Scarves on the Needles

-16This is my Q1-08 project, and I have a whole new respect for lace knitters. It’s just a scarf. Knit horizontally, 360-some stitches, 50-some rows. I love the Peppermint Mocha Silk that I used. But lace knitting just seems to take me forEVER. I liked the pattern and would probably do it again, but not right away. :-) (It’s this pattern – currently out of stock but we’ll get more in.) I knit this scarf for Claudia, so it’s off to Germany now. (I did block it a little better.) I’m glad I had those two deadlines – the Q1-08 and Claudia’s visit. I need deadlines sometimes. My other lace shawl project has no deadline, so it’s sitting there 25% done. sigh.

DSC01764.JPGI also started a couple of other scarves. Claudia showed us a beautiful scarf that her friend Dani knit up out of one skein of Wollmeise. (Hi Dani!) My friend Janice and I immediately had to cast it on. It’s a very simple Feather and Fan pattern. What’s funny is that when Claudia got home, she asked Dani where the pattern had come from and it’s from Wendy’s blog! (Small world.) So you can find Wendy’s pattern for this beautiful scarf right here. I really like how it’s knitting up and I have a few more of them that I now want to do. This one is the Am Kalten Polar colorway. DSC01762.JPGBut I also thought it might be cool to knit this pattern out of the Noro Sock yarn, so I started that over the weekend. (Color S184) I love the color blends and I already know that the Noro softens up when it gets washed, so I think this is going to be a wonderful scarf, too. (I have a deadline for finishing both of these scarves. Good thing.)

My DC-KAL sweater hasn’t been touched since I last photo-ed it for the blog. I’m mindful of the 6/1 deadline. I have some extended car time coming up, and I think I can pull it off just fine. It has been so fun to see all of your KAL photos coming in. Every time another photo comes in, it motivates me. And of course I have a whole bunch of new sweater patterns that I now want to do. Remember that if you finish and add your photo to The Loopy Ewe KAL photo gallery by 6/1, there is a reward for you! (I didn’t really tell you what the reward was, did I? I’ll tell you after June 1st!)

Did you like the Sneak Up this week? We’re working hard to get all of the rest of the Sneak Up orders out today. I have to admit to adding to my own stash this week. Normally, I have already gotten a skein of anything that is going up (for the testing stage of things) and I usually am very good about letting all of you have the rest. Usually. This week I had to take some Creatively Dyed Roving (it’s Seacell, FPS. I spun the sample that Dianne sent me way back a couple of months ago and loved it, so how could I not take a whole braid of this lovely stuff?) I took Forest Path. I really wanted Rosewood, but I seem to be in a Roving Rut and am trying to break into new colors. I also had to get a Pattern Tamer (In my defense, I let all of you buy out the first batch without touching it.) And then there was the Perchance to Knit Pamper Me Sock Yarn. One touch and … I kept one. The Roses, Roses colorway. (But Irises and Glory of the Snow were equally tempting to me.) I also took a braid of The Sanguine Gryphon’s roving (which will go up next week) and more of Josette’s Enchanted Knoll Farm yarn (even though I have a sample from awhile back.) And a couple more water bottles, because I love those water bottles and one can never have too many of them, right? (And didn’t you love the fun Loopy Necklace? I’ve been wearing mine a lot.) So I think I did very well in my shopping spree this week. It was fun. There might be yarn and roving popping out from all areas of my office and home, but I’m happy. I just think it’s important to confess to all of you every once in awhile, so you know that I do almost as much Loopy Ewe shopping as you do. Almost. ;-)

It has been wonderful to read about all of the RAKs that you have been doing this month. You’re all so generous, and I know that many of the people you showed kindnesses to, probably went and passed it on to someone else that week. That’s a whole lot of good stuff going on out there! I decided to draw two names to win Goody Bags from The Spring Fling. The randomly drawn winners of this contest were: Tracey in Michigan and Joanne in Pennsylvania. The Goody Bags are on the way! And thanks to ALL of you for participating in our RAK contest in April.

And by the way, Brian and Tina over at GudonyaToo think you all are the BEST. (I agree.) It sounds like a lot of you found some great bath stuff in their shop!

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30 comments on “Scarves on the Needles

  1. I’m glad you mentioned your DC KAL because I was going to ask you about it. I put another sweater to sleep so I could work on mine at Fling. When I got home, I realized that the 6/1 deadline was looming near so my other sweater is taking a longer nap. I love that Classy and I’m a couple of inches into the rib/cable of my Greenjeans.

    I thank you for “loopifying” (as someone called it yesterday) GudonyaToo. I like to keep little gifts like that around for birthdays, etc.

    I did good during sneak-up but didn’t look at the roving closely. I think I’m gonna go do that now if there’s any left.

  2. Love the lace scarf! I still need to work on my DIC- KAL, maybe I’ll do some today. Congrats to Tracey and Joanne.

  3. Sheri – You work your little tukas off at TLE, so why shouldn’t you have first pick at anything that comes in. It’s nice to hear you had some restraint though.
    Looking forward to my Sock Club kit – it should be waiting for me when I get home from work tonight. Can’t wait!
    Enjoy all your new yarns & rovings. The Peppermint Mocha Scarf is beautiful! Makes you almost look forward to next fall/winter – NOT!

  4. Love your scarves! Lace knitting is definitely a challenge time-wise…the reason I don’t do a lot of it right now, but I am hoping to have more time one of these days to dive in to one of the patterns I have in my pattern stash! And good for you for treating yourself to a Loopy shopping spree this week! I don’t know how you ever decide, being there to see it all in person!

  5. Well, I think it is fantastic that you stick to your knitting deadlines! Me? Not so much. And, I honestly believe my deadline driven profession is the reason. I just can’t be that strict 24/7, lol! Something has to give. And, we all know what that has to be if I want to pay the bills, lol. : ) Although, the one deadline I really did want to meet is the Dream in Color KAL. Better get crackin’ !!

    And, how funny is it that the pattern for the scarf was Wendy’s. It is indeed a small world. I’m hoping to cast on for one soon – I’m trying to decide which Wollmeise colorway I’m going to use. That is so sweet of you to send Claudia that lovely scarf in Peppermint Mocha. : ) Can’t wait for my Pattern Tamers to come… : )

  6. Beautiful scarves! The Noro one is to-die-for!

    I couldn’t resist picking up some of the Whipped Clean body wash yesterday. I got the “Wild Blackberry” scent. I can’t wait to get it!

  7. Hi Sheri! I did a feather and fan scarf from Noro sock yarn–I don’t think I blogged it but it is in my Ravelry projects (gracielee is my username). I really liked how it turned out and now I have to knit another one for my friend! Oh, the only mod I did on the feather and fan was instead of yarnovers, I knitted front and back.

  8. Congrats to Tracey and Joanne, but boy I wish that random number generator had picked my name : ) and : (

    The scarves look fantastic. I really like the colors in the Noro sock yarn scarf.

    I say , go for the chocolate. I bought some for a swap partner this weekend and bought some for myself too, I had to try it…. I mean I can’t send bad chocolate to someone …. right.

  9. Oooohhhh… I’m still at the armpits of my sweater. I tried it on once at oh… 1am and I’m not sure if I like the fit… I might need to start over! We’ll see… I need a daytime try on to be sure. Ack!

  10. I am so glad to find out the pattern for the scarf! I am SLOWLY knitting the shawl that I bought the pattern and the wonderful sea silk at the fling. I agree lace goes not so fast. I had the strange idea that it might be finished by Saturday to wear to a wedding, we’ll see I am not holding my breath!

  11. I love Perchance to Knit’s Midnight Rainbow/Harlot’s Peacock colorway. Any chance we could plead with them to do it in sock weight?

    Love those Feather and Fan scarves!

  12. I know what you mean Sheri about the time it takes to knit lace! I always get a big case of start-itis with lace projects: I’m eager to cast on, but there’s always a point where I’m wondering if it will EVER be done. :-) Blocked out lace projects are so satisfying though (and of course I never want them to get dirty because I don’t want to block them again!). (Then I look at Wendy’s blog and wish I had bionic knitting fingers too lol)

  13. I also really like that F&F pattern for a scarf. I have one in the works from alpaca my friend gave to me. Your idea of doing it in Noro sock is a great one and I love the results. I will have to think about using that yarn for my Christmas gift knitting. I really liked the sneak up…and am looking forward to wearing my Loopy T shirt.

  14. I just got my Sock Club package and WOW what a package it is!!! No spoilers here from me though……… Sheri, you’re the best. Can’t wait to get started……….. :))

  15. Gorgeous scarves! I’m sure Claudia loves hers and you must be relieved that it’s finally finished.
    Sanguine Gryphon roving! Yay! I’m looking forward to trying that. I keep seeing comments about the sock club and I’m trying really hard not to pay any attention until I get my package, but I’m getting the idea that everyone is very happy about it.

  16. Love the scarves! It’s fun to see what other knitters come up with for projects. I’m in the final throws of spring grading, it is absolutely beautiful out and I have an overwhelming urge to cast something on, but no bright idea what that something should be. I have my beady little eye on a sock pattern that is out of stock. Lace could be fun, except for the it-will-take-forever-and-summer-is-coming issue. If I knit down my stash, I’d have room for more yarn. Some days there should be a knitting supervisor to call who would just say “Knit X” and who has the amazing ability to always be right, X, Y, or Z is just exactly what you need to knit next. And what about a pan of brownies!?

  17. I am a happy woman today. I got to see all your pictures. Hooray. I love your
    feather and fan scarf in the Noro colorway. I seem to like bright colors as I get
    old (older). I’m glad you are scarfing down your chocolate. I have had to put a
    limit on mine, but still eating it. Making a cute little purse for my granddaughter
    who is only 14, but she only likes neutrals, blacks, browns, kahki, and grays. Am
    having a hard time knitting on it because there is such a lack of color, especially
    for a young girl. She’s a beautiful young girl and I wish her mother and I could talk
    her into putting some color in her life. She’s so good that I guess we shouldn’t
    complain. Maybe someday I will get to try some of your new sock yarns.

  18. Well, the computer fairies were good to me today, but they already delted the
    pictures. What a mystery? I also wanted to tell you how pretty Claudia’s scarf is.
    I know she will love it. You did a good job and the colors are beautiful.

  19. I’m with you on lace taking FOREVER. I’m trying to knit a scarf out of seasilk and am failing miserably. It has stalled at 13 inches. It is reminding me why I stick to socks. :)

  20. Dang it — now that you mentioned that roving I just had to go an buy some! (oops) It’s killing me not to get one of the pattern tamers, too, but I suppose I should save something for next time ;)

  21. Hi Sheri, just love the scarf, it is totally beautiful and I’m totally sure Claudia will love it. How kind of you. Love the feather and fan scarf too. Glad to see you are buying so much yarn. It is a disease, isn’t it? Oh but so much fun. Great sneak up this week. I certainly indulged my self. Hugs. Mickie

  22. Hey Sheri: The Noro scarf is beautiful. Must buy some Noro sock yarn!!! I got some of the Creatively Dyed roving too. Mine is the Evening Breeze color and I got it today. I can’t wait to start spinning it. Must finish the other half of the Dazzling Duets roving first. It is really nice if you haven’t tried it. I posted about it on my blog if you want to check it out.

  23. I always figure that lace knitting doesn’t take any more or less time than any other knitting (for me anyway), but each row just takes up less space. I’m working on Convertible and I just calculated that there will be over 43,000 stitches in the completed piece. A long sweater or one with a finer yarn will have more stitches most likely, while a worsted weight standard length sweater is probably about the same. It’s just easier to see progress with the worsted weights.

    Of course, I might also be insane. That’s what happens when I’ve only had one cup of coffee!

  24. Congratulations to Tracey and Joanne!

    I love your scarves! What yarn weight is your Wollmeise? Is that sock weight? My sneakup package just came, and I love it! :-)

  25. Hello to all…I am hesitating because even tho Sheri, said Joanne in PA…there might be another Joanne that won the random selection…but if it really is me…WOW! I am speechless_____________and that’s incredibly hard for me to do. OH,MY,GOD!!!!!! I am totally thrilled and delighted. I finally have a skein of Wollmeise! Every darn time I try for one, I am never quick enough. THANK YOU, really Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    I love that feather and fan scarf pattern. I made one out of some cashmere/angora yarn with another thread of mohair. I finished it, but I am not one that likes to block, so it is sitting in a basket. Ladies, please don’t be put off by lace knitting. It is easy…really. It de-stresses me, and if I had more time…the way it is, I have too many projects going…..and right now, I HAVE to finish a baby afghan by May 29….did three afghans in 2 months for teachers at school that are having babies. I did a no brainer pattern of baby blocks. Pretty, and I don’t have to think about it, just do. We all get tog, and give them a mini-baby shower…then I always have to have a sock going….such is life. I walk around with a bag of yarn attached to my hip! Thanks again. Blessings to all and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

  26. Hi Sheri! The first thing I thought when I saw that F&F scarf was “Noro Silk Garden Lite!” Mmm…. delish. I didn’t even know you had posted the sneak-up stuff and I felt like I was sneaking in the back door when I stopped at TLE to get some SOAK and came out with PTK Cashmere blend sock yarn and a cart full of other stuff. How did I get so lucky?! Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mothers Day! XOXOX