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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Double happiness.

My Denmark sock has halted as I lost a US 3 dpn... somewhere. Not wanting to start another, I finished up some UFO's that really deserved it...

Hypotenuse, scarf size from
Blue Sky Alpacas-- Alpaca Silk, "ruby." 3 skeins.
US 7 (4.5mm), 24" Addi
Started: November 13, 2006 (?)
Finished: February 28, 2007

Manlace, not just for men anymore.

My camera's not doing justice to the red (as usual). I knit this on larger needles than I'd normally choose for this yarn, aiming for that airy lace look anne showed in this pic. Throughout I was worried it was going to be too open, but it really wasn't-- surprisingly warm on a blustery day outside chasing the kid, and not overwhelmingly warm still on, sitting here inside.


I knit the "scarf" size in almost exactly 3 skeins of Alpaca Silk. This stuff is great... but to be perfectly honest, I felt a few itchy pricks on the back of my neck when I first put it on. I don't consider myself sensitive, but then again I rarely wear scarves so I'm überaware. Right now I can't tell, and don't consider it itchy at all as a whole.

(trademark uncombed hair. if you can trademark being a lazy slug.)

With the larger needles, the scarf has some wonderful drape. I don't really see the sheen of silk (as much as I do in other yarns with upwards of a 50% silk content), but think this was a good choice for the pattern-- in elegance, color and drape. It's as tall as me (I say I'm 5'7", but others have claimed this is a lie), and about 9.5" wide. It grew after gentle blocking (to tell the truth, I soaked it in kookaburra and just laid it as flat as I could-- didn't pin it; I'm an awful blocker)-- and the water was just a tiny bit pink (most red yarns I use make the water look like an Amity shoreline).


All in all, love it :) Really. It looks more complicated than it is (I "memorized" the chart after a few rows; its quite intuitive), and I think it looks good. Makes me feel good, too :)

(Cue spray on hair voice)... but wait, there's more...

Diagonal Lace Scarf from Midnight Purls
"Waratah" handspun silk & merino from SantaCruzHandspun
US 7 24" Addi
Started: August 19, 2006
Finished: February 28, 2007

Is it just me or is impossible to take pictures of scarves?

I loved this pattern when I first saw it-- I knew I had the perfect yarn for it, and now that its finished, I know I did. Again, a simple lace that's easily memorizable/readable, but looks great and is interesting enough for me to want to keep knitting.


It took just 2 skeins/4 oz for a thin (5") scarf that is taller than me plus more-- the pattern's a good use of smaller quantities of yarn and one that lets the yarn shine without being obstructed or overwhelmed. The yarn, of course, is wonderful-- makes me want to learn to spin ;)


I'm thrilled with both of them-- between them, I think I have a scarf for all occasions. These two are now the only scarves I own! I feel naked when I see other women wearing wonderful scarves around me (me wearing a wool coat, and likely a tshirt underneath), always thinking "I could make that!" They both feel like a treat, and I'm excited :)

A teaser for (hopefully) next time...


Have a good weekend yall! :)

ps! i see i'm in the "stephanie's travelling socks" division/bracket for sock madness... anyone else playing? :)


anne said...

gasp! i was SO tickled when i came to your page and saw hypoteneuse featured there; thank you! i also love to knit with alpac a but find it prickles my neck no matter HOW soft it is in my hands, so i reserve it now for shawls and other non-neck beauties.
my friend debbie just started hers; i will tell her to come take a look.

DebbieKnitter said...

As a loyal reader (seriously, I LOVE your blog) I am sooo glad Anne had me go look NOW. It is stunning, I love it and even though I find it freakishly odd that I decided Anne was right to make this out of the alpaca silk and then BOOM, there you have yours done for me to drool over. I am definetly glad I listened *not a normal trait for me lemme tell you*...and used this pattern. beautiful job!!!

HPNY Knits said...

what a lovely scarf! I adore alpaca, and it drapes very beautifully on you. I also find reds hard to photograph, but it looks good to me.

tatjana said...

such delicious colours! you sure know how to pick em ;) I also knit a scarf in diagonal lace once, to make the most out a small amount of yarn, but it still turned out too small so I don't wear it. I think that was the only scarf I ever knit for me - wierd! I guess I should follow your lead huh? :D

adrienne said...

Beautiful scarves! I love Hypotenuse. I wish I could actually finish one someday, but wear them so rarely...

Hockey Mom said...

Your scarves look wonderful. I've been toying with the idea of using some handspun for the Hypoteneuse, now I'm GOING to have to do it.

Thanks for the link to the diagonal lace scarf.

Ginny said...

Such beautiful scarves! I must make the Diagonal Lace one. Or Hypotenuse. I'm having a Must Cast On Day.

I get such a thrill of wearing my only handknit scarf that I want another one, even if spring is right around the corner.

Chris said...

Gorgeous scarves! Heh, you're right, it IS hard to take pictures of scarves - the length-width ratio is just wrong.

I just started knitting RPMs from Sundara Lenten Rose for the March FiberFlix knitalong. :)

Helena said...

Both scarves look lovely! I'm so glad you love the Diaganol Lace Scarf.

And now, I'm off to buy the Hypoteneuse pattern. Yours is stunning!

Stacey said...

hypotenuse is beautiful - the color and the yarn accent it perfectly, and the other scarf, though a bit more "rustic" looking came out great too...(I'll have to go make one - I have no scarves either!)

love the spinning - it keeps looking better and better!

sopranospinner said...

I'm in, too, but in Nancy Bush's Traditional Socks division. I suppose we'll meet up if I don't get eliminated (I will)!

keri said...

Hypotenuse is stunning, love the yummy color and yarn!

Rachel said...

Scarf love! They both look wonderful!

Kristen said...

Pfft, I don't even own a brush. See?
The scarves are gorgeous, and so is that blue and purple yarn at the end. Such calming colors.

Lynne E. said...

Your "Hypoteneuse" is beautiful! I'm three-quarters done with mine--knit in Fearless Fibers' Alpaca/Wool DK weight "Bountiful", and it has a marvelous drape even in this heavier yarn. As you say, the pattern is intuitive and quickly memorized--just perfect for TV knitting. I'm making it one repeat wider than the pattern calls for, so that it is more of a shawl, but I keep wanting to wrap up in it!

lexa said...

Your Hypoteneuse is very nice. I made a Diagonal Lace Scarf last month or so for myself out of red Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. I haven't worn it yet, but it turned out quite nice, very soft. I've got seven or eight scarves now, but I hardly ever wear them.

AJ said...

Both scarves are gorgeous. I absolutely love the Hypoteneuse pattern. Very pretty!

Wanda said...

Your Hypotenuse scarf is just gorgeous. I love it. I've been feeling all about scarves lately. Thanks also for the link for Diagonal Lace scarf, that is so pretty too. I liked the Hyp scarf/shawl, but forgot there was the scarf option. I think I like that option better.


I lovelovelove your diagonal lace scarf, especially the yarn you knit it in.
Thanks for the comment too <3

Knitting Bandit said...

Thanks for the links to the gorgeous scarf patterns! I can't decide which I like best. I checked out your Etsy store- I love stitch markers, they are on my "must have soon" list!

Anonymous said...

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bmp, bmp, bmp, bmp.

Shelley said...

Love both of your scarves! Awesome work for both of them!

Brenda said...

Both scarves are very beautiful! Thanks for the links! One can never have too many scarves, right?

Stariel said...

I'm in the Traveling Sock division as well. Die die! (OK, I guess there's room for both of us in the first round...)

K. Anne said...

Both scarves turned out gorgeous!

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