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Monday, November 12, 2007

cable and rib scarf, seasonal stitch markers

The holiday knitting train keeps on rolling...

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Cable and Rib scarf by knitspot.com
Paton's Classic Merino, "grey mix"-- approx 1.75 balls
US 7 (4.5mm), US 24" knit picks harmony & addi
Started: November 2006
Finished: 4 November 2007

As much as I wanted this knit to be over (repetitious, sam-i-am...) I'm glad I went ahead and made it as long as I did; it's near on 6' tall judging against how far it looks when held over my head. :) I still love the Paton's, think it is a super deal (I think I bought them last year at 2/$7? Better price per yard than knitpicks' wool of the andes, and not as thin/inconsistent across colorways.)

The pattern is straightforward and beautiful, just like something you'd expect from the reaches of anne's brain. The garter stitch is a nice touch as the cables' background, the 6 st cable is unique and looks good (I probably could have blocked it wider to make the cables stand apart more), and the thing is virtually reversible...

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wrong side on top, right side on bottom

All in all I think it's a great gift knit pattern-- not too "much" for non-knitter to handle, easy to execute in a workhorse yarn (though, I really still like Dave's Cashmerino one...) and unisex, if I do say so myself.

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I still don't know a good way to picture a finished scarf :)

I am also struggling with another photograph today...

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I went to the Bay Area Bead Expo this weekend, and while I didn't find what I was looking for, I consoled myself with a total splurge. This is a real leaf, painted with a superfine copper colored paint that is electroplated with 24k gold, and finished in a variety of colors. Each vein of the leaf stands out and is captured by the process-- the resulting charm is seethru except for the natural filigree look of the veining.

I bought a few and made them into stitch markers this weekend, but have been having a time photographing them with the back and forth weather we're having lately. I'm hoping to have them in my shop soon as single markers for the holiday shopping season (email/convo me to reserve one); they'll be much more expensive relative to my other semiprecious stone and freshwater pearl sets at $13/each marker, but if they don't sell I'll have some amazing bling to decorate my soon-to-be-in-progress Imogen jacket with.

(A sweater?!)

14 comments:

Meghann said...

OMG! Those are amazing!!!!

Dave said...

Your scarf looks wonderful. I don't know why, but I think the colour grey just really suits that pattern. I bet it feels nice and cooshy in the Patons, and I'm sure your uncle will be well pleased!

savannahchik said...

that's a *fabulous* scarf! i never noticed that knitspot pattern before -- what a great guy scarf (and girl scarf too)

lexa said...

Nice scarf, Classic Wool is great. Totally love that leaf, it's so cool! Love your sweater pattern choice, too. I'm itching to start a sweater for me, but it will have to wait til after Christmas.

~Tonia~ said...

Such a pretty scarf. The color is perfect.

Kathryn said...

That scarf is awesome. Anne does design items that are appealing to almost everyone. (And her process is so much fun to follow, too!) It's nice to see a cabled scarf that looks good on both sides.

aquaknits said...

Nice work on the scarf, looks cozy with all those cables and is a great gift. The leaves are just beautiful, so much craftsmanship! They make stunning markers.

Becky said...

Your scarf is beautiful. And that stitch marker is just lovely.

Stacey said...

pretty scarf - love reversible cables! I have a bunch of Patons Merino in my stash - I got it on sale at a craft store a while back - a great bargain!

Rachel said...

Great job on the scarf. Those leaf stitch markers are amazing. Reserve a set for me?

Chris said...

The leaves are really cool! Have you had trouble with the Patons pilling? I keep hearing that...

WandaWoman said...

It's really a gorgeous scarf. I agree that I've never noticed that before in anne's collection, but boy howdy, I'm noticing it now. It's just amazing. I think your uncle will be very happy to receive it.

And I saw that aside about a sweater, what is up with that?!! j/k

the Lady said...

Ooh, I've seen those leaves at Whole Foods, totally want them for my tree!

Love that scarf, I might have to try the pattern myself.

twellve said...

what a great pattern. thanks for sharing it. it is very unisex and i've been looking for male-friendly scarf patterns.

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