Old Shale Scarf

A couple of months ago a friend had an open house to showcase hand-dyed yarns and patterns from Myra Garcia of Fancy Image Yarns. Myra had some lovely yarns, and I picked up 1 skein of a really pretty fingering weight yarn, 50% merino wool/50% tencel. I decided to knit the Old Shale Scarf pattern by Tiennie Knits (link opens as PDF).

The skein had just 220 yards, and I was initially thinking about casting on fewer stitches so I would have a narrower and longer scarf. In the end, I didn’t change anything and simply followed the pattern.

I used every bit of yarn and the scarf did seem a bit short when I finished knitting it. Luckily, after blocking it the scarf grew to a better length :)


Baktus Scarf

Here’s my first FO of the year!

Pattern: Baktus by Strikkelise
Started: July 14, 2011
Completed: January 13, 2012
Yarn: Red Rocks Fiber Works Aspen

I only used 1 skein of RRFW, so I had to weigh the yarn before I stared knitting. Once I used about 1/2 of the skein I started the decreases. This was a great project for group knitting, but I got a little paranoid with how much yarn I was using :) I didn’t want to use too much of the yarn on the increases and have to undo some of my knitting so I could start the decreases. I actually ended up with a little yarn remaining. I would like to knit a square for the barn-raising quilt, but I don’t think I have quite enough yarn left over.

The Addison Hat

I didn’t get to do much crafty stuff this weekend, but last weekend I test-knit this cute slouchy hat for my friend Karen.

Pattern: Addison Hat
Started: August 13, 2011
Completed: August 14, 2011
Yarn: Berroco Comfort Solids & Heathers in White, Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in Blueberry & Mint

Ok, I actually finished the i-cord tie last Tuesday at Knit Night. But this hat really is a quick knit! It’s a great beginner pattern, and with the color changes it’s a fun knit for experienced Knitters as well.

Although I like the colors, I might not have picked these specific yarns/colors if I wasn’t knitting from my stash :)

Knit Kitty

So, you may remember the Sheep I knit last month for Stacey’s birthday. Well, when she showed it to her niece, Alice, she asked if I could make her a kitty! And, I had just the pattern in mind :)

Pattern: Knitted Kitty
Started: June 25, 2011
Completed: June 26, 2011
Yarn: Body – Knit Picks Gloss DK in White; Backpack – Lily Sugar’n Cream Ombres & Prints in Patio Pinks

Since the sheep had a removable coat, I wanted something similar for the kitty. I decided a coat would be too difficult based on the kitty’s body, so I came up with a backpack instead! The backpack is removable and also opens and closes so Alice can put a little something in there if she wants to. I’ve already put a little surprise in there for her :)

Since I didn’t have a pattern for the backpack, I just made up my own:

CO 7
Stockinette stitch – about 2.5 inches
Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning & end of next knit row (SSK, K2TOG)
Next row: Purl
Next row (buttonhole): K2, YO, K2TOG, K
Next row: Knit
BO purlwise

Fold knitted strip so the flap closes over the backpack and can be closed with a button. Seam up sides of backpack and attach the button.

I braided 3 pieces of yarn (1 of each color except white) for each strap and attached them to the backpack.

I hope Alice likes her little Kitty! I’ll be giving it to her next month :)

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