Finished Object -- Missouri River Scarf

I mentioned before that I was knitting a scarf using a skein of Mountain Colors yarn. I finally found time on a sunny day to photograph it as a finished object.

Pattern: The Yarn Harlot's One Row Handspun scarf. Great "pattern" -- easy to do, and I love the results. It makes a reversible scarf that has some textural interest. It's a free pattern that you can find on Stephanie's blog (at that link). I made one change to the pattern -- I added 3 extra repeats to each row, from the suggested 26 stitches to 38. To add extra width, just add stitches in multiples of 4 (which is explained in the pattern itself).

Yarn: Mountain Colors Weaver's Wool Quarters in Missouri River Blues colorway. I used the entire skein -- 350 yards. I thought I might have enough to add fringe, but I had just enough yarn to make it my usual 5 foot long scarf. It's kind of nice to use all of the yarn with not leftovers. The yarn colors patterned in an interesting way -- see the zigzag of colors in the image? I loved this colorway and this yarn.

Needles: US size 8

Daily Sweater update

This is the Daily Sweater -- almost through the increasing rows -- five more left. I don't know; will it turn out to be a sweater? One that I might wear?

St Patrick's Day Green

Project Spectrum IV

When I was knitting a few years ago, I played around with Project Spectrum in its first incarnation. When I got back to knit blogging and knitting this year, I went to Lolly's blog to see if she were still writing and if Project Spectrum still existed. It does, and in fact is on its fourth time around. Time moves on.

I'll try to find time to post information in the sidebar about the Project, but you can read about it on her blog, as this post. There's also groups at Ravelry and Flickr.

I'm working on that Daily Sweater right now -- it's a garnet color, so I don't really want to stop and pick up something green, but the list of emphases for the month intrigued me -- in short, green/stones/winter/earth. I thought I could work with them via photography. Here's what I have so far:

Click to see images more clearly. 1. Rocks in waterfall at work. 2. Daffodils blooming (through the earth) 3. More rocks 4. Bud of something, but very green. 5. More green, and it reminded me of winter, since it is evergreen. (Collage formed in Picasa, which is a very cool program!)

A Sweater Begins

First, I should mention that I finished the Missouri River Scarf. It's really pretty, and I'll post finished object images and details soon.

I've taken the plunge and started a sweater. It's the top-down Daily Sweater from the 2nd Mason Dixon book. I finished the swatching, actually washed them! and discovered that I needed to go down a needle size to get gauge. I'm using a US size 6 (size 4 for the neck) with Knitpicks Comfy (cotton and microfiber) yarn in pomegranate.

I'm almost on row 30 of the increase section. I like the charts. Once I figured out when to increase left and right and when to twist left and right (I'm directionally challenged), the knitting is moving right along. I'm worried that the neck is too large, but in the image (in the book) it looks larger than a crew neck. I'm just trusting and moving along. I may regret it.

Angora pelt

I ran across some yarn at our local yarn store by Elsebeth Lavold -- an angora and wool blend. I bought a few skeins of it, and decided to make it into a scarf.
My son calls it my rabbit pelt scarf -- it's very soft. It's designed with a "key hole" through which the scarf can pass. It's visible in the image, but I wonder if it is clear. The colors -- a black and taupe -- match my coat.
Pattern: From Vogue Scarves Two -- it is a rabbit fur trimmed scarf. I modified it by making it a little more narrow (although it is still wider and shorter than any other scarf I've made.
Yarn: 3 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold angora in black and one in driftwood.
Needles: US size 8