Saturday, February 10, 2007

Pure Elegance



This scarf is called, “elegant ribs masquerading as skinny scarf.” It looks good skinny (the way I choose to wear it) or blocked into stylish ribs. I picked up a couple hanks of Malabrigo—my favorite—and started knitting. Many times that has turned out to be a disaster. I’m not a “fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants” knitter at all. I usually have to have a pattern, or take the time to write out a pattern before I start. This time, when I started knitting I really didn’t know where I was going with it. I just knew I wanted an elegant scarf. I thought, for about 2 seconds, that I would opt for lace, but the yarn is somewhat thick and thin, and gorgeous without fancy stitches. I quickly decided that long and uncluttered would be elegant, so after four rows of seed stitch I started with k3, p3 ribs. I slipped the first stitch of each row, thinking it would help prevent curling. That didn’t work, and I’m glad, because the slight curl on each side contributes to the charm of the skinny form. The longer I worked on this scarf, the more I liked it, and after 70 inches, I was in love. Some days are better than others!

The Christmas Balls STR socks started at the same time are finished too, as well as the hat that goes with this scarf, in a different colorway, and fingerless mitts in the combined colors. The hat and mitts had ends to be woven in, so I will post photos of the “set” next time.

Yes, I have been knitting like the wind! There are only a few months before we leave warm country to go to frigid country. I want to be prepared. There is also the Something Red sweater in blue that is half finished. If I grow wings on my hands, I might be able to finish it too. Is there anything better than having an excuse to spend your free time doing nothing but knitting? Life is good….

1 comment:

wendy said...

your knitting needles must be so red hot they're smoking!