Sunday, 29 November 2009

Breaking from the edge

I really should be finishing the edging on my Dark Star but every now and then I need a bit of distraction and lets face it, when it comes to knitting distraction abounds.

So I decided to join a friend on Ravelry for a quick KAL. We knitted the Rosebud Neckwarmer. This little scarf is meant to be knit in two pieces and then sewn together or grafted at the end. I decided to use Judy's Magic cast on and then just leave one half of the stitches on a cable while I knitted the other half, like this:

Once I finished the first half I just joined the yarn to the stitches waiting on the cable and knitted the second half. The pattern calls for plus minus 5 repeats. I thought my scarf would be too short so I knitted 6 repeats plus 10 rows. In hindsight I should have knitted 5 repeats and 10 rows because after blocking I think the scarf is just a touch too long to qualify as a neckwarmer.

The yarn is Morris and Sons Empire 4 ply merino in Luxe.

But, as if the scarf wasn't enough of a distraction, I also cast on for a pair of Kai-mei. And the yarn is Tofutsies.

And the week ended on a lovely surprise from Kelebek who sent me this lovely yarn which she dyed herself for my birthday. She calls it Kremali Gilek (strawberries and cream). And now I'm itching to cast on again!


Natalie said...

Oh wow, everything is soooo beautiful! I love the neck warmer, I think I may have to make one too! Great job, and the hand dyed yarn is amazing too.

Mary said...

Lovely distractions! But I have to ask...How is that edging coming?

kelebek }{ said...

Nothing wrong with distractions if they are that pretty!
Oh look at my yarn becoming famous! And my horrible hand writing showing up. The "G" is actually a "C", so it is Cilek (pronounced Chee-lek). There you go, your Turkish lesson of the week!

~ Phyllis ~ said...

Amanda, your neckwarmer is lovely.
I love the color of the yarn and the pattern is perfect for the scarf/neckwarmer.

T. said...

I love the Kai-mei pattern....and the lace weight is gorgeous!

lunaticraft said...

Oooh, I love the neckwarmer. Beautiful.