Monday, August 27, 2007

Scarf, p.80, finished

I finished and blocked the Scarf from page 80 at last, see way back when. I knitted it in this beautiful alpaca (with a little bit of nylon because it's intended as sock yarn) that I got from Fyberspates' sock club. It's a mélange of blues and pinks with a little bit of purple, which the camera can't quite rise to, even when you click.

I had been going to make it quite long, but as it progressed I decided that it wouldn't do justice to the pattern, so I've made it so that it can be crossed or tied after going round the neck once, which shows off the ends better. I think I'll give it to my niece; it's her colours and I don't really 'need' a scarf myself. I have scarves the way some women have shoes.

I'm not one of nature's lace knitters. Or at least, not yet. I found the pattern for the middle a bit dull to do rather than rhythmical, and I think it's not helped by the fact that it's in garter stitch. On the other hand, it took me three goes to do the second end (which is done as a border) because I was too lazy to look up the technique and kept trying to work it out for myself. I still like the idea of doing more from VLT which is a fascinating book, but I should choose more carefully next time.


Rina said...

I think it looks very pretty. I made this scarf before and I found the middle was easy to memorize. The pick up technique was interesting.

LUL said...

Congratulation on your first finished lace project. It looks great. I couldn't have done my first major lace project without the help section in VLT ;-)

IDBUG said...

I'm in the middle of knitting this one myself. I just wanted to see if I could do it. It's a little boring through the middle (I'm so tempted to cast on and start something else), but I have it completely memorized, and I try to put a few inches on it every evening.

Yours looks great! I wanted to try this with less expensive yarn, so I'm doing it in plain old baby-weight (rated a 1, but more like a 2) yarn from the local craft superstore.

I know what you mean when you say "I have scarves the way some women have shoes. I live in the Phoenix, AZ area, but I can't resist a beautiful scarf when I see one.