Monday, January 28, 2008


Here I am in the bathroom again, trying to get a decent photo of me wearing another FO. I take about 10 bad ones before I get the focus, etc., right (or good enough). How do other people do this?

I bought this luscious hand-painted yarn at my LYS before the holidays. I shouldn'a done it, but I did. I certainly have enough UFOs to keep me busy until summer! But this yarn just kept calling my name. I didn't even know what I was going to do with it when I bought it and since I couldn't make up my mind between the two colorways, Elderberry and Painted Rocks, I bought both. I am hopeless.

The yarn is a mountain goat mohair/wool blend from Mountain Colors in Montana. They have an interesting blog of their own showing how the yarn is dyed. It looks pretty much like the hand-dyeing I did last year (Part-1, Part-2, and Part-3) only more of it. I have to say it was a whole lot easier just to buy the yarn already dyed!

The pattern I finally chose is a simple scarf, all in knit stitch, but with a nice little added touch. You start in the middle of the scarf and add stitches on either side forming a V. Then at a certain point you cast on 49 stitches on either side to work a straight edge. So you get the best of both worlds, a triangular shape at the neck and long ends to wrap around. Also, since it is knit on the long side, it doesn't stretch so much when you wear it. I've had scarves that start to drag on the floor after awhile, if you are not careful. It's from The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville. I have worn this scarf many time already, it has been so cold here in LA, and have gotten lots of compliments.

I haven't decided what to do with the other skein yet. Maybe a beret?

I am also working on Sorrel from Rowan Magazine No. 40. I sure am getting my money's worth out of that one. The knitting is all complete and I am in the process of sewing it up. I hope to have pictures for you soon. This time I'll go to the trouble of setting up the tripod.

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