Scarves, Hats, & Gloves

Treatment for the Delirium Tremens Knittensis

I finished my jumper last week and then promptly ordered knitting wools from Jamieson & Smith for the next project. I thought for certain I could last without knitting until the parcel arrived, but was I ever wrong! I found some practice wool and began practicing different stranded techniques. Not too satisfying – I started to get the DT shakes, roaming around the house looking for something to knit. My naked knitting needles looks immodest and crying out for a garment to clothe them. I would lie awake at nights thinking of stranded patterns and that wonderful Shetland wool that was on its way to me. Then, I got up in the middle of the night and found an email from Jonathan (potterdc) who had sent me this link:

which is a downloadable 35 page booklet called “Stranded Color Knitting”. I purchased and downloaded it, read it through and found a pattern for a beanie. First thing the next morning I was at a LYS, purchasing knitting wool and beginning the project. Did I ever feel better! I knitted this over the weekend and enjoyed the project. I improved my colour work and learned heaps. It’s nowhere near excellent work but I’m pleased with my progress. Although it came as no surprise, I was somewhat amazed at the difference in my gauge/tension between single and double colour knitting.

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4 More Scarves for AIDS Delaware

I just finished knitting four more scarves for AIDS Delaware. I must of set a new personal record. Five scarves in five days (actually 4-1/2 days). I had made a commitment to myself to knit five scarves for AIDS Delaware and since it's getting warmer out, the push was on. Even though the scarves knitted up fairly quickly since I used either size US 15 or size US 17 needles, I have to admit, I've had some pretty long-houred knitting days these past days.

- Tom

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Another scarf - for a friend

Here's another scarf I finshed last weekend. I knitted it for a friend as a Valentines gift. She and her boyfriend came over for dinner on Valentines and it made a great "party favor." The varigated yarn gave it a nice, subtle coloration.

As you can tell from my last several postings, I'm addicted to this stitch pattern.

- Tom

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Scarf for AIDS Delaware

Brghtbear mentioned the AIDS Delaware Agency, where he works, needs scarves to share with those that need them.

Here's a scarf I knitted for Brghtbear's agency.

I've already started my second scarf for the agency. Hope to finish it this weekend.

Anyone else knitting scarfs for this worthwhile cause?

- Tom

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Scarf made for my partner ...

This scarf took me way longer to knit than I want to admit. I started it last September! I wanted to knit my partner, Paul, a patterned scarf that looked good from both sides. This pattern fits the bill quite nicely. For some reason, I can never get colors to come out very well when I take pictures. This scarf is really a nice rusty orange color.

The scarf is "His (Birthday) Scarf" by Monika Steinbauer

However, rather than using the yarn and needles suggested in her pattern, I knitted it using Knit Picks "Elegance" (which is 70% Baby Alpaca and 30% silk) and US size 4 needles.

I took me a while to get my mind wrapped around the 18 row pattern repeat. But I think the pattern is very nice.

- Tom

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Scarf made using Mario's pattern ...

I wanted to make a scarf for my sister for Valentines. I used a stitch pattern from our very own Mario -- thanks Mario.

I think it turned out very nicely. The color in the photos is terrible. The scarf is really a very nice Valentine red -- not at all the color that shows up in the photos. I'm also posting a detail picture. Since neither of the two photos taken of the scarf laying flat show the lace pattern, I also took a silhouette picture by holding the scarf up to the window and letting the light shine through the scarf. It looks like a totally different scarf when you see the silhouette.

I knitted the scarf using US size 15 needles with Lion Brand "Homespun" yarn which yielded a very soft, fluffy scarf. I think my sister will love it. And after all, who doesn't like to receive a surprise, hand knit gift in the mail?

Thanks again, Mario!

- Tom

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Always knit the beanie first!

My Secret Santa (AMBush) sent me 5 skeins of Adrienne Vittadina "Nadia" knitting wool. It is 50% Alpaca, 50% Wool in 2 shades of brown. The wool is spun so that it varies from very thin to very thick. I knitted this earlier this month but was having difficulty getting a byte-size photo that wasn’t the size of Mount Everest!

This scarf had 7 aborted beginnings as nothing I did was satisfactory to me. The variegation of the thickness was challenging; it needed a pattern that brought out the beauty of the wool. I tried patterns with yarn-overs and felt like Mason did - frustrated - with either too many or too few stitches (and thus ended my dreams of lace knitting). All 7 patterns that I tried only looked sloppy, uneven and amateurish. In addition to different patterns, I also tried different needle sizes. On the eigth try, I decided to give seed stitch with a 7 mm needle a go and it worked beautifully. There was just enough pattern to be interesting, the stitches were loose but not baggy and the pattern allowed the thickness variations to show up well.

After I had finished the scarf, I was knitting along on my green V-neck vest when I discovered another skein of the Nadia wool, hidden away at the bottom of my knitting basket. I couldn’t let it go to waste, so I knitted over one-half of a hat and then clipped the end of the scarf and unraveled it as I knitted up the rest of the hat. When I’d finished the hat, I bound-off the scarf again, a bit shorter but still long enough to be a satisfactory scarf. It certainly would have been far less work if I'd knitted the beanie first and used the left-overs for a scarf!

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