Friday, December 30, 2005

WIP - Besotted scarf

Instead of making the ever-popular Irish Hiking Scarf, I opted for the Besotted Scarf posted on It's a simple pattern and is working up nicely (with one small mistake which will remain!). I'm using Candide from my stash and size 5.50mm (US 9) needles. Nice scarf! If I have yarn remaining (I have 3 4-ounce skeins), I'll make a head band or something else to go with the scarf. I hope to have it done this weekend.

Nashua Knitworks Wrap Complete!

All done! This is the "Wrap" from the Nashua Knitworks "Work" booklet. I used a 32" size 6 Addi Turbo circular needle and used 5 200 metre balls of Creative Focus Worsted yarn. The colour is called "Delft" and is a beautiful blue (still working on that new digital camera!). When blocked, this yarn still has a bit of a give to it, but it worked up beautifully. The pattern is very simple and is reversible, which is a big plus! This took me about 2 weeks to complete.

I still may end up giving this wrap to the local cancer centre. It does need hand washing, but there's someone special I have in mind...we'll see!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

WIP - Nashua Knitworks Wrap

This is the "Wrap" from Nashua Knitworks. It's a wonderful new range of yarns from Westminster Fibers (who also distribute Rowan and Jaeger yarns). The colour is called Delft and it's a blend of 75% wool and 25% alpaca. I'm using a size 6 32" Addi Turbo circular needle; this photo shows the wrap pattern with 5 completed repeats. Best thing, this pattern is reversible...I can't tell the front side from the reverse side! It's supposed to use 5 skeins, each with 200 metres (220 yards), so I've got lots more knitting to do! This shawl, quite selfishly, will be for me (no bets as to whether I decide to give it away once it's done!).

More shawls completed...

In my never-ending series of shawls for the local cancer centre, I completed 2 more shawls during the last 2 weeks. The photo with the scalloped border is the Leaf Lace Shawl from Fiber Trends; I think I have this pattern memorised! I used Cleckheaton DK superwash wool in a colour called Pale Iris; it's a purple-ish pink colour...very pretty, very soft! I used 10 full 50-gram skeins knitted on a size 7 32" Addi Turbo circular needle.

The other is the Cozy shawl from This was made using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in a dusty rose colour. I used 10 full skeins and a size 8 32" Addi Turbo circular needle.