and happy and make me smile every time I see them. now all I need is a matching hat. winter is almost over though, I could use a good spring project to work on instead.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

My first cabling project -- whoo!

I finished my first Irish Hiking Scarf this past weekend, after working on it sporadically for the past month. Happily, there's still a bit of winter left here in Boston so my boyfriend can get some wear out of it this season. I blocked it and it was ready for him to wear on the way to work this morning. He reported that it was "the least chilled I've been in months!"

Editrix's Irish Hiking Scarf on Flickr

It's made from about 475 yards of Lamb's Pride Worsted in Blue Magic. I was pleased with the stitch definition and how squishy-soft it is.


Finally it's done. Usually I don't take so long with a scarf, but this one I took my time and enjoyed. This pattern is wonderful and I can't wait to start my next one. I've decided to keep one of these going all the time, so that next Fall and Winter I'll have plenty to give as gifts. Posted by Picasa

Monday, March 06, 2006

Finally finished

I finished my scarf that I started in January!! I did have a few diversions since I started. I have knit 3 pairs of boiled wool slippers and a sweater for the Knitting Olympics and just started on the scarf again last week. It is finished and blocked and looks lovely. Daughter in Saint John NB is getting this one. I have enough purple wool left over from the Olympic sweater to do another IHS in that. Tt should be really smart with the sweater.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

A St. Patty's Day Scarf

I've wanted to try cabling for a while now and when I saw this yarn, I just couldn't resist. Thought this would be a fun selection for March. An Irish cable knit scarf in some yummy wool straight from Ireland, Takhi Donegal Tweed Homespun, green of course.

Friday, March 03, 2006

This is LLA. And this is her first knitalong....

I stumbled across this wonderful HelloYarn site, and was immediately smitten by both this scarf and this KAL.

It's been a long time (high school, maybe? So a REALLY long time) since I did any cable knitting. I was quite relieved to find that it comes back rather quickly.

Ultimately, this scarf is going to my father. Who is neither Irish, nor a hiker.
I saw this "Kentucky Wildcat Blue" yarn (or, as the people at Brown Sheep call it, "Dynamite Blue". Whatever...) and I thought he might enjoy it for UK football games this fall...

Thursday, March 02, 2006

I just finished my first IHS!!!

Here it is, in all it's Unger Utopia 100% acrylic "Delft Blue" glory! I used about 400 yds and also added a small garter stitch border to the top and bottom. This one was for myself. I plan to make one in dark grey for a male friend, and in a green tweed for my father-in-law. It was really fun, and an easy first cabling project!